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National Azabu 2 Tokyo International Markets

You know that moving to Japan is going to be a huge transition, but there might be one thing that you haven’t considered. Your entire diet is going to change! Instead of cereal, you’re having rice and eggs for breakfast. Instead of taco night, you have curry night. On your birthday, you’ll be eating strawberry shortcake instead of chocolate cake. You love Japan, but sometimes you miss the food where you came from. We understand. So here are our picks for the top Tokyo international markets, which you can visit if you’re missing the food from your overseas home.

Top Tokyo International Markets : Costco

If you’re willing to travel to Chiba, Costco can become your favorite stock-up store. It is the favorite Tokyo international market store for residents from overseas, as one trip and one full vehicle can last you a month or so. And Costco is so big you can find almost anything there, from TVs to tools to groceries. Obviously, Costco is recommended for permanent residents with access to a vehicle of some sort rather than travelers. There are several locations near Tokyo and throughout Japan.


Dean & Deluca

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Dean & Deluca is a popular chain of Tokyo international markets in Japan, and quite often you can see people with tote bags bearing the brand name. Some of their larger stores sell western groceries, like deli meats, fish, cheese, coffee, and wine.  And if you have the time, they also have a seating area where you can stop for a bite. There are several easy-to-reach locations in the Tokyo area.

Website (via Google Translate) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Twitter (Japanese) ||| Online Store (via Google Translate)



Although Kinokuniya is famous for its bookstores (our editor famously got lost in a Kinokuniya market while looking for the Kinokuniya bookstore in Shinjuku), it also has its own chain of Tokyo international markets. Their website advertises corned beef, cherries, and other foods generally not found in Japan. There are many Kinokuniya stores throughout Tokyo, and you can find the one closest to you on their list of store locations.

Website (via Google Translate) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Online Store (via Google Translate)


National Azabu

National Azabu 2 Tokyo International Markets

No matter what kind of foreign food you are craving, chances are National Azabu has it stocked. National Azabu prides itself on being the best international market in Tokyo, and serves many English-speaking families in the area. They have an entire rack full of Mexican and Spanish foods, fine wines from Italy, and classic American snacks. Upstairs, they have a wide variety of English greeting cards. They also sell typical western toys, kitchen utensils, and books and magazines. National Azabu will make you feel like you’re back home. There are three locations in the Tokyo area, and you can look here to find the one closest to you.

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Nissin World Delicatessen

Nissin world Tokyo International Markets

Just south of Roppongi is the Nissin World Delicatessen, a three-story international foods store. Nissin is one of the most popular Tokyo international markets–they carry a wide variety of products, and attract more than just English-speakers. Nissin is especially famous for their variety of meat products.

Website (Japanese and English) ||| Online Store (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Azabu-Juban Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 8:30 am to 9pm

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January 10, 2017 0 comment
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The Public Six Tokyo 12

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Finished with work and looking for a place to wind down in the evening?  Tired of the usual izakaya?  Why not experience one of Tokyo’s newest Japanese-style gastropub/sports bars? Check out THE PUBLIC SIX in Roppongi.

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THE PUBLIC SIX pride themselves as the perfect international gastropub and sports bar experience. It is the perfect spot to meet with friends any night of the week for a beer and a plate.

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And what plates they are! Nearly every item in their English menus are pub classics made fresh. BEHOLD!


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You CANNOT have a pub without Fish and Chips.  THE PUBLIC SIX uses Pacific cod fried to golden perfection. It is accompanied by a house-made tartar sauce that will leave your mouth watering, waiting for that second bite. (¥1200)

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Looking for something “greener”?  Their Grilled Caesar Salad is made from fresh Romaine lettuce from Nagano. (¥1200)

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Our recommendation would have to be the Grilled Roll Steak.  This delectable item is made from a ribeye steak from the U.S. and is served with an Awajishima onion sauce. (¥2600)

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And for dessert, a French classic is available… with a Japanese twist.  The Roasted Green Tea Crème Brulee is a sweet treat well worth the trip. (¥600)

Can’t decide what to eat?  Try out a “Public Course” and taste a number of items!  There are two options for the Public Courses: For 2,000¥ you can get the Casual Course a.k.a. the “PUB 4” and try a set four items.  Want to go for even more food?  The Premium Course, a.k.a the “GASTRO 7,” is ¥4,000 and is essentially a 7 course meal!

