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100 yen shops can be found all over Japan. Its a type of discount shop that sell lots of small household goods, stationery, healt and beauty, snacks and more. You won’t always find the best products quality wise, but if you after something cheap that will do the job then this should be your first stop.
The 100 yen shops can be perfect for someone that has just moved to Japan and needs to buy some stuff for the home. To just get them started, this shop is ideal.
Everything cost 100 yen
Everything in a 100 yen shop costs 100 yen per product (plus the shopping tax, which is 5 yen, so the real price ends up at 105 yen per item) so you will still normally get a good deal for the things you can buy.
100 yen is about $1 (US), 70p (UK) or €0,77 (EU). You will find the equivalent to the 100yen in the UK and the US, where theyre known as pound shop and dollar stores. There type of shops are very common to find in most shopping districts.
The reason why items are so cheap is because the companies buy so much stock that they get a greater discount from suppliers, meaning they can keep the price down to 100 yen.
There a few diffrent companies that run 100yen shops in Japan, but they all normally stock the same sort of products. One of the more known 100 yen shops is called Daiso. They are the market leader with over 2000 shops over Japan. One of the stores we visited is the shop located on Takeshita Dori, the main shopping street of Harajuku. This shop is very easy to find. Check the map below for how to get there from the station. This shop is two floors of stuff where you can always find something. It can be a bit busy in this shop because of the location.
Some of the other shops that you can find are Can Do, Seria and Watts. You will find links to each shop at the bottom of this post.
Links to 100 yen shops
Can Do: http://www.cando-web.co.jp
How to find Daiso in Harajuku
This map shows how to walk from the Harajuku station to Daiso on Takeshita Dori.
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Image credit: gilgongo and Rudy Herman