Tokyo Disneyland to charge 8% or 10% tax on food starting October 1, 2019


On October 1, 2019, Japan will raise its consumption tax from 8% to 10%. However, things such as food, nonalcoholic beverages, and newspapers (delivered to your home) are exempt. If you dine out, that is charged 10%, while if you take away it’ll be charged 8%. Currently, consumption tax is 8% all across Japan (this includes all theme parks and is included in the price already).

How does this apply to theme parks such as Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and Universal Studios Japan? The government released a document last Thursday indicating that if the food is eaten at tables, that’ll be charged 10%, while if the food that you eat while walking is 8%.

It’s not entirely clear how this will work come October 1, 2019, at Tokyo Disney Resort, Universal Studios Japan, and other theme parks. Once we see an official announcement, we’ll report here. My thoughts are any snack carts are taxed at 8% and all restaurants (table and quick service) are taxed at 10%. Both Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan already include taxes in their pricing (food, merch, etc), so expect a slight increase in the prices by October 1, 2019.

Once we have more information, we’ll report here.

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    RICARDO SAUCEDO

    thank you very much this post on 8% to 10% consumption tax !! very helpful!!! have a happy mickey mouse day!!

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