It isn’t too difficult to find Japanese grocery items in Phoenix if you know where to look. Here we have reviewed our favorite Japanese markets valley-wide. Whether you are looking for ingredients for cooking or your favorite snacks, we recommend visiting these stores!
Fujiya is probably the valley’s most authentic Japanese market and offers a variety of items that are difficult to find in other stores. You’ll mainly find Japanese clientele shopping and hanging out at the the store, and the employees are all bilingual and happy to answer questions and provide recommendations to everyone. In addition to the welcoming atmosphere, the market is clean, well-organized, and stocked with essentials. It’s no surprise that the owners have been in the supermarket business for over twenty years.
We recommend visiting the market on Saturdays, as they serve exceptional tonkatsu ramen. You can also buy bento boxes and onigiri (rice balls) any day of the week. Arai Pastry is conveniently located next door if you are in the mood for Japanese and French bakery items as well.
Similar to Fujiya Market, New Tokyo is a small shop offering a nice variety of Japanese items. Over the past decade it has won various awards from the Phoenix New Times for categories such as “Best Japanese Market” and “Best Japanese Snacks.”
New Tokyo is great for finding Japanese ingredients for cooking, fun drinks such as Ramune sodas, and various snack items. There are also more substantial meal and appetizer options in the freezer section.
As an added bonus, the customer service at the shop is also excellent!
While Asiana Market is actually a Korean grocery store, it offers quite a few Japanese products as well as an expansive produce section. Plus there are two locations–one in Glendale and one in Mesa. The Glendale location features Indian, Middle Eastern, and European items as well. The aisles are organized by country, so both stores are easy to navigate.
We recommend Asiana Market when you are making a large grocery run and are not necessarily looking exclusively for Japanese products. Asiana is also a great place to buy thin-sliced meat for Shabu Shabu (or Syabusyabu) and Yakiniku. It’s much more convenient to purchase here than requesting a special order at a regular grocery store.
LeeLee Oriental International Supermarket (3 Arizona locations) and Mekong Supermarket (Mesa) are larger stores offering a variety of Asian products, each including at least 2-3 aisles of Japanese items. Like Asiana market, these stores are ideal for more comprehensive grocery runs.