Japanese Sizes Too Small? Here Are 4 Places to Buy Western-Sized Clothes

  • If you are an average or above size in the West, you may find that the smaller Japanese sizes do not fit you. On average, a person in the UK is 2 inches taller than someone in Japan. Japan ranked at the 137th spot of heaviest countries in the world with an average weight of 59 kg. The UK came as number 10 in the world with an average weight of 75 kg, while the USA came in number 3 with an average weight of 81 kg. Obviously, average clothing sizes in countries will reflect the average size, height, and weight of the population. Either you can have friends or family post you new clothes from your home country, or try these shops and get clothes in Japan that fit nicely.

    1. UNIQLO


    UNIQLO is a household name in Japan with people who follow Japanese fashion and lifestyles. There are a number of UNIQLO stores across Tokyo, including stores in Ginza, Tokyo Station, Shinjuku, Tokyo Dome, and Akasaka. Some lines of clothing in UNIQLO go up to sizes XXL in both their men’s and women’s sections.

    UNIQLO Website
    Access (There are many branches, but we will introduce one of them here.)

    2. ISETAN


    You can find the main branch of ISETAN department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo. ISETAN sells clothes for taller people in their women’s shop both online and in store. They also offer plus sizes for both men and women. ISETAN stocks not only Japanese brands but some Western and designer names as well such as Louis Vuitton and Anna Sui. Watch out for their sales and catch yourself a bargain!

    ISETAN Website
    Access (There are many branches, but we will introduce one of them here.)

    3. Odaiba


    Odaiba is the area near Tokyo Bay, famous for the Rainbow Bridge and (famous to me) for their Hawaiian bar on the artificial sand shore. Traveling to Odaiba can give the non-Japanese a great selection of clothes to buy. In the various shopping malls available there such as Diver City Tokyo, you can find a number of stores that offer sizes larger than regular Japanese sizes. International brands such as H&M, Forever 21, Gap, and Old Navy are all there and carry sizes to fit most people. Be sure not to completely empty your bank account or wallet while shopping for clothes as this area offers more than just shops. Spend some time at the Legoland Discovery Center or at the Madam Tussauds wax museum. You can also revitalize your weary feet at the hot springs of Oedo Onsen Monogatari while surrounded by the atmosphere of the Edo period.

    Diver City Tokyo Website

    4. cecile


    For women working, living, or traveling in Japan, you may find yourself in need of new underwear. This can cause a problem since almost all clothes, bras, and underwears come in small sizes in Japan. With cecile, you don’t even need to leave your house. You can just simply order some good quality underwear for good prices in the comfort of your own home.

    cecile’s Online Shop (Japanese only)

    Don’t fret if you have heard of horror stories of not being able to find clothes that fit in Japan. Simply visit the above stores and get a whole new wardrobe!

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