Japanese grocery store list

(Last updated 2/12/2013)

Looking for a shopping list to start your Japanese cooking adventures? Start here!

Bento fans should also check Where and how to buy bento boxes and equipment on our sister site, Just Bento.

A frequently heard lament: Help! I can't find [insert Japanese ingredient] at an Asian store!

A general Asian grocery store/supermarket is not the same as a Japanese grocery store. Most large general Asian stores are Chinese-focused (e.g. Paristore in France), or Korean-focused (e.g. H-Mart in the U.S.). This means that they only have limited shelf space for Japanese food. Yes, there is a difference between the cuisines!

For the best selection of Japanese groceries, go to the stores that are specified as being Japanese. (Two chains with supermarket-level stores are Mitsuwa and Marukai in the U.S. Seattle-area mini-chain Uwajimaya also has supermarket-sized stores.) Your second choice is Korean stores, who usually stock a large selection of Japanese foods. Chinese focused groceries generally only carry a small selection of Japanese food, and may even carry pretending-to-be-Japanese-but-really not food (such as snacks with odd Japanese on them). See this article about where to get Japanese foodstuffs for more.

shoppingbag-j.pngThis is a rapidly growing set of lists of Japanese grocery stores around the world. Ambitious yes, but with the help of Just Hungry readers, we hope to put together a definitive collection of lists. This is definitely a work in progress - please bookmark it and check back often. Note that Korean and Chinese groceries are also noted sometimes, since they often carry a lot of Japanese ingredients.

This is a list put together by you, the reader

We need your help! Tell us about your local Japanese grocery stores! in the comments! Please include the following information if possible - and please add the comment to the appropriate geographical region. Thank you!

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I've added an additional category for stores in Japan that visitors shouldn't miss - for selection, uniqueness, etc.

Additional comments, corrections etc. for already listed stores are always welcome.

Filed under:  japanese ingredients shopping equipment and supplies

Japanese grocery stores in the United States and territories

This list is sporadically updated but should be reasonably current.

Japanese food is getting more and more popular across the United States. Korean-oriented markets also carry a lot of Japanese food supplies. (Chinese markets do not necessarily carry Japanese food, though they may have some items.)

Note that Amazon Groceries carries several Japanese food products..

Below is a reader-contributed list of brick-and-mortar Japanese grocery stores and stores selling food-related items in the United States. Don't forget to look through the comments also! Note that California and the New York-New Jersey - Connecticut areas have their own pages.

Bento fans should also check Where and how to buy bento boxes and equipment on our sister site, Just Bento.

Nationwide chains

99 Ranch Market
Chinese and English web site
Chinese chain. General Asian food supplies. Many locations throughout California, one in Las Vegas, two in Washington State, one in Georgia.
English web site
Worldwide store list
Daiso is a Japanese dollar store type chain. They seem to be expanding rapidly overseas. They have 9 stores in the U.S. as of Feb. 2008 according to their website, all in California and Washington State, but keep checking to see if they are opening more. A good source of cheap kitchenware, tableware, non-perishable food items and bento supplies (selection differs according to the location).
Han Ah Rheum/Super-H/H-Mart
A rapidly expanding Korean supermarket chain with stores in NY, NJ, PA, CO, IL, MD, CA, WA, CA, DC; expanding to other states (TX, etc.).
Stores in California, Illinois and New Jersey (addresses listed below in the regional sections). Mostly supermarket size stores. Often with a mini-mall with independent stores attached.



17th Street Farmer’s Market
840 E 17th St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 792-2588
Comments: "Also a fairly large market with lots of locally grown produce and a really nice fish market. This market doesn’t supply as much as G & L (see below) however but does have a fairly decent Asian grocery section. -(Reiko)
G &L Imports
4828 E 22nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: (520) 790-9016
Comments: "This is a fairly large market for lots of different types of Asian groceries and household items. Additionally, they have a warm foods cabinet where you can get char-siu, bao, noodles, and the occasional bbq duck. They will also take orders for any of their hot foods if you like to order in advance for pick up." -(Reiko)
Sandyi Oriental Market
4270 E Pima St.
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: (520) 320-0389
Comments: "Mostly a Korean market but has LOTS of Japanese groceries and household items. This is my favorite place to shop and not just because it’s less than five minutes away from where I live. It’s a small store but clean and well organized and run by a very friendly family. Often this store carries some of the harder-to-obtain items that can’t be found at the other markets in my area (like a huge selection of pre-packaged tsukemono, ice cream bars, new crop rice, and many different types of frozen fish). I also come here because the owners make take-out foods like spicy fried chicken and sushi, all nicely packaged up. They also offer fresh bakery goods, individually packaged." -(Reiko)


See the California page.


Pacific Mercantile Co
1925 Lawrence St
Denver, CO USA
Comments: "I’ve shopped here for years. Beautiful produce, excellent fresh fish counter, foods from or used in Japan — canned, frozen, dry-packaged. Large varieties of rice, seaweed, noodles, tea. They also have a housewares section. The store is downtown so parking is metered." - (Harper)
Pacific Ocean Int’l Supermarket
2200 W Alameda Ave # 2B
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 935-2470
Comments: "Chinese, Japanese and other Asian products. Very large (larger than it looks from outside). Large nice produce selection. This is where I come if I can’t find something anyplace else. Not a lot of ambience and the location looks run-down but lots of parking and good prices." - (Harper)


Atlanta area

Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340
Tel: (770) 455-0770
Comments: "The store does have a bit of a funny smell to it but it is half spanish half asian. They have a good selection of food and a small area for kitchen supplies with onigiri molds and dumpling makers. Not bad if you know what you want." -(Jessica)
Gwinnett International Farmers Market
3825 Shackleford Road
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 921-8288
Comments: "This store has much more kitchen items such as takoyaki pans, mandolin slicers, fish shaped pancake molds. They also have a good food selection and also an area with food to order." -(Jessica)
Super H Mart
2550 Pleasant Hill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30349
(678) 417-0206
Also at
6335 State Route 85
Riverdale, GA 30274
(this location has more housewares, gift items, Sanrio, etc)
Comments: "of course the creme of the crop. Very busy on the weekends but a great selection. They have 2 locations in the atlanta area and are building a 3rd this year." - (Jessica)


Tokyo Mart
Monticello Plaza
Chalan San Antonio
Tamuning Guam
Comment: "Compact but fairly complete shop with twice a week shipments from Japan. Canned, frozen, dry goods, bakery items, fresh produce, fresh and frozen fish mainly from Japan, small meats selection from the US featuring Angus beef and Berkshire pork. Some European gourmet food items. There is a tiny kitchen that provides an extensive selection of ready made bento meals daily. Housewares, beauty and health products, Japanese-language video shop, and Japanese magazine subscription service also available. Located near Cost-U-Less, with a large adjacent parking lot." - *santos*


There are several Japanese markets in Hawaii, and regular supermarkets and convenience stores like 7-11 and ABC Stores also stock some Japanese-ish snacks and so on.

(See Bento sightseeing in Hawaii)

Marukai Wholesale Mart
2310 Kamehameha Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Tel: (808) 845-5051
Also 2 other location (check website)
English and Japanese web site
Comments: "Japanese Food, Fresh Food, Bento, Asian Food, Hawaiian Food, Souvenirs(Chocolate, Cookies, Coffee, etc.), Liquor, Beddings and Furniture, Health Products, Home Furnishings, Appliances, and Antiques." -(anon)

Other stores - listings to be added: Shirokiya, Don Quijote,


Mitsuwa Chicago
100 E. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 956-6699
English website, Japanese website
Said to have bento supplies. Open 7 days/week.
Sea Ranch Grocery
3223 Lake Ave
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-7010
Comments: "My mom has shopped here for decades. It’s a small shop but densely packed with Japanese groceries. Next door is a fish store, you can order sushi platters or purchase slabs of fish that you can slice at home." - (JO)
J Toguri
851 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL
Tel: 773 929 3500
Comment: "I wanted to recommend a store in Chicago I haven’t seen listed on here. It’s pretty small and most of it is devoted to gift items and books, however there is a decent size section of Japanese foods. If you can’t make it out to Mitsuwa, and need a basic staple this may be a good choice."


Asia Oriental Market
2400 Yeager Road
West Lafayette, IN
Comments:"They try to be a (small) grocery store that covers all of Asia, so their Japanese selection is a bit limited, but still worlds beyond a standard grocery store. Their produce isn’t good, but that have a lot of canned/dried/refrigerated stuff you can’t get much anywhere else around here." -(Randomscrub)
One World Market
8466 Castleton Corner Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Tel: (317) 842-3442
Comments: "We just visited this store today and were very pleased. It has a nice variety of everything, including fresh vegetables and fish as well as sushi. I don’t have the hours, but they are closed Monday." -(anon)
Sakura Mart
2450 E 71st St
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Small store, focusing mainly on pantry goods, frozen foods, and snacks, but they do have some housewares and fresh things. Their sushi-to-go case is a cut above as their sushi comes from the related Sakura Restaurant next door, which is often acknowledged as the best place in town for sushi. Some prices are a little high, but on the whole they are comparable to pan-Asian markets in the area, and have a much larger selection of Japanese goods than anywhere else in the Indy area. -(Denise)


New Orleans metro area

Hong Kong Market
925 Behrman Highway
Gretna, LA
Comments: "They do not have a web site, but there is a good review with pictures here. This is a huge supermarket with an incredible selection of Asian foods. The market is located in a strip mall targeted towards the large Vietnamese population in New Orleans, but there are a lot of Japanese and Chinese products. There is a large frozen foods section (with green tea and red bean ice cream!) and a house wares section with dishes, sushi supplies, rice cookers, etc. They carry Japanese candies and sodas also. I have always been able to find what I am looking for there. They do not carry bento gear." - (Traci)


Kotobukiya (CLOSED)
1815 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
297 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617-661-1194
Comments: "Korean grocer. Small store, jam-packed with things like the biggest bags of red peppers I’ve ever seen. -(Pam)
152 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
Comments: "Korean-Japanese grocer. Tiny store with good selection." -(Pam)
Reliable Market
45 Union Square
Somerville, MA
Tel: 617-623-9620
Comments: "Korean-Japanese grocer. Large store with excellent selection and reasonable prices." -(Pam)


Several Japanese bloggers living in Michigan mentioned they go to the Mitsuwa supermarket near Chicago (see Illinois listings).

Hiller’s Marketplace
3615 Washtenaw Avenue (in the Arborland Mall at US 23)
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Open 8 AM to 11 PM Monday through Saturday; 8 AM to 9 PM on Sunday
Tel: 734-677-2370
English web site
Comments: "This is a real surprise: a locally owned chain of grocers with a great selection of Japanese food. They may have only 2 packages of each item on the shelf, but they must have 50 different items. And they restock regularly so the stuff has not sat for years waiting for a buyer! They also have a whole freezer case devoted to frozen foods, and some refrigerated items. Apparently one of their stores has an even better selection “at 14 Mile and Haggerty Roads is home to Metro Detroit’s most extensive Japanese food selection. Come speak with Satomi Matsuda, who directs our Japanese services division to discover a whole world of new flavors and healthy eating.”" -(Tess)
Hua Xing Asia Market
1867 Washtenaw Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Tel: (734) 528-3355
Comments: "Huge pan-Asian store. It used to be a car dealership and you can see that history in its current layout. There is a decent selection of Japanese staples, snacks, and frozen foods, but you have to go up and down the aisles because the store is not organized by “culture.” Good fresh produce (though sometimes it’s not so fresh). Live fish and turtles and frogs can be frightening, but they also have cleaned and filleted fish that is very fresh. They also have a selection of dishes and equipment." -(Tess)
Korean Market
(It actually has a Korean name, but it escapes me right now -Tess)
3893 Platt Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Tel: (734) 487-9898
Comments: "Tiny store located in a strip-mall anchored by a gas station. It took me months to venture in because it looked so small, but when I did: WOW! Most of the merchandise is Korean, but they have the freshest Japanese vegetables anywhere. Occasionally they have very fresh fish. They stock all the Japanese staples you’ll need on shelves or refrigerated/frozen. They even have some equipment and dishes! Just think “skinny” and don’t even try to use the shopping carts: the aisles are that narrow." -(Tess)
Koyama Shoten
37176 Six Mile Rd
Livonia, MI 48152
Tel: 734-464-1480
Comments: "Although I like to shop at One World Market listed [below], since this store is only 5 minutes from my house, this is where I usually go to get quick, fresh, entirely lovely sushi and Japanese ingredients. Koyama Shoten is the typical small neighborhood-style store, however it stocks a very high-quality selection of fresh ingredients such as vegetables and fish. Both the frozen and the dry goods sections have almost anything you would need, but with less options than a big store. I like the basket on the front counter with its daily selection of warm roll-your-own hand rolls in convenience packaging. They rent Japanese videos and sell magazines, sundries, etc as well. And finally, I love that this store is a very friendly family-owned store!" -(anon)
"They have a very nice and clean grocery store as well as a very friendly and helpful staff. They occasionally have a few bento boxes and they always have a small variety of picks, separators, and other kitchen items. They have a lovely selection of ceramics. They also rent movies and have magazines." -(Kirsten)
42705 Grand River Ave, #B
Novi, Michigan, 48375
Tel: 248-374-3200
English and Japanese web site
Comments: "Mirai is such a special place here in the Detroit area, that even though it is not a grocery store, I feel that it must be mentioned. Where else in a Midwestern industrial state like Michigan could you possibly find 250 Japanese magazines? A broad selection of Japanese books and learning materials for children and adults? The PERFECT brush pen, as well as a good selection of brushes & ink stones for sumi-e, kanji paper, and other needs of the Japanese student? They have a coffee bar (green tea slushies!) and snacks in a refrigerated case, so maybe it counts as a grocery store after all. They also carry a good selection of origami paper and a few books, many gift and decorative items, Japanese cosmetics, and a huge rental video section." -(anon)
Noble Fish
45 E. 14 Mile Rd
Clawson,MI 48017-2132.
(248) 585-2314
"Sushi bar in back. Most comprehensive Japanese grocery store. Closed Mondays." (from the web)
One World Market
42705 Grand River Ave, #B
Novi MI 48375
Cross Streets: Between Market St and Constitution
Tel: 248-374-0844
Webpage with details
Comments: "This store is so big it really is a super-market, and is about the size of 3 small “neighborhood” Japanese grocery stores! You will find here a very large selection of beautiful fresh fish and an excellent variety of fresh Japanese vegetables. They also have a large case of frozen goods, a decent-sized section that stocks Japanese health and beauty aids and kitchen appliances, what looks to me to be a large selection of sake, and really wonderful sushi! I have heard that this store is the “sister store” to the locally highly-regarded Noble Fish. Both carry excellent and similar sushi. You can rent Japanese videos and buy Japanese books, magazines, cosmetics, origami paper, writing materials, etc from Mirai 2 doors north." -(anon)
"All Japanese groceries. Very fresh fish, nice produce, large frozen food section, lots of Japanese snacks and pantry staples, some dishes/equipment." -(Tess)
Oriental Mart
2800 East Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 337-2519
Comments: "Very large grocery store. Everything for Chinese, Japanese, Indian cooking and more. Organized vaguely by region. Fresh fish, produce, cooking equipment etc. Staff very helpful." - (Todd)
Tsai Grocery
3115 Oak Valley Drive
Cross Streets: Between Airey Ct and Scio Church Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Tel: 734-995-0422
Comments: "This store is as big as One World Market, but it has less Japanese items overall, as it has well-stocked subsections of Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, and Philippine ingredients as well. It has good sushi which comes from a restaurant (Godaiko) a few doors away. The produce selection is fresh and varied, and there are more choices in the frozen and meat sections since other Asian cuisines are represented. The store carries interesting sundry items as well. This is a great place to shop, but quite a drive from most of the Detroit suburbs where there are other good options, although without as many ingredients from different Asian cultures under one storefront." -(anon)
"Good selection of Japanese food (they also own the Japanese restaurant next door), especially a good variety of miso, tofu, konyaku, pickles, and other refrigerated items. The Japanese sections are separated from other Asian foods: soy sauce, tamari, vinegar, noodles, canned goods, and snacks have shelf space distinct from Chinese, Korean, Thai etc. merchandise. Large selection of frozen foods (fish, meats, prepared products). Some cheap household goods (plastic strainers, flip flops, vegetable peelers), some nice dishes, good electric rice cookers and other equipment." -(Tess)


