3 Coins storefront (Photo: Sherilyn Siy)

3 Coins

A lifestyle shop that promises a little happiness

3 Coins storefront (Photo: Sherilyn Siy)
Sherilyn Siy   - 2 min read

On my way out of the Tokyo Metro's Iidabashi Station, I was drawn to a shop with the intriguing name "3 Coins." I have heard of the expression "one coin," often referring to affordable meals that are equal to or less than ¥500. It turns out that the shop's name is a reference to the price of most of the items in the shop, ¥300 + tax (and thankfully not ¥1,500!).

The storefront is bright and inviting. Immediately visible to passers-by is an attractive display of household goods. There's a chic glass container with a well-designed bamboo cover made for easy stacking in the fridge. It was, as the shop name promised, only ¥300 + tax. The bigger sized glass containers were slightly more expensive but still pretty reasonable.

3 Coins appears to be more upscale than the ubiquitous Daiso. The products here are of a higher quality than the hundred yen shops and would make fairly decent presents.

Despite the relatively small shop size, I was impressed by the variety of household, interior goods, fashion accessories, accessories for digital devices, and even clothing items available. I found some durable charging cords for smartphones and an LCD writing pad at ¥500 only. I also spied reversible umbrellas that close inside out (to prevent water from pooling where you place it down) for only ¥1,000. These normally retail for twice as much. 3 Coins will definitely be a place to shop for Christmas presents.

3 Coins hopes to bring you "ちょっと幸せ," (chotto shiawase), "a little happiness." Many of the people who dropped in the shop left with something that they picked up, and I suspect not all purchases are planned.

Getting there

3 Coins has several branches all over Japan. Check out this link for your nearest branch. The branch I visited is located underground near the Tokyo Metro Iidabashi Station.

Sherilyn Siy

Sherilyn Siy @sherilyn.siy

For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2...