Looking for Japanese cutlery? We interviewed tourists on “Tool Street”, where you’ll find a complete selection of cooking utensils!

There are more than 170 shops that sell tableware, machines for making snacks, signage, sweets, kitchen accessories, food replicas, and many others on Kappabashi-dori, or “Tool Street”.

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【contents】
1:Need to buy some souvenirs? Kappabashi-dori is for you!
2:A must have item for traveling in Japan!【Japan Rail Pass】
3:Did you know that Japanese food is popular in France?
4:A couple from Denmark was surprised at how Japanese people are addicted to their cell phones.
5:A recommended route in Tokyo from German tourists!
6:Relax at an independent cafe【Café Otonova】

Kappabashi-dori
There are many things to see on Kappabashi street.

Kappabashi-dori is popular among people from the food industry, but it is also a place famous among foreign tourists who come here to seek high quality Japanese cutlery. The most popular knife is from the Kama-asa store. They’ll carve your name on the knife and explain it in English.

Kama-asa Shoten: http://www.kama-asa.co.jp/

Kappabashi-dori
High quality knives are becoming popular all over the world! They’ll also sharpen knives for you.

Today, we interviewed tourists shopping on Kappabashi-dori!

1:Need to buy some souvenirs? Kappabashi-dori is for you!

The first people we interviewed were a Canadian couple! They are students in Canada, and were here for a holiday. They didn’t want their photo taken, so I’ll tell what we talked about.

-What did you buy on Kappabashi-dori?
I bought a mug for my friend and it has Japanese patterns on it. It took me a while to decide which one I should buy, because there are so many available on this street! The number of food replicas displayed in front of the shops were amazing. I thought they were real!

※Check out this link to learn more about Food Replicas!

Food replica shop
Don’t miss out on limited Food Replica Workshops during the summer at “Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya”!

They hold workshops for making food replicas 3 times, between 20th July to 9th August at “Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya”. You can make items such as Mango Waffles. Make sure to make a reservation by checking the details online. The workshop is only held in Japanese, so you might need to book an interpreter.

“Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya” http://ganso-sample.com/en//
0120-17-1839/070-2160-4211(10:00-17:30)

2:A must have item for traveling in Japan!【Japan Rail Pass】

Next, we met another couple from England and The USA.

Kappabashi-dori
They loved Japanese transportation!

-How did you come to know about Kappabashi?
A friend of mine in Japan told me about it. We came here to buy a knife and are looking for it now.

-Do you have any recommendations for traveling in Japan?
The Japan Rail Pass is very useful. You can take the Shinkansen, and it’s super convenient.

【Japan Rail Pass】http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/index.html(English)
※You can read about it in multiple languages.

3:Did you know that Japanese food is popular in France?

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A couple from France. They like the relaxed atmosphere of Kamakura.

-For what reason did you come to Kappabashi?
We ate Tonkotsu ramen today and they recommended it to us. Ramen is also popular in France, and we came here to buy a ramen bowl. I also want another bowl for cooking.

-Where do you recommend visiting in Tokyo?

We like Yanaka Shopping Street the most. Tokyo is quite big and there are many people, but Yanaka has some small restaurants and bars. We dropped by a small bar, that holds a maximum of 6 to 7 people. You can sit and drink, and even chat with the bartender. In France, bars usually have tables, so we usually don’t drink at a counter, so it was a really interesting experience for us!

4:A couple from Denmark was surprised at how Japanese people are addicted to their cell phones.

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He’s a professional photographer.

-Which parts of Tokyo do you like?
We’ve seen Roppongi, Shibuya, Shinbashi, and Yoyogi Park, and we loved Yoyogi Park the most! We got lucky and were able to witness a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony!

-Did you have any trouble during the trip?
No, not at all. Tokyo is very clean and the people are very kind. We got lost in the metro, but everyone helped us, it was amazing!

What surprised us the most, were the Japanese people constantly looking their cell phones; on the trains, on the street, and even while walking!

5:A recommended route in Tokyo from German tourists!

We met 2 German guys who had lived in Japan. This time they were on holiday, visiting for a week.

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2 guys from Germany who used to live in Japan for 3 years.

-Where do you recommend visiting in Tokyo?
There are many good restaurants in Ebisu and Yurakucho.
The Japanese restaurant Shirubee is also good. The staff is very friendly.

【Shirubee-Shimokitazawa】
Pinecrest 1F , 2-18-2 Kitazawa,Setagayaku,Tokyo
TEL:03-3413-3785

We recommend touring from Senso-ji Temple and Kappabashi-dori, and then going to Odaiba from Asakusa via speed boat. You can drink at Yurakucho, and eat Monja in Tsukishima.

It sounds like a perfect plan! You are the Tokyo pros!

6:Relax at an independent cafe【Café Otonova】

After shopping, why not take a break?
Otonova renovated an old Japanese house into a relaxing café that replicates cafés in Europe. You can enjoy music, good food, and delicious sweets.

Café Otonova
The café is located on a hidden path.

The interior utilizes the old house very well, and the antique furniture chosen by the owner adds quite a bit to the relaxing atmosphere.

The handmade sweets made by the owner’s wife are a must!

Café Otonova
Pumpkin Pudding(350 yen) / Pomegranate juice (500 yen)/ Bavarian cream(650yen)

【Café Otonova】
3-10-4 Nishiasakusa, Taitoku, Tokyo 〒111-0035
TEL:03-5830-7663
Open: Mon to Wed: 12:00-23:00, Fri & Sat: 12:00-23:00, Sun: 12:00-21:00
Closed: Thursday.
http://www.cafeotonova.net/

It was even my first time visiting Kappabashi-dori, and I really enjoyed seeing all the different shops! It’s a very good place to buy souvenirs for yourself and for your family!

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koume

koume

Hi, I am Koume. I’m originally from Fukuoka and currently living in Tokyo. I have lived in Australia, the Philippines, and Cambodia for several years. Through my life abroad, I have rediscovered the beauty of Japan. I hope my articles will be a helpful resource for both Japanese and foreign visitors.

Information

Address 3-18-2 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours 9.00-17.00 (depends on the shop)
Price -
Close Most shops are closed on Sundays
Access 5 min walk from Ginza Line “Tawaramachi” station
6 min walk from Hibiya Line “Iriya” station
5 min walk from Tsukuba express Line “Asakusa”station
Phone -
Website http://www.kappabashi.or.jp/