United Noodles
2015 E 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Monday to Saturday: 9am - 7pm, Sunday: 9am - 6pm
Tel: 612-721-6677 Fax: 612-721-2019
Email: info [at] unitednoodles [dot] com
Comments: "has some Japanese products, not a whole lot." -(JO)
"i’m not sure how long it’s been since you’ve been to united noodles, but last time i was there (last month), they had expanded their japanese products considerably. nothing compared to, say, uwajimaya in portland, but they do carry stuff that i’ve had a difficult time finding here in chicago, such as the ajishima brand furikake with no preservatives or MSG. i always stock up whenever i go home and end up coming back with more food in my suitcase than clothing. ^^" -(army_kitten)


Chong’s Oriental Market
701 Locust St
Columbia, MO
Tel: (573) 443-1977
Comments: "It is a smallish store but they have a great variety of items… some fresh veggies, lots of canned items, refrigerated section, frozen section. People are very friendly. They have some cooking utensils too. I was able to pick up a Benriner mandolin slicer cheaper than I’d seen it online!"


99 Ranch Market
(owned and operated by independent licensee, whatever that means)
4155 W. Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Tel: (702) 364-8899
Hours: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Part of 99 Ranch chain of Chinese/Asian markets. See top of page for details.

New York, North New Jersey, Connecticut

See the NY-NJ-CT page.


Jungle Jim’s International Grocery
5440 Dixie Hwy (Rte. 4)
Fairfield, OH 45014
Phone: 513-674-6000, Fax: 513-674-6001
Email: contactus at junglejims dot com
7 Days a Week 8am - 10pm
Web site
Comments: "This is in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati, a huge six-acre grocery store that specializes in carrying foodstuffs from around the world as well as more everyday grocery items. Their Japanese section is pretty well stocked with frozen and non-perishables. To date, I have not noticed any bento boxes, although they do carry some chopsticks and onigiri molds in the cookware section, which is worth a look. A must-see for any foodie, really." -(DM)
Tensuke Market
1167 Old Henderson Rd
Columbus, OH 43220
Mon-Sat 10:00 - ?, Sun 12:00 - ?
Comments: "Popular Japanese grocery store with a decent selection of perishables, non-perishables and frozen foods. They also carry sushi grade fish. Customers are primarily Japanese. In the same shopping center is a Japanese gift store, bakery, and a sushi bar." -(DM)
A fairly detailed review of their takeout sushi etc.

Pennsylvania and South New Jersey

See also the NY-NJ-CT page.

Han Ah Reum/H-Mart
7320 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Tel : 215-782-1801
also at
7050 Terminal Sq.
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Tel : 610-734-1001
also at
1720 Marlton Pike.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Tel : 856-489-4611
Nation-wide chain. See top of page for general comments.
Comments: "These are all within minutes from downtown Philadelphia. I’ve personally never been, but commenters above have already mentioned their wares." - (yoko)
36 N. Narberth Avenue
Narberth, PA 19072
(about 25 minutes from downtown Philly)
(610) 747-0557, fax (610) 747-0541
Email:seiko [at] maidookini [dot] com
English site, Japanese site
Comments: "Small store, but good selection of produce, frozen items, and packaged foods. Also has a limited selection of toiletries, household appliances, books, magazines, and paraphenalia. There is a lunch counter where you can get made-to-order okonomiyaki and yakisoba, as well as onigiri and sometimes sushi." - (yoko)
"The store is small but seemed to have a good selection of Japanese foods. They also sell (or maybe rent) DVDs and other media. There is a lunch counter that serves okonomiyaki, and they also make and sell onogiri." -(Valerie)
Tokyo Japanese Store (東京商店)
5855 Ellsworth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Tel: 412 661 3777 Fax: 412 661 3773
mailorder [at] tokyostorepgh [dot] com
Japanese and English web site
10 am–7 pm (Tues–Sat) 10 am–5 pm (Sun) Closed Monday; Parking space available
Comments: "A small store with nice staff. They sell a selection of Japanese staples and frozen foods, as well as cup ramen and a reasonably-sized video rental corner. No alcohol, thanks to the Commonwealth. They generally take a couple vacations a year where they’re closed for a week or two, one around Thanksgiving." -(Christina)
"Tokyo is small but it’s the only Japanese run Japanese food store in Pittsburgh that I know of. It has the basics, sells Japanese style pastries/sweet bread (melon pan, etc.) and even has some rentals for Japanese TV shows. My favorite thing about the store is the Japanese-style bentos they make fresh everyday. There is usually a selection of two or three kinds and they are yummy!" -(morgan)
Young's Oriental Grocery Store
5813 Forward Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Tel: (412) 422-0559
Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Korean and English web page
Comments: "A small Korean-owned grocer, this store carries a good amount of Japanese food products, snacks, breads (think melon pan, anpan, an donuts), as well as big bags of rice and Japanese style electric rice cookers. Just be sure to check the “sell by” date on everything before you check out though." -(morgan)


See below under Washington State/Oregon.



Asahi Imports
Northwest Center
6105 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757
Tel: 512-453-1850
Open Daily 10:00am - 7:00pm
"We've been specializing in Japanese food since 1967"

Dallas-Fort Worth area

Hong Kong Marketplace
1816 E. Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, TX 76010
Tel: (817)265-1488, Fax: (817)459-2345
Sunday - Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm
See below for comments on the Dallas store.
Hong Kong Marketplace
9780 Walnut St # 360 (North Dallas)
Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 437-9888
Sunday - Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm
English website
Comments: "This is in North Dallas, and was my go to place for Asian cooking supplies when I lived there. There is a Japanese isle and an excellent selection of dried ramen, Asian vegetables, and seafood. If you go to get staples like soy sauce and rice vinegar, check out the versions on the Chinese isles. They are cheaper than the ones on the Japanese." -(Susan)
Seabose Grocery, Sushi & Seafoods
2760 Trinity Mills Road #102 (Far North Dallas)
Carrollton, TX 75006
Japanese website
TUE-FRI 11:00-7:30, SAT 8:30-7:30, SUN 11:00-6:00
Tel: 214-483-5839, Fax: 214-483-2196
Comments: "Small, excellent Japanese grocery at Trinity Mills & Marsh. Sushi fish comes in on Tuesdays and Fridays. They are happy to answer questions and everything we’ve gotten from them has just been fantastic. Sushi available for takeout only; calling or faxing ahead is recommended." -(Lyn never)
Shop Minoya
3115 W Parker Rd
Plano, TX 75023
Tel: (972) 769-8346
Comments: "You can find almost all the basic Japanese ingredients you need, some kitchenware and bento supplies, frozen food, canned food, sweets and snacks, beverages and etc. I feel that the prices are reasonable too. This is one small authentic Japanese shop which I like to go even if I have totally no idea what I want to buy. I always leave the shop with several plastic bags of goodies. I absolutely love the shopping experience there!" - (Jaslene)

Houston area

Dun Huang Supermarket
9889 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX, USA 77036
Comments: "I haven’t gone to this one yet because it’s new, but I’ll give you a ‘review’ when I check it out." -(Steph)
Hong Kong Food Market
11205 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 575-7886
Also at
13400 Veterans Memorial Dr
Houston, TX, USA 77014
Tel: (281) 537-5280
Price range: $-$$, but mostly $
Comments: "I have been [to the Veterans Memorial Dr. store] a couple of times, and they do have some Japanese items and produce (like the other one on Bellaire Blvd), so it’s not too bad =) It has less of a selection of everything (it’s smaller) than the other one though. But it’s cleaner." -(Steph)
Golden Foods Supermarket
9896 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX, USA 77036
(713) 772-7882, (304) 325-6262
Price range: $-$$, but mostly $
Comments: "They (Hong Kong Food Market and Golden Foods Supermarket) sell all-around (though mostly chinese and vietnamese) asian products/food: I prefer ‘Golden Foods Supermarket’ between the other one though, because it is much cleaner and newer (just opened a year ago I think) than Hong Kong Food Market, but HKFM is bigger (at least I think so). But these are both pretty big, it’s just that HKFM smells xDD" -(Steph)
Nippan Daido
11146 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 785-0815
English and Japanese web site
Mini-chain with stores in White Plains NY, Fort Lee NJ, and Houston Tx. Food, housewares, kitchen appliances, video rentals.
Price range: $$ (moderate)
(recommended by Steph)

Welcome Food Center (惠康超級市場)
9180 Bellare Blvd
Houston, TX, USA 77036
Tel: (713) 270-7789
Comments: :This one I have been to, but I went there a long time ago, so I can’t really remember if they have alot of Japanese items. I think they have a fair amount, but it’s mostly Chinese/Vietnamese.: -(Steph)

Washington D.C./Maryland/Virginia

Daruma Japan Market
6931 Arlington Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tue - Sat : 10:00 - 20:30; Sun : 11:00 - 18:00
Japanese only website (the owner also has a golf-oriented blog)
"Largest selection of Japanese foods in the metro area."
Han Ah Reum
8103 Lee Hwy
Falls Church, VA 22042
See above Nationwide section. Korean grocery chain with many Japanese products.
4947 St. Elmo Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Comments: "Small Japanese food store specializing in sushi carry-out."
Naniwa Foods
6730 Curran St.
McLean, VA 22101
Comments: "Authentic Japanese food store with large selection of premium sake."
"Naniwa, although the only truly Japanese store in the area, does not take credit cards (a dismaying fact I tend to forget when I go there)." -(renae)
Lucky World
3109 Graham Road
Falls Church, VA
(703) 641-8585
Comments: "Large Asian Food Store with selection of Japanese goods." -(anon)
Lotte Mart
11190 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD
(301) 881-3355
also at
3250 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA
(703) 352-8989
Totally useless website
Lotte is a huge South Korean-Japanese conglomerate. They seem to have just the two stores in the U.S., though it's hard to tell at all from their crappy website. They also operate fast food restaurants and manufacture snack foods. They also own a baseball team in Japan. Wikipedia entry.
Comments: "Large Asian Food Store with selection of Japanese goods." -(anon)
Super H Mart
10780 Fairfax Blvd. (Lee Hwy.)
Fairfax, VA 22030
Part of the Han Ah Rheum/Super-H etc. chain - see Nationwide section above. Korean grocery with Japanese products.
"My favorite of all the stores I’ve found in Northern Virginia is Super H, which Lisa mentioned in her comment." -(renae; originally recommended by Lisa)

Washington State/Oregon

99 Ranch Market
22511 Highway 99
Edmonds, WA 98026
Tel: 425-670-1899
Hours: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM / 7 days
Also at:
18230 E. Valley Highway #100
Kent, WA 98032
(425) 251-9099
Hours: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM / 7 days
Comments: "I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the 99 Ranch Market chain yet! There are two here in western Washington, one very near my house, just as large as Uwajimaya and cheaper!" -(Shannon)
See top of page for general comments.
Alderwood Mall
3000 184th Street SW, Suite 398
Lynnwood, WA 98037
Mon-Thu 10:00-21:00, Fri-Sat 10:00-22:00, Sun 11:00-19:00
Also at
Space #D-12,2013 S.Commons
Federal Way,WA 98003
Mon-Sat 10:00-21:00, Sun 11:00-18:00
Also at
West Lake Center
400 Pine St.Suite 1005
Seattle WA 98101
Mon-Sat 10:00-21:00, Sun 10:00-18:00
Also at
Bellis Fair Mall
One Fair Parkway #618
Bellingham WA 98226
Mon-Sat 10:00-21:00, Sun 11:00-18:00
Comments: "Daiso is a Japanese dollar store carrying some food items (snacks, candy, and other convenience foods) as well as a large variety of other Japanese products for $1.50 USD (up to $5 USD for some items). This is a great resource for Japanese cooking utensils, Bento boxes and accessories, and all kinds of other odds and ends."-(Augustina)

