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“Plastic Food”

Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)
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Owner description: The stores in this neighborhood sell kitchen equipment and paper supplies to the city's restaurants. Of note are the specialty plastic food items, which are placed in restaurant windows to show passersby what goodies are being served inside.
Denver, Colorado
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“Plastic Food”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Take the Ginza subway line to Tawaramachi, use exit 3, and follow the signs to Kappabashi. Just about the time you're sure you're lost, you'll see the giant chef atop a tall building. You have reached Kappabashi, home to those delightful plastic foods you'll find at restaurants all over Japan. Pick up a tempura shrimp keychain or an octopus fridge magnet. They're not cheap, but the bigger dishes make great souvenirs/conversation pieces. You can also shop for china, pottery, pots, chopsticks, and all kinds of kitchen and restaurant supplies here.

Visited April 2013
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“Cool place!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Want something for kitchen? They've got it - as long as you've got the feet to carry you through the place. Be prepared for a lot of walking in order to cover this place. Also be prepared to clean out your wallet when you fall in love with a bunch of pots, knives, and other gadgets. Just remember, at some point you've got to get this stuff home...

Visited March 2013
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“Great for cooks, chefs & plastic food fanatics”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you do not have a very strong interest in cooking equipment, production line crockery & plastic food models then you may not find it as fun as the rest of us do.
This is a specialist area, most of the business here exist to supply restaurants with equipment but if you have an interest in kitchenware, Japanese utensils or want to pick up a Japanese kitchen staff uniform or some mass-produced Japanese crockery at reasonable prices it will be worth a visit. You don't have to make a large order but can buy by the piece. If you have a fascination with those plastic food displays you see in Japan, this is the place to see & buy it, but note those plastic food models aren't cheap.
One of the best knife shops in Tokyo, 'Kamata' is here. If you want to view a range of top quality chefs' knives & get advice, then head straight here.
Denkama has a better selection of pottery with quality improving as you move upstairs. They get busy so be prepared to wait but customer service is excellent and they'll wrap up each piece in newspaper to protect your purchases (it won't be of the same level of bubble wrap and boxes that you get in Dept stores.) If it's high end stuff you prefer then I suggest visiting the Dept stores around town for a range of high quality pottery or if in Kyoto visit Tachikichi. Similarly, you can find Japanese utensils & cooking equipment in Dept stores too.
Kappabashi also has stores selling Buddhist altars.
Nearest station to Kappabashi is Tawaramachi. Eating options are limited in the area, there are a couple of coffee shops.
If visiting Osaka the covered Doguyasuji Shopping Street offers a similar experience to Kappabashi on a smaller scale.

Visited February 2013
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“Over rated”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Ok so its interesting to see the "plastic food" places but WAY over-rated. I would not go out of my way to go here. If in the neighborhood or pass through on way to Tokyo Tower that's ok.

Visited January 2013
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Country Victoria, Australia
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“A very interesting variation to the usual city sightseeing options!”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

800 metres, around half a mile of restaurant or home cooking equipment. Loved the cookie cutters, all shapes and sizes. Fake plastic food, main courses, desserts, appertisers, raw or cooked food... all plastic. Great selection of ceramic dishes and pottery.

Visited February 2013
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