Languages › Japanese Useful Expressions for Shopping in Japanese Share Flipboard Email Print Trevor Williams / Getty Images Japanese Japanese Grammar History & Culture Essential Japanese Vocabulary By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated November 04, 2019 Japanese department stores are much bigger than their North American counterparts. Many of them have five to seven, or even more floors, and you can buy almost anything there. Department stores used to be called "hyakkaten (百貨店）," but the term "depaato（デパート）" is more common today. At the Sales Counter Department store clerks use very polite expressions to customers. Here are some expressions you are likely to hear. Irasshaimase.いらっしゃいませ。 Welcome. Nanika osagashi desu ka.何かお探しですか。 May I help you?(Literally means, "Are you looking for something?") Ikaga desu ka.いかがですか。 How do you like it? Kashikomarimashita.かしこまりました。 Certainly. Omatase itashimashita.お待たせいたしました。 Sorry to have kept you waiting. Here are some useful expressions for shopping. Kore wa ikura desu ka.これはいくらですか。 How much is this? Mite mo ii desu ka.見てもいいですか。 Can I look at it? ~ wa doko ni arimasu ka.～はどこにありますか。 Where is ~? ~ (ga) arimasu ka.～ (が) ありますか。 Do you have ~? ~ o misete kudasai.～を見せてください。 Please show me ~. Kore ni shimasu.これにします。 I'll take it. Miteiru dake desu.見ているだけです。 I'm just looking. How to Ask for Advice [Noun] wa watashi ni wa [Adjective] kana/kashira/deshou ka.(I wonder if [Noun] is too [Adjective] for me.) Kore wa watashi ni wa ookii kana.これは私には大きいかな。 I wonder if this is too big for me. Kono iro watashi ni wa hade kashira.この色私には派手かしら。 Is this color too loud for me? "~ kashira （～かしら）" is used only by female speakers. Dochira ga ii to omoimasu ka.どちらがいいと思いますか。 Which do you think is better? Kono naka de dore ga ichiban ii kana.この中でどれが一番いいかな。 Which one is the best among these? Donna no ga ii deshou ka.どんなのがいいでしょうか。 What do you think is suitable? How to Decline Politely ~ no hou ga ii n desu kedo.～のほうがいいんですけど。 I prefer ~. Sumimasen kedo, mata ni shimasu.すみませんけど、またにします。 I'm sorry, but some other time. How to Exchange or Return of a Purchase Saizu ga awanai node, torikaete moraemasu ka.サイズが合わないので、取り替えてもらえますか。 The size is not right. Can I exchange it? Henpin suru koto ga dekimasu ka.返品することができますか。 Can I return it? Japanese Vocabulary: Shopping and Prices Learn About Expressions of Ability and Potential Verbs in Japanese How Sentence Ending Particles Express Emotions in Japanese 19 Useful Japanese Phrases You Should Know Useful Expressions to Describe Health Problems in Japanese What Does "~ Kana" Mean in Japanese? Learn Basic Japanese Needed for Ordering at a Restaurant Ordering at Fast-Food Restaurants With Basic Japanese All About the Japanese Particles Wa and Ga Here Are Popular Japanese Conversation Openers Frequently Asked Questions in Introductory Japanese Using the Japanese Particles Wa and Ga Correctly The Most Common Loan Words in Japanese How to Use the Particle Ni in Japanese What is the Ko-So-A-Do System? What Does Kashikomarimashita Mean in Japanese?