Buy and Try at: Supermarkets                       

If you are concerned about your household budget, this section is for you! You will probably be shocked at the prices in international supermarkets - most of their products are imported, prices are bumped up due to import tax and shipping costs, and prices are easily 30-40% higher than the original price in your home countries. supermarket

If you would like to shop in Japan wisely, why don’t you try Japanese products and shop at the local supermarket rather than buying everything at international supermarkets?

There are so many benefits to shopping at local stores. Generally, domestic products are fresher/newer than imported products. You will notice that there are some international licensed products such as Campbell, Kellogg’s, 3M, etc. whose prices are much cheaper than imported ones, and if you would like to have fresh daily products, you need to buy Japanese ones anyway!

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If you are from the United States, you may be surprised to see Japanese container sizes in general. Yes, they are very small. However, some people say that the size perfectly fits the life style of singles and couples, and some families say the size is better than American size because they can finish them easily before the expiry date. More than anything, it’s hard to find a kitchen and pantry space large enough to keep American size products in Japan. Japanese kitchen is very small.

To sum up, we recommend you shop at international supermarkets just for things you cannot find at local stores. 

So let’s explore local supermarkets first.

Category

Type

Product Name (Japanese)

Comments

Dairy Products

Milk

牛乳

/gyunyu

Oishi Gyunyu

(おいしい牛乳)

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A variety of products are available. Usually provided in 1 liter paper packs.

MEGMILK

(めぐみるく)

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MORINAGA Gyunyu

(森永)

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Yogurt

ヨーグルト

/yoguruto

Megumi

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These brands have a range of products.

Bulgaria

(ブルガリア)

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Aloe yogurt

(アロエ ヨーグルト)

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Cheese

チーズ

/chiizu

Kireteru Cheese

(切れてるチーズ)

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These brands have a range of products for different needs.

Tokachi

(十勝)

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PHILADELPHIA

(フィラデルフィア)

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Torokeru Cheese

(とろけるチーズ)

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Butter

バター

/bataa

Yukijirushi Hokkaido Butter

(雪印北海道バター)

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These brands have a range of products for different needs.

Yotsuba Butter

(よつ葉バター)

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CALPIS Butter

(特選バター)

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Margarine

マーガリン

/maagarin

Ramasoft

(ラーマソフト)

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The varieties available include margarine made not only from rapeseed oil, but also from corn, olive, soy bean, etc. 

Neosoft

(ネオソフト)

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Cream

生クリーム

/namakuriimu

Fresh Cream

(フレッシュクリ)

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Very fresh. If you need ready-whipped cream, it is sold processed with a vinyl bag or tube. Also available in powder type.

Tokachi Fresh

(十勝フレッシュ)

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Sour Cream

サワークリーム

/sawaakuriimu

Nakazawa Sour Cream

(サワークリーム)

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Very fresh.

Condensed Milk

コンデンスミルク

/kondensumiruku

MORINAGA Condensed Milk

(森永コンデンスミルク)

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Convenient tube type is more popular, but also available in cans.

Yukijirushi Condensed Milk

(雪印コンデンスミルク)

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UCC Condensed Milk

(ユーシーシーコンデンスミルク)

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Oil

Rapeseed Oil

なたね油

/Nataneabura

Canola

(キャノーラ)

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Rapeseed oil is the oil most commonly used with Japanese food.

Olive Oil

オリーブオイル

/oriibuoiru

Extra Virgin

(エキストラバージン)

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A variety of products are available.

Sesame Oil

ごま油

/gomaabura

Goma Abura

(ごま油)

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Appetizing flavor.

Seasoning / Sauce 

Mayonnaise

マヨネーズ

/mayoneizu

Pure Select

(ピュアセレクト)

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70% fewer calories, taking care of your health.

Kewpie Mayonnaise

(キューピーマヨネーズ)

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Very mild and tasty, pioneer in Japan since the 1920s.

Tomato Ketchup

ケチャップ

/kechappu

KAGOME Tomato Ketchup

(カゴメトマトケチャップ)

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They have variety of tomato products for cooking.

Salt and Pepper Blend

塩コショウ

/shiokosyou

Aji Shio Kosho

(味塩こしょう)

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Salt and pepper blended in the ideal ratio for every meal.

Mustard

マスタード

/masutaado

S&B Mustard

(エスビー マスタード)

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Kewpie Arabiki Mustard

(キューピーあらびきマスタード)

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Honey

はちみつ

/hachimitu

Pure Honey

(純粋蜂蜜)

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Japanese Seasoning

Japanese cooking is well known for healthy foodstuffs, with fresh sea-food, vegetables and other foods served with soy-based sauces. To make the best of the freshness and natural flavors of the ingredients, the seasoning is very simple, and overly-spicy flavours are not preferable. If you would like to try cooking Japanese food, the basics are listed here.

Soy Sauce

しょうゆ

/shoyu

Kikkoman

(キッコーマン)

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Normally bought in a big bottle and transferred into small bottles for use on the table. There are different types of soy sauce for different types of usage. The basic types are “Koikuchi” (strong flavor) and “Usukuchi” (weak flavor). More than 80% of the time, “Koikuchi” will be required, such as for sushi, sashimi, and nimono (simmered foods).

SHODA SHOYU

(正田醤油)

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Miso

みそ

/miso

Marukonme Miso

(マルコメみそ)

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Much favored and popular for its good taste, as well as its lovely character “Marukome-kun”.

Mutenka Kaori Jyukusei Miso

(無添加香り熟成みそ)

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With natural ingredients, it cares for your health.

Tonkatsu Sauce

ソース

/sousu

Bulldog Tonkatsu Sauce

(ブルドッグ とんかつソース)

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There are a variety of products to be used with different types of food, such as tonkatsu, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, etc. Similar to Worcester Sauce, but more syrupy.

KAGOME Tonkatsu Sauce

(カゴメ とんかつソース)

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Rice Vinegar

/su

Mitsukan

(ミツカン)

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Often used with Japanese meals. Especially well known as an ingredient of sushi rice.

Mirin

みりn

/mirin

Takara Hon-mirin

(タカラ 本みりん)

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Sweet sake for cooking. Removes the smell from fish and gives a great-looking glaze.

Cooking Sake

料理酒

/ryourishu

Ryori-shu

(料理酢)

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Used in nimono (simmered foods), especially with fish or meat to remove the smell.

Soup Stock Powder

だし粉末

/dashifunmatsu

Hondashi

(Hondashi)

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Soup stock made from bonito.

Konbu-dashinomoto

(こんぶだしの素)

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Soup stock made from seaweed.

Wasabi

わさび

/wasabi

Nama-wasabi

(生わさび)

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Tube-type wasabi paste.

Hon-wasabi

(本わさび)

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Mustard

からし

/karashi

Karashi

(からし)

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Tube-type mustard paste.

Spices

スパイス

/supaisu

Yuzu-kosho

(柚子こしょう)

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Fine yuzu flavor and black pepper, mainly for use in nabe (hotpot).

Ichimi-tougarashi

(一味唐がらし)

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Red chili pepper, mainly for use in hot udon, soba and gyudon.

Shichimi-tougarashi

(七味唐がらし)

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Seven blended seasonings including red chili, mainly for use in hot udon, soba and gyudon.

Ra-yu

(ラー油)

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Chinese oil spice mostly used with gyoza.

 

Other seasoning

Ajinomoto

(味の素)

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Typical synthetic seasoning adding to and fixing the taste.

Mini Japanese Phrase for shopping :

“Do you have a ~?.”         “~ wa arimasu ka? “