Wine retail stores
Yamaya (Ike. west) (Ikebukuro - Liquor shop). 5950-1321
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.
SunmapToshima-ku, Ikebukuro 2-68-5. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Yamaya (Ikebukuro - Liquor shop). 3980-2977
Discount wines and liquors, with some cheeses and other imported foods.
SunmapToshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-43-6, D-Box 1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Tanakaya (Mejiro - Liquor shop). 3953-8888
This spacious basement shop near Mejiro station offers one of the best selections of American craft beers in Tokyo, along with Hasegawa Liquors (Yaesu) and World Beer Market (Kita-Senju). You'll also find an impressive stock of Japanese micros and Belgian craft beers, sake and awamori, Calvados, liqueurs and plenty more. Bring cash; they don't take credit cards. They will deliver though, via takkyubin.
mapToshima-ku, Mejiro 3-4-14. (on Mejiro-dori just a few seconds west of Mejiro station) Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Jip (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.
mapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 2-7-1. Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Shinanoya (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.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kabukicho 1-12-9. (on the main central street, across from Tokyo Kaisen Ichiba) Open 11am-4am daily.
Yamaya (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.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 3-2-7. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Bessho (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.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-25-5. Open 3-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Seijo Ishii (Shibuya - Retail). 3463-5533
Part of the Foodshow complex below Shibuya Station, this shop specializes in imported foods and liquors and offers a pretty wide selection.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 2-24-1, Tokyu Toyoko-ten, B1F. Open 10am-9pm. Closed some Wednesdays.
Yamaya (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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-9-5. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Wine Market Party (Ebisu - Liquor shop). 5424-2580
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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 4-20-7, Yebisu Garden Place B1F. Open 11am-7pm. Closed some Mondays.
Seijo Ishii (Ebisu - Retail). 3448-1070
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.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu-Minami 1-5-5, Atre Ebisu 3F. (next to the upstairs exit from Ebisu station) Open 8am-11pm daily.
Enoteca (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".
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Azabu 5-14-15, Arisugawa West Bldg 1F. Open 11am-8pm daily.
National Azabu (Hiroo - Retail). 3442-3181
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.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Azabu 4-5-2. Open 9am-8pm daily.
Shinanoya (Meguro - Liquor shop). 3493-0143
This discount liquor shop also sells a fair assortment of imported foods to go with your booze.
SunmapShinagawa-ku, Kami-Osaki 2-21-13. Open 11am-10pm (11-9 Sundays). Open every day.
Enoteca (Shinagawa - Liquor shop). 5798-2601
Mostly French wines; there's also a small cafe/ wine bar.
mapMinato-ku, Takanawa 4-10-18, Wing Takanawa 2F.
Nissin (Azabu-Juban - Retail). 3583-4586
Beer fans will want to head directly to the third floor of this international supermarket, where they'll find a decent selection of bottles from the US, Belgium, Britain and other parts of the world, along with a handful of Japanese microbrews. There's also a wide choice of Australian and California wines, with many in the under-Y2000 price range. [Show more]
SunmapMinato-ku, Higashi-Azabu 2-34-2. Open 9:30am-8pm daily.
Yamaya (Akasaka - Liquor shop). 3583-5657
A discount wine retailer with a good selection.
SunmapMinato-ku, Akasaka 2-14-33. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Vinos Yamazaki (Yurakucho - Liquor shop). 5224-6391
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.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Yurakucho 2-7-1, Yurakucho Itocia Plaza B1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
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.
SunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi 2-3-4, Nihonbashi Plaza Bldg 1F. Open 11am-7:30pm daily.
Yamaya (Hanzomon - Liquor shop). 3511-2501
A discount wine shop with a good selection.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 1-6-2. (on Shinjuku-dori near Hanzomon station) Open 10am-10pm daily.
National Den-en (Denenchofu - Retail). 3721-4161
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.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Tamagawa-Denenchofu 2-6-21. Open 10am-11pm daily.