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Japan Centre

Shopping, Specialist food and drink Leicester Square
4 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)
Japan Centre
Venue says Get Japanese soul food delivered, from ramen, to beef sukiyaki & chicken katsu curry - & essential groceries too!

Time Out says

A well-regarded centre offering all things Japanese, from specialist food ingredients to kitchenware and homeware. 

Japan Centre says
Established in 1976, the Japan Centre food hall is a well-loved institution situated in central London, passionate about delivering a rich variety of quality Japanese goods to shoppers in the UK and beyond.



Address: 35b Panton Street
West End
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
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Users say (14)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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The best place in London to get authentic Japanese product. Everything is crisp and clean and beautifully presented. Some people may argue that the items (be it cooking ingredients, food to go or kitchenware) is expensive, however it has to be remembered that this is because they are all imported goods of the highest quality. Staff are polite and very knowledgeable - if they can't find it in store, they'll tell you were you can get certain items. It's perfect for a lazy afternoon nose-around or as a shopping destination. 


I love the new Japan Centre in Piccadilly, it reminds me exactly how Japan’s department stores are like - everything is impeccably tidy and beautifully displayed. The only issue here is that they perhaps need a bit more space given the crowds and the eatery can be a little cramped. They offer such a great range of hot and cold food from sushi, sashimi, bento, chirashi don to katsu curry and udon noodles. Even if you walk into Japan Centre with a full stomach, you’ll always leave peckish given all the snacks and ingredients.The best thing to do is to bring a group of people so you can have a taste of everything! My girlfriend also bought her hot pot ingredients here and the beef was delicious! Overall, I’m thinking that this will be a regular haunt for days when you’re feeling particularly lazy but want healthy takeout; If this place was closer to me, I’d be there every week!

Tip: They have events on every month ranging from sake tastings, miso tastings and handmade ceramic demonstrations. They also offer subscription boxes so that you’ll always get your Japanese snack fix, straight to your door! Don't forget to try the matcha ice cream near the entry! Yum!

Good For: casual lunch/ dinner, quick meal, cheap and cheerful, large groups, take away


This shop is amazing and great for Japanese food lovers – from the hardened Japanese food fan, to those about to dip their toe in the cuisine (sounds grosser than I intended).It stocks a great selection of ingredients though it can be a little pricey. Their sushi and cooked food section is mind-blowing. Come close to closing time to get some real bargains. And maybe choose to takeaway as eating at the Centre is a little cramped. They are super when it comes to Japanese snacks as well as anything else you want to pick up from natto to rice wine. They have a good selection of baked goods as well as frozen dumplings. They also stock books, magazines and weird Tupperware. Downstairs has a great selection of crockery. If you want the Japanese experience this is the place to be.


Awesome store in Piccadilly to source Japanese ingredients! We love the udon packs here, the ones that come with spices so it's almost like instant noodles. And gyozas that come out perfectly browned each time. Can be a bit pricey especially if the same ingredients can be sourced down the street from Chinatown.


My company has just nabbed itself office space in Piccadilly Circus and i'm once again enjoying the lunch scene that comes with working in Central London. Very VERY close to my office is The Japan Centre which is just my idea of cheap lunch heaven - I've been in twice since we moved into our office a week ago, once to eat in, once to take back to eat al-desko. The sushi is so fresh and so cheap. You can grab pretty much any style you want, and you can mix and match for very little money. You can also grab hot bento boxes as well as other hot dishes. And then there are your groceries... if you can work out what the hell most of the things on the shelves are, it's incredible! So many things you have no idea that you need... but what you definitely do need is the kewpie Japanese mayo which is pricy at £5 but will revolutionise your condiment collection.


The Japan Centre is one of my favourite places to pick up high quality sushi on the go. Portions are generous, it's impossibly fresh and most of all it's reasonably priced. Add to that the amazing amount of choice (bento boxes, sushi, sashmi, vegan sushi, rice bowls, hot food, tempura, japanese baked good and dessert) and you're on to a lunchtime winner. 

