Despite living in America, I still order books quite frequently when buying from Amazon Japan. I mostly study Japanese so it makes sense.
Even for people who don’t study Japanese, navigating the site is not as hard as you might think.
If you can click a mouse and type in your address, then you are good to go.
However, if you are looking for something more specific and your Japanese is non-existent, then I recommend using Google translate to convert from English to Japanese.
While not the best, it should give you a ballpark estimate that can be copy and pasted into the Amazon.co.jp(Amazon Japan) search bar.
This short tutorial will show you how to buy and may also serve as a handy guide.
Amazon is a source for products that is hard for those that cannot speak Japanese. One potential problem you may face when buying a product will arise when ordering certain items like TV and cameras.
In some cases, Amazon won’t ship directly and a forwarding service is needed. In the video, I mentioned the company Tenso.
They offer free registration as well as reasonable shipping rates on stuff shipped from Japan.
This business will act as your middleman in the event one of the products you want to buy can’t be shipped.
Here is the link:
As mentioned above, I do study Japanese so I find myself ordering books from there quite often.
Most books will ship directly from Amazon Japan to America so you should not have to worry about using a forwarding company like Tenso.
Switching from Japanese to English, on the main page causes a majority of the items to display things from America rather than from Japan, which about the only thing I find disappointing because English speakers aren’t getting the full experience.
Buying from Amazon Japan using the video above is simple and easy.
I created a separate site dedicated to online shopping in Japan. Check out
iLikeAmazonJapan for buying direct from Japan to your doorstep.
Amazon Japan, offers some amazing products that I wouldn’t have dreamed existed. Although, it may be tricky to navigate through, using the tips provided in this short guide should have you buying anime, books, and crazy items from the site in no time.
To make the task easier — in the picture below, I have done the job of translating the left menu found on the Japanese webpage.