Shipping cost is the most remarkable cost which you buy from overseas. So, you can check estimate cost before ordering items. Most of the Rakuten stores utilize Japan Post Office which transfers in a propitiate cost and you can check at International Post - Check rates and delivery days.
amazon.co.jp has their own shipping system "How to Ship Internationally" and is also reasonable.
Combine shipment would be more cost saving, so ask your friends if they have anything they want from Japan!
"ANIME STUFF DIRECT FROM JAPAN" is a list to help you buying anime stuffs direct from Japan. Recently there are a lot of stores on Rakuten Global and amazon.co.jp which would ship direct to you from Japan. These two online shops are the largest and well known in Japan so you may find a lot of stuff in a reasonable price or lower than you usually buy. Also basically here shown are needless to arrange shipping agent or forwarding services. Buy authentic stuffs and save money to buy direct from Japan! If you are interested compare the price with your familiar store.
However, sometimes it's hard to find the item searching in English or other languages on Rakuten and amazon. If you have been experienced, try to find through the index links. The search will go through (basically) in Japanese characters. Then try narrowing down with categories, which is on the left side on Rakuten and amazon.
If you couldn't find the title use above SEARCH to identify the title page.
Rakuten: First select shipping country and language, currency which you prefer at the top. Narrow down with categories.
amazon: Switch your preferred language at the top. Narrow down with categories.
Refer "Rakuten Global Market Help Central" or "amazon global International Shipping Made Easy" how to use. For supplemental see " How to use Rakuten Global" and "How to buy on amazon.co.jp " But maybe you don't need to, because it's easy.
*Note: Not all stores on Rakuten Global ships overseas. If you want to use forwarding service select "Japan or Use Forwarding service" of "Shipping country" which is bottom left. Also following amazon.co.jp links are directed to international shipping but if you want to be released select "All departments".
Help you to buy Anime stuff direct from Japan to obtain authentic, rare with saving money.