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Items Prohibited for Import

Plants brought into Japan may carry disease-causing pests, which cause serious damage to Japanese plants.
In order to prevent these pests entering Japan, all plants brought into Japan from overseas are placed in plant quarantine.

To bring any plant into Japan, no matter how many or for what reason, you must have a Phytosanitary Certificate issued by a government agency of the exporting country and undergo import inspection.
Uncertified plants will be disposed of in accordance with the Plant Quarantine Law. Anyone importing uncertified plants and those who do not submit plants for inspection at the time of import will be imprisoned for up to 3 years or fined up to JPY 1 million.

Prohibited articles when entering Japan

Plants (raw fruit)

Import-prohibited articles (fruits)
  • Green beans
  • Cashew nuts
  • Chili peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Bitter melon
  • Guava
  • Papaya
  • Pitaya (dragon fruit)
  • Blueberries
  • Mango
  • Mangosteen
  • Rambutan
  • Longan
  • Lychee
  • Wax apple


Import-prohibited articles (others)
  • Soil
  • Plants with soil attached
  • Pests that can damage plants and are subject to quarantine
  • Rice straw and rice husk (except from the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan)

For the latest information about the plant quarantine system, please refer to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Plant Protection Station website.