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    Going to Japan, any suggestions?

    I'm going to Japan this October and does anyone know which areas/cities are best for buying quality knives?

    This might be a stupid question as it might be everywhere up there, but to be honest I have zero clue where to go(sight seeing), eat, buy knives or anything else, cause I have not really planned anything yet.

    Suggestions anyone?

    Anything is appreciated!

    Karlo

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    I'm going to Japan too in oct.. where do you intend to go on your trip

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    Quote Originally Posted by ynot1985 View Post
    I'm going to Japan too in oct.. where do you intend to go on your trip
    tokyo and osaka are the only two places in mind right now, we only have 7 days in the country so we might not have time to move around more…

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    7 days is not a very long time in Japan. I'm not sure if you have been to Japan before but from Osaka, you can do day trips to Nara, Kobe , Himeji or even Hiroshima if you get a Kansai/Hiroshima jr pass.

    For knives, Sakai is the place to go.

    I plan to go to the seki knife show but sadly it's in the middle of no where

    For eating and shopping, Tokyo is amazing.. My fav is the fish markets at tsukiji.. They will move to a new location in November so def worth going before it closes. I also plan to go to a ramen festival at the end of October in tokyo

    In Tokyo, kappodashi is the place to go for kitchen ware/knives and stones but I would say Kyoto and Osaka is better for that in general as they are more specialised for it.

    If you need more info, let me know

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    What's the fish market going to go? Going in November. Hope we can still have some sushi

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    I would visit Sakai, Kyoto and Tokyo.

    Were in Kyoto and Tokyo last year and it was great (couldn't make Sakai unfortunately... next time ). Knife-places to go in my opinion:

    Kyoto


    knives: Aritsugu @ Nishiki market or maybe Shigeharu (more simpler knives but very friendly owner and on the other side of the street there is a great store for antique katanas )
    nat. stones: they have some at Aritsugu and Furata (near Fushimi Inari), but the best adress IMHO were some no name tool shops in that region.

    Tokyo

    Teruyasu Fujiwara! I bit off center but a great store, great people and ever better knives (if you have the chance to hand select one )

    and of course:
    Tsukiji and Kappabashi

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    Quote Originally Posted by rami_m View Post
    What's the fish market going to go? Going in November. Hope we can still have some sushi
    It's moving to the other side of the bay (east).. where it sits now is prime real estate.. so close to ginza and the financial district

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