Japan Handbook 1- Restrictions on bringing goods into Japan from abroad

Those coming to Japan from overseas should be careful.

Even if you paid a lot of money to buy something in your own country and bring a souvenir to your family or friends living in Japan, there are some items that you are not allowed to bring into the country. This is determined by Japanese law.


Crying or yelling at the airport quarantine officer that you want to bring something in will not change the law. If you are carrying prohibited items, they will be confiscated at the airport.


 To avoid time spent at the airport being questioned and stopped to submit to baggage inspection, please do your research in advance and enter the country in compliance with the law. Enjoy your stay in Japan and do not waste the limited time you have left.

Regulations on bringing "vegetables, fruits, etc." from overseas to Japan

Plant Protection Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

When bringing fruits and vegetables from overseas to Japan, depending on the country, region, or type of fruits and vegetables you bring, there may be cases where bringing them into Japan is prohibited or restricted. Please check in advance.


Regulations on bringing "meat, etc." from overseas to Japan

Animal Quarantine Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Important information regarding bringing meat products and other livestock products from overseas to Japan. Please note that you can be arrested for illegally bringing meat products and other livestock products into Japan, and violators will be fined or imprisoned.


Duty Exemption for International Travelers

Personal effects and unaccompanied baggage for personal use are free of duty and/or tax within the allowance specified below. If you have both personal effects and unaccompanied baggage, please consider them together and refer to the allowance. (Source: Customs website)

Japan Customs - Procedures of Passenger Clearance



Items to be taken out of Japan to foreign countries

Please make clear what you are taking with you to the target country and ask at the airport you will be using.

Please check each site in advance as the information may have changed since the last time you visited.