Lawson Store 100

Aaron Baggett

I don’t know about the rest of you, but if it weren’t for the 100yen shops around Tokyo, I probably wouldn’t have made it this long in Japan. Education isn’t exactly found in the bargain bin these days and so after tuition fees stripped me to the bone I was feeling pretty frugal. Which is not exactly an easy lifestyle for Tokyoites (not until Tokyo Cheapo came along anyway). Thankfully, 100yen shops kept me alive on packaged curry and bland spaghetti. Even my first apartment was entirely furnished by dishes, mats and pillows I found at various 100yen shops. There are a few different chains around and a cheapo can’t go wrong with any of them, but I’m a fan of Lawson Store 100 simply because it’s right down the street.

 

Like at the regular Lawson store, you can find your cup ramen, a thousand varieties of drinks and bitter Japanese candy that only Japanese like. Unlike at the regular Lawson store, just about everything at Lawson Store 100 is 100yen. Well, technically 105yen, but I’m not here to talk about particulars. I’m here to show you where to get cheap toilet paper.


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I doubt you’ll care it’s recycled when the time comes.

Most 100yen shops are great for stuff like school supplies, toiletries, cleaning goods, snacks, drinks, etc. I mean it might not always be of the highest quality and the brand might be some knock-off from the Philippines, but hey, if you squint really hard and use your imagination, what’s the difference between a “Fudgee Barr” and Little Debby?

 

Looks like a Nutty Butty to me!

 Also, while most 100yen stores are identical, I’ve only ever seen fresh fruits and vegetables at Lawson 100. If you too feel the urge to cook a stew at two in the morning, then living next to a Lawson 100 can be a great plus since they’re open 24/7.



 And it will last me for a month.

What’s odd to me is that this Lawson 100 is five minutes away from the normal Lawson where the exact same items are more expensive.  It would seem to me that only one of these convenience stores is truly being convenient.



Also, Dr. Pepper.


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Price:Take a wild guess.
Website:Linked in English
Business hours:24/7

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12 Responses to “Lawson Store 100”

  1. haha I just came home from 100 Yen Lawson. I love it and I every time I go to a supermarket and think of buying a few things, I always end up like “nah, I can get the same for 100 Yen and 100 Yen Lawson!” so I go there 😀 the problem is, since it’s so cheap I always end up buying more than I wanted and then it becomes kinda expensive again. Also the packages are sometimes really small, so maybe in a normal supermarket they would have the same thing, but more quantity and cheaper as if you would buy two packages from Lawson.

    • Hi,

      I’m glad we share a Lawson 100 bond! I always end up doing the same thing. I get home and ask myself “did I really need 10 packages of bland spaghetti?”

  2. Newyawka

    The Orange juice sold here is top notch in taste. It isn’t Tropicana Pure Premium but closer to that than other OJ you’ll find in Japan. Lawson Value Line I think it’s called. And of course 100 yen for 900ml.

  3. Is there a store locator for Lawson 100 (and Daiso as well), even if only in Japanese, on the World-Wide Web?

    • Hi Steve,

      I believe their main site has one. I linked it in English at the bottom of the article. You can also try Google maps.

  4. Hi,

    I will go to tokyo by this end of year, and might crossing shinjuku at kabukicho area.
    is there any located lawson 100 nearby?

    Thanks

  5. David Curry

    I lived in Tokyo for a couple years with no job and just savings. Lawson 100 was my savior. On top of the supplies, snacks and canned goods, the perishables were recognizable brand names, and all in good condition, surprisingly. Tokyo is definitely expensive, but there are actually tons of opportunities to live frugal and save money. My apartment was right next to a park that offered free wifi, for example. I was unemployed, but those days were a lot more fun than they would have been back home in the same situation.

  6. hi.. this might be a stupid question but is there a microwave in Lawson 100 to heat up the food? thx

    • CheapoGreg

      I’m not sure as there is no Lawson 100 near to where I live, but all convenience stores have a microwave so it’s highly likely.


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