Guide to Shibuya Shopping including the famous Shibuya 109 and Shibuya Hikarie shopping centers along with departments stores and an extensive list Shibuya Shops. Shibuya refers to Read more [...]
Guide to Tokyo Shopping including Ginza, Shibuya, Harajuku, Odaiba, Shinjuku and Akihabara. With detailed guides to all these main shopping districts. Tokyo shopping is some of the best shopping in the world, but it really excels in the field of fashion shopping. Japan is known world wide for its tradition of great customer service and this is clearly seen in many of their department stores in Tokyo.
Best Tokyo Shopping Districts
We have detailed guides to the best shopping in each of the following Tokyo districts:
Guide to Ginza Shopping including the famous departments stores of Wako, Mitsukoshi, Matsuya and Hankyu. Our Ginza Shopping Guide includes an extensive list of department stores, in Read more [...]
Guide to Harajuku Shopping including Takeshita-dori, Omotesando, along with famous stores like Snoopy Town and Oriental Bazaar. Our Harajuku Shopping Guide includes an extensive lis Read more [...]
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Understanding Tokyo Shopping
100 Yen Store
Most countries have their various discount stores, but none seem to be able to beat Japan’s 100 Yen stores for range and quality for the price. In Australia we have the “$2” shop and other various discount stores, but nothing had prepared me for the 5 floors absolutely packed with bargains and shoppers. Nothing in the store was more than 100 Yen (approximately US$1.20 or A$1.20). We found a battery powered massager, pedometer, wall size map of Japan, dogs rain coat and many other things. In most cases the quality was very good regardless of the price, but the packet of ten pens headed quickly for the bin.
The largest player in the 100 Yen store market in Japan is Daiso with 2,800 in Japan and stores throughout the world including 975 in South Korea, with stores in the USA and Australia. Generally the stores provide better value for money in Japan as the volume in Japan is higher thus leading to lower handling costs. The sheer volume of products that Daiso sells through its stores allows it to control the quality of the products, something that is very important in the Japanese market. This has also allowed Daiso to perform well in the international market place as well. Most non-food products are well presented and custom packaged for Daiso. An aspect that is also very important in the Japanese market. Most Daiso stores are franchised.