|Above, duty-free stores can be found in Akihabara's "Electric Town". Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Although the U.S. dollar has been taking a bit of a beating by the stronger Japanese yen lately, at least Americans and other foreign visitors can still take advantage of duty-free shopping in Japan.
That's an 8% savings per item!
Tokyo Cheapo has posted an article on how the system works and what goods are covered.
It begins with:
If you’re a temporary visitor (i.e. staying for less than six months), not working in Japan, and not a Japanese citizen, you can be exempted from paying the 8% consumption tax when shopping at certain shops around the country.
To read more, go here.