Knife sharpening demonstration. (Photo: Sherilyn Siy)


Nihonbashi's cutlery store since 1792

Sherilyn Siy   - 1 min read

If you are satisfied with cheap, mass produced knives from the ¥100 shop, Kiya is not for you. Japan's most famous knife brand, established more than 200 years ago is only for the discriminating. Japanese dedicate specific knives for specific food items and at Kiya you can purchase a high-quality knife that has been especially crafted to best cut that food item. Their bestselling knife is the deba knife, a raw fish carver sharpened only on one side to separate bones with precision. When you invest in a good knife, you preserve the integrity of the food you are slicing or chopping, instead of losing all form and flavor onto the choping board due to a dull knife. Cutlery makes a great gift as it is considered a tool of good fortune. As a tribute to the quality of the work of skilled artisans, there is an art gallery right beside Kiya's shop featuring artistic quality handmade wares.

Getting there

Easy access from Exit A7 of Mitsukoshimae Station of the Ginza Line or Hanzomon Line. Head towards COREDO.

Sherilyn Siy

Sherilyn Siy @sherilyn.siy

For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2...