Kitchen and dining equipment expat guide

Traditional kitchen and dining equipment can be purchased at most department stores across the city, but Tokyo’s famed Kappabashi district (, Nishi Asakusa 3-chome, Taito-ku) has nearly 200 stores that are dedicated to selling products and ingredients for the kitchen. This site ( 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 (, 9-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku; Tel: 03-3212-8011), Mitsukoshi (, 1-4-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku; Tel: 03-3241-3311). Parco 2 (15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; Tel: 03-3464-5111), and Takashimaya (, located in several districts).

Tokyu Hands (, 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 (, also provide a variety of kitchen products including pots and pans, some chinaware, storage containers, and other products.