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About Tax-Free Exemption

Japan's tax exemption program

To make the most of 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, tobacco, and medicines. Tax is exempt only under certain conditions. Let’s check them out below.

  • POINT 1

    The 8% consumption tax will be refunded.

    The 8% consumption tax is refunded as long as you are shopping at a tax-free store and file your tax exemption application on the same day.

  • POINT 2

    The system only applies to foreign visitors!

    Only foreign visitors staying in Japan for less than six months can use this system.

  • POINT 3

    The consumption tax will be refunded for general items and consumable items with a purchase amount of 5,000 yen or more in each category*.

    See below for the defi nition of general items and consumable items.
    * This is not the combined amount of the general items and consumable items; the minimum purchase amount must be satisfi ed for each category.

  • POINT 4

    You need to show your passport with a valid entry stamp at the store where you want to apply for a tax refund.

    You must show your actual passport, not a copy of the visa page. Cruise ship tourists need to show their cruise ship tourist permit.

* Payments for items that are clearly for consumption within the country such as meals at restaurants are not eligible for tax exemption. Purchases made for business or sales purposes are also not eligible for tax exemption.

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