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You can buy home furnishing, clothes, food and drink, Computers and Electronics, jewelry, toy and games etc.
The price you can get here basically is about 45% cheapper than any other department store.
What to buy: Discount store, don't think of saving money, everything is cheap here.
In Japan you can buy a lot of things like clothes, Computers and Electronics, Home Furnishing, Jewelry and even branded staffs with lower than half price. The price may go down as low as 80% from the original price.
What to buy: IBM, Sony, LV, Prada, Channel
What to pay: 80% cheapper than the original price.
All you can buy in US$1 each, even cheapper than the discount store.
You can find books, food and drink, clothes, crafts, stationary even toy and games.
What to buy: Dont worry about how much money you bring, basically is US$1 each. Just buy as much you like.
What to pay: Mainly Cash only
If you're jonesing for Pop-Tarts or Smart Pop, you aren't likely to find them at Precce or any of the standard Japanese groceries. I tried a couple of "comprehensive" groceries during my stay, and the best of these was Nissin World Delicatessen, which features three floors of goods, a full butcher shop (the only place I found to acquire turkey meat, that is, not a whole turkey, other than Subway!), excellent wine selection, and enough tastes of home...though admittedly at a price (Ciao Bella gelato was Y935 for a pint)...to keep everybody reasonably contented. They deliver for a small fee. Parking is available in the building if you happen to have a car. Open daily from 9 AM-9 PM.
The National Azabu Grocery would be my next pick.
Lots of things for only 100yen per item
What to buy: Crackers, Chocolates, Gloves, Hats, Noodles, Cosmetics, Toiletries, Lighters, Household Item, anything you could think of to buy back as souvenirs......
What to pay: I have spend more than 10000 yen in these shop altogether for souvenirs and my breakfast...
When I'm in the Ueno (Ameyokocho) area, I always stop at Niki no Kashi (Niki's Snacks). They are a discount snack and food store where you can buy stuff in bulk. Hence it's a great one place stop for your edible souvenir needs. They sell the same cakes & cookies that you see at train stations plus candy, gum, toy-containing candy for kids, etc. There are two shops across from each other. One has mostly snacks and the other has grocery items. Check out both.
What to buy: I usually pick up things like that gum that smells like perfume or KissMint gum. Or Ultraman, Sanrio or other character candy with little toys in it. Plus anything with funny English on it. It's also great for those gross out items -- squid on a stick, etc. You can buy snacks to eat while you're in Japan as well. Of course they have Pocky, Pretz and things like that too.
What to pay: Cheaper than retail.
Check out the 100 yen stores. At the larger ones you can get many useful items including food and clothes that are very cheap
7-11`s and Am/Pm`s are very convenient for cheap food and daily items
What to pay: Its possible to live one day in Japan on less than 1000 yen a day without suffering too much
Accomodation is then another 2000 if you stay in a guesthouse
The weekends will be a little more if you are going to go out to a club or restaurant then you are going to need at least 4 or 5000 yen for the evening, less than that is possible but you are going to feel a little stressed!
This shop depicts the latest trends of Japanese products and foods. They rank everything from 1 - 5 in Japan such as the most popular soft drink, toy, magazines and snacks. This is the place to be to check!
These three are highly recommended by us- a family of four living here. Ozeki is a chain supermarket with good deals on food, Jusco in Shinagawa is a good place to buy clothes, food, groceries etc. Jusco is one stop shopping.
Takeya, the purple buildings near Okachimachi are a good place to shop for food, electronis, toys, games etc. One stop shopping as well.
What to buy: Mostly food and goods outlined above
What to pay: Depends on what you are looking for but it is worth a look.
Daiso is a major 100 Yen chain store with locations all over Japan. Some are as large as 5 floors high!
What to buy: Me and my friends picked up some belts, scarves, cosmetics, chopsticks, bowls (very nice ceramic and wooden ones!), paper lanterns, Hello Kitty stuff, candy, chips...
Not everything is a good deal, but there's many deals to be found!
What to pay: 100 Yen!
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