Sources for Gluten-Free Food in Tokyo

The following blog post is written by Stuart Baker, an expat and long-term resident of Japan who follows a gluten-free diet. He reached out to offer the following advice for those following a gluten-free diet who are currently living in Japan, those considering living in Japan, and those who are traveling to Japan.  Please feel free to leave feedback in the comments for him.  If you are interested in contributing to Gluten Free in Japan, please contact me via email.  I’ll soon be following up with several interviews from individuals in Japan running a gluten-free, organic farm/bakery as well as a gluten-free baker who hosts cooking classes in Tokyo.

Sources for Gluten-Free Food in Tokyo

Below are the 3 main sources I have found for Gluten-Free Food in the Tokyo area:

  1. Gluten-free bread sold at Tokyo markets:  Yes, I discovered to my very pleasant surprise, you can buy gluten-free bread at some supermarkets and specialty stores — “OK” and Seijo Ishii!  It’s made by a company called maisen and you can read about them on their website in English: http://www.maisen.co.jp/en/products/brown-rice-bread/brown-rice-bread.html  They also have a toll-free number and may have someone who can answer questions in English.  Plus they also have GF pasta and Udon!  Haven’t tried them yet, but I eat their GF brown rice bread regularly and it’s quite good toasted.
  1. Costco in Chiba where I live, and Kanagawa where I shopped with friends last month, has gluten-free rotini (a kind of pasta), multi-grain tortilla chips, cold cereals and other items too — and all in large US-sized packaging so it is more geared toward families.  You can also buy organic Quinoa in 4 lb bags, if you are into that extraordinary grain. And if you don’t live close by, or can’t get to, a Costco, there is actually an online buying service that will shop for you and have the products delivered right to your door called The Flying Pig (http://www.theflyingpig.com/tfp/shop.asp). I’ve used it before and it’s fast, easy-to-use and reliable.  You have to pay more than what you would pay at Costco naturally, but not excessively so.  Also, you don’t need to fight the crowds nor pay the yearly JPY 4,000 annual fee to be a member of Costco.
  1. iHerb: iHerb (www.iherb.com ) is a US-based online shopping site for healthy foods and products of all kinds. So while it is not here in Tokyo, the speed of  delivery (usually 4-5 days) makes it a great resource. Plus the costs are surprisingly reasonable, and the shipping is free for orders over $40 (or $4 if the order is under $40).  Among the many gluten-free products are a GF bread from Belgium (pretty good toasted, if you like European-style bread), “Lucy’s” oatmeal, chocolate-chip and other cookies, cold cereals, excellent gluten-free muesli (wow! my first time eating muesli and I really enjoy it), pancake mix, banana-chocolate chip cake mix and many more!  And if you would like to get an extra $5 – 10 off your first order, enter the referral code BAK736 in the box next to Apply Rewards when you check out.  (Full disclosure: This referral code is mine (Stuart Baker), so I too will save a few dollars on my next iHerb orders).

To healthy eating!

Stuart Baker

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Muhammad Atique
    Nov 16, 2015 @ 07:31:36

    Thanks Stuart. You made it a day for me to remember.

    Reply

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