Tax-free Shopping Guide

Important Notice

For Non-Residents Using Automated Immigration Gates
*for Landing Examination at Airports : Narita(NRT), Haneda(HND), Chubu(NGO) and Kansai (KIX)

Must Check Following Link, if you will use export sales stores (tax-free shops)

http://www.nta.go.jp/shiraberu/ippanjoho/pamph/shohi/menzei/pdf/11.pdf

What is tax-free?

Know about the tax
exemption program of Japan

  • All products will be exempt from 8% consumption tax!

    The higher the total purchase amount the greater the discount. Take advantage of the system.

  • Only for foreign visitors temporarily staying in Japan!

    Only foreign visitors who have temporarily stayed in Japan for less than 6 months since entering Japan.

  • Your passport is required for the procedure!

    You must show your passport at the store where you purchased the goods for tax-free procedure.

What do I need to do first?

Make use of the tax
exemption program!

What do you need to do for tax-free shopping? In this page we will introduce the steps for making use of the tax exemption program in towns in Japan.
Please confirm the procedures, necessary items etc.and learn about the tax exemption program!
  • Look for this sign in town

    Stores that are tax-free such as household electronic stores and drugstores will have this sign.

    There are different tax-free store signs for standard tax-free stores and one-stop tax-free procedure stores.

  • Let's go to the tax-free counter

    Don't forget to bring necessary items for tax-free procedure such as the purchased items and the receipt.

    • <Note>
    • ●Purchased items
    • ●Receipts
      (handwritten receipts unaccepted)
    • ●Your passort
      (with a valid entry stamp)
    • * Apart from the abovementioned, you must bring your credit card if you used it
  • Show your passport & sign a document stating your purchase

    The person who made the purchase must be identified when going through tax-free procedure

    Receive the difference of what you actually paid in cash

    The collected consumption tax at the time of purchase will be refunded at the spot

    Place in a specified bag

    Purchased items must be kept in the specified bag until leaving the country.

  • Go through the procedure at the airport

    Submit the Proof of Tax-Free Purchase attached to your passport when leaving the country

    Liquids cannot be taken inside airplanes

    What does the TAXFREE and DUTYFREE you see at the airport mean?

    Tax-free refers to exemption from consumption tax and Duty-free refers to exemption from customs duties. Please be careful as these are completely different.

Topics related to
the tax-free system in Japan

Even more convenient with the "one-stop tax-free system"!

Until now tax-free procedures had to be done at each store in shopping streets and department stores. However, now there is the one-stop tax-free system that allows visitors to take care of tax-free procedures all at once. First confirm the system beforehand to enjoy a more casual and convenient tax-free shopping experience.

  • Romantic-dori shopping street in Omotecho, Okayama city became the first place in Japan to introduce the one-stop tax-free system!
  • A 1km long shopping arcade located in Okayama city, Okayama prefecture. You can enjoy everything from shopping to eating and drinking, and it's tax-free!

Convenience stores are also tax-free!

Tax-free programs have also started in convenience stores that are open 24 hours all year round where they sell items suitable for souvenirs such as cosmetics and sweets. Take advantage of these helpful convenience stores for tourists where you can use overseas credit cards and purchase tickets.

Approximately 29,000 tax-free stores in Japan!

The number of tax-free stores nation wide have increased to 29,000 as of October 2015. This means that about 24,000 stores have increased in one year since the revision of the tax exemption program. Apart from department stores and shopping malls within the city, tax-free procedures are also becoming available at local souvenir stores.

[ Transitions of tax-free stores within Japan ]

Temporary stores also available in bay area facilities!

The number of tax-free stores nation wide have increased to 29,000 as of October 2015. This means that about 24,000 stores have increased in one year since the revision of the tax exemption program. Apart from department stores and shopping malls within the city, tax-free procedures are also becoming available at local souvenir stores.