Shopping in Japan.

Japan — a great place for shopping, shopping enthusiasts can find a large variety of quality products, from electronics to authentic pleasant things. The currency in the country is the Japanese yen .

Most stores in Japan are working constantly — including Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. Normal work hours — from 10:00 to 20:00. Large shopping malls close later, private shops can work on their own schedule. Some of the stores are closed on Wednesdays.

In Japan, there are large shopping centers located on several floors over a huge area, with a comfortable temperature, pleasant music, playgrounds, cafes and restaurants. These centers sell various goods: clothing, footwear, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes, electronics, books, products, etc.

In shopping centres (or outside them in the form of individual shops), there are a large number of boutiques of famous brands, some stores even considered the biggest in the world. Prices are comparable to Moscow, but the range is much wider. In addition, in Japan there is a very interesting own brands, for example — Issey Miyake. Hanae Mori. Jun Ashida. Comme Des Garcons etc.

In Japan it is not customary to haggle nor in the markets or in shops.

What to buy

Clothing for young people, created in Japan — kind of. It is utterly devoid of feminism and conservatism, has no reference to the styles and, in some ways, is destructive, for it destroys the conventional wisdom about fashion. The shelves of Japanese stores full ” subculture ” of garments, as well as strange, in our opinion, things, like accessories for rainy season: rubber shoes in all colours, umbrellas and raincoats incredible styles. In General, a love of accessories — nationwide. So, every self-respecting Department store or shopping center has a Department dedicated to just gloves, socks, or only one of unimaginable colors and shapes. Not less tenderly the Japanese are headgear and jewelry.

Souvenirs from Japan

Flower shop in Tokyo

Japanese Souvenirs from the greatest popularity among tourists are fans, silk and cotton robes, folding paper lanterns, figurines of cats ” maneki neko ” with raised foot, wooden hair clips «a La geisha”; souvenir Japanese samurai katana swords.

From Handicrafts should pay attention on ceramics and porcelain, wooden carvings, articles made of bamboo, the symbols of Japanese theatre (masks, puppets), authentic Japanese clothing (kimono, Obi, yukata. jimbei. Samba. o-Cobo. geta, Zori ), kits for calligraphy (brush, ink, rice paper), scrolls with paintings or calligraphy.

Edible Souvenirs are among the most popular — traditional Japanese sweets, sushi long term storage of pickled fish, and dried squid and octopus, green tea.

The cost of things

As for the cost of non-branded overstock of things, the average price of garment — about 3,000 yen. Low price due to the fact that most products produced in China (though, for Japan, high quality), and is made of inexpensive materials. The fact that Japanese ladies update your wardrobe every season, and, in their opinion, the thing doesn’t have to serve longer. Garments for the price of 10 000-12 000 yen are works of Chinese legadima high quality and will serve their mistresses more than one season.

Sales in Japan

Wishing to devote to shopping in Japan should know about sales. The main explanations — the seasons change, but a huge discount (60–80%) occur only in the Christmas and new year time. The period of sales starts from the end of December and reaches its peak in early January.

The main quality that should have shopaholics in the discount period in Japan, is patience, because the initial discount is 20%, increasing by the end of the season. Also very good you can get a discount if you buy last year’s seasonal items collections returned from exile — from the warehouse.

Tax refunds in Japan

In many Japanese stores there is a duty free tax free. From VAT (5%) exempt foreign tourists who make a purchase in the amount of 10,000 yen per store participating in the tax free system. The process of tax exemption in Japan is much easier than similar treatments in Europe. The difference of 5% will be deducted immediately from you the price of the goods, pasting in the corresponding receipt in your passport.

Takes receipt to the customs officer in the departure airport, which in rare cases may ask you to present the goods purchased. In some stores after the cost of goods transfer to the customer service Department, where the coveted and make out a receipt, and will immediately pay the difference in cash.

A refund cannot be made when buying alcohol, food, cosmetics, medicines.

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