Craft Beer at THE PUBLIC SIX

The most essential item on any pub or bar menu is the beer, and THE PUBLIC SIX does not disappoint.

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The Public Six offers six Japanese craft beers all on tap, each different from the others.  Their selection includes golden and white ales, a lager, an IPA, a stout, and a fruit beer.

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And if beer isn’t your thing, THE PUBLIC SIX also has a wide assortment of other selections, including nihonshu and sochu.

They even offer a Nomihoudai (all you can drink) that you can add onto either of the Public Courses!  Two hours for ¥2000, and for ¥3000 you can try all their craft beers and their nihonshu and sochu!


So you’ve had your fish and chips and you’ve had your fill on the great food and the craft beer, what could you use to end your great night out?  How about finishing it off with a classy smoke?

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THE PUBLIC SIX has ten different cigars available for purchase.  Their handy Cigar Menu rates how strong each one is and how long it takes to smoke through one.  Don’t want to be caught halfway through a 3,500¥ Cohiba Robustos when you have to be somewhere in an hour, right?

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Not that you’re going to want to leave anytime soon. With good food, great beer, and an after-meal cigar, THE PUBLIC SIX is going to be your new favorite after-work hangout!

THE PUBLIC SIX – Gastro Pub and Sports Bar

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the map for directions)

Hours of Operation:  Mon-Sat 5pm to 5am (last order 4am); Sun & Public holiday 5pm to 3am (last order 2am)

“Why Go?”: Tasty food, craft beer, and a fine cigar makes for a fine meal. Get to The Public Six and get yours!

November 1, 2016 0 comment
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Japanese Translation

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October 20, 2016 0 comment
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There are more than a few clothing stores that any fashionista visiting Tokyo needs to stop by. Shops like Stussy, WEGO and Shibuya 109 are some of the top places to go for the main pieces of your ensemble, but for the little odds and ends that complete your look head to tutuanna.  With locations all throughout Tokyo, including Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku, tutuanna is super convenient.
Tutuanna Finding lingerie and hosiery in Tokyo that fits foreigners can be disheartening (for a general article on finding western-sized clothing in Japan, click here). But tutuanna carries a surprisingly large variety of sizes that anyone can fit into. Tutuanna‘s goods are adorably girly and cute and often come in matching sets. So whether you’re into lace or ruffles, you’ll find whatever makes you feel feminine and beautiful.

Beyond lingerie, tutuanna also offers an impressive assortment of tights, socks and legwear. While you can get your traditional ankle and knee socks here, tutuanna really specializes in the no-show cotton liner socks that keep your kitten heels or ballet flats from rubbing against the delicate skin of your feet as you explore the many shopping streets of Tokyo. Along with unique socks, tutuanna also sells gel cushions to make those heels a bit more comfortable! If you need that last little something to complete your outfit, go and seek out the closest tutuanna location!
For more ideas of trendy stores to visit, try reading our articles Shopping Slightly Off Harajuku’s Beaten Path: Cat Street and Harajuku Street Fashion: Takeshita-dori’s Top 5 Clothing Stores.

Tutuanna Harajuku Store Information

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Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)

Hours of Operation: Everyday 11:00AM-8:30PM
Estimated Price: ¥350-¥1300
“Why Go?”: If you want a large variety of fashionable lingerie with several sizes that foreigners can fit into.
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June 21, 2016 0 comment
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With the advent of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and the thousands of fashion blogs dedicated to Harajuku street styles, there are now endless ways to immerse yourself in the Harajuku lifestyle. One of the stores that is taking the lead both online and in real life is the bubblegum princess fantasy land of 6%Dokidoki.

Finding this internationally known brand will take some effort as you go past the craziness of Takeshita-dori and into the back streets of the classy and upscale Omotesando. It may be intimidating to wander the backstreets of Omotesando without a surefire plan, but the savvy Tokyo shopper will know that on the roads less traveled are where the true gems of Tokyo fashion like 6%Dokidoki lie. And don’t worry about walking past it – the two level neon pink and yellow structure is not lacking in color.


