Takeya in the Okachimachi district of Tokyo is about VFM (value for money) from the moment you enter to the moment you leave. Floor upon floor of rock-bottom prices on as wide a range of goods as you are likely to find in any other single store in the capital pack shelves throughout this bright purple, no-frills building.
From make-up to basic foodstuffs (that actally make great souvenirs) such as Japanese biscuits and pickles, to self heating patches popular with the elderly in winter (peel off a sticky patch and apply the roughly 30cm square patch to the lower back or spot you have suffering from the chills of winter), Takeya’s first floor is a supermarket meets pharmacy blend that serves as an unequalled insight into downtown living in this corner of the capital.
Higher up, electronics, cosmetics, souvenirs and a huge range of household items dominate. Many are ahead of the game when compared to similar pieces seen overseas, but do confirm electrical appliances will work back home before making a purchase: advice that should be followed wherever you shop
Staff conversant in various tongues are always on hand as are leaflets in several prominent Asian and European languages – the Chinese leaflet perhaps the most popular of those placed at various locations around the store.
Whenever you opt to drop by though, do so with a warning if a tourist; you are unlikely to leave empty handed – such is the range and temptations on offer.
Admittedly, Takeya may not be on a par with outlets in Ginza and Shinjuku in as far as location, appearance and even image goes. Takeya trumps many, however in terms of service and price – and who ever complained about getting a good deal?