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Home Goods

Figuring out where to buy certain items in Japan can be tough. Look through this list of the most popular home goods stores in Japan and the type of merchandise they carry.

You can also find information on drug stores and second-hand goods shops.
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Home Goods


Nitori

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Nitori is a large chain home goods store with locations throughout Japan, a convenient online shop, and nationwide shipping in store and online. Nitori offers a wide variety of build-it-yourself products and ready-made products, from various price ranges. Nitori stores are generally (but not always) far away from train stations, so it may be best to drive or have a friend drive you.

Recently, however, a number of shopping malls have opened Nitori Deco Home stores, which are small shops that sell a limited variety of Nitori goods. Nitori Point Cards available. Shipping services are available.

Japanese source: http://www.nitori-net.jp/store/ja/ec/

The following product categories are available at Nitori:


Categories
Bed
Bath
Living
Dining
Kitchen
Office
Auxiliary Storage
Appliances
Fixtures
Cleaning supplies
Textiles

Ikea

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There are 9 Ikea stores in Japan. Unfortunately, Ikea Japan does not have an online store, but you can browse their entire catalogue in English, make a list of products you want to look at in person, and print direct from the website. Ikea offers a wide variety of build-it-yourself and ready-made products.
No point cards available. Shipping services are available.

English source: http://www.ikea.com/jp/en/

The following product categories are available:


Categories
Bed
Bath
Living
Dining
Kitchen
Office
Auxiliary Storage
Appliances
Fixtures
Cleaning Supplies
Textiles

Mujurushi Ryouhin

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Mujirushi Ryouhin (Muji for short) is a variety home store that sells furniture, textiles, clothing, dining ware, and food. The chain is known for clean, modern designs, high quality, and logo- and label-free products.

Muji stores accept point cards of the mall or department store they are inside (ex. Seibu Department Stores). If they are stand-alone stores, they do not accept point cards. Shipping services are available. Muji also has an online shop.

Japanese source: https://www.muji.net/store/

The following product categories are available:


Categories
Stationery
Bags
shoes
accessories
Furniture
Health and Beauty
Travel goods
Bed
Men’s and Women’s clothing
Bath
Kitchen
Dining
Bed
Food & beverages
Auxiliary Storage

Franfranc

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Francfranc is an interior design store focused on high-end goods for your home. This is a popular place to buy gifts. The following

Japanese source: http://www.francfranc.com/shop/default.aspx

product categories are available:


Categories
Rugs
Dinnerware
Furniture
Bags
Bedding
Cushions
Cushion Covers
Kitchen accessories

Tokyu Hands

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Tokyu Hands is a variety store with a comprehensive set of product categories in the Greater Tokyo Area. They carry everything from stationery to tools and sporting goods.

They sell a lot of unique things that typically cannot be purchased at other stores, so it is a popular place to buy gifts. Tokyu Hands Point Cards available. Shipping services are available.

English source: https://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/foreign.html

The following product categories are available: :


Categories
Stationery
Design Tools
Health & Beauty
Kitchen and Cooking
Bath
Cleaning & Laundry
Home Décor
Bags
Wallets
Travel
Rain Gear
Cycling
Variety Goods
Mobile Phone Accessories
Crafts
Tools & Small Building Materials

Loft

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Loft is another variety store, similar to Tokyu Hands, but with a higher emphasis on Stationery, Character Goods, and Health & Beauty. Loft is also a very popular place to buy gifts.

Loft stores accept point cards of the mall or department store they are inside (ex. Club ON card for Seibu Department Stores). If they are stand-alone stores, they do not accept point cards. Shipping services are available

Japanese source: http://loft.omni7.jp/top

The following product categories are available:


Categories
Health & Beauty
Stationery
Character goods
Cellphone accessories
Seasonal decorations
Travel
Art and Craft supplies
Kitchen and Cooking
Travel
Jewelry (large stores)
Laundry

Costco

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Costco is an American bulk retail chain that requires a paid membership to shop at. While Costco is mostly known for its bulk food, furniture and outdoor fixtures like swing sets and pools. There are Costco stores throughout Japan, but the highest concentration of stores is in the Greater Tokyo Area.
They are often far from stations, so you will need to drive, ask a friend to drive, or take a taxi. Shipping services are also available.

English source: http://www.costco.co.jp/p/?lang=en

The following product categories and servicers are available:


Categories
Produce
Meat & Fish
Bakery
Deli
Beverages & Alcohol
Toiletries
Sports
Outdoor
Gardening
Small Appliances
Auto/DIY
Office Supplies
Baby & Kids
Fashion
Domestics
Housewares
Health & Beauty
Pharmacy
Hearing Aid
Optical
Photo
Tire Center
Food Court
Gas Station
(Petrol Stand)

Bic Camera

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Bic Camera is a huge chain of electronics retailers. They have a huge array of product categories. Shipping is available at in-store locations, and an internet shop is also available. If you shop at Bic Camera, it is recommended to get a point card for instant discounts at checkout.

The following product categories and servicers are available (other electronics stores like Yodobashi Camera or Yamada Denki have similar product selection, but Bic Camera has the largest, in general):

English source: http://www.biccamera.com.e.lj.hp.transer.com/bc/top/CSfTop.jsp?ref=en_index

The following product categories are available:


Categories
Appliances
Lighting
Computers & Monitors
Peripherals
Cameras
Sound Systems
Health & Beauty
Games
Movies
Music & Instruments
Toys & Hobby
Sporting Goods
Glasses & Contacts
Cell-phones & accessories
Tablets & Accessories
Liquor & food gifts (some locations, not all)

Drug stores



Drug stores

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Drug stores, where you can buy over-the-counter (OTC) medications, cosmetics, personal care items (menstrual products, shampoo, cleansers, lotions, condoms, etc.), cleaning products, baby care items, and a limited selection of food.

The most popular large chain drug stores are Matsumoto Kiyoshi (Matsukiyo for short), Sun Drug, and Seims. There are countless smaller chain stores, and depending on where you live, even the popular large stores may be different.

If you are ever unsure if a store is a drug store or not, look for a large (kusuri) somewhere on the storefront. This means ‘medicine’.



Sun Drug

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Welcia

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Seims

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Daikoku Drug

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Second-hand stores


Book Off, Hard Off/House Off, and Hobby Off are popular resale shops.

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• At Book Off, you can buy used books, DVD, CD, Blu-ray, games, and game systems and peripherals.

• At Hard Off you can buy used audio equipment, games, musical instruments, DVD, TVs, monitors, cameras, mobile phones, computers, watches, & tools.

• At Hobby Off you can buy used figurines, collectibles, cards, and other memorabilia.

Tax-free info: https://www.bookoff.co.jp/inbound/



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