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Checking Out A Supermarket

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  • Not just for groceries, but a new experience

  • High-end

  • Mid-range

  • Discount

  • Foreign Foods

  • Not just for groceries, but a new experience

    It really depends on where you’re located, but there’s a wide range of supermarkets in Japan catering to all tastes and budgets. Some are 24 hours, but most in the city close around 10 or 11pm, and in the countryside don’t be surprised when they close at 8pm! Also, while credit card acceptance is growing, many mid-range stores still require cash so it’s best to check in advance before you load up the cart.

    24 hours

    24 hours

  • High-end

    If you’re looking for $100 melons or beautifully packaged sweets, a high-end market will give you that and plenty more. Your best bet for finding food luxury is to go to a depa-chika, which means “below a department store”. Our favorite is below the Mitsukoshi department store in Ginza, but most nice department stores around the country have a great food section. Tokyu Food Show underneath Shibuya Station is chaotic in a fun way, and has incredible prepared meals.

    depa_chika

    depa_chika

  • Mid-range

    These are where most people shop, though even the mid-range has a variety of levels. Tokyu Store can be a good one to choose from, but there are many different ones out there. You can get nicely packaged sweets and snacks as well as daily items, and even a growing selection of imports. If you’re outside of an urban area you may be near an Aeon mall, which also usually has a big supermarket inside along with lots of other stores and restaurants.

    Mid-range

    Mid-range

  • Discount

    If you’re looking for something cheap and easy, or for reasonably-priced souvenirs, you’ll find discount shops all over, but especially in high-traffic residential areas. One of our favorite places to go is Ameyoko in Ueno, which has a bustling outdoor market as well as many discount shops and supermarkets in the area.

    Ameyoko

    Ameyoko

  • Foreign Foods

    You can get just about anything you want, especially in the cities, but if you’re looking for a niche foreign food you’ll have to look around. Your best bet will be high-end supermarkets, but small stores like Kaldi and Aeon Liquor have a lot of interesting products from all over the world, especially sweets and snacks.

    If you’re just dying for something specific it might be worth checking out a foreign-oriented supermarket like National Azabu, but otherwise we suggest trying as much of the local products as you can, even if you can’t read the package!

    Ameyoko
    Address
    Tokyo Taito Ueno 4 ‧ 6
    Phone
    0338325053
    Higashi Kyu Fod show
    Address
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Shibuya 2-24-1 Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Station, Toyoko Misenishi-kan B1
    Phone
    0334773111
    Nakameguro Main Store Tokyu Store
    Address
    Tokyo Meguro Kamimeguro 1-21-12
    Phone
    0337142456
    Kaldy Coffee Farm shinjukunishiguchi Hulk
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 1-5-1 Shinjuku Nishiguchi Hulk B2 F Hulk food
    Phone
    0333454101
    AEONLIQUOR Yotsuya
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku
    Phone
    0353691566
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