10 Most Popular Drugstores in Japan | Tokyo Creative Travel

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Every time you fly to Japan, you should never skip a visit to drugstores in Japan. Of course, you have no worry about where to find drugstores. There are many drugstores across Japan and do you know each store has different prices? The range of products may be wide or narrow, depending on the size of the store. In this article, I would like to reveal 10 popular drug stores you can find throughout Japan. You can compare each of them and find out which drugstore you should visit. Share this information on your social platform of your choice and draw more attention to your account with the help of Socialgreg.

1. Daikoku Drug

Daikoku Drug is a popular drug chain store that can be found everywhere in Japan. The feature of the store is the cheap price. Many discounted cosmetics and medicine were displayed at the front of the store. Although Japanese cosmetic products are limited, most of the popular brands you can find in the store. Daikoku Drug has an additional 5% discount every first and third Saturday. In addition, they have a 90 yen sales day on every 10th each month. If you want to get more discounts, plan to visit the store based on the date mentioned. 

Services                   : Tax refund, credit cash payment is available 

Business Hours   : 10:00 – 23:00 everyday

Website                   : http://daikokudrug.com/

2. Matsumoto Kiyoshi 

Matsumoto Kiyoshi is the largest drug store franchise with yellow sign boards in Japan. There are many good quality cosmetics, skin care and medical products that can be selected at drug stores across Japan. It is not difficult to find drug stores nearby your hotel and guest house. The products are a bit higher than other stores. However, you can find many Japanese brands in the stores where the other stores don’t have. They always give many discounts to the customers. Want to get more discounts? Download Matsumoto Kiyoshi’s App and find out more other discounts and sales information. 

Services                   : Tax refund, credit cash payment is available 

Business Hours   : 24 hours, close at 10:00pm on holidays, open at 10:00am the next day

Website                   : http://www.matsukiyo.co.jp/

3. Don Quijote

Don Quijote is the biggest discount store in Japan with over 300 branches throughout the country. The store has a variety of products sold including food, skin care products, cosmetics, medicine, clothes, household items and electric products. Special discounts and coupons are available locally or printed from the internet. You can find it everywhere throughout major cities and also nearby major train stations. Therefore, many foreign visitors like to shop and grab souvenirs to take home. 

Services                   : Tax refund, credit card payment is available 

Business Hours   : 24 hours

Website                   : http://www.donki.com/en/

4. Sun Drug

Sun Drug is another large chain in Japan. They do have pretty wide range of cosmetic and skincare products in Sun Drug. The price is cheap and some of the stores always have an additional 10% discount during the holiday. 

Services                   : Tax refund, credit card payment is available 

Business Hours   : 10:00 – 21:00

Website                   : http://www.sundrug.co.jp/

5. OS Drug

OS Drug is a popular spot among Japanese people. The price will always be lower than other drugstores. Although the store is small and not many options for customers, you can find a very cheap price when you are free to visit OS Drug. 

Services                   : No tax refund and credit card payment is not available 

Business Hours   : 9:30 – 19:15 (business hour may vary, depending on the branches)

Website                   : http://www.osdrug.com/sub1.htm

6. Kokumin Drugstore

Kokumin is a drugstore providing Japanese cosmetics, medicine and health food with over 200 branches throughout the whole country. The store is filled with popular and all-time bestsellers. When the store does not have the product you want, the store will promise to restock before you leave for Japan. Remember to bring your passport and show it to them, you can get many discounts from the store.

Services                   : Tax refund, credit card payment is available

Business Hours   : 08:00 – 23:00 (business hour may vary, depend on the branches)

Website                   : https://www.kokumin.co.jp/

7. Loft

Loft is another popular Japanese variety store that provides household products, cosmetics, stationery and everyday necessities. They have numerous branches around Tokyo including Shibuya, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Tokyo station area, Sapporo, Sendai, Kyoto and other major cities in Japan. All products are high quality and trendy. In addition, if you spend more than 1080 yen (tax included) at Loft, you are eligible to receive a 5% discount when you show your passport at the counter and also a sales tax exemption when you spend more than 5000 yen (tax excluded). So, what are you waiting for? This is a great place to find a wide range of souvenirs to bring back home. 

Services                   : Tax refund, credit card available

Business Hours   : 11.00-21.00

Website                   : https://www.loft.co.jp/


Plaza is an old-fashioned American drugstore that sells cosmetics in Japan. The Plaza stores are located in supermarkets or department stores. Although the store is small, they provide a large selection of makeup products, clothing accessories, snacks and everyday necessities.

Services                   : Tax refund, credit card is available 

Business Hours   : 08:00 – 20:00 (Monday – Friday) & 11:00 – 20:00 (Saturday, Sunday and Holiday)

Website                   : Nil

9. @cosme Store

If you are obsessed with makeup and skin care products, you should know Cosme. Cosme is Japan’s biggest beauty review site and many users share their comments on cosmetic products. Cosme has expanded its offline store called @cosme store and all the ranked products are available in the store. You can select cosmetic and skin care products without any sales assistants and recommendations.

Haseeb Haseeb

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