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Where to Buy Japanese Beauty Items in Japan?

April 11, 2019

The Best Place to Buy Japanese Beauties in Japan

These days, so many tourists visit Japan and many of them enjoy shopping.  Especially, Japanese beauty items are extremely popular among tourists from Asia and one of the biggest selling items for foreign tourists to Japan.

Shoppers from Asia know Japanese beauty items are good in quality, variety and price. Also, foreign tourists can enjoy tax-free shopping (the current sales tax in Japan is 8%) which is a plus. For these reasons, one of the biggest reasons for young female travellers to Japan is to shop the latest and finest Japanese cosmetic items.

In the streets in Tokyo, you will a shop like this every 5 minutes. 

Where to buy Japanese beauties in Japan? - Tokyo Direct

The biggest problem is where to buy Japanese beauty goods? Why? If you visit Japan, you will soon find there're so many places to buy Japanese cosmetics. Drug stores, Supermarkets, Convenience stores, Souvenir shops and many more. Literally, you have too many options to choose from.

You'll wonder where to buy Japanese beauty items. We're aware of this issue. So, Tokyo Direct blog will tell you about the best places to buy Japanese beauty items in Japan.

Let's go!

1. Drug Store

This is the best place to buy Japanese beauty stuff for most shoppers. Japanese drug stores such as Matsumoto Kiyoshi, Tomos are everywhere in Japanese cities and normally they offer discounted prices for cosmetics. 

When Japanese stores started to offer tax-free service, only major department stores offered the service. It's totally different now as shops know they can't lose this golden opportunity of foreign tourists. Even a small branch of drug store offers the same service today. It's quite a surprise, but very good. You don't need to shop around to look for tax-free shop anymore!

Drug stores are everywhere in Japan. In particular, they often can be seen near train stations.

Matsumoto Kiyoshi is the largest drug store chain in Japan and they sell not only drugs also beauty items and foods and more. Once you enter the store, it's easy to find an item you want as a drug store in Japan has so many products are in a small place.

薬 (kusuri) this Chinese character stands for 'medicine'. This is the symbol of a drug store in Japan. See this mark, the chances are that they sell beauty items as well.

Small, but many items.

Where to buy Japanese beauties in Japan? - Tokyo Direct

2. Electronics Store

Next, I recommend you to go to electronics stores to buy Japanese beauty items. Electronics stores are not a place to buy electronics? Yes, that's correct, but not entirely correct. They are actually more than that. Major electronics stores in Japan are where you can buy almost everything you need.

The best to place to buy Japanese beauties in Japan - Tokyo Direct

They certainly have the best collection of alcohols and toys, suitcases and more. Of course, they have tons of beauty items. The size of the store is quite huge, so normally electronics stores have more items than drug stores. This is their strong point.

Of course, they offer tax-free shopping and often further discounts when you pay by credit cards. And here's a tip. You basically can't haggle over the price in Japan, but you can try here. If you buy an expensive item (mainly electronics), they could give you further discounts. So, you should try it when you buy a lot of top brand cosmetics. There might be a discount, it's worth a try, at least. 

Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera and Yamada Denki are top electronics stores in Japan. You should definitely consider visiting there even if you're not planning to buy anything. They're certainly amazing places to visit in Japan and also one of the best places to get Japanese beauty items.

Where to buy Japanese cosmetics in Japan? -Tokyo Direct

3. Department Store

Unlike the other options above, they normally don't discount, but it still worth a visit especially if you're looking for a high brand beauty item in Japan. In addition to that, the latest products are often sold only at department stores. In such cases, this option would be the best one.

Major Japanese department stores in Tokyo are located only in a few places such as Ginza, Nihonbashi, Shibuya, Shinjuku. 

Here are examples of Japanese department stores. Isetan, Tokyu, Takashima-ya, Mitsukoshi, Daimaru/Matsuzakaya are very famous and most popular ones. 

This (below) is Takashima-ya.

Takashima-ya department store is the best place to buy Japanese beauties in Japan - Tokyo Direct

Department stores also offer tax-free shopping, so no worries about that. You can save sales tax effectively as other options above. 

Check where the department store you want to go in advance and enjoy shopping. Basically, you can find all of the major high-brands of Japanese beauties at department stores mentioned earlier. 

Daimaru department store - Tokyo Direct

Alternative option - people who cannot visit Japan?

In case you don't have a plan to visit Japan in the near future unfortunately, you still have an option to buy the latest trendy Japanese beauty items online. Tokyo Direct Store offers a wide range of Japanese beauty items. Always direct from Japan. You can always enjoy trustworthy, authentic items and reliable shopping experience on Tokyo Direct.

Thank you for reading. 



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