There's no grocery store* I love more in the world than Costco. So, imagine my utter delight when, on a recent Instagram search, I discovered that Costco has locations in Japan. 😱
From the busy check-out counters to the food court, the Costco there looks pretty similar to what we have in the States.
1.Except that Costco Japan's selection offers a few ~exclusive~ industrial-sized picks. Giant boxes of spicy Nongshim ramen, for example:
2.And premade pancakes:
3.Costco Japan also carries large bottles of Kewpie mayonnaise, which most of us can only purchase online:
4.And, of course, enough Pocky to feed a classroom:
5.You've tried combination pizza, but have you tried THIS combination pizza?!
6.And who doesn't need a bag of bulgogi snacks?
7.They also offer this strawberry shortcake that shoppers seem to be huge fans of:
Seriously, they're really into the dessert:
8.The food court perplexingly sells slices of Hawaiian pizza, which IMO is the most American thing ever:
9.Along with this droolworthy peaches-topped soft-serve:
Because sometimes you're feeling a little more adventurous than chocolate- or vanilla-flavored nonfat yogurt:
10.If your shopping trip was especially grueling, you can also treat yourself to an extra-decadent pecans and caramel soft-serve:
11.But TBH the most envy-inducing things that Japanese Costcos offer are these huge trays of sushi:
Look at how tender and buttery the fish looks:
Can you believe this decadence?!
12.And if super-fresh sushi doesn't cut it for you, check out this chirashi:
Like, I have never seen this much roe and tuna in one plate in my life:
13.Okay, but actually I lied: The MOST extra Costco food is frozen packs of ESCARGOT. 🐌🐌
14.And unlike the leftover boxes in which we US Costco members have to dump our purchases into, Japan customers can purchase vinyl bags for a mere 100 yen (90 cents) each. Because how else would you transport your raw cut fish, escargot, and other delicacies?