If you're a Costco member in the U.S., you appreciate the wholesale deals they have to offer. You can buy items you use regularly in bulk, and wind up saving a lot of money. The bargains let you stock up...as long as you have enough storage space somewhere in your home.
But if you find yourself in Japan and don't want to miss out on any deals while you're overseas, you're in luck. There are 26 Costco locations inside of Japan. And, as you would expect, the stores have some fun differences compare to the ones in the U.S.
Pancakes that are ready to eat is a genius idea on its own. But these pancakes take it a step further by having actual maple syrup baked inside. Now you don't have to go to McDonald's to make your own McGriddles.
At Costco Japan, you don't have to wait until Halloween to get some pumpkin pie. The usually seasonal dessert is available all year round. It's a great treat in any season...as long as the pumpkin decoration isn't too scary.
This brush can clean anything in your bathroom just by adding water. No soap needed at all. We're not sure how it works, but it's called a "magic" cleaning brush, so maybe magic is real at Costco Japan.
Did you know that apple cider isn't the only fruity liquid that can be used to make vinegar? You can get vinegar made from a variety of fruits with this Drinking Fruit Vinegar. It's popular in much of Asia, but especially in Korea.
This Japanese candy bar is chocolate coating around a cocoa cookie and rice puffs. If you visit Japan and want to get a gift for friends when you return, these would probably do the trick. And your friends will most likely enjoy them so much that they won't even care that you got them the least expensive item you could think of.
Costco Japan also has this ready-made tiramisu. One blogger described it as "not a traditional tiramisu, but it’s very delicious. It’s more of a chocolate cake with a mascarpone flavored cream and a hint of coffee flavor."
Have a burning desire to own your own cash register? Well, if you go to a Japanese Costco, you just might be in luck. However, no word on if they'll let you use the register to check out your own groceries.
This picture is a moving walkway...on an incline. The walkway actually has magnets in it, so you can move your cart up and down the inclines without worry about the cart getting away from you. So even when you leave the store and bring your items back to your car, there's still more of Costco Japan to be experienced.