Not Your Average Dollar Store
Shopping | Travel | Tokyo | Japan
Shopping in Tokyo, Japan is next level. From multi-level departments stores to tiny specialized shops that only sell chopsticks, Tokyo has it all. It can be overwhelming, but there is one retail concept you have to check out while in Tokyo: 100 yen shops aka hyaku-en (¥100) shops. All of the products in these shops are 100 yen before tax (~$0.90 USD), 108 yen after the 8% consumption tax. You may find some premium products at these 100 yen shops for 300 yen, 500 yen, etc but they will be clearly labeled and it is not very common, maybe a handful out of the thousands of products carried.
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Japanese 100 yen shops are equivalent to US dollar stores. But don't be fooled, these 100 yen shops are so much better. Japan takes prides in producing high quality products, and it's clearly reflected in their 100 yen shops. We found some great finds in these 100 yen shops, check out our hauls below! 100 yen shops carry all sorts of products, including but not limited to kitchenware, home goods, stationary, beauty products, and food. You'll be amazed at what these 100 yen shops have to offer!
100 yen shops are perfect for budget travelers. If you forgot to pack something like a toothbrush or socks, we recommend going to a 100 yen shop to see if it's available there first. 100 yen shops are also great for souvenir shopping and discovering quirky Japanese household items! There are numerous 100 yen shops in Tokyo, but these were the three best 100 yen shops in Tokyo that we came across, and luckily each have multiple locations in Tokyo!
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#1 Can Do
The #1 spot goes to Can Do! Their selection is amazing, we found ourselves questioning if these items were really 100 yen. Great selection of home goods and decorations as well as high quality ceramics. We went to the one in Shibuya 10 minutes before it opened on a weekday, and there was a line of people waiting outside!
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Favorite finds from Can Do:
- Mt. Fuji plates and soy sauce saucer
- Wooden organizers with 9 compartments
You may be familiar with Daiso, as there are a few international locations as well. Daiso is one of the larger 100 yen shop chains and has a vast selection of items. We recommend checking out the kitchen supplies and beauty products and going to the Daiso location in Harajuku that's 3 stories high (4 levels total with the basement). It's located right on Takeshita Street, so make sure to stop by if you're in the Harajuku area!
Favorite finds from Daiso:
- Sakura (cherry blossom) fans
- Face masks and fake eyelashes
If you like cute things, you'll love Seria. We found ourselves buying things we'll probably never use just because they were so cute! Everything here was aesthetically pleasing, if Seria was larger in size it would probably rank higher on my list. We went to the Seria location in Asakusa which was part of a department store and was a bit small. The selection of stationary and home goods is out of this world for the price.
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Favorite finds from Seria:
- Mt. Fuji themed stationary
- Desk organizer
100 yen shops are perfect for finding everyday essentials, home goods, and souvenirs. Don't miss out on these 100 yen shops when you're in Tokyo! Seriously, you'll regret not going.
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