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Japan Duty Free Guide: All You Need to Know About Tax Free Shopping at Narita Airport!

Japan Duty Free Guide: All You Need to Know About Tax Free Shopping at Narita Airport!

Date published: 6 July 2019
Last updated: 31 October 2019

One of the pleasures when going through an international airport is shopping at a duty-free shop. After check-in and departure procedures, you can leisurely enjoy shopping at the duty-free shops until it is time to board your flight.

In these shops alcohol, cigarettes, cosmetics, and brand-name products are exempted from both sales tax and import duties. Narita International Airport in particular, as the gateway to Japan, welcomes large numbers of passengers on a world-class level and as such has many duty-free shops.

In this article we will answer questions of interest about duty-free shopping in Narita Airport.

Where are the duty-free shops in Narita Airport?

Where are the duty-free shops in Narita Airport?
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Basically, you can purchase duty-free items within the restricted area after completing the Immigration departure inspection. Narita Airport has three passenger terminals, Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Terminal 3, and each has duty-free shops. Recently duty-free shops have also opened in the arrival lobby.

What kind of duty-free shops are in each terminal and where are they located?

What kind of duty-free shops are in each terminal and where are they located?

At Narita Airport, which is serviced by many airlines, there are many duty-free shops. However, the shops vary from terminal to terminal, so it is better to check which ones are where in advance.

● Terminal 1
A unique feature of Terminal 1 is its layout: between the North Wing and South Wing is the Central Building in which there many kinds of shops in an area called Narita Nakamise.

Central Building
FaSoLa STARS DUTY FREE
This is a comprehensive duty-free shop where you can easily find whatever you are looking for, having one section for cosmetics and perfume and another for liquor and cigarettes. There is a corner where you can touch-up your makeup and another for sampling liquor.
Ploom SHOP
This is a specialty shop created by JT (Japan Tobacco) that sells PLOOM electronic vaporizer style cigarettes that it independently developed. In addition to the Ploom starter kit, tobacco capsules, sticks, and related accessories for it are also sold here.
South Wing
ANA DUTY FREE SHOP
Earn miles as you shop at this duty-free shop operated by the Japanese carrier ANA. It offers a wide selection of such popular brands as Shiseido, Kanebo, Chanel, and RMK.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Cosmetics & Perfumery
Fa-So-La is not only the largest duty-free store in Narita Airport, but also boasts the largest number of stores there, too. This duty-free shop specializes in cosmetics and perfumes and handles over 40 brands.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Liquor & Tobacco
This is one of the largest duty-free shops in Japan specializing in liquor and tobacco. It offers a wide selection of brands and also has a counter where you can sample the products.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE South Wing Store
The cosmetics and perfume corner and the alcohol and tobacco corner each have their own clearly defined area. This is a space where men and women can each enjoy shopping in areas of their interest.
North Wing
JAPAN DUTY FREE North 2 Store
This duty-free shop offers everything from cosmetics to alcohol and tobacco. This shop also offers items that can only be found here, such as make-up palettes and perfume miniature sets.
JAPAN DUTY FREE North 1 Store
This duty-free shop offers a wide selection of items including cosmetics, perfumes, liquor and tobacco. It also handles FANCL additive-free cosmetic products and watch brands such as Swatch and Seiko.
MEVIUS Concept Shop
This duty-free shop specializes in tobacco products.
Satellite
ANA DUTY & TAX FREE SHOP
This duty-free shop near Satellite 4 Gate No. 4 offers consumer electronics, beauty devices, and sweets as well as liquor and tobacco.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Satellite 3 Shop
This is a general duty-free shop located next to Satellite 3 Gate 35. Though compact, this shop offers brand items that can only be found here.

● Terminal 2
Here is located the duty-free brand mall Narita Fifth Avenue, the largest store area of its kind in any Japanese airport, a place where you can enjoy shopping in a sophisticated atmosphere

Narita Fifth Avenue
JAPAN DUTY FREE (Main Building Store)
This duty-free shop sells Japanese souvenirs as well as popular cosmetics and perfume brands. However, due to store renovation work, the store will be temporarily closed until the beginning of August 2019.
JAL DUTYFREE Main Building Shop
This is a general duty-free shop of the JAL Group. Cosmetics, perfumes, liquor, cigarettes, JAL DUTYFREE limited products and the latest products are available here.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Cosmetics & Perfumery Main Building Shop
This duty-free shop for cosmetics and perfumes has the largest floor space of all shops in Narita Airport. This bright and elegant store offers a wide array of items from the standard to the new.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Liquor & Tobacco Main Building Shop
This is one of the largest liquor and tobacco specialty duty-free shops in Japan. It has many kinds of liquor, cigarettes and cigars, and a counter where you can freely sample liquor brands.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Liquor & Tobacco Annex Shop
This duty-free shop handles liquor and tobacco as well as a wide selection of other popular brand-name products in a relaxed atmosphere.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Cosmetics & Perfumery Gate Shop
This shop specializes in cosmetics and perfume. The elegant and refined interior is lined with popular items ranging from luxury brands to natural cosmetics.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Liquor & Tobacco Gate Shop
This is a liquor and tobacco specialty store offering rare products available only in Japan as well as popular brands.
MEVIUS Concept Shop
This is a tobacco specialty shop that has recently been renovated. It handles MADE IN JAPAN luxury items.
Satellite
JAL DUTYFREE Satellite Shop
A wide selection of fashion items are offered in this JAL Group general duty-free shop. In addition to cosmetics, perfumes, liquor and tobacco, there is also a large selection of top brand sunglasses, watches, bags and accessories.
JAPAN DUTY FREE (Satellite Shop)
It offers many popular cosmetics and perfume brands including Shiseido, Lancome, and SK-II.

