This is going to be a quick article. Just a quick tip to help you enjoy Costco in Japan so much more.
Actually, I filed this under cultural advice because while it’s mostly discussing Costco, it’s really about crowds. Which happens all over Tokyo.
You’ll see. 🙂
I know what you’re thinking right about now though. “Pain and suffering at Costco? How?”
Well… have you ever been to Disneyland on a busy day?
It’s a lot like Disneyland, unfortunately
Normally you would imagine being compared to Disneyland would be a great thing right?
Wrong. Not in this case.
Imagine going to Disneyland on the busiest day of the year — I imagine somewhere around Christmas most likely. When it feels like
Where you have to wait in line for an hour just to buy popcorn! Rides are 2-3 hour waits and your fast-pass just isn’t cutting it for you.
That’s Costco every Sunday in Japan
Workers in Japan often really only have Sunday off it seems. For some reason, many feel that’s the best time to go to Costco.
So what happens?
Costco turns into Disneyland every Sunday when hoards of families rush in to buy their favorite American goods in bulk. It’s crazy. You can’t move an inch without bumping into someone or waiting in line for an hour just to get to the meat section.
Really it’s the whole weekend
Sunday is insane, but Saturday is barely any better. So my number one advice to avoid pain and suffering at Costco in Japan is this:
Go on a weekday. It is an entirely different experience. Peaceful. Calming. Enjoyable. You’ll thank me later.
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Update: On a “fun” note…
Not even two hours after publishing this article my wife informed me we will be going to Costco at 9:00 am this Sunday — to buy food for a birthday party.
I guess I’m going to Disneyland…