By thomas | November 17, 2007
Back in September, I wrote an article about finding cheese in Japan. It highlighted the site order-cheese.com, which I use religiously to stock up on cheese. I really love cheese, so I was quite happy when some helpful readers wrote in with some more options for finding cheese in Japan.
The Meat Guy Has Cheese
Recently a friend of mine showed me a website to get cheese and other hard to find meats. They are based in Nagoya and they ship only in Japan.
There’s not hardly as much cheese on this website as the one that you recommend but the prices are significantly cheaper. I haven’t compared everything but I am currently in the market for sharp white cheddar cheese. Order-cheese.com has 200grams for 1,040yen. TheMeatguy.com has the same stuff (I think) 1/2kilogram for 870yen. That’s a big difference!
At the same time though, the shipping for TheMeatGuy will kill you. It’s about 600yen PLUS a COD charge of another 300yen or so. They don’t give you much choice for payment options, so the money I save ends up going into shipping! Still, I think TheMeatGuy.com wins out in the end depending on what you’re looking for and how much you want to buy.
Finally, I’d just like to say that your website is interesting and informative and I’m always checking for updates! Thanks for writing something so awesome!
And the site is in English! I’d like to add that The Meat Guy doesn’t just have cheese. He also sells an assortment of meat, bread, fish, pies, spices and even deli sandwich meat. And here I was eating peanut butter and jelly everyday. Thanks Nina!
(For the record, order-cheese.com charges 800 yen for shipping Japan-wide. They often run special “free shipping” promotions though.)
Hanamasa And Costco Have Cheese Too
Shari of My So-Called Japanese Life sends in this tip:
If there is one in your area, one of the best places to get cheese is Hanamasa. The selection is limited but you can buy it in bulk for very reasonable prices. My husband and I pick up gouda, mozzarella, and cheddar from them. These are blocks of real cheese, not processed cheese and I believe they are all imports (the cheddar is British). At about 100 yen per 100 grams for real cheese, it’s a deal which is hard to beat if you’re trying to find good cheese on the cheap.
They have 71 shops in Japan and locations are listed on their web site. They also carry a wide variety of other foods more cheaply than average shops including many types of meat. The ham and spicy sausage are particularly good and decent value.
Costco is, of course, another option, and they carry a lot of varieties of cheese, but Hanamasa is more convenient for frequent purchases and has far more locations. Also, buying large blocks in bulk (you can freeze it if necessary though it messes up the texture) means you can eat it everyday. ;-)
Looking at the Hanamasa store locations, it appears that they are all in Tokyo and adjacent prefectures. Not an option if you live in western Japan, but if you are in the Tokyo-area, check it out. Shari also mentioned Costco. To find out if there is a store near you, check this list. Thanks Shari!
Final Words on Cheese
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