How to buy from Rakuten Ichiba – Japan’s largest online shopping mall!
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How to buy from Rakuten Ichiba – Japan’s largest online shopping mall!

What is Rakuten Ichiba?

Rakuten Ichiba is one of Japan’s largest online shopping malls, with everything from fashion to figures offered by individual merchants running their own storefronts. Until June 2020, Rakuten operated a service known as Rakuten Global Market that allowed overseas shoppers to connect with sellers on Rakuten Ichiba. Although Rakuten Global Market has ceased operations, that doesn’t mean your Rakuten shopping has to stop! With FROM JAPAN’s proxy shopping service, you can continue to shop on Rakuten with ease.

By using FROM JAPAN you will have access to all of the stores on Rakuten Ichiba – not just those that offer overseas shipping. FROM JAPAN also does regular campaigns for Rakuten Ichiba so you can save when you shop with FJ! Read on to see how simple it is to order from Rakuten Ichiba with FROM JAPAN’s proxy shopping service.

How to buy from Rakuten Ichiba with FROM JAPAN

As Rakuten Global Market has now closed, you will need to access Rakuten from the Japanese-language Rakuten Ichiba site.

Rakuten Ichiba Homepage

You can run Rakuten Ichiba through Google Translate for a basic understanding of the site but if you have any specific questions about a particular store or item, please contact our multilingual Customer Service team.

Once you’ve found the item you want to purchase, all you have to do is simply copy and paste the URL into FROM JAPAN’s search bar to add it to your cart.

Shopping Rakuten Ichiba with FROM JAPAN

Step 1. Go to FROM JAPAN’s Rakuten Ichiba home page.

Rakuten Ichiba Homepage FROM JAPAN

You can start your search on Rakuten Ichiba by using the search bar or by browsing on the categories on the left-hand side of the page. On this page we also highlight some awesome items to get you started on your Rakuten Ichiba shopping!

Entering Japanese search terms will yield the most results, but if you aren’t too confident with your Japanese skills, you don’t need to worry! With FROM JAPAN’s Find It For Me request form, our Customer Service team can help you get the items you are looking for. You can also read our guide on how to search in Japanese here.

Step 2. Check and confirm the item details.

Once you’ve found something you want to buy, it’s time to check the item details.

Rakuten Ichiba Product Page

FROM JAPAN clearly lays out the item’s price, the shop name, and information about domestic and international shipping costs. While you can see that this store offers free domestic shipping, you will need to click through to see a rough estimate of how much international shipping will be.

If you want to see more pictures of an item, click through to the original item page which is linked underneath the product image. Some items will require you to select a size and color before you can proceed to add it to your cart. This information will initially appear in Japanese, but you can select to have it translated into your preferred language by clicking on the Google Translate drop-down box next to the Order Options subheading. Selecting this will also auto-translate the item description below the item listing.

We strongly recommend that you double check all of the product’s information before proceeding with your purchase.

Step 3. Make an account with FROM JAPAN, add the item(s) to your cart, and pay for Charge 1.

Once you have added everything you want to buy from Rakuten Ichiba to your cart, it’s time to proceed to the Charge 1 payment. At Charge 1 you will pay for the cost of the item, with the shipping costs and purchase plan fee to be paid at a later date. Once you have paid Charge 1, your items will be ordered and sent to our distribution center.

Step 4. Send your shipment instructions and pay for Charge 2.

Once all of your items have arrived at our distribution center, we will wait for your shipment instructions regarding what items you would like to be shipped together and your preferred shipping method. At this point, you will be required to pay for Charge 2. The Charge 2 invoice includes international and domestic shipping fees, as well as the purchasing plan.

Then all you have to do is just have to wait until the items come to your door! Please take a look at 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. Remember that FROM JAPAN regularly runs Rakuten campaigns, so you can save on your Rakuten Ichiba shopping when you use FJ. Happy shopping on Rakuten!