Japan offers tax-free shopping program for more enjoyable shopping experience!
More products have been added to the tax-free items such as sweets or snacks and cosmetics at the participating stores.Enjoy the tax-free program and shop more!
#1 What products are tax-free?
From October 1, 2014, additional products are added to the tax-exemption products at tax-free program participating stores. This includes food, medicines and cosmetics.
*There are some restrictions and conditions depending on the type of products for tax-exemption purchase.
1. Consumables (foods, drinks, medicines, cosmetics, etc.) must be purchased at the same store on the same day, and the total spending must be over 5,000JPY but no greater than 500,000JPY.
2. General goods(electric appliances,clothing,accessories,etc.)EXCEPT FOR consumables are exempt from consumption tax if purchased at the same store on the same day,and the total spending must be over 10,000JPY.
*It is not exempt from tax if purchased for business and commerce.
*Some products are prohibited to import in certain countries.
#2 After shopping
The store affixes a purchase proof document in your passport,and you must keep this. This document will be collected by a custom office at your departure from Japan. You must take the purchased
products out of Japan. For food, medicine and cosmetics,the package must be kept unbroken.
#3 Who Can shop tax-free?
Visitors with a temporary stay status are eligible for tax-free shopping.
*Japanese citizens are not eligible.
*Not eligible if you are working in Japan.
*Not eligible if staying in Japan more than six months.
#4 How to shop tax-free?
Show your passport at the check-out counter, and sign the purchase proof document.
#5 How much can I save?
The tax exemption program exemptsthe Japanese consumption tax.
Q & A
Q1: What happens if I shop at the same store over the course of two days?
A1:When you shop multiple times at the same store, they can calculate the combined purchase price for purchases made within the same day. However, if you shop over the course of two days or more, the store will not be able to calculate the purchases all together.
Q2:I’m going to visit for two weeks as a tourist, but will I be eligible for tax exemption?
A2: If it has been less than 6 months since your entry into Japan, you are eligible for tax exemption. If your stay in Japan is longer than 6 months, you will no longer be eligible for tax exemption.
Q3:What happens if I open a designated bag containing goods purchased tax-free, or if the bag is torn?
A3: If your designated tax-free bag is opened or damaged in any way, please inform a Customs officer when you depart Japan. If you consume an item purchased tax-free, you will be taxed at Customs. In order to prove that you have not consumed tax-free items, please do not open tax-free bags until you have departed from Japan.
Q4: Can I bring all tax-free purchases back to my home country?
A4:Each country has its own regulations on items brought into its borders, and items may be confiscated regardless of whether they were purchased tax-free. Please be sure to check these regulations on your own, especially for food, agricultural products, animal products, and other products that may be quarantined.
Q5:I forgot my passport at the hotel and went shopping…can I bring my passport to the store the next day to complete the tax-free procedure?
A5:Tax-free procedure must be complete on the same day that the item was purchased. When shopping tax-free in Japan, be sure to bring your passport with you.
Q6: I’m 18 years old and a minor in Japan. Can I purchase tobacco or alcohol as souvenirs for my rellatives?
A6: Even foreign tourists must abide by Japanese laws during their stay in Japan. Individuals under the age of 20 are not allowed to purchase tobacco or alcohol.
Q7: Can I shop tax-free using a family credit card?
A7: Family or spouse cards may not be used when purchasing tax-free items. All purchases must be made using a card under your own name.
Q8: What happens if I purchase tax-free liquids or sharp objects that I can’t bring on board a plane?
A8: Liquids such as cosmetics and sharp objects such as cutlery and knives cannot be brought on board a plane. Please check with Customs before checking your baggage.