Find Almost Anything For Cheap! A Complete Guide to Don Quijote, a Popular Shop with Tourists
Don Quijote is a popular discount store in Japan that offers a very large amount of products at affordable prices! There are branches in all of Japan's major cities and are open late. They also have services aimed towards foreign tourists, so please check it out.
What is Don Quijote?
Don Quijote is a discount store with 341 shops throughout Japan. They aim to offer not just affordable prices, but also convenience through the large amount of items and late night hours and fun due to their store design.
What kind of items can you buy?
They have a huge variety of different kinds of items!
Some of the categories of items they carry include appliances, watches and brand items, sundry and interior goods, fashion, daily consumable goods, toys, food, and more. They have almost anything you can think of, from luxury brands, cosmetics, health goods, car accessories, sports and outdoor goods, pet care items, and more.
Perfect for souvenirs! What are some popular products?
One of the snacks that are popular with foreign tourists are treats that are matcha (green tea) flavored. The matcha Kit-Kat is especially popular since the regular Kit-Kat is beloved around the world. Cororo, a gummy with real fruit texture, is also great. Some other popular products are stainless bottles since Japanese-made bottles are airtight and have great heat retention, lightweight and rust-proof ceramic knives, and erasable pens.
Unique items are on sale!
There are unique items throughout the store, such as cosplay goods including samurai outfits, sailor uniforms, and costumes of popular anime characters.
Some tips to know so you can enjoy yourself even more!
One of Don Quijote's biggest charms is the fact that it's open late, and there are branches open 24 hours a day. Since you can shop at night, you can spend your entire day sightseeing. The prices are set to be some of the lowest in the region, so you can buy stuff at reasonable prices.
Don Quijote is known for having an overwhelming amount of products. They use the walls and ceilings to display their immense number of products in a display method called "compressed exhibition," so please make sure to note that. They also use colorful handmade cards to show the charms of different products throughout the store. In branches that have many foreign visitors, the cards are displayed in multiple languages.
Use their convenient services!
Most of the branches have tax-free shopping available. The large branches have a tax-free counter and staff available to help foreign tourists. All branches have a video interpretation service (English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai) available for use as well.
The registers can calculate in foreign currency as well. They accept Chinese renminbi, Korean won, Thai baht, Taiwanese dollars, Hong Kong dollars, American dollars, and Euros, but they can only take paper money. The change will be in Japanese yen. All branches accept China UnionPay. Other convenient services include the option of sending your purchases straight to the airport and free Wi-Fi within the store.
Where are the stores?
As of June 2017, there were stores all around the country with the exception of Kochi and Tokushima. Branches that are easy for foreign tourists to visit are usually in the business districts of large cities such as the Shinjuku or Akihabara branches in Tokyo and the Umeda or Dotonbori branches in Osaka. There are more than 20 branches in big cities throughout the country with strong tax-free exemptions.
Also, while Don Quijote has 40,000 to 60,000 products, there are also bigger shops called MEGA Don Quijote with 60,000 to 100,000 items. These shops are in Shibuya (Tokyo) and Shin-Sekai (Osaka).
Don Quijote has a huge range of products, from cosmetics to appliances to candy, for low prices. It's designed so you can enjoy shopping, so please stop by.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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