dramtastic wrote:All the large malls in Tokyo have a food market usually situated on the lower level that also stocks liquor.
The basements of the malls and department stores are great for trying new foods and for having a browse, but I wouldn't recommend buying liquor there... the markup compared to a regular bottle shop is rather large. :-\
Not in my experience and finding a specialist liqour store in Tokyo or Osaka is like finding a needle in a haystack. I went into 2 small stores in Kyoto and Tokyo the range wasn't great and the prices no better than the department stores.
If you look in the nonjatta website even he can only name a hand full of places to by whisky in Tokyo and most of them are department stores or have a limited range of Japanese whisky.
I'll be on the look out when I'm back there next month so If I find anything different I'll let Ganga know.