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What is the Pokemon Center Online Japan?
The Pokemon Center Online Japan is the one-stop-shop for all your Pokemon merch needs! There may be an America-based Pokemon Center Online, however true Poke-collectors know that there are some product lines that you can only get on the Japanese version of the site. Not only that but by using the Japanese version Pokemon Center Online, you can get your hands on Pokemon merch months before its released on the American Pokemon Center Online.
How to buy from the Pokemon Center Online Japan
As the Japanese version of the Pokemon Center Online does not ship outside of Japan, you’re going to need to use a proxy shopping service like FROM JAPAN. But there’s no need to worry – FROM JAPAN makes it easy to buy and pre-order a whole range of Japanese-exclusive items. Read on to see how easy it can be to get your hands on awesome Pokemon merch with the help of FROM JAPAN!
Step 1. Go to the Pokemon Center Online Japan’s official homepage.
If you’re used to using the American version of the Pokemon Center Online store, you may notice that the Japanese version is quite different.
After accessing the Pokemon Center Online Japan’s homepage, you’ll be greeted by a plethora of Pokemon goodies. The Pokemon Center Online Japan unfortunately does not provide any English language support, but running the site through Google Translate can help start you navigating. If you have a specific query about something on the site, we recommend you contact FROM JAPAN’s multilingual Customer Service team who can help with any Japanese language troubles you may have.
Step 2. Get searching!
There are several ways to start searching on the Japanese Pokemon Center Online website. If you know the Japanese product or series name, then you can search for it using the search bar on the top left.
By clicking on the heading on the far left 新商品 (New Products), you can start searching from all of the latest Pokemon goodies that the Pokemon Center Online Japan has to offer!
The button beside that reads 特集から探す roughly translates as “search featured collections” and will take you to a page that looks something like this:
The page features the latest in Pokemon merch, seasonal items, and themed collections, making it a great place to start your Poke-shopping!
The centermost button on the button reads 商品カテゴリーから探す (search by category) and clicking it will bring up the following drop-down menu:
Alternatively, you can search via Pokemon! By clicking the ポケモンから探す (search via Pokemon) button, this adorable drop-down menu will appear.
The list brings up the most popular Pokemon in the Japanese Pokemon Center Online store, but by clicking the red Pokemon ball that reads 他のポケモンをみる (see other Pokemon), you will be able to see the Pokemon Center Online’s full range of Poke-friends!
Finally, by clicking on the button (marked ランキング) on the far right can search for products based on their popularity in the store. This section has selected the most popular items from each category, so be sure to check the whole page out!
Step 3. Check the details of the item.
Now that you’ve had a good browse of the store, it’s time to check the details of your item.
When checking the price, it’s important to note that all of the prices on the Japanese Pokemon Center Online store include an 8% consumption tax rate (as of September 2019). Sold out products are clearly marked in English as “sold out”, making it easy to see which items are still available.
Step 4. Create an account with FROM JAPAN and copy and paste the URL of the item page into FROM JAPAN’s search bar.
Once you’ve double-checked all of the details on your item, it’s time to make the order! All you need to do is copy and paste the URL of the item’s page into FROM JAPAN’s search bar like the image below:
Step 5. Hit search and complete the order form.
Once you’ve hit search, you will be taken to our price quote request form where you can fill in the details of your order. You can see what a completed form should look like below:
You will need to write the item name as it appears on the site and provide the desired quantity of the item. Make sure to fill in everything about your preferred size, color, and design if applicable, as we will need this information to proceed with the order. You can also leave us a comment for any extra information you would like us to know. Don’t forget to double-check all the details before sending it to us!
Once we’ve processed your price quote request, our Shopping Team will send an invoice for the cost of the item. If you are planning to buy multiple items from the Pokemon Center Online Japan, then you will need to request a separate price quote for each unique item.
After all your invoices have arrived for your items and Charge 1 has been paid, your items will be shipped to our distribution center. Once all your items have arrived at our warehouse, you can choose which items you would like shipped together and select your preferred shipping method. At this point you will be sent to the Charge 2 payment page. Charge 2 includes international and domestic shipping fees, as well as the fee for our Product Protection Plan. The Japanese Pokemon Center Online store charges a flat shipping fee of 540 yen, with free shipping for orders over 6000 yen.
And then all you have to do is wait for your Pokemon goodies to arrive at your door! We also recommend that you check out our usage guide for more details about our process and fee structures. If you have any further questions on how to use our service, our Customer Service team will be happy to help. Enjoy your Poke-shopping with FROM JAPAN!