Antenna shops
Miyagi Furusato Plaza "Coco Miyagi" (Ikebukuro - Antenna shop). 5956-3511
The highlight of this mid-sized prefectural antenna shop is probably their big selection of Miyagi-ken sake - some fifty or sixty varieties on sale in the second-floor liquor area. Down on the ground floor you'll find lots of natto, pouches of tongue stew and tongue curry, and a small beef-tongue restaurant at the back of the shop.
SunmapHigashi-Ikebukuro 1-2-2, Higashi-Ike Bldg 1/2F. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza Ikebukuro (Ikebukuro - Antenna shop). 3982-0170
The smallest of the four Hokkaido antenna shops in Tokyo, this branch is located at the north end of the ISP underground shopping complex next to Ikebukuro station. There's the usual dried fish, frozen seafood and dairy products, along with various flavors of ramen and soup curry, and novelty caramel candies in flavors like Hokkaido butter, condensed milk, melon and corn.
SunmapMinami-Ikebukuro 1-29-1, Minami-Ikebukuro 1-29-1. Open 10am-8:30pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Konne (Nishi-Shinjuku - Antenna shop). 5333-7764
Souvenirs and various food items from Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu are on sale here, including several types of charcoal-grilled chicken, a specialty of the area. Freshly prepared chicken is served in the small cafe corner, where you can enjoy it along with your choice of Miyazaki microbrew beers (Y900-Y1,000 for beer and yakitori).
SunmapYoyogi 2-2-1, Southern Terrace. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Fukui Minami Aoyama 291 (Omotesando - Antenna shop). 5778-0291
This spacious, attractively decorated store is a nice place to shop for sake and food imported from Fukui Prefecture. The cafe-restaurant area in back serves full meals.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-4-41. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Omotesando Niigata Kan N'espace (Omotesando - Antenna shop). 5771-7711
Sake, rice and other food from Niigata Prefecture is sold in this rather large retail shop. There's also a small cafe area, and an attached restaurant serving Niigata cuisine.
SunmapJingumae 4-11-7. Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Akita Bisai-Kan (Shinagawa - Antenna shop). 5447-1010
This medium-sized prefectural antenna shop carries a good selection of sake from Akita as well as assorted local foods - mountain vegetables, pickles, and kiritambo (grilled pounded-rice cylinders). The attached restaurant (03-6450-3030) serves regional Akita cuisine, with prix-fixe menus starting at Y3000.
SunmapTakanawa 4-10-8, Wing Takanawa West-3 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Tokyo Ai Land (Kaigan - Antenna shop). 5472-6559
Located inside the ship terminal building, this small antenna shop and restaurant specializes in the food and drink of the group of tropical islands directly south of Tokyo, which are offically part of Tokyo Prefecture. The shop area sells several types of shochu and rum from the islands as well as artisanal salt, frozen fish, jam, and seaweed products. You can order grilled shellfish, pork cutlets and other izakaya fare in the restaurant, as well as pizzas and pastas.
SunmapKaigan 1-12-2. Open 7:30am-10:30pm daily.
Kagawa/Ehime Setouchi Shunsai-Kan (Shimbashi - Antenna shop). 3574-7792
Run jointly by two of the four prefectures located on the island of Shikoku, this fairly large antenna shop sells groceries on the first floor and prepares udon noodles and local seafood dishes in the second-floor all-day restaurant (03-5537-2684). Olives are an important local crop, represented here by olive pastes, olive herbal seasonings, olive curries, olive-leaf teas, and olive oil. [Show more]
SunmapShimbashi 2-19-10. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Shoku no Miyako Tottori Plaza (Shimbashi - Antenna shop). 5537-0575
Nashi pears and pear products, pickled rakkyo (shallots), chikuwa (fish cakes), rice and rice cakes seem to be the dominant products at this Tottori prefectural antenna shop. The produce department sells freshly imported leeks, scallions, turnips, lettuce, hakusai, and odd varieties of squash. [Show more]
SunmapShimbashi 2-19-4, SNT Bldg. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Kaga, Noto, Kanazawa Edo Honten (Hibiya - Antenna shop). 3500-3883
Food products and crafts from Ishikawa Prefecture are sold at this antenna shop. Local delicacies include several varieties of tsukudani (seaweed, fish, walnuts, etc. simmered in soy sauce and mirin); ponzu and ishiru (fish sauce); nine types of salt; and more than two dozen kinds of sake. [Show more]
SunmapYurakucho 1-5-2. Open 11am-7pm daily.
