Frequently Asked Questions

* All communication with ZenPop will come from an @zenpop.jp email address.

Hi there, welcome to our FAQ section. We’ve done our best to compile most of the questions that we receive on a regular basis, and give you as detailed of an answer as possible. Please click on your desired section below to access the information you’re looking for.

At this time, we are able to continue shipping to certain countries via Japan Posts Airmail, ECMS and express couriers like FedEx, DHL or UPS. Some shipping options are free, but depending where you live, you may be required to pay additional shipping fees.Please refer to this blog post for our latest shipping update.

Yes! If you reside in one of the countries we're currently shipping to, you can order a ZenPop Box and it will be shipped soon. If you do not reside in one of these countries, your order will still be placed, but the shipment will be put on hold until we are able to resume shipping to your country. Please note that during this time, some orders will be charged various shipping fees.

Discover more ZenPop subscription boxes with our special 20% post-checkout discount. After placing your initial order, click the “purchase now” link below and get 20% off for your second purchase in the next 24 hours.

ZenPop curates unique subscription boxes of must-try Japanese snacks, candy, ramen, anime goods and stationery and delivers them worldwide! Our subscription boxes:

  • Stationery: A selection of cute and useful Japanese stationery items.
  • Snack: 1 cup of instant ramen, 1 beverage plus 18 -20 sweet and salty snacks.
  • Ramen: 7 cups of authentic Japanese instant noodles.
  • Limited: New themes with different selection of anime, stationery and other goods.

Each box has a new theme every month, so you can experience the best that Japan has to offer!

ZenPop is the subscription box service of ZenMarket, an shopping proxy service that helps you buy from thousands of Japanese online marketplaces and auctions. Previous ZenPop Boxes can be purchased at a discounted price on ZenMarket and ZenPlus.

Yes! Every box includes a booklet with a QR code link to product descriptions, translated allergen information, as well as interesting facts about Japanese life and culture

Yes, we include translated allergen information (English, French, Traditional and Simplified Chinese) of all food products on the website linked to from the information booklet. In Japan, the following ingredients are identified as allergens.

  • Abalone
  • Almond
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Beef
  • Cashew
  • Chicken
  • Crab
  • Egg
  • Gelatin
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mackerel
  • Matsutake
  • Milk
  • Orange
  • Peaches
  • Peanuts
  • Pork
  • Red caviar (salmon roe)
  • Salmon
  • Sesame
  • Shrimp
  • Soba (buckwheat)
  • Soy
  • Squid
  • Walnut
  • Wheat
  • Yam

Please note that if you have serious allergies, we recommend that you do not eat the items due to potential contamination. We can not be held liable for any injuries caused by adverse reactions to any of the items included in our box. Please consume at your own risk.

We don't provide translated ingredient lists or nutrition information. Most Japanese packaged food has nutrition information printed on it. The below guide may help you if you are interested:

  • Calories / エネルギー or 熱量
  • Protein / たんぱく質 or たん白質 or 蛋白質
  • Fat / 脂質
  • Carbohydrates / 炭水化物
  • Sugars / 糖質
  • Fiber / 食物繊維
  • Sodium / ナトリウム

Most Japanese food products are not vegetarian or vegan-friendly. Most of the instant noodles in our Ramen Box contain meat or fish products. Occasionally, some of the snacks in our Snack Box may contain animal products. You may wish to email us to request the main allergens in each product, which we list on our information booklet.

You are not able to customize the contents of your ZenPop Box at this time. If you have any dietary restrictions or concerns about any products, please contact us. before you order.

At ZenPop, our number one priority is to deliver you a wonderful experience from Japan each month through our boxes

It's important to us that everyone has an unforgettable experience with their Japanese snack, ramen, stationery or anime box.

If you have an issue with your order, your box is damaged or lost in the mail, please contact our support team via your User Account, our Contact Form, so we can find a solution!

Our support team will do our best to respond reply to your inquiry within 24-72 hours (or faster!)

