Main Points of the Duty Free System

  1. All items can be purchased at stores exclusive of the 8% consumption tax under certain conditions.
  2. Items can be purchased duty-free by foreign tourists and other temporary visitors.
  3. To purchase goods duty-free, a passport or other identification must be presented to the store. The shop will attach a Purchase Record Sheet to your passport or other identification. This must be presented to customs when you leave Japan.
  • Duty-free goods

  • General goods

    Ex) Electrical appliances, bags, shoes, clocks and watches, jewelry, clothing, craft products
  • Expendable goods

    Ex) Cosmetics, foods, drinks, alcoholic beverage, medicines, cigarettes
  • Duty-free sum

  • Purchases 5,000 yen or higher (excluding tax) These goods cannot be added to the purchased sum of expendable goods.
  • Total spending of over 5,000JPY but no greater than 500,000JPY excluding tax.
    You cannnot combine spending with general goods.
  • Cautions

  • If the purchased sum exceeds 1 million yen, the shop will make a copy of your passport or other identification.
  • These goods are packaged so that they cannot be consumed in Japan. Do not open packaged goods before you leave Japan. Goods consumed in Japan may be subject to taxes when you leave Japan.
    You must take these goods out of Japan within 30 days of purchase.

Other Cautions

  1. Duty-free purchased goods must be taken out of the country.
  2. Duty-free purchases are not possible if intended for office use or resale.
  3. Apply for duty-free purchases at the store of purchase. You cannot apply for duty-free purchases that include goods purchased at other stores.
  4. Apply for duty-free purchases only on the day of the purchase. You cannot apply for duty-free purchases of goods purchased on days other than the day of purchase.

How To Apply for Duty-free Purchases

  1. Are you going to use the duty-free system?

    Caution: Application to use this system may take time. For more details, ask the duty-free shop.

  2. Do you want to buy all of the goods as duty-free goods?

    Caution: Expendable goods must not be consumed in Japan if purchased as duty-free goods.

    NO:

    Tell the person the goods you want to purchase as duty-free goods.

  3. Present your passport or other identification.

    Passport, crew landing permit, emergency landing permit, landing permit due to distress

    NO:

    Please bring your passport or other identification when you visit the shop.

  4. You are applying for a duty-free purchase since the purchase falls under the category of a duty-free sale.

    Caution: If purchased general goods exceed 1 million yen, a copy of your passport or other identification will be made. Please wait a moment while the shop makes a copy.

  5. Please wait while the shop prepares a Purchase Record Sheet and Buyer Pledge

  6. Check the following details before signing the Buyer Pledge:

    - I hereby swear that the purchased goods shall eventually be taken out and not disposed of in Japan.
    - I hereby swear that expendable goods shall be taken out of Japan within 30 days.

  7. The shop has attached the Purchase Record Sheet to your passport or other identification.

  8. The shop has attached the Purchase Record Sheet to your passport or other identification.

Expendable goods are packaged so that they cannot be consumed in Japan. Do not open packaged goods before you leave Japan. Goods consumed in Japan may be subject to taxes when you leave Japan.

The following are not allowed to apply for duty-free purchases:

  • Those without a clear stamp showing the date of entry into Japan
  • Those who have spent 6 months or longer in Japan
  • Those working in a Japanese office
  • Those whose purchase is not the minimum sum required for a duty-free purchase