15555 NE 24th St. & Bel Red Rd.
Bellevue, WA 98007
Phone: (425)747-9012
Mon.-Sat. 9AM-10PM, Sunday 9AM-9PM
English and Japanese website
also at
600 5th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 624-6248
Mon.-Sat. 9AM-10PM, Sunday 9AM-9PM
also at
10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale HWY
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: (503)643-4512
Mon.-Sat. 9AM-10PM, Sunday 9AM-9PM
Mailorder via Amazon.com
Comments by Maki: Uwajimaya, or Uwaj' as it's affectionately called by locals, is a family run operation. Their flagship store in Downtown Seattle is about the size of a supermarket. It carries about 50%-60% Japanese food, plus Chinese, Korean and regular-American food (fresh produce, meat, etc). Very well stocked. Parking can be a bit of a pain on busy weekends, due to its popularity. A wonderful center of the Asian community. At the Downtown store, there is a small sit-down area to enjoy takeout style sushi and bentos, and a Kinokuniya bookstore attached. A Daiso is located right across the street. (Based on Jan. 2011 trip.)
Other comments: "The stores are pretty large and have good selections of just about anything you’d need to cook Japanese food. The Beaverton and Seattle locations also have a Kinokuniya bookstore. All the grocery stores have Japanese groceries, butcher and fishmonger. They also have all sorts of Asian foodstuffs, dishes, cutlery, appliances and toys." -(tami)
"Both stores carry a number of "international" goods, but they have a very Japanese focus. Prices are middle-of-the-line." -(Dina)

Viet Wah
1320 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206-329-1399
English web site
Also at
6040 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Seattle, WA 98118
Tel: 206-760-8895
Also at
2820 N.E. Sunset Blvd.
Renton, WA 98056
Tel: 425-336-6888
Comments: "Vietnamese grocery with Japanese products (food and rice cookers). Produce is always cheap, fresh, and plentiful." -(Lillian)

U.S. only mailorder-only sites

The stores listed with web sites above will sometimes also have mail order services - check the individual listings.

In addition, the following companies are primarily (or solely) mail order places, who ship only within the U.S.:

Bento fans should also check Where and how to buy bento boxes and equipment on our sister site, Just Bento.

  • Amazon.com - Groceries, Gourmet Food, kitchen equipment. JH Amazon astore with some of my recommendations (help support the site, at no extra cost to you!)
  • Japan Super. Online Japanese grocery store. Ships within the 48 contiguous states. Their online catalog lists a wide variety of Japanese foods. Based in California.
  • KOAMart: Korean food, some Japanese food also.
  • Sugar Charms: Cake decorating supply store that also has a good selection of bento items. "I really like sugarcharms.com for interesting and moderately priced bento items." -(Becki)

See also

Geographical bento suppliers list at Live Journal bentolunch community

Is your favorite grocery store missing? Leave the details in the comments! (Once the info in a comment is incorporated into the main article, the comment will be deleted.)

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to this page! I couldn't do it without you!

(Last updated Feb. 4 2011)

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Japanese grocery stores in California

General notes on California: Due to the large Asian-American population and sizeable expat communities, Japanese grocery stores are quite plentiful, especially in the Los Angeles area, but throughout the state generally, and there are even more Asian groceries.

Is your favorite store missing? Let us know about it in the comments! Once the information in a comment has been incorporated into the main article, the comment is deleted to avoid very very long page syndrome.

Statewide chains

99 Ranch Market
Chinese and English web site
Chinese chain. General Asian food supplies. Many locations throughout California, one in Las Vegas, two in Washington State, one in Georgia.
Marukai Market
Japanese and English web site
Japanese chain. Operates membership stores and non-membership stores throughout California, one in Hawaii. They also operate some 99 cent shops, and have a cooperation with Daiso, a leading 100 yen store chain in Japan. (You can pick up a lot of cheap bento supplies at 100 yen shops.)
Comments: "There are large supermarkets in Torrance, Gardena, Glendale, and Covina. Membership is $10, but they’ll give you a one-month pass for $1, as many times as you want. Housewares, furniture, and cultural icons (tansu, kotatsu, hanten, etc) as well as food."
Mitsuwa Marketplace
Japanese and English web site
Japanese supermarket chain. Took over the former Yaohan Plaza locations when the Yaohan corporation went belly up. These are fairly large supermarkets (some larger than others), with a good selection of Japanese groceries, a food court, and attached mini-mall. There are seven Mitsuwa locations in Calfornia (two others are in the Chicago area and northern New Jersey). Besides groceries and prepared foods, sells housewares and more (selection varies by location).
Japanese and English web site
Japanese grocery chain with several stores in California (and one in New York). Groceries, prepared bentos and sushi to go, etc.
Vien Dong
English and Vietnamese web site
Vietnamese mini-chain with general Asian products.
Zion Market
Korean and English web site
Korean market with three stores in southern California.

Los Angeles/Orange County general area

Ebisu Supermarket
18940 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 962-2108
Under construction website
Comments: "nice market"-(anon)
Granada Market
1820 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90025
Mitsuwa Costa Mesa
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
665 Paularino Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 557-6699
Mitsuwa Little Tokyo
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
333 S. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-6699
Mitsua San Gabriel
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
515 W. Las Tunas Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 457-2899
Mitsuwa Santa Monica
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
3760 Centinela Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 398-2113
Mitsuwa Torrance
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
21515 Western Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 782-0335
Nijiya Market
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
2130 Sawtelle Blvd. #105
Los Angeles CA 90025
Comments: "Japanese American chain, mostly in California, but with one shop in New York state. Sawtelle shop: Small shop with wide range of standard goods, organic produce, fresh meats and fish, extensive bento selection (better than Mitsuwa up the street). Open until 11.45 pm!" - (santos)
"In addition to the Sawtelle one that Santos mentioned, there’s one in Little Tokyo (not very big) and a much larger, nicer one on Grant Ave. in Mountain View (San Francisco Bay Area). " - (meg)
Safe and Save
2030 Sawtelle Blvd
West Los Angeles CA 90025
Comments: "Small family-run market with all the basics, baked goods, snacks, produce, fresh meat and fish counter. Not as well stocked as the larger markets on the same street, but the prices are competitive, the staff is super-friendly, and the atmosphere is more relaxed and convivial. Free parking lot in the back." - (santos)

Sacramento area

Kims Market: Asian Food
636 4th Street(Between F and E st.)
Davis, CA 95616
Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 12:30pm-6pm
Comments: "A very tiny cramped store, but it has practically everything you need to stock your basic Japanese/Korean pantry. Most of the stuff sold is in the dry/frozen goods category, but they do stock some of the more unusual fresh veggies (yamaimo yams, negi, and daikon.)They also sell some imported snacks, appliances, and household supplies. Everything is on the slightly pricy side for an Asian store, but its the only place where you can find unusual food items that American markets rarely stock. A plus is that they also sell marinated short ribs, in-store made pickles, and fresh kimbap (korean sushi)." -(Ami)

San Diego area

General comments on San Diego area:

"[Marukai and Mitsuwa] are in the Kearny Mesa and Clairemont Mesa neighborhoods of San Diego. [Nijiya and Zion] are in Linda Vista and City Heights neighborhoods, respectively. My Filipino family has been shopping at all of these stores throughout the years and all of them offer an interesting variety of Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Filipino foods, among others." -(Lorena)

99 Ranch
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
Tel: (858) 974-8899
Comments: "This is a Chinese market, but they many Asian staples." -(Lorena)



Marukai Market
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
8151 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA 92111
Tel: 858-384-0240
Comments: "This is a non-membership store and is located in the same plaza as the recently opened Daiso store and Marukai Living store. This is the newest Japanese market in San Diego, having opened in January 2008." -(Lorena)

Mitsuwa Marketplace San Diego
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
4240 Kearny Mesa Road
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 569-6699
Comments: "This location also has a dishware store, bentos-to-go, cafe, bookstore, and “cute” shop." -(Lorena)
Nijiya Market
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
3860 Convoy St., #109
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (858) 268-3821
Hours: Mon ~ Sun 9:00am- 10:00pm
Comments: "This is a San Diego-based chain and specializes in organic and Japanese food." -(Lorena)
Zion Market
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
4611 Mercury St.
San Diego, CA 92111
Comments: "This is a Korean market, but they have many Asian staples." -(Lorena)
Vien Dong
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
6935 Linda Vista Rd.
San Diego, CA 92111
Tel: (858)292-7176
Also at
5382 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92105
Tel: (619) 583-3838
Comments: "This is a Vietnamese market, but they have many Asian staples." -(Lorena)

San Franciso Bay/San Jose/San Mateo area

Also check out Biggie's San Francisco Bay Area shopping guide for bento things, on Lunch In A Box.

747 Buchanan Street (Japan Town)
San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel: (415) 922-1244
English web site
Japanese confections shop selling manjuu and mochi. In operation since 1906.
Comments: "If visiting SF’s Japan Town, don’t miss [this shop]" -(Greg Wittel)
Ichiban Kan
98 E. 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
Tel. (650) 347-1347
Mailorder site (continental USA shipping only - boo), blog
Modelled after a 100 yen shop in Japan. Sells bento supplies, cheap and interesting kitchenware, accessories, toys, and all kinds of things. A '99 cent shop' with a difference. Considered to be a mecca for bento fans. Mailorder store set to open in April.
Also a store in San Francisco in the Japantown mall (see below)
Imahara Produce
19725 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Comments: "Family run. Excellent produce (and cheap!) — nice selection of both Japanese and non-Asian produce. Has the usual variety of foodstuffs and snacks. Some fresh fish but the main thing is the produce. Oh, and they sell locally made tofu by the San Jose Tofu company. Probably the best tofu you can get in the Bay Area." -(Greg Wittel)
Japantown shopping mall complex
Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
English web site
A small shopping mall and tourist attraction, with mostly Japanese stores, located within the tiny Japan Town (Nihonmachi) area in San Francisco. (There's a connected building which has mostly Korean stores.) The last time I was here (2005) I found it a little bit disappointing - it's really a shadow of what it must have been once. It looked a bit run down. (If they've renovated since then, let me know!) Still, it has a decent selection of stores, restaurants, plus a Kinokuniya bookstore and gift shop. (maki)
Within Japantown:
Ichiban Kan Japantown
1625 Post St, Miyako Mall 22 Peace Plz, Ste 540
San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel: (415) 409-0472
Mailorder site (continental USA shipping only), blog
Modelled after a 100 yen shop in Japan. Sells bento supplies, cheap and interesting kitchen ware, etc.
Marukai Market Cupertino
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
Comments: "Coming soon to Cupertino. It will be in the shopping center across the street from Imhara’s." -(Greg Wittel)
Mitsuwa Marketplace San Jose
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
675 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 255-6699
Comments: "Good for food; large but weak selection of housewares" -(anon)
"The Kinokuniya moved out of the store into a building in the same parking lot. The store is larger and carries a few character bento boxes. -(Sandy Wambold)"
Nijiya Mountain View
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
143 E. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
Tel: (650) 691-1600
Nijiya San Francisco
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
1737 Post St. (Japan Town)
San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel: (415) 563-1901



Nijiya San Mateo
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
1956 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94403
Tel: (650) 212-7398

Nijiya San Jose
Part of a statewide chain. See general listing at top of page
240 Jackson St.
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel- (408) 275-6916
Santo Market
245 Taylor Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Comments: "A tiny family run market that’s been around for over 50 years." -(Linda Y)
Super Mira
1790 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Comments: "Has a great little bakery." -(Linda Y)
Suruki Supermarket
71 E 4th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
Comments: "A busy market on a busy corner of San Mateo. Has a pretty decent deli section (1/2 off after 6 PM), and a great fish counter. Kaz Grill next door is pretty good, and Ichiban Kan is a block away." -(Linda Y)
Takahashi Market
221 South Claremont St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Comments: "This was the only Japanese market around for many years. Now, it has mostly Hawaiian goods, but still has quite a bit of older Japanese brands. Great plate lunches, and very nice staff." -(Linda Y)
Tokyo Fish market
1220 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA 94709
Tel. 510.524.7243
Comments: "I’ve been going here since I was a wee one. They originally opened in the 60’s in a tiny storefront and they expanded into a regular size supermarket. Their old location, on the same lot, is a non-food Japanese product store, lots of bamboo kitchenware and typical teapot and cup sets. Tokyo Fish has loads of grocery items, as well as a fresh fish counter and pre-made deli foods. They have an excellent selection of Japanese beer, sake and various ramen brands for noodle freaks like me. Alas, no web site, so no on-line ordering, but it’s more fun to actually go in person anyway if you’re local. Check ‘em out!" -(Maryb)
Uoki Sakai
656 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Comments: "Excellent fish section." -(Linda Y)

(Last updated April 8, 2008)

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Japanese grocery stores in the New York - New Jersey - Connecticut area

(Updated January 2011)

This page lists stores in New York, North New Jersey and Connecticut - the NYC Tristate area, plus upstate New York. South NJ area stores are listed on the main USA page.

General New York area notes: The Japanese-American population of the area is quite small, but there is a fair sized expat commmunity. The main areas where they live are in some suburbs of Westchester and Northen New Jersey, in lower Manhattan around the East Village, and near Columbia University. (There used to be a fairly big expat community in Queens around Flushing, but no longer.)

I've also included some bakeries and takeout places (since this is New York after all) and bookstores.

Also see this post which reviews some NYC area groceries.

Note: The stores that I (Maki) have personally visited and recommend are bolded.

