Get everything for your kitchen in Kappabashi
Kappabashi Street is the place to visit if you like to cook. Kappabashi Dougu-Gai means “tool street” and you are sure to find every kitchen tool and utensil here. Actually you could buy everything to open a restaurant, bakery, bar, or café in Kappabashi.
In early October the Kappabashi Dougu Matsuri is maybe the best time to shop here. Many of the stores have special sales and offers during the time of the festival. The last two days of the festival are the liveliest (Monday is a national holiday), with some special events and some school bands parading down the street. Vendors set up food stalls in Kappabashi and surrounding streets and cafés and restaurants are open. Especially in the small streets between Kappabashi and Asakusa there are many local places.
Special market for tea and sweets Sunday October 7 and Monday October 8, 10:00 – 17:00
A special market brings together a number of old and new shops that are famous for tea, traditional Japanese sweets, and ice cream. The market will set up in front of the Taito Lifelong Learning Center where the Taito Central Library is located. You can try tea and baked goods, rich green tea ice cream, and matcha sweets.
Kappabashi is famous for selling kitchen tools, utensils, tableware, and cooking knives. If you want to make tea and Japanese sweets at home you can stock up on everything needed to make them at the shops here. Baking shops sell molds for traditional “wagashi” sweets shaped like leaves and flowers but also everything to make cute cookies and chocolates. You can also buy waffle irons for making “taiyaki” shaped like fish. Other stores have a wide selection of tableware, cups, and plates. Many stores can arrange for your shopping to be shipped, so there is no limit to what you can buy.
The closest stations are the Tawaramachi and Iriya subway stations. You can also walk over to Kappabashi from Asakusa or Inaricho. The street is located in the area between Asakusa and Ueno.