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International Supermarkets in Tokyo

Post: Friday February 21, 2014

If you are new to Tokyo, you may have noticed that most Japanese grocery stores and supermarkets have a very limited selection of items common in various countries around the world. Also, the labels are usually all in Japanese which can make it challenging to figure out what a particular food item is if you don’t read Japanese. However, this being Tokyo, there are a number of supermarkets that carry international foods and that cater to English speakers and we introduce some of the most popular ones below.



Costco is a membership warehouse club with a large selection of groceries among its offerings. It will be familiar to many English speakers as one of the largest retailers in the USA. Costco is open 7 days a week, offers free parking to shoppers, and has English speaking staff on hand at all times. An individual or household membership costs¥4,000 per year and allows you access to access to any Costco worldwide. Costco has many locations in Japan, including a number in the greater Tokyo area. They include Makuhari, Kawasaki, Iruma, Shinmisato, and Tamasaka.

National Azabu

National Azabu Supermarket
National Azabu - This Hiroo supermarket is extremely popular and well-known among foreigners living in Tokyo. It has been serving as a bastion of imported groceries for members of Tokyo's international community since 1962. It carries wines, cheeses, vegetables, cleaning supplies, etc., on the 1st floor while the second floor has books, stationaries, and decorations. The store’s address is 4-5-2 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Located 3 min walk form Hiroo Station Exit #1 or #2 and right across the street from Arisugawa Park.

Seijo Ishii

Seijo Ishii
Seijo Ishii is a supermarket chain that aims to provide high quality food at affordable prices. While not specifically aimed at English speakers, this chain does carry a variety of imported food items from all over the world. Notably, they carry a variety of imported alcoholic beverages that you may not be able to find elsewhere. Below are several locations in Tokyo.
  • Seijo Ishii Atre Ebisu: Atre Ebisu 3F, Minami Ebisu 1-5-5, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
  • Seijo Ishii Select: Apartments Nishi-azabu 1F, Nishi-azabu 4-15-2, Minato Ward, Tokyo
  • Seijo Ishii Lumine Shinjuku: Lumine Shinjuku 2 1F, Shinjuku 3-38-2, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo

Kaldi Coffee Farm

Kaldi Coffee Farm
Kaldi Coffee Farm, contrary its name, carries more than just coffee. It is a supermarket chain with an emphasis on high quality coffee but also a selection of imported food items that are low in price and high in quality. There are more than a dozen locations around Tokyo.

Motomachi Union Supermarket

Motomachi Union Supermarket

Motomachi Union Supermarket started the 1st store on the Motomachi Shopping Street near Chinatown in 1958 (Address: 4-166, Motomachi, Naka Ward, Yokohama), and has been catering to expatriates who live in the Yokohama area since then. It carries a wide variety of foreign imported foods including imported confectionary, cheese, wine, beer, and liquors. It runs currently 6 stores in Kanagawa and 3 stores in Tokyo. Below are 3 locations in Tokyo.

- Roppongi Store: THE ROPPONGI TOKYO PLAZA 1F, 3-7-1, Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo

- Shinbashi Store: Wing SHINBASHI B1, 2-Chome, Shinbashi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo

- Shinjuku Store: Shinjuku Front Tower 1F, 2-21-1, Kitashinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo


Meidi-ya is a chain of supermarkets that was established in Japan in 1885 and is committed to offering the highest quality of gourmet food and beverages from all over the world. The Hiroo store in Shibuya offers English speaking service as well as parking. It can be found on the first floor of Hiroo Plaza at 5-6-6 Hiroo, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.

Nissin World Delicatessen

Nissin World Delicatessen
Nissin World Delicatessen, located in Higashi Azabu, is an international supermarket with 40,000 items in stock from around the world. They have a butcher called Meat Rush that carries chilled meats direct from the US, New Zealand, and Australia along with a wide variety of other hard- to-find-in-Japan meats. They are open 9 am to 9 pm every day and have a dedicated parking lot for convenient access. The store’s address is 2-34-2, Higashi-Azabu, Minato Ward, Tokyo.

Kinokuniya International Store

Kinokuniya International Store
Kinokuniya is a big Japanese supermarket chain that has an international grocery store in Kita Aoyama, one minute from Omotesando station. They offer a variety of food items from all over the world and also provide parking vouchers for up to 60 minutes for your convenience. The store’s address is 3-11-7-B1 Kita Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo.

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