Japan is every shopper’s dream destination. It’s numerous and varied stores have everything on offer, from tasty local dishes and traditional trinkets to the most chic brands and high-tech gadgets. Tourists will come across both local and foreign brands as well as goods that cater to every budget and taste, such as department stores, 100 yen shops, and opulent boutiques. As well as the online Amazon Japan store, but more about that later!
Shopping experience in Japan
Shopping in Japan is generally fun. The sales people are usually attentive, courteous, and welcoming. Customer service is of the highest level and the focus of all establishments. In fact, when you enter a store, you will usually be greeted with the word ‘irasshaimase’ which means ‘welcome and please come in.’ Customers do not need to respond to the greeting. The staff usually do not speak in foreign languages, but some shops that cater to tourists may speak English and other foreign languages.
Most shops are generally open from 10 am to 8 pm. Large shops like department stores may be open on all days, including national holidays except Jan 1, while independently owned stores may close once a month/week. Payment is usually accepted via cash, wherein customers need to place the bills, neatly opened and stacked, onto a tray. The cashier then takes the money and returns the change in the same manner. Credit cards are usually accepted at big retail stores, etc. while Travelers checks are not widely accepted. Bargaining is looked down upon and not common.
All items have a consumption tax which is listed along with the original price in the bill. Foreign tourists can enjoy tax free shopping in certain stores provided a purchase of over 10,000 yen is made at the store on a single day. Consumption tax is also not charged if tourists purchase consumable goods worth over 5000 yen. All these goods cannot be opened till after leaving the country. Passport is needed to make such tax free purchase.
Online Shopping in Amazon Japan in English
One of the most favourite places to shop online in Japan include Amazon Store and Rakuten. Both of which are equally huge, however Amazon is often favoured because it’s easier to use and well known. From the two, the latter is recommended. Best of all, those who don’t have the fortunate opportunity to actually visit Japan can do their shopping online from anywhere in the world. With affordable international shipping and customer service in English it can be very useful for those abroad, or even in cases where you forgot to buy something.
The only slight problem being that the website does not have a fully supported English version, which is why you have to follow these simple steps on the “Amazon Japan English” instructional article. With the right kind of browser add-on or just by using Google Chrome you can easily browse the big collection of Japanese goods from the comforts of your own home, wherever that is! But if you are planning your trip to this wonderful island, read on to find out physical locations for great shopping destinations!
Places to shop in Japan
Big cities such as Osaka and Tokyo have numerous distinctive shopping districts that are usually located near the major railway stations. Wide-ranging underground malls, shopping arcades, shopping centers, electronic stores, and convenience stores are other great places to shop. Shopping localities outside such city centers include flea markets, public markets, outlet malls, big box retailers, and suburban shopping malls. Even the approaches to popular temples and shrines are lined with restaurants and stores that cater to the specific needs of the tourists and pilgrims. Other cities with grand shopping experiences include Yokohama, Kyoto, Kobe, and Fukuoka.
- Tokyo:Shinjuku is one the biggest entertainment and shopping districts in Tokyo. It has flagship stores of varied companies, many famous department stores, large electronics retail outlets, underground shopping arcades, and boutiques. Shibuya is another shopping paradise that is famous as the center of youth fashion.
- Osaka:Located near Umeda station and around the massive Osaka Station City complex, Umeda is one of the biggest shopping neighborhoods in the country. Its bustling shopping streets are a revelation.
- Kyoto:Shopping at Shijo Street involves an eclectic mix of the traditional and the modern. You will comes across upscale high-end fashion stores and department stores as well as shopping arcades, Nishiki Market, and small shops that sell specialty crafts and foods.
Hope this article was helpful and that you enjoy shopping, either on your vacations in Japan or online through Amazon.co.jp! Have fun everyone.