Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), Tokyo

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Witness the behind-the-scenes aspect of Japanese restaurant business at Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), a busy street packed with shops hawking a huge range of dining-related wares. A tourist attraction in itself, the street bursts with colorful storefronts selling paper lanterns, plastic display food, cookware, and just about any other restaurant supply you can name. Stroll down the street and admire the wide selection of gear on sale, but keep in mind that you won't actually find food itself here. Don't forget to bring your camera to snap a photo of a giant statue of a chef's head, which stands above the street's southern entrance. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai) by using our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.
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  • Almost a kilometre long, this street is lined on both sides by shops both small and large selling catering supplies including tableware, utensils and appliances and sample food. There is a English...  more »
  • Kappabashi Street is supposed to be the mecca for cooking and foodie lovers. Well... you have lots of stores selling kitchen equipment, tableware, clothing and decorative items. There are more than...  more »
  • Nice selection of professional kitchen knives- even for home cooking if you like extravaganza. The seller indicated the origin of the product, but I was not sure if buying directly would be more affordable. Many stores are representing tradition kept for generations and look like family business. I wish they had a delivery and online ordering, but that is not a face-to-face transaction. Of course you have to pay cash. See the Lawson or 7-eleven to get some from the ATM.
  • Walking down this shopping street that sells all kinds of restaurant and kitchen stuff is an interesting experience, although my aunt felt that overall prices were a bit steep. The life-like food displays were pretty cool though. I saw that we could take lessons in making our own uncannily-real food here, which sparks an idea for my upcoming food heritage gallery.
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