Japan’s 100¥ Shops

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In the US there’s Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and $.99 store.

Japan has its own dollar, or 100¥ stores too.

Top among these are Seria, Don Quiojte (aka “Donki”), Daiso, and Can☆Do.

There are tons of both Don Quiojte and Daiso all over, including in Shibuya, across from Tokyo Dome City, and in Ikebukuro and Shinjuku. There is also a tiny Daiso Annex on Takeshita St. in Harajuku.

Seria

Among all of these, by far, the best is Seria. Elegant, always spotless, and upscale, Seria offers high quality goods at amazing prices. Most, but not all items are 100¥. There is a huge Seria in Shinjuku, and on in the OIOI (“Marui”) department store in Ikebukuro just 2 blocks west of the West Gate Park Exit at Ikebukuro Station. There is also one in the OIOI bldg. in Ueno. Don’t miss Seria, it’s well worth it.

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Seria in OIOI Ikebukuro.

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OIOI Ikebukuro located @ 35°43’52.69″ N 139°42’27.52″ E

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Seria in Ueno is in this OIOI bldg. just to the southwest of Ueno Station.

Looking north in Ueno. The OIOI bldg. is just on the left, Ueno Station to the right.

Daiso

A step down from Seria, but still very good is DAISO. You can find a wide variety of items in DAISO, although their kitchen section isn’t quite as good as Seria‘s. There’s a bunch all over Japan (see links below). There’s a small one in Takeshita St. in Harajuku shown below. Most DAISO‘s are worth a stop. They also have an online store.

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Entrance to Takeshita St. in Harajuku. DAISO Annex is just down on the left.

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DAISO Annex on Takeshita St. in Harajuku.

Don Quijote

Don Quijote is perhaps Japan’s craziest 100¥ shop chain. While most of them feature a nice selection of products, and some good food deals, the stores are madhouses – tightly packed aisles of products, shelves stuffed to the ceilings with every imaginable kind of good, signs + sales everywhere. Don’t get us wrong – Don Quijotes are great. But be ready for craziness. Don Quijote also just recently opened an online store that ships overseas. They also have a good snack selection as well as candy and low-cost bottled coffee.

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Turn right (west) at this street at the south end of Ueno and you’ll find a Don Quijote on the left.

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Don Quijote just across the street from Tokyo Dome City.

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$.99 packaged coffee (cohee to Japanese) in the Ginza Don Quijote.

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Nice selection of snacks @ Ginza Don Quijote.

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You can also find good deals on appliances such as this $20.00 Press Sand Maker.

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The Ginza Don Quijote – between the border of Ginza and Shiodome. The Ginza one is open 24 hours – perfect for a midnight snack run or late-night coffee.

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They also sell some nice bikes rather inexpensively.

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The Itabashi Don Quijote.

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Inside Don Quijote, it’s a madhouse of stuff.

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The Don Quijote in Nakano across from Sunplaza.

Can☆Do

Can☆Do is another chain of 100¥ stores in Japan. A little more like Seria, many are clean with a nice selection of quality products. Some of the Can☆Do‘s are more food-oriented and like grocery stores. There are 1000s of them all over Japan and are worth a stop.

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A Can☆Do in north Itabashi. Most Can☆Do‘s also have a nice grocery section.

Well that’s it for Japan’s 100¥ shops. Enjoy your shopping!

LINKS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100-yen_shop

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2077.html

https://jw-webmagazine.com/all-the-high-quality-brands-of-100-yen-shops-in-japan-b6d19cb4e067/

https://www.packist.com/journal/post/208/seria-tokyo-a-100-yen-shop-thatas-even-better-than-daiso

https://tokyocheapo.com/shopping-2/seria-the-classiest-100-yen-shop-in-tokyo/

https://www.tofugu.com/travel/seria-100-yen-shop/

https://jpninfo.com/tag/seria

https://www.seria-group.com/corporate/en/

https://cando-web.co.jp/e/store.html

https://livejapan.com/en/article-a0000096/

https://www.afar.com/places/seria-100-yen-shop-shinjuku

Seria Shinjuku

https://www.donki.com/en/

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=Ikebukuro+Station

https://www.intheluggage.com/japan-tokyo-ikebukuro-sightseeing-landmarks-parks–ikebukuro-west-gate-park.html

https://www.sunplaza.jp/en/

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Shibuya Miyashita Park

What: Rayard Miyashita Park

Kind: Shopping

Where: 35°39’42.69″ N 139°42’06.34″ E

Free WiFi: Yes

Worth it? Yep

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

The new Miyashita Park shopping complex has just opened in Neo Shibuya – just 2 blocks northeast of Shibuya Crossing. The new complex promises to be a great new addition to Shibuya renovations.