Regular office hours Monday to Friday 9AM-6PM (JST).

Don’t worry! We will find a solution, we always do. Please send photos of the box and the damaged snack to our support team.

Please note: Minor damage such as scratches on the box, broken chips, melted snacks, or small bumps on ramen boxes may not qualify for compensation.

We have a back up plan for you! We will replace your box if you have not received it after 6 weeks* since it was shipped and the tracking status is not delivered.**

*You can contact us sooner if you’ve chosen an express courier like FedEx or DHL.

**It may take longer during the Year End holiday season. Please allow more time during the holiday season.

In your user account, you can find information about your subscriptions, address and automatic renewal. You can also modify your personal account information, subscription plan, access customer support and shipping information, and more from your user account portal.

You can access the Customer portal on this link:

https://zenpop.jp/customer/Shipments

You can turn off your ongoing subscription to prevent any future renewals. In order to cancel your subscription, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the “Profile” section on the top right of the home page.
  2. Go to “Subscriptions” on the left of that page.
  3. On the subscription plan that you would like to cancel, select “Turn Automatic Renewal Off”
  4. On the pop-up screen, validate the cancellation.
  5. Update your page to confirm that the status has been changed to not recurring.

*Please keep in mind that turning off automatic renewal does not cancel any existing orders.

*Please note that the coupon code WELCOME is valid for customers who subscribe or stay subscribed for 6 months or more. Subscribers to the 1-month and 3-month plans must maintain their subscriptions for a minimum of 6 months from the start date before they can unsubscribe.

Reactivating your canceled subscription is easy! However, please note that you will be charged immediately upon reactivation if you have the monthly plan.

  1. Go to the “Profile” section on the top right of the home page.
  2. Go to “Subscriptions” on the left of that page.
  3. On the subscription plan that you would like to cancel, select “Activate”
  4. Select your preferred settings and payment method
  5. Click submit to validate
  6. Please know that you’ll be billed once you validate the reactivation.

The user account can only be accessed after your registered email address is verified.

To resend your verification email, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Go to https://zenpop.jp/login/
  2. Fill the 'email address' field with your registered email address and a random password, click the 'sign up' button.
  3. Click the 'resend activation email' link after you see the error message.
  4. Check for the activation email in both your inbox and spam folder.

You can simply change your address through your User Account by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the “Profile” section on the top right of the home page.
  2. Go to “Subscriptions” on the left of that page.
  3. Go to “Edit Address” on the subscription that you’d like to edit.

You can skip next box and continue your ZenPop subscription after. Skipping a box is available from the 1st day of the renewing month 00:00 (JST) and will become unavailable on the following 2nd day 00:00 (JST). Please be informed that you are able to unskip a box after 5th day of every month.

If you wish to skip your upcoming subscription box, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the "Profile" section on the top right of the home page.
  2. Go to "Subscriptions" on the left of that page.
  3. On the subscription plan that you would like to skip box, select "Skip Next Box"
  4. On the pop-up screen, validate the cancellation.
  5. Update your page to confirm that the status has been changed to not recurring.
  6. Keep the "skip a box" settings turned on until 6th day of the same month.

Please note that skipping a box is not the same as canceling your subscription and your subscription will renew on the next recurring date. For canceling a subscription, please see "How do I cancel my subscription".

We accept Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and Amex credit cards. You can also pay with PayPal and other e-wallet services available such as Amazon Pay.

We do not accept cash or cheque.

All orders are secure. We use industry standard SSL encryption when sending data to our PCI compliant payment processor Stripe. We never receive or store on our servers any of your sensitive financial data.

Please note that charges will be processed in Japanese Yen (JPY) for all payments. The rates in other currencies displayed on this site are for your convenience only, and the final charge may vary depending on the exchange rate and/or foreign currency fees your bank uses on the day of the payment.

Yes, you are required to create a free ZenPop customer account before you subscribe. Through your customer dashboard you can manage your subscription(s), view your shipment details and update your address.

