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Kappabashi in Japan

Kappabashi is an offbeat area of Tokyo city. In Taito ward, this old “kitchen town” is visited by Japanese professionals desiring equipment for their restaurant, bar, hotel, cooking school… but also by foreigners interested in high-quality cooking knives, incredibly realistic fake food, etc.

Kappabashi is near Iriya subway station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line), Tawaramachi subway station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), and Asakusa train station (Tsukuba Express line). Asakusa subway station and Ueno train station are at walking distance; holders of a JR Pass can reach Ueno for free by riding the Yamanote Line. To easily find your way on foot, we recommend you to get a map of Kappabashi & Asakusa.

Our travel agency organizes Yes in Japan 1-day tours in English and French including “Kappabashi-dori” shopping street because its shops are fun, because fake food is a great gift, and because many foreign chefs need an interpreter to discuss with Japanese shopkeepers! On holidays in Japan with your children? Join a memorable “Make fake food” activity in Kappabashi 🙂

Shopping in Tokyo: Offer original gifts made in Japan from Kanda Chonko!

Kanda Chonko is an artisan shop selling special products made in Japan (Tokyo, Kyushu…) including little handmade treasures realized by the Japanese couple owning this traditional shop!
Offer original gifts made in Japan from Kanda Chonko (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices:

  • Bottle kimono “samurai”: 2592 yens
  • Bottle kimono “princess”: 3240 yens
  • Edo folding fan: 3240 yens
  • Mini bonsai: 2180 yens

Open: 12:00-19:30

Phone: (+81) 03-3255-3990
Credit cards: Unavailable.
Labels: Japanese.

Kanda Chonko is the specialist shop 29 in the section C4 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Find fun gifts, art supplies… at Bumpodo

Bumpodo is a stationery shop selling fun Japanese souvenirs, oil paints, manga pens… opened in 1887! In addition to the shopping floors, Bumpodo features a gallery on the fourth floor and an art school on the fifth and seventh floors.
Find fun gifts, art supplies... at Bumpodo (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Ukiyo-e postcard: 86 yens
  • Origami: 108 yens
  • “Cat Sushi” key chain: 400 yens
  • Hand towel: 800 yens

Open: 10:00-19:30

Phone: (+81) 03-3291-3441
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Bumpodo is the gift shop 23 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Feel, use and offer washi paper from Yamagataya-kamiten

Yamagataya-kamiten provides washi traditional paper since 1879! Feel textures, see how you could use them, and get handmade cards, origami sets, artistic/cosplay materials… to offer or create!
Feel, use and offer washi paper from Yamagataya-kamiten (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Washi sheet: 300 yens
  • Origami set: 350 yens
  • Mount Fuji postcard: 200 yens
  • Cute towel: 800 yens

Open: 10:00-18:00 (Sunday and public holidays: closed)

Phone: (+81) 03-3221-7829
Credit cards: Unavailable.
Labels: Japanese.

Yamagataya-kamiten is the gift shop 16 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Offer exciting picture books from Bookhouse Jinbocho ☺

Discover exciting Japanese legends and modern stories, monsters, heroes, everyday life in Japan… and great language study books!
Offer exciting picture books from Bookhouse Jinbocho (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Picture book in Japanese language: 1000 yens
  • Baby socks: 380 yens
  • Small toy: 580 yens

Open: 11:00-18:30

Phone: (+81) 03-3261-5691
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Bookhouse Jinbocho is the bookshop 15 in the section C2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

From Qatar for autumn photos in Tokyo, gifts made in Japan and a vegetarian buffet!

We guided a businessman from Qatar in Tokyo today, for the last day of his first stay in Japan. Leaving in a comfortable car from Tokyo Dome Hotel, we visited a Japanese garden, ate at a vegetarian restaurant, bought gifts at a shop owned by a couple of Japanese artisans, saw many tourist spots, and visited holy sites.

To make great photos of Japanese autumn with the morning light, we first strolled in the peaceful Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo). Coming from Qatar, the traveller was particularly pleased with the seasonal yellow grass, trees with red leaves, green pine trees, and mirror-like pond, which were gorgeous under a big blue sky! The singing birds, lively carps, wooden bridge, lanterns, teahouse, and numerous Japanese grandmothers and grandfathers made this time very enjoyable 🙂
Tree with red leaves and yellow grass at Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Stone lantern and autumn leaves at Rikugien garden (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, Japan).

We lunched early at Petit Bonheur in Chiyoda ward, enjoying a vegetarian buffet with fragrant and tasty vegetables and fruits from Japan. This popular restaurant was full but only two other men were in sight; we were surrounded by Japanese women!

