Kappabashi is a market street where wholesalers of tableware and kitchen tools gathers.
In 1912, a few shops started its business and now the street has grown to 800 m long. Most of the shops are doing the retail business as well, and now this is a good place for Tokyo residents to buy quality tools with cheap price, and for tourists to find nice souvenirs.
- Location: 3-18-2, Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0036, Japan
- Access: 3 to 8 minutes by walk from nearby stations. (please see the map below)
- Website: http://www.kappabashi.or.jp/en/index.html
- Open: Monday to Friday. 90% of shops on Sat, and 30% on Sun and Holiday. Most of the shops operates from 9:00 to 17:00.
Since it’s wholesalers street, many shops are closed on Sunday, but still enough stores are open for tourists. Pictures and explanations in this articles are only for shops which were open on Sunday (15 Sep 2019).
Several shops were open for “major” kitchen wares like above. There, you can find variety of items from cheap and cute ones which are nice for souvenirs to masterpieces for professionals.
Those shops are interesting as well. Brush shop has not only kitchen things but also make-up brushes.
Some of you may have heard about it, that food samples are now very popular for people from overseas. On Sunday, I found two shops are open which are both crowded. In the past they were only selling samples for restaurants, but nowadays they have a range of items for tourists like magnets, key holders and DIY trial kits.
My Best Shops
And, now I introduce two shops I always visit every time in Kappabashi street.
Web Page: http://www.kama-asa.co.jp/en/
Their main products are knives and pans. Iron pans we had in this shop impressively improves the quality of foods I cook.
Two shops of Kama-Asa are standing next to each other, but at the time I visit (15 Sep 2019) one of them was closed and in construction work.
Web Page: https://www.dengama.jp/en/
Dengama stands at the south end of Kappabashi street. They sell beautiful potteries. Reasonable items for daily use and small gifts on the ground floor, and on the upper floor you can find relatively expensive (let’s say, from thousands of yen up to hundred thousands) but really beautiful items made by artisans.
A frying pan for my wife’s birthday gift, a grindstone and a grater at Kama-asa. Two china spoons at Dengama. Same like other items we’ve bought in Kappabashi, they are very useful which make us cooking and eating having more fun.
Thank you for reading. If you are interested in table wares to drink sake, please also check “Sake Cups. Ochoko & Guinomi Make Your Nihonshu Life Happier” and “Sake Bottles. Useful and Beautiful Tokkuri for Nihonshu“.