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Complete Shinjuku Guide: All Drug Stores & Electronic Retail Stores in the Area!

Complete Shinjuku Guide: All Drug Stores & Electronic Retail Stores in the Area!

Date published: 4 October 2018
Last updated: 10 December 2018

As of right now, more than half of the people visiting Japan will inevitably be at Shinjuku Station at some point on their travels. A bustling and colorful downtown area stretches on the station’s east side, most prominently represented by the Kabukicho area, while the massive business district called Fukutoshin sprawls to the east.
Shinjuku, massive and exciting, is also a hot spot for shopping. Numerous drug stores and electronics retail stores dot the area, offering a dizzyingly large selection! Especially home appliances and cosmetics are in high demand and because it’s easy to get lost in this vast urban jungle, we’ve compiled a comprehensive overview of drug stores and electronics retail stores around JR Shinjuku Station. Enjoy your shopping spree in Japan!

1. Matsumoto Kiyoshi: Plenty of Coupons and Special Deals!

1. Matsumoto Kiyoshi: Plenty of Coupons and Special Deals!

● Features
- A major drug store chain with over 1,600 stores throughout Japan. Six of them are in the Shinjuku Station area.
- A massive product lineup that ranges from pharmaceutical products to cosmetics and daily necessities.
- Most shops have a guidance board in multiple languages. Chinese-speaking staff is also present (at Shinjuku East Exit Store, Shinjuku Sanchome Store, and so on).
- The official website is available in multiple languages, including English and Chinese (both simplified and traditional).

● Deals & Payment Information
- Duty-free shopping is available at Shinjuku Sanchome Shop and Shinjuku Sanchome Part 2 Shop.
- Coupons are posted on official social media sites (Wechat, Weibo, Facebook)

■ Shinjuku East Exit Store

■ Shinjuku East Exit Store
  • Shinjuku East Exit Store
    新宿東口店
    • Address 3-22-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: open 24/7 (closes at 10:00 p.m., opens at 10:00 p.m. the next day on Sundays and national holidays)
    ・ Access: 6 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station West Exit

■ Nishi-Shinjuku Metro Pia Store (inside the ticket gate area)

■ Nishi-Shinjuku Metro Pia Store (inside the ticket gate area)
  • Nishi-Shinjuku Metro Pia Store
    西新宿メトロピア店(改札内)
    • Address 6-7-51 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023

    ・ Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sundays and national holidays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
    ・ Access: 10 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku West Exit

■ Shinjuku Sanchome Store

■ Shinjuku Sanchome Store
  • Shinjuku Sanchome Store
    新宿三丁目店
    • Address 3-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    ・ Access: 1 minute on foot from JR Shinjuku Station Exit A6

■ Shinjuku Sanchome Part 2 Store

■ Shinjuku Sanchome Part 2 Store
  • Shinjuku Sanchome Part 2 Store
    新宿三丁目店Part2店
    • Address Hulic Shinjuku Sanchome Bldg., 3-17-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-002

    ・ Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (drug dispensing: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
    ・ Access: 1 minute on foot from Shinjuku Station Exit A6

■ Shinjuku South Exit Store

■ Shinjuku South Exit Store
  • Shinjuku South Exit Store
    新宿南口店
    • Address 1-18-6 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023

    ・ Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 4 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Takashimaya Duty-Free SHILLA&ANA Shinjuku Store

  • Takashimaya Duty-Free SHILLA&ANA Shinjuku Store
    高島屋免稅店SHILLA&ANA新宿店
    • Address Takashimaya Times Square 11F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0051

    ・ Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

    Website: http://en.matsumotokiyoshi.net/

2. Daikoku Drug: Special Sales Every Month!

2. Daikoku Drug: Special Sales Every Month!

● Features
- A large drugstore chain known for its bargain prices. Shopping here feels like shopping at a discount store!
- More than 180 stores throughout Japan, with five around Shinjuku Station.
- A wide, abundant variety of daily necessities and a lot of private-brand items of high quality but low in cost.
- Chinese-speaking staff present, employed in more than half of all stores.

● Deals & Payment Information
- “Daikoku Drug 5% discount sale” is held on the 10th and 25th of every month (some items are excluded).
- Tax exemption (8%) is available for purchases of more than 5,000 yen.
- Taiwan’s Rakuten Card features coupons on an irregular base.

