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TOKYO EXPAT'S LIFE GUIDE AND TIPS

To enjoy living in Tokyo, there are things you need to know. Public services, utilities, where to shop, recreation spots and etc.
Here we provide you with guides and tips to live in Tokyo.

Everyday Shopping

Food, drink and household items can be bought at the following kinds of store.

Supermarkets

Supermarkets in central Tokyo are typically quite small, and may sell few non-food items. Supermarkets in residential areas are often larger and may sell a wider range of household items such as cleaning products and toiletries. These larger stores may have weekly or monthly discount days where certain items, such as meat or produce, are cheaper. The availability and pricing of fresh fruits and vegetables are very seasonal, and you may have difficulty getting items that are not commonly used in Japanese cuisine. Labelling in English is rare outside of imported products.

Larger Supermarkets in Central Tokyo area
Nissin World Delicatessenhttps://www.nissin-world-delicatessen.jp/
National Azabuhttp://www.national-azabu.com/
KINOKUNIYA International Storehttps://www.super-kinokuniya.jp/store/international/index.php
(Japanese Only)
Meidi-yahttp://meidi-ya-store.com/english/
Residencial area
COSTCOhttps://www.costco.co.jp/
Ito-Yokadohttps://www.itoyokado.co.jp/special/global/en/
AEON
(Jusco, Peacock, Max Value, daiei)
https://www.aeon.com/store/
(Japanese Only)

Drugstores

Drugstores specialize in basic medicines (non-prescription), cleaning products and toiletries. They also sell a small range of food and drink items, including health foods and supplements. Basic medicines are more strictly controlled in Japan than in many western countries, so you may find it difficult to get stronger drugs without seeing a doctor. Some larger drugstores also deal in prescription medications, but often you will need to go to a pharmacy, which are commonly located near clinics.

Matsumoto-Kiyoshihttps://www.matsukiyo.co.jp
(Machine Translation available)
Daikoku Drughttps://daikokudrug.com/
(Japanese Only)
Sun Drughttp://www.sundrug.co.jp/
(Japanese Only)

Convenience stores

24-hour convenience stores, known as “conbini”, are ubiquitous in Japan. Drinks (including alcohol), snacks, magazines, and pre-packaged meals are the staple of these stores, and supplies including basic clothing, stationery, and umbrellas are also available. Many convenience stores have photocopier/printers and bank ATMs, as well as multimedia kiosks where you can buy tickets for concerts, make travel reservations, pay for goods bought online and much more. They also handle postal/courier services and payments for utility/phone bills, tax and pensions.

Seven-Elevenhttps://www.sej.co.jp/in/en.html
Lawsonhttps://www.lawson.co.jp/service/others/in/lang/en.html
Family Marthttp://www.family.co.jp/for_tourist/en.html
Mini Stophttps://www.ministop.co.jp/english/

100 Yen Shops

100 Yen shops sell items for everyday life for 100 Yen each (plus tax). Consumables such as cleaning products are sold alongside food products, stationery, kitchenware, and other useful items for the home.

Daisohttp://www.daisoglobal.com/
Can-Dohttps://www.cando-web.co.jp/e/
Seriahttps://www.seria-group.com/
(Japanese Only)

Department Stores

Tokyo has a range of world-class department stores, with some of the most famous located in Shinjuku, Ginza and Nihombashi. Ground floors are often dedicated to cosmetics, with high fashion brand clothing on other floors. The top floors usually have a selection of international restaurants, while bustling food markets in the basement floors are filled with beautiful selections of sweets and savory delicacies.

Isetanhttps://isetan.mistore.jp/store/index.html
(Machine Translation available)
Mitsukoshihttps://mitsukoshi.mistore.jp/store/index.html
(Machine Translation available)
Takashimayahttps://www.takashimaya.co.jp/store/foreign/
Daimaruhttps://www.daimaru.co.jp/
(Machine Translation available)
Matsuzakayahttps://www.matsuzakaya.co.jp/
(Machine Translation available)

Food Labelling

Nutritional Information
栄養成分Nutrition Facts
エネルギーEnergy (Calories)
タンパク質Protein
脂質Fat
炭水化物Carbohydrates
ナトリウムSodium
カルシウムCalcium
マグネシウムMagnesium
Iron
亜鉛Zinc
レシチンLecithin
コレステロールCholesterol
イソフラボンIsoflavone
遺伝子組換えではないNo Genetically Modified Organisms
賞味期限Best Before
Allergy Information
Egg
乳成分
Milk constituent
小麦
Wheat
えび
Shrimp
かに
Crab
そば
Soba
落花生
Peanut
あわび
Abalone
いか
Squid
いくら
Salmon roe
オレンジ
Orange
キウイ
Kiwi
牛肉
Beef
くるみ
Walnut
さけ
Salmon
さば
Mackerel
大豆
Soy
鶏肉
Chicken
バナナ
Banana
豚肉
Pork
まつたけ
Matsutake mushroom
もも
Peach
やまいも
Yam
りんご
Apple
ゼラチン
Gelatine