Lonely Planet Writer

Tourist tax-free shopping surge in Japan

The number of shops offering tax-free purchases to foreign tourists in Japan has doubled in the past six months.

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo.
Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo. Image by Joshua Damasio / CC BY 2.0

There are currently more than 18,000 outlets not collecting consumption tax from tourists. The figure stood at around 9000 in October last year, when the range of items covered by the tax exemption was expanded. The government plans to further increase the number of tax-free shops in time for the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo. Read more: the-japan-news.com