■ Shinjuku South Exit Store

■ Shinjuku South Exit Store
  • Shinjuku South Exit Store
    新宿南口店
    • Address 1-1-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 8:00 a.m. – midnight (opens at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays)
    ・ Access: 3 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Nishi-Shinjuku Store

■ Nishi-Shinjuku Store
  • Nishi-Shinjuku Store
    西新宿店
    • Address 1-12-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.)
    ・ Access: 4 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Shinjuku East Exit Store

■ Shinjuku East Exit Store
  • Shinjuku East Exit Store
    新宿東口店
    • Address 3-28-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 9:00 a.m. – midnight (open from 10:00 a.m. on Sundays and national holidays)
    ・ Access: 3 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Shinjuku Itchome Store

■ Shinjuku Itchome Store
  • Shinjuku Itchome Store
    西新宿一丁目店
    • Address 1-18-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 8:00 a.m. – midnight (open from 9:00 a.m. on Sundays and national holidays)
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

3. Sundrug: Super Popular with Female Shoppers!

3. Sundrug: Super Popular with Female Shoppers!

● Features
- A large drugstore chain mainly found in rural areas. There are over 1,000 stores all over Japan and five around Shinjuku Station.
- A particularly large selection of makeup and cosmetics, making it popular with female shoppers.
- Many stores have specialized staff for each shop area.
- A majority of the staff is multilingual and can speak Japanese.
- The homepage is available in four languages.

● Deals & Payment Information
- Tax exemption coupons are distributed at Shinjuku East Exit Store, West Exit Store, and Nishiguchi-mae Store.
- WechatPay is available.

■ Shinjuku East Exit Store

■ Shinjuku East Exit Store
  • Shinjuku East Exit Store
    新宿東口店
    • Address 3-22-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 2 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Shinjuku West Exit

■ Shinjuku West Exit
  • Shinjuku West Exit
    新宿西口店
    • Address 1-4-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Shinjuku Nishiguchi-mae Store

■ Shinjuku Nishiguchi-mae Store
  • Shinjuku Nishiguchi-mae Store
    新宿西口駅前店
    • Address 1-2-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 4 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Shinjuku Chuo East Exit Store

■ Shinjuku Chuo East Exit Store
  • Shinjuku Chuo East Exit Store
    新宿中央東口店
    • Address 3-26-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Shinjuku-dori Street Store

■ Shinjuku-dori Street Store
  • Shinjuku-dori Street Store
    新宿通り店
    • Address 3-26-14 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

4. Don Quijote: Japan’s Most Famous Discount Store!

4. Don Quijote: Japan’s Most Famous Discount Store!

● Features
- From daily necessities to home appliances, Don Quijote (or simply Donki) is Japan’s leading discount store selling pretty much everything. There are over 400 stores both in Japan and abroad, with two large-scale shops open 24/7 near Shinjuku Station.
- The overwhelming number of items is Donki’s biggest draw.
- Donki has its own private brand called “Jonetsu Kakaku” boasting low prices. Its 50-inch 4k LCD TV for 50,000 yen (about 450 dollars) is a big topic in Japan.
- Tax exemption advice by multilingual staff (including Chinese) is available.

● Deals & Payment Information
- All Don Quijote stores offer 8% tax exemption (excluding drugs that cannot be taken out of Japan).
- The “Yokoso! Japan Pass” is a special coupon service for international tourists. It includes fixed discounts for certain items, among many other services.
- “Majica Premium Global” is an EC service for international tourists to Japan that was started in October 2016. It lets you order items after your trip via a special website if you register as a member at the time of your store visit or online.

Website: https://mpglobal.donki.com/

■ Don Quijote Shinjuku Kabukicho Store

■ Don Quijote Shinjuku Kabukicho Store
  • Don Quijote Shinjuku Kabukicho Store
    ドン・キホーテ 新宿歌舞伎町店
    • Address 1-16-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 24/7
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku East Exit

■ Don Quijote Shinjuku South Exit Store

■ Don Quijote Shinjuku South Exit Store
  • Don Quijote Shinjuku South Exit Store
    ドン・キホーテ 新宿東南口店
    • Address 3-36-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 24/7
    ・ Access: 1 minute on foot from JR Shinjuku Station Southeast Exit

5. BicCamera: Combine Tax Exemption with Discount Coupons!

5. BicCamera: Combine Tax Exemption with Discount Coupons!

● Features
- A global top-class electronics retail store chain with its head store in Tokyo.
- Four stores are located around Shinjuku Station, on both east and west. The products differ by store, so a lot of people check out all four stores.
- A lot of stores are large and spacious, located right next to stations.
- There’s a special “goods reservation service” for international tourists. You can reserve an item you like and pick it up at the store before you leave Japan.
- Some stores sell cosmetics, make, drugs, etc., essentially the lineup of a drugstore.
- For an additional fee (1,300 yen – 2,000 yen), your purchase will be delivered to the airport. Any purchase of more than 100,000 yen is shipped for free.
- Items can be delivered to neighboring shops for free.
*Conditions apply. Staff assistance required.

