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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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    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.

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        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.

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          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).

    2. 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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        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.

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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).


          1. 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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              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.

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                  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?

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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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