Want to buy Japanese utensils during a stay in Tokyo? Here are our tips and addresses:
Tokyo capital of Japan, you will surely pass by this city during your stay. We will give you some addresses and shops where you can buy Japanese utensils.
Kappabashi street Tokyo
If there is a place not to be missed, it is Kappabashi street, not far from the famousAsakusa and Ueno districts, we advise you to go and explore this alley filled with stores selling Japanese knives, Japanese bowls, cups, rice spoons, Japanese chopsticks, hangiri teapots… Don’t hesitate to snoop in some of the shops which turn out to be a real gold mine!
You will find many stores for professionals but also for individuals. You will recognize it thanks to the big head of a chief which caps the top of a building and to the numerous statuettes of kappa (turtle man).
There are also many goodies, decorations and plastic dishes called sampuru . These dishes are displayed in front of Japanese restaurants to illustrate their menus. This street is 800 meters long and has more than 160 stores. It takes at least half a day to see and buy everything! The stores are generally open from 9am to 5pm. On Saturdays some stores are closed. On Sundays and public holidays the stores are generally closed except for a few. How to get to Kappabashi street? You have to stop at Tawaramachi station on the ginza line by subway. Or from Asakusa station you have to walk for about 10 minutes.
We usually go through Asakusa because this street is very nice and then go to Kappashi street.
100 yen shop, Daiso, seria, can do, watts
100 yen shop, Daiso are stores where everything is 100 yen, less than 1€ depending on the price. You will find there a little bit of everything but also many Japanese utensils and dishes for really cheap. Depending on the products, the quality price ratio is good even if most of the products are made in China. You will also find unusual products, typical Japanese goodies often featuring a character.
We advise you to buy there for example Japanese bowls, cute accessories for your bento your onigiri You will even find food like kat kit. You will even see some ingenious or wacky japanese utensils. In Tokyo you will find them everywhere in the streets or in the shopping malls, you just have to spot the signs:
One of the most famous 100 yen shop in Tokyo is the one located in Shibuya near Harajuku JR Line station. It is on several floors.
The 100 yen shop and the Daiso are a good compromise for small budgets and to offer original gifts.
It is a very touristy fish market and the biggest in the world. If you are curious to see a wide variety of fish and shellfish we recommend you to visit it. Moreover, outside there are also typical Japanese fruits and vegetables including fresh wasabi. You will find many restaurants and stalls full of things to eat but also japanese utensils for sale including Japanese knives.
To access Tsukiji market:
Simply stop at Tsukiji subway station, the market is next door. Opening hours: For the market after 9am until 2pm. To see the tuna auctions from 5:25am to 6:15am (limited to 120 visitors per day). The market is closed on Sundays, holidays and some Wednesdays.
The big malls Isetan, Takashimaya, Tokyu Hands…
These are large chain stores, products on multiple floors, they sell everything including kitchenware a little more upscale than 100yen shop. You will find beautiful bento boxes, Japanese chopsticks, furoshiki (cloth wrapping the bento), square tamagoyaki pans, tea boxes, etc… You will find these chains in the big popular shopping areas like Shinjiku, Ginza, Shibuya…
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