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.

  • General items will also be exempt if they cost ¥5,000 or more.

    General items will also be exempt if they cost ¥5,000 or more from May 2016 onwards, making shopping even more affordable.

  • Your passport is required for the procedure!

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

Is this a tax-free item?
Is it not?

Let's do a lesson!

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 tax exemption charge mean?

    A charge may be levied for the tax exemption procedure depending on the store. Check the information guide etc. of each store for more details in advance.

More information on tax exemption!

Topics related to
the tax-free system in Japan

Empty-handed sightseeing!? Overseas direct deliveries are also tax-exempt!

Delivery of goods bought under tax exemption procedures has become easier too. Originally, you have to fill in a purchase form for direct deliveries from the tax-free shop to your home overseas etc. This procedure can be omitted now simply by presenting your passport. Sightseeing is easier and more enjoyable since you can walk around without having to carry heavy stuff.

Duty free shops are also available outside the airport!

Duty free shops in the city. These are stores that offer tax-free shopping where you can pick up your purchases at the airport after clearing immigration. Liquids can also be brought into the aircraft, and sightseeing with your hands empty is great as well.

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.

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