Moving to Japan is a huge transition, and there might be one thing that you haven’t considered. Your entire diet is going to change! Instead of cereal, you’re having rice and eggs for breakfast. Taco night will change to curry night. On your birthday, you’ll be eating strawberry shortcake instead of chocolate cake. You love Japan, but sometimes you miss the food where you came from.
We understand. So here are our picks for the top Tokyo international markets, which you can visit if you’re missing the food from your overseas home.
Top Tokyo International Markets : Costco
If you’re willing to travel to Chiba, Costco can become your favorite stock-up store. It is the favorite Tokyo international market store for residents from overseas, as one trip and one full vehicle can last you a month or so. Costco is so big you can find almost anything there, from TVs to tools to groceries. Obviously, Costco is recommended for permanent residents with access to a vehicle of some sort rather than travelers. There are several locations near Tokyo and throughout Japan.
Dean & Deluca
Dean & Deluca is a popular chain of Tokyo international markets in Japan, and quite often you can see people with tote bags bearing the brand name. Some of their larger stores sell western groceries, like deli meats, fish, cheese, coffee, and wine. If you have the time, they also have a seating area where you can stop for a bite. There are several easy-to-reach locations in the Tokyo area.
Although Kinokuniya is famous for its bookstores (our editor got lost in a Kinokuniya market while looking for the Kinokuniya bookstore in Shinjuku), it also has its own chain of Tokyo international markets. Their website advertises corned beef, cherries, and other foods generally not found in Japan. There are many Kinokuniya stores throughout Tokyo, and you can find the one closest to you on their list of store locations.
No matter what kind of foreign food you are craving, chances are National Azabu has it stocked. National Azabu prides itself on being the best international market in Tokyo, and serves many English-speaking families in the area. They have an entire rack full of Mexican and Spanish foods, fine wines from Italy, and classic American snacks. Upstairs, they have a wide variety of English greeting cards. They also sell typical western toys, kitchen utensils, and books and magazines. National Azabu will make you feel like you’re back home. There are three locations in the Tokyo area, and you can look here to find the one closest to you.
Nissin World Delicatessen
Just south of Roppongi is the Nissin World Delicatessen, a three-story international foods store. Nissin is one of the most popular Tokyo international markets–they carry a wide variety of products, and attract more than just English-speakers. They are especially famous for their variety of meat products.
Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Azabu-Juban Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)
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