Amazon delivery to Japan?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by gheat93, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. gheat93 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    San Francisco
    I'm trying to arrange an Amazon (UK) delivery to an address in Japan. Has anyone ever tried this before, and if so, do you know whether input should be in Japanese or transliterated English? The fact that the address form doesn't specify anything like this suggests it is probably quite flexible, but I want to be sure...
  2. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Why didn't you just order from Amazon Japan? It's in English to boot.
  3. gheat93 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    San Francisco
    I'm ordering a few books, which I'll need whilst I'm in Japan for the next few weeks. It turns out ordering from Amazon UK and paying for shipping to Japan is cheaper than purchasing from Amazon JP. I know I should have just ordered and got them delivered to the UK last week, but I've been busy...:(
  4. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    Amazon US doesn't let me order things from Canada (except books and DVDs) so I highly doubt it will work in your case.
  5. gheat93 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    San Francisco
    No I'm purchasing from Amazon UK, and then setting up an overseas delivery to Japan. It should work, except for this small setback.
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Why don't you just try it? You'll have multiple chances for Amazon to tell you it won't work, or to back out before your card is charged.
  7. gheat93 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    San Francisco
    I didn't know that actually, since I usually ask my dad to order stuff from Amazon; thank you. I was worried I would be charged for Amazon to send the books to a completely null address! (Below is what Amazon returns back to me when verifying after entering the address in Japanese...)
    I'll report back when I've gone through with it. :)

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  8. yojitani macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    Then don't enter it in Japanese. Enter the address in romanji. It will get there no problems. Just make sure you get the postal code right.
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Agree with this.

    Romanji will usually work in most cases.
  10. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    Japanese UPS/USPS equivalents can handle addresses written either in English, Japanese or romaji transliteration. They can even deliver poorly transliterated packages to the right address. Just make sure you enter the correct postal code so amazon uk sends your package to the right local deliver boys in Japan.

    When I buy stuff from Amazon US and send it to a Japanese address, I always write in romaji in the US way, e.g.,

    105-8511 東京都港区芝公園1丁目5番25号 would be

    1-5-25 Shiba Koen, Minatoku, Tokyo 105-8511, Japan.

    When I was in Japan, I used to receive letters and packages with really messed up addresses. And there were no problems.

    Edit: Oh, those random letters you got on Amazon UK doesn't bode well. Most likely you should enter the address in romaji.
  11. gheat93 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    San Francisco
    Yeah, I ultimately wrote the address in Romaji. The delivery got through fine. Thanks for the replies.
  12. Signal-11 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    2nd Star to the Right
    I've ordered CDs from Amazon UK and JP and had them delivered to US and NL addresses, respectively.
  13. Gaikokujin macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2011
    I live in Japan and ordered a number of items from .

    I always chose the first shipping category, the "Standard International Shipping".
    Until about two years ago, the items took between 7~10 days.

    Since about two years ago, 2/3 of the items ordered took a weird route to Japan, taking more than a month after the Your order has shipped mail.

    The items are supposed to come from the US, but the package indicates they come from Western or sometimes Eastern Europe...
    Items ordered from other US companies, in the same shipping conditions, always arrive within a week.

    Do the Amazon items travel by boat?
    Is the Your order has shipped real?

    Only thing I can say is, this is really annoying.

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