Last Updated on February 29, 2024 by Ezra Matiasi

If you’re planning a trip to Japan, it’s essential to understand the country’s customs regulations to ensure a smooth and hassle-free entry.

Japan has strict guidelines regarding items that are prohibited or restricted from entering its borders. 

Being aware of these regulations beforehand will help you avoid any unnecessary delays or complications during your journey.

In this blog post, we will provide a detailed overview of the items that you cannot bring into Japan, including prohibited and restricted articles.

Prohibited Articles:

Narcotic Drugs and Substances:

  • Opium
  • Cannabis (Marijuana)
  • Magic mushrooms
  • Narcotic drug utensils (opium smoking tools)
  • Stimulants (including Vicks inhalers and Sudafed)
  • Psychotropic substances (excluding those designated by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare Ordinance)

Firearms and Explosives:

  • Firearms (pistols, rifles, machine guns, etc.)
  • Ammunition (bullets) and pistol parts
  • Explosives (dynamite, gunpowder, etc.)
  • Precursor materials for chemical weapons

Counterfeit and Imitation Goods:

  • Counterfeit, altered, or imitation coins, paper money, banknotes, or securities
  • Forged credit cards

Obscene or Immoral Materials:

  • Books, drawings, carvings, and any other articles that may harm public safety or morals (e.g., pornography)
  • Child pornography

Intellectual Property Infringements:

  • Goods that infringe upon Intellectual Property rights (e.g., counterfeit designer products, pirated software)

Restricted Articles:

Plants and Animals:

  • Plants and animals must be presented to the plant or animal quarantine officer for inspection before customs examination.

Medicines and Cosmetics:

Quantity restrictions apply to medicines and cosmetics for personal use:

  • Internal medicine: Amount required for a period of 2 months (as a general rule)
  • External medicine: 24 pieces or less per item
  • Cosmetics: 24 pieces or less per item
  • Note: Certain items that may cause health damage are restricted regardless of quantity.


  • Hunting guns, air guns, swords, and similar items require a permit to possess. Bringing them into Japan without proper authorization is prohibited.


There are no limits on the total amount of money and other means of payment that you can bring into or take out of Japan

Nevertheless, if you are transporting money or other means of payment that exceed ¥1,000,000 (or its equivalent in another currency) or precious metal (gold with over 90% purity) that exceeds a total weight of 1 kg, Customs mandates that you submit a declaration.


Understanding Japan’s customs regulations is crucial for a smooth entry into the country. By familiarising yourself with the prohibited and restricted items, you can ensure compliance and avoid any legal issues or delays during your trip. 

It’s advisable to stay updated on the latest regulations by consulting official sources or contacting the Japanese Embassy or Consulate. 

Remember to respect Japan’s laws and cultural sensitivities, and enjoy your visit to this fascinating country.

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