Shopping in Japan is always the “fun activity” and “must do list” during your trip. The staff are polite, friendly and have pride in their services. Please do not worry about the language because most of the staff can speak communicate in simple English to assist your shopping.
In this post (Shopping in Japan [Part 1] ), we are going to introduce 3 famous shopping stores in Japan. Tokyu-Hands, Loft, and Muji.
Shopping in Japan ( Part 1)
1) Tokyu-Hands (東急ハンズ)
TOKYU HANDS deals with all kinds of products, such as high-quality and high-functional houseware, fancy made-in-Japan bags, convenient travel goods, the latest Japanese stationery, unique articles, topical beauty products, and tools and materials for DIY.
2) Loft (ロフト)
Loft is a very famous Japanese variety store that sells an amazingly diverse variety of products. Such as stationery, cosmetics, fashionable household items, travel goods, souvenirs and everyday necessities.
3) Muji ( 無印良品）
MUJI offers a wide variety of good quality products including household goods, apparel, and food. Mujirushi Ryohin, MUJI in Japanese, translates as “no-brand quality goods.”
MUJI is based on three core principles, which remain unchanged to this day:
1. Selection of materials
2. Streamlining of processes
3. Simplification of packages
In Muji, the products are simple but high in quality. ( Simple is the best.)
- Tokyu-Hands Official Website –> Tokyu-Hands
- Loft Official Website –> Loft Japan
- Muji Official Website –> Muji
Shopping in Japan
1. (Hours and Closures)
Generally, shops and department stores are open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. However, depending on the location, some stores and shops may have shorter hours.
While you’re shopping in Japan, sometimes you will hear the staff greet you with “Irashaimase” (It means welcome).
The current tax rate in Japan is 8%.
During your purchase, almost all the big stores will have a Tax Free counter. Otherwise, you will need to first pay the full price then get your tax refund at the Tax refund counter.
Please check with the staff before purchasing and remember passport is required for tax return.
3. Gift Wrapping.
Once you have paid, you can request for wrapping. This is normally a free service, however, some stores charge a minimal fee for wrapping.
A Request from us:
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