This is the retail price of the markers (excluding 8% tax):
- Sketch: 380 yen
- Ciao 250 yen
- Classic 380 yen
- Various Ink (refill): 342 yen
- Wide: 480 yen
- 72 colours set: 27,360 yen
Tax-free shopping for foreigners
Nowadays many shops has tax-free counters. Art materials like markers and papers are considered consumable products, so the minimum for tax-free shopping is 5,001 yen (excluding 8% tax). This is pretty easy to achieve by buying at least 14 markers.
Once you have your basket-full of goodies, go to their cashier and say you would like to do tax-free and show them your passport. You need to pay the total with tax first and then proceed to their tax-free counter to get back your 8% tax in cash and they will staple a copy of the receipt in your passport. You are supposed to go to the customs counter after security check when you are going back home for the officers to take the receipts out. Items are sealed at the shop's tax-free counter and you are advised not to open the bag until you leave Japan but...ehem, they never check at the airport .
However Tools carry almost all the COPIC range including wide markers, pens and accessories but their stock for sets may be limited. They also sell textured marker papers that has the rice paper feel with specially treated backing to prevent bleeding. They even have a Copic Clinic at their Ochanomizu branch where they offer refill and nib replacement services. However, I am not sure if all branches have their own tax-free counters. But I do know the one at Lumine EST shopping mall (above Shinjuku station) has a tax free counter on the same floor so I recommend going there if you are visiting Tools.
(The first photo and the one posted on my FB and Instagram were taken at TOOLS shop)
ANIMATENov 2016: Reader feedback that Animate no longer carry any art supplies.
Apr 2017: Reader Zatnik feedback that Animate still has CIAO markers.