Monthly Archive August 2015

ByMark Guthrie
Aug 26, 2015

International Supermarkets in Nagoya

2259224024_d5ac7518e5_zJapanese food is celebrated the world over, and you are perhaps lucky to live in a country in which the cuisine is held in such high regard. However, sometimes you just hanker after something that tastes of home. Fortunately, some supermarkets cater in particular to those wishing to purchase international foods.

While products on sale at these stores are often imported and thus come at a substantially higher cost, they are increasingly popular with both locals and ex-pats alike.

COSTCO Wholesale Japan

You probably all ready know this membership only giant grocery store carrying imported and Japanese goods. Low wholesale prices and bulk quantities. Ample parking.

1-25-14 Rinku-cho Tokoname City
Tel:0569-38-9000, 10:00 – 20:00

Seijo Ishii

Seijo Ishii can be found in many cities, often in or around central train stations and carries products from all over the world, including French cheese, Australian wine and American candy.

Nagoya Station
Marche cuisine, Meieki1-1-4, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-587-2345, 7:30 – 22:00

Asunal Shopping Centre – Kanayama Station
1st Floor Asunal Shopping Center 1-17-1 Kanayama, Naka Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-324-8577, 10:00 – 22:00

Kaldi Coffee Farm

An international supermarket that sells much, much more than coffee. There are many locations around the city as well as online shopping.

AEON Mall Aratamabashi
1 Chome-7-10 Kikusumi, Minami Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-824-5267, 10:00 – 22:00

Daiei Kamiida
1F, 1 Obecho, Kita Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-981-8838, 9:00 – 21:00

AEON Mall Atsuta
1 Chome-2-11 Mutsuno, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-883-6705, 9:00 – 22:00

Airport Walk Nagoya
1F, Hayashizaki-1-8 Toyoba, Toyoyama, Nishikasugai District
Tel: 0568-39-3770, 10:00 – 21:30

Sakae Chika
B2F, Sakae 3-4-6, Naka Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-962-0030, 9:00 – 21:00

Kitano Ace

A supermarket that sells various international goods from their four citywide locations.

La Chic
Underground 1F, Sakae 3-6-1, Naka Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-259-6266, 11:00 – 21:00

Mozo Wonder City East Court
1F, 40-5 Futakata-cho, Nishi Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-506-7033, 10:00 – 22:00

Mitsukoshi Hoshigaoka
Underground 1F, Hoshigaoka, 14-14 Chikusa Ward, Hoshigaokamoto-cho,
Tel: 052-789-0257, 10:00 – 22:00

Kintetsu Pass’e
1 Chome-2-2 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-561-7453, 10:00 – 20:30


High quality beer, wine and spirits stocked from around the world. International dry and tinned foods also available.

128 Fujigaoka, Meitou Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-760-4811, 10:00 – 22:00

Dean and Deluca

High quality but pricey store for wine, cheese and bakery goods.

Midland Square
B1F Midland Square, 4-7-1, Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-527-8826, 10:00 – 21:30

1-16-3, Sakae, Nagoya
Tel: 052-249-8838; 10:00 – 20:00


Sells international cooking and baking ingredients including chocolate and various flour types.

Midland Square
B1F Midland Square, 4-7-1, Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-527-8817, 11:00 – 20:00

Amica Discount

The next best thing to Costco. Frozen, dried and tinned foods at wholesale prices and quantities. Includes many international brands.

3 -39-8 Osu, Naka Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-259-3955, 09:30 – 20:00

4-35 Ibuka-cho, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya
Tel: 052-459-5688, 09:30 – 20:00

Use this map to find details of international supermarkets in Nagoya

Seijo Ishii=S
Kaldi Coffee Farm=K
Kitano Ace=N
Dean and Deluca=D

Mark Guthrie

Photo: "Supermarket" by Camilo Rueda López (CC BY-SA 2.0) -Modified
ByRay Proper
Aug 22, 2015

Mount Gozaisho – Nagoya Day Trip Destination

Gozaisho_Ropeway_and_Fujimi-iwaAn hour outside of Nagoya on the Kintetsu line is  Gozaisho-Dake’s 1,210 meter peak.  It is a great hike up the highest peak in the Suzuka Mountain Range, and it offers great views of Shiga and Mie Prefectures, the beautiful snow capped Japan Alps, as well as the waters of Ise Bay and Lake Biwa. On a very good day, you can catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji. This is a great spot to visit whether hiking or riding up the rope way gondola to the top. It is a beautiful place, and it even has a restaurant and gift shop on top where you can get some curry and coffee – a BIG bonus when you hike up in the winter and find yourself in a snow storm!

