How-to shop on Amazon Japan

When you go on a trip, do your friends ever request you to bring home goods for them? Sometimes I’ve spent days looking in different stores for specific items my friends back at home requested. Not to mention the fear of buying the wrong thing, or the item costing more than I expected it to…

It’s times like this when online shopping comes in handy.

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Amazon is a very handy site offering all kinds of goods. If you thought you wouldn’t be able to order from Amazon anymore after coming to Japan, don’t despair. With this handy guide, you’ll be ordering whatever your heart desires like a pro.

Amazon is a very handy site offering all kinds of goods. Although those from the United States have Amazon.com as well, those from other countries might not have used the site before. You can buy almost anything from Amazon, from electronics to cosmetics.

 

Why use Amazon?

 

First, you might be wondering why to order from Amazon instead of going shopping in person? There are several benefits.

  1. As you pay on credit card, you can easily see the price in your local currency at the time of purchase.
  2. Most items have free, 2-day delivery, and for Prime members, even next or same-day delivery!
  3. You don’t need to carry your heavy shopping around all day

You might have seen this commercial by Amazon Prime. It made me cry every single time I watch it on TV. One day delivery, fast and reliable, that’s how convenient amazon is!

 


When you go on a trip, do your friends ever request you to bring home goods for them? Sometimes I’ve spent days looking in different stores for specific items my friends back at home requested. Not to mention the fear of buying the wrong thing, or the item costing more than I expected it to…

It’s times like this when Amazon comes in handy. As you can look up and purchase the product even before leaving for Japan, you will know the exact price and can confirm it is the right item. Then, picking it up during your trip means you will save on shipping fees!

“But I can’t read Japanese. How can I use Amazon Japan?”

No need to worry! Here we will explain how to order in detail.

 

Step 1: Go to amazon.co.jp

It starts off all in Japanese, but there is a button to change the site to English.

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Some of the navigation tabs don’t get translated, but you can ignore these.

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Step 2: Search the item keywords. Here is a good example.

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Let’s say you want a Canon camera. It is best to use the model number to search for accurate results.

The result will come up something like this. You can then click on the product you are interested in.

 

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The next page will come up in Japanese again, but don’t panic! There is a button to change back to English.

 

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This particular item has free shipping which is stated next to the price.

If you want to purchase, then click “Add to Cart” to put it in your virtual shopping cart.

 

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If you have successfully added the item to your cart, it will look like this next screen.

 

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From here, you have two options.

You can either use the search bar at the top to find more items to add to your cart, or “Proceed to Checkout” to complete the purchase with just the one item.

If you choose to add more items, you can check the contents of your shopping cart at any time by clicking the cart icon in the upper right corner.

 

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Need some ideas of what to buy?

Here are some popular items for travellers to Japan.

 

The prices on Amazon vary. Sometimes it is cheaper than in-store and sometimes it is more expensive. However, it cannot be denied that it saves time to buy on Amazon compared to going to stores.

 

Step 3: Create an account

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After clicking “Proceed to Checkout”, you will get a screen like this.

If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one.

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The create account screen is pretty straightforward. For “Name Pronunciation”, just write your name again.

The next page is for shipping details.

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Fill in your Japan address. If you want Amazon to deliver your order to hotel in Japan, it’s advised that you contact the hotel first.

International shipping is available. Check shipping rate here >>

Shipping Rates to Asia & Pacific Islands

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Soon the option to send your order to our Tourist information center will become available. We will keep you posted.

Are you ready? Click amazon.co.jp!

 

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