● Deals & Payment Information
- There’s 8% tax exemption available at all BicCamera stores. With LIVE JAPAN’s coupon, you can receive up to an extra 7% off on top of the 8% tax exemption.
- A wide variety of payment options, including Taiwanese debit cards, Alipay, Wechat, and virtual currency such as Bitcoin (up to 300,000 yen).

■ Shinjuku West Store

■ Shinjuku West Store
  • Shinjuku West Store
    新宿西口店
    • Address 1-5-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023

    ・ Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Shinjuku Higashiguchi-mae Store

■ Shinjuku Higashiguchi-mae Store
  • Shinjuku Higashiguchi-mae Store
    新宿東口駅前店
    • Address 3-26-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ BICQLO Shinjuku East Exit Store

■ BICQLO Shinjuku East Exit Store
  • BICQLO Shinjuku East Exit Store
    BICQLO(ビックロ)新宿東口店
    • Address 3-29-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Bic Drug Shidax Shinjuku Central Road Store

■ Bic Drug Shidax Shinjuku Central Road Store
  • Bic Drug Shidax Shinjuku Central Road Store
    ビックドラッグ シダックス新宿セントラルロード店
    • Address B1F to 1F, 1-17-1 Kabukichō, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0021

    ・ Hours: 11:00 a.m. – midnight
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

6. Yodobashi Camera: Plenty of Rare Items Not Found Anywhere Else!

6. Yodobashi Camera: Plenty of Rare Items Not Found Anywhere Else!

● Features
- A large home appliances mass retailer store that has 23 stores throughout Japan. Two of them are near Shinjuku Station.
- A large variety of items, more than any other electronics mass retailer, such as high-end audio visual systems, tools, and so on.
- An abundance of video games, models, and other hobby goods, making Yodobashi Camera popular among international shoppers.
- Multilingual staff is present, including Chinese speakers.

● Deals & Payment Information
- International tourists can get 8% tax exemption (in certain stores).
- There is another 5% discount if you pay via credit card or Union Pay, combinable with the tax exemption discount.

■ Shinjuku West Exit Main Store

■ Shinjuku West Exit Main Store
  • Shinjuku West Exit Main Store
    新宿西口本店
    • Address 1-11-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 6 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Store

■ Multimedia Shinjuku East Exit

■ Multimedia Shinjuku East Exit
  • Multimedia Shinjuku East Exit
    マルチメディア新宿東口
    • Address 3-26-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

7. Yamada Denki LABI: Low Prices and Japan’s Famous Hospitality!

7. Yamada Denki LABI: Low Prices and Japan’s Famous Hospitality!

● Features
- Japan’s largest home electronics retail store chain. There are over 12,000 shops in total and two large ones around Shinjuku Station.
- Has policies of a strict item selection, purchases large quantities of stock to reduce costs, and passes on the savings to customers. Also supports bulk purchases.
- More sales staff present than at other stores and a strong emphasis on Japanese omotenashi (hospitality).
- Strong promotion of multilingual shopping with multilingual signboards and a large number of multilingual staff.

● Deals & Payment Information
- Applying for tax exemption via a special website in advance can further get you a 7-8% discount on top of the 8% tax exemption.
- Various payment methods for international tourists.

Website: http://yamada-taxfree.com/

■ Shinjuku West Exit

■ Shinjuku West Exit
  • Shinjuku West Exit
    新宿西口館
    • Address 1-18-8 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023

    ・ Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    ・ Access: 6 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

■ Shinjuku East Exit

■ Shinjuku East Exit
  • Shinjuku East Exit
    新宿東口館
    • Address 3-23-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022

    ・ Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. (open until 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays, 10:00 p.m. on Sundays)
    ・ Access: 3 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

*Most of the stores listed above issue point cards, but purchases using the tax exemption are not eligible for points, so please keep that in mind.

Shinjuku can be large and overwhelming, but if you know where to go, it’s an incredibly exciting and fun shopping hot spot. Reserve an item that you absolutely want or just browse the large selection casually. Remember: bring your passport to make use of the 8% tax exemption discount!

Top image credit: saksorn kumjit / Shutterstock.com

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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