‘Japan is an expensive country’. We’ve heard this so many times, that for some travelers the idea of taking a week-long vacation to Japan means spending a significant amount of money and really needing to save up to afford hotels, transport and daily costs.
There is some truth to the statement that Japan is an expensive country. After all, Japan wouldn’t be among the richest countries in the world if not for their high standard of living and a booming economy. But there is some good news you may not know. You don’t necessarily have to empty your bank accounts to enjoy shopping and bring home souvenirs for your family and friends when you visit Japan!
If you know where to go and what to buy, the country’s many thrift stores and bargain shops could prove to be your perfect shopping venue! Let’s take a quick look at the popular ‘Off Group’, known for selling second-hand products which are good quality, reasonably priced and offer lots of variety!
If brand fashion is your thing and you don’t mind having second-hand goods, then this store is a great place to explore. They have products from popular brands like Louis Vuitton. Aside from international brands, they also feature local collections and brands for those who want to have authentic Japanese-made goods at affordable prices.
Mode-off is a great place for fashion enthusiasts who like variety in their daily outfits. Go and find out for yourself!
Are you into furniture? These second-hand shops have a great selection of home furniture that foreign residents in Japan can purchase at bargain prices. The majority of their products, however, are kitchen utensils like plates, platters, glasses, bowls and even traditional Japanese kitchenware used to prepare tea and other meals.
Other items that can be found in these stores are used musical instruments and spare computer parts. Whether you’re shopping to add items to your home interiors or want to find some computer goods, you will definitely want to have a look at these stores!
— BOOK-OFF 西宮建石店 (@BOOKOFF10473) August 23, 2017
Books never grow old. You can have as many e-books and downloaded reading materials on your smartphone as you like, but actual books will always be an item worth treasuring. There is a certain beauty and meaning taken from being able to hold a print copy in your hands.
In Japan, you won’t have a hard time finding Book-off shops as they are scattered everywhere in both urban and rural areas. From academic resource materials to fiction books, games, and DVDs, these shops have tons of unique items for customers with a variety of interests. Smaller Book-off shops may mostly stock items that are in Japanese language but if you go for Book-off branches in bigger cities, certain English materials are also available at highly affordable prices!
— リカーオフ (@liquoroff) August 13, 2017
Liquor-off shops are not necessary budget-friendly but for the quality of the drinks, they are still a bargain! Compared to your typical beer or booze, wines sold at its branches are priced high. However, the wines sold here are nothing short of high-grade. The stock usually comes from people who are given top-class wines as souvenirs but have decided to sell it instead!
If you take into consideration the original store value of these wines, you’ll realize the significant amount of money you can actually save by going for Liquor-off products. If you have a taste for fine wine and high-quality beverages, you should definitely drop by one of these stores!
Japan is about more than just expensive food and shopping. If you know where to look, there are many things you can find that can suit any budget! Check out these incredible bargain stores and find yourself some great items!