tax-free shopping in Tokyo

5 Item ideas to go tax-free shopping in Tokyo

Last Updated on May 15, 2019

If you have visited Japan before, you would know that Tokyo is a paradise for shopping enthusiasts. But if it is your first time in the Japanese capital, the variety of quality brands can be overwhelming. Knowing what to buy and where to get the best deals will be critical to benefit from the opportunities of tax-free shopping in Tokyo.

In the official tax-free shopping guide to Japan, you will find everything you need to know. And here are five great item ideas to go tax-free shopping in Tokyo:

Top-notch electronics


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Electronics have to be on the top of this list of items to buy, as Japan is known for being the world leading high-tech country. They produce and sell all kind of cutting edge products including personal gadgets, photo and video cameras, watches, electronic toilet seats and headphones, among others.

A good example of a high-quality watch to buy in Tokio and benefit from tax-free shopping is an IWC big pilot. These watches are made by IWC (International Watch Company), the leader in watch manufacturing.

Japanese beauty products


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Female travellers love shopping beauty products because there is a huge offer of high-quality cosmetic products at a very affordable price. At drugstores in every Japanese town, you can find from high-end brands such as Shiseido, KOSE and SK-Ⅱ to more modest brands such as CANMAKE or KATE.

Fashion clothes


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Tokyo is the number one city for fashionistas. If you like wearing trendy clothes, you will love walking around Shibuya, Harajuku and Ginza. In these three districts, you will find luxurious brands such as Prada, Gucci, Loui Vitton or Hermes but also more economical shops including UNIQLO, GU and WEGO and many others.



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Some products are much cheaper in Japan than in any other country around the world. And one of them are sneakers! So if you love your footwear, make sure you get one or two pairs of sneakers when you are visiting Tokyo.

Stores like ABC Mart are teh best option because you will not only find amazing bargains but you will have the chance to get a Japan-Limited model that nobody else will have when you get back home. the most popular brands are Adidas, Nike and Onitsuka Tiger and you will easily find stores of this franchise in the biggest Japanese cities.

Unique toys


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If you have children, you are looking for a present for a friend, or you are an Otaku lover yourself, Tokyo is once again the best place to go. You may want to go shopping in AKIBA to find the most amazing Otaku (geek) items. Also known as Akihabara, this amazing shopping hub is one of the most popular destinations in Tokyo, and it is known as the world capital of Otaku culture.

Let us know in the comments what would you like to buy during your holiday to Tokyo. And don’t forget to check our list of the best food markets in Tokyo.

About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

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