After coffee, we looked at old buildings in the Kanda area of Chiyoda ward and went shopping at the wonderful shop Kanda Chonko to buy high-quality handmade gifts made in Japan for the businessman’s family: Japanese fans, bags, hairpins, a sumo wrestler kokeshi doll, a decoration made using rice grains, a miniature with a Japanese boy and girl in kimono…
Takemura (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Our driver proposed a scenic tour to see and photograph important places in Tokyo before going to the Asakusa district: Tokyo train station, the fortifications of the Imperial Palace, the Ministry of Justice (old and new buildings), the National Diet Building, Tokyo Tower… and lines of beautiful trees with yellow leaves!
Tokyo Tower (Minato ward, Tokyo, Japan).

In Taito ward, we took an elevator for a great panoramic view of Asakusa: Asahi Breweries headquarters, Tokyo Skytree, Senso-ji Buddhist temple, the pagoda, the shopping street… We then entered the Thunder Gate, shopped lightly in the shopping street, received a handwritten document with a holy seal at Senso-ji Buddhist temple, visited Asakusa Shinto Shrine, and ate shrimp sushi 🙂 After that, it was time to go catch the flight back to Qatar at Narita international airport…

Update on 02 December 2014: A Japanese partner of the Qatari businessman called to thank us; our tour in Tokyo was praised 🙂 In fact, our English-speaking staff also spent a very pleasant autumn day thanks to this friendly visitor!

If you too wish to visit Tokyo with us, reserve a 1-day Yes in Japan private tour.

Ukiyo-e shop in Tokyo: Hokusai’s Mount Fuji at Ohya-shobo

You can buy Japanese woodblock prints “ukiyo-e” originals or reproductions in Tokyo at the specialist shop Ohya-shobo. For example, this good quality ukiyo-e by KATSUSHIKA Hokusai representing a red Mount Fuji with clouds:
Japanese woodblock print of a red Mount Fuji by KATSUSHIKA Hokusai at Ohya-shobo (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Have you ever seen ukiyo-e prints in an art museum or specialized store? You can definitely find a traditional scene making a great Japanese souvenir or gift at a reasonable price if you go shopping at Ohya-shobo!

In Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward, Ohya-shobo is a few minutes walk from several subway stations (Jimbocho, Awajicho, Ogawamachi, Shin-ochanomizu), Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan, Hotel Villa Fontaine Jimbocho, and Sakura Hotel Jimbocho.
Map of Tokyo Jimbocho.

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Ukiyo-e = 浮世絵, KATSUSHIKA Hokusai = 葛飾北斎.
  • Ohya-shobo = 大屋書房, Tokyo = 東京.

Cherry chopsticks & Bamboo cups in Akihabara (Chiyoda, Tokyo)

You can buy elegant Japanese chopsticks made from cherry trees and very light cups made from bamboo at Kukan-kobo Takuya, high-quality shop specialized in wooden products near Akihabara station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Wouldn’t they make great souvenirs or gifts from your travel in Japan?

Shopping photo 1: Reddish chopsticks made using the bark of a cherry tree.
Japanese chopsticks made from a cherry tree, sold in Akihabara (Chiyoda, Tokyo) in May 2014.

Shopping photo 2: Extremely light cups made from bamboo.
Bamboo cups sold in Akihabara (Chiyoda, Tokyo) in May 2014.

Our team found this cosy shop with great smells of wood on Sunday while exploring Akihabara area to prepare tomorrow’s personalized tour. We’d be glad to take you there too if you wish 🙂

Note: All the labels are written in Japanese language.

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kukan-kobo Takuya = 空間工房卓屋.
  • Bamboo = 竹 (Take), Cherry tree = 桜の木 (Sakura-no-ki).
  • Akihabara = 秋葉原, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

New tour in Tokyo: “Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture”

Travel Stand Japan just launched a Yes in Japan unique tour in Tokyo for Spring 2014: “Shopkeepers x Japanese Culture” (reference W14A). We strongly recommend you this walking tour if you love the “Made in Japan” traditional and ancient creations, want shopping ideas, and wish to meet/interact with Japanese people during your holidays in Japan.

Mamebon book in Jimbocho (Tokyo, Japan).

Explore Japanese life and culture by visiting shops in Jimbocho. Look, listen, touch and get answers to your questions about traditional and everyday life objects. You will typically discover Wagashi cakes, Washi paper, Mamebon books, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, ancient maps, fun family card games… Our guide will lead you from little shop to little shop, introducing you to the shopkeepers and to their products, and will translate your questions (English to Japanese) and the shopkeepers’ answers (Japanese to English). Feel free to buy sweets, souvenirs and gifts for your children and friends!

Wagashi cake in Tokyo (Japan).

Current calendar for March 2014: Monday 17, Wednesday 19, Monday 24, Wednesday 26, Friday 28, and Monday 31 with departures at 13:00 near Jimbocho station and Sakura Hotel Jimbocho (between the Imperial Palace, Akihabara, Tokyo Dome and Yasukuni shrine). Follow the link below to get up-to-date information and book online.

Discover a deep Tokyo and get a unique grasp of Japan thanks to Japanese people themselves!

USEFUL LINKS

 

USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Jimbocho = 神保町, Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), Tokyo = 東京.
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho = サクラホテル神保町 (Sakula-hotelu-jimbocho).