Dec. 08, 2017 UPDATE

Five carefully selected Japanese kitchenware stores in Kyoto

There is something addictive about Japanese cutlery and other kitchenware. And when you add the traditional feel of Kyoto to them, you have something really interesting in your hands.
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Kyoto has a really traditional feel to it, but it’s also a city of artisanship, and you can buy some excellent handmade things in Kyoto. This time we’re going to take a look at some of the best kitchenware stores Kyoto has to offer. We have products from frying pans to bento boxes, and you can find them all in Kyoto. I’m sure that these products will make your dinner table look even more appetizing.

1Kitchen Shop Kawataki-Kyoto

You can find Kawataki close to Nishiki Market, and at this store, you can find many great kitchen products from all over Japan. The wooden kitchen products they sell especially stand out. 

 


These cast iron pots are perfect for cooking rice! The thick walls of these pots make sure that the rice is cooked evenly, and as you know, the Japanese really do take their rice seriously. So if you want to be sure that your rice has the best possible taste, buy one of these. 


You can also buy such wooden products as Japanese grinding bowls sticks which you can use to grind sesame seeds in your suribachi. If you buy some of these, you’re sure to feel Japanese even at home. 


Kitchen Shop Kawataki-Kyoto

Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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2Aritsugu

If you want to make good food, you of course need to have a good kitchen knife. And what better place to look for a knife than at Aritsugu which you can find in the middle of Nishiki Market. 


No matter whether you’re a professional chef or just dipping your toes in the culinary world, you’re sure to find a great-quality knife at Aritsugu. These knives are already famous worldwide, and you can find them in the kitchens of many famous chefs. 

 


They also have other cute things, like these little shape cutters which you can use for vegetables or when making cookies. These will surely be a hit with children! 


Aritsugu

Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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3Mumokuteki

The first floor of Mumokuteki is Japanese zakka, everyday objects, and the second floor is a restaurant specializing in healthy food. The warm atmosphere of the shop is very inviting. 

 


This shop’s specialty is also in the way they use wood to make the space feel farm. It’s very easy to find handmade things here, and the shop wants us to return to a more basic form of living; a state of nature. 

 


You can find some great wooden spoons to use when eating ramen or other wooden utensils. The wooden utensils feel warmer than metallic ones; more natural. If you want your house to feel a bit warmer, consider going to Mumokuteki. 


mumokuteki goods & wears

Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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4D&DEPARTMENT KYOTO

D&DEPARTMENT KYOTO is a store by Kyoto University of Art and Design, and the most special thing about it is its location. It’s located on the grounds of Bukko-ji Temple, together with a restaurant, so you can both shop and eat inside the peaceful temple. 


Kyoto is known for its earthenware and metal works, but I’d like to especially pay attention to the handmade metalwork they sell. They are all handmade so they are going to last a long time, and can be used for many things like taking out tofu from a pot. 

 


The Japanese spice jars and pots look so good that they’re going to completely transform your kitchen. To think that if you buy these you’d get to see them every day when making food. 


D&DEPARTMENT KYOTO by Kyoto University of Art and Design

Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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5Bento&co

Bento&co is located close to the shopping street of Teramachi, and they sell all kinds of lunch box products. It's hard not to notice this store, as the bento boxes are colorful, cute and pop. 

 


Japanese bento boxes are a unique and cute cultural phenomenon and at this store, you can find some really cool and pretty ones. The wooden and lacquerware ones are especially nice and have an especially great Japanese feel to them. 


Of course, when it comes to Japanese bentos, you have to have cute picks in them. If you have these when you go on a picnic, your friends are sure to be surprised! 


Bento&co

Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ] STAFF DETAIL
These Japanese kitchen tools are interesting, colorful, and look so nice that they might even transform you into an almost professional chef! I’m sure that you’ll have more fun cooking if you go to some of these shops.
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