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.
Call us FREE on 0800 136 332 for an instant quote.
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
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 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
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 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.
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.
Customs info: www.customs.go.jp/english/summary/passenger.htm