More than that though, this place is a treasure trove for all things Japanese - from crockery to cookbooks to specialist cooking sauces to snacks, it has it all!

Well worth a visit and located directly next to Piccadilly tube station so easy to find!


The Japan Centre is the place where to go if you're feeling like having Japanese food but you're too tired to head to your favorite Japanese restaurant. The J.C.however, is much more than a place where to grab Sushi, Ramen, Gyoza, etc.. it is a true Japanese supermarket which even though not quite big, it has a great selection of Japanese ingredients (100% original and imported directly from Japan), ready meals, desserts and frozen food too. It's just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus tube stop on Shaftesbury Avenue and after 8 PM many ready meals are even discounted up to 50% if expiring the same day or the day after. If you're a big sushi fan this is the place for you, but even if you're trying to prepare a Japanese dinner or just seeking the latest limited edition Pocky. Prices are a bit expensive in terms of desserts (ex: Mochi,Pocky) and some peculiar ingredients such as certain kinds of seaweed, but overall, it is an affordable place.

Nice place with japanese food. If you go after 8pm u can be lucky and get some stuff with 50% discount.


I've studied Japanese and I've lived in Japan for a year. Whenever I need to get authentic ingredients I go to the Japan Centre, it's amazing and it's unbelievable how many things they sell. It's really expensive but it's also true that I don't cook Japanese food every day so it's fine :) the only thing I don't like it's the crows, this place is always full of people, but after all it's super central and it's normal. I love taking friends to check funny Japanese products too! 

Apart from food and ingredients, they also sell cute Japanese stuff and souvenirs. If you're a Japan lover as much as I am, don't miss this place!


Fantastic place to get all my Japanese products! They carry items that I can't find in Chinatown, I love their fresh sashimi grade fish and bento boxes. I noticed that they sell some Daiso products too, they cost three times more than Daiso stores in America or Japan though. Believe it or not, I bought my rice cooker there and it's still working. I had to toss out a ricer cooker that I bought from John Lewis (twice) and Ebay (twice), cheers to that. It's a little unfortunate that it's right next to a busy tube station, I avoid going to that area at at all cost (even though I live in Central London, I just hate the crowd). But I try to do my Whole Food trip together with my Japan Centre trip. Enjoy!


The Japan Centre is a bit of a hidden gem. You'd easily walk past it without noticing it, as it's really just an escalator from the street up to the shop on Shaftesbury Avenue. When I got to the top of the escalator I was pleasantly surprised - it's a big-ish Japanese supermarket with plenty of fresh food and sushi to go, along with a hot food counter. I took away a chicken ramen for lunch and it was delicious. I also spied on someone else's chicken katsu, which looked excellent. 

Lots of trinkets and sweeties with Japanese written on that us English can't read, but I love that. It's kind of like lucky dip on drinks and snacks! 

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I love the Japan Centre! So many people don't know about this place, and they should! It's great if you're after Japanese groceries / treats - it's essentially a Japanese supermarket. But also, it's an excellent place to get a lunch or dinner on the go. I've become obsessed with their chicken ramen - you can choose between soy or miso broth - it's flavoursome and light and feels really healthy. My friend ordered the chicken teriyaki with rice and it was such a huge portion she took half home with her to eat later on. 


Love anything Japanese? This is where you should spend most of your free time.

Filled with any goods imaginable from the Land of the rising sun, it’s impossible for you not to find something that catches your fancy. From rice cookers to mangas, from dried seaweeds to matcha cupcakes, there’s nothing Japan centre doesn’t sell – as long as it’s Japanese. Looking for cat shaped soy sauce bowls? Yep, they have that too!

And if you’re feeling peckish, they have a wide collection of ready-made sushis, snacks and soups that you can enjoy sitting at one of the tables there. 


The Japan Centre will supply your every need for Japanese ingredients, no matter what you can imagine. Spices, sakes, sashimi, fresh fruit and veg and the list goes on.

There is also a great selection of ready-made food to enjoy at tables there. However, prices have gone up quite a lot over the last couple of years, making it a little bittersweet.