Big rain or snow today during your stay in Tokyo or Yokohama? And you still have to explore the north-east of Tokyo? Go shopping and discover the Japanese culture and everyday life in covered areas: the modern Sky Tree tower, the culinary Kappabashi Dougu Street, traditional alleys near the holy Thunder Gate…
Precise travel tips from the Yes in Japan team for the end of autumn 2015, winter 2015-2016 and spring 2016:
- Enjoy and photograph cute cats at Neko Zan Mai,
- Examine traditional instruments and play music at the Drum Museum,
- Experience the art of ukiyo-e woodblock printing at Mokuhankan,
- Join a washoku cooking lesson at Chagohan Tokyo,
- Play a fun game at Escape Hunt Japan (3 rooms in Asakusa),
- Relax at the public bath & hot spring Jakotsuyu,
- Savour ramen noodles in hot soup at Asakusa Naritaya,
- Slowly shop at Don Quijote Asakusa,
- Try Japanese activities at Jidaiya,
- Watch an original fashion & dance show with Japanese dancers at Tokyo Rhapsody,
- In family, let your small child discover the “baby” floor of Panda Café.
Learn more about the area and how to access it on our “Get Japan map of Asakusa” page and… do not forget your umbrella in the subway or at a shop 🙂
Kamata Hakensha is on Kappabashi Dougu Street, near Tawaramachi subway station (5 minutes north-west from exit 3). This respected kitchen knives shop is “E4” on the Get Japan map of Tokyo – Asakusa 2015-2016:
Cute green statues of Japanese Kappa monsters mark the entrance of the shop:
Asakusa Kobijutsu is on Kappabashi Dougu Street, near Tawaramachi subway station (10 minutes north-west from exit 3). This antique shop full of treasures is “E3” on the Get Japan map of Tokyo – Asakusa 2015-2016:
Entrance of Asakusa Kobijutsu:
Kakesu Zakka-ten is in a small street of Tokyo, a bit difficult to notice when walking on Kappabashi Dougu Street from Tawaramachi subway station (10 minutes north-west from exit 3). This bright shop for tea and coffee lovers is “E2” on the Get Japan map of Asakusa 2015-2016:
Entrance of Kakesu Zakka-ten:
Spend a great day in Tokyo enjoying the Japanese culture, architecture and shopping without tour guide by walking from Kappabashi “Kitchen town” to Asakusa district then to the Tokyo Skytree!
- Ride a subway to Tawaramachi station.
- Walk to the south entrance of Kappabashi street; a giant “chef” head with the name Niimi is on a roof on its left and a small police station is on its right.
- Explore the shops of the “kitchen town” on both sides of Kappabashi street; they sell high-quality cooking knives, tableware, fake food, uniforms, lanterns… mostly from 09:00 to 17:00. Will you notice the golden statue of a mythical kappa on your way?
- Walk to the ancient Thunder Gate, which features a giant red lantern as well as a statue of the God of Thunder “Raijin” (left side) and a statue of the God of the Wind “Fujin” (right side).
- Enjoy the ambiance of the Nakamise shopping street from the Thunder Gate to Senso-ji Buddhist temple. You cannot miss the beautiful pagoda but… what about Buddha’s giant straw sandals?
- Visit Asakusa Shinto shrine on the right of Senso-ji’s main hall.
- Pay a small fee to get a “go-shuin” (sheet of paper with holy seal and calligraphy) at a small building on the left of Senso-ji’s main hall. Did you see the Japanese carps on your way?
- Explore the diverse small shops from the north-west to the south-west of Senso-ji and lunch at an attractive restaurant when you feel hungry. Japanese travel agencies usually recommend restaurants serving tempura fried seafood & vegetables near Asakusa station but you can also find sushi raw fish, ramen noodles, Indian food… Rokku entertainment district even features restaurants with musical shows!
- Walk to Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Centre and enjoy a great view from its 8th floor! This is an excellent photo/video spot for Senso-ji and its surroundings, the modern Asahi Beer headquarters, and the new Tokyo Skytree 🙂
- Cross the bridge over the Sumida river and follow the main street to reach Tokyo Skytree.
- Observe Tokyo city during the afternoon or evening from the observation decks of the sky tree (open until 22:00). Beware, night falls early in Japan!
- Relax at a coffee shop or dine in a restaurant of Solamachi shopping mall at the bottom of Tokyo Skytree.
- Go outside to photograph the sky tree colourfully illuminated at night before entering the nearby Tokyo Sky tree station or Oshiage station to return to your ryokan traditional inn, hotel, guest house, or apartment 🙂
Use a local map of Sumida and Taito wards to find your way and/or customize this plan… Any comment or suggestion? E-mail the Yes in Japan team or add your message on social networks 🙂
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 🙂