Frequently Asked Questions
There is no limit to the total amount of means of payment that may be brought into or taken out of Japan. However, if you transport means of payment exceeding JP 1,000,000 yen or its equivalent or precious metal (more than 90% purity’s gold only) exceeding 1kg of total weight, you are required to report this to Japanese Customs.
For more information, please contact the Japanese Customs Service:
Tokyo Customs HQ
You can bring up to one month’s supply of prescription drugs into Japan, and up to two month’s supply of non-prescription drugs without filing any paperwork. This same rule applies to mailing prescription and/or non-prescription drugs.
It is always a good idea to have a copy of the prescription and/or letter from the prescribing physician explaining the nature of the medication, the purpose of taking it, recommended dosage, and frequency of ingestion.
Most prescription drugs are permitted, including drugs that may not be available in Japan, such as birth control pills. Drugs that are hallucinogenic, narcotic, and/or psychotropic in nature will be confiscated, except in extenuating circumstances where prior approval has been obtained (e.g., a cancer patient taking a type of medication that has a high percentage of pain killer. These cases are treated on a case- by-case basis.)
5. Are there any non-prescription drugs that I can buy over the counter in the United States but are barred from importation to Japan?
The following over-the-counter medications are prohibited in Japan since they contain narcotic or stimulant ingredients in excess of the Japanese standard:
*Poultry products from certain U.S. States have been banned due to concerns over Avian Flu.
*Please consult the Consulate-General of Japan or Japanese Animal Quarantine Service's website athttp://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/index.html for the latest information about these bans, or other prohibited or restricted items.