Tips from Japan Trip Experts!! Never fail to buy correct size! Shoes/Clothes sizing in Japan

Tips from Japan Trip Experts!! Never fail to buy correct size! Shoes/Clothes sizing in Japan

There are countless brands of apparel and shoes in Japan and probably you want to buy a lot of them. But how they describe size of clothes and shoes are completely different from the rest of the world, and if you don’t have enough time to try things on, you might end up buying items of wrong sizes…. To avoid such a tragedy, here is a quick help on how to know what size things are. Check the size conversion charts!  

Shoes (for both men and women) 

・China and Europe use Europe shoes size chart, but Japan shoes are described in cm. If you want to convert shoes size in China to be of Japan, you need to use the following equation:

Japan size=(China size)÷2+5.


・Shoe Size Conversion chart

China

38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

Japan

24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28

Outer clothing (men) 

・Men’s outer clothing size description is either the alphabets way (S/M/L/LL/XL) or the numerical way, 36-gou to 44-gou. 

・Size conversion between Japan-China sizes are as follows: S/36-gou (in Japan)=165/88-90(in China), M/38-gou=170/96-98, L/40-gou=175/108-110, LL/XL/42-gou=180・118-122. 


・Men’s outer clothing conversion chart

International sizing

XS   S   M   L

China

165/88-90   170/96-98   175/108-110   180/118-122

Japan

S/36 37 M/38 39 L/40 41 LL/XL/42

Outer clothing (women) 

・Women’s outer clothing description is too either the alphabets way (SS/XS,S,M,L,LL/XL,LL/XXL/3L,4L,5L) or the numerical way (5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21)-gou. 

・Size conversion between Japan-China sizes are as follows: S/7-gou (in Japan)=160-165/84-86 (in China), M/9-gou=165-170/88-90、L/11-gou=167-172/92-96、LL/XL/13-gou=168-173/98-102, 3L/XXL/15-gou=170-176/106-110


・Women’s outer clothing conversion chart

International sizing

S M L XL XXL
China
160-165/84-86 165-170/88-90 167-172/92-96 168-173/98-102 170-176/106-110
Japan
S/7 M/9 L/11 LL/XL/13 3L/XXL/15

Undergarment (women) 

・Women’s undergarment size descriptions (cup/bottom measurement) are same in Japan and China.  

・Cups (in Japan) –AA-H, (in China) A-G 

・Bottom measurements: (in cm) 65,70,75,80,85,90,95。

Jasmine zhao

Female office worker in her 20s working for major Japanese trading company. She has business trip to Japan once a month and is taking that opportunity to spend her off-duty weekends to go around Japan sightseeing. She is an expert of travelling Japan and her strong interest is in experiencing Japan's traditional cultures at first hand. Her major at her University in China was Japanese. She became strongly interested in Japanese culture by being exposed to Japanese TV dramas while she was small. "Tokyo Love Story" was one of them and she has an extensive knowledge of Japanese anime and TV dramas.

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