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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: 5,400JPY general goods and consumable products.

Who is eligible for Tax Free Shopping?

  • Foreign visitors to Japan staying for less than 6 months
  • Japanese citizens who have lived abroad for more than 2 years and are visiting Japan for less than 6 months
  • No agents or proxies

How to shop tax free in Japan
You must claim the tax refund from the same store as the goods were purchased.
Tax refunds must be claimed on the same day as purchase.
Refunds can be received in cash, and at selected stores to credit cards.

Tax free goods
General goods e.g. watches, bags, household goods over 5,400JPY.

Consumable products e.g. cosmetics, food, alcohol over 5,400JPY to maximum 54,000JPY
Personal use only (no commercial use)

Goods can be totalled together to reach the minimum purchase amount.
If general and consumable goods are combined, the goods must be taken out of the country within 30 days.

Goods should be packed as determined by the national government and should not be opened before exiting Japan.

Consumption tax will be charged in the event that the goods are used in Japan.

Items to be presented

  • Passport or landing permit (crew members). Copies not accepted.
  • ID Card and Overseas Residents Visa (Japanese citizens living abroad).
  • Receipts and purchased goods.
  • Credit card if used for purchase. Corporate cards not accepted.

New virtual queueing 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

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