!Kagoshima Yuraku-Kan (Hibiya - Antenna shop). 3506-9177
This rather large antenna shop sells a good variety of local food products from Kagoshima Prefecture, including freshly made satsuma-age (deep-fried vegetable- and fishcakes). Ready-made kakuni and tonkotsu stews made with local Berkshire pork can be found in the freezer cabinet alongside charcoal-grilled chicken and frozen fish. [Show more]
SunmapYurakucho 1-6-4, Chiyoda Bldg 1-3F, 9F. Open 10am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.
Akita Furusato-Kan (Yurakucho - Antenna shop). 3214-2670
An impressive selection of local Akita Prefecture sake is the main reason to visit this crowded retail shop, one of a dozen antenna shops located in the same building. They also sell ready-made kits for preparing kiritambo - a type of nabe stew famous in the region - as well as rice and rice cakes, chicken meatballs, pear and grape juices, natto, pickles, honey, miso and black garlic.
SunmapYurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 1F. Open 10am-7pm daily.
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza (Yurakucho - Antenna shop). 5224-3800
This large and very busy prefectural antenna shop offers a good selection of Hokkaido specialty foods, such as a full range of Royce chocolates (including their "nama" refrigerated varieties); freshly made croquettes in assorted flavors; roast corn; corn-flavored chocolates; soup curry and "white curry"; yogurts, ice cream and other dairy items; wines; and tomato juices.
SunmapYurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 1F. Open 10am-8pm daily.
!Mura Kara Machi Kara Kan (Yurakucho - Antenna shop). 5208-1521
While most antenna shops specialize in food and drink from one prefecture, Mura Kara Machi Kara Kan offers a selection of interesting local foods from the entire country, so you'll find everything from artisanal salts and hot-pepper sauces to meats (sausages and hams), seaweed products and many, many styles of pickles. [Show more]
SunmapYurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 1F. Open 10:30am-7:15pm (Sun -6:45pm) daily.
Osaka Hyakkaten (Yurakucho - Antenna shop). 5220-1333
Highlights at the Osaka antenna shop include three craft beers from Minoh Brewery and some odd octopus-flavored candies. A big portion of the shop is taken up by the cafe area, where they serve takoyaki and pork buns well into the evening.
SunmapYurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Tokushima and Kagawa Tomoni Ichiba (Yurakucho - Antenna shop). 6269-9688
Fresh citrus fruits (sudachi, green lemons), odd-flavored curries (shiitake and olives), and a whole range of soy sauces in cute little serving cartons are among the highlights at this small prefectural antenna shop, specializing in products from both Tokushima and Kagawa Prefectures on Shikoku Island.
SunmapYurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 1F. Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Hakata, The (Yurakucho - Antenna shop). 6237-4468
Some of Fukuoka Prefecture's more famous food products are sold at this tiny antenna shop, including pouches of motsu-nabe, ramen-making kits, mentaiko and various pickles.
SunmapYurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan B1F. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Hyogo Waku Waku Kan (Yurakucho - Antenna shop). 6273-4133
Some of the specialty foods at this tiny prefectural antenna shop include frozen akashiyaki (a local variation on takoyaki), frozen pork buns, and charcoal-grilled sardines. There are three types of Akashi craft beers on sale, but less sake than you might expect.
SunmapYurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan B1F. Open 10am-7pm daily.
Iki Iki Toyama-kan (Yurakucho - Antenna shop). 3213-1244
This small Toyama prefectural antenna shop sells mostly sake - more than seventy varieties. Other items include fish cakes and tulip bulbs.
SunmapYurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan B1F. Open 10am-7pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
Wakayama Kishu-Kan (Yurakucho - Antenna shop). 3216-8000
Food products from Wakayama Prefecture are the specialty here - fresh vegetables, dried sardines, frozen seafood, honey, several types of vinegar, and a lot more. There's a good amount of umeshu and a few types of craft beer but not much sake. One corner is devoted to goods featuring Tama, the famous stationmaster cat.
SunmapYurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan B1F. Open 10am-7pm (Sun -5pm) daily.
!Marugoto Kochi (Ginza - Antenna shop). 3538-4367
Food products from Kochi Prefecture are sold in the first-floor "Tosa Market" retail shop, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Unusual items include rice ice cream and yokan candies in flavors like eggplant, garlic and potato. Down in the basement you'll find a huge selection of sake plus a good number of fruit liqueurs. The small tasting counter offers single tastings for Y150 or three-part tastings with a miniscule otsumami snack for Y500, and there are usually 8-10 bottles open to pick from. [Show more]
SunmapGinza 1-3-13. Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
Shoku no Kuni Fukuikan (Ginza - Antenna shop). 5524-0291
Highlights at this prefecutural antenna shop are craft sake from small breweries in Fukui (including lots of one-cup-size containers) and fresh sea urchin (priced Y3150-5250). Also on sale are sesame tofu, shallots and other pickles, craft beers, various vinegars and ponzu dressings, seaweed products and frozen fish.
