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Why You'll Want to Add These Three 100 Yen Shops to Your Japan Bucket List!

Why You'll Want to Add These Three 100 Yen Shops to Your Japan Bucket List!

Date published: 19 July 2018
Last updated: 31 March 2020

Walk into any of the 5,000+ Japanese 100-yen shops and you will walk out with your arms full (and your wallet, too)!

Daily necessities, designer stationery, and delectable consumables can be purchased for only 100 yen, making them the perfect souvenirs for the budget-conscious tourist as well as a go-to store that is almost as convenient as a Japanese conbini (convenience store).

Take a closer look at three popular 100-yen shops in Japan as we highlight a few of the limitless items that are sure to end up in your suitcase.

Daiso 100-Yen Shop

Daiso 100-Yen Shop

Daiso is the largest of the 100 Yen shops chain in Japan, with 2,900 stores in Japan and 1,400 locations overseas (as of March 2015). It’s not an exaggeration to say that everything you need to survive is available here, including daily necessities, stationery, clothes, and food and drinks.

If you’re looking for a wide variety of goods at one time, Daiso is the answer. While there are far too many products stocked on Daiso’s shelves to give a comprehensive description, here are a few to whet your appetite.

Innovative Stationery

Innovative Stationery

Japanese stationery is known for its high-quality even at the affordable price of 100 yen. Popular stationery from Daiso includes mechanical pencils with easy grip rubber, correction tape (white out) allowing you to write on it without waiting for it to dry, and colorful sticky notes.

The "turning stapler" is an exceptional item because it’s engineered to turn 90, 180, and 270 degrees. This allows you to staple from various angles, which can be very useful in different situations.

Designer Wares and Décor

Designer Wares and Décor

Daiso is great if you’ve got a large list of last-minute gifts to buy before heading back to your home country. This is because many of the items available offer Japanese-theme designs and are made with quality materials often manufactured in Japan. Whether you’re looking to give your girlfriend a cute coin purse or a fashionable compact mirror, handing out designer chopsticks to all of your friends, or looking for some home décor to commemorate your trip to Japan, Daiso will become your best friend!

Japanese Cleaning Goods

Japanese Cleaning Goods

Every country and culture offers unique cleaning products, but there is just something about Japan’s cleaning tech that outshines the competition. Some of the great tools you can find at Daiso include a brush you can attach to a PET bottle, window wipes, bottle sponges, and more.

  • DAISO Biz
    ダイソー ビズ新宿野村ビル店
    • Address 1 Chome-26-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023
    • Nearest Station Shinjuku Station
    • Phone Number 03-5909-5635
    • Website: daiso-sangyo.co.jp

  • Daiso ABAB Ueno
    ザ・ダイソー ABAB上野店
    • Address 4 Chome-8-4 Ueno, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0005
    • Nearest Station Ueno Station
    • Phone Number 03-5807-6216
    • Website: daiso-sangyo.co.jp
      Located in AbAb

  • Daiso Asakusa ROX
    ザ・ダイソー 浅草ROX店
    • Address 1 Chome-25-15 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032
    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station
    • Phone Number 03-5827-1905
    • Website: daiso-sangyo.co.jp
      Located in Asakusa ROX

Can Do 100-Yen Shop

Can Do 100-Yen Shop

With 930 shops in Japan (as of January 2016), Can Do handles an abundance of commodities and consumables and have made a name for themselves with their brand name products!

Can Do stores are known among locals for being incredibly easy to navigate, while tourists are often surprised that goods are only 100 yen; in particular, their "Do!STARS" products are highly praised.

Can Do is also known for its stylish atmosphere, designed to make shopping an enjoyable experience, and every week new items are displayed to keep customers entertained. Here are just some of the thoughtful products you can expect to find when you step into a Can Do 100 Yen Shop!

Stylish and Practical Peelers

Stylish and Practical Peelers

A popular item from the "Do! STARS" line is the ST peeler, which is a vegetable peeler featuring a sharp stainless steel blade. It’s made in Japan and easy to hold, with cute pop art colors. Combining quality, ergonomics and design, it's hard to believe you can buy one for only 100 yen.

