Published On: Thu, Nov 6th, 2014

Guide on How to Shop in Japan



You need to learn how to shop in Japan for better shopping experience. Many foreign tourists find shopping in Japan as pleasant experience. The main reason that tourists find shopping in Japan enjoyable is mainly because of the high level of their customer service. Most sales staff in Japan are attentive, friendly and polite. Though services in foreign language are uncommon for most stores, numerous stores that has regular foreign customers usually provide staff who could speak foreign languages, especially English.


Opening and Closing Hours

Most department stores and other big stores open every day from ten am to eight pm, while some smaler shops around most tourists attractions might have shorter opening hours. Except for January 1, most stores open every day even on national holidays and weekends. Smaller shops probably close for a day in a week or a day in a month, yet big chain stores commonly open every single day.



Tax Free Shopping and Consumption Tax

If you wish to know on how to shop in Japan, you should also learn about basic tax knowledge. In Japan, consumption tax is flat at 8% for all goods. Stores are needed to write the after-tax price so that what the customer see is what the customer pay. For foods or other consumable items such as cosmetics and medicines, the tax is waived for customer who purchase over 5000 yen. Tourists who want to shop tax free goods need to show their passport when shopping. For At some stores, the customers required to pay full price first at the cashier, and get a refund at the customer service desk later. When buying tax free goods, you should find out in advance whether or not the goods you purchase are subject to import tax in your country.



Payment Methods

In Japan, cash is well accepted in any shopping facilitiies, even if you’re using large bills for small items payments. You can withdraw Japanese Yen of foreign bank ATMs which you could easily find at post offices or numerous convinience stores. More stores, especially main retail stores and electronics shop allowed their customer to use credit cards as payment tool. The most well accepted types of credit cards including Mastercard, JBC, Visa, Union Pay and American Express. On the other hand, accept at major shops that serve foreign customers, Traveler Checks aren’t widely accepted as credit cards. At some restaurants and stores in big cities, particularly around and inside train stations, Suica as well as other IC cards may increasingly be used by customers.


When you’re paying with cash, you should put the cash on the provided tray. Bills that are neatly unfolded is more preferable. And the cashier will give the change in the same manner. In most stores, bargaining is uncommon or unappreciated. After you pay the purchased item, it will be marked using colored tape and bagged right away. If you tell the cashier that you’re buying the item as a gift, they will usually wrap the item instead of putting it in bag right away. In Japan, this kind of service is usually free, yet some shops might charge abit for the wrapping. Hopefully these tips on how to shop in Japan could be beneficial for those of you who are wish to shop in Japan.



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