±JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
±Compare Expat Providers
±Expat Focus Partners
±Latest Financial Articles
· Expat Focus Financial Update 18 October 2016
· How To Set Up A Bank Account In The UK - Advice For New Expats
· How To Reduce Your Debts While Living Abroad
· Expat Focus Financial Update 05 October 2016
· How To Open A Bank Account Abroad Without A Credit Rating
· Report: Complicated Tax Codes Forcing Americans To Give Up Citizenship
· Expat Focus Financial Update 26 September 2016
· Merrill Lynch Closing Brokerage Accounts For US Expats
· 7 Practical Tips For Saving Oodles Of Money As An Expat
±Latest Health Articles
· Expat Focus International Healthcare Update 30 September 2016
· Unusual Expat Illnesses And Injuries
· Expat Focus International Healthcare Update 14 September 2016
· 5 Places Where Healthcare Is Better Than The US
· Expat Focus International Healthcare Update 07 September 2016
· 5 Places Where Healthcare is Better Than The UK
· Expat Focus International Healthcare Update 24 August 2016
· Interview With Stephanie Eltz, Founder, Doctify
· Expat Focus International Healthcare Update 02 August 2016
ShoppingBack to top Back to main Skip to menu
Tokyo - Shopping
Nearly all large departmental stores will have some kind of grocery store. For example, you can find gourmet food at the larger Takashimaya department stores. The other option would be to look for supermarket chains located near train stations. Some expatriates with families turn to supermarket chains that offer online shopping and home deliveries.
Jusco, Ito-yokado and Dai-ei are some of the leading local supermarket chains in Japan. If you prefer international supermarket chains like French-chain Carrefour, you will need to travel out to Tokyo's suburbs (Minamimchida, Sayama or Makuhari). Hanamasa is a local wholesale store popular for its good selection of meat and wine at reasonable prices. Hanamasa stores can be found at Ginza, Akasaka, Ikebukuro, Ichigaya, Minami-Azabu, Kanda and Yushima. Look out for their yellow signages. At the time of writing, some supermarket chains have been reporting heavy losses due to pull out of imported tainted products from other countries, such as China.
The National Azabu Supermarket (4-5-2 Minami-azabu, Minato-ku) has a good range of imported products such as cheese and wines. Nissin World Delicatessen (2-34-2, Higashi Azabu, Minato-ku) has a good range of hams and other meat products catered towards the western cuisine. There is a range of reasonably priced frozen seafood section. International supermarket chains like Medi-ya, Kinokuniya and Queen's Isetan are other options for a range of imported products.
Most supermarkets will have a sale day - (oouri dashi). When grocery shopping, look out for a red circle with numbers – these usually mean a discount from the listed price.
Convenience stores (7-11, Lawson and Family Mart) operate 24 hours daily and offer a range of services (ATM, bill payment), quick snacks and small necessities. At least one convenience store chain can be found in every neighborhood. UK's Tesco runs a small convenience store chain in Tokyo as well.
For a range of clothes for the family and home furnishings under one roof, there are a number of departmental store chains located throughout Tokyo. Most of these departmental stores will also have a grocery section in the lower levels (usually the basement). There are usually some restaurants on the higher levels. The larger shopping areas are Shinjuku, Ginza and Shibuya, where you can find a concentration of departmental stores. The major departmental store chains include Takashimaya, Daimaru and Isetan.
Expat Health Insurance Partners
Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.
At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.
Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.