Kappabashi-dori (かっぱばし/合羽橋) is a fascinating street for restaurant and cafe owners to buy specialist goods.  There are many plastic food model shops, with everything from plastic sushi to plastic beer!

Budget travel tips

  • As this is an area for restaurant owners, the prices for items such as cutlery can be very cheap.

  • The plastic food can be expensive in Kappabashi, so going somewhere like Tokyu Hands in Shibuya or Shinjuku may be better if you want to buy some.

  • Walk to Asakusa after instead of taking the train.

How to get there

From Shinjuku, take the JR Chuo line (orange JR line) to Kanda station (11 mins, 160 yen), then transfer take the Metro Ginza line (orange Metro line) to Tawaramachi station (8 mins, 160 yen).

From Shibuya, take the Metro Ginza line (orange Metro line) to Tawaramachi station (29 mins, 230 yen).


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.