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Tokyu Hands

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What type of shop is TOKYU HANDS deals with all kinds of products, such as high-quality and high-functional livingware, fancy made-in-Japan bags, convenient travel goods, the latest Japanese stationery, unique articles, topical beauty products, and tools and materials for DIY.

That’s why TOKYU HANDS can not be narrowly categorized as a particular type of retail store, as it includes a variety of types of shops, such as a home center, a stationery shop, and a department store.

Note that some of the electronics on sale are only intended for use in Japan due to voltage and other technical differences, Japanese language documentation and limited warranties. However, several stores also feature a selection of international models intended for overseas use, and most also offer tax free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10,000 yen (passport required).In addition, TOKYU HANDS is a shop where you can find ideas and hints that make your life more comfortable and enjoyable.

100yen Shop

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100 yen shops (100円ショップ) are a type of discount store that sell a wide range of products for 108 yen (100 yen plus 8 percent consumption tax). This corresponds roughly to one US dollar, making these shops a great source for travelers and residents on a budget.

Typically everything in the store costs 100 yen per item; however, they often sell smaller things, such as candy and snacks, in multiples of 2 or 3 for 100 yen. Some stores also sell selected items for more than 100 yen, which are usually priced in multiples of 100 yen. These items will be clearly marked, and, although more expensive, are usually still a good value for the price.

There are thousands of 100 yen shops across Japan, ranging in size from multi-story "department stores" to small corners in shopping malls. A few convenience store chains have even adopted the model and price everything in their stores at 100 yen. 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. Large stores in other cities include: Daiso Sapporo Chuo (South 2 West 2, Odori Station), Daiso Nagoya Sakae Skyle (Sakae Station), Daiso Osaka Keihan City Mall (Tenmabashi Station, Keihan Railway), Daiso Kobe Sannomiya Centergai (Sannomiya Station) and Daiso Fukuoka Kotsu Center (Fukuoka Kotsu Center, Hakata Station).

100 yen shops are able to offer an amazing range of products, many of which are their own store branded goods, at a price that is often below the product's actual value. They do this mainly by purchasing products in huge quantities direct from manufacturers, which are often located in countries with low production and labor costs.

Yuzawaya

Yuzawaya

Yuzawaya is a general store in handicrafts.It was born in 1955 as a small shop specializing in hand knitting yarns in Kamata,Tokyo.Yuzawaya is the all-inclusive craft and hobby store – like Spotlight in Australia or Joann’s in the USA… With several locations around Tokyo. Yuzawaya definitely the number one place to go if you have to choose just one place to go, stocking loads of Japanese craft books and fabrics plus sashiko, embroidery supplies including DMC and Cosmo threads, notions, buttons, trims, zippers, patterns, books, yarn and more! They accept cash and credit card, plus cut your fabric in 10cm increments. There is a membership card available for 500 yen for one year that gives you 10% off full-price stock (7% if paying by credit card) if you know a friend with one to borrow or some Japanese to sign up!

Don Quijote

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Don Quijote (ドン・キホーテ) is a discount chain store that has over 160 locations throughout Japan as well as three stores in Hawaii. It carries a wide range of products, from basic groceries to electronics to clothing. The store is well known in Japan and is often referred to by its shortened name Donki. Distinctly, Don Quijote tends to keep very late hours for Japanese retailing (to 3 or 5am, or even 24 hours) and it packs its goods from ceiling to floor in a distinct merchandising strategy encouraging the customer to "discover treasure" and possibly return to the store to find a remembered item.Donki stores are like walking through a cluttered warehouse of random products ranging from alcohol and food to home electronics and car supplies. Merchandize is stacked high, just inches below the ceiling. It’s almost as if you are on a treasure hunt in a labyrinth.