Translated by Eri Sasaki
Don Quijote Akihabara: Japanese Souvenirs For Great Prices
Get lost in a sea of goods at Don Quijote. This store chain offers all kinds of products, but at the Akihabara location, you'll find some unique treasures!
Written by Koshizuka Misato
With locations throughout Japan as a total discount store, Don Quijote sells a wide range of products including food, daily necessities, medicine, and variety goods.
Many of the customers are astonished by the fully displayed products inside the store. Most of them are sold for a reasonable price, so the store is famous both among tourists and Japanese locals. We would like to introduce a unique Don Quijote location, "Don Quijote Akihabara".
What kind of place is it?
In this store, genres of products are divided into each floor as it sells a wide variety of goods.
Food, medicine, and daily necessities are on the 2nd floor. Sundry goods, fashion goods, toys, automobile and bike goods are on the 3rd floor. Home electrical appliances, bicycles, and brand goods are on the 4th floor. The 5th floor is their cosplay-kan (castle), selling a wide variety of cosplay goods.
The "Cosplay-kan" only exists at the Akihabara location!
The unique facility of Don Quijote Akihabara is definitely this "cosplay-jan" on the 5th floor, where you can find everything for your cosplay...such as cartoon character costumes, maid dresses, and school uniforms.
Lots of people visit this "cosplay-kan" every day thanks to its fascinating line-ups! Maybe you want to get a costume as a souvenir?
Popular Japanese souvenirs in Don Quijote
Not only ordinary customers but also tourists who are seeking Japanese souvenirs visit Don Quijote. We would like to introduce some of the most popular souvenirs that have been purchased by mostly foreign tourists.
Unexpected but popular products - Made in Japan medicine
Soon after the escalator from the 1st floor, there is a medicine booth nearby. Poultices, eye drops, ointment...customers are always looking for those high-standard and "made in Japan" medications.
This hot eye mask is extremely popular! It warms up your eyes, which makes you feel relaxed. Before you sleep or when you are tired, wearing this mask will be absolutely efficient for recovery.
Surprisingly, some of the customers get them by the box!
Best Japanese souvenir! Matcha flavor snacks
Typical souvenirs can be snacks. Those matcha flavour snacks are only available in Japan so tourists from abroad really like to buy them. There are a wide variety of matcha snacks!!
Only in Akihabara?? Cute otaku items!
This is a t-shirt with a lovely cartoon character. If you look for something only available and unique in Akihabara, these kinds of otaku goods can be your choice!
First of all, you must check here - a booth for popular goods
Beside "cosplay-kan" on the 5th floor, there is a booth that displays popular goods among foreign visitors. Japanese key chain goods and snacks are there, for example.
If you can't decide what to buy for souvenirs, visit here! You'll surely encounter the best items to bring back to your country!
Foreign visitor-friendly service - tax-free counter and foreign currency checker
If you buy a lot of stuff (¥5000 or more) at Don Quijote Akihabara, please come to the tax-free counter located on the 5th floor. Shop staff who are fluent in English and Chinese can help you with the tax exemption process.
The process requires the receipt and your passport so make sure you don't forget to bring them.
Additionally, any Don Quijote store accepts RMB, Taiwanese Dollars, Korean Won, Thai Baht, Hong Kong Dollars, US Dollars, and Euros. So you don't have to worry even if you do not have a sufficient amount of Japanese yen.
Don Quijote Akihabara
Address：4-3-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station(s)：JR Yamanote Line, Akihabara Station
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Suehirocho Station
Access：3-min walk from JR Akihabara Station
3-min walk from Tokyo Metro GinzaLine, Suehirocho Station
A tax free counter is on the 5th floor
Credit Cards Accepted：VISA, JCB, American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club, and Union Pay
Official Website: Don Quijote Akihabara