Is your favorite grocery store missing? Leave the details in the comments! (Once the info in a comment is incorporated into the main article, the comment will be deleted.)

Statewide chains

Banzai 99 Cent Store
English web site
A general Asian (oriented towards Chinese products) dollar store modelled after 100 yen shops in Japan. Several stores around the state, mostly at the moment in Queens.
Beard Papa
English web site
Actually nationwide at this point. A Japanese cream puff (shuu kureemu) chain. 4 2 locations in the NYC area.

H Mart
English/Korean web site
H Mart is a Korean supermarket chain. There are several branches of this nationwide Korean grocery store in the New York-New Jersey area. Listings on their web site.
Comments about H Mart: Their stock is about 60% Korean food, 20% general groceries, 20% other Asian including Japanese food. Note that a lot of Japanese ingredients and such are used in Korean cooking, so you can pick up stuff like Japanese soy sauce, sake, mirin, miso, etc. at H Mart. When I'm visiting my father who lives on Long Island, I go to the H Mart in Williston Park quite a bit. Their fresh produce area has things like gobo (burdock root) and things that are hard to come by at regular supermarkets and greengrocer's. Their meat section is really good. I kind of wish their frozen food and fresh fish sections didn't smell so 'off' though.

New York City


(I don't really hear about Japanese groceries in Brooklyn, and I don't make it to Brooklyn much when I'm in the NYC area. Anyone?)


No Japanese stores in the Bronx that I know of. Try Manhattan or Westchester.


Manhattan eating tip: Japanese restaurants abound in the Midtown area around 41st street up to about 55th Street, in all price ranges. Look for the lunch specials aimed lure in the Japanese businessmen who work in the area. There is also a fairly concentrated Japanese expat population (mostly students and other young people) around Columbia University and the East Village. You'll find Japanese bookstores and hair salons and the like besides grocery stores and restaurants.

Asia Market Corporation
71 1/2 Mulberry St. (bet. Canal & Bayard Sts., Chinatown)
Tel: 212-962-2028/2020
8:00am〜7:00pm (Mon - Sat), 8:15am〜7:00pm (Sun)
General Asian (Chinese focus) grocery store.
Beard Papa
Astor Place (NYU/East Village) - closed?
740 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-8888
Also at
2167 Broadway (Upper West Side)
New York, NY 10024
(212) 799-3770
Also at
5 Carmine St. (West Village) - closed?
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-4675
Beard Papa sells Japanese-style cream puffs. I am not a big fan (don't like that fried-pastry layer over the choux pastry) but many people love them. Check their website for current locations. (maki)
Book Off
49 W 45th NY Store (Midtown West)
New York, NY 10036
10:00 - 20:00 7 days
Tel. 212-685-1410
Web site
New York branch of a Japanese used bookstore chain. Book bargains abound here, though the selection varies.

Cafe Zaiya
18 E 41st St (bet. 5th and 6th Aves. Midtown East)
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 779-0600
Also at
69 Cooper Square (bet. St. Marks Pl & 7th St., East Village)
New York, NY 10079
Tel. 212-253-9700
Also a branch at Kinokuniya off Bryant Park (see below)
A Japanese-style bread bakery and cafeteria and takeout place with a mainly Japanese menu of fare. Get your Melon pan, curry pan and other Japanese baked goodies here. Midtown location is larger, and also has Beard Papa cream puffs. But East Village location has items not available at the midtown store. (maki)
Chez Noah
600 Washington St. (at Leroy St., Meatpacking district)
Tel: 212-675-2649
8:00am〜8:00pm (Mon - Sat)
English web site
The web site makes it looks like just another multi-cultural boutique-style food store (a la Dean & DeLuca) but it is listed on a Japanese page as being a Japanese grocery. Maybe worth a look if you're in the neighborhood.
JAS Mart
35 St. Marks Pl. (bet. 2nd and 3rd Aves., East Village)
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212-420-6370
11:00am〜11:00pm (Sun - Thu), 11:00am〜12:00am (Fri and Sat)
Japanese-style coffee shop upstairs, grocery downstairs.
Other branches are closed as of Oct. 2009.
Mini-chain of grocery stores around Manhattan. The grocery part is a fairly typical small Japanese grocery. UWS store was very friendly when I visited back in 2006 - it didn't have a coffee shop. See my review here (maki)

224 E. 59th St. (bet. 2nd and 3rd Aves., Midtown East)
New York, NY
Tel: 212-755-3566
10:00am〜8:00pm (7 Days) (groceries part); 10:00am〜7:00pm (7 Days) (housewares part)
English and Japanese website
The oldest Japanese grocery store in New York - in business since 1939. Has fresh and packaged foods, housewares, takeout bentos, etc. The place where a Japanese food novice is most likely to get friendly help from Japanese shoppers in NY. Website says they ship worldwide (maki).

Kinokuniya Bookstore New York
1073 Avenue of the Americas (next to Bryant Park)
New York, NY 10018
212-869-1700, 212-869-1703
New location for Kinokuniya. Has a Cafe Zaiya inside (upstairs). Besides books, stocks giftwares, craft items, kitchen things and the like. A must-stop if you are a Japanophile and can't get to Tokyo (maki). Their bento box selection has been increased several times over compared to just a few years ago (as of 2011).

57 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
800-626-2172 / 212-587-7021
Hours: 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday
Showroom and store for a restaurant supply company. Restaurant-quality tableware and knives. If you buy a Korin brand knife here you can get them sharpened here. Also does mail order; ships internationally. Note that the bento boxes they carry are restaurant-type ones suitable as tableware, not lightweight portables.
55 3rd Ave. (bet. 10th and 11th Sts.)
Tel: 212-353-2698
8:00am〜12:00am (7 Days
Korean grocery store with a lot of Japanese products. If you're in the area you might as well hit JAS Mart, Sunrise and here (maki).
56 E 45th St (between Lexington and Third Aves., Midtown East)
Tel: 212-922-9788
Mon–Fri 8am–7:30pm; Sat 11:30am–5pm
English web site
A tiny onigiri (omusubi) takeout place, with about 4 tables should you want to eat there (maki).

Sunrise Mart
494 Broome Street (SoHo)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-0033
also at
29 3rd Ave - 2nd floor (East Village)
(between 10th St & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 598-3040
See my review here (maki)
Comments: "Both have a good selection of food stuff (vegetables, frozen foods, staples, fish), kitchen ware, cosmetics, etc. All Japanese goods. The Bro ome Street location has a fresh hot food counter as well and more selection of lunch goods." - (Clarice) A bit scruffy sometimes, but well stocked and a must-stop for Japanese people and Japanophiles if you are in the area (maki).

Tongin Market
91 Mulberry St. (bet. Walker & Bayard Sts., Civic Center area)
Tel: 212-962-6622
9:00am〜8:00pm (7 Days)
Chinese/general Asian grocieries, gifts and sundries, medicines; takeout sushi
Comments: "A nifty place to shop for packaged and frozen foods, as well as some Japanese dishware and candy." -(Ami) (See also Ami's review here)
24 E. 41st St. (bet. Madison & 5th Aves., Midtown East)
Tel: 212-679-3777
11:00am〜8:00pm (Mon - Sun)
Hole in the wall restaurant with takeout bentos, onigiri, and such, plus a small grocery store.

See also Ami's reviews of bento suppliers and some groceries in the NYC area.


Family Mart
29-15 Broadway, Astoria (Queens)
Tel: 718-956-7925
10:00am- 1:00am (7 Days)
General Asian store. Fresh and packaged foods, some housewares, video rentals

Long Island

Nara Japanese Foods (actually formally Shin Nara Japanese Foods but everyone calls it Nara)
169A Main St.
Port Washington, NY (Nassau County, North Shore)
Tel: 516-883-1836
10:00am〜7:00pm (Sun, Tue - Fri), 9:00am〜7:00pm (Sat)
Small but well stocked Japanese grocery store. The store is cramped but impeccable. Food including fresh fish and meat, fresh vegetables, housewares, video rentals. Friendly lady runs the place.(maki)
This was where I used to shop when my family lived on Long Island. I was here last in February 2012, and they're still going strong! (maki).

Shin Nippon-Do Corp
63 Mineola Ave.
Roslyn Heights, NY (Nassau County, North Shore)
Tel: 516-625-1814
Japanese web site
Tue-Sun 10:00 - 19:00 or 18:30, depending on the time of year
Another small yet well stocked Japanese grocery store. A bit bigger and a bit better selection than Nara. Has things like kasuzuke (fish marinated in sakekasu or sake lees), koji for making amazake, and more. Checked out in Jan. 2011. In Nassau County this is the best Japanese grocery shopping option you have I think. (maki).
Note: This store is now part of the Fuji Mart group.

Westchester/Rockland Counties

816 White Plains Rd. Scarsdale NY 10583
Tel: (914)472-1468
Fax: (914)472-1459
Japanese web site
Tue-Sun 10:00 - 19:00 or 18:30, depending on the time of year
Small yet comprehensive Japanese grocery store. Mini-chain of three stores (in Scarsdale, NY, Greenwich, CT and Shin Nippondo in Roslyn Heights, Long Island.)
Kinokuniya Bookstore
3360 Palisades Center Dr (inside the Palisades Center mall)
Third level (floor plan)
West Nyack,NY 10994
Tel 845)353-6600 Fax: 845)353-0407
Nijiya Hartsdale
18 North Central Ave.
Hartsdale, NY 10530
(914) 949-2178
Mon - Sun 10:00am- 7:00pm
English/Japanese website
Part of chain of Japanese grocery stores mostly in California.
Nippan Daido, Inc
522 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: 914-683-6735 Fax: 914-683-6737
English and Japanese web site
Japanese mini-chain with stores in White Plains NY and Houston TX. Food, housewares, kitchen appliances, video rentals. White Plains store also carries alcohol. Daido is an old store that has moved around a bit over the years (they used to have a store in Flushing, Queens, once a major Japanese enclave. Their Fort Lee, NJ store has also closed.)


1212 Putnum Ave. Old Greenwich CT 06878
Tel: (203)698-2107
Fax: (203)698-2105
Japanese web site
Tue-Sun 10:00 - 19:00 or 18:30, depending on the time of year
Small yet comprehensive Japanese grocery store.

Northern New Jersey

Mitsuwa New Jersey
595 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
Tel: (201) 941-9113; Fax: (201) 941-5437
E-mail: newjersey [at] mitsuwa [dot] com
English website; Japanese website
Mitsuwa in Edgewater NJ is about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic, from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. The fare is $3 per adult, less for kids. Shuttle bus schedule from Feb. 1 2008. Large supermarket, mostly Japanese products, small regular American products section. Indoor side mall (food stalls, cafeteria style restaurant) plus outdoor side mall.
In the side mall: Sanseido bookstore is smaller than Kinokuniya but well stocked, has loyalty program (buy $200 worth of stuff, get stamps on card, get gift certificate). Utsuwaya tableware and gift store and Mars NY toy, housewares and gift store are connected (not sure if they are related or if it's just a convenience thing). If you are looking for bento boxes, Mars has a limited selection of the cute/kawaii kind. Utsuwaya only has restaurant-type or shokado bento boxes. There is also a Japanese run beauty salon.

My review from 2006.
"Over 2 hours from Philadelphia, so it’s not really close, but my parents and I will often make the excursion to this Mitsuwa because of its wide selection of goods." - (yoko)

Nippan Daido, Inc
Fort Lee store is no longer, but the White Plains, NY store remains. (See above.)
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Japanese grocery stores in Canada

General Canada notes: Vancouver has a large Asian population.

T & T Supermarket is a nationwide Chinese/Asian supermarket chain.


T & T Supermarket
Chinese and English web site
See store locations and hours for Alberta stores here.

British Columbia (Vancouver, Victoria, etc.)

Fujiya Japanese Foods
912 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC (604) 251-3711
112 1050 W. Pender St., Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604.608.1050
English web site
Also at
113-3086 St. Edwards Dr.
Richmond, BC
Tel: 604.270.3715
Also at
3624 Shelbourne Street
Victoria, BC
Tel: 250.598.3711
They say they deliver orders over $100 for free in the downtown core, and for a fee elsewhere. However you have to call them to order: 1.877.8.FUJIYA (385492)
Comments: "I can’t personally vouch for the Richmond and Victoria locations, but the Vancouver locations always have what I’m looking for and more. Many of our grocery stores have Asian sections but the products are always more reasonably priced at Fujiya than anywhere else. Besides packaged products, they have a fresh fish section and a counter making sushi which is extremely fresh and cheap. (Because we’re on the coast?) I was a little reluctant to give out the downtown location address because it is my favourite place for take-out sushi (not that I eat it every day) but it is super busy every lunch hour. They get twice daily deliveries from the main store of freshly made sushi and the line-up is out the door every day starting around 11:30 and doesn’t thin out until after 1PM. Crazy! -(julie)
"Lots of Japanese groceries that are hard to find anywhere else. Here’s the website" -(Maria)
Komatsu Japanese Market
140-1855 Kirschner Road
Kelowna BC Canada V1Y 4N7
Tel: 250 862-9338
Comments: "A small Japanese grocery store, Komatsu has many basic Japanese ingredients and has a freezer section with specialty ingredients such as thinly sliced beef, fish, gyoza, and daifuku. There are no fresh vegetable/fruit items, but they do have pickled daikon, sushi ginger, miso paste, konnyaku noodles, and other fridge items. They also have a sushi kitchen in the back; the store has some pre-made sushi meals in their fridge unit or you can order sushi made for you fresh. They also have some older manga and video tapes all in Japanese only. Prices are relatively good, slightly on the higher side." -(Nat)
Oriental Supermarket
2575 HWY 97 N
Tel: 250-762-2395
Annoying Flash-only auto-music-playing web site in English
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-6:00pm Sun: 10:30am-5:00am
Comments: "Recently moved and renovated, the Oriental Supermarket has tons of ethnic food items! Mexican, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese. Large freezer section, a good sized fresh grocery department, lots of dry goods and a sushi bar that makes the only good bubble tea available in Kelowna (that I know of). I blew over $60 the first time I visited the store after their renovations. One warning, however-ALWAYS check the expiration date on food products from this store-I have, on more than one occasion, unpacked my goods at home only to realize that I have to throw one or two things away. Prices at this store are considerably lower than Komatsu, but the products are most likely not as fresh, so keep a sharp eye." -(Nat)
T & T Supermarket
Chinese and English web site
See store locations and hours for B.C. stores here.