Stepping inside of 6%Dokidoki is an experience in and of itself. The barrage of glitter, ribbons, carousel horses, fairground-style plush toys, and sheer volume of color is enough to satisfy you for the rest of your life. Shoppers in the store can be difficult to discern from the actual employees, since most of them are in the full regalia of 6%Dokidoki, rainbow colored tulle petticoats and multicolored teased hair and all.

Although 6%Dokidoki’s clothing and accessories are totally wearable on their own, the full effect comes from combining them all into one super Harajuku style outfit. For the adventurous types, 6%Dokidoki also has tutorials on their Facebook page to teach you how to do your makeup and hair just like the 6%Dokidoki sales girls.

6%Dokidoki has embraced the new Harajuku trend for promoting a lifestyle rather than a simple shopping experience. Follow them on social media and let them brighten up your news feed.

For more ideas on unique spots to buy Tokyo fashion, check out our articles Omotesando on a Budget: 5 Must-Visit Shops and Cafes and Shopping Slightly Off Harajuku’s Beaten Path: Cat Street

6%Dokidoki Store Information

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)

Hours of Operation: Everyday 12:00PM-8:00PM
“Why Go?”: If you want a glittery, colorful Harajuku-style outfit for your wardrobe, this is the place.
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June 21, 2016 0 comment
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Marion Crepes

Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori would not be the same without a full bevy of stores and cafes that accentuate the street fashion this street has become famous for. In between the lolita shops like Milk, Body Line, and Metamorphose as well as edgier shops such as Monki and Panama Boy, you will be able to find the adorable little cafes where the fashionable youth gather. Here you can indulge in the sweet desserts and delicacies that Takeshita-dori is known for almost as much for as their fashion.

Marion Crepes

The most famous crepe shop in Harajuku is Marion Crepes. Marion Crepes started their crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only food carts in Harajuku. When they moved to their current location a few years later, they quickly became just as much a part of the Harajuku culture as the lolita girls standing behind the counter making the orders.

Just like their history, Marion Crepe’s menu is unbelievably long. Whether you crave sweet or savory, you will walk away with something unique and delicious. You could get a simple strawberry jam and whipped cream crepe that will be wrapped in a tight little triangle. Or if you want to go all out, you can order a crepe with a full slice of cheesecake wrapped up with a scoop of ice cream and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. But what makes Marion Crepes unique is their variety of savory crepes. You can grab yourself a pizza crepe with marinara sauce, a cream cheese crepe,or even get the crepe equivalent of a sandwich complete with lettuce, tomato, and a variety of fillings to fatten it up.
If you ever crave something sweet whilst in Tokyo, check out Marion Crepes! You won’t be disappointed!

Marion Crepes Information

Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)

Hours of Operation: Everyday 10:30AM-8:00PM
Estimated Price: Under ¥2000
“Why Go?”: If you want to chow down on deliciously varied crepes during your shopping journey through Harajuku.
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June 21, 2016 0 comment
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Cure Maid Cafe

When people think of Akihabara, the first things that come to mind are typically anime and maid cafes. Akiba maid cafes are central to the super “moe moe” reputation of this part of Tokyo, and draws large number of tourists and Japanese alike. However, don’t assume all maid cafes are the same. Akiba maid cafes offer a variety of different experiences to their customers. Some, for instance, are focused on creating a surreal world of masters and servants, accompanied by extravagant light shows and overpriced photos with the maids. You’d be surprised to know however that it is possible to have a maid cafe experience that is a little less fetishized but is still uniquely Akihabaran.  If being pampered with the use of hyper-polite Japanese is enough for you, then go to Cure Maid Cafe, one of the first maid cafes established in Akihabara.

Cure Maid Cafe

Although Cure Maid Cafe is hidden away on the 6th floor of a building otherwise filled with character goods, it is only a short walk off of the main Chuo-dori close to Suehirocho Station. Upon entering the cafe, there is a noticeable difference from the maids in other establishments. Instead of being assaulted with overwhelming attention and cuteness as you might find in other cafes, these girls are much more demure and pleasantly quiet. They wear a Victorian style maid uniform, which consists of a floor length dress with long sleeves and a high necked collar, complete with an apron. This lends a more sophisticated atmosphere to the cafe as a whole. If you are looking to be called “master,” you will not find that here. There is no cover charge for a table like in other maid cafes, but you are still prohibited from taking photos of the maids or the cafe itself.

