INSIDE: The ULTIMATE Shopping Guide to Daiso Tokyo in Harajuku. Updated 2019.
Daiso in Japan is the ULTIMATE shop if you are wondering where to buy cheap souvenirs in Tokyo.
Our favourite Daiso store in Tokyo is Daiso Harajuku.
If you are travelling with kids on a family trip to Tokyo, then you MUST visit Harajuku. It is the most colorful, noisy, on-trend, vivid, creative, lively town in Tokyo.
Did we say colourful? Yes? Good.
Think crazy music, dancing, cos players dressed up in anime outfits, throngs of bubbly chatty tourists, cute kawaii food, unusual Tokyo souvenirs, kooky but cool Tokyo fashion, knee high socks, every kind of sweet and savoury crepe imaginable, but most importantly, DAISO, the one hundred yen shop.
Visiting the massive Daiso shop in Harajuku means you can tick off two Tokyo bucket list attractions in one – the magical town of Harajuku (and the main Harajuku shopping street, Takeshita Dori), AND Tokyo souvenir shopping.
- 1 How to find Takeshita Dori in Harajuku
- 2 How to find the Daiso Tokyo Store in Harajuku
- 3 Where to buy Cheap Souvenirs in Tokyo?
- 4 Pocket Money Spends at Daiso Harajuku
- 5 The ULTIMATE List of Daiso Japan Products
- 6 Tokyo Souvenir Shopping at Harajuku Daiso
- 7 Green Tea Kit Kat at the Daiso Supermarket
- 8 The Inside Scoop – Daiso Japan in Harajuku
- 9 How to get to Daiso in Harajuku
- 10 Map of DAISO Japanese Dollar Store
- 11 More Daiso Stores in Japan
- 12 The Biggest Daiso in Tokyo
- 13 Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Tokyo Shopping at Daiso Harajuku 100 yen shop
- 14 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to visit in TOKYO?
- 15 Subscribe
How to find Takeshita Dori in Harajuku
Takeshita Dori is the main street thoroughfare in Harajuku, and begins directly opposite the train station.
Look up to see the Takeshita Dori street sign welcoming you.
I first visited here in 1998 as a 15 year old, and nothing much has changed. It’s still as wacky, out-there, groovy, and FUN, and it’s top of my list of places to go with kids.
There’s just so much to see and do in Harajuku, schedule at least two days on your Tokyo Itinerary with kids to browse, eat, shop, and take snaps!
How to find the Daiso Tokyo Store in Harajuku
Daiso in Harajuku is smack bang in the middle of Takeshita street, on the left. As you start walking downhill along Takeshita Dori street, you’ll come to this giant-sized pink sign.
DO NOT PASS THIS SHOP WITHOUT ENTERING. The Daiso shop in Tokyo Harajuku is awesome!
Our best travel tip: Bring a backpack to carry your Daiso shopping treasures home.
Where to buy Cheap Souvenirs in Tokyo?
There’s so much on offer in this shop, and 90% of things are just 100 YEN EACH.
Yes, 100 yen. (Around 90 cents USD, and just a little over ONE dollar AUD!)
It’s the best shop in Tokyo for souvenirs, gifts and homewares of all kinds. BUT unlike lots of other cheap, variety stores with rubbish quality items, lots of Daiso products are really cute, well made, fashionable and stylish too.
Daiso Tokyo in Harajuku is also THE SHOP to buy a gift for everyone on your list without breaking your travel budget!
Pocket Money Spends at Daiso Harajuku
Our top tip for visiting Harajuku is to go early in your Tokyo vacation for a first look-see, then if you can manage it, popping back a day or two before your departure date to let the kids buy all their budget souvenir purchases at Daiso Harajuku.
It’s easy to get lost in this Daiso Japanese store with so many people and so many aisles. Make sure the kids know NOT to leave the store, and to wait by the front cash registers until you come for them.
Roam the Gnome’s Travel Tip: Give your kids a limit of 1000 yen each, and let them search for their souvenirs for friends and family at Daiso. It’s budget-sized fun for everyone, and a lesson in managing money too. If you need to know where to buy cheap souvenirs in Tokyo, don’t miss it.
The ULTIMATE List of Daiso Japan Products
What to buy in Daiso Tokyo? Start here.
Bento Box Accessories at Daiso
Mix and match your:
- pastel coloured bento lunch boxes
- bento accessories including bento picks and rice moulds so you can have panda or teddy bear ‘onigiri’ rice balls!
- furoshiki lunch-wrap cloths
- sweetly decorated Japanese lunch bags made from cloth
- portable chopsticks and cutlery.
Cheap Japanese stationery shop
Go upstairs to the 3rd floor for a whole range of Japanese stationery. Daiso stocks:
- Japanese pencils
- coloured pens and Japanese markers
- deco tape
- washi tape
- folders and origimi paper
- Japanese notepads
- Japanese letter writing sets
- Japanese stickers
- Japanese phone accessories
- Japanese items to help you organise your desk
If your kids love cute Japanese stationery as much as we do, they’ll remember this shop as the best Japanese shop in Tokyo.
Upstairs, you’ll also stumble upon aisles of cheap Japanese ceramics. My cupboards at home are FILLED with these sweet finds that replaced all my tired plates and dinnerware. I love using these Japanese dishes to pretty up the way we serve dinner and they serve to remind us of time in Japan, our favourite country in the world. These miniature plates in shibori colours top my list of things to buy in Tokyo.
