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Top Choice Food in Ginza & Tsukiji

Akomeya

Rice is at the core of Japanese cuisine and drink. This stylish store sells not only many types of the grain but also products made from it (such as sake), a vast range of quality cooking ingredients and a choice co…
Top Choice Drinks in Kurashiki

Tsuneki Tea Shop

Follow the earthy aroma of roasting leaves to this specialist tea shop, where a machine in front churns out fresh hōjicha (roasted green tea) to be sold by the bag. You can also buy mugicha (barley tea), and tea-bre…
Food & Drinks in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

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What separates this small lifestyle goods and gourmet shop from the rest is its emphasis on fermented foods. There's a selection of artisanal shōyu (soy sauce) and tamari-jōyu (soy sauce made without wheat and suita…
Food in Ginza & Tsukiji

Tsukiji Uogashi

The lower floors of this L-shaped complex in Tsukiji Outer Market house some 60 stalls from the inner market's wholesalers, selling seafood and produce, and is geared towards home chefs. The top floor has some sushi…
Drinks in Tanabe

Umeshu de Kanpai

Tanabe is Japan's top producer of ume (Japanese plum/apricot), and this glassed-in storefront lets you try before you buy. Sample dozens of varieties of umeboshi (pickled ume) and umeshu (ume wine), sometimes flavou…
Food in Downtown Kyoto

Funahashi-ya

Around since 1885, Funahashi-ya has long been a popular stop to pick up Japanese rice crackers (known as o-kaki in Kyoto) and its signature go-shiki-mame 'five coloured beans' – dried green pea sweets coated in suga…
Food in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Tsuruya Yoshinobu

This is the Tokyo outpost of one of Kyoto's more esteemed creators of wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets made of rice flour, bean paste and sugar. While the ingredients may be simple, the designs – of seasonal mot…
Food in Ginza & Tsukiji

Tenyasu Honten

Tsukudani are various foods – mainly seafood and seaweed but sometimes meat and vegetables too – that have been preserved in a sweet soy sauce. This gorgeous weathered wooden shop with a giant indigo noren (curtain)…
Food & Drinks in Asakusa & Sumida River

Marugoto Nippon

Think of this as a modern mini department store, showcasing the best of Japan's best in terms of speciality food and drink (ground floor) and arts and crafts (2nd floor). The restaurants on the 4th floor (open 11am …
Food in Kamakura

Kamakura Ichibanya

Specialises in sembei (rice crackers); watch staff grilling them in the window or buy some 50 packaged varieties, including curry, wasabi, garlic, mentaiko (spicy cod roe) or uni (sea urchin); look for the baskets o…