Korean Food Market
16 Parkdale Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario
Tel: (905) 312-8989
Comments: "they offer a very large number of Japanese items." -(Valerie)

Toronto area

PAT Spring Garden Market
63 Spring Garden Av (off Yonge St, just North of Sheppard Av)
North York, ON M2N 3G1
Tel 416-226-5522
Comments: "Korean market with a good selection of sushi fixings" -(ghamina)
Galleria Supermarket
7171 Yonge St (North of Steeles Av)
Thornhill, ON L3T 2A9
Tel 905-771-1474
English and Korean web site
Comments: "Another Korean market with a good selection of sushi fixings, including sashimi" -(ghamina)
MITS Toronto
585 Yonge St
Toronto, ON
Tel: (416) 962-4860, Fax: (416) 962-4868
Japanese web site
Groceries, manga, video rentals, used Japanese books, manga _kissa_ (a cafe where you can sit and read manga...) with wireless intenet, package delivery service center for sending stuff to Japan via Kuroneko Yamato
Sanko Japanese Foods and Gifts
730 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Tel 416-703-4550
Mon, Wed-Sat 10:00am - 7:00pm, Sun 11:00am - 6:00pm, closed Tue
English and Japanese web site
Comments: "Great little store. They sell tea sets, rice cookers, dried foods, frozen foods, fresh foods. Lots of variety. It’s in a very busy area. There is street parking, but there are also two or three spaces especially for the store." -(kelly)
T & T Supermarket
Chinese and English web site
See store locations and hours for Ontario stores here.

Toronto also has a Japantown (J-Town) mall.


Asian Variety Store
159 Water Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland
Tel: 709-726-1698
Comments: "Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesia items, food as well as a small selection of decorative items and fresh sushi on certain days." -(Izumi)

Nova Scotia

Heiwa Oriental Market
7018 Chebucto Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tel: 902-455-8383
Comments: "Primarily Korean, with some Japanese food, too." -(anon)


Montreal area

Ja Mae
2116 Boulevard Décarie
Montreal, Quebec
Tel: 514-489-9777
Comments: "Korean, with many Japanese products" -(anon)
382 Victoria
Montreal, Quebec
Tel 514-481-1952
English and French web site

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(Last updated on Feb. 9 2008)

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Japanese grocery stores in Europe

So far we have listings for Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

General notes on Europe: Japanese expat populations are the largest in London, Paris, and the business centers of Germany, especially Düsseldorf.

Let us know about your favorite stores, or comment on the ones already listed! (When the information in a comment is incorporated into the main article, the comment is deleted to avoid huuuge page syndrome.)


Tagawa Superstore
Chaussée de Vleurgat 119
1050 Brussels
Recommended by Cacahuete


Fiolstræde 32
DK-1171 Copenhagen
Danish web page
Japanese grocery
Den Kinesiske Købmand
Nørre Voldgade 54
DK-1358 Copenhagen K
Danish web site
Japanese grocery


See the France page.


Also see the Greece-Japan.com site. (In Greek and Japanese mostly.)

Soya Athens
Apollonos 33-35 Plaka
10556 Athens
email: info [at] soyaathens.gr
English, Japanese, Greek web site
Google Maps
Food, gift items, tableware, etc.


See the Germany page.


Japans & Koreaanse Delicatessen Shilla
Gelderlandplein 32-34
1082 LB Amsterdam
Tel:+31 20-6428423 Fax:+31 20-4422361
Comments: "My choice. What the name suggests. Stocks frozen, packaged and a limited variety of fresh products. Also has a small prepared food section. Friendly folks. Their website is not operational, however, here one can view an ipx and opening times" : link -(Basak)
Dutch, English and Japanese web site
Online only shop ("Takuhai" means "home delivery"). Delivers in the Netherlands and to other countries - contact them and ask if they will deliver to your location. Payment is by bank transfer only.
Comments: "I’ve ordered from them several times and haven’t had a problem." -(anon)
Yama Food
In the Shopping Arcade of Hotel Okura
Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
1072 LH Amsterdam
Dutch web site
Comments: "It is a very small shop; a bit difficult to navigate. Also pricier. Very helpful owner,though. They claim to stock over 1000 products imported by them." -(Basak)


Japantorget [CLOSED]
Arbos gate 2
0368 Oslo
Bernt Ankersgate 4
0183 Oslo
Tel: +47 22 60 40 54
Facebook page (Norwegian)
Comments: This is a new store run by the same people who operated Japantorget. It seems to be a readymade bento takeout/readymade food store (with both Japanese and Thai foods) with a small grocery section. Some photos on a Japanese blog here. (maki)


General notes on Portugal: Intermarché, a French supermarket chain, has a growing Asian food section -(Ana)

R. Navegantes, n.º 368-A
2750-444 Cascais (área da Grande Lisboa)
Tel.: 214 849 450/4 Fax: 214 849 459
E-Mail: yasuragi [at] mail [dot] telepac [dot] pt
Comments: "All products have a portuguese translation, which is nice because even in supermarkets you don’t have a translation on some products." -(Ana)


Seoul Plaza Slovakia
02 4437 3900
Submitted by Alice


General Spain notes: There seems to be a growing Japanese expat community in Spain, especially of retirees.

If you read Japanese there is a terrific forum for Japanese expats living in Spain, here. (スペイン探偵局)

There is a Japonica rice that is grown in Spain, called "Minori", produced by Okura Y Asociados Products, S.A. Web site. (But it has no contact info! Geez.)


Calle. Comte Borrell, 334-336
 08029 Barcelona
Tel: 93 439 30 40   Fax: 93 419 9539
Mon-Sat 10:00-14:00, 17:00-20:00. closed Sundays and holidays.
Bus: Pl. Francesc Macia, 6,7,15,27,32,33,34,41,59,63,66,67,68.
Japanese website, Spanish website
The site says it has fresh and frozen foods, folk art, housewares, sushi, onigiri and prepared foods. They will deliver.


Avda. Presidente Carmona, 9
28020 Madrid
Tel: 91 579 23 11   Fax: 91 570 7174
Mon-Sat 10:00-14:00, 16:00-20:00. closed Sundays and holidays.
Also at
Calle. Jorge Juan, 75
28001 Madrid
TEL: 91 575 0556
Mon-Sat 10:00-14:00, 17:00-20:00. closed Sundays and holidays.
Metro: 2 and 4 lines to GOYA
Japanese website, Spanish website
The site says it has fresh and frozen foods, folk art, housewares, sushi, onigiri and prepared foods. They will deliver.


Sun Ai
Tegnérgatan 15
11140 Stockholm
Japanese and Swedish web site
Groceries, housewares, books, sundries (including Hello Kitty stuff). Will deliver to Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
Japan Food & Kitchen (JFK)
Swedenborgsgatan 28
11827 Stockholm
Japanese, Swedish, English web site
Food, kitchen appliances, etc. Sells restaurant supplies too (like a sushi robot).


General Switzerland notes: The biggest Japanese expat community is in Geneva. You can also increasingly buy some Japanese ingredients at the department stores (esp. Globus). Migros and Coop both carry a few Japanese/Asian (mostly Thai) products.

In the last 5-6 years, there has been an explosion (well in Swiss terms) of "Asian" restaurants in the major cities. Quality and authenticity varies. Most serve some form of sushi.

This page on the Laughing Lemon site (they offer highly regarded cooking classes in English and German, as well as catering) lists what's in season in Switzerland. See this page for dates and times of the markets in the major Swiss cities.


Gueterstrasse 138 (near the south entrance to the Basel Hbf)
4053 Basel
061 363 00 00
German web site
Bento lunch takeout, sushi catering. Not a grocery store. (Note: Closed? Web site is still up though, so maybe call before going.)

Genève (Geneva) and Lausanne

Alimentation Japonaise Miyai (CLOSED)
45,Rue de Zurich
1201 Genève
Tel 022-731-4862 Fax 022-731-6781
French and Japaneseweb site
Besides groceries, has bento and sushi that can be pre-ordered.
Rue de l'Ancien Port-9
1201 Genève
Tel. 022 732 47 74, Fax 022 738 87 97
Tue-Fri 09:00 - 18:30, Sat 09:00 - 18:00, closed Sunday and Monday
Email: info at mikado-food dot ch
French, Japanese and Korean web site
In recent years, Mikado seems to be concentrating more on the restaurant/catering side of things. Selection of groceries is a bit limited, though adequate for basic needs. Takeout sushi etc. are not bad. Delivers anywhere within Switzerland. (maki)
Rue Ferrier 13-15
1202 Genève
Tel: 022 731 26 01 Fax: 022 738 52 16
geneve at uchitomi dot ch
Mon - Fri 9:00 - 18:30, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, closed Sun (no sushi or comestibles on Mon)
French web site
also at
Ruelle Grand-Saint-Jean 5
1003 Lausanne
Tel. 021 312 40 01 Fax 021 312 40 02
Email lausanne at uchitomi dot ch
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, closed Monday and Sunday
A review here.

Also see moshi moshi, a site that lists Japanese restaurants in the Genève area in a tiny, tiny font.


General Zürich notes: There are quite a few Thai grocery stores. Migros City's fish department is pretty good for fresh fish. Increasingly, the morning markets are carrying Asian vegetables - in particular the Helvetiaplatz market and the Bürkliplatz market. At the latter, I've spotted things like shiso plants and fresh yuzu!

Aggarwal Indian Food
Langstrasse 62
8004 Zurich
(right near Helvetiaplatz)
Also stores in Basel, Bern, Langenthal
Tel: 044 241 28 79
Fax: 044 241 93 67
Monday - Friday 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm
German, French and English web site
An Indian/South Asian store, but has many produce items that are used in Japanese cooking like taro roots, okra, bitter gourd, etc. and a few Japanese ingredients like miso.
Lian Hua Asiatische Lebensmittel
Birmensdorferstrasse 94
8003 Zürich
(Tram lines 9 and 14, several buses, or any S-Bahn that stops at Bahnhof Wiedikon)
also at
Schaffhauserstrasse 269
8057 Zürich
(Tram lines 10 and 14 to Berninaplatz).
This is mainly a Chinese store but has Thai, Korean and a small amount of Japanese items too. Fresh vegetables used in Asian cooking are available here like garlic chives (nira), winter melon, gourd, lotus root, etc. 15% off all food items on Saturdays. A wordier review. (maki)
New Asia Market
Feldstrasse 24
Tel. 044 241 80 00
Trams 2, 3 or Bus 32 to Kalkbreite
General Asian store; not many Japanese ingredients but still useful. Has a few things Lian Hua doesn't. (maki)
Nishi's Japan Shop
Schaffhauserstr. 120
8057 Zürich (Tram lines 7 and 14, stop Guggachstrasse, or lines 7, 9, 10, 14 stop Milchbuch)
Tel. 044 363 11 63, Fax 044 363 28 92
Email: info at nishishop dot ch
Monday 13:30 - 18:30, Tue - Fri 09:00 - 18:30, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, closed Sun
Japanese, German and English web site
Maki's local! Small store with a surprisingly comprehensive selection. Sometimes runs out of stock of popular items like tofu, especially on weekends. See a wordier review. (maki)
Thanh Hung Import + Export AG
Wehntalerstr. 280
8046 Zürich
Tel. 044 371 38 77, Fax 044 371 39 55
General Asian grocery store.
Schützengasse 7
8001 Zürich
Just off the Bahnhofstrasse, a couple of blocks from the main train station
Tel: 044-750 51 61 Fax: 044-211 57 59
Korean grocery store with a lot of Japanese ingredients, plus of course Korean goodies. Prices comparable to Nishi's. See a wordier review. Also has a small eat-in counter and takeout. (maki)

Also see this page.

United Kingdom/Ireland

See UK and Ireland page.

Europe-only mail order sites

Many places with web sites listed will ship to you within Europe, or at least within the same country. Visit the sites and find out!

  • Japan Centre ships all over Europe. This page lists the countries to which they will ship food. Shipping is free within the UK over £30 worth of merchandise. They ship non-comestibles worldwide. In my experience, their shipping is expensive but very fast. Excellent service. In Switzerland at least the price including shipping is about the same as buying locally, so it's handy for stuff that the local stores don't stock.(maki)
  • Japan Food Hall ships all over Europe. A fairly new store (opened in 2014 I believe), located in Surrey, UK. This page lists the countries they ship to with tariffs. Prices are competitive with Japan Centre. I have bought from them a couple of times already and have been happy with the service. (maki)
  • Ja-Mart is based in Germany and also states on their web site (which is in German, English and Japanese) that they ship to various countries in Europe. Besides food, they sell kitchenware, tableware, etc. including some 220V electrical appliances such as Zojirushi rice cookers.
  • Wai yee Hong is a Chinese supermarket in Bristol, UK. They will ship all over Europe.

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Japanese grocery stores in France

General France notes

Many of the large supermarkets, especially in and around the big cities, carry a small selection of Japanese ingredients like 'sushi rice', instant miso soup, rice vinegar and the like. Japanese food seems to be trendy.

Paristore is an Asian supermarket chain with stores in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg and Toulouse. Has a very limited selection of Japanese food supplies, but an extensive variety of Chinese/Taiwanese foods and other Asian foods, e.g. Indian.

If you are in an area with no Japanese stores, look for the 'does mailorder' indication of some Paris stores.

Natto du Dragon is a natto maker in Provence. Strong tasting but very nice natto. They do mailorder, but you may need to poke the guy a few times before he ships to you. See my review here.

