Furniture, Hardware and Office Supplies in Japan

Find out about the Japanese chain stores that supply the basic furniture, home furnishings, groceries, white goods, electrical appliances and DIY for your home...

Normal shop opening hours in Japan are 10:00 until 19:00 or 20:00, though some remain open later and a few are open 24 hours a day.

Supermarkets

Supermarkets can be found throughout residential Japan; many are located in the basements of department stores. Several of the larger chains, listed below, stock clothes at low prices as well as food. They are good places to shop for everyday supplies.

  • Costco: sells clothes, jewellery, office and electrical supplies, health and beauty products, DIY goods and sports kit as well as groceries, including fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, and international foods
  • Hanamasa (in Japanese): discount supermarket which offers customers discounts for buying in bulk. The stores stocks foreign foods from Italy and Thailand, as well as both fresh and frozen products. They are open 24 hours a day
  • Kinokuniya: supermarket chain with stores around Tokyo. It stocks groceries, meat, cheeses and pastries as well as international foods and English-language newspapers and magazines
  • Daiei (in Japanese): one of Japan's largest supermarket chains. It is also a department store
  • Aeon (in Japanese): chain of supermarkets and small convenience stores
  • Ito-Yokado (in Japanese): chain of supermarkets and department stores found around Japan
  • Seiyu: general merchandise store found throughout Japan selling food, clothing and general household products. Their stores offer shopping at low prices
  • Kansai Super: (in Japanese) a chain of 60 supermarkets with groceries, meat, fish and fresh foods in the Kansai region
  • Donki: sells discount food, clothes and electrical goods in their stores throughout Japan. Their website allows users to locate a store in their area

Department Stores

Japanese department stores often provide information and floor guides in English. They usually stock clothing, beauty products, jewellery, gardening and home products, sports kit and equipment, books and food.

  • Mitzukoshi: 14 department stores with restaurants and beauty salons. The larger stores also have art galleries and exhibition halls
  • Isetan: nine stores in Japan with restaurants, cafĂ©s and libraries
  • Matsuya: department stores found in the Ginza and Azakuya regions of Tokyo. They specialise in high quality products and stock many international designer brands
  • Sogo (in Japanese): has stores around Japan. The store in Yokohama is renowned for its vast food shop and a museum

Furniture Stores

  • IKEA: sells furniture, soft furnishings and goods for throughout the home at their seven stores around Japan
  • In the Room (in Japanese): sells home furnishings at stores around Tokyo
  • Watashinoheya (in Japanese): sells home furniture, baby products, beauty and bathroom products and stationery in its stores around Tokyo
  • IDC (in Japanese): a selection of furniture and other home goods at a range of prices in stores around Japan

Electronic and Appliance Stores

  • Best Denki (in Japanese): electrical appliance retailer with stores around the country. It stocks a variety of electronic goods including computers, cameras and printers
  • Yodobashi Camera (in Japanese): chain of electronic product superstores selling cameras, computers and home entertainment systems. It has a vast product range in its 21 stores around Japan
  • Laox: sells electrical appliances, souvenirs, jewellery and computer supplies. Has English-speaking staff and can provide some product manuals in English

DIY and Hardware Stores

  • Tokyo Hands: national chain of department-type stores which sell DIY goods. A wide selection of power tools, soft furnishings, kitchen and bathroom equipment, stationery, beauty products and home decoration items
  • Komeri: chain of Japanese DIY shops with a selection of tools, basic domestic hardware, household appliances, carpets, tiles, lighting, paint, self-assembly kitchen units, shelving, doors, blinds, furniture for the home and garden, garden tools, soft furnishings and plants

Office Supplies and Stationery

  • Yuzawaya: sells office supplies and stationery as well as toys, fabrics, sewing and craft materials and lingerie
  • Office Busters: stores around Japan which sell new and used office furniture and office supplies