How tax-free shopping works

  • Who can benefit?
    All temporary visitors (less than six months stay in Japan) such as foreign tourists. Japanese nationals who live overseas and plan to do so for two years or more may benefit if they are visiting Japan temporarily.
    Who can benefit?
  • Items that qualify for tax-exemption
    Items that qualify for tax-exemptionCustomers whose total purchase is \5,000 or more at the same store and on the same day are exempted from the 8% consumption tax.
  • What you need
    You must have your passport (or a crew member's landing permit ) on you (photocopies are not accepted).
    What you need
  • Stores that offer tax-free services
    Stores that display the TAX-FREE SHOP logo.
    Stores that offer tax-free services
The details
Store staff will make up a tax-exemption form (a document called "Covenant of Purchaser of Consumption Tax-Exempt of Ultimate Export" ). You must sign this form, paste the second page of the form (Record of Purchase of Consumption Tax-Exempt for Export ) into your passport, and get it stamped by store staff. Customs will collect this Record of Purchase from your passport when you leave Japan with your item.

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