So I am going to talk to you all about grocery shopping in Hikone, Japan. It is hard. For foreigners, it not like where ever you are from. You can’t get a lot of things that are international unless you live in a bigger city. Or you can buy online which you can do here. That site is the most popular, of course there are other ones. A quick google search can tell you that. But actual shopping. I’ll be truthful, I’m from America and I get spoiled while being in America, the food is super cheap and international. And then I get to Japan, I knew it was going to be expensive but damn I did not expect this. A bag of apples is like 5oo yen for 6. Very expensive to me, but that’s the way it is in Japan. Plus, I can’t get my
Anyway, there are there close grocery store in Hikone near JCMU: Beisha, Trial, and Al Plaza. out of the three, Beisha the most expensive, but it does have the better quality produce and the layout is much better. Trial is the cheapest. However, personally, the produce is sub-par and there aren’t as many choices or brand to choose from unlike Beisha. In Al Plaza, the grocery store is on same price level as Beisha but I don’t shop there very much so I can’t comment on the quality. But Al Plaza does have a 100 yen store (ひゃく円） on the 4th floor which I practically live for but understand that is not a Diaso! That is a different brand of 100 Yen store. Similar to how we have Dollar Tree and Dollar General in the States.
But here are some tips to grocery shopping:
- Always go in with a list. Meaning know what you want and know what you are going to cook for the week. This will prevent over buying and FYI Japanese fruits don’t last long.
- Recommend cooking Japanese dishes, easy ingredients you will be able to find.
- Make sure to have some type of offline Japanese- English Dictionary. You will need it
- Don’t be afraid to ask were something is, they will help you and be nice about it.
- Make sure that when you buy laundry detergent it have this kanji on it 洗濯 and not 柔軟剤 <- this one is fabric softener.
- You will need to go to the grocery store like every week, that’s okay. it’s normal. Most of the things at the grocery store are small, unless you go to Costco to get bulk items.
- The eggs here are fucking phenomenal, trust me try them.
- Bread here is very thick.
- Don’t buy more than you can fit in your basket.
- Invest in some reusable bags, or else you have to buy plastic bags there to put your stuff in if you don’t. They don’t bag the grocery items. That is all on you.
- items (like shampoo and conditioner) that come in plastic-bag like container are refills. Don’t buy them unless you already have a bottle to refill
I’ll add more when I think of more.
Directions: To get to Beisha from JCMU. Go out the front door and go right to the sidewalk and then take left. Go straight down that path. Do not take the dirt road that has the lake on the left sire of it. Continue on the actual sidewalk. you will pass about three signals. On the fourth you will see a Caiz store, go in that parking lot an go down a bit further, there Beisha. To Trial: Take the same way as Beisha except on the third signal, make a left and then keep going straight, it will be on your right hand side.