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Tax Free Shopping in Japan

Tips and guidelines for shopping tax free in Japan

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Look for stores displaying Global Blue Tax Free Shopping signage in the window. When paying for your purchases ask the shop staff for a Tax Free Form. Remember to bring your passport as it is required for all tax free purchases.

Depending on the store there are two ways to claim back the tax;

1. The Consumption Tax is deducted from your total amount at the time of purchase in store.

2. Take all your receipts to the tax free counter or customer services desk and present your items, receipts and passport to receive your tax refund. This version is applicable for most department stores.



Shoppers eligible for Tax Free Shopping

  • If you are a foreign visitor staying in Japan for less than 6 months.
  • If you are a holder of a diplomatic passport.
  • If you are a Japanese citizen and have lived abroad for more than 2 years.

VAT Rate
VAT Rate : 8%

Minimum purchase amount
5000 JPY for general products

5000 JPY for consumable products

The general and consumable products cannot be added to reach minimum purchase amount, but can be written on the same Tax Free Form.

Tax Free goods

  • The goods must be available for presentation at the tax free counter or the customer services desk.
  • Non-refundable goods:
  • Commercial goods for sale or for other business purposes

Tax Free Form

  • The Form is valid only on the day of purchase
  • Your passport must be presented when shopping and at the tax free counter or the customer services desk. A copy of the passport is not accepted.

If you have any questions

For frequently asked questions visit

Refund Points

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