Teenagers don’t seem to mind the jumble of everyday goods offered here, but I find the narrow aisles so packed that it makes me feel claustrophobic. It offers household goods and gadgets, kitchen appliances, plastic lunchboxes, PEZ dispensers, sporting goods, electronics, clothing, cosmetics, toiletries, party items, Hello Kitty character goods, food, alcohol, and much, much more, including cosplay fare such as maid costumes (a perennial favorite). It’s hard to come up with anything Don Quijote doesn’t sell, but strangely, I never find anything I’m compelled to buy. You might, however, want to check out the @home Maid Café on the 5th floor, the games arcade on the 7th floor, or Color Yellow nail salon on the ground floor, where staff decorate your nails with anime characters or any design of your choosing. It’s open daily from 9am to 5am. Known for its discounted prices and late hours, Don Quijote has more than 30 branches in the Tokyo area, including ones on Yasukuni Dori at 1–16–5 Kabuki-cho (tel. 03/5291-9211; station: Shinjuku) and in Roppongi, on the left side of Gaien-Higashi Dori if walking from Roppongi Crossing toward Tokyo Tower, at 3–14–10 Roppongi (tel. 03/5786-0811; station: Roppongi), both open a mind-boggling 24 hours.
4-3-3 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoka-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Our Rating Neighborhood Akihabara Transportation Station: Akihabara (3 min.). On Chuo Dori. Phone 03/5298-5411 Web site Don Quijote
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