I try to cook local, but I can’t live without organic peanut butter.
- Foreign Buyers’ Club: Excellent service and very quick if you use the Deli/Learning Center. Most foods have options for single or bulk orders.
- Flying Pig: A branch of CostCo; does not require a CostCo card. Also does Personal Imports for a fee.
- Meidi-ya Store, Kyoto
Located in the Sanjo area of Kyoto by Sanjo Station and Sanjo-Keihan Station, Meidi-ya (Meiji-ya) has an amazing selection of imported foods and liquors as well as locally made sweets, deli foods, meats, and produce. Specialties: herbs and spices, wines, cheeses, canned goods (fruit, beans), box mixes (falafel, curry), and cereals.
Open daily 10:00-21:00
- Yamaya, Ishikawa-ken
Yamaya is a chain with multiple locations in Ishikawa. Each store is a bit different; the Kanazawa location on the 8 is more alcohol-focused, while the Nishi-Kanazawa and Nanao locations have more foods. Specialties: liquors, wines, beers, snack foods, canned goods, pasta, crackers. Locations: Nanao, Kanazawa La Park, Kanazawa Station, Nishi-Kanazawa, Nonoichi, Komatsu.
- Noppo-kun, Nonoichi, Ishikawa-ken
While not technically an import store, Noppo-kun is an organic grocery with a lot of Alishan products, including nut butters, dried fruits, and nuts; also has a great selection of imported organic beauty products. The cafe on the second floor is amazing. Specialties: organic/sustainable bath and beauty products, dried fruits and nuts, local produce.
Open 10:00-19:00. Closed Mondays.