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Kappabashi Street

The longest cookware shopping street
in the world .

“Kappaabashi” stems from curio shops built around the end of Meiji era. After World War Ⅱ, it became the cookware shopping street where you could buy cooking items. At present, 170 shops where you can buy Japanese, Western, Chinese tablewares, lacquer wares, fournitures, food sample, signboard and etc quene in 800 meters.

The name “Kappaa” comes from a Japanese monster of which name is “Kappa”?

There are two hypothesises about naming.The first one is that there was a place where raincoats were being made nearby the area. In Japanese, we call raincoats “Ama Kappaa”. Men of old who were making raincoats used to hang the raincoats on the bridge. Therefore, people named the area “Kappabashi”. The other hypothesis theory is that there was a man whose name is “Hagawa Taro” about 180 years ago. At that time, when it rained even a little bit, it was flooded. Therefore, the man started river and canal constructions to prevent from flooding. Japanese monsters “Kappa” were touched by his hope and helped his constructions.It is said that after people saw “Kappa”, their luck got better and became happier.

Shops are open during weekdays and on weekends(from 9 am to 5pm)

From Monday to Friday, all shops are open. On saturday, 90% is open. On sunday, about 30 % is open We would recommend you to go to “Kappabashi” during weekdays,


established 1912
address 3-18-2 Matsugaya, Taitoku, Tokyo
access TokyoMetro Ginza-line Taharacho station(5 min walk)
TokyoMetro Hibiya-line Iriya station(5 min walk)
Toei subway asakusa-line Asakusa station(5 min walk)
open Most shops open from 9.00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
closed Many shops are closed on Sundays and public holidays
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