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100 Yen Shops have become increasingly popular in recent years. These discount stores sell a variety of goods from make up to food and socks to kitchenware for only 100 yen per item, approximately $1. Some smaller products are even sold in multiples, such as 2 or 3 for 100 yen candy and snacks. On the other hand, some products are sold for more than 100 yen, usually ranging from 300 to 500 yen. These products include larger goods such as furniture and are clearly marked to avoid any confusion. The most famous Japanese dollar store chains are DAISO, Seria, and Can Do.
100 yen shops are a great way to get a bunch of souvenir shopping done at an affordable price. If you plan on bringing back gifts for friends after a Cherry Blossom Japan Tour or Anime Tour, Japan Deluxe Tours highly recommend visiting a 100 yen shop to handle all your souvenir shopping needs!
Here are our recommendations for Japanese items and souvenirs to look for:
Your suitcase goes with you everywhere whenever you travel. As a result, the caster wheels will likely be as dirty as the bottom of your shoes. By grabbing a set of caster socks and putting them on your suitcase prior to entering your home or hotel room, you can avoid potential messes on your or the hotel room's floor.
Keychains are certainly a popular souvenir item even in Japan. At the 100 yen shops, you can be sure to find countless different types of keychains ranging from food items and cute characters to animals and toys. Depending on the location, you may be able to find location specific ones to commemorate your visit to the area as well! An alternative to this is a cell phone strap accessory to attach to your cell phone. This is an extremely popular accessory in Japan and will likely see many of the locals having one on their phone or phone case.
Pouches are another popular item that is very commonplace in Japan. The perfect size to hold your spare change, a very good thing to have on you in Japan, or small trinkets you may want a safe place to store. The pouches also come in various shapes and sizes, many donning pretty traditional Japanese patterns as well as cute animals.
Japan is famous for its stationary, particularly when it comes to quality. You can find all your school and/or office necessities with every item being 100 yen without sacrificing quality. On top of that, there are many options to choose from, especially erasers as themed erasers are a very popular item regardless of age or gender.
A wide range of kitchenware can be found at the 100 yen shop as well. All your basic necessities are available as well as unique items such as silicone steamers and a pasta boiler. Bowls, utensils, various tools, and more can be found as well, making this a one-stop shop if you are looking to bring back cute kitchenware to use back home.
Shōtengai is a street of stores by the local train station ran by locals.
Higher end goods and brands can be found in department stores
Konbini are convenient stores that can be found everywhere in Japan
Local and Large Scale Supermarkets sell groceries at a low price.
Japanese Snacks Senbei made from glutinous rice and are grilled or baked
Popular Rice Cracker Snack of Japan
Tachigui restaurants are establishments that serve food to be eaten while standing
Food ticket restaurants are establishments in that allow for customers to easily order and pay for their meals.