Kappabashi Street

Sightseeing information about Kappabashi Street in Japan.

Kappabashi Street4.0

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This street located 15 minutes on foot from Kaminari-mon Gate in Asakusa is packed with all manner of kitchen gadgets both for professional and amateur chefs. The 800m-long arcade has about 170 stores that sell tableware, pots, confectionary making machines, food materials and all. You will definitely come across a favorite for your long-term use. Check out plastic food samples that look amazingly real to stimulate your appetite.

The origin of the street name goes back to an old practice that raincoats (kappa) were once hung over the bridge (bashi) to dry out. There is also a legend that a merchant had a prosperous business after catching glimpses of a legendary creature 'kappa' in the river. You will find a number of kappa statues along this street.

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5.0a month ago

Great foodie street experience. Some shops are not selling stock direct, it's showcase items for bulk restaurant purchase. Others are happy to sell individual items. The plastic food makers seem happy you talk and will sell pieces to tourists.

It's a short walk to some good food and the temple.

5.0a week ago

New year holidays so a few shops are closed, but the remaining ones will give you ample choice. If there is a kitchen tool you are lookung for then this is THE place to find it. Japanese knives in abundance but do take the time to compare the various shops. That goes for most things. Also beware that a lot of the bowls etc are not made in Japan. Some antique shops too.

5.0a month ago

Wow, wow, wow! What a street! I was in heaven. Could spend hours here!!! Each shop focus on just one thing - lacquer, bamboo, knives, paper ware, furniture, even a shop selling Chinese things. Prepare to be there for several hours! Some shops are wholesale only - 10 plus pieces... and cash only.

5.0a week ago

One of my favorite places in Asakusa! There are so many tiny shops on this street, selling everything from fake food for restaurants to antique dishes! I spent several hours wandering around, and got some fantastic deals on gorgeous cups and plates. There were some very interesting buildings here as well as a small kappa shrine. Ooo-- And the Street's theme song is fantastic! I can't wait to go back!

5.0a month ago

A whole street with only kitchenware and food service vendors. Beware that it is for professionals, tourists should behave accordingly.

If you visit, this is THE place to pick up a good chefs knife for a good price. Also recommended for your kitchen: A square pan for tamagoyaki.

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