5 Shopping Tips for Tourists in Japan

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  • There is no way shopping would be out of your itinerary when visiting Japan. Even if you are cramping your budget as economical as possible, shopping would still be part of the list. So for a more prudent shopping when touring the alluring streets with enticing merchandises, might as well take note of these money-saving tips to lighten your shopping expenses this summer.

    1. Always Bring your Passport

    Passport is not just an identifying information. It is more than that when it comes to shopping in Japan. In fact, it is your coupon to a cheaper shopping as tourists in Japan are not entitled to the 8% sales tax they add to every merchandise. Therefore, there is no better way to prove that you are a tourist than your passport?

    2. Purchase From Grocery Stores

    Loading on water and drinks are mandatory when traveling during summer. But water in amusement parks and vending machines could be pricey, so to avoid overspending on water and drinks, purchase bottled water from grocery stores before heading to your next itinerary.

    3. Buy Kimonos from Department Stores

    There are lots of vendors selling Kimonos or Yukata Kimonos during festivals and there is no way you can deny yourself at least one beautiful souvenir. But, always remember, never buy the first Kimono you see. Usually, these souvenir shops are selling Kimonos at a more expensive price compared to the department stores. Hence, to save money on purchasing kimonos, purchase from department stores. Their kimonos are not just cheaper but with arrays of colors and design to choose.

    4. Shop at 100 Yen Shops

    Look for 100 yen shops. It is a souvenir haven. Everything is, as the name of the shop depicts, 100 yen. Though there are smaller things sold in 2 or 3 for a hundred, or larger things they price for 200 or 300 yen. But the rest, everything is 100yen. It is a complete shop where everything is in it including garden equipment, stationery, kitchenware, household goods, small items such as souvenirs and even groceries.

    5. Japan offers tax-free shopping

    There are several tax-free shops in Japan, try to buy your souvenirs there.