Japanese grocery stores and ingredient suppliers in New Zealand

May 16th 2021 Updated

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


General supermarkets carry Japanese rice grown in California or Australia, but Japanese rice grown in Japan is usually only available in stores specializing in Japanese food.

Japanese Rice
Soy sauce

Soy sauce is readily available in supermarkets as well as Asian grocery stores.

Soy Sauce

Miso is also available in supermarkets and Asian grocery stores.


Like Australia, New Zealand is surrounded by ocean and seafood is plentiful. In local Japanese restaurants you will often see salmon, tuna, shrimp, squid, and octopus.


You can get sake and shochu from Japanese food suppliers or at Japanese grocery stores. Actually, New Zealand has its own sake brewery called “Zenkuro”.

The name “Zenkuro” (all black) comes from the Japanese kanji reading of New Zealand’s national rugby team, the “All Blacks”. They make their sake from rice imported from Japan and the ultra-soft water of Lake Wakatipu, in Queenstown.

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 New Zealand LTD

Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington

◇Japan Mart

Auckland and Christchurch

◇Tokyo Liquor New Market

435 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Auckland

◇KOSCO Blenheim Rd

227 Blenheim Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch

◇Big T Asian Supermarket

21 Foremans Road, Islington Christchurch

◇Sunson Asian Supermarket

386 Riccarton Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch

◇Haere Mai / Well Mart

125 Victoria Street, Te Aro/ 31Tennyson Street, Te Aro Wellington

◇Asian Food Specialist

3 Mahora Street, Kilbirnie Wellington

Japanese grocery stores and food suppliers

Number of Local Japanese People

20,822 Japanese live in New Zealand, as of October 2018.

Number of Local Japanese Restaurants

As of 2019, there are about 880 Japanese restaurants in New Zealand.

For New Zealand 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 New Zealand People are Living in Japan?

3,486 New Zealander live in Japan and 73,208 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
Japan Culinary Institute

Japanese culinary training including sushi, kaiseki, yakitori, wagashi and more.

Yakitori & Chicken Dishes
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
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
Working Holiday in Japan

Working holiday visas are issued to New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 30. If you can get a Working Holiday Visa, you can enjoy vacationing and working in Japan for up to one year.

If you are thinking about going on a Working Holiday to Japan, please see the following article.
Japan Working Holiday Guide – 15,000 youth get working holiday visa every year

Working Holiday Japan
We look forward to your visit to Japan!

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