Ah, the wonders of the Japanese dollar store. Each 100円ショップ hyakku en shoppu contains a large variety of high-quality, cheaply-priced goods.

Great for the tourists who are looking for cute and thoughtful souvenirs to take home.

Great for those living in Japan that have to do dishes but ran out of sponges.

Great for the kanji learners that want cheap kanji practice notebooks.

Great for the kiddos that want some cheap snacks to eat on the way home from school.

Great for the...

You know, I'm pretty sure that everyone can find something cool for them at a 100 en shop in Japan.

100 en shops come in a wide range of sizes and can be found pretty much anywhere. Some smaller shops could be in train stations, while some can be as big as a 6-floor department store. Which is where I do a majority of my souvenir shopping for my peeps back in the States.

But regardless of size, they've got pretty much all the essentials: kitchenware, office supplies, stationery, bathroom items, cleaning and laundry goods, health and beauty, interior decorations, house ware, snacks, clothing accessories, and bags. But don't take my word for it, browse for yourself.

Here are a few 100 en shop names worth recognizing.

1. Can Do / キャンドゥ

2. Seria / セリア

3. Daiso / ダイソー

4. Natural Kitchen / ナチュラルキッチン

5. Lawson Store 100 / ローソンストア100

6. Watts / ワッツ

300 yen shop bonus!

1. 3Coins / スイーコインズ

Also, note that not EVERYTHING in these shops is exactly 100 yen. There is tax to consider, aaaaand some of the items are actually higher priced. For example, this Natural Kitchen price listing.

Or these cute, 200 yen Mickey mugs.

Or this 300 en extension cord.

Or this 400 en mini humidifier.

If you happen across a Daiso, Can Do, or any of the names list above, I'd definitely recommend checking them out, and – if you've got mountains of free time - browsing through their websites, which I've included for your viewing pleasure. Happy, thrifty shopping!

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