Well worth the long hike from the station; they offer an excellent selection of wines from around the world at discount prices, as well as liquor and some cheeses and imported foods.
Ikebukuro 2-68-5. Open 10am-10pm daily.
(Ikebukuro - Liquor shop). 3980-2977
Discount wines and liquors, with some cheeses and other imported foods.
Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-43-6, D-Box 1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
(Mejiro - Liquor shop). 3953-8888
This spacious basement shop near Mejiro station is one of the best liquor shops in town. It's certainly number one when it comes to its selection of American microbrew beers, with dozens and dozens of brews that we haven't found anywhere else. They also stock an impressive choice of Japanese micros and Belgian craft beers, sake and awamori, Calvados and liqueurs and plenty more. Cash only.
Mejiro 3-4-14. (on Mejiro-dori just a few seconds west of Mejiro station) Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
(Shinjuku Gyoen-mae - Wine bar). 6380-1178
If you've ever wanted to try Japanese wines, but don't want to gamble with buying completely unknown bottles, Jip Bar is the place to check out. This specialty wine bistro pours from a rotating list of twenty Japanese wines by the glass at any given time.
Shinjuku 2-7-1. Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
(Shinjuku Kabukicho - Liquor shop). 3204-2365
A good selection of wines and spirits and a dozen or so European beers at discount prices, plus random imported food items.
Kabukicho 1-12-9. (on the main central street, across from Tokyo Kaisen Ichiba) Open 11am-4am daily.
(Nishi-Shinjuku - Liquor shop). 3342-0601
They have an extensive wine selection, but it's always changing, so if you find something you like it might not be there the next time. Great prices.
Nishi-Shinjuku 3-2-7. Open 10am-10pm daily.
(Jingumae 2-chome - Liquor shop). 3401-1991
This small neighborhood shop stocks a good selection of wines from around the world, sold at very reasonable prices.
Jingumae 2-25-5. Open 3-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Part of the Foodshow complex below Shibuya Station, this shop specializes in imported foods and liquors and offers a pretty wide selection.
Shibuya 2-24-1, Tokyu Toyoko-ten, B1F. Open 10am-9pm. Closed some Wednesdays.
(Shibuya - Liquor shop). 5728-3321
This supermarket-sized branch of the national discount liquor chain stocks a wide assortment of imported foods as well as all kinds of booze.
Dogenzaka 1-9-5. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Mostly French wines, with some rare bottles you won't find elsewhere in town. Be prepared to pay, though. There are several different caves, with prices going up the farther in you go. In front they also sell cheeses, imported foods and party supplies and wine accessories.
Ebisu 4-20-7, Yebisu Garden Place B1F. Open 11am-7pm. Closed some Mondays.
Imported foods from around the world, including cheeses, spices, and canned and packaged goods. There's also a big stock of mostly European wines. Prices vary from great bargains to inexplicably expensive, so shop carefully.
Ebisu-Minami 1-5-5, Atre Ebisu 3F. (next to the upstairs exit from Ebisu station) Open 8am-11pm daily.
(Hiroo - Liquor shop). 3280-3634
A large selection of French and Italian wines, many at the higher end of the price scale. There's a 5% discount if you join their "club".
Minami-Azabu 5-14-15, Arisugawa West Bldg 1F. Open 11am-8pm daily.
One of the best of the international supermarkets, with the widest range of imported foods in Tokyo (along with Nissin in Azabu-Juban). You'll find good selections of wines, cold cuts and imported cheeses, muesli and other breakfast cereals, canned soups, cake mixes, candies and many other European and North American products. They deliver within about a 20-minute radius of the store.
Minami-Azabu 4-5-2. Open 9am-8pm daily.
This discount liquor shop also sells a fair assortment of imported foods to go with your booze.
Kami-Osaki 2-21-13. Open 11am-10pm (11-9 Sundays). Open every day.
(Shinagawa - Liquor shop). 5798-2601
Mostly French wines; there's also a small cafe/ wine bar.
Takanawa 4-10-18, Wing Takanawa 2F.
(Azabu-Juban - Retail). 3583-4586
Meat is Nissin's strong point, with over a dozen types of cold cuts, a cornucopia of sausages, and unusual items like pheasant, rabbit, and even kangaroo meat. And the third-floor wine shop is worth a visit in its own right - particularly for its wide choice of Australian and California wines in the under-Y2000 price range.
Higashi-Azabu 2-34-2. Open 9:30am-8pm daily.
(Akasaka - Liquor shop). 3583-5657
A discount wine retailer with a good selection.
Akasaka 2-14-33. Open 10am-10pm daily.
The little tasting room in the back of this well-stocked liquor store is a good place to wind up a shopping afternoon or start off an evening in Ginza or Marunouchi. To accompany your wine, there are six different cheeses and other wine-friendly foods like pate, smoked duck and chicken pastrami.
Yurakucho 2-7-1, Yurakucho Itocia Plaza B1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Half wine shop, half European-import grocery store, Euroseed stocks an eclectic range of jams and preserves, candies and coffee beans, olives and salsa, and lots more on its crowded shelves. Sale prices are often a few hundred yen lower than other import shops in town.
Yotsuya 2-9, APS Kinen Bldg 1F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
(Hanzomon - Liquor shop). 3511-2501
A discount wine shop with a good selection.
Kojimachi 1-6-2. (on Shinjuku-dori near Hanzomon station) Open 10am-10pm daily.
A very large branch of Seijo, with a full grocery selection, meats, fish and produce as well as the import goods they've become known for. Free delivery with orders over Y3000.
Kasuga 1-1-1, Tokyo Dome LaQua 1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
A good collection of hard-to-find sakes, plus many German wines. They also hold sake tasting classes (in Japanese).
Kanda Ogawamachi 2-8. Open 10am-8pm. Closed Sundays, 3rd Sat.
This sister of the temporarily shuttered international supermarket National Azabu offers a similarly diverse selection of imported foods and wines. Despite their suburban location (midway between Denenchofu and Jiyugaoka stations), they deliver within most of the central-Tokyo area that was served by National Azabu.
Tamagawa-Denenchofu 2-6-21. Open 10am-11pm daily.