Yes! Gift options are available for our prepaid multi-month subscriptions (3/6/12 Months Plans). Our Limited Edition Boxes can be also one-time purchase.

You may also purchase one limited edition gift box!

In March 2020, we launched our Limited Edition Boxes series - exciting one-off boxes of unique and must-have products from Japan, as requested by our fans!

Limited Edition Boxes offer product combinations or themes that we can not currently offer through our four monthly subscription boxes. Previous Limited Edition oxes include boxes of Sakura-themed Stationery, Washi Tapes & Stickers and Vegetarian Snacks.

Limited Edition Boxes are a one-time purchase and no monthly subscription is required. You are still able to use your first-time purchaser coupon when you order or choose the Give as Gift option.

As the contents of each Limited Edition Box will vary from box to box, the box price and re-shipping fee (calculated by box value and weight) will also vary.

Find out more about our Limited Edition Box series on our blog.

Yes, we do! We’re always here to help and are happy to support bulk orders! For information about placing a large order, please fill up our form here or email us at [email protected]

During checkout, you may enter your discount code in the 'Use your promo code' field and click 'Apply' to take effect on your order. Be sure to enter it prior to completing checkout, as a discount codes cannot be applied to an order after it has been placed. You may check your discount in the order summary during checkout.

Please confirm the discount in the order total and get in touch with our customer support contact(at)zenpop.jp straight away with additional images if your promo code is not working. Once your order has been created, we are unable to cancel or add any promotional codes to your order.

When you subscribe to ZenPop, we will start preparing your first box, and it should ship within one week. Occasionally, there may be delays in shipments due to National Holidays, for example. As long as your subscription is active, we will send you a new box at the beginning of each following month 2nd 00:00 JST. If the renewal process is unsuccessful, we will attempt to renew on the 5th at 00:00JST

Subscription plans are automatically renewing. You will be charged at the beginning of each term (i.e. every 1, 3, 6 and 12 months) until you turn off automatic renewal. You can turn off the automatic renewal option from your user account in a couple of clicks!

You can subscribe and prepay for 3, 6 or 12 months (the longer the plan, the more you’ll save!) Or subscribe to the 1 month plan and you’ll be charged monthly. We also have non-recurring gift options for multi-month prepaid subscriptions 3/6/12 months prepaid plans.

Yes, all plans 1, 3, 6 and 12 month subscription plans will automatically renew on the 2nd (00:00 JST) of the month following the receipt of your last pack. This excludes gift subscriptions.

You can log into your customer account anytime to turn off the recurring settings to prevent any future renewals.

Please note: If you subscribe to a 1 month subscription plan late in the month, you will still be automatically charged on the 2nd of the next month for your second box.

After you subscribe, we will prepare your box and it will be shipped out likely within a week.

If you are on a month-to-month plan, you will be rebilled on the 2nd of each month (00:00 JST) and your next boxes will ship shortly after that.

If you are on a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription plan, your boxes will be prepared to ship out early each month. If it is a month where your plan will renew, you will be billed on the 2nd, and your box will be shipped once payment is confirmed.

Please note: If you order late in the month you will be shipped your first two boxes within close succession of each other.

Yes! While we only offer subscription plans, if you’d like to order just one box, choose the 1 month subscription plan and turn off automatic renewal.

While we do our best to avoid this, if a box theme is particularly popular, we may sell out of a box on occasion. If you subscribe after the current box becomes unavailable, you’ll be sent the following month’s box first and your rebill date will be offset by 1 month.

Your subscription doesn’t automatically expire once you’ve received all the allocated boxes you ordered. This is important to note, as ZenPop won’t send you a reminder to cancel. Your subscription will automatically renew for the same period after you receive your final box. For example, you’ll be charged for another 3 month subscription if you initially subscribed for 3 months. If you need to postpone or cancel your subscription altogether, be sure to make a note to yourself and do so within your account settings to avoid extra charges and boxes.

