One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from JOC readers is what cookware and tableware they should buy when they visit Japan. With limited suitcase space, I understand I can’t suggest一切。Living in the U.S., I have trouble finding certain Japanese cookware and tableware from local stores or online stores, so I made a recommended list here for you.
My suggestions are really for someone who enjoys cooking Japanese food frequently and appreciates Japanese household items (if that’s not you, these also make great gift ideas for that person in your life who loves Japanese culture and cuisine!). If you’re lucky, you may be able to purchase these items easily where you are, but generally, these items are pretty difficult to find and can be very expensive compared to the price you pay while you’re in Japan.
1. Adjustable Stainless Steel Otoshibuta (Drop Lid) 落とし蓋
For the longest time, I’ve been waiting for someone or some company to sell these adjustable stainless steel otoshibuta on Amazon, but no luckyet。MTC Kitchen以19美元的价格出售它，但您可以在日本以不到10美元的价格找到Otoshibuta。上面的特定特定物约为800日元（$ 8）。因此，当您访问日本时，请抓住一个（或两个为您的日本烹饪伙伴）！
2. Tamagoyaki Pan 玉子焼きフライパン
Yes, there are some non-stick Tamagoyaki pans such as thiscopper Tamagoyaki panavailable on Amazon. But the quality of some pans I purchased before was not very good. If you do maketamagoyakifor your children’s bento or for your breakfast regularly, you might as well stop by a kitchen store and get one while visiting Japan. Here you can find my favorite T-fal brand in the picture below (top left) at Tokyu Hands in Shibuya store.
See all the choices of brands and sizes? These are much better quality and less expensive compared to ones you can find on Amazon.
You may think I’m silly for listing a ladle on your Japan shop list. But true story… I had a really hard time finding the perfect ladle for serving miso soup. All the ladles I purchased in the U.S. are a bit too big to serve into standard size miso soup bowls. I may sound picky, but I’ve purchased enough ladles to try and all the ladles that I end up keeping are all from Japan. Let me say this, the size, shape, angle of the stem, and the material of these ladles from Japan are just perfect. I rest my case.
Here I took the picture at Kappabashi Kitchen Town. So many different sizes, shapes, and utility of ladles! I also recommend visiting supermarkets (especially the one that has a 2nd floor for home and kitchen goods), Tokyu Hands, and even department store kitchen floor. Try holding the ladles and see the difference!
4. Rice Bowls & Miso Soup Bowls お茶碗・お味噌汁椀
Rice bowls and miso soup bowls are something that we use daily for Japanese families. We have MANY, many variations of rice bowls and miso soup bowls in Japan. High-quality wooden miso soup bowls that are made in Japan are hard to find in the US. While you’re traveling in Japan, grab some wooden bowls. They are light, easy to bring back, and make your daily miso soup more fun and elegant!
5. Bamboo Baskets
6. Ramen Bowls
Unlike donburi (rice bowl dish) bowls that rims go straight up, ramen bowls have a wide opening on the top with rim going outward. This is especially helpful when your ramen has lots of toppings.
And, you can actually see the soup! So, if you’re a huge ramen fan, do get some ramen bowls when you’re in Japan. Good quality and good looking ramen bowls are so hard to get in the U.S. I got mine at Kappabashi Kitchen Town.
On the other hand, if you love donburi dishes, do get a variety of donburi bowls. Donburi is very common meal in Japan, hence we have SO MANY kinds of beautiful donburi bowls.
If you are in Japan, you will see a lot of cute stores that sell kitchen and home goods. I love to stop by to check out some unique chopstick rests and chopsticks whenever I get a chance. Instead of buying a set of 4-5 pairs, I only buy one chopstick rest and a pair of chopsticks that I love from each store. I enjoy picking out which chopsticks and chopstick rests that would go well together, and everyone would have a different set. The mismatch is supposed to be fun!
8. Magewappa Bento Box
Bento (lunch box) is not only for children, adults can also enjoy it at school, work, or even at home. These wooden bento boxes, called theMagewappa(曲げわっぱ), not only is environmentally friendly, but they also make your lunches so much more appetizing and presentable.
It’s a lot more inexpensive to buy bento boxes in Japan than trying to buy online. You can purchase Magewappa at any tableware and bento stores, but it’s a lot easier to go to Tokyu Hands or a bento box section of the kitchen floor in department stores.
I forgot to mention. Bento box for adult is also great for portion control and perfect for those who try to lose some weight (aka me…).
9. Chiffon Cake Pans
This aluminum chiffon cake pan from Asai Shoten (浅井商店) is VERY famous and you can go to the store in Kappabashi Kitchen Town to find them.
10. Plates & Bowls
Some people enjoy shopping for clothes and shoes, but I enjoy getting new kitchen gadgets, pots and pans, and my endless love – plates and bowls. I especially love ceramics from Japan that are so delicate, unique, and of course, handmade.
