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Japan's Tax Exemption

To fully enjoy shopping in Japan, you need to know about Japan's tax exemption program.

Tax exemption in Japan basically applies to all items, from general items such as home appliances, accessories, and shoes, to consumable items such as alcohol, food, cosmetics, cigarettes, and medicines. Tax is exempt only under certain conditions.See below for information about the current tax exemption in Japan.


Certain items are subject to a reduced tax rate.Visit the following website for more information about tax rate.


When you purchase merchandise, you can pay the tax-exempt price.

The tax refund procedure must be carried out while at an airport or similar location. To carry out the procedure, you must show your actual passport, not a copy of the visa page. Tourists traveling by cruise ship need to show their cruise ship tourist permit.

*For those on the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP), be sure to bring your passport along with your Registered User Card.


Purchases that total 5,000 yen or more qualify for a tax refund.

The terms and conditions of tax refunds depend on the type of product.


The program only applies to foreign visitors in Japan temporarily.

This program is applicable to foreign visitors staying in Japan for less than six months only.

*Non-residing Japanese nationals may be eligible to apply for tax exemption.

In addition, purchased tax-exempt items in Japan can be shipped to overseas homes, etc. For more information, please refer to the following.

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