The food in this cafe is Japanese with a European flair. The menu often changes with the seasons along with weekly specials, but usual dishes like pork cutlets with spaghetti or rice and a variety of other light but hearty meals are always available. Their selection of desserts is varied and includes items like an Earl Grey chiffon cake and strawberry waffles. For drinks, you can refresh yourself with anything from iced tea to a glass of wine.

Although you are not able to purchase a photo with the maids, you are able to buy several different souvenirs to commemorate your time at this one-of-a-kind maid cafe. Take home a Cure Maid Cafe tea cup and saucer or maybe a tiny porcelain doll that is dressed to look like the actual maids in the cafe.

If you want to go to a Japanese maid cafe during your time in Akihabara but are hesitant about places that seem a bit “sleazy,” you will get the perfect balance of attention from girls dressed as French maids and decent dining at one of the original maid cafes, Cure Maid Cafe.

For more ideas on things to do in Akihabara, visit our articles Akihabara 101: Sorting through the Madness and 36 Hours in Tow: Kids Edition. If you’d like to check out some more weird restaurants in Tokyo, try reading Top 10 Themed Cafes and Restaurants in Tokyo.

Not sure about the Cure Maid Cafe? You could try Maid Cafe Maidreamin, also in Akihabara. Let Voyagin help you book your appointment!

Cure Maid Cafe Information

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Suehirocho Station (Ginza line)

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thur 11:00AM-8:00PM
Fri-Sat 11:00AM-10:00PM
Sun 11:00AM-7:00PM
“Why Go?”: If you want to get a maid cafe experience in Akihabara that is a bit more toned down than what you expect in the area.
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June 20, 2016 0 comment
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Trying all the wonderful and delicious food that Japan has to offer is integral to any good trip. The seasonal specials offered at convenience stores as well as the opulent cuisine that you can find all over Tokyo is a thrill. As any good traveler knows, street food is one way to be able to truly experience what a culture is all about and Tokyo is not for want of good street food. While the entirety of Osaka has been labelled as the place to find the most delicious takoyaki (fried octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (a savory cabbage pancake), Tokyo street food is known for its variety. Each subset of Tokyo has its own specialty and going on a culinary journey is what makes traveling around this great city such a treat. If you get the opportunity to go to Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori, sweets and cute food are the name of the game. You won’t be able to walk two blocks without seeing a stand selling over-the-top crepes or ice cream treats. Harajuku is also where you can find some old world Japanese street food that has been elevated to art form status. Walk to the end of Takeshita-dori and cross the perpendicular street, Meiji-dori, to find some truly delicious taiyaki at Tokyo Hozuki and get a taste of classic Japanese street food.

Taiyaki is is baked cake in the shape of a fish with a variety of fillings, but typically filled with anko (sweet red bean paste). At most taiyaki stands, you tend to get more bread than filling which only leaves you wanting more. At Tokyo Hozuki, it is a whole other story. First of all, Tokyo Hozuki has a truly unique shape to their taiyaki. Instead of trimming the edges, they serve you the whole taiyaki with the crispy edges and all which gives it a satisfying little crunch. Secondly, when preparing the taiyaki, the batter is spread impossibly thin so as to get as much filling inside as possible. The combination of filling and crispy outside is incomparable to any other taiyaki you may have had in the past. The choice of fillings at Tokyo Hozuki also sets them apart from other taiyaki shops. They of course have the classic taiyaki fillings such as anko, custard cream, and chocolate but seasonally they will have other flavors such as sweet potato or cheese.
If you have got a hankering for something sweet and wholly Japanese when you are out and about in Tokyo, how about going for some taiyaki at Tokyo Hozuki in Harajuku?

