Japanese grocery stores and ingredient suppliers in Italy

December 8 2021 Updated

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This page is for food lovers and professional chefs in Italy that are looking for Japanese cooking supplies.


Japanese rice grown in Italy, such as Yumenishiki, is widely available.Japanese rice grown in Italy, such as Yumenishiki, is widely available.

Japanese Rice
Soy sauce

Various kinds of soy sauce, including Kikkoman (bottled in Europe), Marukin, Yamasa, Higashimaru and Yuasa are widely available. Cheaper soy sauce from Brazil can also be easily found in supermarkets.

Some high-end Japanese restaurants import soy sauce from Japan.

Soy Sauce

Miso made in a variety of areas, such as Japan, America, China, Brazil, etc. can be found in Italy.

Italians tend to prefer red miso to white miso.


In Italy, you can get high quality seafood from all over Europe, tuna from Spain or Sicily, salmon from Scandinavia, sea bream and sea bass from the eastern Mediterranean and so forth.

High end Japanese restaurants buy scallops and young yellow-tail directly from Japan to set themselves apart from other restaurants. Compared to other countries, Italy has a great many Japanese menu items influenced by Italian cuisine such as tartar and carpaccio.


Until recently, globally available brands of sake, such as Gekkeikan, were the main types of sake available in Italy. However, since sake was featured at the Milan Expo of 2015, more companies have started to import sake and apparently, you can now find over 200 types of sake available in Italy.

Sake is mainly enjoyed as a digestif. Shochu, unfortunately, is still only really known to Japanese expats.

Japanese Alcohol

List of Japanese grocery stores and ingredient suppliers

Below is a list of Japanese food importers who wholesale to supermarkets and restaurants, as well as supermarkets that sell Japanese food to the general public.

This list consists of vendors frequently used by Japanese in your country. (Some shops carry not only Japanese cooking supplies but also kitchen ware)

◇JFC Italy

Via Giovanni Keplero 30/32, 20019 Settimo Milanese (MI), Italia

◇Foodex SRL

Via Galileo Galilei 12/14 – 20875 Burago di Molgora (MB)



◇Sushi Sushi Store

Via Domenico Millelire, 49, 00136 Roma

◇Famiglia Supermercato

Via Filippo Turati, 102, 00185 Roma

◇Get Smart


◇Union Trade

Via E. Mattei 1 – 20068 – Peschiera Borromeo – Milano

◇Kathay Milano

Via Canonica, 54 20154 – Milano

◇Wagyu Italy

Viale Appio Claudio 208 00174 Roma

◇Firenze Sake

Viale Appio Claudio 208 00174 Roma

Japanese grocery stores and food suppliers

Number of Local Japanese People

14,600 Japanese people live in Italy, as of 2018.

Number of Local Japanese Restaurants

A 2015 JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) report confirmed 630 Japanese restaurants in Italy, but as of 2021 that number is up to about 1,000.

For Italian People Wanting to Study Japanese Cuisine in Japan

Do you want to study Japanese cuisine in Japan one day? Chefs Wonderland, an agency for helping foreign visitors study cooking in Japan, can make all your cooking school dreams come true.

There are two main ways to study Japanese cuisine in Japan.

One way is to enroll in a culinary school.

The other is to find work at a Japanese restaurant in Japan, although this is not very easy to do.

Culinary Schools in Japan
How Many Italian People are Living in Japan?

As of 2018, there are 4,654 Italian people are living in Japan

In addition, 150,060 Italian people visited to Japan in 2018.

A photo in Japan
Study Japanese Cuisine at a Culinary School

If you want to attend a Culinary Technical College for Japanese people, you need to be able to speak fluent Japanese, but even if you can’t speak Japanese, you can study Japanese cuisine at one of the following schools that offer English courses lasting anywhere from one day to three months.

There are classes for beginners, short-term intensive courses to get a certificate, and private classes for professional chefs.

Culinary Schools in Japan

Tokyo Sushi Academy

The first and the most popular sushi school in the world.

Tokyo Sushi Academy
Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo

An academic program that reflects the latest trends in Japanese cuisine.

Cordon Bleu Tokyo
Miyajima Ramen School

More than 1,000 graduates from over 50 countries.

Miyajima Ramen School
International Ramen School

Ramen study program combined with OJT

International Ramen School
Sushi Private Lesson

One day customized private sushi lesson

Private Sushi Lesson
90min Sushi Making Workshop

90min sushi making lesson for FUN!

90min Sushi Making Class
Study Japanese Cuisine While Working

Under the current immigration laws, foreigners have very limited opportunities to work in restaurants in Japan, you would need a working holiday visa, a spouse visas, or a type of special activity visa issued only to a few people. If you want more information on studying Japanese cuisine while working in Japan,

please see the following article.

Work in Japan from South Africa
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