Traditional kitchenware and dining equipment can be purchased at most department stores across the city, but Tokyo’s famed Kappabashi district (http://www.kappabashi.or.jp/en/index.html, Nishi Asakusa 3-chome, Taito-ku) has nearly 200 stores that are dedicated to selling products and ingredients for the kitchen. This Bento.com site (http://www.bento.com/phgal-kappabashi.html) offers a photo tour of some of the products for sale on the district’s main street.

Key department stores selling a variety of kitchenware’s include:

Daimaru (http://www.daimaru.co.jp, 9-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku; Tel: 03-3212-8011), Mitsukoshi (http://www.mitsukoshi.co.jp, 1-4-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku; Tel: 03-3241-3311). Parco 2 (15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; Tel: 03-3464-5111), and Takashimaya (http://www.takashimaya.co.jp, located in several districts).

Tokyu Hands (http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/, located in several districts including Shibuya) – sells a variety of wares for the kitchen from small appliances and utensils to plates, glasses, and other items. Costco Japan’s stores (http://www.costco.co.jp/eng/index.htm), also provide a variety of kitchen products including pots and pans, some chinaware, storage containers, and other products.

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