Discount Shops - Groceries, Tokyo
You will be supprised to see this.
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!
Tokyo is full of vending machines: there's three or more on each corner! You can buy coke, ice cream, coffee, noodles or even crazy things like cigarrettes flavored roses! Very convenient and not too expensive
A newly built shop in Akihabara Department Store that sells everything at 100 yen! There are many cute keychains and character goods to choose from.
What to buy: Buy cute little keychains and character goods for only 100 yen.
What to pay: 105 yen per item.
All through out Tokyo there are many many many 100 Yen Stores. These are like discount variety stores. Nothing in the shop is over 100 yen its such a cool shop and they are everywhere. Just to convert currently 100 Yen = AUD$1.13 how cheap is that!!!
What to buy: We can buy stuff like calculators, handy radios, packs of envelopes, plastic plates, glasses, cups, towels, toys, thermometers, etc. The list can be endless.
In the shop, they sell a wide range of products that are classified into different categories that will suit anyone's need. They provide updated information about their products too.
What's good on this shop is that, they can process orders even you're a gaikokujin like me. They have an english website too.
What to buy: Souvenirs, Japan Daily Products, Toys, Accessories, Clothings and many more at discounted prices.
What to pay: 300 yen - 5,000 yen depending on item
At Shimojima, everything from cards to postcards to calendars to wrapping paper can be found. It is a 'wholesaler' so you can find wrapping materials and other items in bulk. Shimojima actually consists of six stores on one street. There are two mainly of interest as the rest are either redundant or cater to business owners.
What to buy: The floor directory of the main branch is:
1F - Seasonal goods, household items
2F - Office & Computer Supplies
3F - Stationery items
4F - Wrapping paper, bows, ribbons
5F - Household and Food-related Supplies
6F - Packaging Materials
7F - Hobby Items; dried flowers, stencils, etc.
8F - Decorating items such as posters, paints and display items
The Gift Shop contains the following:
1F - Seasonal and Character Goods
2F - Greeting Cards, Stickers, Bridal
3F - Japanese paper(washi), ribbons, wrapping paper
4F - Party Goods and Clocks/Watches
5F - Aroma Items, Candles, Miniatures
Note: They close early around 17:30
What to pay: It's wholesale so it's cheap relative to Japan