6 Best International Supermarkets for Vegan and Vegetarian in Tokyo
As a vibrant international city, Tokyo is home to several specialty supermarkets that stock imported foods and organic products.
These range from ready-to-eat foods to cooking essentials such as pasta and seasonings.
In this article, we’ll introduce supermarkets that are well-stocked with products for vegans and vegetarians, and highlight some of the recommended items to look out for the next time you’re shopping.
Located in Roppongi
This international supermarket is located in the Roppongi area and serves a variety of halal (H), vegetarian (H), organic (O) and gluten-free (G) products that are marked with the relevant letter on their price tags.
While there is no specific designation for vegan products, there are several available, including bean-based meat and vegan cheese.
Not to miss when shopping here is their peanut butter-making machine, which you can use to create preservative and sugar-free peanut butter.
Gluten-free (G) marked
Sugar-free peanut butter
Originating in Paris, this organic supermarket has an entire vegan section, which is quite rare in Japan.
Here you can find everything from vegan mayonnaise and burger mixes to cookies, chocolates, and children’s sweets that are made without any animal products. Compared to most supermarkets, their vegan choice is second to none!
In addition, you can also find a variety of Japanese organic products or browse their gluten-free section.
Bic c’Bon also features a bulk-food section where you can purchase dried fruits, nuts, granola and chocolate by weight, starting from as little as 20 grams.
Vegan burger mixes
Vitabio fruits juice
Natural House is an organic store specializing in Japanese products in addition to international products.
Aside from organic vegetables, fruits, and supermarket-style goods, there are also plenty of vegan-friendly snacks and organic cosmetics available.
If you’re in need of a sweet treat, don’t miss their vegan Mash Candy Gelato Bars (400 to 500 yen).
Vegan gelato bar
Ville Marché, this organic supermarket has two stores in Aoyama and Akasaka, both of which are well-stocked with vegan-friendly products, such as pasta and granola.
They aren’t clearly marked, so you do need to check the raw ingredients yourself to make sure they meet your dietary standards.
There’s an eating space where you can dine on products purchased at the store, with our recommendations including the Alce Nero Pasta and Fruits Granola.
Alce Nero Pasta
Aside from its Tokyo stores, Seijo Ishii (成城石井) has expanded its presence in Japan and offers a wide selection of imported foods.
While there are only a handful of vegan-friendly products (mostly sweets), they do have plenty of gluten-free products available.
Look out for the nut-based treats known as Sahale Snacks and their Lotus Biscoff caramelized biscuits.
Lotus Biscoff caramelized biscuits
Grand Market Kinokuniya
Kinokuniya (紀伊国屋) has several stores in Tokyo, including Kinokuniya International in Omotesando and Grand Market Kinokuniya in Shibuya, which are the two most recommended for vegan-friendly products.
If you’re visiting their Grand Market Kinokuniya store, there’s an attached Cafe & Bar where you can grab a coffee before or after your shop.
Kinokuniya International doesn’t have as big a choice of vegan products as some other supermarkets mentioned, but they do have a large selection of vegan seasonings, such as the Natur Compagnie Bouillon and the Alce Nero Bouillon.
Grand Market Kinokuniya
Natur Compagnie Bouillon and the Alce Nero Bouillon