SunmapGinza 1-3-3, Ginza-Nishi Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-8pm (Sun -7) daily.
Washita (Ginza - Antenna shop). 3535-6991
Tropical fruits and vegetables and other Okinawan foodstuffs can be found in this sprawling two-story market. Highlights include a formidable selection of Spam and other canned meats.
SunmapGinza 1-3-9. Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Oishii Yamagata Plaza (Ginza - Antenna shop). 5250-1750
Food specialties of Yamagata Prefecture are sold here, including giant bags of rice, some odd-looking eggplants, and crunchy rusk in flavors like blueberry, chocolate and garlic. There's a fair amount of sake, but less than we expected; they also offer a good selection of wines. Up on the second floor is a restaurant serving regional cuisine (03-5250-1755).
SunmapGinza 1-5-10, Ginza First Five Bldg 1/2F. Open 10am-8pm daily.
!Hiroshima Brand Shop TAU (Ginza - Antenna shop). 5579-9952
One of the larger of the prefectural antenna shops in Tokyo, this four-story shop sells a big selection of food and drink as well as other local Hiroshima products. There's a regional-cuisine restaurant in the basement, an Italian restaurant (showcasing Hiroshima ingredients) on the third floor, an okonomiyaki counter on the second floor and a cafe space on the first floor. [Show more]
SunmapGinza 1-6-10. Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
!Ginza Kumamoto Kan (Ginza - Antenna shop). 3572-1147
Local food and drink from Kumamoto Prefecture are sold here, and highlights include frozen horsemeat sashimi (Y580 for 70g); fresh ginger, yams and kabosu; and a good assortment of shochu, including small-size bottles. Upstairs is the Asobi Bar, a pleasant bar area where you can sample various types of shochu along with regional snacks. (Bar open 5-8pm; last order 7:30pm; closed most Sundays and Mondays.) [Show more]
SunmapGinza 5-3-16. Open 11am-8pm. Closed Mondays.
Aomori Prefecture Tokusanhin Center (Shintomicho - Antenna shop). 5540-7311
You'll find apples and apple products, pears and garlic, fresh wasabi and many types of pickles at this Aomori prefectural shop. There's not too much sake however - the much larger Aomori antenna shop in Iidabashi is a better bet if you're looking for something specific.
mapShintomi 1-3-9. Open 10am-6:30pm (Sat -3:30). Closed Sundays.
Iwate Ginga Plaza (Higashi-Ginza - Antenna shop). 3524-8282
This rather expansive prefectural specialty shop sells everything from crabmeat, uni and ikura bento boxes at the front entrance to mochi rice cakes, Iwate beef and dairy products. There's a respectable sake selection as well as craft beers from three different local breweries (Zumona, Baeren, and Iwate Kura). The shop closes at 5pm on the last day of the month.
SunmapGinza 5-15-1. Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Gunma-chan-ya (Higashi-Ginza - Antenna shop). 3546-8511
More than thirty types of sake from Gunma Prefecture are available at this small antenna shop. You can also find fresh garlic and shiitake mushrooms, sembei crackers and pickles, and a few local wooden crafts, but the selection is limited.
SunmapGinza 5-13-19. Open 10am-7pm daily.
Marunouchi Sado Tokusenkan (Marunouchi - Antenna shop). 6269-9240
This tiny antenna shop sells goods from Sado Island in Niigata, including artisanal salts, various lemon products (lemon pepper, lemon furikake, marmalade and juice), "deep-sea water" (don't worry, it's not salty), and sake from a few local breweries.
SunmapMarunouchi 3-1-1, Kokusai Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-6:30pm (Sat, Sun -5pm) daily.
Kyoto Kan (Yaesu - Antenna shop). 5204-2260
Unlike most antenna shops, this one devotes almost all its space to crafts, with only a tiny section for local food and drink products. These include some two dozen types of sake, packaged candies and sweets, vinegar, miso, pickles and fu (wheat gluten). They also offer a "tea ceremony experience course" under the guidance of a professional instructor; the experience takes twenty minutes and costs Y500.
SunmapYaesu 2-1-1, Yanma Tokyo Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
!Hokkaido Foodist (Yaesu - Antenna shop). 3275-0770
This huge, garishly lit shop is a veritable supermarket of Hokkaido food and drink. The dairy section is especially well stocked, with a bewildering variety of cheeses, lots of butter, and something called "wild milk." The nearby drinks corner carries around forty types of sake and roughly the same amount of wine. They also stock the excellent North Island craft beer, with four types priced at Y525 per bottle. [Show more]
SunmapYaesu 2-2-1. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Fukushima-ken Yaesu Kanko Koryukan (Yaesu - Antenna shop). 3275-0855
Mostly a tourist information center, this antenna shop sells a fair assortment of Fukushima sake, including small-size bottles, as well as pickles, packaged curries and a few other miscellaneous foods. They also carry a larger-than-usual selection of crafts.
