This time I’m gonna share with you one of my favorite places to shop in Japan. Donki or Don-Quijote is a big discount chain store in Japan that sells almost EVERYTHING with a great deal!!
Starting from food, snacks, cosmetic, souvenirs, cooking ingredients, cosplay costume, fashion items, electronic, travel items, etc THEY HAVE IT ALL!!
I got so many questions about where is the best place to buy Japanese snacks, souvenirs, make up and basically anything with the best price in Japan. That is pretty much the same question I used to ask myself while planning for my first trip to Japan last year and well now I have the answer for that question, Donki or Don-Quijote.
Don Quijote has over 160 outlets throughout Japan including Tokyo, most of the stores are open until late or even open for 24 hours. There are two Don Quijote outlets AnakJajan have visited, Asakusa and Akihabara.
Asakusa outlet is opened for 24 hours, it is located in walking distance from the famous Senso-ji Temple (5 minutes walk, 450 meters). You can easily spot the store with their catchy penguin logo.
As I have already informed on my previous ‘Ultimate Japan Travel Guide’ blogpost, if you have a problem in finding the location on google map, you can simply use the Japanese writing of Don-Quijote ドン・キホーテ
I also will share with you the detailed direction, address, map and Japanese writing of the address at the end of this blog post for your reference.
Fyi, Don Quijote provides 8% TAX-FREE shopping for tourist with minimum of purchase JPY 5.001 before tax for consumable items and JPY 10.001 for non-consumable items such as electronics, watches, jewelry, designer goods and both categories cannot be combined in a single transaction. FYI, in Japan tax exemption takes place right at the place of purchase rather than at a special tax refund counter at the airport, so they will directly exempt the tax during the transaction.
Important note: for tax-free shopping, you will need to show your passport at the cashier so do not forget to bring your passport okay?! And one more thing that I find very annoying, they will put your consumable items tax-free purchasement in a special sealed packaging and you cannot & must not open it until you have left Japan. It is very annoying because you have to drop the whole bag with everything mixed up inside your luggage making you unable to pack neatly.
Overall, Don Quijote is a place that you must not miss when you visit Japan. Its is similar with Mustafa Centre in Singapore but on a whole nother level. I always end up carrying a lot of shopping bags filled with Japanese snacks and make up every time I visited this store. In fact on my first trip to Japan during Spring and my third trip on Summer, we end up buying suitcase at Don Quijote because we have filled our suitcases with too many purchases, oopsieee!! Let’s shop!! 🙂
More post about Japan on https://anakjajan.com/category/location/japan-location/
4-3-3 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, JAPAN, 101-0021
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 5:00
JR Yamanote Line JR Chuo Line Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line It takes a 3 minute walk from Akihabara Station (Electric Town Exit)
2-10 Asakusa Taito-ku Tokyo, JAPAN, 111-0032
Open 24 Hours
1 minute walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station
7 minute walk from Ginza line Tahara Station
8 minute walk from Toubu Skytree line Asakusa Station
9 minute walk from Asakusa/Ginza line Asakusa Station
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