This April 2009 article in Le Monde (French) indicates that the popularity of Japanese cuisine in France may lead to more Japanese groceries opening up. (Hopefully!)

General notes on Japanese food shopping in southern France from Maki

Since we moved to Provence in southern France a couple of years ago, I've had time to assess the Japanese food shopping situation here. The closest Japanese grocery store to us is in Lyon (see below), but the selection is very small so we've ended making an occasional trip to Uchitomi in Geneva (see the Switzerland section on the Europe page) for perishables. Geneva is about 4 hours away from us, so it's a day trip, but if we have business there anyway it's not a big deal.

For non-perishables, I usually buy by mailorder from Japan Centre in London. Even if it's from the UK and figuring in the extra shipping costs, I find their prices and selection are better than the Paris stores. Their website is really easy to navigate, which helps a lot. I have bought the occasional extra special thing from Workshop Issé (see listing below under Paris).

I don't actually get to Paris that often - it's a 7 hour drive from here, and parking is a nightmare, and if we go by TGV we can't carry much. Geneva is much closer to us.

Regular French "gourmet" food sites like Bien Manger have started carrying a variety of Japanese foodstuffs, but the prices are pretty outrageous compared to Japan Centre or even Kioko.

We can get very good fresh fish, even sashimi-grade, from our local fishmonger. Go and visit your local fishmonger to see what they have! We also saw some fantastic fresh fish in Brittany.


29 avenue Monclar
84000 Avignon
04 32 76 32 80
Comments: "An Asian store, but with some japanese supplies." -(Céline)
"Very tiny, nice people." (maki)
45 avenue Monclar
84000 Avignon
04 90 85 17 71
Monday - Saturday, 8:30–12:00/14:00–19:30
Comments: "Again, an asian store with a few Japanese products." -(Céline)
"Very tiny, again nice people." -(maki)


Comments: "The frenchbento blog and the blog of another japanese expat in Bordeaux ; blog no longer updated, as she got a job, but lovely for homemade food anyway)often refer to these stores." -(Céline)

La Maison du Japon
28 rue de Cheverus, Bordeaux
French web site
rue du Parlement Sainte Catherine, Bordeaux
Eurasie Bordeaux


General comments: "And some precisions about the store I mentioned : Kazuki and Kimchi (real mirin, for instance, not the corn-syrup based one) and have some dashi, umeboshi, katsuobushi and kombu ; Whereas Paristore don’t sell these basic products (not to my knowing anyway). consequently Paristore is obviously cheaper, but often run short of some supplies in the japanese section." -(Céline)

See this an in-depth look at Japanese food shopping in Lyon.

Japon Store
35, cours Gambetta 69003 Lyon (Métro Saxe Gambetta-Ligne B ou D)
Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat 9:30 - 13:00,14:30 - 19:00; Sunday and Holidays 9:30 - 12:00. Closed Wed
Japanese web site (a little French)
Comments: "The only store in Lyon with only Japanese groceries. Tiny but helpful, with a fairly large range of products ; the owner also sells bento on weekend, pre-order required -(Céline)
21 avenue Félix Faure 69003 Lyon(Métro Saxe Gambetta-Ligne B ou D)
04 78 62 75 30
Tue-Sat 09:00 - 19:00, Sun 15:00 - 19:00, closed Mondays
French and Korean web site
Comments: "A Japanese-Korean grocery store, alike to Kazuki." -(Céline
8 bld Joliot-Curie à VENISSIEUX ( bus 36, stop at Etats-unis-Viviani); also on the new Tram 4 line)
Comments: A big asian supermarket, with a wide range of supplies, some fresh vegetables, frozen food, and a Japanese department. -(Céline)
Comments: Not much in the way of Japanese products when I was there. I found it rather depressing and scruffy. In Lyon, I think you are better off shopping at Kazuki, Kimchi and Supermarket Asie, all of which are within walking distance of each other. (maki)
Supermarché Asie
12, Rue Passet
69007 Lyon
Métro or tram - Guillotière
Tel : 04 78 58 92 65
Comment: It's general asian store, but it has by far the largest selection of japanese items in Lyon for a reasonable price- A lot of their japanese stuff come from Kyoko (paris) or Kazuki. Shopping there from now on ! ^^ (Céline)
Comment: I got the impression that this is place is owned by Taiwanese people, since I saw a lot of Taiwan-specific things here. Has a better range of Japanese products than Paristore. (maki)


61 boulevard Plombière
Groceries, a general Asian 'all you can eat' buffet, housewares, etc.


Naturel et Bio
Rue d'Italie
84100 Orange, France
Tel: 04 90 34 43 03
French web site
Natural/bio grocery store
Comments: "What I spotted after a quick trip : A large section dedicated to brown rice ( several brands of thai long grain brown rice and round grain rice, but also glutinous brown rice!), albeit no japanese rice ; Azuki beans and azuki bean flakes, nori, wakame, kuzu,arrow-root and kanten powder, shoyu, tamari, various sesame seeds products, green tea of course, umeboshi, umeboshi paste and several kinds of tofu. I was pleased to see they had a good selection of brown rice - however I was a bit disapointed with the tofu products : they all had the typical rubbery texture of european-manufactured tofu. ^^p But overall it was a nice discovery!" (Céline)

Paris and environs

See A Frugal Eats Japanese blitz through Paris and Bento sightseeing in Paris.

There are two major shopping areas for Asian food: The Chinatown area, which is in the 13th arrondissement, and the 1st and 2nd arrondissements (Métro: Pyramides, Opéra, or Quatre-Septembre), which have a concentration of Japanese stores and restaurants. There are also a few stores in the 15th arrondissement (Métro: Charles Michels).

Ace Mart
63, rue Saint-Anne
75002 Paris
Tel: 01 42 97 56 80
Metro: Pyramides or Quatre-Septembre
Mon - Sat 10:00-20:00, closed Sun
Korean grocery store
Carries a lot of Japanese groceries (as is the case with most Korean groceries). Prices a tad cheaper than area Japanese grocery stores. Doesn't seem to be affiliated with Ace Opera, but rather with Hi Mart (see listing below).(maki)
Ace Opéra
43, rue Saint-Augustin
75002 Paris
Tel: 01 40 07 93 57
Metro: Pyramides or Opera or Quatre-Septembre
Mon - Sat 10:00-20:00, closed Sun
Korean grocery store
Carries a lot of Japanese groceries (as is the case with most Korean groceries). Prices a tad cheaper than area Japanese grocery stores. Doesn't seem to be affiliated with Ace Mart.(maki)
Big Store
81 avenue d'Ivry (Paris 13ème)
Wed - Sun 10:00-19:30, closed Mon, Tue
Large Asian supermarket in the Chinatown area.
According to a couple of Japanese blogs, this Chinatown store has the best selection of Japanese ingredients, followed by Paristore. Their "Pearl Rice" (_Shinju-mai_) from California is recommended.
Fast Don
52, rue des Petits-Champs (opposite Kioko)
75001 Paris
Tel: 01 4296 8624
Metro: Pyramides or Opera
Open 7 days (?) 12:00 - 15:00 for lunch; 17:00 - 23:00
At lunchtime this is a 'Japanese fast food' place that serves donburi (rice bowls) and such; also has takeout prepared food (osouzai) and bentos. At night time it turns into an izakaya.
Hi Mart
71-bis, rue Saint-Charles
75015 Paris
Tel: 01 45 75 37 44
Metro: Charles Michels
Mon - Sat 10:00-20:00, closed Sun
Korean grocery store
Carries a lot of Japanese groceries (as is the case with most Korean groceries). Prices a tad cheaper than area Japanese grocery stores. (maki)
83 Av Emile Zola, 75015 Paris
French and Japanese web site
Métro: Charles Michels
Tue-Sun: 10:30 - 20:00; Closed Mon.
Japanese grocery store. Does mailorder within France.
Comments: "The shop is off the beaten path of the 13th and the usual suspect of shops by the Opéra, thus less deleriously busy. Kanae has a great selection of fresh, packaged and frozen japanese products. The staff is always congenial and helpful. I highly recommend. (Jool)
46 rue des Petits Champs, Paris 75002
French and Japanese website
Tel: 01 42 61 33 65
Tue-Sat: 10:00 - 20:00; Sun: 11:00 - 19:00; Closed Mon.
Metro: Pyramides or Opera or Quatre-Septembre
Japanese grocery store. Does mailorder within France.
A Japanese grocery store, with a fairly comprehensive selection of Japanese products. Downstairs they have refrigerated and frozen goods, snacks, condiments and alcohol. Upstairs they have dried goods, dinnerware, instant noodles, and a small selection of bento boxes. Be sure to pick up their free paper (available at the entrance) if you speak Japanese. (maki)
46 rue Sainte-Anne
75002 Paris
Tel: 01 42 86 02 22
Metro: Pyramides
Open 10:00 - 22:00 every day except Sunday, when it closes at 21:00.
Sells prepared foods (osouzai), bento sets for eating in or takeout. Small grocery store section in back.
68 Passage Choiseul
75002 Paris
Tél: 01 4296 4837
French and Japanese website
Open M-F, 12-14:30; closed holidays
A tonkatsu and fried stuff (korokke etc.) restaurant that offers takeout bentos; bento menu is fixed and changes every day. Delivers within Paris. Operated by the same people who own Workshop Issé (see below).
Paris 13ème
Another large Asian supermarket in the Chinatown area.
Tang Frères
168, avenue de Choisy
Paris 13ème
Tel: +33 1 44 24 06 72
Another large Asian supermarket in the Chinatown area.
Comments: "To me it’s the best Asian store in France!" -(a big store in paris)
Toraya à Paris
10, Rue St-Florentin
75001 Paris
Tél : 01 42 60 13 00 Fax : 01 42 61 59 53
E-Mail : f-toraya [at] toraya-group.co.jp
Métro : Concorde (ligne 1, 8, 12) ou Madeleine (ligne 8, 12, 14)
Open Mon-Sat, closed Sundays and holidays.
Toraya is arguably the best regarded wagashi maker (with a nationwide presence) in Japan. Their yokan (sweet bean jelly block) is a surefire hit as a gift in Japan. The Paris location has a store and a small tea room where you can enjoy their sweets and green tea. (They used to have a NYC location which closed some years ago.)
Workshop Issé
11 rue Saint Augustin (Paris 2)
Tel: 01 4296 2674
Mon - Sun 11:00 - 19:30; closed on national holidays
French and Japanese website. Does mailorder within France and throughout Europe.
Purveyor of high end artisanal Japanese ingredients and alcoholic beverages. Mailorder and small satellite store.
Full report


27 Faubourg de Saverne
67000 Strasbourg
03 88 22 69 20
Super Asie Tien Hung
4 rue Charles Peguy
03 88 28 37 97
15 rue La Fayette
67000 Strasbourg
French web site
03 88 40 12 20
Also at
211 avenue de Colmar
67000 Strasbourg
03 88 40 05 18
A Thai store, obviously, but looks worth checking out.
Village Coréen
10 rue Ste Catherine
03 88 35 55 52
A small Korean grocery store.


Asia Delice
8, Rue Austerlitz
31000 Toulouse
05 61 12 00 90
Comment: "a little store which sells as much food as ustensils. The owner is not Japanese but knows well what he sells and answers your questions." -(Nolwenn)
Paristore - Asia Center
13 Rue Paul Gauguin
31100 Toulouse (Le Mirail)
05 62 11 53 50
Comment: "this Paristore is centered on selling to restaurants’ owners but everybody can buy. It is not a Japanese grocery, but they have a range of japanese supplies." -(Nolwenn)

Also see the excellent FrenchBento blog (French). She doesn't know of any bento suppliers in France...and if anyone would know, she would I think!

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Japanese food shopping in Lyon, plus different Asian stores as sources for Japanese food


This is a continuation of my series on Japanese food shopping, and frugal eating, in Europe. Previously I visited Paris and Düsseldorf's Japantown.

Lyon, the third largest city in France and arguably the second most important one after Paris, does not have a large Japanese expat or immigrant population. However, there are some Japanese corporations that have factories or offices in the area, not to mention a large university population. So in terms of the availability of Japanese groceries in France, it ranks second to Paris, although it trails behind by a large margin.

The main reason I've been interested in Lyon as a source for Japanese food is that we are seriously considering getting a house in the Provence. Lyon is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Haut-Provence (northern Provence), the area we're looking at, so it would be my closest source. (Marseille, which has a Paristore but no Japanese groceries, is about the same distance away, and Avignon, about a 45 minute drive, has two tiny Chinese groceries.) I could order non-perishables from the stores in Paris such as Workshop Issé, or from Japan Centre and so on, not to mention have stuff sent over or bring them back from Japan, but that doesn't work for things like tofu, konnyaku, produce and frozen foods.

It also gives me a chance to talk a bit about where exactly you can find the Japanese ingredients that are mentioned here, regardless of the town you're in, because the shopping options in Lyon are limited yet straightforward.

Option 1 - Kazuki: The Japanese-owned Japanese grocery store

Kazuki (storefront pictured above) is a tiny, jewel-like boutique. In terms of presentation, it has a lot in common with Workshop Issé, but where Workshop Issé is selling high-end food and alcohol, Kazuki is at its heart just a regular Japanese grocery store. Things like cans of wasabi peas, ochazuke packets and run-of-the-mill furikake which only cost a few euros at most are displayed as if they were Hermés scarfs on sleek shelves. This is the Japanese aesthetic and penchant for neatness gone to the extreme.

Everything about Kazuki is beautiful and well presented, even their takeout bentos, which are neatly wrapped up in ribbon:


With a few exceptions, Japanese grocery stores tend to be rather neat and tidy places (though I've never seen one as pretty as Kazuki). They also tend not to carry any other Asian ingredients, though they may have a few Korean items.