Well worth a look.

There’s a food court, skate park, volleyball court, art gallery, and lots of shopping, of course.

To get there, take the JR Yamanote or Metro Ginza line to Shibuya Sta., exit and head two blocks east. At the next intersection head 2 blocks north. The complex will be on your left.

Head to this intersection 2 blocks east of Shibuya Station, then head north (right) 2 blocks.

LINKS

https://mitsui-shopping-park.com.e.act.hp.transer.com/urban/miyashita/index.html

Shibuya’s Miyashita Park has reopened as a shopping mall with a rooftop park

Mr. Sato vibe-checks a hidden retro café in the heart of Shibuya’s modern Miyashita Park

https://helloneoshibuya.jp/

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJOkDNA3-lo&feature=share

Official Nintendo Store Opens

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Last updated 6/21/2020

Top Things to do in Tokyo: Nintendo Tokyo

Video game maker Nintendo opened its first official store in Shibuya in Nov. 2019. If you’re in Shibuya, check it out.

It’s in the PARCO bldg. @ 35°39’43.64″ N 139°41’56.36″ E – just south of Hotel Koé.

LINKS

https://store.nintendo.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Nintendo

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/japans-first-official-nintendo-store-to-open-in-tokyo-on-november-22

https://jw-webmagazine.com/nintendo-tokyo-the-first-official-nintendo-store-in-japan/

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/japans-first-official-nintendo-store-to-open-in-tokyo-on-november-22

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Esola Complex Ikebukuro

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Name: Esola

Kind: Mall

Location: 35°43’46.97″ N 139°42’34.73″ E

Station: JR Ikebukuro Sta.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Free WiFi? Yes.

Worth it? Yep.

Updated 8/14/2020

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Esola is a must-visit complex in Ikebukuro in western Tokyo.

Exit JR Ikebukuro Station @ the South Exit and immediately turn right (north). Esola is just on your right. The south exit is near the LUMINE depato (formerly Metropolitan Plaza). The TOBU depato is just behind Esola.

Check out the great 1st floor café Roasted Coffee Laboratory. RCL is actually run by a company called baycrews.co.jp which runs a bunch of restaurants all over Japan including (believe it or not) one called eggslut. They also run the out-of-this world pancake chain called Flipper’s (there’s one in Harajuku/Omotosando and one in Shibuya). And they run j.s. Pancake Café which we stumbled into one day over in Nakano (west of Shinjuku).

If you come out of the main Ikebukuro West Gate Park exit on the west side of the station, just head down the street ahead on the left, and Esola will be down on your left a few blocks (street entrance is shown at 00:52 in the 2nd video below, and Esola itself is at 3:02 – right across from the newly constructed Global Ring park).

The entomology of the name Esola isn’t clear – the only info available is that it is derived from early Germanic + is a woman’s name meaning patiently quiet. It’s not clear if the mall’s name was taken from the #1 smash hit song Esora (エソラ) by Japanese band Mr.Children, but it’s highly likely since that song was released in 2008 on Mr.Children‘s spectacular album Supermarket Fantasy (which we highly recommend BTW) before the present Esola complex was built.

Enjoy.

Additional Photos

Head left down this street from the West Gate Park exit. Global Ring is on the right, Esola is down on the left.

Global Ring. There is also a café here.

LINKS

https://www.esola-ikebukuro.com/

https://baycrews.co.jp/

https://baycrews.jp/store/detail/0635

http://pancake.journal-standard.jp/

https://tokyotouristinfo.com/en/detail/M0304

https://www.fun-japan.jp/en/articles/11551

https://tokyotouristinfo.com/en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarket_Fantasy

Mr.Children Official

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Those fans sure do go nuts.

Building of Global Ring just across the street from Esola.