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Supermarkets in Japan can be divided into two broad types: local grocery stores and large supermarkets. The local grocery stores are much smaller but still sell all kinds of groceries. The supermarkets in Japan though are pretty impressive. Many large scale supermarkets are able to provide great variety of groceries and household goods at a low price. Because these supermarkets are corporations rather than independent grocery stores, they are able to stock its inventory at a lower cost.
Japanese supermarkets not only offer a wide variety of fresh produce and groceries, they also include
osozai or pre-made side dishes like Yakitori for shoppers looking for a quick bite. Supermarkets also offer various to-go lunch sets like bento boxes, sushi, and more. Not only are Japanese supermarkets very large, but they also pay a great attention to detail to ensure their products are displayed in the best way possible.
Take a peak inside a Japanese supermarket to get a better idea of the daily life in Japan during our line of Cherry Blossom Japan Tours or Anime Japan Vacations available in the Spring or year-round with Japan Deluxe Tours!
Rice balls - Japanese dish with the longest history
Meals often packed in a box-like container
100 Yen Shops have become increasingly popular in recent years.
Shōtengai is a street of stores by the local train station ran by locals.
Tsukemono means pickled vegetables in Japanese. Surrounded by ocean, Japan developed its tsukemono culture in a unique way.
Nori is a type of edible Japanese seaweed, popular in Japan.
Traditional Japanese Soup Made from Miso
The Tokyo Central Wholesale Market; Live Tuna Auction