Tokyo Hozuki Store Information

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Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)

Hours of Operation: Everyday 11:00AM-8:00PM
“Why Go?”: If you want something sweet and unique to Japan during your shopping journey through Harajuku.
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June 19, 2016 0 comment
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Toho Cinemas

If you want to see a movie in Japan and you want to be surrounded by fantastic sound, sit in an immaculately clean seat, and see movies from all around the world, there is one place to reliably experience all three of those things: Toho Cinemas. Toho Cinemas has several locations all over Japan and each is standardized to an excellent level. The most useful Toho Cinemas is the one in Shibuya which is just by the station. There are also large Toho Cinemas in Roppongi Hills and Shinjuku (The Shinjuku one has an IMAX screen and some selected 4D screenings) as well.
Toho Cinemas
You can frequently get discounts, such as seeing a movie on the first day of the month or Ladies Day on Wednesdays, and can expect to pay ¥1,100 for these tickets. Buying online is relatively easy as after selecting a movie and showtime on the schedule, there is a “Display English” option, allowing a straightforward seat selection and payment process.

The Toho Cinemas experience starts after the ticket office, where you are transported into everything Hollywood, action, and awesome. Every inch is covered with movie posters for current and upcoming features as well as small shelves and displays from which you can buy memorabilia from current blockbuster films. Toho Cinemas allows you to not just go and see a new Marvel movie but also have a book of stills from the movie, an action figure, and anything else you can think of to accompany and commemorate your movie experience.

You will not go hungry at Toho Cinemas with their ample snack bar. You can sip on anything from your classic coke to the Japanese favorite Calpis or a cold Asahi beer. If you need to munch on some popcorn, try something less traditional than your regular butter and salt and instead go for a caramel corn or maybe a red curry flavoured popcorn (!). Popcorn not your thing? It’s a good thing that you can get a ビッグアメリカンドッグ (“Big American Dog” or what we from the States call a corn dog) or even some cheesy potatoes to satisfy your cravings while you watch the latest flick.

Toho Cinemas is one of the best cinema chains for a Hollywood-blockbuster viewing experience in Tokyo. If you are worried that you will miss out on the latest summer box-office hits while you are having an awesome trip in Japan, Toho Cinemas has got you covered.

Toho Cinemas Shibuya Information

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station

Hours of Operation: Screenings generally run from 10:00AM-9:00PM
Estimated Price: ¥1,100-¥1,500
“Why Go?”: If you want to catch up on the latest Hollywood-blockbusters in a clean, spacious cinema with plentiful food & drink options.
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June 19, 2016 0 comment
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The force and influence of the Harajuku fashion culture has been gathering steam for over half of a century now. At times, it can be hard to imagine Harajuku’s famed Takeshita-dori without the passionate street fashion fans keeping the innovative spirit alive. After all, fashion subcultures like goth and sweet lolita as well as decora have made Harajuku the street-style hotspot that it is today.
Milk Of course, Harajuku’s fashion culture wouldn’t be at the level it’s at without some serious support from local shops and boutiques. For almost 45 years, the lolita mainstay boutique Milk has kept lolita fashion modern and up to date without letting it fall to the wayside. Well known and respected by global designers and fans alike, Milk offers you a true piece of the Harajuku lolita lifestyle.
While stores like Body Line can offer you the full blown frills and petticoat side of the lolita style, the main Milk store in Harajuku focuses more on the lolita lifestyle, which may factor into their longevity. At Milk you can find the perfect balance of cuteness, practicality, and just the right amount of frills.
Anything pastel you could ever want to wear is available here, plus some light wash jeans to match. The darker side of kawaii is also displayed at Milk as well in the form of black lace skirts, gauzy black and red hair bands, and a variety of other cute items that even Wednesday Adams would love. Milk really does illustrate the depth of what it really means to be in the lolita lifestyle.
If you are going to be going to Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori, Milk is an absolute MUST to visit if you want to see where lolita all started!
Want to check out some of Harajuku’s other top stores? Why not try the world-famous 6%Dokidoki or the budget-friendly WEGO?

Milk Store Information

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)

Hours of Operation: Everyday 11:00AM-8:00PM
“Why Go?”: If you want to add the famous Harajuku lolita style to your wardrobe.
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June 15, 2016 0 comment
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