Buying imported food products at grocery stores in Tokyo / Japan

If you stay in Tokyo for a few months or longer, you might miss foods that you usually eaten in your own country. Don't worry, you can buy imported foods at local super markets in Tokyo. About ten years ago, there were not so many supermarkets handling imported foods and you used to able to buy them only atupscale supermarkets in central Tokyo like Kinokuniya or Seijo Ishii, But now most of the local supermarkets in most parts of Tokyo handle various imported foods. However, one problem is left. They are rather expensive.


I like imported foods myself and to save some money I usually go to Gyomuyo Super or Nikuno Hanamasa. Those supermarkets are a grocery store handling food products not for personal use but for restaurant use. So, the portion of each product is big compared to ordinary products that you buy at regular supermarkets in Japan. BUT the prices are low. They handle many imported products from many countries, like Italy, Spain, French, China, Turkey USA and others.

There are many Hanamasa Stores in Tokyo and in the suburbs of Tokyo. Open 24 hours a day. Very convenient!
Gyomuyo Super is originally from Kyogo prefecture in West Japan, and they have chained stores throughout Japan.

Related Websites

Nikuno Hanamasa 

Gyoumuyo Super (Kobe Bussan Co., Ltd.)

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