By Amanda Ho
Nitori is the IKEA of Japan selling affordable furniture and interior goods. With more than three hundred stores in Japan, and about fifty stores overseas, it is a great place to shop, not only for those setting up home in Japan, but also for short term residents, or even tourists looking to buy souvenirs.
From large items such as dining tables, carpets, beds, kitchen cabinets, and curtains to smaller items such as rice cookers, frying pans, pots, kettles, and coffee makers, Nitori has an extensive range of choices. They put together showrooms of different sections of the house such as the kitchen or bedroom, providing decoration ideas, and at the same time, showcasing their best furniture. For tourists, smaller items would appeal. There are huge varieties of spoons, chopsticks, and towels, some with Japanese designs that would make great souvenirs.
Besides the retail shop, Nitori offers various services ensuring a pleasant and enjoyable shopping experience. There are paper measuring tapes at the curtain sections, gift wrapping services, free delivery for furniture items priced over a certain amount, and even a free truck rental service for rent up to ninty minutes if you purhcase furniture, carpets or other large items.
Nitori assures quality in its products by providing a one year warranty for small items, and a five year warranty for large items, with the exception of certain items like consumables, light bulbs or personal hygenie products. If the products break down during the warranty period, they can be repaired free of charge, or replaced with new ones.
There is also an online store, accessible at anytime, anywhere, and from mobile phones too, which makes shopping convenient. Do join their free membership if you shop frequently, which allows you to earn points for every purchase. These points can be used to offset future purchases, and the membership card also offers a host of other benefits.
Nitori is a 15 minute walk from Shin-Anjo station on the Meitetsu line.
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I still clearly remember the day I first landed in Japan, and since then it has been my goal to set foot in all 47 prefectures. I try to look for less touristy areas, preferring the countryside to the city. I'm always amazed by the many Haagen Dazs and ice cream flavors available only in Japan.