Japanese grocery store?
Are there any Japanese grocery stores in the Bay Area of the likes of Mitsuwa and Marukai in Los Angeles?
TI'm not sure what area you're in but there is a Mitsuwa in San Jose on Saratoga Ave. There's a smaller grocery store, Suruki which is on 4th Avenue in downtown San Mateo as well as Nijiya Market is on El Camino and 20th in San Mateo.
Honu has pretty much listed all we have in the Bay Area that's "big"/major.
Nijiya also has a location in Mountain View and in San Francisco Japan town.
Now on the down down downscale:
There's Tokyo Fish Market in Albany(?) that might sell a few other things other than sushi grade fish, not 100% sure about that. There's an even smaller mom and pop Japanese/Hawaiian grocer, Takahashi, in San Mateo.
Marina Supermarket and 99 Ranch supermarkets also carry a very small selection of random Japanese groceries (soba, udon, nori, frozen unagi, certain snacks, Zojirushi rice cookers and the ilk)
Not a grand Japanese supermarket by any means, but a big part of San Mateo history, (est. 1906!) Takahashi Market on the corner of S. Claremont and 3rd Ave. San Mateo. They have One Ton chips, and other stuff, for those who are into Hawaiian goods.
Tokyo Fish has a large fish counter and a myriad of various Japanese and other asian groceries, with a large sake selection and a good rice selection. It is in Berkeley, just above Gilman on San Pablo Ave.
Another Nijiya will open on 2/11 in SJ Japantown (240 E. Jackson) according to their latest sales flyer.
lists many of the grocers in this area and NorCal. This directory is a bit outdated - like Sparks in SM and Dobashi in SJ are no longer in business.
You can also go to Berkeley Bowl 510-843-6929 (in Berkeley, of course). It has a small, compact Japanese section which covers all the basics, including some chilled things (kamaboko, etc). Also the produce section is great in general, and there are a lot of Japanese groceries in the mix (nasu, momotaro tomato, persimmon, etc, etc.) (and the veggies are really, really cheap). But if you want full scale Japanese, then Nijiya is probably the best bet. SF Japantown, San Mateo, Mountain View and sometime or another that one in SJ Japantown.
Well, there is Han Kook Market (huge Korean Supermarket) on El Camino in Sunnyvale. They do have a large selection of Japanese items. They have store roasted nori that is yummy (not based on any experience, just my taste buds).
I agree with the first posting--try Mitsuwa in San Jose.
675 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95106
I have been to almost all of the markets mentioned above all over the Bay Area. Mitsuwa is an exclusively Japanese big market with its own little Japanese eating plaza serving udon, sushi, and some comfort food. There's also a tiny shop as you enter the market that sells Japanese eating and serving plates at great prices.
Nijiya is smaller but decent, even has private label organic produce and products. The SF Japantown location is bigger than San Mateo. I'm not a fan of Ranch 99 or Marina, some of their stuff is dirty, but cheap if you want to save money. Plus, it gets really crowded on weekends and parking is horrendous.