Japan is one of the world’s best foodie destinations, but ever wonder where restaurants get their hyper-real food displays or beautiful wares? Well, head over to Kappabashi-dori, or ‘Kitchen Town’ in Tokyo, where you’ll find everything related to cooking imaginable.
Wedged between the Ueno and Asakusa neighbourhoods, Kappabashi opened since 1912 and now has over 100 shops. Chefs, restaurant pros, tourists and homemakers alike have come for their range of high-quality cookeries, tableware and decorative items.
A giant chef welcomes you at the street entrance, 11 metres tall with a moustache and white hat. In the building below is Niimi, one of the oldest shops here, even before Kappabashi became popular. An emporium of affordable pots, pans, knives, soba dishes, lunch plates, sake decanters and many more. Other shops are more specialised galleries for a certain type of ware. Even so, you’ll be surprised by the enormous selections.