Japanese Amazon.co.jp in English! >> The Easy JP Shopping Guide

Did you know that the Japanese Amazon.co.jp store is available in English. You can register, manage orders, check out items, get help and more!

I finally found the right link that changes the language, so here it is with easy instructions on making purchases.

Click here for Amazon.co.jp in English

Amazon.co.jp Japan English

Note: Sometimes when browsing, language can switch back to Japanese. Don’t worry as product pages, account manager, checkout & help will stay in English!

The link on the front page is different. It takes you to a list of eligible items for international shipping, but the language will stay in Japanese. You can bookmark the correct link above, so that the site automatically opens up in English when needed.

A lot of expat friends of mine have noticed that Amazon.co.jp is an extremely convenient way to do your shopping in Japan. No wonder with blazing fast, free home delivery and competitive pricing. That habit often continues even after returning back home. — A huge amount of Japan goods & books in one store, as well as affordable international shipping is sometimes just hard to resist.

Amazon Japan in English

There are two ways to do your shopping.

  • Use the English language interface (1), so that only the product descriptions, reviews and some other pages remain in Japanese (link here).
  • Have the rest of the website translated with an automatic browser translation (2) add-on, which is far from perfect, but will attempt to convert all the text that’s not in picture format (see below).
  • The best experience is when both (1) (2) methods are used together.

Translating Amazon.co.jp

Yes, the Amazon Japan store can be quite easily translated into English. So that you can browse pretty much every page in your native language. Many other languages like French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Korean etc. should also work.

There are different ways to do this depending on the browser being used. Mostly with the help of a plugin, extension, add-on etc. While obtaining one is easy, finding a good one that works for all pages in auto-mode was not as easy. So here you go my friends, a list of browsers and the best possible way to get things done!

Choose the web browser you are using from the list and follow instructions;

Google Chrome

This is the easiest by far, because all you need is to have your browser language set to anything other than Japanese and Chrome should automatically ask if you want to have the page translated.

It will give you a manual section over the target language, and you can set the process to be automatic with the right upper corner icon.

Mozilla Firefox

Extensions are easy to install for Firefox. Go and install the S3.Google Translator Extension & restart your web browser. Immediately you will see an additional icon on the right corner of your window.

There you can set any page you want, in this case www.amazon.co.jp to translate into English automatically.

Help in English

Looks like they have noticed that there are two million foreign inhabitants living in the country. Because Amazon Japan has established an English language customer service! If you have any questions they are actually very helpful.

Also they have a lot of instructions available in English — “click here for the English help page“. See the part where it says “need more help?” for information on reaching them either by phone, chat or e-mail.

Hope this helps and that you know how to buy from Amazon.co.jp!
Please, let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to help.

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13 thoughts on “Japanese Amazon.co.jp in English! >> The Easy JP Shopping Guide”

  1. Thank you so much for a helpful post, Tim! I’ve done shopping both at Amazon.com and Co.Jp for a while but having these tips makes it so much easier. Bravo!

    • Well it depends on the seller & type of product.. you can check if they support international sending; there is a list of countries for each store. If they do but your country is missing from the list it’s possible to contact them and ask them to include it.

      Then there’s Amazon in China but usually luck is worse there. But you never know.

  2. Having a wedding in the US for a couple that lives in Japan. Taking gifts home will be a problem. Is there a way that wedding guests can shop on Amazon Japan and have them delivered in Japan?

  3. Can I order an item from Amazon Japan from the USA in order to have it delivered to an address in Japan. May I set up an account from the USA? May I pay for the item using an USA credit card?
    Thank you

    • Absolutely!

      And no need for a new account; you can use your US account to login to the one in Japan and all major credit cards are accepted of course.

    • Seems this is getting more difficult for foreign entities.
      Also some Japanese affiliates are being asked for their “My Number” when their profits start to increase significantly.

  4. Thanks. It’s amazing – indeed my books (some in English, some in French) are also distributed by Amazon Japan. Jean-Paul G. Potet

  5. Hi There
    If I want to sell on Amazon Japan ,how should I translate my listings to Japanese ,Do I work on English platform that translate it


  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have a daughter and her family in Japan so I buy from Amazon.jp on a regular basis. Even though I press the English button much of the content is still in Japanese. It has really been difficult for me and I spend hours trying to make purchases and/or track an order. I just discovered your site today and I am truly grateful for your assistance. Thank you so very much. You have helped to make this grandma’s life much easier.

  7. Amazon Japan has no place to deal with customer complaints…. Very suspect. Tried to talk with them but they spent 30 minutes trying to understand my e-mail address. Very gangster like techniques…


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