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Where to purchase tonic water and club soda in Tokyo

Rinshin Mar 25, 2009 01:38 AM

Where can I find tonic water and club soda in Tokyo area?

Thank you!

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    coldicott Jun 1, 2010 09:56 AM

    By the strictest definition, you can't buy tonic water in Japan. The rules on quinine mean that the domestic brands taste nothing like tonic water, and the Canada Dry / Schweppes are neutered here too. For tonic with a proper dose of quinine, try Guam.

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      drcris Nov 6, 2009 02:41 PM

      Costco is cheapest - google for tokyo area locations - kawasaki and makuhari are 2 I know of

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        lost squirrel Nov 8, 2009 09:06 PM

        I know it's super late, but Yamaya is a great choice as well. They stock tons of foreign mixers, beers and sodas. I had some yummy Inka(sp) Cola the other day.

        I was tempted to pick up some Anchor Steam or Sam Adams beer, and then I noticed the Cannabia brew. Last time I saw that it was at the Jamaican Festival in Yoyogi for 5-600yen a cup.

        1. re: lost squirrel
          tokyo12 Nov 22, 2009 05:53 PM

          Nice! so where are these Yamaya at?

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            lost squirrel Nov 23, 2009 09:16 PM


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              dingaling May 31, 2010 09:21 PM

              How bout all those Sakayas that you find in every small neighborhood shotengai?

      2. Rinshin Mar 26, 2009 04:35 AM

        Thank you all for the information. We will be in Tokyo in several days again and the last time there, I just could not locate the stuff. Yes, both Rakuten and Amazon sell them but since I am only visiting for about a month that would be a problem.

        Will check all the places you all mentioned. Much appreciated!

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          ruprecht25 Mar 25, 2009 08:31 PM

          There is a shop on Rakuten that sells both club soda and tonic water.


          They have Schweppes tonic water for 2,589 yen (250ml × 24 bottles) and Canada Dry club soda for 2,579 yen (500ml x 24 bottles).


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            deraumai Mar 25, 2009 08:12 PM

            Look harder! Regular supermarkets carry the stuff, it's usually about 100 yen for a 500ml bottle. Canada Dry is easy to recognize but there is also Japanese Suntory that may be more common, the label is blue. Also check any neighborhood liquor shop.

            1. steamer Mar 25, 2009 05:40 PM

              Strangely enough I just bought a bottle of Canada Dry tonic at ito yokado, last night. I think they have both at Lawsons. If you need a case of soda, or tonic, call kakuyasu, they deliver by scooter, COD.

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                Uncle Yabai Mar 25, 2009 06:16 AM

                Pretty much anywhere, no? Probably even in convenience stores, one in every corner.

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                  brunelleschi Mar 25, 2009 06:37 AM

                  thats what i thought too....not as easy as you might expect. I looked in about 15 supermarkets and convenience stores and finally found tonic water (i dont remember where... ) If you're really desperate, all the 4 and 5 star hotels have it and will sell it to you.

                  1. re: brunelleschi
                    Uncle Yabai Mar 25, 2009 07:05 AM

                    If it is that unusual, you should try one of the specialty supermarkets, such as Seijo Ishii, Natural Lawson, Food 24, or Peacock. I would assume that the Nissin and the National Azabu would also carry it. Or how about the corner packy store? Plenty of those around also.

                    1. re: Uncle Yabai
                      tinsol May 31, 2010 07:29 AM

                      most of them may have soda water but not tonic- check places in the basements of department stores like Halc under Odakyu in Shinjuku west exit (basement of Bic camera).

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