A Trip to Costco…..in Japan!

Happy Tuesday ya’ll! I hope your week is going well! Today’s post might go down as the most random post ever so far. Last week we headed off for our monthly Costco’s run and I just thought maybe other wondered what a Costco’s in Japan looks like. If you are like me you really enjoy learning and seeing other cultures. While I am deeply missing home a lot of days I do not take for granted the privilege to learn and be apart of other cultures. I can honestly say I learned so much while in Portugal and now continue to learn and grow as a person here in Japan. Now with all that said here is what our trip to Costco’s looked like.



We arrive and drive loops around the parking deck to land a spot. The place is always busy! This was a slower time on a Tuesday afternoon. That is a great outlet mall across the parking lot. costco

As you can see the inside looks much like one in the U.S. They have a lot of the same products and then way different ones as well (aka much more fish, soy, and rice).


They also get wayyy head of the game with the Christmas decorations.


Our favorite part of Costco’s (and probably why I continue to pay for a membership) is the samples! This was a sample of Mackerel. Mason has caught on to this and when he sees them he starts saying and signing ‘eat’. LOL My boy!


This steak translates to about $55! Yes……..$55!!!!!! Needless to say, we did not purchase it. Beef from Japan is very expensive! Much of the beef you will find in Japan comes from the U.S. or Australia.




They can pizza, ice cream, and hot dogs which is not something you see just everywhere in Japan. costco

At the checkout line you either bring your on bags or hunt down a box, as well as bag all of your groceries. Is this the same in the States as well?


The escalators are Mason’s favorite! It took me awhile to trust that they wheels would lock. #firsttimemom


Meat is always a biggest purchase. It is amount half the price than in the smaller grocery stores. We also like the big bags of ground chicken. costco

Then back to the car to load up. Now the Japanese are very smart with their space but I do not understand why they back into all the parking spaces. This makes getting to your trunk so much harder! On the flip side by backing in skillz are on point these days!

Question: Do you shop in bulk? What is your favorite grocery store? Do you love samples? What else would you like to see about Japan?



  1. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    September 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I love learning about other cultures as well. We go to Costco way to often, the babies love it. I think I would be pretty nervous about that escalator the first couple times.

    1. Bethany

      September 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      If it was closer I’d go more just for the samples LOL

  2. Marina @ Happy Healing

    September 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    So cool – I need to go to Costco more! We don’t usually buy in bulk because we don’t have much storage space in our apartment 🙁

    1. Bethany

      September 26, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      We sadly do not have storage here either. We just mostly buy the meat in bulk and a couple of random things like olives and pickles.

  3. Amanda @ amanda-isms

    September 27, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Costco is THE best! Samples alone are worth it, haha! I saw Christmas trees out here in Walmarts (MD) already too. So crazy!!

    1. Bethany

      September 27, 2017 at 3:51 am

      I know! I am over here in shorts and a tank walking by Christmas tress. Just doesn’t seem right.

  4. Christina @ montessoriishmom.com

    September 27, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I went to Costco this morning and they had Christmas trees up too, I couldn’t believe it! I LOVE Christmas, but I feel like September is pushing it….

    1. Bethany

      September 27, 2017 at 3:52 am

      It’s like shoving it!

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