In Search of… Natural Food

Here is a short list of locations where you can get hold of natural food supplies and other earth friendly products while in Kyoto. It is far from exhaustive I’m sure, so if you know of any other places you think should be up here, write and tell me in the comments box below, or send me a mail at

Donguri is a small shop on Kitaoji that is packed full of goodies. In addition to natural foods and health products they also sell an array of meat substitutes. This “Daizu Marugoto Meat Slice” is made from soyabeans and is a good source of protein for our vegetarian bretheren. Just soak in water before adding it to your meal. You can also buy Tempeh here, a very versatile meat substitute that goes very well with a glass of beer.

To find Donguri go north on Higashioji Dori, turn right onto Kitaoji and it is on your right before you get to the railway tracks. Click here for a map.
Open from 10:00 am – 19:00 pm
Closed on Sundays.
If you go to the web-page and click on the yellow smiley face (about half-way down) you can print out some coupons.

Help is a large supermarket with everything you could want from a normal supermarket, except it’s all natural and they have an excellent recycling system for all their waste. They also stock the “Daizu Marugoto Meat” pictured above. Help is on Higashioji Dori a little to the north of Ichijoji. Here is a map.

Open:10:00 am~19:30 pm
(19:00pm on Sundays)
Closed on Wednesdays.

Natural Station: Wendy Mama sells organic produce, health foods, supplements, and earth friendly cleaning products and toiletries. Natural Station sits on the south side of Shimei Dori between Karasuma and Horikawa. Here is a map.
Open: 10:00 am – 19:00 pm (Closed on Sundays)
Tel: 075-411-4460

There is lots of fresh organic produce and other earth friendly products in the supermarket “Farmers” on Marutamachi. Vegetarians can also get these meat substitutes here; “Soy and Wheat Protein Sticks” and “Vege Protein Blocks”, although these are not suitable for the gluten intolerant.

To find “Farmers”, go north on Kawaramachi and turn right onto Marutamachi and it is on your right just past the Figaro restaurant. Here is a map.
Open 10:00 am ~ 21:00 pm
Tel: 075-212-6340.

Update December 17th 2008: Here’s another one! Organic veggies, health & whole foods and natural cleaning products at 菜花. Click on the link to read more!

For more natural products and organic obento lunch-boxes see also the separate article on Earth Kitchen Company

For more natural and vegetarian products available online see: Online Suppliers

5 responses to “In Search of… Natural Food

  1. Thanks Jonathan!

    You have found me out! I do live in Sakyouku and so I know this area best. However, if anyone knows of any places in other areas they think I should blog, please let me know. I’ll be happy to check them out!

  2. Thanks. I have been trying to find out where all the other jupiter stores were. And I didnt know meidi-ya was a chain. its all really helpful.

  3. Kym Hutcheon

    Thanks, Michael. Very useful. Here are a few more in Japanese:京都府.

  4. I’ve been searching for the web for organic meats and milk in Kyoto where animals have not been mistreated in the process of of getting the meat into the supermarket but haven’t been able to find any results. I was wondering if you would have any idea about the treatment of farm animals here in Japan. Thanks!

  5. Hi Vanessa,
    I don’t really have any more information than I’ve given in the article above to be honest. However, you might try asking at the Kyoto Co-op:
    Organic Kyoto may also have more information on this:
    Best of luck,


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