Shopping is one of the best parts of traveling in Japan, so why not stop by some shopping hot spots that are a little out of the ordinary? On the way from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo, you can find specialized shopping districts that offer wares like nowhere else. Here we introduce two places where you can feel the true depth of Japanese craftsmanship.
Every tool a restaurant could ever need, all in one place!
Kappabashi Dogugai is a shopping district stretching 800 meters from north to south, between Asakusa and Ueno. A multitude of culinary-related shops is gathered here, with a particular focus on cooking utensils. It started to develop in the 1950s as a unique shopping district for shops that sell kitchen tools and restaurant equipment. Now there are nearly 170 shops in business.
An incredibly diverse range of products can be found in shops here, including cooking utensils such as pans, pots, frying pans, chopsticks, and spoons, all the way up to store signs, entryway curtains, lighting, and food replicas.
Come and experience the peculiar characteristics of each shop while you search for a unique souvenir to call your very own!
Address: 3-18-2 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to 〒110-0036
Everything you need for DIY crafts!
Asakusabashi Zakkayagai is a specialized shopping district with a high concentration of stores carrying products required for DIY crafts. It is notable for having everything you need for handicrafts, including needles and thread for sewing, gemstones and chains for making necklaces, and wrapping paper for wrapping gifts.
The store displays themselves are a sight to behold, and you can have plenty of fun just window shopping. Many retro cafes can also be found nearby, so you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in a relaxed atmosphere.
Address: 1-18-10 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to 〒111-0053