Obviously a Japanese grocery store should be the first place to look for Japanese ingredients. If you want things like Japanese soy sauce from Japan, real mirin (hon mirin) rather than mirin-flavored cooking liquid (mirin fuumi choumiryou), go to a Japanese store, However, they can be a bit more expensive than other options, and because many Japanese grocery stores are small, the selection can be limited, especially when it comes to fresh produce.

Option 2 - Kimchi: The Korean-owned Korean grocery store


Kimchi, which is just a few blocks away from Kazuki, is a tiny yet fairly typical Korean grocery store. Korean stores always carry a large amount of Japanese items; usually the selection runs around 50/50 Korean/Japanese. Older Korean people often speak some Japanese.

I really liked Kimchi, because it also carries some 'biologique' items such as nigari (used to make tofu) and kuzu or kudzu powder (used to make kuzumochi, goma dofu and other things).

If you are lucky enough to have a large Korean market near you, it may be your first stop in a quest for Japanese foodstuffs, since they are likely to have most of the fresh produce used in Japanese cooking too. (Kimchi is too small to have any fresh produce unfortunately.)

Option 3 - Supermarché Asie: A Chinese owned Chinese grocery store

In terms of larger Asian grocery stores, there are ones that try to cover all of eastern and southern Asia, and ones that just concentrate on a particular region. Supermarché Asie, which is in the same general neighborhood as Kazuki and Kimchi, clearly concentrates on east Asia: China, Korea and Japan. And, although I don't speak a word of Chinese I can sort of tell apart Cantonese vs. Mandarin and different dialects/pronounciations (well, just aa bit), and I did get the impression that the store is owned by people from Taiwan. Taiwan has much stronger ties to Japan than mainland China, so a Taiwanese-owned store is much more likely to stock Japanese things.Of course, it's difficult to tell apart a Taiwanese store from any other kind of Chinese store just by reading labels, so you'll just have to look around.

The good thing from the standpoint of someone interested in East Asian cooking in general, is that a store like this can be a one-stop shopping destination.

Option 4 - Paristore: A general Asian/Exotic Food grocery store

Paristore is a chain of Asian supermarkets that has stores throughout France. I've only been to the one in Lyon so far, so my impressions are of this store.

Paristore is ostensibly a Chinese supermarket, but it also carries many other 'exotic' foodstuffs, from African to Middle Easten to Indian, Thai and so on. This does mean that the selection of Japanese products is quite small. While I did see Japanese-style rice (from Spain, Italy and California) and a few Japanese condiments, there were little else. However, many Chinese ingredients can be used in Japanese cooking, so it's not a total waste of time to go to a store like this.

What you have to look out for (and this holds true of Supermarché Asie too) are products that may look Japanese, with Japanese writing on them, which really aren't Japanese at all. For example, canned green tea is never sold with sugar in it in Japan, but it seems that green tea meant for the southeast Asian market often is. I also spotted some Chinese snacks (manufactured in Taiwan) with fake Japanese writing on them, in the way that many Japanese products have fake English, or Engrish, on them!

From the standpoint of Japanese ingredient availability, I think you can categorize most Asian markets in European and North American areas into these four categories. Three other categories are: Chinese stores catering to people who came from mainland China or Hong Kong (they carry very little if any Japanese food items); Thai/Malaysian Southeast Asian stores (these also carry very little if any specifically Japanese things); and south Asian/Indian stores (again not many Japanese ingredients if any at all, but may have vegetables that are used in Japanese cooking such as okra, taro root/satoimo, bitter gourd and sweet potatoes.) There are stores fitting all of these categories in Zürich, incidentally.

Special thanks to Céline, who has been great about keeping the Lyon and Provence sections of the Japanese Grocery Stores in France listing so up-to-date! That page is where you will find all the addresses and other pertinent information for the stores described below.

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Workshop Issé: Purveyor of the finest Japanese food and sake in the heart of Paris


From the outside, Workshop Issé looks like just another unassuming little Japanese grocery and gift store. There are quite a few stores of this nature scattered about Europe these days. But inside this little boutique in the heart of the Japanese quarter in Paris, you can experience something quite special: A crash course on top quality artisanal Japanese food and drink.

Inside the tiny store, sleek modern shelves are filled with what, to the untrained eye, might seem like the normal Japanese cooking ingredients - soy sauce, vinegar, spices, sake and other alcoholic beverages. Look closer though, and you soon see that these are no ordinary products. There's a soy sauce that's been aged for 2 years in ancient barrels; a pitch-black sweet miso that's been aged for 3 full years; finely sliced and dried battera konbu seaweed for making marinated mackerel. There are salted cherry blossoms that have been matured for six months, so no trace of bitterness remains. There are gardenia seeds (kuchinashi no mi), used as a natural yellow colorant - I've never seen these for sale outside of Japan, anywhere. There are what seem like dozens of fine sakes and shouchuus, and vinegars of all flavors and colors. This is a store with some seriously high end foodstuffs for sale.


The variety and quality of the selection is a little overwhelming, even for someone like me who at least knows what the products are. This store would be quite intimidating to someone not familiar with Japanese cuisine. But the Workshop part of Workshop Issé's name is a clue to their selling approach. Here, you can do a sampling of products, a degustation in fact (the method normally used to by a wine maker or merchant to sell wines), gently guided by a knowledgeable staff member, at least one of whom is a sake sommelier.

I had a chance to sit down and chat with with Monsieur Toshiro Kuroda, the owner and president of Workshop Issé. Having owned and run a Japanese restaurant in Paris for nearly 4 decades, he started Workshop Issé two years ago. His main reason, he said, was simply because he couldn't get a hold of the high quality ingredients he wanted from Japan through existing channels, so he decided to import them himself. There are no mass produced products here. All are of the highest artisanal quality; a typical supplier has 20 employees or less, and has been in business for more than 200 years. Here's M. Kuroda with his dog Pii-chan.


Besides selling via their web site and the boutique directly to customers, they also supply some of the best professional kitchens in France. For instance, if you've had the yuzu-flavored macaroons from Pierre Hermé, the yuzu juice and powder came from Workshop Issé. They also sell to the Michelin three star restaurant Troisgros.

I asked M. Kuroda about his marketing approach. He said that his mainly French customers take very well to the concept, since they are after all used to buying wine this way. They also don't blink an eye at the prices for their Grand Cru equivalent sakes, which can cost up to €250 per bottle and more.

It's obvious that M. Kuroda, not to mention his staff, take great pride in what they are doing. And no wonder - their product lineup would be impressive even in Tokyo. I don't know of a store like it anywhere, certainly not outside of Japan.

My budget that day was not up to buying a Grand Cru sake, so I picked up a few things that intrigued me. Here are a bottle of ume vinegar, and aged soy sauce. I love the classic labels, and the simple list of ingredients - for the soy sauce, just soy beans, salt, wheat. The ume vinegar is made from organic ume plums.


And here's some stone ground yuzu powder. Now I usually have this sent to me from Japan (or I buy it there), but it's nice to know it's available on this side of the world. The fragrance of this slightly coarse powder is wonderful, and the slightly bitter citrusy taste is addictive.


Is Workshop Issé worth a detour in Paris, even if you go to Tokyo regularly? I would say absolutely yes, unless you are thoroughly familiar with Japanese cuisine, speak and read Japanese fluently, or have a Japanese gourmet guide at your side. The combination of the carefully selected range of products and the knowledgeable staff, who speak Japanese, French and English, make this store a real winner. And if you aren't going to Tokyo on a regular basis and live anywhere near Paris or are visiting, and love Japanese food and cooking, it's a must stop.

I guess the only negative things about Workshop Issé are: They don't really have much in the way of fresh ingredients. There is a small refrigerated section with a limited supply of things like tofu and vegetables, plus real grated wasabi in a tube (€15, but worth it). Also, their prices are not cheap by any means, but you are paying for top quality.


Workshop Issé
11 rue Saint Augustin (Paris 2)
Tel: 01 4296 2674
Open 7 days, 11:00 - 19:30 with no lunch break. Closed on national holidays.
French and Japanese website. Mailorder within France and throughout Europe (but verify if they can ship something to your destination first).
Besides food and alcoholic drinks, they also have a small selection of dinnerware and gift items (they did have a couple of nice bento boxes).

You may also want to check out the rest of the Issé & cie. Japan-in-Paris mini empire: Bizan, a high end kaiseki restaurant; Issé, a 'tempura and tapas' restaurant; Momonoki, a tonkatsu and obento restaurant; and O-bento, a bento delivery service. All are described on this page (French). You can buy some readymade foods (osouzai) from the last three establishments at Workshop Issé too.

For a look at cheap Japanese eats in Paris, see A Frugal Eats mostly Japanese blitz through Paris.

(Merci beaucoup to Clotilde of Chocolate & Zucchini for telling me about Workshop Issé!)

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Japanese grocery stores in Germany

General notes on Germany: The biggest Japanese expat community is in the Düsseldorf area.

Updated May 2009.

Mailorder company based in Germany

Ja-Mart is based in Germany and also states on their web site (which is in German, English and Japanese) that they ship to various countries in Europe. Besides food, they sell kitchenware, tableware, etc. including some 220V electrical appliances such as Zojirushi rice cookers.
Comments on Ja-Mart: They tend to be rather slow in responding, though they do eventually ship! They sell some unusual items such as _natto kinase_ (natto spores) for making their own natto! For Swiss shoppers, they do ship to Switzerland though it's not listed in their dropdown menu of countries. (maki)


Daruma Japan Food
Uhlandstr. 61
10719 Berlin
TEL: 030 8736131


See my in-depth report on Düsseldorf's Japanese quarter around Innermanstrasse. Also see this article which described Düsseldorf as "Little Tokyo on the Rhine".

Bakery My Heart
Marienstr. 26
40210 Duesseldorf
TEL: 0211 5504760
Mon-Fri 8:00-19:00, Sat 9:00-18:00; closed Sun
Japanese-style breads, baked goods and sweets. Has a sleek modern cafe area for eating in.
Bakery Taka
40210 Duesseldorf
TEL: 0211 350374
Mon-Fri 7:30-19:00, Sat 7:30-18:00; closed Sun
Japanese-style breads, baked goods and sweets. Has a few tables for eating on the spot. (maki)
Dae-Yang Asiatische Lebensmittel/Taiyo Shokuhin
Immermannstr. 21
40210 Duesseldorf
TEL: 0211 357227
Mon-Sat 9:00-20:00; closed Sun
Korean grocery store with a large number of Japanese foodstuffs (about 50/50). Dinnerware, cookware to the left of the store. Fresh fish counter. (One of the two grocery stores to target on Innermanstrasse - maki)
Kim's Asia Center
Stresemannstr. 27
40210 Duesseldorf
TEL: 0211 369922
Korean/Asian market with Japanese products.
Several locations
Annoying Flash only site in German
A Japanese deli. Bento boxes, readymade foods (osouzai) and sushi etc. to go. Also does catering. (Was not overly impressed by the quality - maki)
Rewe Nahkauf
Luetticherstr. 17
40547 Duesseldorf
TEL: 0211 588432
Shochiku Im-Export GmbH
Immermannstr. 15, 40210 Duesseldorf
Tel: 0211 365959
Mon-Sat 8:00-20:00; closed Sun
Japanese grocery store, also has Korean foodstuffs (about 60/40 Japanese/Korean). Nice looking fresh fish and meat counter, a small fresh produce area. Narrow aisles, crowded. (One of the main grocery stores on Innermanstrasse. I liked their takeout sushi better than Maruyasu's. -maki)


Akebono Catering
Hausenerweg 23
60489 Frankfurt
Tel: 069 7894530
Himawari Handel
Closed, according to a recent comment.
Mori Craft GmbH
Schlossstr. 24
60486 Frankfurt/M
Tel: 069 9520 8542


E-Shin Shopping
Grete-Nevermann-Weg 22-24
22559 Hamburg
TEL: 040 810925
Heng Who
Gotenstr. 3
20097 Hamburg
TEL: 040 230036
Sakai Shoten seit 1953
Grindelberg 41
20144 Hamburg
TEL: 040 4221914
German and Japanese web site
Vinh Loi
Klosterwall 2a
20095 Hamburg
TEL: 040 325889

Köln (Cologne)

Heng Long Asia Supermarkt
Aachener Str. 201-209
50931 Koeln
TEL: 0221 2828800

München (Munich)

Munich also has several general Asian food stores. See this page for a big list.

Frischmarkt Sano
Frauenstr. 11
80469 Muenchen
TEL: 089 23685941
Part of the Sushi Sano group, which does have a working website (in German), but they seem to have let the domain frischsano-markt.de expire.
Y. Suzuki - Japanische Feinkost
Rumfordstr. 40
80469 München
S-Bahn - Isartor
TEL: 089-2166 9555
Fax:089-2166 9554
ysuzuki at t-online.de
Japanese and German web site
Japan Shop
Westenriederstr. 47
80331 München
S-Bahn - Isartor
Tel.: 089 226663
Fax: 089 2904779
Färbergraben 10
80331 München
U-Bahn/S-Bahn - Marienplatz
Tel.: 089/26 03 343
Japanese web site

Two non-food stores:

Herzogstr. 7
80803 München
U-Bahn - Münchner Freiheit
Tel.: 089/34 94 54
Fax.: 089/39 56 85
German web site
Non-food. "Japanese lifestyle" goods: furniture and fixtures, ceramics, handmade kitchenware, etc.
Ohmstrasse 3
80802 Munich
Tel.: 089 33019644
Mon-Fri 11am - 7pm, Sat 11am - 4pm
Main store web site in German; Mailorder web site in English and German.
Non-food. "Japanese lifestyle" goods: books, manga, CDs, DVDs, Hello Kitty. Where Japanalia pushes traditional goods, Japansalon sells 'hip' and 'cute' stuff.
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Japanese grocery stores in the UK and Ireland


We do have some listings for Ireland in the comments below...I'll incorporate them in here soon!


General UK notes: Obviously the vast majority of Japanese and Asian groceries are located in and around London!

