Translated by Laura Jacob
Fake Foods: 4 Must-Visit Food Sample Shops In Asakusa's Kappabashi
10 minutes from Asakusa, Kappabashi is a popular area for those interested in the greatly detailed plastic food samples often displayed in Japanese restaurants.
Written by Hori Yuhei
Kappabashi in Asakusa is renowned for being home to numerous shops selling cooking utensils. In recent years, this neighborhood has become a popular destination amongst tourists because of its many food sample shops. Each of these seemingly countless food sample shops has its own specialties and unique features.
To help travelers who are unsure of which of these food sample shops to visit, this article will present the vast range of food sample shops in Kappabashi.
Maizuru: Rich Assortment of Souvenir Goods
Maizuru is a well established business that has been in the food sample business for 70 years. Even now, the shop remains a popular destination, often being featured in both domestic and international TV and magazines.
Endless rows of food samples await you in the shop. You might find yourself engaged in a tough debate on whether to purchase a cell phone accessory, smartphone stand, or even the commercial-use food sample.
For those who would prefer not to take home a bulkier, large sample, how about a keychain that can fit in the palm of your hand as a souvenir of your trip?
Their sushi clock is so popular that they cannot produce it quickly enough to meet the high demand.
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Nishi-Asakusa 1-5-17
Credit Cards: most major cards
Nearest Station: Tawaramachi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), Iriya Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
Website: Maizuru (Japanese)