Soft Microfiber Face Towels

Soft Microfiber Face Towels

One Japanese habit worth adopting is to take a hand towel with you wherever you go. The "Microfiber face towel" from Can Do is fluffy and gentle on the skin, and can hold a lot of water if needed. It’s high-quality for being only 100 yen. The towel size is about 30 × 70 centimeters and comes in several pastel-color designs.

Another Great Japanese Cleaning Product

Another Great Japanese Cleaning Product

The "Diamond puff" is an ideal cleaning tool for any home. It has an artificial diamond abrasive for scraping off the crazy grime and buildup on your bathroom mirror while only using water, meaning you don’t have to use additional soaps or harsh chemical sprays to keep your mirror clean. It also works great for the soap scum in the shower and bathtub as well as cleaning your bathroom toilet and washbasin.

  • Can*Do Takadanobaba
    キャンドゥ 高田馬場店
    • Address 〒169-8677 東京都新宿区高田馬場1−35−3
    • Nearest Station Takadanobaba
    • Phone Number 03-3207-4551
    • Website: cando-web.co.jp

  • Can*Do Jimbocho
    キャンドゥ 神保町店
    • Address 2 Chome-14 Kanda Jinbōchō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0051
    • Nearest Station Jimbocho Station
    • Phone Number 03-3239-3391
    • Website: cando-web.co.jp

  • Can Do Shibuya Inokashira Dori
    キャンドゥ 渋谷井ノ頭通り店
    • Address 〒150-0042 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Udagawachō, 36−6 World Udagawa Building
    • Nearest Station Shibuya Station
    • Phone Number 03-3461-2122
    • Website: cando-web.co.jp

Seria 100 Yen Shops

Seria 100 Yen Shops

Seria has a strong reputation among Japan’s 100 yen shops because of their lineup of stylish and cute products. With the concept of "Color the days," they offer a variety of goods targeting more upscale tastes. The shops feature an abundance of handicraft goods, gift wrapping, kitchenware for baking sweets, and designer tableware.

Seria’s Seasonal Event Corner

Seria’s Seasonal Event Corner

Every Seria features a special display near the entrance for seasonal goods such as Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day, as well as traditional Japanese holidays. When you go to Seria, be sure to check this display first as you might find an interesting item that’s too good to pass up.

Stylish DIY Sundries

Stylish DIY Sundries

Seria's DIY sundries become popular topics on social networks like Instagram, probably because these items are super cute. Paint wooden frames or cases, or decorate them with lace frills to match the style of your room while staying under budget!

Tasteful Tableware

Tasteful Tableware

Much of the tableware available in Seria’s tableware display is so tastefully designed that it’s hard to imagine that each piece is only 100 yen. The dishes, cups, and utensils look so nice that they can be used for both daily use and home parties. So “style up” and have fun selecting pieces that match your preferences!

  • Seria Asakusa Ekimise Shop
    セリア 浅草エキミセ店
    • Address 〒111-0033 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Hanakawado, 1 Chome−4−1, 浅草EKIMISE
    • Nearest Station Asakusa
    • Phone Number 03-5830-7760
    • Website: seria-group.com

  • Seria Daikanyama 17Dixsept
    セリア 代官山アドレス・ディセ店
    • Address 〒150-0034 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Daikanyamachō, 17−6, 17Dixsept
    • Nearest Station Daikanyama Station
    • Phone Number 03-6416-1403
    • Website: seria-group.com

  • Seria Ikebukuro Marui Shop
    セリア 池袋マルイ店
    • Address 〒171-0021 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Nishiikebukuro, 3 Chome−28−13, Ikebukuro Marui
    • Nearest Station Ikebukuro Station
    • Phone Number 03-5944-8889
    • Website: seria-group.com

Make These 100-Yen Shops Part of Your Japan Bucket List

Make These 100-Yen Shops Part of Your Japan Bucket List

Japan’s 100 Yen shops offer such a variety of practical and stylish goods that you could easily fill up a suitcase of 100-yen souvenirs. The three stores featured here offer similar products, but each has a distinct style so it’s worth checking all of them if you’re looking for something in particular.

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