Some of the plates and bowls are from my grandmother, so they are sentimental pieces to me. My mom kept them in boxes for me knowing that I would need these for Just One Cookbook. I am just happy that I can continue to use this special heirloom tableware.
If you’re curious about how I pack and bring them back home, you can see myInstagram Storiestitled “Packing” in my profile, where I explained some tips on wrapping the ceramics and packing them in the boxes.
The picture below – Things I brought back in 2019:今年，我们必须在Imari，Arita和Imbe（Bizenware）访问和购物。
The picture below – Things I brought back in 2019:A square copper tamagoyaki pan, different sized Yukihira pots and Shokupan pan were on my list.
The picture below – Things I brought back in 2018:主要来自我妈妈和奶奶的收藏，以及我朋友的一些礼物。
The picture below – Things I brought back in 2018: These are actually from Thailand – I brought them to Japan, and then brought them back to the US.
The picture below – Things I brought back in 2018:These white plates are all from Le Baise in Kappabashi Kitchen Town in Tokyo.
The picture below – Things I brought back in 2018:Unfortunately, this happened a few times, even though I had carefully wrapped them individually.
The picture below – Things I brought back in 2017:我从顶部到曼谷旅行的陶瓷和其余的都是日本陶瓷。
The picture below – Things I brought back in2016：大多数陶瓷来自横滨的一家百货公司Takashimaya。其余的是我妈妈的。
- 全部egory Home Toolsin Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku
- 阿玛哈雷in Shirokanedai, Minato-ku
- Aoba-doin Shirakawa, Koto-ku
- 在Kiln Aoyamain Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
- Beniya Mingeitenin Komaba, Meguro-ku
- Bloom & Branchin Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
- Bondoin Kichijoji Hon-cho, Musashino-shi
- 卡西卡in Shinkiba, Koto-ku
- Chidoriin Misaki-cho, Chiyoda-ku
- CLASKA Gallery & Shop “DO”in Chuo-cho, Meguro-ku
- Dengamain Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku
- FALLin Nishiogikita, Suginami-ku
- Fragilein Ginza, Chuo-ku
- Gyokusendoin Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
- Japanese Pottery shop (Aritayaki Yakimono Ichiba)在Hiroo，shibuya-ku
- Jokogumoin Shirogane-cho, Shinjuku-ku
- Kagure Omotesandoin Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
- Kahahoriin Kichijoji Minami-cho, Musashino-shi
- Kakesu Zakkatenin Kappabashi Kitchen Town, Asakusa, Taito-ku
- Kappabashi Kitchen Streetin Asakusa, Taito-ku
- KnulpAA Galleryin Shakujiimachi, Nerima-ku
- Koharuanin Yarai-cho, Shinjuku-ku
- Kohoroin Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku
- La Ronde d’Argilein Wakamiya-cho, Shinjuku-ku
- Lion Potteryin Chuo-cho, Meguro-ku
- MARKUSin Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi
- Migo Labo在Gohongi，Meguro-ku
- Migratoryin Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku
- Mist∞in Kichijoji Kitamachi, Musashino-shi
- Monsenin Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku
- Outboundin Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi
- Pond Galleryin Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku
- potpurriin Shirakawa, Koto-ku
- Proto Tablewares and Precious在库拉马，塔托·库（Taito-ku）
- Roundaboutin Uehara, Shibuya-ku
- Rozanin Nishiogikita, Suginami-ku
- Shouan诈欺在Shouan Suginami-ku
- SMLin Aobadai, Meguro-ku
- Sonomonoin Nagasaki, Toshima-ku
- 索拉在Himonya Meguro-ku
- Spiral Marketin Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
- Style Hugin Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
- Syuroin Torigoe, Taito-ku
- Takahashi Sohontenin Kappabashi Kitchen Town, Asakusa, Taito-ku
- Takumiin Ginza, Chuo-ku
- Tasogare-doin Nezu, Bunkyo-ku
- Tenohain Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
- Teshigoto在Todoroki Setagaya-ku
- Touan Yabukitain Kappabashi Kitchen Town, Asakusa, Taito-ku
- Utsuwa Aoba-doin Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
- Utsuwa Daifukuin Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
- utsuwa dokoro kurumiin Kamiogi, Suginami-ku
- Utsuwa Kaedein Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
- Utsuwa Kenshin在shibuya，shibuya-ku
- Utsuwa Shizenin Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
- Utsuwa Partyin Komaba, Meguro-ku
- Vada Antiquesin Kichijoji Hon-cho, Musashino-shi
- 明智的工具in Akasaka, Minato-ku
- Zakka Tsuchi no Kiokuin Asagaya Minami, Suginami-ku
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Have you brought back anything for your kitchen while visiting Japan? What are your favorites? Comment below and share your stories with us!
Editor’s Note:This post was originally published on September 9, 2018. The content has been updated in September 2019.