Saturday, January 10, 2009

100 Yen Shop

100 Yen Shop
basic information

100 Yen Shops (Japanese: hyaku en shop) sell a wide range of products for 105 Yen per item (100 Yen plus 5 percent consumption tax). This corresponds to roughly one US dollar per item, making the shops a great source for travelers and residents on a budget.

There are thousands of 100 Yen Shops across Japan, ranging in size from multi-storey "department stores" to small corners in shopping malls. Market leader Daiso operates over two thousand stores nationwide and pursues an aggressive expansion policy.

One of the largest 100 Yen shops in central Tokyo is Daiso Harajuku in Takeshita Dori, just a few steps from Harajuku Station, while Japan's largest 100 Yen shop, Daiso Giga Machida, spans 5 floors in front of Machida Station (30 minutes, 360 Yen from Shinjuku by Odakyu Railways).

Large stores in other cities include: Daiso Sapporo Chuo (South 2 West 2, Odori Station), Daiso Nagoya Sakae Skyle (Sakae Station), Daiso Osaka Nihonbashi (Nihonbashi Station), Daiso Kobe Promena (Promena Kobe, Kobe Station) and Daiso Fukuoka Kotsu Center (Fukuoka Kotsu Center, Hakata Station).

By purchasing products in huge quantities and at big discounts from countries with low production and labor costs, 100 Yen Shops are able to offer an amazing range of products at a price that is often below the product's actual value.

Below is a selection of products typically found at 100 Yen Shops:


Plates, rice and miso soup bowls, tea cups, sake sets, forks, etc.


Kitchen knives, dippers, microwave containers, coffee filters, detergent, aluminum foil, etc.


Hammers, measuring tapes, pliers, screwdriver sets, cutter knives, etc.


Watering pots, mini rakes, containers, etc.


Boxes, report pads, memo pads, pens, pins, calligraphy brushes, etc.

Household Goods

Sewing threads, towels, socks, slippers, etc.

Leisure Goods

Ping pong sets, swimming goggles, English-Japanese dictionaries, etc.

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