Many travelers would have heard of names such as Daiso or 100 Yen Shops when you travel around Japan, but which are the best discount shops to visit? This article compiles some of the best Japanese discount shops for anyone who plans to visit Japan.
Discount shops in Japan have been around for a very long time and dating back to 1926, and it is only in the last five to ten years or so that these popular Japanese brands have started to venture overseas by opening branches in many countries.
Those who have traveled to Japan would have experienced the ever popular 100 Yen Shops where you can find all kinds of everything at these discount shops. Nowadays, more brands have emerged offering shoppers a wide range of products which include practical items and also cute items.
Relatively unknown to many, but known to most who have visited Japan, Don Quijote (Pronounced as Dawn Kee Ho Tey) is probably the mother of all discount stores in Japan. With a chain of over 350 stores all over Japan, Don Quijote originally opened back in 1980 under a different name called Just Co.
It was only in 1989 that the company opened its first Don Quijote store in Fuchu, Tokyo. After 18 years, the company was listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, making them one of the most talked about discount chain store in Japan. The brand also goes by a nick name of Donki, which is a shortened name and easier to pronounce.
So, what is it that attracts people to Don Quijote? First of all, their concept of selling almost anything you need under one roof, has captivated the Japanese people as a one-stop place to buy things. The premises they operate is also usually in a four to five story building where they display all their products from floor to ceiling.
Because of their large chain group, they obtain products in bulk wholesale, and thus providing customers with huge discounts. Looking very messy inside, the thrill of exploring the outlet makes it feel like you are on a treasure hunt.
In total, they have over 45,000 products on sale, so you can imagine what is available in their stores, plus quality is highly observed, therefore the products are of very high quality and mostly made in Japan.
For the first timer to Japan, if you wander around the main commercial areas of any city, you are bound to see a Don Quijote store, and you should go in to see what is being offered. Products include groceries, household, clothes to everyday items, but the list goes on and on. Looking for a Cosplay outfit? They have it too.
Don Quijote may not be the largest chain, but they are the largest outlets with the most products. Some of their stores open 24 hours, while other close really late past midnight. In the latest development, Don Quijote is apparently opening an outlet in Singapore’s Orchard Road while they also have three outlets in Hawaii, USA.