Modern Japanese supermarkets are organized much in the same way as their Western counterparts. They offer all kinds of goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, meat, tofu, pickled, dried and canned food, bread, dairy products, snacks, ready-to-eat meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and household articles.

The goods are usually beautifully presented and of excellent quality. Also the cashier system is well organized and efficient. The packages and portions in Japanese supermarkets are usually smaller than comparable packages sold in Europe or North America in particular; nevertheless, they are rarely cheaper. Traditional Japanese foodstuffs, on the other hand, can be relatively inexpensive.

Beautiful food departments are usually located in the basement floors of most department stores. A visit to such a food department is a highly recommended experience.

Also see our page about convenience stores.

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