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Planning trip to Japan! Advice welcome.

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4 hours ago, multivac said:

Just curious, when Americans go through home customs should they declare their purchases and pay tax on them? Duty, sales tax whatever tax?



On the way back to the US you get a customs form to fill out.  It has all the details.   IIRC each person in your party gets an $800 exemption so you declare your trains etc on the form and as long as you don't have more than a total of $800 per person  in your party (no need to delegate out costs to a specific person) you just hand it to them, they ask a few questions, they stamp it, you go to the exit and hand it to someone, and you walk out.   (Each airport may have a slightly different process, detail wise, but that is the general gist of it).


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