SunmapYaesu 2-6-21. Open 10am-7pm daily.
Shimanekan (Nihonbashi - Antenna shop). 3548-9511
Sake and foodstuffs from Shimane-ken, in the far northwest corner of Honshu, can be purchased here. The attached restaurant (called Mondo) serves good regional cuisine and sake.
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 1-5-3. (across the street from Mitsukoshi dept. store) Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Nara Mahoroba-Kan (Nihonbashi - Antenna shop). 3516-3931
A prefectural antenna shop specializing in food and drink from Nara Prefecture. The shop encompasses a small cafe area in front serving somen and udon noodles, Nara-style sushi, and sweets; a tiny art gallery in back; a tourist information desk; a large area selling local crafts, and a small food and drink section. [Show more]
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 1-6-2, Nihonbashi-Muromachi 162 Bldg 1/2F. Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Nihonbashi Niigata Kan (Nihonbashi - Antenna shop). 6214-1612
A convenient place to buy food and sake from Niigata Prefecture, including a good selection of crackers, yokan and red-bean-paste sweets.
mapNihonbashi Muromachi 1-6-5, Daishi Tokyo Bldg 1F. Open 9am-7pm. Closed weekends.
Fujinokuni Yamanashi-kan (Nihonbashi - Antenna shop). 3241-3776
Yamanashi is Japan's most productive winemaking region, and you'll find a good selection of local wines at this prefectural antenna shop, along with specialty food products such as fruit jams and juices. Depending on the season they might offer fresh garlic and grapes, pork sausages and jerky, peach and grape juices, umeboshi, and several types of local craft beer.
SunmapNihonbashi 2-3-4, Nihonbashi Plaza Bldg 1F. Open 11am-7:30pm daily.
Oidemase Yamaguchi Kan (Nihonbashi - Antenna shop). 3231-1863
Yamaguchi Prefecture is famous for its fugu, and you can buy frozen fugu sashimi here in various sizes (Y980-Y3150) to enjoy at home. Other local products on sale include a good selection of sake, miso, dried fish, fruit jams and fugu-themed toys and novelty items.
SunmapNihonbashi 2-3-4, Nihonbashi Plaza Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Aomori Hokusai-kan (Iidabashi - Antenna shop). 3237-8371
Apples are Aomori's signature agricultural product, and this Aomori antenna shop sells fresh apples, apple juices (including single-varietal juices), apple-juice vinegars and ponzu, apple brandies, dried apples, apple jellies and apple-flavored soy sauces and salad dressings. Tomato juices and jellies are also well represented. [Show more]
SunmapFujimicho 2-3-11. Open 10am-7:30pm daily.
Chabara (Akihabara - Antenna shop). 3258-0051
Showcasing local food products from all over Japan, this stylish retail venture from JR (the train company) also incorporates a sake tasting bar, a kampoh juice bar, a counter selling inexpensive shojin-ryori and a coffee shop. The retail section offers a vast selection of food and drink, focusing on regional specialties like soy sauce, miso, rice crackers, tea, sake and quite a lot more.
SunmapKanda-Neribeicho 8-2. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Washita (Ueno - Antenna shop). 5818-1592
Local food and drink products from tropical Okinawa are sold at this prefectural antenna shop. One whole aisle is devoted to teas, with exotic choices like guava, turmeric, goya (bitter melon), and yomogi; many teas are also sold in ready-to-drink 330ml bottles. [Show more]
SunmapUeno 4-9-2.
Marugoto Hokkaido Kaminarimon (Asakusa - Antenna shop). 3842-0510
One of several shops in Tokyo specializing in Hokkaido food products, this antenna shop sells fresh potatoes and onions, dried scallop snacks, frozen fish, instant ramen, chicken soup-curry, and assorted dairy products. There's a big kombu corner, and frozen crabs range from Y3800-7800 depending on size.
SunmapKaminarimon 2-12-10. Open 10am-6pm daily.
Tochimaru Shop (Oshiage - Antenna shop). 5809-7280
More than seventy kinds of local sake are on sale at this large Tochigi prefectural retail shop, along with ciders (apple, pear and strawberry), eight craft beers (Preston and Utsunomiya), and wines. Food specialties include yuba, yuba miso, frozen gyoza dumplings, smoked tofu, fresh ramen, ayu (sweetfish) in a pouch, and fresh asparagus, okra and ginger.
SunmapOshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 4F East Yard. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Kochiya (Kichijoji - Antenna shop). 0422-23-7450
Local food and drink products from Kochi Prefecture are sold at this prefectural antenna shop.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-25-7. Open 10am-7:30pm. Closed Mondays.