Gozaishodake is right on the border of Shiga ken and Mie ken. It takes about 1 hour from Nagoya on the Kintetsu line, but you can also ride a bus from Sakae Station to Yuno Yama Onsen, and that will actually dump you closer to where you want to be. The train stops about a 30 minute walk up hill to the onsen area. You can also ride infrequent buses or a taxi up from there.

A little farther uphill from the bus station you will find a 2.161 kilometer long rope way, supposedly the longest in Asia, which takes passengers 780 meters up the mountain, where you can enjoy some great views, and the curry I mentioned earlier. If you go up during winter to ski, you can catch the ski lift from that point.

I highly recommend going up during the usual great times to see anything; autumn and spring. The fall colors are particularly great there, though they do not do “illumination.” There are plenty of onsen in the area, so this would make a great day trip.  The view, is very nice, I might add.



I would wander around the town (if you are brave then the trails around town are nice too!) for a couple of hours in the morning, take the ropeway up in the afternoon, and then sit in the onsen for a bit before heading home. Be careful if you plan to ride the bus; it stops early! If you don’t feel like rushing, why not stay in an onsen for the night? The mountain air is a lot cooler than the city…

You might try the Hotel du Marrionier (Tel: 059 392 3210), for either accommodation or simply for their onsen, which is very close to the bus station. It is a big place, and features outdoor baths- which everyone knows are best in snow!

Official Mount Gozaisho Site

Photo By Alpsdake (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo "Ise Bay and Yokkaichi, Mie from Mount Gozaisho 2011-10-02" by Alpsdake - 投稿者自身による作品. Licensed under CC 表示-継承 3.0
ByMark Guthrie
Aug 13, 2015

Martial Arts Lessons in English: Tokyo

82387772_9ac78c3410_zWhether you are a total beginner or a high ranking expert, there is something extremely special about learning a martial art in the nation of inception. As well as providing you with the skills necessary to progress in the sport, it also gives an invaluable insight into the background, culture and discipline of, not only the art itself, but also Japan as a whole.

Japanese Martial Arts

Martial arts in Japan have their ancient origins in the times when the caste based society meant that only the samurai class were permitted to carry weapons, thus making knowledge of hand-to-hand combat imperative for all aspects of society. Japanese martial arts can be separated into two classes: koryū, the traditional school referring to codes such as sumo, jujutsu and the various forms of swordsmanship that were used pre-Meiji Restoration on the battlefield; and gendai budo, modern, post-Meiji sports such as karate, kendo and judo that have more emphasis on self improvement than warrior combat.

Martial Arts Lessons in Tokyo

If you are interested in taking part in a martial art during your stay in Japan, there are plenty of classes you can join. The dōjōs (training schools) listed below offer at least some instruction in English.

Japan Karate Association – ISKC Karate

Classes taught in English by Richard sensei, a certified JKA instructor.

Japan Karate Association – Shimokitazawa

Current karate practitioners who cannot speak Japanese are welcome, though for beginners, some basic level Japanese is required.

Japan Karate Association – Meguro

Information in English, Portuguese and Spanish is available, though some basic Japanese may be required.

Japan Karate Association – Joosai

Current karate practitioners who cannot speak Japanese are welcome, though for beginners, some basic level Japanese is required.

Hero Karate Girls

Karate lessons for women and girls instructed by English speaking JKA instructor Hiromi Hikishi.

  • Address: Check website for your nearest class or contact the school.
  • Website:
  • Telephone: 03-3772-8846
  • Email: (Ms. Hiromi Hishiki)

Seidokan Akido of Tokyo

All level akido lessons are offered for both men and women at Seidokan Akido of Tokyo, instructed by American and fifth level black belt Chris sensei.

Kodokan School of Judo

This judo school has an English speaking instructor. Information in English can be given on the below telephone number.

Tokyo Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo

English lessons are available here for all levels of student, including children, wanting to learn this swordsnamship based martial art.

Tribe Tokyo MMA

Tribe Tokyo has a wide range of Mixed Martial Arts classes including jujutsu, striking and yoga. Classes are available from children to professional levels.


Another MMA gym, Grabaka offers classes in many martial arts disciplines including judo and jujutsu for all experience levels.

JS Gym Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art also practiced in Japan. The Danish instructor at JS Gym speaks English and Japanese.


Mark Guthrie

Photo: "High kick" by Pandiyan V (CC BY-SA 2.0) -Modified