Osaka’s Destination for Food Travelers
Located in the Namba area, Sennichimae Doguyasuji (which roughly translates to “Cooking Tools Street”), or simply Doguyasuji, is Osaka’s Kitchen Street selling wholesale kitchenware to professionals and home cooks alike.
The History of Doguyasuji
The path of Doguyasuji was once a pilgrimage route between Hozenji Temple down to Shitennoji Temple. In the 1880s, general stores opened up to sell antique furniture to merchants. Then in 1912, a great fire destroyed everything which resulted in rebuilding the area to introduce specialty wholesale shops.
Doguyasuji was completely destroyed again in 1945 by aerial bomb raids. After the warm, the demolished area became a black market for illegal goods. Then in the early 1950s, the city cleaned up and revived the street.
The arcade we see today was built in 1970 along the 150-meter shopping arcade. Since 1985, the street celebrates Doguyasuji Festival every October 9 with the stores offering massive sales for that day, week, or month.
How to Get There
Doguyasuji can be accessed from either side of the shopping arcade. You can either tell your taxi driver, “Doguyasuji” or you can simply walk to the arcade from one of the nearby subway stations:
– 3-minute walk from Namba station
– 5-minute walk from Nippombashi station
If you are already in the Minami area, you can also easily walk over from there:
– 6-minute walk from Kuromon Market
– 10-minute walk from Dotonbori
Wholesale Restaurant & Kitchen Supplies
Today, Doguyasuji continues to house specialty kitchen and restaurant shops under its covered arcade. The stores sell a massive range of goods such as knives, pots, pans, ceramics, wooden trays, utensils, restaurant signs, appliances, and plastic food.
The main target audience for the shops is professional cooks and restaurants. However, tourists are also encouraged to purchase with the Duty-Free shopping offer for orders over $50 USD.
Osaka’s Kitchen Street vs. Tokyo’s Kitchen Street
Osaka’s Kitchen Street is often compared to Tokyo’s Kitchen Street. While both cities offer locals and tourists a massive selection of kitchenware, they also have major differences.
Span of Shops: Tokyo’s Kappabashi Street spans 600 meters of block after block of specialty stores, whereas Osaka’s Doguyasuji spans just 150 meters in one single block. With its longer stretch of space, Tokyo’s stores are mainly one level. Osaka’s stores are mostly multiple levels to make up for the one-block shopping arcade.
Goods & Supplies: Kappabashi Street offers a general range of kitchenware for most Japanese dishes and even international cuisines. Doguyasuji sells many appliances and utensils catering to local regional dishes, such as okonomiyaki and takoyaki.
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Website & Hours
Daily, 10am to 6pm (for most stores)
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