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5 Tax-Free Shopping Facts

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There are many stores in Japan that participate in the tax-free program, offering a wide variety of products to choose from. This is great for overseas visitors looking to buy as much as they can without emptying the bank! Here are some useful facts about Japan's tax-free program that will let you enjoy shopping even more!

1. How Do You Shop Tax-Free?

Just show your passport at the check-out counter, and sign the purchase proof document.

2. Who Can Shop Tax-Free?

2.  Who Can Shop Tax-Free?

Visitors with a temporary stay status are eligible for tax-free shopping. So this means:

● Japanese citizens are not eligible.
● Not eligible if you are working in Japan.
● Not eligible if staying in Japan more than six months.

4. How Much Can I Save?

Japan's consumption tax rate is presently 8 percent. The tax is applied to essentially all domestic transactions (with some exceptions). The tax-free program exempts tourists from paying this tax, so you basically save 8 percent.