Find Thrift Shops in Japan: Be eco-friendly, Save up wisely

getting recycle stuff in Japan

I’m gonna pop some tags-….oh, hi there! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. It seems that many visitors at our blog are interested in the post that features second-hand stores, so I will share a way to get recycled stuff at thrift shops in Japan this time.

About Thrift Shops in Japan

Almost every city in Japan has a recycle center owned by the city and some places sell recycled stuff as a thrift shop. Mostly items are from the residents but fixed, cleaned, reusable, and super cheap! By the way, items are usually sold by raffle.

How to Find

Basically search on the city’s official website and most probably you will find the page for recycle center in your city. For me it’s Okayama City. However, it may or may not display if you search in English, so here are little tips by Mr. Wada. Let’s see how it goes.

Sample (in case of Okayama City)

Below is  the Okayama City’s website. You see a search window around in the middle section? Type in there リサイクル or リサイクルセンター (recycle/recycle center) and click the 検索 search button.

find thrift shops in japan okayama city website


OK, it is now showing a list of pages that hit the keyword I entered. Take a look at the search keywords on the list. If you aren’t sure, open pages from top and see what comes.

find thrift shops in japan search result


This is the recycle center in Okayama City. Click the link and move to its website.

find thrift shops in japan search result detail

So this is the one I am looking for. It seems to be available in Japanese only, but no worries. Take a look at it and find the word リサイクル on the menu.

find thrift shops in japan recycle center top

Alright, now we are at the recycle-items-for-sale page. Scroll down and click the button at the bottom to go to next.

find thrift shops in japan recycle center note


A list of recycle stuff for sale is displayed. Check it out, a Yamaha acoustic guitar for 1,000 yen? What a deal.

find thrift shops in japan recycle plaza item list


Well, that’s all for finding a thrift shop through the city’s website. Now, let’s proceed on how to bid.


How to Bid

It depends on the place. Some places accept online bidding. Bidding period is scheduled usually. Make up your mind before items are taken. My advice is you should check them in person since it’s really hard to tell what the condition is like through the small photos on the web.


Sample (in case of Okayama City)

On the detail page of the item, click the button to move to the application form page (a folding bike for 2,500 yen huh?)

find thrift shops in japan recycle plaza detail

Type your information, click the confirm button and done. You will get a message if you win the raffle.

find thrift shops in japan recycle plaza apply



Many places apply to these conditions below. Please check before bidding, or visit the place and ask the staffs.

– Available for residents of the city only.
– Personal use only (not for re-selling).
– No delivery service (you need to pick items up yourself)
– Numbers of items that each person can bid is limited.



How do you find it? There are many thrift shops in Japan. The ones that I introduced this time are owned by city, so it may feel safer anyhow and prices look great as well. Hope it helps.

If you have a hard time looking for one in your city, ask me for help in the comment form. I will try (don’t expect a quick response though).


See you around!

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Popular Second-hand Stores in Japan: Be eco-friendly, Save up wisely


Hi there it’s Mr. Wada on duty. I’d like to share a little bit about second-hand stores in Japan this time. When you look for anything to purchase, would you consider second-hand? I would, at least in Japan. Does second-hand sound dirty or crappy to you? Good news. You may have more chances to encounter good stuff here.

How is Second-hand like in Japan?

I’m not sure if people really think of Eco but there’s always been demand and supply. Plus generally speaking second-hand comes in good condition. Well, they are often categorized in different grades like A, B, etc.

Second-hand Stores in Japan guitar store


Why in Good Conditions?

Good question. Probably a reason why they look good is at the very beginning, some people might be thinking of selling it later on when purchasing, so they try not to damage or scratch to keep stuff look good. Me? Yeah, I also feel that way sometimes. The more damaged your stuff is, the lesser worth your stuff would be when it comes to selling it.


What About Prices?

It all depends on what kind of product you are looking, and condition matters as well. Some items could be less than half of the original prices.

Second-hand Stores in Japan price


Popular Second-Hand Stores in Japan

Let me introduce you some stores where we often use. You may see them all over the county.

BOOK OFF (ブックオフ)

BOOK OFF sells books, CDs, DVDs, Records, etc. Super cheap.

Second-hand Stores in Japan bookoff

I’ve got this CD(s) for 200 yen! Books are from 50 JPY-ish.

Second-hand Stores in Japan CD



Find a BOOK OFF store near your place HERE (in JP).

or go to the ONLINE STORE   *Domestic Shipping (Japan Only)


OFF HOUSE (オフハウス)

OFF HOUSE is the same chain of BOOK OFF. This place though sells more varieties of stuff like furniture, clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, etc.

Second-hand Stores in Japan OFFHOUSE


We bought our kitchen table and chairs at OFF HOUSE. It is originally about 20,000 yen, and it was like 3,000 yen at OFF HOUSE. Well, it was a little old but still a great deal, don’t you think?

Second-hand Stores in Japan table


Find a OFF HOUSE store near your place HERE (in JP).

or go to the ONLINE STORE *Domestic Shipping (Japan Only)



2ND STREET is Mrs. Wada’s hangout. This store sells more branded products for affordable prices.

Second-hand Stores in Japan jumble


Our jackets from 2nd street. Pretty cool huh? Hehe.

Second-hand Stores in Japan jacket


Find a 2ND STREET store near your place HERE (in JP).

Or go to the online store. *Domestic Shipping (Japan Only)

*To support this blog (, we would highly appreciate shopping through the link below which gives us commission, however, it does NOT charge you any extra cost.

Here’s a post for guide to shopping at 2ND STREET online store.


King Family (キングファミリー)

King Family sells second-hand clothing and some other different items like bags, accessories etc, including branded stuff. General impression I have for this store is quite reasonable. Also I often see some unusual stuff like concert T-shirts. Quite interesting.



Mrs. Wada’s summer hat from King Family (100 yen!)

second-hand stores in Japan

Find a King Family store near your palace HERE.



TREASURE FACTORY (トレジャーファクトリー)

This store is similar to Off House which sells electronics, furniture, clothing, etc.

second-hand stores in Japan


The Takoyaki machine introduced in the previous post was actually from a recycle store called Treasure Factory.

Second-hand Stores in Japan takoyaki hotplate

It was about 1,000 yen. A brand new one would’ve been 2,000 JPY-ish. Big saving.



Find a TREASURE FACTORY store near your place HERE (in JP).


Thrift Stores

Great deals offered at thrift stores as well.

Find Thrift Shops in Japan: Be eco-friendly, Save up wisely


Looking for International Shipping?

If you would like to purchase from overseas, try this website called rakuten market offers a service for you. Open the link and go to ‘global‘ on the upper-right of the window. You have opportunities for international shipping.


Sell your stuff

These stores also buy your stuff. Normally just drop-in and inform the staff that you want to sell. They would estimate and let you know how much it would be. Oh, don’t forget to take your ID though (foreigner card, driver’s license, etc). Some stores even visit your place for things you can’t take to the store. That’d be quite convenient for selling stuff like furniture (some conditions apply). Check this for the details.



To be frank, I used to dislike second-hand. But it was my first time selling my video games, I got chunk of cash and bought some other games, I felt I liked it! (hehe). Since then I wouldn’t mind it. Well, of course not all stuff is great and in perfect conditions. Such items like electronics, instruments, you should try out first before purchasing (ask staff though).

Why don’t you go check second-hand stores in Japan? You may encounter unexpected deals somewhere. (>v・)

See you around!