10 Japanese Discount Stores to Shop
These 100-yen shops are perfect for pasalubong shopping!
Going shopping in Japan doesn’t mean hitting the high-end shopping districts -- it could also involve getting lost in one of the country’s many discount chain stores. Known as 100-yen shops (or hyaku-en shoppu), these stores offer everything from unique and useful household items to stationery and beauty supplies and even things you didn’t know exist or that you needed. There are also shops with merchandise that goes for more than ¥100; 300-yen shops have recently popped up, which aim to offer a little extra quality. Stop by the discount store chains on our list to pick up some necessities, take a break from sightseeing, and even grab some souvenirs.
Aside from offering bath items and home goods, 3Coins also sells cute jewelry and fashion items. You could even find some limited-edition products here; in 2018, 3Coins released a line of products in collaboration with Pokemon.
3Coins has 185 branches throughout the country; Tokyo alone has 27 stores. Check their website for a complete list of branches.
Originally from Osaka, this shop opened its flagship store in Tokyo in 2013 and is known for its array of cute lifestyle products, kitchenware, and DIY tools. Asoko even works with Japanese artists, and it collaborated on a branded product lines with Sanrio in 2018 and with Doraemon in 2017. Prices start at ¥52.
Asoko’s Harajuku branch is at 6-27-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to.
With more than 1,000 branches in Japan, Can Do provides a wide variety of lifestyle items. Check out the Do! STARS line, Can Do’s private brand, for some quality household products; you’ll know these right away with the red star on the packaging.
Can Do’s Shinjuku branch at 1-30-1 Seibu Sinjuku Pepe 8F, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku is a three-minute walk from Seibu-Shinjuku Station. Check Can Do’s website for a list of branches.
CouCou is known for its focus on cuteness and its pastel-hued products, but you can find home furnishings and a lot of everyday basics here, too.
CouCou is at 2-11-16 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, a two-minute walk from Jiyugaoka Station. Check CouCou’s website for a list of branches.
Daiso has given us a taste of how much fun it is to browse through endless shelves of good quality but definitely affordable products. If you really want to lose yourself in seven floors of their products, drop by their biggest branch, the Daiso Giga Funabashi.
Daiso Giga Funabashi is found next to Funabashi Station in Tokyo.
Also known as “Donki,” Don Quijote is hard to miss with its colorful exterior and its penguin mascot Donpen. Donki is open till very late, so it’s a great place to visit for some last-minute shopping. Best of all, it offers a tax refund for consumables that cost over ¥5,000 and for non-consumables that cost over ¥10,000.
Don Quijote has locations all over Japan, with the biggest one called Mega Donki, which is open 24 hours and located just a few minutes’ walk from JR Shibuya station. A complete list of their branches can be found on their website.
Lawson Store 100
Lawson Store 100 is the 100-yen offshoot of the popular konbini chain Lawson, sort of like a discount grocery store where you can get sweets, snacks, even fresh vegetables along with basic necessities and non-food items. You can find its branches in major cities in Japan.
Affiliated with Can Do, Le Plus is the place to check out if you’re on the hunt for quirky kitchenware and also colorful houseware, snacks, and beauty products, among others. A Tokyo branch of Le Plus is located close to Jiyugaoka Station.
“Rustic” and “shabby chic” are the best ways to describe Natural Kitchen, a home and kitchen goods store with a homey atmosphere. From cute bowls and mugs to woven baskets, you’ll have everything you need to create to create a countryside vibe for your home. And yes, it doesn’t look like it, but this is a 100-yen store!
A popular branch of Natural Kitchen is located at 2-1-5 Kichijoji-honcho, Musashino City, Tokyo, just three minutes away from the north exit of Kichijoji Station.
Seria may be a 100-yen shop, but it sets itself apart from the pack with a somewhat more upscale look and chic products. You can find the usual home decor, hair accessories, and school supplies here, but you’ll also find wrapping paper and a lot of little items you’ll need for crafting and scrapbooking.
Quick tip: Always have cash on hand, because not all shops readily accept credit cards. Keep an eye out for “Tax-free Shop” signs too; the 8% consumption tax on products is waived for visitors to the country. Don’t forget to watch your budget, too; the prices are so low you’ll be tempted to buy a lot of things, and it’s likely that you’re bound to leave with more than a few items in tow.