6 Convenient and Well-Stocked Tokyo Health Food Stores
Affordable Places to Source Organic and Vegan Groceries in the City
Looking for organic, vegan and macrobiotic goodies but don’t know where to start? Here is a guide to Tokyo’s brick-and-mortar health food stores.
As in much of the world, the health food scene in Tokyo is rapidly expanding. Though the dairy-free, fair-trade chocolate here may not be quite as cheap and the almond milk selection not as extensive as it is in the West, this guide will help you navigate some affordable, accessible and well-stocked health food stores so that you can find those nutritious groceries you’ve been searching for.
1. F&F (Hiroo)
Directly across the road from Hiroo station, F&F Hiroo takes the cake for accessibility. The newly built store — with its shiny, black fixtures and scattered downlights — is also the most aesthetically pleasing on this list. F&F Hiroo can be described as medium-sized, with a decent selection of organic, natural and vegan products. It has a reasonable baked goods and bento selection, and a small range of cosmetics. In terms of affordability, a 416 gram jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil here comes in at ¥2,138. With another 14 locations around Tokyo, F&F is certainly the most accessible on this list.
- Where: 5-15-20 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku
- Business hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Website: www.shizensyoku-ff.com
2. Gaia (Shibuya)
Like Natural Mart, Gaia falls into the category of “cramped but cozy.” A short walk from Yoyogi-Uehara station, the store offers a small range of organic and macrobiotic foods. For its size, Gaia’s fresh produce section is impressive. It is, though, the second most expensive store on the list, with a 454 gram jar of Omega Nutrition organic coconut oil costing ¥2,354. Gaia also suits those looking to support smaller, local businesses. One benefit of shopping at Gaia is its sister store: Gaia2. Located directly across the road, Gaia2 offers a range of organic, cotton clothing as well as natural and organic cosmetics.
- Address: 3-23-6 Nishihara, Shibuya-ku
- Business hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Website: www.gaia-ochanomizu.co.jp
3. Lima (Shinjuku)
Lima is a medium-sized health food store, just a seven-minute walk from Shinjuku station. Though it remains the farthest on the list from any one station, its location in central Shinjuku, product range and affordability make up for the trek. The store has a well-stocked range of fresh produce and organic foods, as well as an excellent selection of vegan snacks, milk and ice-cream. Lima also has a range of healthy, organic bento choices as well as onigiri (rice balls). Unlike the other health food stores on this list, Lima is attached to a fully-fledged vegan, macrobiotic café that is open until 6:30 p.m. As the second most affordable store, a 425 gram jar of Brown Sugar 1st organic extra virgin coconut oil costs just ¥1,922.
- Where: 2-23-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
- Business hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Website: www.lima.co.jp
4. Natural House (Aoyama)
Located less than 100 meters from Omotesando station, Natural House Aoyama is the mecca of healthy and organic food stores. It’s home to an enormous selection of fresh produce and packaged food. The store has a delicatessen section with reasonably priced bento (lunch boxes) ranging from ¥500 to ¥1,500, as well as a range of vegan and dairy-free desserts, cosmetics, clothes and books. Some of its products are quite cost effective: a 425 gram jar of extra virgin coconut oil can be found for only ¥1,383 — remarkably cheaper than other stores on this list. With ten additional locations around Tokyo, Natural House wins out in terms affordability and selection.
- Where: 3-6-18 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku
- Business hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Website: www.naturalhouse.co.jp
5. Natural Mart (Hiroo)
The most petit store on this list, Natural Mart is just a two-minute walk from Hiroo station. Despite its size, it offers a surprisingly extensive range of vegan, fair-trade chocolate and organic teas. Its wooden fixtures and cheerful orange signage give the store a homey feeling and would suit those who enjoy supporting small businesses. Natural Mart offers a small selection of fresh produce and organic products. Its range of vegan products is minimal, so the store is better for those seeking organic and traditional health foods rather than animal product alternatives. Natural Mart is also reasonably priced: here a 454 gram tub of Omega Nutrition organic coconut oil is ¥2,150.
- Where: 5-19-5 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
- Business hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Website: www.naturalmart.jp
6. Waseda Natural (Shinjuku)
A five-minute walk from Waseda station, Waseda Natural is a medium- to large-sized health food store that has been around since the 1960s. It sells a wide range of organic, fresh produce and has a large selection of cooking accessories, such as crockery and utensils. While the store isn’t as suited to vegans — only having a small vegan selection — it does specialize in natural medicines, plus traditional and organic teas. Waseda Natural is, without a doubt, the most expensive store on the list, with a 408 gram jar of Jamestea organic virgin coconut oil priced at ¥2,592.
- Address: 51 Kikuicho, Shinjuku-ku
- Business hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (closed Sundays)
- Website: www.waseda-natural.com