Kappabashi Dougu Street

Kappabashi Dougu Street © T.Sasaki

Largest street of kitchen utensil shops

Kappabashi Dougu Street is a shopping street located just midway between Asakusa and Ueno, Tokyo, known as Japan's largest shopping street specialized for kitchen tools and utensils. Along the 800m street, there are over 170 retail/wholesale shops of kitchen equipment, tableware, Japanese and Western furniture, chef uniforms and white gowns, etc. Merchants first began gathering to trade with old tools on both riverbanks of Shin-horikawa River in the early Taisho period (1912-1926). In the center of the street, there is a statue of a hobgoblin Kappa, "Kappa-Kawataro" built as the mascot of the street. You must drop in shops of "fake" food samples for every kind of menu, ranging from sushi and wagashi (Japanese-style confectionery) to western-style cake and spaghetti. Kappabashi Dougu Street is said to be the origin of "fake" food sample business. Key chains with such "fake" food samples are popular souvenirs, particularly among women. There are workshops where you can try to make a "wax" food sample. Many shops are closed on Sundays and national holidays. You are recommended to go on weekdays. Shop hours vary from shop to shop, but mostly open from 9:00 to 17:00


By train, Ueno station or Uguisudani station on JR Yamanote Line/Keihin-Tohoku Line is closest. By subway, Tawaramachi station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is closest. By bus, get off the Toei Bus at 'Kikuyabashi' stop or 'Iriya 2-chome' stop. By car, exit at Iriya Interchange on the Metropolitan Expressway Route 1 (Ueno Line). There are a number of coin-operated parking lots in the neighborhood.

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Description: Kappabashi Dougu Street

Sights Kappabashi Dougu Street (かっぱ橋道具街)
Address 3-18-2 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3844-1225 / Fax: 03-3841-5916
Duration 3Hour(s)
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Kappabashi Dougu Street