Japanese grocery stores and ingredient suppliers in Finland
January 25th 2021 Updated
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.
Kikkoman soy sauce is available at most supermarkets.
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.
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)
Svarvarvägen 27, 142 50 Skogås, Sweden
*Sales area includes Finland
Annankatu 24 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Sörnäisten Rantatie 7 00530 Helsinki
Eerikinkatu 7 20100 Turku
Sörnäisten rantatie 3, 00530 Helsinki
Itämerenkatu 21, 00180 Helsinki
Helsinki Easton Branch
Kauppakartanonkatu 3, 00930 Helsinki
Länsiranta 10, 95400 Tornio
Helsiki, Nokia, Tornio and more
Postbus 72, 1970 AB IJmuiden, The Netherlands
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.
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.
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.
Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo
An academic program that reflects the latest trends in Japanese cuisine.
Miyajima Ramen School
More than 1,000 graduates from over 50 countries.
International Ramen School
Ramen study program combined with OJT
Sushi Private Lesson
One day customized private sushi lesson
90min Sushi Making Workshop
90min sushi making lesson for FUN!
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.