Way back during “lockdown”/the State of Emergency, I created a list of must-try subscription services in Japan. The original idea behind it was to simply showcase products and services that were basically “Japan in a box” to spark a bit of joy in times of social isolation and COVID cabin fever. Since then, this list has evolved into a reference list of subscription services in Japan that I have personally tried or am currently using.
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Must-Try Subscription Services in Japan
If you missed out on seeing any of the gorgeous blooms at Japanese flower parks or are still hesitant to venture far from your home, there’s Bloomee LIFE. Bloomee LIFE works with 100 independent florists across Japan in order to ship fresh flowers in the shortest amount of time possible. The variety of flowers makes it seem as if each weekly bouquet is selected with Japan’s 72 mini-seasons in mind!
Choose between three subscription models, reasonably priced at 500 yen, 800 yen, and 1200 yen, to have flowers delivered directly to your door weekly or bi-weekly.
Edo Beauty Lab
Launched by yours truly in April 2023, the Edo Beauty Lab Self-Care Sunday Box is a passion project that represents my love for beauty boxes and self-care Sunday.
Each month, subscribers receive a box of beauty, wellness, and self-care products products from Japan worth over 7,500 yen. The inaugural box, “Hopeful and Healing,” contains an original superfood-infused green clay mask, made in Tokyo.
Read my introductory post on the Edo Beauty Lab Self-Care Sunday Box here: Inside the Edo Beauty Lab Self-Care Sunday Box.
Fit Food Home
Raise your hand if quarantine cooking had you like, “Ain’t nobody got for that.” Rather than picking up something at the kombini or doing Uber Eats again, try Fit Food Home. They come to your house as bright yellow frozen bento, BUT they aren’t your typical microwave dinners.
There are absolutely no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives in these meals, and the menus are balanced to help you reach your daily nutrient recommendations.
Choose between 4 different subscription plans: Dish Plate (1 main dish and 2 sides); Supple Rice (a konnyaku/rice/grain mix); Mama Meal (for pregnant and nursing women); and Diet Meals (400kcal meals).
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Are you ready to change the trajectory of your career in Japan? Formie (フォーミー ) is an online subscription-based platform that lets you use your smartphone, tablet or computer to study and take exams for more than 40 kinds of certifications recognized by the Japan Ability Facilitation Association (日本能力教育促進協会).
The “all you can learn” plan (学び放題プラン) lets you study for as many subjects as you’d like for only 3,980 yen a month. Or, you can choose to sign up for a specific course.
I’m currently studying to become a certified Skincare Specialist! Wish me luck!
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HelloFresh Japan launched in April 2022, making it the latest addition to the global HelloFresh family!
Its menu includes both international and Japanese dishes and each delivery comes in one box, with fresh ingredients and clear instructions to make cooking quick and easy. Most meals take no more than 30 minutes, and there are even meals that only take 15-20 to prepare from start to finish!
You can customize your weekly HelloFresh meal plans according to your food preferences, the number of people you’re cooking for, and frequency of delivery.
2023.1.2 UPDATE: It appears that HelloFresh Japan is no longer accepting applications and will cease operations.
Whether you’re actively trying to avoid the “Quarantine 15” or have taken a YOLO approach to your quarantine meals, Kokoro Cares will get you on track. They deliver hand-selected, healthy and delicious ingredients from all over Japan. What makes Kokoro Cares so good is that they make Japanese cuisine so accessible!
Each box includes easy to prepare goods like noodles/rice, seasonings, sauces, and soups. AND you’ll also get English translations of the ingredients, suggested uses and nutritional information.
My Little Box Japan
My Little Box Japan is a beautifully curated beauty box that contains high-end cosmetics from France and Japan. In each box you’ll also receive a lifestyle magazine with cute illustrations penned by a Japanese expat in France. My Little Box is originally from France and My Little Box Japan stays true to its origins.
Priced at 3,350 yen a month, My Little Box Japan may feel steep, but consider it your #SelfCareSunday treat. Because you’re worth it! Use my code FRIEND199392 to save 1,000 yen off your first order!
Oisix is Japan’s largest meal kit and organic food delivery service. Not bad for a company that started in 1997! You can shop a la carte or let Oisix choose for you. I usually get my produce from my in-laws in Ibaraki. So, I like to shop a la carte at Oisix for dairy products, baked goods, and imported/gourmet items.
I’m also a big fan of Oisix meal kits, which come with everything you need to prepare dinner and a side dish or soup for 2 or 3 people. They also have specific meal kits that are “kid-approved.”
A few years ago, Oisix acquired Purple Carrot, an American vegan meal kit delivery service. So, you can purchase vegan meals through Oisix, too! Choose between weekly or bi-weekly delivery.
Raxy Beauty Box
If you love earning points and trying new beauty products, then Raxy Beauty Box is for you! Raxy is Rakuten Japan’s subscription beauty box, so you can earn and redeem Rakuten points. For 2,480 yen a month, Raxy Beauty Box members receive a colorful package containing full-sized skincare and/or makeup items.
Just fill out a detailed questionnaire about your beauty preferences, and each month you’ll receive a themed box of cosmetics products tailored to meet your beauty needs and preferences. You can also specify if you’d like a skincare or makeup box when you sign up.
If you want to try Raxy, use my code qa3c19 when you sign up. We’ll both earn 100 Rakuten Super Points!
Sakuraco is a Japan travel-themed snack box packed with 20 authentic Japanese snack items like baked sweets, mochi, manju, yokan, and rice crackers. You’ll also get teas andJapanese home goods like ceramics, chopsticks, and furoshiki to complement your snacking experience.
Read my full review of the February 2023 Sakuraco Valentine’s Day Box here.
WOWBOX is a monthly subscription box of mainstream and artisanal treats sourced from all over Japan. Each box celebrates a region of Japan or a Japanese holiday or event.
Choose from the TABI (“journey”) or OMIYAGE (“souvenir”) box and select your subscription plan (monthly, one-time, or gift). Each WOWBOX ships directly from Japan for FREE via DHL Express Shipping. Plus, you earn points with every WOWBOX purchase!
What interests you the most on this list of Must-Try Subscription Services in Japan? I love trying out new things, so if you have a subscription service to recommend, I’m all ears!