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Liquor Tax Exemption

Get a bargain at breweries, wineries and distilleriesVisit a Japanese sake brewery and take home some Japanese liquor, tax free!

A new tax exemption program started from October 2017. This exemption targets direct sales stores at approved breweries, wineries and distilleries. Japan's unique climate and geography produce many diff erent kinds of liquor,including sake, shochu, wine, and whiskey, which have become enormously popular around the world. Now you can visit Japanese breweries, wineries and distilleries and take home a bargain!

Alcohol bought in direct sales stores at breweries, wineries and distilleries will be exempt from liquor tax.

Liquor purchased from direct sales stores at approved factories producing liquor such as sake, shochu, wine, and whiskey in Japan will be exempt from liquor tax as well as consumption tax. Check the "Consumable items" section for the conditions surrounding tax exemption, and take home delicious Japanese liquor at a great price!

  • Target stores

    Only purchases at approved liquor tax exemption stores are eligible. The liquor tax exemption does not apply to purchases made at taxfree stores such as liquor stores, department stores, and supermarkets.

  • Purchase amount

    Consumption tax + liquor tax will be exempted from liquor purchases. The purchase amount (excluding consumption tax and liquor tax) must be between 5,000 yen and 500,000 yen.

Search the "Japan. Tax-free Shop" official website or contact stores to find out if they participate in the liquor tax exemption.

Learn about sake : Japanese rice wine Visit a sake brewery

Learn about the sake production process and materials used.

You can observe sake production processes such as barrel aging and see materials and tools used to make sake over the years. Get to know how to make sake and the history of sake production.

Experience the sake making process first hand.

Depending on the sake brewery you may be able to take part in the sake making process, such as by stirring the fermented mash (moromi ). Please ask when you make your reservation.

Taste sake at the brewery.

You can taste limited edition or freshly produced sake while you are at the brewery. Experience various ways to enjoy sake , such as by comparing different types and vintages.

Purchase limited goods and other souvenirs.

Breweries, sell goods that you can only buy there, such as limited editions and original snacks and glasses. Get a bargain on Japanese sake with the new tax exemption program.

Go here for report on the sake brewery tour