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Tokyo Grocery Guide

Seijo Ishii

As mentioned in Te-chan’s entry, Sejio Ishii is a good grocery store to buy imported foods, cheese, wine and liquor. These stores are usually small, but if you are looking for cereals or cheese and crackers, this is a reasonably priced & convenient store. Also, SI has a good basic sake selection.

Shinagawa and Ebisu branches are located just outside the station: Shinagawa at the base of the escalator at the Takanawa Exit; Ebisu in Atre. There is also one inside JR Shinjuku Station near the South Exit. Turn to your right just after passing through the ticket barrier and look over near the public restrooms (unfortunate, but useful directions). For other stores, please check their website.


3 Responses to “Seijo Ishii”

  1. Here is a picture of the entry to Seijo Ishii at Shinagawa. Sometimes the shops are not clearly marked in romaji, but they always have vivid red & white signage and the kanji are easy to recognize— 成城石井.

    Seijo Ishii.JPG

    Originally uploaded by tokyofoodcast.

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    Posted by Te-chan | January 28, 2006, 7:19 pm
  2. The Seijo Ishii that’s actually inside Shinjuku station (the “annex” apparently) is really small, more like a gourmet konbini targeting people eating on the go. There is a larger branch immediately adjacent to that one, but *outside* the tiny South ticket gate.

    Posted by Jacob Levine | July 31, 2008, 12:59 pm
  3. Hi Jacob! Thanks for the update on that. You’re right that the new Seijo Ishii in Shinjuku *outside* the gate is much better. It just goes to show what happens when you go on vacation for the summer. I hadn’t been through Shinjuku Station for most of August and just noticed the new one.

    As Gibson said, cities in Japan can be a place set up by someone with “one thumb permanently on the fast-forward button”.

    I should get a list of all the SI locations up here in English. I’ve even got one at my own station since I first posted this. Seijo Ishii always comes in handy when you need something extra in a pinch.

    Japanese site: http://www.seijoishii.co.jp/

    Posted by Te-chan | September 8, 2008, 7:51 pm

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