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Tax Free Shopping in Japan

Tips and guidelines for shopping tax free in Japan

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Standard VAT rate: 8%

Minimum purchase amount: 5401 JPY

Who is 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

How to Shop Tax Free

For more on how to claim your tax refund, including how to fill in the Tax Free Form

Local information

5401 JPY minimum purchase amount for general products (e.g. electronics, clothing, accessories)

5401 JPY minimum purchase amount for consumable products (e.g. foods, drinks, medicines, cosmetics)

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

Tax Free goods:

Refunds are paid on goods that are exported in the traveller’s personal luggage

Non-refundable goods: commercial goods for sale or for other business purposes

New virtual queuing app

Enjoy faster tax refunds when you shop in Japan when you download the new Lineberty app, available in partnership with Global Blue. More details here

Contact us

Completed Tax Free Forms which have been stamped by Customs can be sent to:

Standard and registered mail:
Global Blue P.O. Box 363, 810 00 Bratislava, Slovakia, Europe

For courier:
Global Blue, Prievozska 4D/Block E, 821 09 Bratislava, Slovakia, Europe
Global Blue P.O. Box 363, 810 00 Bratislava, Slovakia, Europe

If you have any questions

For frequently asked questions visit

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