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Shopping in Osaka: Tax-Free Shopping and VAT Refund

Shopping in Osaka: Tax-Free Shopping and VAT Refund

Shopping in Osaka: Tax-Free Shopping and VAT Refund With each country having its own requirements and guidelines for receiving VAT refund, it could be confusing and daunting to shop tax-free while traveling. Japan, fortunately, has made it very easy for visitors to shop tax-free. In Japan, 8% consumption tax is applied to all products/items. Depending on the store, you may receive anywhere from 6.8 to 8% VAT refund or tax-free shopping. Read on to find out how to qualify for tax-free…

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Shopping in Osaka: Drugstore Shopping for Skincare Products!

Shopping in Osaka: Drugstore Shopping for Skincare Products!

Drugstore Shopping in Osaka and My Purchase Similar to Paris, the drugstore or pharmacy in Japan sells so much more than just medications and medical supplies. It’s home to many Japanese skin care and makeup products, and women (and men) from different countries go all out shopping at the drugstore. I, too, dragged my poor husband along to a random drugstore nearby our hotel at the recommendation of his younger female cousins, and shopped for well over an hour until…

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Shopping in Osaka: Where I Shopped and What I Purchased

Shopping in Osaka: Where I Shopped and What I Purchased

Shopping in Osaka: Where to Shop and What I Bought Since I only had two days in Osaka and most of my time was spent on getting to eateries, I couldn’t shop nearly as much as I wanted to and walked past many shops and department stores. There are hundreds of opportunities to shop in and around Osaka, including the infamously crowded Dotonbori/Shinsaibashi area, but if you’re not into the mayhem and chaos of the crowd like I, then I…

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