How tax-free shopping works

How tax-free shopping works in Japan

In Japan, displaying your passport at any store that offers tax exemption will allow you to purchase goods without the 8% consumption tax.

Payment methods
methods A
Show your passport upon purchasing the goods, and pay the price minus the consumption tax.
methods B
Pay the consumption tax upon purchasing the goods, then show your receipt, passport and other necessary documents at a separate service counter to get a refund (may be subject to a service charge).
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-exemptionTo be eligible, your purchase must exceed 5,000 yen on items that qualify for tax-exemption, bought at the same store on the same day.
  • 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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