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.

Lawson 100¥ Shops


Conbini chain Lawson also has a few 100¥ shops around Tokyo. They also have some grocery and food items for 100¥ or around 100¥. These are great shops worth a visit and a source of cheap food in Tokyo.

Other Shops

There are other small 100¥ chains around Japan such as simply 100 Stores and others.

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://guidable.co/shopping-service/comparing-the-five-100yen-shops-in-japan/

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://soranews24.com/2018/10/05/a-visit-to-the-largest-daiso-100-yen-shop-in-all-japan%e3%80%90photos%e3%80%91/

https://soranews24.com/2020/08/27/how-to-make-an-awesome-japanese-summer-dessert-using-only-things-you-can-buy-at-daiso%e3%80%90sorakitchen%e3%80%91/

https://soranews24.com/2014/12/23/we-love-daiso-but-sometimes-the-weird-products-just-amuse-us/

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/

VIDS

Japanese Groceries

Despite what you may think Japan actually has some pretty awesome grocery stores. And their prices are pretty reasonable – in some cases less than the US.

And their products and fresh foods seem to be of higher quality.

There are several large chains – Life, YorkMart, Marutetsu, and others.

Don’t confuse these stores with conbini – convenience stores – such as Lawson, Family Mart, and 7-11, which many Japanese live out of for food.

Japanese are not big on buying huge carts of food and storing it – most Japanese will stop on the way home from work and get something for a day or two. Their refrigerators are much smaller too – even full sized ones can be as small as 1/4 the size of a US fridge.

There are some good deals in grocery stores – fresh seafood abounds. So do vegetables. Prices are about the same as the US – sometimes lower.

Portions are smaller, but not by much – and seem to be much fresher.

Unlike in US stores, in general you checkout, then bag your own groceries out of your basket on a small side counter deisgned for that purpose.

There is also a general drug-food chain of smaller stored called Welcia which sometimes has some good discount deals on food and snackes. If you’re in the mood for something like a box of butter cookies, you might able to find them at Welcia for $1.

The Japanese discount store Don Quijote also has a food section – some stores have a better selection than others. You can find some good deals here for ¥100 or under a few dollars. It pays to look around.

7-11 even sells food with English labels on them in most J groceries. In this case a large piece of smoked salmon for under $3. Very cheap + good.

Coffee + tea at a large Don Quijote.

Corn Dogs on sale on @ YorkMart. Not the healthiest – but cheap. 3 for under $2.

Cruise 0n up on your bike, and load up on good cheap groceries @ YorkMart.

Huge Don Quijote in downtown Ikebukuro – second bldg. from right. If you can stand the 7 floors of stairs + incredibly narrow aisles, you can find some deals.

“Ekimae” in Japanese means “In front of the station”.

Yogurt for around $1 in Don Quijote – yes, it’s possible to eat really cheap – and well – in Japan.

Sardines in Don Quijote.

Tiny cheese @ Don Quiojte for under a $1.

A minituare jar of hachi mitsu (honey) in Don Quijote for under $1. Perfect for sweetening coffee without using sugar.

You can even find dessert for under $1 in Don Quiojte.

BUT……

Having said all that, hands down the very best food shopping in Tokyo is at MEGA Don Quijote in Shibuya. It’s just up the hill from Shibuya 109 on the north side. Just cross the street to the right at the 109 entrance and head northwest up the hill. MEGA Don Quiojte is just a few blocks up on the right. Head to B1 level for the best selection of good, cheap food you can find in Tokyo. There are great deals in their meat section if you’re a meat lover. Plenty of other good deals too. Watch for sales. Shopping here is a great way to eat cheap in Tokyo.

MEGA Don Quijote in Shibuya, Japan.

Loads of great meals cheap.

High-quality fresh produce cheap too.

Bag of bean sprouts – ¥28

Some pretty high quality meat for low prices too.

Even a cheesecake with milk from Hokkaido.

Also – if you like good burgers, just down the street 2 blocks is one of the best MOS Burgers in Japan.

LINKS

7 SURPRISES WHEN YOU FIRST VISIT A JAPANESE SUPERMARKET

https://www.thetokyochapter.com/surprises-when-you-first-hit-the-japanese-supermarket/

https://www.tokyocreative.com/articles/18922-supermarkets-in-japan

https://www.welcome-aeon.com/

How to Buy Cheap Food in Japan

International Supermarkets in Tokyo

VIDS

Check out the Critical Eats Japan channel – lots of good food vids.