About us

Japan Centre Food Hall

Established in 1976, the Japan Centre Food Hall is a well-loved institution situated in Central London with an outpost in Westfield Stratford City. Whilst there have been several manifestations over the years, Japan Centre Food Hall has always been passionate about delivering a rich variety of quality Japanese goods to shoppers in the UK and beyond. Today, Japan Centre Food Hall incorporates: a supermarket bursting with authentic Japanese food & drink, a bookstore offering up to date manga, magazines and gifts, the umai deli which serves quality Japanese sushi and hot souzai food made fresh every day, a fishmonger and butcher counter presided over by trained experts slicing fresh cuts the traditional Japanese way, a bakery which produces hand-made and hard to find Japanese baked breads & desserts and a homeware department stocked full of authentic Japanese supplies.

Japan Centre Online

In 2005 Japan Centre Online was launched to bring the store experience to those living outside London and the UK. Offering the best value, best variety and best service for shoppers of Japanese goods online has always been at the very heart of our business. Our new-look website was recently launched to make the shopping experience even more straightforward, fast and enjoyable. We’re proud to offer at least 30 new items every week straight from Japan and we've increased our existing stock so you can always get hold of the items you love. We’re genuinely passionate about Japanese cuisine and have devised hundreds of Japanese recipes for you to try, which you can now print off, share on social media or add in one go to your basket at the click of a button. We also regularly post about a huge array of Japan related subjects on our blog and social media pages, keeping you in the know.

Together, Japan Centre Food Hall and Japan Centre Online have big plans for the future. At a time where interest in Japanese food and culture is growing exponentially, we’re trusted, experienced, knowledgeable about our goods and passionate about what we do.

Founder Tak Tokumine

We are honoured to be shortlisted in the West London Business Award 2020 for three major categories including "ME Sector Leadership - Food and Drink Business of the Year", "Sustainable and Responsible Business Green 'Circular Economy' Business of the Year" and the proud selected winner of the " Lifetime Achievement in Business Award 2020" for our CEO - Tak Tokumine.

Our founder and owner Tak Tokumine has now established a large business portfolio spanning from authentic Japanese restaurants - Sakagura in Mayfair London & Shoryu Ramen with 9 branches in London, Manchester and Oxford to Japan Centre - the hugely popular Japanese food hall on Panton Street and Westfield Stratford City. The biggest of the sites is Japan Centre Ichiba - the largest Japanese food hall in Europe. In February 2020, Tak launched Showaken, a retro ramen bar based on the famous ramen bars found in 1970s Tokyo. Tak is passionate about customer experience, attention to detail and is always bringing new ways for our customers to experience true and authentic Japan in London.