Shipping costs vary between region and box type. Some shipping methods are free. Not all shipping methods are available for every box type / every country. You can see the cost of shipping fees upon checkout. Prices subject to change. Not all shipping methods are available for every country.

Our new system in place since June 2022 calculates all shipping costs automatically on a daily basis based on currently available rates from shipping companies. You are free to choose the most convenient shipping method.

When a multiple month subscription order is placed, the shipping fees for all boxes in the plan will be charged together with the subscription.

The declared value of each box is within the duty free allowance of most countries. Please check your country’s import regulations as per our terms of service, we are not responsible for any customs fees you may incur.

Currently, we are shipping to 67 countries via Japan Post Airmail, ECMS and private couriers like FedEx, DHL or UPS. There will be different shipping fees, depending on the box ordered and the shipping destination. Please check this blog post for our last shipping updates.

In order to provide the most reliable service, some regions are required to add tracking and insurance.

For more information or questions, please email us: [email protected]

USPS or Japan Post are the only postal services that can deliver mail and boxes to APO/FPO locations due to security restrictions. We recommend that you choose ZenExpess or Japan Post as a shipping option who partners with USPS, and avoid couriers like DHL as delivery restrictions will apply.

Currently, we are shipping via Japan Post Airmail, ECMS and FedEx, DHL and UPS. Please check this blog post for our last shipping updates.

In general, once the ZenPop Box arrives in the destination country, the local Post Office will complete the delivery. Different countries have different rules regarding delivery requirements and box retention so please make sure you are able to receive mail safely at the shipping address you provide.

Yes. All shipping methods include tracking. You will receive the tracking number on the shipping notification email once your box has shipped from the warehouse. On the ZenPop dashboard you can easily check the tracking number and detail in your profile page → Shipments.

Your box will be shipped within 10 days from our Osaka warehouse. You will receive an email notification when we receive your order and start preparing your box, and then again when your box ships.

Please note that due to the global pandemic, shipping delays are to be expected. Estimated delivery times for our current shipping methods are:

Standard Shipping Delivery Estimate Express Shipping Delivery Estimate
Japan Post 3 to 6 weeks FedEx 2 to 6 days
EMS 1 to 2 weeks UPS 1 week
ECMS 2 to 4 weeks DHL 2 to 6 days

Good practices/Tips

  • Enter your shipping address and the email carefully, as you will receive the order summary & shipping notification there. The shipping company might also reach out to you by email/phone on the shipping label.
  • Use your home address and not an office address for shipping.
  • Check your country's customs duties and restrictions in advance.
  • Kindly check your tracking progress and contact the local post office to avoid the box being returned to us.

If you think that your box is late or missing, please check your shipment notification email and the tracking link therein. You can find the latest tracking information there. If the tracking information has not been updated in more than 2 weeks, please contact us by email: [email protected]

International shipping from Japan can be affected by weather conditions, national holidays (such as Christmas and New Years) and other factors and therefore the shipping times may vary. We kindly ask for your patience and understanding during these times.

If your box is taking longer than the estimated delivery times (see ‘What is the estimated delivery time?’), please contact us.

Once we file a claim, we have to wait for the result of the inquiry before we can send a replacement or give a refund, which may take a couple weeks.

Our warehouse staff are skilled at box in a way to protect all items, but of course breakages can happen. We’re very sorry if that happens to you!

It also may happen that the box gets damaged in transit.

Please send us an email with a photo of the broken or damaged item. Unfortunately, we will not be able to replace any items that were damaged during transit, such as broken or melted snacks or candy.

Please refer to our estimated shipping times, specific to your box type and destination country. If your box hasn’t arrived by then, please contact us, and we will help you.

Returns

All sales are final and items can't be returned once they have been shipped.

Replacements

We can send a replacement box for undelivered boxes. For severely damaged goods, or missing items, please send us image(s) of the items. In most cases, we are able to provide alternative solutions.