Look out for:
- Small Japanese ceramic dishes, bowls, and plates
- Japanese chopsticks and chopstick rests
- Japanese Green Tea or Sake sets
- Japanese tea cups.
Take a little bit of Japan back home to reflect on your travels when drinking your late afternoon cup of green tea.
Kitchen supplies and kitchen gadgets at Daiso
If the kids need something for Grandma, or someone who loves to bake, visit the kitchen aisle for all kinds of fun.
- brightly coloured gloves
- super cute heart and star shaped ice cube trays
- Japanese kitchen utensils
- kitchen tongs
- quirky frog-shaped pot holders (and other styles), all made from silicon so they are light to pack.
My favourite part of Daiso is the homewares section. I find things here that I never knew I needed, like tools to hold your boots upright in storage, and hard brushes to clean grout in the shower. There’s also super cute home accessories like animal shaped kitchen sponges, and doll-shaped toilet brushes. Who can resist?
- Japanese aprons
- Japanese cleaning products
- Handy tools to organise your home and life. Take a GOOD look, budding Marie Kondo organisers.
Japanese toys in Daiso
The kids can find a range of traditional Japanese toys both they and their friends will adore.
- Wooden cup and ball sets (Kendama)
- wooden spinning tops
- Japanese paper balloons
- Japanese wooden yoyos
- wooden Japanese dolls.
Japanese travel goods at Daiso
There’s plenty of travel goods too, including these life-saving hat clips so you never lose a toddler’s hat again!
But that’s not the most surprising.
Someone once asked me, “where can I find surgical masks in Tokyo Japan?”, and I told them to try Daiso! You can find ALL kinds of random stuff in this place.
Tokyo Souvenir Shopping at Harajuku Daiso
Here’s a sample of some of the Tokyo souvenirs you can buy at Daiso in Tokyo 100 yen store.
Japanese souvenirs at Daiso
At the Harajuku Daiso, there’s also whole section on the ground floor as you walk in the door dedicated to traditional Japanese-style gifts. This is where you’ll find the best Daiso finds too, as they are ever changing.
- Japanese good luck charms
- Japanese wall hangings
- Japanese fans
- traditional Japanese ornaments
- origami paper packs
- sushi-shaped erasers and magnets
- Japanese notepaper
- sushi mats
- lucky charm ornaments
Our best buy in Tokyo is the “Koinobori” carp streamers, a symbol of of Children’s Day. In Japanese culture, the carp symbolizes courage and strength because of its ability to swim up a waterfall.
There’s even Hot Spring Bath Powder, for those who want to share the ‘onsen’ love.
Green Tea Kit Kat at the Daiso Supermarket
The Daiso supermarket on the ground floor also stocks Japanese foodstuffs, Japanese grocery items, Japanese chocolate, and Japanese candy and lollies. Most importantly, you can buy up big on the ultimate Japanese chocolate treat, Green Tea Kit Kats.
This is the busiest spot in these 100 yen shops.
We recommend you head upstairs first for unique and different ideas for Tokyo souvenirs as mentioned, then finish in this section. The supermarket is the place to buy cheap things in Tokyo including fun Japanese food gifts and treats to share when you get home.
The Inside Scoop – Daiso Japan in Harajuku
Daiso Address: 1 Chome-19-24 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Daiso Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm daily
Daiso website: Coming soon
- The shop takes Mastercard and Visa should you need.
How to get to Daiso in Harajuku
Want directions to Daiso in Tokyo? Catch a train to Harajuku, cross the street to Takeshita Dori street, and wander about 200 metres downhill to find Daiso Harajuku on your left.
How to get to Harajuku station
Be sure to click on ‘English’ at the top of these JR page links
From Shibuya Station to Harajuku.
- Route: JR Yamanote Line (Shinjuku・Ikebukuro bound)
- Note: It only takes two minutes to reach Harajuku. Not only is this faster than taking a taxi, it is also considerably cheaper.
From Shinjuku Station to Harajuku.
- Route: JR Yamanote Line (Shibuya・Shinagawa bound)
From Tokyo Station to Harajuku.
- Route: JR Chuo Line(Kofu・Matsumoto bound) or JR Yamanote Line (Shibuya・Shinagawa bound)
- Note: You can also transfer at Shinjuku Station for the inner circle Yamamoto Line (Shibuya・Shinagawa bound)
Map of DAISO Japanese Dollar Store
More Daiso Stores in Japan
People ask me, how many Daiso stores can be found in Japan?
You can find hundreds more Daiso branches in Tokyo alone – both small, medium and large sized.
There’s a bucketload more around the country too. You’re never far from a Daiso.
The most popular Daiso stores are listed below.
- Daiso Ueno
- Daiso Shibuya
- Daiso Shinjuku
- Daiso Asakusa
- Daiso Tokyo Station
- Daiso Ginza
- Daiso Ikebukuro in Sunshine City
Click on the interactive map of Daiso locations in Japan to find the exact locations. You can find Daiso stores near your hotel too.
The Biggest Daiso in Tokyo
The largest Daiso in Tokyo is Daiso Arcakit Kinshicho, about a 20 minute walk south of Tokyo Skytree.
The nearest train station is Kinshicho. Find it here.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Tokyo Shopping at Daiso Harajuku 100 yen shop
Roam the Gnome and I agree. SUPER FUN shop for the kids where they can shop to their heart’s delight (and yours too!)
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