Online Shopping Options In Japan

ByMichael Stigall
Jun 26, 2024

Online Shopping Options In Japan

You are not going to get complaints from me about living in Japan. I am generally happy here, but still, I prefer to use products and eat foods from my own country in many cases; decent peanut butter, for example. Maybe in your case, Vegemite? There are lots of products from home that I could do without, but prefer not to. My brand of bathroom soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and vitamins are hard to give up. The afore-mentioned peanut butter, real pancake mix and syrup, granola bars, re-fried beans, salsa, and huge jars of mixed nuts… OK, now I am making myself hungry.

If you are looking for western products in Japan, there are a few places online where you can find them. Several sites stock the same things you find in Costco but sell the products separately rather than in bulk. You can also get items shipped from Ikea, and at least one site imports products themselves direct from the United States. Some of it is expensive, some are cheap, and you may or may not be able to get the brand you are looking for, but you can usually find what you need online if you are looking in the right place.

The first list is of sites with an English page. The second is a list of fantastic sites that are unfortunately only available in Japanese.

Internet Shopping Sites Available in English

  • Rakuten – Japan’s most popular shopping site; you can pretty much get anything here.
  • Amazon – Amazon is also very popular, but offers less of a selection than Rakuten in general.
  • Alishan Organic Center – Previously Tengu – This site imports organic and vegetarian foods from different parts of the world.
  • Shipito– Previously Expat Express- Based in the US, they forward any products you purchase online that can’t be shipped direct to Japan
  • The Flying Pig – sells items available at Costco in Japan. They keep it simple!
  • Japan Zone – Interesting items from Japan; they sell those cool ninja socks, among other things.
  • Fake Food Japan – Interesting! This site sells plastic replica food and novelty gifts. If you know Japan, you know what I mean!
  • Ikea – Western-style furniture in Japan! Do I need to mention how cheap it is? This is a great spot for anyone who wants to live nice on a budget.
  • –  iHerb is the largest provider of natural products globally, and shipping to Japan is simple!

Internet Shopping Sites Available in Japanese Only

  • Nissen – Lots of items available, perfect for bedding and furniture.
  • Aeon Shop – You can buy your groceries online, among other things. Spend over 5,000 yen and get free shipping.

Why live without it when you go online and BUY it!

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