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Tips from Chinese resident in Japan!! Tobacco smoking in Japan

Tips from Chinese resident in Japan!! Tobacco smoking in Japan

Antismoking is a big global trend and Japan is no exception. Many municipals in Japan forbids smoking on the streets and you can no longer smoke outside of designated smoking areas.   Most of dining spaces including café etc. have separate smoking and non-smoking sections. Here below is tobacco related topics of Japan. 

【Tobacco vending machine】

To prevent smoking of the minors, all tobacco vending machines were changed to “IC-card required version” where you have to hold a registered e-card “taspo” which proves you are an adult. It used to be possible for anyone to purchase tobacco from a tobacco vending machine, but now, you need the “taspo” to do so. If you are non-Japanese national, you cannot purchase tobacco from vending machine. 

【Smoking on the street forbidding code/Smoking while walking tobacco forbidding code】

More and more local governments are introducing penal provisions for smoking on the street or walking while smoking. You need to be consciously looking for permitted smoking area if you want to smoke during your stay in Japan. Most of those major cities you would be visiting during your trip do have forbidding cods more or less.  (See below for the list or districts limiting smoking) 

・Part of 23 wards of Tokyo

・Fukuoka-city

・Shirakawa-mura, Gifu

・Nikko-city, Tochigi

・Hiroshima-city

・Oita prefecture

・Some municipals of Chiba

・Kagoshima-city

・Nagoya-city

・Sapporo-city

・Some municipals of Kyoto

・Some  municipals of Kanagawa

【Tabaco selling at convenience store】

If you go to a convenience store, you will be able to purchase a wide variety of tobacco sold in Japan. Selling tobacco requires convenience store to have a license, so those who do not have it might not be selling.  


■How to purchase tobacco at convenience store

You find a whole variety of tobacco numbered on their displays. Tell the staff which # you want to purchase of. 

It’s wise avoid asking one with its name because there are many different types of tobacco under a same name, a same brand. 

When the staff input your order into the cash machine, the machine will ask you to confirm you are over 20 years old. For that, tap “YES” on the cash machine screen. If you are obviously an adult, the staff might skip the process.  

【Price of tobacco】

Most of tobacco in Japan are around 400-450 yen. 65% of the price is tax.

David li

Male Chinese who works for major advertising agency in Tokyo. 15 years of living in Japan has made him an expert on various Japan related topics. He came to Japan after graduating from high school and now permanently settled in Japan. His hobby is to enjoy local cuisines while travelling around various parts of Japan. He has a personal goal of visiting all prefectures in the country and in the process of achieving it, enjoying trips and dining experiences in the nation on his off-days with his family.

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