Posted November 28, 2010 by Jennifer Lam in Destinations

Guide to 100 Yen shopping in Japan

Remember my shopping frenzy at Sydney’s 100 yen store, Maruyu City Super? Well, I am now thrilled to be able to take you to the real deal in Japan!

100 yen shopping in osaka, japan

What are they

These are popular bargain/variety stores in Japan where items are priced at just 100 yen (which is about AU$1.23 based on today’s exchange rate). Items vary from store to store but often include food, kitchenware, tableware, stationary, beauty, garden tools, household goods, toys and more.

food items in 100 yen shop in osaka, japan

What to look out for

One of first things to note would be that not all things are 100. There are usually several aisles which feature items well over 100 yen. Make sure you take notice of where you’re looking.

Furthermore, some stores will add the sales tax on, so it may be 105 yen instead of 100 yen. Still cheap, but it does add up if you intend to buy a lot.

Secondly, if you’re buying gifts, remember to check where the product is made in. Some products are imported from China, India, etc.

kitchen accessories in 100 yen shop in osaka japan

What type of products can be found

I’ll stick to the foodie items here, but as mentioned above, anything ranging from household goods to toiletries can be found!

  • Kitchenware & Cookware: knives, bento box containers, bento box equipment such as rice molds, coffee filters, strainers, spatulas and kote (the shovel-like spatula used in preparing okonomiyaki), steaming equipment, tempura paper, soy sauce bottles, cupcake liners, measuring spoons and cups, pots and pans, yaki-ami grills, etc
  • Tableware: serving platters, plates, rice bowls, miso soup bowls, tea cups, sake sets, cutlery, etc
  • Food: tea, instant noodles, condiments, sauces, crisps, rice crackers, candy, etc

kitchen essentials in 100 yen shop

Where to find them

There are literally thousands of 100 yen shops across Japan. The three main chains you will find are ダイコク (Daikoku) which is easily recognisable via their bright orange signs, セリア (Seria) and ダイソー (Daiso).

ダイコク (Daikoku – 100円 Shops & Drug Stores)
心斎橋店, 中央区南船場3-5-17 1~4F (3-5-17 1 ~ 4F, Chuo-ku Minamisenba, Shinsaibashi)
Phone: +81 06 6253 3633
Other locations: www.daikokudrug.com/hyakuen/100goods.html

セリア (Seria 100円 Shops)
大阪府大阪市港区海岸通1−1−10天保山マーケットプレース 3F (Minato-ku, Osaka City Waterfront Marketplace Tempozan 3F 1-1-10; near Osakako Aquarium)
Phone: +81 06 6576 5703

Other locations: www.seria-group.com/shop/list.html?q=&x=101&y=11

ダイソー (Daiso 100円 Shops)
Locations: www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/english/storeinfo/storeinfo05.html


kitchen and food stuff in 100 yen shop in japan

Last tip

So, visit a few 100 yen stores at the start of the trip, keeping note of what you want to buy and where, then return at the end of the trip so you can go crazy on the bargains without worrying about saving luggage space or money! Much awesomeness awaits…

plates, bowls and kitchenware in 100 yen shop

more kitchenwares in 100 yen shop in japan

Jennifer Lam

Jennifer is the founder of I Ate My Way Through. Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. These days, you'll most likely find Jen blogging about slow & intentional living On The Slow Lane and sharing what she knows now about mindful parenting and play-based learning at Mama's Got This.