Japan is famous for its prestige and quality guarantee goods, so whenever have a chance to travel to Japan, everybody wants to shop for their favorite items. For not wasteing your time we will share some notes when shopping in Japan below:
The first tips to remember
• In Japan, the price list is always public, no bargain, just pay the price
Some household items in Japan are so cheaper that can be found in the chain of 100 yen store such as Daiso, or Natural Kitchen, Cando, …
• In Japan, there are many Made in China items, but it is checked and guaranteed by Japanese manufacturers, and can be assured of quality. Of course, finding a Made in Japan is still better, especially Japanese gifts.
• Some items should be booked in advanced by tour guide, and some should be bought in large scale enough to be offered cheaper price like Algae, Collagen, Milk …
• Alcohol and many other items are availabe right at the airport.
The biggest sale season in Tokyo, Japan.
There are two major seasons in Tokyo, summer and winter. Summer starts in July and Winter starts in November, December and ends in February. If you travel in November, you will be amazed because the season of red maple leaves are so brilliant, weather is cool but still very nice. In December and January, Snow falls in many places creating romantic scenes and it is also the peak of Christmas and Lunar New Year sale seasons.
1. Ameyoko (Tokyo)
Ameyoko is a 400 meter long shopping street in Japan located between Okachimachi Station and Ueno Station in Taito District, to the west of the JR Yamanote line, which includes nearly 400 large and bustling shops. Almost everything in the world is sold here: food (both fresh and dried food), clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, candy and other miscellaneous things. The news about Ameyoko always crowded with shoppers, regularly updated in the press at the end of the year. Many customers come here for buying food at lower prices than in other parts of Tokyo, and the street is also where people shop at the end of the year.
• Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market is famous for its fresh seafood and specialty food stores, but it is mainly for wholesalers and even in retailers do not offer bargains or deals.
But Ameyoko is mainly forcus on casual customers and salespeople and accept to bargain customers. Try to pay the lower price and most of the time yo will buy a product at a lower cost and you can even leave without buying anything but you are still very welcomed. This is what makes shopping at Ameyoko so interesting.
• Ginza area
Ginza is considered as the most luxurious shopping mall in Tokyo. This is a high-end shopping mall where you can choose from the finest items from clothing or cosmetics to handicrafts.
• Shibuya Area
Seaweed and dried fish are comparatively cheap or maybe slightly more expensive than home-made products but quality guaranteed, so do not hesitate to pick uop some of them. Turn into Matsumoto Kiyoshi that is outstanding from other streets with colorfull electronic panels. You might spend more than 3 hours for dozens of gifts for friends and family.
• Akihabara Electronics
Shisheido or Kanebo are cosmetic companies that are quite familiar to many Vietnamese people. Sometimes their luxury goods are displayed in the central streets making people think that price of the product is too expensive to buy. but here, in the special discount stores, you can buy lipsticks, shampoos, hair conditioners, etc. genuine for a very good price.
• Harajuku area
Want to find their own fashion strange, unlike any other, visitors can visit the Harajuku. It is the place where Gothic or cosplay-like clothes are produced. Harajuku also has a number of flagship stores, including LV, Prada and Gucci.
2. 100 yen shop – Kyakuken shop
When wandering around and shopping in Japan you will find 100 yen stores everywhere in this country. Like the “ dollar shop” in America, the price is the same for all items at 100 yen (plus 8% tax), but some items will be slightly higher. The biggest attraction of the 100 yen shop is that they are cheap, but they are also very popular because its offers meet the small and single households’ demand which are small size, adequate quality items.
Similar stores are available in many parts of the world. But you will be fascinated with the impressive products at 100 yen stores in Japan. Here, customers can find everything from household items, home furnishings, stationery, daily necessities to cosmetics and jewelry. Daiso, the largest 100 yen chain store in Japan, offers tens of thousands of different items. You may be surprised to find such low-priced products at the 100 yen store. These stores are also great places for those who want to shop while traveling in Japan, especially the decorations prepared for Christmas and special food for the New Year celebration.
Things to keep in mind when shopping in Japan
• In Japan, the tax rate is 8%. Most of the major stores are tax exempt but it will depend on how much you buy, or from what time to be exempt. You should bring your passport for tax exemption if available.
• The liquid more than 100ml will not be in your hand luggage, so if you do not buy checked luggage, choose the liquid cosmetic under 100ml.
• When traveling to Japan, you must carry a lot of things when you go shopping so don’t bring too much luggage with you, laundry service is available everywhere so do not worry about the wet clothes.
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