● Terminal 3
There are also duty-free shops in Terminal 3 which opened in 2015 exclusively for LCC.

Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Cosmetics & Perfumery
This is a cosmetics specialty store that offers international brands, Japanese brands, and organic cosmetics brands in a sophisticated atmosphere.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Liquor & Tobacco
This liquor and tobacco specialty shop offers a huge selection of both domestic and foreign brands, various types of Japanese sake and shochu as well as popular brands of whiskey and brandy. There is also a counter where you can sample liquors.
Fa-So-La DUTY FREE Annex Shop
This cosmetics specialty shop offers a wide selection of famous international and Japanese brands.

Is it only possible to buy duty-free items when you leave Japan?

Is it only possible to buy duty-free items when you leave Japan?
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Since 2017, it has become possible to do duty-free shopping when arriving in Japan at Narita Airport. There are Fa-So-La duty-free shops in all of the terminals. Anyone, Japanese or foreigner, can use them when arriving on an international flight. They carry a large selection of liquors, cigarettes, and perfumes and are eager to welcome you. However, only foreign liquor products are offered in the duty-free shops in the arrival areas.

Are there duty-free shops outside of the terminals where shopping is possible?

Are there duty-free shops outside of the terminals where shopping is possible?
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Unfortunately, you cannot go to duty-free shops other than those in the terminal you use. Also, it is not possible to make a purchase without going to a store, so, for example, if you use an international flight in Terminal 1, it is impossible for you to purchase items in the duty-free stores of Terminal 2.

The terminals in Narita Airport differ according to the airlines using them. You can think of their distribution as being roughly based on their alliances.

In Terminal 1 are the Star Alliance to which ANA belongs and the SkyTeam which includes airlines such as Delta; the One World Alliance, to which JAL belongs, is in Terminal 2; and in Terminal 3 are the low-cost carriers (LCC).

A shuttle bus, which only transit passengers can use, goes between the terminals in the restricted areas after passengers have gone through Immigration departure procedures.

Is it true that you can reserve duty-free purchases?

Is it true that you can reserve duty-free purchases?

Each duty-free shop offers a service that allows you to reserve the desired product on the internet in advance. This service is available to anyone who will board an international flight from Narita Airport.

Depending on the site, reservations can generally be made one month to two days before departure. If you make a reservation, the products you ordered will be put together in a shopping bag which you can pick up at the shop on the day of your departure.

The delivery location may differ depending on the product, so make sure to confirm that when making a reservation. In addition, please be aware that you cannot receive products at stores that are not in the terminal you will use.

What about Airport-Type Duty-Free Shops in the city? Where can purchases made there be picked up?

What about Airport-Type Duty-Free Shops in the city? Where can purchases made there be picked up?
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The Japan Duty Free GINZA at the Ginza Mitsukoshi Department store, the Lotte Duty Free Shop at Tokyu Plaza Ginza, and the Takashimaya Duty Free Shop SHILLA & ANA at Takashimaya Times Square are so-called airport-type duty-free shops. Although these stores are located in the city, tax-exempt purchases are permitted just as at a duty-free store at the airport.

However, purchased products cannot be received in these shops. The condition is that the person who made the purchase must pick it up at the designated delivery counter in Narita Airport after having completed Immigration departure procedures. Be aware that if you do not go to the counter at least one hour before your departure time, you may not be able to receive your purchase.

If you want to leisurely choose a product without worrying about the departure time, you may want to enjoy shopping at an airport-type duty-free shop.

Can I carry everything into the plane even if I do a lot of shopping at the duty-free shops?

Can I carry everything into the plane even if I do a lot of shopping at the duty-free shops?

The weight, size, and number of pieces of baggage that can be carried on board are limited for safety reasons. This of course also applies to duty-free items purchased and items received after passing through the Immigration departure procedure. If you exceed the limit, you will need to check those items with your airline as checked baggage.

In that case, you will have to return to the check-in counter and go through the procedure again. Be aware that you will not be able to have baggage checked in if you if you fail to meet the check-in deadline.

Can liquids (cosmetics, liquor, etc.) purchased at a duty-free shop be brought into the plane?

Can liquids (cosmetics, liquor, etc.) purchased at a duty-free shop be brought into the plane?

When you board an aircraft, for security reasons, you are restricted from bringing in more than 100ml (g) of liquid. However, for liquid materials purchased at a duty-free shop after having completed Immigration departure procedures, it is possible to carry the purchase into the plane even if it exceeds 100 ml (g), as long as it is enclosed in a tamper-proof bag called STEBs that has been prepared at the duty-free shop. However, some countries do not have STEBs, so please check with your destination country or airline in advance to prevent problems.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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