Food Shopping

Foreign Buyers’ Club (FBC)

You can buy almost anything from this store: salsa, olives, blueberry pie filling, lentil soup, cheese, contact lens supplies, condoms, cold medicines, vegemite…and so on. They have-mail order catalogues, and a good on-line site from which you can order, or you can journey out and visit their store on Rokko Island in Kobe. Also, they give JETs a discount.
Phone: 078-857-9001
Fax: 078-857-9005
9:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Thursday
9:30am – 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday
CLOSED: Sunday

Kobe Grocers

Kobe Grocers is just a short walk north of Sannomiya station. They have a good stock of halal food and they are a good place to find turkeys for Thanksgiving (for all the Americans).
Phone: 078-221-2838
Fax: 078-242-0138
Hours: 10:00 am – 7:30pm, daily
Access: 10 minute walk from JR Sannomiya. Parking available.

Zest Foods

Zest offers a wide range of foreign foods, specializing mostly in organic groceries, imported foreign snacks, fruit smoothies, and Indian cuisine. They also offer a small selection of Western desserts and breads at the counter.
Phone: 078-231-4444
Fax: 078-271-6373
9:00am – 8:00pm, Monday to Saturday
9:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday
Access: 15 minute walk from Shin-Kobe Station, down the street from the India Club (Indian community centre).


Costco is a large wholesale store located in Amagasaki and Kobe. You need to buy a membership card to shop there (about 4,000 yen a person), but if you buy enough you soon get your money’s worth. Two non-members can accompany you into the store. They can ship your stuff home, and it’s very cheap (only a few hundred yen per BIG box). Plus they can do refrigerated and freezer shipping. Their website is

Tengu Natural Foods

Organic food home delivery service. They sell natural goodies such as bagels, herbal teas, vegetarian chili beans, whole-wheat bread, granola, tortillas, etc. Most orders are received within a week. Call the number below to receive a free catalog.
Phone: 0429-82-4811
Fax: 0429-82-4813


Price Club

Price Club Online delivers products from around the world for residents in Japan.

Motomachi shopping arcade

There are several small but well-stocked foreign food stores in the Motomachi shopping arcade in central Kobe, if you just want to browse.

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