Depachika, the Underground Food Paradise!

Lively food market on the basement floor of departments stores

The department-store basement is called “depachika” in Japan. “Depachika” is a word combining “depato,” meaning a department store, and “chika,” meaning basement. For Japanese, depachika doesn’t mean department store basement, but food. It is the place where you can find all kinds of high-quality food both fresh and prepared, sweet and savory.

 

Fresh Vegetables to Tempura

Although the food sold in depachika are relatively more pricey than those in supermarkets, the place is always crowded especially in the late afternoon. In a maze-like floor, you will see various shops and counters selling fresh food like fish and meat as well as prepared dishes from colorful salad dishes to fresh tempura. You will also see many shops selling bentos (take out meal box) for reasonable prices. It’s interesting enough just to walk around and see the food beautifully displayed in showcases.

 

Confectioneries

The confectionery counters in depachika also keep attracting the crowd. In general, having a counter in depachika means that the shop has a good quality as well as reputation. You will find the top quality sweets from Japanese and overseas brands.
 

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Depachika Sushi
Depachika Fish
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Buy food and liquor tax-free!

Since October 2014, foods and liquor are also listed as duty-free items. Most of the department stores offer tax-free shopping. Beautiful packages of confectionery will make a great souvenir.

 

Don’t be shy to try the samples!

The store staff may hand you some samples to try. Trying the samples doesn’t mean you will have to buy it.

 

Fresh food become cheaper before the closing time!

Hit the depachika close to their closing time. That is the time when the prices of bentos and sushi go down.

 

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Whether you're planning for a trip far in the future, or already in Japan in need of some fresh ideas, our archive of posts will help you find the best way to fill your time and get the most out of your travel experience.
We provide you updates on serious policies that affect visitors and foreign residents while also keeping things light and fun with articles on quirky trends and pop culture.
How do we know how to provide visitors the information they need? Our affiliate company CDJapan Rental provides WIFI and Sim Card rentals to thousands of visitors to Japan every year. In other words, we are constantly in touch with and listening to the voices of our customers, and infuse our blog with the information they ask us for.
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