Apr 23, 2012

Cheapest Place to buy souvenirs to Tokyo...

Dedicated to all my co travellers and others visiting Tokyo....... this blog of mine is where to find the cheapest souvenirs..... (as per research......)

Don Quixote
Another "everything store", but decidedly downmarket from Tokyu Hands and Loft, at Don Quixote it’s pile ’em high, sell ’em cheap taken to the extreme. The aisles and shelves are cluttered, disorganized and disorientating, but you’ll find everything from snacks to washing machines. There’s even a curtained off “adults only” section for naughtier tastes!
Address: 1-16-5 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Telephone: (03)5291-9211
Website: www.donki.com

"100 Yen" Shops
Dotted around train stations and in some shopping areas you can find 100 yen shops. They are similar to $1 shops found in some other countries. In 100 yen shops, you can find chopsticks, tableware, fans, kites, origami paper, calligraphy sets, "Hello Kitty" and much, much more! A great place for buying cheap souvenirs.
Nakamise Shopping Arcade
The Nakamise Shopping Arcade is lined with stalls selling traditional souvenirs. It's situated in front of Asakusa's Sensoji Temple (TOEI Asakusa Subway Line and Ginza Subway Line). The prices are generally fairly reasonable.

This is one of the best places in Tokyo to buy souvenirs (the other being the Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando), but note more expensive items such as swords and kimonos are likely to be of inferior quality. Slightly nicer crafts, rather than mass-produced kitsch, can be found at good prices if you walk up to the temple, turn right, and turn right again on the first small street running parallel to Nakamise. You will see plenty of small shops in this general area which have better quality souvenirs and gifts, like handkerchiefs, strings of hand-made silk balls, hairclips, etc.


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