London and environs

Arigato Japanese Supermarket
48 Brewer Street
London W1F 9TG
020 7287 1722
Comments: "A nicely laid out mini-supermarket with a prepared food/bento section. Prices are generally a little higher here than at the Rice Wine Shop." -(Loretta)
Centre Point Food Store
20-21 St. Giles High Street
London WC2H 8LN
Tel: 020 7836 9860 Fax: 020 7240 1702
Korean and English web site
Comments: "Japanese and Korean store. Conveniently situated near Tottenham Court Road station, this good sized grocery stocks most of the common Japanese staples. Staff are friendly and very helpful with any Korean food questions you might have." -(Loretta)
Japan Centre
19 Shaftesbury Ave.
London W1D 7ED UK
Tel: Multiple: See website
English and Japanese web site
e-mail: foodshop [at] japancentre [dot] com
Comments: The same company also operates a Japanese/Asian food cash and carry. They also run their own Japanese bakery, a ramen shop, and a lot more! See their website for more. This is where I get most of my mail-orderable Japanese groceries, since shopping from them is cheaper even if I add the shipping cost from the UK to France. (maki)
Japan Food Hall
Unit B Alpha House, 158 Garth Road, Morden Surrey, SM4 4TQ
Note: This is a mailorder only operation
English andJapanese website
Email: sales [at japanfoodhall.com
A fairly new store (opened in 2014 I believe). This page lists the countries they ship to in Europe with tariffs. Next day delivery on the UK Mainland. Prices are competitive with Japan Centre. I have bought from them a couple of times already and have been happy with the service. (maki)
Oriental City (CLOSED)
Rice Wine Shop
82 Brewer Street
Japanese web site
Comments: "I feel great loyalty to this store. Although small it has an excellent selection of groceries and consistently good prices. Can be accessed with a wheelchair (a squeeze but possible)" -(Loretta)
According to the site they will delivery to the UK mainland (though their site is all in Japanese...)
Seoul Plaza
Seoul Plaza 4
136 Golders Green Road
London, NW11 8HB
020 8731 7999
Several other locations
Korean and English web site
Comments: "Not Japanese, but Seoul Plaza in Golders Green has a decent range of Japanese stuff. And looking at their website there are 3 branches in New Malden, one in Cambridge, and one in Bratislava (!). Not been to any of the others but I expect they also stock Japanese food." -(Alice)

(below is still unformatted - working on it!)

Oriental Delight Fairly pricey, but centrally-located and has a bigger range of Japanese food than the Chinese supermarkets nearby.

14 Gerrard St, London W1D 5PT 020 7439 1183

Wing Yip

Chinese but has a seperate Japanese section, as well as a decent selection of fresh produce. Prices are about as good as you’ll get in London, especially if buying in bulk. Haven’t been since they finished the remodelling of the Cricklewood store, and never been to the others. I usually visit every couple of months to stock up on basics in bulk, much easier to drive there (plenty of free parking) than to try and lug 5kg bags of rice back on the bus!

Wing Yip http://www.wingyip.com Chinese supermarket chain

395 Edgware Road Cricklewood London NW2 6LN Tel: 020 8450 0422 Fax: 020 8452 1478

544 Purley Way Croydon CR0 4NZ Tel: 020 8688 4880 Fax: 020 8688 8786

375 Nechells Park Road Nechells Birmingham B7 5NT Tel: 0121 327 6618 Fax: 0121 327 6612

Oldham Road Ancoats Manchester M4 5HU Tel: 0161 832 3215 Fax: 0161 833 2798

Hoo Hing Comments: "Same deal as Wing Yip. Only been to the Park Royal store, didn’t like it as much as Wing Yip so only been the once. Can’t remember how much Japanese stuff it actually had either but there was some!"

Hoo Hing

A406 North Circular Rd Near Hangar Lane Park Royal London NW10 7TN

Lockfield Avenue Off Mollison Avenue Brimsdown Enfield Middlesex EN3 7QE

Dorma Trading Park Staffa Road London E10 7QX

Bond Road Off Western Road Mitcham Surrey CR4 3EB

Hoo Hing Commercial Centre Freshwater Rd Chadwell Heath Romford Essex RM8 1RX

Others There is also Oriental City, which I’ve never been to and the many Chinese supermarkets in Chinatown which have some Japanese stuff and fresh produce. There used to be a lovely little Japanese shop called Unohana in Golders Green (opposite the tube station), it closed for renovation according to the sign in the window but now seems to have closed for good. It was quite expensive and didn’t have a huge range but did sell ‘sushi-quality’ fish and decent ready-made sushi and bento boxes. If it ever reopens I will post about it.

Alice | 25 January, 2008 - 17:29

Oriental City - Colindale (North London - UK)

Name: Natural Natural Address: 20 Station Parade, Uxbridge Road, Ealing Common W5 3LD 1 Goldhurst Terrace, Finchley Road NW6 3HX Website: http://www.natural-natural.co.uk/naturalnatural/indexe.html http://www.natural-natural.co.uk/naturalnatural/indexj.html

Not London

(Not formated yet!)

Wai Yee Hong Wai Yee Hong Eastgate Oriental City, Eastgate Road, Eastville, Bristol, BS5 6XX

Tel:0845 873 3388

Fax:0845 872 2288

web site in English

Korea Foods Mart Unit 5 Wyvern Industrial Estate, Beverley Way,New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4PH 020 8949 2238

Seoul Plaza 1 36 High Street, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4HE 020 8949 4329

Seoul Plaza 2 126 Malden Road, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 6DD 020 8942 9552

Seoul Plaza 3 91-93 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2AW 012 2330 3610


Besides Wing Yip (see above)

There is a small Korean grocery on Bristol Rd., near Selly Oak station, which also carries Chinese and Japanese groceries.

Day-In Supermarket Chinese supermarket


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Japanese grocery stores in Australia, New Zealand, Pacific

Japanese grocery stores (or stores that stock Japanese food products) in Australia and New Zealand. If your favorite stores aren't listed, let us know the details in the comments!


Adelaide (South Australia) area

Little Tokyo! Japanese Food, Fashion & Culture
2a Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8231 2255
Comments: "A small shop, but stocks a small but varied range of food items, homewares, tableware, DVDs & books. They regularly stock the Urara, Putifresh & Clickety Click bento boxes, but usually only in sets, containing a box, bento bag & chopstick set. They also occasionally have cutters, sauce bottles, onigiri moulds & picks, the range depending what they can import, I suppose! This is the only place in Adelaide that I can reliably find bento supplies. The food range is great - all the items have a ticket on the shelf with both the Japanese & English name, which is a great boon to those who can’t read Japanese! You can get difficult to find items such as sakura denbu and tarako spaghetti sauce. There is a frozen range with croquettes, kamaboko etc, and tofu, noodles etc in the fridge. The staff are quietly helpful, and I’m sure would be happy to advise on how to prepare a particular ingredient." -(alioc)

Brisbane (Queensland) area

102 Mary St, Brisbane
Comments: "Mostly Chinese but a good Japanese section. Reasonable prices and sometimes good sales." -(sherd)



Koz Market
85 Elizabeth St, Brisbane
Tel: (07) 3220 2677
Comments: "Has a good range of Japanese & Korean food, reasonable prices. Not very big." -(sherd)

Melbourne area

Perth (Western Australia) area

Nippon Fare
Crossways Shopping Centre
Crnr Rokeby Rd and Bagot Rd
Comments: "They don’t carry any fresh veggies, herbs etc, but they have a massive range of frozen, dried, bottled, packaged etc. goods."-(Hayley)

Sydney (NSW) area

Asian City
Shop 2
369 Victoria Ave.(in Victoria Plaza)
Chatswood, NSW
(02) 9419 8088
Comments: "Mostly Chinese goods, but they have a pretty large Japanese selection. Really, really good prices."-(Dina)
Jusco Asian Supermarket & Butcher
Level 6, Westfield Chatswood
1 Anderson St, Chatswood
Korean, Japanese, Asian groceries. See this page.
VPlus Supermarket
Shop 10-14
Campsie Centre
14-28 Amy Street
Tel: (612) 9718 8699 Fax: (612) 9718 6670
Open 7 days (check web site for hours)
Chinese and English web site
Also at
Shop 1008-1010
Westfield Shopping Centre
Cnr Bathurst Street and Elizabeth Street
Tel: (612) 9602 8688 Fax: (612) 9600 8300
Also at
Shop 42
Metro Shopping Centre
34 Victoria Road
Tel: (612) 9550 3877 Fax: (612) 9550 5022
Also at
Shop 217
Gosford Town Centre
Cnr. Henry Parry Drive & Donnison Street
Tel: (612) 4322 8699 Fax: (612) 4322 3099
Comments: "I use the one at Liverpool regularly, They have a decent range of Japanese food items but you will have to often search through the isles for what you want as the staff don’t know the Japanese names of things as the store tends to cater more towards chinese." (Becki)

New Zealand

(none listed yet!)

Japanese grocery stores (or stores that stock Japanese food products) in Australia and New Zealand. If your favorite stores aren't listed, let us know the details in the comments! (Once the information in a comment is incorporated into the main article, the comment is deleted.)

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Japanese grocery stores in Asia (other than Japan)

I need to update this section soon! In the meantime, take a look through the addresses listed in the comments.

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Japanese grocery stores in other places

Middle East, Africa, and other places.

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Food related shopping places in Japan you should visit

Please limit your suggestions to stores and places that are food-related: edibles, supplies, equipment, etc.

Precce Premium - Tokyo

Comments: "In a city where food presentation is elevated into an artform, this store peddles food pornography of the most sordid and explicit kind. I'm surprised the wheels of my chair didn't go rusty from the dribble trailing from my open mouth. From the displays of unbearably beautifully fruit to the softly cascading clouds of dry ice that caressed impeccably fresh fish in dream-like soft-focus, this store is nothing but a delectable series of temptations." -(Loretta) Link, Map.

All the 100 yen shops you could ever want to visit

...are all listed on this Guide to 100 yen shops by region (Japanese only unfortunately, but it's a start!)

See these articles on Just Hungry and Just Bento:

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Mailorder merchants that ship Japanese goods worldwide

These Japanese-food-goods oriented companies ship worldwide.

See also Overseas Shipping Services on this page.

Mailorder sources

Sites that I've tried myself are marked with a (maki).

General stores

These mailorder stores carry a wide variety of products, edible and otherwise.

  • J-List: Food is limited to snacks and so on. Also carries lots of bento supplies, dinnerware, utensils, cookbooks. Carries a lot of NSFW products (mainly manga, anime of a hentai bent) but has age check. (To go directly to the SFW section without the hentai DVDs and such, go to JBox.com - same company, PG rated.) Prompt service, website is a bit cumbersome, but a big selection of things to browse through. (Note that Just Hungry is a J-List affiliate; by clicking on the link to make your purchases you help to support the site at no cost to you.) (maki)
  • Japan Centre: food only within Europe, but equipment and books worldwide. Very prompt service, easy to use website. (maki)
  • Japonmania is a site in French and English. They list several bento boxes and such.
  • Katagiri: Their web site states they ship worldwide, though I suspect that policy applies to the non-edible housewares. They do ship food all over the U.S.

Bento suppliers

See this comprehensive page on our sister site, Just Bento: Where to buy bento boxes and equipment.


  • Evergreen Seeds: Japanese and other Asian vegetable and herb seeds. My favorite source for Japanese seeds, other than my mom! (maki)
  • Hibiki-an: A tea farm near Kyoto.
  • Korin: Knives, tableware, kitchen ware. Also has a showroom/store in NYC.
  • Zensuke: Kitchenware, tableware, gifts from Japan. A nice selection.
  • O-cha.com: A green tea seller. I like their matcha-green tea mix iced tea bags. (maki)

Overseas shipping services

These companies act as your 'friend who lives in Japan', for a fee of course. You have things shipped to them from merchants who don't ship overseas, which they will then send it to you. The commission is usually around 10%, but it pays to compare their service fee structures (some require a flat service fee on top of the percentage.)

The following 3 services frequently offer 3,000 yen off if you purchase more than a certain amount from Rakuten and some other shopping sites.

  • Tenso may be the biggest shipping service. Their web site is in English, Japanese, Mandarin and Cantonese. They charge a 10% fee for receiving and shipping your package to you. They can also consolidate multiple package for you before shipping them out to you, for an additional fee. Comments: I've used them a couple of times, and they are fairly reliable, although they are very slow sometimes responding to questions. (maki)
  • Goyokikiya is my packing shipping service of choice at the moment. However, they don't seem to have an English explanation page - although they do have an English login option. They are very fast, respond to questions in a timely manner, and don't charge extra for consolidating packages. (maki)
  • Baggage Forward Com is a service based in Osaka. They charge similar fees to the two above. Because they are based in Osaka, their packages tend to leave a day or so later than the ones leaving from Narita, in my experience.

  • DankeDanke (English and Japanese site) Comments: "I have used dankedanke a couple of times, with no problems. Shipping was very fast." -(anon.)

  • i-TM4u (English only site), but their blog (English) makes me think they are Japanese. Note: as of November 2014 they seem to be out of business? Comments: "I use i-tm4u for anything I want to buy from Japan, especially when the company does not ship OS. I've bought a few Bento boxes as well as other non Bento items through them and they have always been well packaged and arrive quickly. Their commission is low and shipping is very reasonable." -(Becki)

"Today i received my work-of-art lunchbox and can say that i-TM4U [...] is a very good and reliable shopping agent. It is very difficult to communicate with Japanese companies in English so i was glad to rely on their help with payment, shipping etc. i-TM4U was very accurate with all the info, the box was very well packed as i asked and the pricing is reasonable, too." -(Anna from Russia)

  • Japan to Door (English only site) - offers similar services.
  • Rinkya. Comments: "I’ve used Rinkya a few times, and they’re pretty reliable." -(anon)

If you know of other places, let us know in the comments!

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