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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

STORY Depachika Guide Head to department store basements for a full foodie experience

Get lost in a maze of savory and sweet gourmet treats at Japan's top department stores

Located in the basement of Japan's top department stores are foodstuff market areas commonly referred to as depachika. Overflowing with everything from delicatessen-style goods to gourmet treats, depachika are typically connected to train stations, making them an ideal spot to visit on rainy days.

Tips

  • Avoid the crowds and visit outside of lunch and dinner hours
  • Pick up a pre-prepared bento lunch box to have on the go
  • Keep an eye out for free samples while walking around the shops

More than a grocery store

Depachika are more than your average grocery store. Here you can find a wide array of high-quality foods both domestic and international as well as high-end wines and spirits. Pick up everything from fresh ingredients to pre-made bento lunch boxes. Head to the basement whether you want to pick up a bottle of Japanese sake to bring home, are in search of a real French baguette, or just want a nice lunch to go.

Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store

Mitsukoshi's depachika has delicatessen-style items, bento, sweets and alcohol from famous shops. Visit Kayuan — a section that sells a curated selection of sweets from high-end brands nationwide.

Isetan Shinjuku Store

One of the city's most popular depachika, the Isetan basement offers fresh groceries, delicatessen-style items, sweets and alcoholic beverages. This depachika also features a cafe and shop by world-famous chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin.

Daimaru Tokyo

Daimaru's depachika is located next to Tokyo Station, making it the perfect stop before catching the shinkansen or Narita Express. Here you can find a variety of bento for your trip and sweets that make great gifts and mementos.

Matsuya Ginza

For delicious bento boxes, try the Matsuya depachika. Their selection of bento includes kaiseki (traditional Japanese course meal), unagi (eel), tempura, sushi, hors-d'oeuvres and sandwiches.

Tokyu Food Show

Just a few steps from Shibuya Station is the Tokyu Food Show — one of the largest depachikas in the city. This place has everything from groceries to alcohol and sushi to cake. While many shops are take-out only, some have eat-in areas.

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