Refunds

Refunds are only available for boxes with tracking that have gone missing or are otherwise undeliverable. Please contact us and we will file a claim on your behalf to a shipping company. Once filed, we can process a refund or offer an alternative solutions.

Express couriers such as FedEx and DHL, might require the receiver to start the claim first as per their policies. Once the formal claim is opened, and that we can confirm that the box cannot be redelivered, we can arrange for a replacement box while the claim is ongoing.

As per our terms of use all subscription plans and gift subscriptions are non-refundable. All boxes will be sent to you according to your plan schedule. Automatic recurring payments are non-refundable. Automatic payments can be canceled at anytime before the scheduled payment date. You can check your ZenPop User Account or email receipt to confirm the date of any scheduled payments.

From time to time, boxes are returned to our warehouse for one of the following reasons:

  • a mistake in the address
  • no one accepted the delivery
  • the box was not claimed and was stored past the allowed time
  • no explicit reason

ZenPop does not take responsibility for returned boxes, including boxes where no explicit reasons are stated.

Once the box is shipped to the address provided by the customer, the responsibility of the delivery lies in the hands of the shipping company, and the responsibility for the reception is that of the customer.

If you wish, we are able to reship the returned box, but we require the customer to pay the re-shipping fee for this second shipment. This applies to boxes with or without tracking and insurance.

Re-shipping fees vary from box to box and on the shipping company. The reshipment fees will equal the total shipping fee billed by the shipping company.

Refunds are available minus the cost of shipping in the case a box is returned to us.

As we ship all of our boxes from Japan, they are subject to customs inspection when they arrive in your country.

We declare our boxes' value in a way that should avoid import taxes for most countries. We also include a description of the content of the box, and any further documentation required for import into some specific regions, but there may be instances where a custom, duty, or import tax is charged.

Regarding the changes of imports to the EU and additional VAT charges, ZenPop registered with the IOSS in September 2021. All VAT charges are now included in the total payment shown in the checkout page.

As per the terms of use of our service, You will be fully responsible for any fees, taxes, or other losses that may arise from importing goods into your country. As these fees and restrictions differ for each country, ZenPop is unable to give an estimate beforehand.

Our food boxes, in particular our Ramen Box, may contain meat products. Please check your local regulations, as we are not responsible for any losses that may occur with importing food items.

Once your order has been received, we are unable to add any promotional codes to your order retroactively. Makes sure to redeem your coupon code at the checkout page by clicking "Use your promo code" and "Apply" to take effect on your order. If the coupon code doesn't work, please contact our customer support contact(at)zenpop.jp before ordering so we can get the code fixed for you.

※Coupon codes are only valid on products specified within the promotion they appear in.

Yes, we do! To review a ZenPop box on your blog, YouTube or social media channel, please fill out our online partnership form.

Unfortunately we can’t give boxes to everyone, but if your content is related to Japan or our ZenPop boxes (ramen, snacks and stationery), we’d love to hear from you.

We often host giveaways, so make sure you’re a registered ZenPop user or following us on social media for your chance to win.

Once you register for your free ZenPop account you’ll automatically be added to our email list and you’ll be the first to know about any upcoming giveaways or promotions!

You can also follow us on social media to make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to win a free ZenPop box!

Firstly, congratulations! To redeem your box, please follow the instructions as specified in the giveaway post in providing us with your correct shipping address.

Unless stipulated in the giveaway terms and conditions, ZenPop will cover the shipping fees of your free box, but we are not responsible for any import fees or customs charges that may be incurred.

If your box is taking longer than the estimated delivery times (see ‘What is the estimated delivery time?’), please contact us.

If your box has gone missing or is undeliverable due to the giveaway winner providing an incorrect address, we can re-ship your box (once it is returned to our warehouse) at the giveaway winner’s cost.

If the box is undeliverable due to a mistake by us, we will re-ship your pack at no cost to the giveaway winner.