We all know how hard it can be to plan your spending in Japan. Besides the flights and the stay, you have to consider the food, entrance fees to all the attractions you want to visit, and, of course, shopping. Now, shopping in Japan can get really expensive – especially if you’re after local fashion brands, electronics, or traditional Japanese anything, from kimonos to tableware.
However, there’s a saving solution for shoppers with a tight budget who still want to get their hands on all those things – and that is ¥100 shops. You know the concept – much like a dollar store back home, these stores sell a variety of items for just ¥100 unless marked otherwise. The only difference between a dollar store and a ¥100 shop is the quality – you can find surprisingly good quality items in the Japanese counterpart, not to mention how wide the selection is.
Without further ado, let’s get into the top ¥100 shops in Japan:
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Daiso is one of the most famous Japanese ¥100 stores. There are a couple Daisos in the States and Canada as well, but the selection of items is just incomparable. When in Tokyo, the best Daiso most foreigners end up going to is the one in Harajuku, on Takeshita Dori. Four floors of cheap goodies, ranging from stationery to popular snacks (good spot to get all you match KitKat souvenirs), and from tableware to beauty products. Daiso is also a great place for cheap character goods, as they often collaborate with brands like Sanrio and popular anime franchises.
Address: 1 Chome-19-24 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10am-9pm
Phone number: +81 3-5775-9641
Seria is another ¥100 store whose items look way more expensive than they actually are. It’s probably the best store to hit up for traditional Japanese tableware, including fancy ceramics, chopsticks, elegant bento boxes, and other dining paraphernalia. Ladies will also appreciate the huge makeup and beauty aisle, where you can find local and inexpensive Japanese cosmetics. However, Seria is most famous for their crafting materials, most of which help you create cozy, rustic French-inspired decor.
Address: 3 Chome-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Marui Annex, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan
Business hour: Every Day, 11am-9pm
Phone number:+81 3-6380-6263
3. CAN DO
CAN DO is the place to go when you’re on the look for cheap and cute stationery, snacks, home decor, and Japanese souvenirs. They have a particularly nice selection of stationery, especially stickers and washi tape, that you can get for only ¥100 per piece. As far as Japanese souvenirs go, you can grab some popular snacks (the same Pocky and matcha KitKats you see everywhere, but cheaper), traditional teacups and ceramics, and, of course, stationery.
meets. is not as geared towards foreign visitors as other ¥100 shops on this list, hence the selection is less visually appealing but more practical in use. You can come across the occasional character goods and whatnot, but don’t expect to find too many quirky snacks and stationery around here. However, Meets is the perfect place to go if you ended up in an AirBnB that’s not as fully-furnished as it should have been. It only takes one trip to your nearest Meets to stock up on plastic utensils, bathroom goods, and whatnot.
Name: meets. by Watts
Address: Maruetsu Petit 2F, 1-18-8, Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0063, Japan
Business hour: Every Day,10am-8pm
Phone number: +81 6-4792-3280
5. LAWSON STORE 100
If you love popping into the nearest LAWSON to stock up on essentials at any time of the day, get ready for LAWSON STORE 100, which is pretty much a regular LAWSON, but cheaper. It’s particularly handy for getting cheap groceries, especially fruits and vegetables, which are usually really expensive in Japan. Again, if you rented an Airbnb for your stay, LAWSON STORE 100 will be a great place to stock up your fridge for less money!
Name: LAWSON STORE 100
Address: 2 Chome−20−13, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0011, Japan
Business hour: Open 24 hours
Phone number: +81 3-3409-6799
Official website: http://store100.lawson.co.jp/
There you go – five Japanese ¥100 stores to shop to your heart’s (and wallet’s) content. They are great spots to look for cute souvenirs, stock up on essentials for your stay, or just discover unexpected treasures you never knew you needed!
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