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You are required to make either an oral or a written declaration about your belongings when you enter Japan. Two copies of a written declaration are required if you have unaccompanied baggage. Customs declaration forms are available on the plane, the ship, or at the Customs office.


Personal effects and unaccompanied baggage that are for personal use, are free of duties and/or taxes within the allowance specified below. If you have both personal effects and unaccompanied baggage, please consider them together when referring to the allowance.


Clothes, toiletry articles, and other personal effects that are for personal use, as well as professional equipment that will be used during your stay in Japan, are all free of duties and/or taxes, if they are considered quantitatively appropriate and are not for sale.


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Duty-free guide
Item Quantity Notes
Alcoholic beverages 3 bottles Approximately 760 ml per bottle
Cigarettes 400 If a visitor brings in more than one kind of tobaccoproduct then the total allowance is 500 g.
Cigars 100
Others (e.g. loose tobacco) 500g
Perfumes 2oz 1 oz is equivalent to approx. 28 cc.
  (excluding eau de cologne and eau de toilette)
Other items 200,000yen The total overseas market value of all articles other than the above items must be under 200,000 yen. Any item whose overseas market value is under 10,000 yen is free of duty and/or tax and is not included in the calculation of the total overseas market value of all articles. There is no duty-free allowance for articles having a market value of more than 200,000 yen each or each set.


The quantity of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, including both prescription and non-prescription drugs and some food supplements, including vitamin and mineral supplements, which a visitor can bring into Japan at one time may be limited.


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