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UHT milk availability in Japan.

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UHT milk availability in Japan.

We will spend 2 weeks in Japan (Tokyo, Hakone, Lake Kawaguchi) with my 20-month-old daughter this month. We are curious if UHT milk is available in convenient stores like Family Mart or 7-11? If possible, could anybody please recommend me some, since all milk packages are written in Japanese, I believe?

FYI, UHT milk has a typical shelf life of six to nine months at room temperature (No need to be keep refrigerated)

Pasteurized milk needs to be refrigerated at all time and has a shelf like of 3-7 days.

https:/…Ultra-high-temperature_processing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasteurization

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1. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

Here's a few examples:

http://tinyurl.com/c9jwbko

http://tinyurl.com/bscrjm8

http://tinyurl.com/bru8aub

http://tinyurl.com/bsy32e4

As you may perhaps know, UHT (or LL) and all the other types are the same, in that they start losing freshness once opened. Yes, you can store it outa fridge and also may want to carry... yet convenis are located practically at every corner in big cities, so why bother?

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2. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

As recommended above, do store milk in fridge after opening; otherwise, get a thermos flask. If you don't mind, get a small package of milk instead of large ones each time at convenience stores.

Edited: 1:46 pm, May 08, 2013
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3. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

Sorry to ask a silly question. Are the examples above full cream milk? I read on a website (can't recall which) that it is difficult to find full cream milk in Japan. Most are skimmed milk which are watery. Is this true?

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4. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

Thanks for your inputs, folks.

Why do I need UHT milk? My daughter drinks milk (250ml or about 8.4 oz) after her meals and before bed, so I don't need to go after convenience stores 4 times a day. I need milk that I can carry for the whole day, so I might buy 4 or 5 cartons of 250ml UHT milk in the morning and enjoy our trip for the whole day, if there is any.

FYI., my daughter drinks both UHT and pasteurized milk. She doesn't care much, but I do. ^_^

If there is no UHT milk in Japan (I read somewhere UHT milk is not common in Japan), but pasteurized one (the one that need to keep cold at all time). I have 2 choices.

1. Go after convenience stores 4 times a day.

2. Bring cooler bag with me and store all cartons of milk in there. I personally think this is not a good idea since the temperature in cooler bar is not stable.

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5. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

@Shot

Are those all UHT milk?

Thanks,

Mike

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6. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

@lilacsugar

I believe there is full cream milk available in Japan, but I am not sure if you can easily find it in any convenience stores.

Check this. http://itadakimaaasu.livejournal.com/744.html

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7. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

UHT milk is not common - in fact, I've not seen it, but I've not looked either. Most milk is whole milk, 4.5 - 4.8% fat. Some is low fat, and very little is skim. You do need to refrigerate it. Many hotels have refrigerators for minibar or some for guest use.

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8. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

@Yobeekool Thanks. I am aware of what you meant. I will get 250 ml carton, if it is available. Or I might get a bigger size and drink all leftover milk. ^_^

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9. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

fish2, maybe you've already seen UHT milk like this, I gather, in Kanazawa: http://tinyurl.com/dyykrmb

OP, here go images of other UHTs: http://tinyurl.com/d6lb3oh

As for full cream milk(=whole milk), see a typical example: http://tinyurl.com/bo3mtsa

You never ever fail to see that one right above on the rack of any single retailer. I know a few expats from US ran down Japanese milk at large in their blogs, and that with verbosity; yet that one above reminds me of what I had on the state side years'n years back, which was very nice. Low fat ones taste the same to me, wherever it's produced.

FYI, there's another type called Long-Life Milk, LL for short: http://tinyurl.com/bqe9mrz

If you scroll the above down then a canned one will catch you eye: http://tinyurl.com/bsy32e4

You can get it along with other paper-pack LL milks at vending machines in various JR stations. Lastly, you'll get to know soybean milk has its fair share on the racks also: http://tinyurl.com/c2t3zcj

Edited: 1:20 pm, May 09, 2013
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10. Re: UHT milk availability in Japan.

@shot

@yobeekool

@lilacsugar

@fish2

Thank you so much everyone, for your informative, insightful, helpful answers.

@shot Thanks for the pics too.