100 yen shop (hyaku en shoppu)
It is a type of discount stores that sell a wide range of products for 108 yen (100 yen plus 8 percent consumption tax).
DAISO in Shinsaibashi, Osaka
As 100 yen corresponds roughly to one US dollar, people sometimes call one dollar shop instead of 100 yen shop. This is almost impossible that people find the same goods of 100 yen at other shops. These shops are helpful and profitable for travelers and residents.
Though everything in the store costs 100 yen per item, they often sell smaller things, such as candy and snacks, in multiples 2 or 3 for 100 yen.Some stores also sell selected items for more than 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 in Japan, ranging in size from multi-story “department store” to small corners in shopping malls. A few convenience store chains have 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 Harajiku on Takesita Dori, just a few steps from Harajiku Station.
There are large stores in other cities, as follows.
Daiso Sapporo Chuo — South 2 West 2, Ohdori Station
Daiso Nagoya Sakae Skyle — Sakae Station
Daiso Osaka Keihan City Mall — Tenmabasshi Station, Keihan Railway
Daiso Kobe Sannomiya Centargai — Sannomiya Station
Daiso Fukuoka Kotsu Center — Fukuoka Koutsu Center, Hakata, Station
There are some major 100 yen shops except Daiso; CanDo, Seria, Siruku, Watts, etc.
Inside of 100 yen shop
100 yen shops can 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 directed from manufacturers, which are often located in countries with low production and labor costs.
Below is a selection of products typically fond at 100 yen shop:
Plates, rice and miso soup bowls, tea cups, sake set, forks, etc.
Kitchen knives, dippers, microwave containers, coffee filters, detergent, aluminum foil, etc.
Hammers, measuring tapes, pliers, screwdriver sets, cutter knives, etc.
Watering pots, mini rakes, containers, etc.
Boxes, report pads, memo pads, pens, calligraphy brushes, etc.
– Household goods
Sewing threads, towels, socks, slippers, etc.
– Leisure goods
Ping pong sets, swimming goggles, English-Japanese dictionaries, etc.