Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shotengai is a 150m-long shopping street in Osaka that is famous for selling all kinds of kitchen utensils and restaurant supplies. You’ll find everything from Japanese cutlery to tableware to takoyaki grills to food packaging, and much more. There are even stores that specialize in very specific aspects of the restaurant business – there’s one store that only sells grills and charcoal and another that only sells plastic replica food (shokuhin sampuru).
This famous street’s roots started in the late 1800s and originally connected Sennichimae in Hozenji to Odaishi-san in Tennoji Temple and Imamiya Ebisu Shrine. Tradesmen would set up general and antique stores along this road. In the early 20th century, the area developed into a place for wholesale stores and specialty manufacturing stores. In 1970, the covered arcade was built and Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shotengai, as we know it today, was created. In 1985, the first Doguyasuji Festival was held, which has now become an annual event with sales and cooking demonstrations.
Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street is a must-see for chefs and restaurateurs who visit Osaka, but it’s also a fun place for enthusiastic home cooks looking for specialty tools and souvenirs. And as Osaka is dubbed the “nation’s kitchen,” it’s the perfect place for a passionate foodie to visit.