4 Money-Saving Shopping Tips for Tourists in Japan
There is no way shopping would be out of your itinerary when visiting Japan.
Even if you are on a budget and trying to be as economical as possible, shopping would still be part of the list.
So for a more prudent shopping when touring the alluring streets of Japan with their enticing merchandises, take note of these money-saving tips to lighten your expenses.
1. Bring your passport
Your passport is not just for identification and verification of personal information.
It is more than that when it comes to shopping in Japan.
In fact, it is your coupon to cheaper shopping in stores that offer tax-free shopping.
Just present your passport and you need not pay the 8% consumption tax under certain conditions as tourists in Japan are not required to pay this tax.
Please note, however, that you must have your physical passport with you and copies are not allowed.
2. Purchase from grocery stores
Loading on water and drinks are mandatory when traveling.
However, bottled water in amusement parks and vending machines could be pricey.
So to avoid overspending on water and drinks, purchase them from grocery stores before heading to your next destination.
3. Buy kimonos from local shopping malls
There are lots of vendors selling kimonos and yukatas during festivals and there is no way you can deny yourself at least one beautiful souvenir.
But always remember to never buy the first kimono you see.
Usually, these souvenir shops sell kimonos at a more expensive price compared to the local shopping malls.
Hence, to save money on purchasing kimonos, buy them from shopping malls.
Their kimonos are not just cheaper but also come with arrays of colors and designs to choose from.
4. Shop at 100 Yen stores
Look for 100 Yen shops in Japan for they are a souvenir heaven.
Everything is, as the name of the shop depicts, 100 yen.
Though there are smaller things sold at 2 or 3 for a hundred, or larger things at 200 or 300 yen, everything else is 100 yen unless otherwise specified.
You can find almost everything in a 100 Yen shop including stationery, kitchenware, household goods, garden equipment, small items such as souvenirs, and even groceries.
Please note that an 8% consumption tax will be added to every item making them 108 yen each.
As you can see, there is no need to completely rid off shopping when traveling to Japan even when on a tight budget.
Just follow these 4 simple tips and you are sure to bring home some (or a lot) stuff to commemorate your trip without breaking the bank.