How to order from Amazon Japan
Amazon is one of the largest retailers in the world and this is no different in Japan. However, you might find that many items are exclusive to Amazon’s Japanese site and can’t be shipped elsewhere around the world.
That’s where forward2me can help. With our specialist packaging forwarding service, you can buy from Amazon Japan and ship to the US (or anywhere else in the world) as though you live there and then have your items delivered to your door.
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This guide will show you exactly what you need to do to order goods from Amazon Japan, anywhere in the world.
Can you buy from Amazon Japan and Ship to the US?
Yes you can! Have confidence when you buy from Amazon Japan in the US with a dedicated forward2me delivery address. We can help you get hold of those specialised items that are often only available in the Japanese version of Amazon and have them delivered to you in no time to your address in the US.
How to order through Amazon Japan with forward2me
If you’re wondering how to buy from Amazon Japan in the US, look no further than this easy step-by-step guide that will show you how you can use forward2me to order your products from Amazon Japan.
Step 1: Sign Up for Your Japan Address
The first thing you’ll need to do is sign up for a Japanese address. Thankfully, all you need to do is sign up for a free account here at forward2me and we’ll supply you with a Japanese forwarding address that you can use to order your goods from Amazon Japan.
Step 2: Head to Amazon Japan
Head to amazon.co.jp and browse their extensive collection of Japanese appliances, lifestyle goods, beauty products, anime merch, and much more. Search for and order all of the products that you want, using your new Japanese forwarding address.
To note the site will be in Japanese but you can easily change the language to suit you in the menu or by using a Google Chrome Translator Extension. (Be mindful that not all words may translate correctly).
Step 3: We Receive Your Parcel
Your parcel will then be sent to our Japanese warehouse, where we’ll make sure that it can safely and legally be sent on to your location and send you an email notification. We can then either send the package to you straight away or if you’re making any other purchases from Japan, we can also hold onto your products free of charge for up to 30 days and consolidate all of your products into one shipment to help save on the shipping costs.
Step 4: We Ship Your Parcel
Next, we’ll ship your parcel to your address anywhere in the world. You’ll need to log into the site, select your preferred courier and pay for your shipment, which can either be done via credit card PayPal, or bank transfer. If your payment is paid for before 11:00 am, we can usually ship your products the very same day.
Step 5: Your Parcel Arrives at Home
Depending on which courier service you use and whereabouts in the world you’re shipping to, you’ll receive your item within one to four days of it leaving our warehouse. To estimate how long your parcel might take to arrive, head to our pricing page, where you can also estimate how much shipping you’ll have to pay. You’ll also have to consider how local customs might affect your delivery date and you might also have to pay customs duties on top of the delivery. You’ll also have to sign for it when it arrives.
Amazon Japan international shipping options
Amazon Japan ships to different countries around the world, meaning you can get Amazon Japan exclusive items straight to your mailbox in these countries. However, not all sellers use the international delivery program, especially smaller independent and specialist retailers. This means that many items sold through the Amazon Japan website cannot be shipped abroad through Amazon’s own international shipping.
However, this is where forward2me can help! Our parcel forwarding service allows you to buy any products on Amazon Japan and have them delivered to you anywhere in the world as if you were shopping in Japan. We can also help you save on shipping costs as we can consolidate and repack your packages before sending them all onto you!
Does Amazon Japan ship worldwide?
Here is a list of countries that the Amazon Japan international delivery program covers but remember not all sellers nor items may be eligible for this, so best to double check before you order.
USA & Canada
Amazon Japan can ship some of its products to North America. That includes the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, but not other unincorporated territories of the US.
The UK is part of the Amazon Global program, meaning you can ship some products from Amazon Japan to the UK.
Australia & New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand are eligible destinations of the Amazon Global program. Unfortunately, not all of the states and territories in those countries can receive parcels from Amazon Japan.
Singapore & Hong Kong
Amazon Japan can ship Amazon Global eligible products to the city-states of Singapore and Hong Kong
The Philippines are part of the 60 countries covered by the Amazon Global program.
Africa: Egypt and South Africa
Asia-Pacific: China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Latin America: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Middle East and South Asia: Bahrain, Israel, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
If your country is not listed above, you will need to use a package forwarding company to help you get products from Amazon Japan delivered to your home country. Also, even if your country is on this list, it does not necessarily mean you will be able to get products delivered to your country as not everything on Amazon Japan is available for international shipping, especially if they are coming from a small retailer. This is where forward2me comes in, deliver your items to our Japanese warehouse, even if they are from a small retailer, and we will be able to deliver them to you hassle free.
Popular products from Amazon Japan
Japan is known for its high-quality design, whether it’s the latest cutting edge tech or toys and figures from your favourite Japanese anime and TV shows, many of which can be hard to find outside of Japan.
Some of the common items that we see being shipped through our Japan warehouse include figures from Japanese pop culture such as Pokémon trading cards, Pokémon plushies, Dragon Ball Z figures, Hatsune Miku figures and Tomica toy cars and trains.
You might be surprised to know that another of the most popular items bought from Amazon Japan are Japanese Kit Kat chocolate bars! That’s because Nestlé has released more than 300 limited-edition seasonal and regional flavours which aren’t available anywhere else in the world, from raspberry-infused dark chocolate and orange-chocolate rum to matcha green tea and soy sauce!
Sign up with forward2me for free
So, if you want to ship with Amazon Japan from anywhere around the world, you can do so safely and securely with forward2me.
All you have to do to get started is sign up for your free account and we’ll supply you with a genuine Japanese forwarding address to use for Amazon Japan.
To find out more about the service and how it works, head to our Japanese online shopping guide.
Amazon Japan FAQs
You can’t use your American, British or home country Amazon account on Amazon Japan to order from that region. You will need to set up a new account directly with Amazon Japan to be able to order products from there.
If you’re wanting to use your home country's Amazon account while you are travelling in Japan, you can do this, but you will face import restrictions depending on the products you purchase.
To get a Japanese Amazon account you simply need to go to amazon.co.jp and sign up for an account as you would normally do, but make sure you put your free forward2me delivery address into your account to ensure you can get hold of all of the products you order internationally.
Yes! Simply translate the page using Amazons built in language switcher or use a browser translator extension to translate the text into English. You’ll find the language switcher below a globe icon accompanied with “JP” in the main menu of Amazon Japan. Here you can choose between Japanese, English and Chinese.
Most of the product's titles will be auto-translated in English. But the translation is not exhaustive, so you could miss a few products that are not translated correctly while browsing in English. To combat this it is recommended that you search for your products in Japanese if possible to not miss any entries, and keep in mind some elements may not be translated at all due to the nature of the product.
Currently the only method of payment for customers outside of Japan is by credit card or Amazon vouchers purchased through the Amazon Japan site.
Amazon Japan does not accept PayPal.
However at forward2me we do accept PayPal for our international shipping so you can have your items delivered with peace of mind.
Your total shipping cost is calculated by adding the ‘per shipment’ cost and ‘per item’ cost of each item from Amazon Japan to our warehouse. You will then need to pay for the shipment cost from our Japan warehouse to your home address in the US which can range from $36 for a smartphone to $65 for items the size of a laptop. To save on shipping costs we will hold your items for 30 days and consolidate them into one package if you would like to purchase multiple items!
To find out how much it could cost you to order from Amazon Japan and ship to the US, check out our pricing page.