10 Most Popular Drugstores in Japan

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 drugstores you can find throughout Japan. You can compare each of them and find out which drugstore you should visit. 
1. Daikoku Drug
Daikoku Drug is popular drug chain stores that can be found in everywhere in Japan. The feature of the store is cheap price. Many discounted cosmetics and medicine displayed at the front of the store. Although Japanese cosmetic products are limited, but most of the popular brand you can find in the store. Daikoku Drug has additional 5% discount every first and third Saturday. In addition, they have 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/
Photo credit: http://liiife.tv/beauty/popular-drugstores-japan/

2. Matsumoto Kiyoshi 
Matsumoto Kiyoshi is the largest drug store franchise with yellow signboard in Japan. There are many of good quality of cosmetics, skin care and medical products can be selected at drug store across Japan. It is not difficult to find drug stores near by your hotel and guest house. The products are bit higher than other stores. However, you can find many Japanese brands in the stores where the other stores don’t have. They are 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/
Photo credit: https://en.japantravel.com/chiba/japan-drugstore-matsumoto-kiyoshi/25557

3. Don Quijote
Don Quijote is the biggest discount store in Japan with over 300 branches throughout the country. The store has variety of products are sold including food, skin care products, cosmetic, 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/
Photo credit: https://triplelights.com/blog/don-quijote-rstop-shop-359

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 additional 10% discount during holiday. 

Services                   : Tax refund, credit card payment is available 
Business Hours   : 10:00 – 21:00
Website                   : http://www.sundrug.co.jp/
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5. OS Drug

OS Drug is popular spot among Japanese people. The price will always be lower than other drugstores. Although the store is small and no many options for customers, but you can find a very cheap price when you have 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
Photo credit: https://linshibi.com/?p=1478

6. Kokumin Drugstore

Kokumin is a drugstore of 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 to Japan. Remember to bring your passport and show 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/
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 5% discount when you show your passport at the counter and also 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/
Photo credit: http://clarissalum.com/2014/07/travel-japan-day-07/

Plaza is an old-fashioned American drugstore that sells cosmetics in Japan. The Plaza stores are located in supermarket or department store. Although the store is small, they provide large selection of makeup products, clothe 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
Photo credit: https://www.skyscanner.com.sg/news/inspiration/japan-beauty-guide-where-to-buy-cosmetics-in-tokyo/

9. @cosme Store
If you 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 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.

Services                   : Tax refund, credit card is available 
Business Hours   : 11:00am – 21:00pm (Monday – Saturday) & 11:00am – 20:30pm (Sunday)  
Website                   : https://www.cosme.com/en/
Photo credit: http://www.cosme.net/Brands/detail/1000005

10. It's DEMO
It’s DEMO is a cosmetics store which provides makeup products, stationery, snacks and clothes with over 51 branches throughout Japan. The store also has many collaborated products with Disney, Hello Kitty or Sailor moon. You can find the cute cartoon’s item in It’s DEMO only.

Services                   : Tax refund, credit card payment is available 
Business Hours   : 09:00 – 22:00   
Website                   : http://tokyostory.net/shopping/its-demo/
Photo credit: https://www.shibukei.com/photoflash/2454/

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