9 Cool Things You Can Buy at Japan's Most Popular Drugstore

9 Cool Things You Can Buy at Japan's Most Popular Drugstore

Update: 13 December 2017

Matsumoto Kiyoshi is a popular pharmacy in Japan selling everything from medicine and supplements to Japanese snacks and beauty products. Although you can find this brand all over Japan, the Asakusa Nimonten-mae location is aimed particularly at satisfying the needs of foreign tourists and is a must see while you’re in Japan. Located just behind Sensoji Temple, visiting this shop will easily fit into your schedule especially after you’ve finished praying or taking pictures of the famous landmark. Below are several products that were personally recommended by the store's manager.

Hepalyse GX: Hangover cure

Hepalyse GX: Hangover cure
Hepalyse GX: Hangover cure/へパリーゼ GX. Price: 3,013 yen (tax incl./180 capsules)

This product is popular amongst Japanese businessmen as well people from all around the world who like to have a night of drinking without the negative side effects. The main ingredient is liver hydrolyzate which is said to prevent your body from getting overly tired or hungover the next day. It’s recommended to drink these before drinking rather than after, but drinking it after is better than nothing right?

Sato Pharmaceutical Yunkel 1-6-12 EX

Sato Pharmaceutical Yunkel 1-6-12 EX
Sato Pharmaceutical Yunkel 1-6-12 EX /ユンケル1・6・12 EX. Price: 7,980 yen (tax incl./250 capsules)

A famous nutrition supplement in Japan, Yunkel has an arrangement of vitamins B1, B6, and B1 to help relieve your tired shoulders, back, and eyes. The supplement is in tablet form so it easy to take. The recommended dosage is 1 tablet per day.

Daiichi Sankyo New Evalesh B26

Daiichi Sankyo New Evalesh B26
Daiichi Sankyo New Evalesh B26/NEWエバレッシュB26. Price: 2,680 yen (tax incl. /250 capsules)

A Matsumoto Kiyoshi original product. Contains Vitamin B2 and B6 to prevent acne. It also stimulates vitamin C levels to help create collagen for healthy skin. Have this every day to maintain that smooth, clean face that you deserve!

Meiji Grape Flavored Fruit Gummies

Meiji Grape Flavored Fruit Gummies
Meiji Grape Flavored Fruit Gummies/明治 果汁グミ. Price: 91 yen (tax incl.)

One of the manager’s favorite products. It’s sweet and sour flavor will wash your worries and troubles away. They also have collagen in them which is said to have a lot of health benefits! Try some and see what makes Japanese gummies different from those of other countries!

*Contains no food coloring.
*Other flavors include strawberry and mandarin orange.

Blanc White Series

Blanc White Series
Blanc White Series/ブランホワイト. Price: 540-5,400 yen (tax incl.)

Blanc White is a makeup line created by Naris and Matsumotokiyoshi for women with fair-skin. The line is made of a mixture of coix seeds and sunflower seeds. These products boost skin metabolism, help get rid of waste products and keratin on the skin, plus moisturize and prevent dehydration, and even help prevent blotches and freckles. According to the manager, women aged 30-40 tend to buy these products. He says that people often come to their store just to buy Blanc White products and nothing else!

Night Shield Gel by Kosée Instream

Night Shield Gel by Kosée Instream
Night Shield Gel by Kosée Instream/インストリーム ナイトシールドジェル. Price: 4,320 yen (tax incl. / 50ml)

Especially recommended for those who are afraid their skin is suffering from lack of proper sleep. Apply it to your face before going to bed for refreshingly healthy skin the next morning! A single pack will last you over a month! The manager recommends getting the scented type to heal both body and mind. If you massage your face with the stick included in the package, it will boost skin metabolism and reduce face swelling. The Kosée Instream Night Shield Gel will leave your face feeling refreshed and looking good after each night’s sleep.

Prevalin α cream

Prevalin α cream
Prevalin α cream/プレバリンαクリーム. Price: 1,008 yen (tax incl. / 18g)

For mosquito bites, hives or other cases of skin inflammation, this is the cream you need. It goes on smooth without leaving a sticky residue like some other products do. This is a Matsumoto Kiyoshi original so you won’t find it anywhere else! Other than the cream (blue box), they also have ointment (green box), but both will leave you itch-free, guaranteed!

Lulu Attack IB

Lulu Attack IB
Lulu Attack IB/ルルアタックIB. Price: 1,980 yen (tax incl. / 45 capsules)

The perfect solution to a runny nose, stuffy nose, fever, or any other symptoms that a cold can cause. Every Japanese household is stocked with this medicine. This is a Matsumotokiyoshi original product and it’s strongly recommended by the manager because it kicks in faster than other medicines. Whether you want to stock up while you’re here or simply catch a cold while you’re visiting Japan, this is the medicine for you.

Pigeon Baby Bottle

Pigeon Baby Bottle
Pigeon Baby Bottle/Pigeon 哺乳瓶. Price: 1,980 yen (tax incl.)

The pigeon brand baby bottle is made to feel like the real thing when babies are drinking from it. The nipple is very thick and elastic, ensuring that it won’t chip away even when bitten down on. There is also a hole in the tip to prevent the baby from sucking in empty air. People come from all over the world to get their hands on this product! Come and see why!

About Matsmoto Kiyoshi (Asakusa Nitenmon-mae location)

About Matsmoto Kiyoshi (Asakusa Nitenmon-mae location)

You can find this Matsumoto Kiyoshi by passing through the Kaminari Gate (don’t forget to take pictures of the gate!), walking along Nakamise Street (go ahead and grab some bites to eat while you’re at it!), and exiting the gate just right of Sensoji Temple. Look for a white sign that says “Japan Tax-Free Shop.” This location is specifically geared towards tourists and the layout makes it easy to find what you want quickly. Medicine and supplements can be found on the 1st floor, the 2nd floor is stocked with skin care and cosmetics, and they sell popular snacks and candy on the 3rd. The manager recommends coming here for souvenirs and guarantees that there are no other Matsumoto Kiyoshi locations like this one!

  • Matsumoto Kiyoshi Asakusa Nimonten-mae
    マツモトキヨシ 浅草二天門前店
    • Address 2-34-1 Tokyo-to Taito-ku Asakusa

    Open:9:00am to 7:00pm 7 days a week

*Prices listed in this article are those listed at the Asakusa Nitenmon-mae shop and may vary depending on store.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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