Moving to Japan

Here at Arrowpak International we’ve been moving families, businesses and individuals, to and from the Far East for many years so you can be sure you’re in good hands.

Wherever you’re moving to in Japan our specialist team will take care of everything to make sure your move goes smoothly and your household goods arrive at your new home safe and sound.

We realise that moving to another country can be daunting, so we will always be on hand to give you the help and advice you need at every stage of the journey, from expertly packing your fragile goods to arranging transport for cars, motorbikes and even the family pet. 

Whether you’re moving to a major city or a location out of town, our experts have the local knowledge, contacts and skills to make sure your move goes smoothly and there are no delays or bureaucratic hiccups along the way.

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Japan

For over 200 years Japan lived in self-imposed isolation, cutting itself off from trade with the rest of the world and not reopening its doors until 1859. Today Japan is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world exporting high-quality goods to every corner of the globe and providing its citizens with an exceptionally high standard of living.

Despite its modern image, Japan still retains its mystical oriental charm, unique etiquette and culture, making it a challenging but fascinating country for westerners to experience.

Japan’s cities are filled with ancient shrines and temples while the countryside is mountainous and riddled with hundreds of volcanoes and hot springs. Since the Second World War baseball has become very popular with stadiums in almost every town, although sumo wrestling remains Japan’s official national sport.

Household effects

Household and personal effects are duty free providing they have been owned and used for longer than 12 months, and you have a visa valid for at least one year. Items must be imported within six months of your arrival. The team at Arrowpak International will provide you with the correct documentation, which you will need to complete before departure.

Pets

Pets may be taken to Japan provided the correct procedures are followed. It is important to consult the Animal Quarantine Service website and follow its guidelines carefully to avoid any difficulties. www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english. The team at Arrowpak will be happy to give advice regarding taking your pet to Japan.

Electricity

Electrical current is 100 volts, 60Hz in the west (Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hiroshima); 100 volts, 50Hz in eastern Japan (Tokyo, Sapporo, Yokohoma). Flat two and three-pin plugs are used.

Motor vehicles

Motor vehicles are subject to a 5% import tax and may need extensive modifications to meet Japanese regulations. It may be better to purchase a vehicle at the destination rather than ship one to Japan.

Driving licences

UK licence holders may drive in Japan with an International Driving Permit (IDP) for a maximum of one year, following which a Japanese licence must be obtained. Public transport, particularly in the cities, is excellent and many Japanese prefer to use it rather than drive their own car. 

Embassy: www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp
Customs info: www.customs.go.jp/english/summary/passenger.htm

 
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