Don Quijote is the biggest discount chain store in Japan. It’s always bustling with foreign tourists for its wide selection of bargains, ranging from food to electronics, variety goods like costume and merchandise, and pretty much anything you can imagine. Items in-store are duty free and all branches have a foreign currency service. For people coming from overseas to Japan, Don Quijote stands at the top as the best and easiest place to shop.
So what are the most popular products bought at Don Quijote? Let’s take a look.
Japanese Snacks & Sweets
You can be spoiled for choice with Japanese snacks and sweets as there are so many popular ones to choose from. There are even tourists who buy 10-20 packets in one shop as gifts to their friends. One particularly popular choice is Kororo, a soft candy made with 100% fruit juice. They are loved for their cute appearance and real fruit flavour. Another popular pick are Japanese KitKats, which are known for their unique flavours including matcha, wasabi, sake and more.
Japanese Medical Supplies
A lot of foreign tourists buy Japanese medical supplies in bulk to take back home. “Strong Wakamoto” is a digestive medicine that is very popular. There are a lot of Japanese people that aren’t too familiar with this product, but it’s well-known in other places – in Taiwan, for example, you’ll see it advertised in commercials. It’s sold in Taiwan too, but because it’s about NT$ 200 cheaper (￥600) in Japan, the number of people buying from Japan is on the rise.
A popular gift for mothers in Japan from Don Quijote is the “Ceramic Knife” which is praised for its ease-of-use. There’s a selection of different sizes and colours, and you can also buy them divided for different purposes too. They also sell a range of useful items for the kitchen too, like food containers – perfect for giving to people.
Hairdryers by Panasonic are commonplace with people overseas and of course in Japan too. “Botanical Shampoo” ranked number one in the hair care categories of Japan’s major mail-order business. Although there’s no added silicon, it’s said that the shampoo provides a gently moist finish. It’s become a very popular product in Asia, including South Korea and Taiwan.
Don Quijote has a large alcohol section which serve as a great gift to friends, including nihonshu, shochu, cocktails and more. A brand of nihonshu called “Dassai” is ranked among the most popular drinks ever since it was showcased on Taiwanese television. The price changes depending on the variety of sake you go for, so you can split your purchases appropriately between those you are gifting.
Did you enjoy this article? If you’re buying souvenirs from Japan, then Don Quijote is a perfect place to seek something out!
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