Japanese grocery stores and ingredient suppliers in Finland

January 25th 2021 Updated

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


In recent years, imports of Japanese rice grown Japan have skyrocketed in Finland.

In order to differentiate themselves from their competitors, a take-out deli in one of the large supermarkets in the city of Järvenpää, called the “City Market” has been using Japanese rice, and it seems to be very popular.

Japanese Rice
Soy sauce

Kikkoman soy sauce is available at most supermarkets.

Soy Sauce

Due to a recent trend popularizing Japanese food, miso can be found even in regular supermarkets around the city.


As in other European countries, salmon and tuna are often used for sushi. Also, sushi made from “siika” a kind of white fish from the salmon family is commonly found in Finland.


In Finland, alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of 5.5% or higher can only be sold by Alko, a state-owned liquor company.

As of February 2019, the sake available on Alko’s EC site was mainly globally available brands of sake such as Hakutsuru and Ozeki.

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 Norden (Sweden) AB

Svarvarvägen 27, 142 50 Skogås, Sweden
*Sales area includes Finland


Annankatu 24 00100 Helsinki, Finland

◇Jiahe Asian Market

Helsiki Branch
Sörnäisten Rantatie 7 00530 Helsinki
Turku Branch
Eerikinkatu 7 20100 Turku

◇DFH Asian Market

Sörnäisten rantatie 3, 00530 Helsinki

◇K Citymarket

Ruoholahti Branch
Itämerenkatu 21, 00180 Helsinki
Helsinki Easton Branch
Kauppakartanonkatu 3, 00930 Helsinki
Tornio Branch
Länsiranta 10, 95400 Tornio


Helsiki, Nokia, Tornio and more

◇Hokkai Suisan B.V.

Postbus 72, 1970 AB IJmuiden, The Netherlands

Japanese grocery stores and food suppliers

Number of Local Japanese People

2,005 Finnish people live in Finland, as of 2018.

Number of Local Japanese Restaurants

According to the information on TripAdvisor, as of January 2021, there are about 200 Japanese restaurants in Finland.

For Finnish 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 Finnish People are Living in Japan?

As of 2018, there are 757 Finnish people living in Japan.

In addition, 27,116 Finnish 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
We look forward to your visit to Japan!

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