Cheapo Basics – Cheapest Supermarkets in Tokyo

Chris Kirkland

Cheap supermarkets in Tokyo - OK team

So with great fanfare and cheer we are proud to present to you today our list of the Top Cheap Supermarkets in Tokyo. The list is compiled from an exhaustive and rigorous list of criteria which were debated for hours (well a few minutes of deliberation at least).

So for those new to the city or even veteran cheapo’s we hope this humble page will serve to save countless millions of yen!

1. OK Supermarket

With many locations throughout Tokyo, reliably cheap on most products plus the bonus of regular discounts and 50% off stickers, OK Supermarket is well deserved of being first on the shopping list of the Cheapo supermarket shopper in Tokyo.

2. Ozeki Supermarket

A veritable cheapo delight with a huge range of cheap groceries and bento. Ozeki is a mid sized supermarket chain mainly found in the South and West side of Tokyo.

3. Y’s Mart

Y’s Mart is a cheapo paradise—has no frills and exceedingly good deals on your daily shop. Greater concentration on the East side of Tokyo.

4. Hanamasa

Hanamasa is seriously cheap if buying in bulk, it’s primarily geared towards the catering industry. If you can carry a lot home with you, you’ll be sure to save a bundle (is that a pun?) – watch out for small quantity items though, they may not be such good value.

5. Costco

US Cheapo’s will no doubt be familiar with the wholesale membership only Costco and also delighted that there’s a number of costco stores surrounding Tokyo. Costco is not only super cheap, but also stocks a good line of American/foreign products. For a list of Tokyo area stores see here.

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6. Donki

Donki or Don Quixote, whilst not a supermarket per se is a great place to pick up some cheap groceries and house hold items. Moreover Donki is ubiquitous across Tokyo and Japan so it’s very likely you’ll find one near by. Not very good for fresh produce, but plenty of dried and frozen bargains to make it up to you, plus it has a whole host of other cheap items to keep you entertained (clothes, electronics, adult toys)

7. Yamaya

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Yamaya is more a booze shop crossed with a European delicatessen, so it doesn’t exactly qualify as a supermarket. However not wanting to deprive our cheapo readers of cheap booze, muesli and cheese we felt compelled to include it in the list. Yamama is the cheapest source in Tokyo for a lot of imported foreign items, fruit juice, cheese, wine, champagne, olives and a host of other delights.


8. Gyomu Supaa

Our infamous cheapo Greg pointed out I missed this one. Gyomu Supaa is – as Greg puts it – the cheapest one! Here’s a map of all the stores in Tokyo.

So, if you think we’ve missed anything off the list then we welcome your angry comments below!

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Chris's Tokyo favorites are: Tomoe Sushi, Borne, Udagawa Cafe Suite
Filed under: Household, Living
Tags: Drinks, Food, Groceries, Resident, Shopping, Supermarkets
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8 Responses to “Cheapo Basics – Cheapest Supermarkets in Tokyo”

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    Yes you missed something 🙂 Please put the map for every supermarket you listed, because if I (sure others, too) search on their website i am still not familiar with kanji ^^

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      CheapoGreg September 25, 2013

      Sara, thanks for the comment! (And the others which I was getting around to replying to – honest!)
      Most of the posts linked to have maps associated with them. However, we’re currently working on a much more robust way to display locations on a map – so we’ll be able to do things like display all the cheap sushi places on a single map, or all the Cheapo attractions in a particular neighbourhood. We’ll be slowly rolling it out over the next few months. We’ve covered hundreds of shops, restaurants and chains so there are probably 10,000 or more locations that we need to enter! Please feel free to nag us if we’re not moving fast enough 🙂

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    Humza Ahmad October 17, 2013

    You missed the Hanamasa in Higashi-Shinjuku!! That’s the cheapest one of all! It’s on the same street as Donki.

    Also, for even cheaper meat, you need to include Nissin International Delicatessen. I know, I know, rich foreigners stomping ground, Azabu-Juban, blah blah blah… but seriously, the everyday meat, especially the imported stuff from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US, is CHEAP. 98 yen per 100 grams of ground beef, 88 yen per 100 grams of ground chicken, and up to 40% off cuts of beef whose sell by date is approaching. If you get out of work and really, really want a steak stop by Nissin and you’re almost guaranteed to find a great slab for a very reasonable price as long as you can cook it that night.

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    Humza Ahmad October 17, 2013

    Also, what about Seiyu? Not exactly Walmart prices, but they do pretty darn well considering they’re in Japan.

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    Aeon has decent price too

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    Juan Carlos November 13, 2013

    yeah AEON is really good/cheap and u can find then inside the metropolitan area like near Tokyo tower which is the one i visit every week 😀

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    Dan Hopper June 1, 2015

    I’m recently find of LIFE on the road running southeast from Shibuya station…their produce (especially fruit and veg) always seems cheaper than anywhere else.

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    Christian June 10, 2015

    What about SuperValue? ^^

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