- Many places in Japan do not include utilities in the rent.
- Residents may need to contact each service provider individually and arrange for their utilities to be turned on.
- Pay for your utilities at select convenience stores, banks, and ATMs.
- Arrange for utility payments to be directly withdrawn from your bank account.
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks is the water provider in the Tokyo Metropolitan area.
- Water bills will be sent once every 2 months.
- Accounts may be handled from the Bureau of Waterworks’s online application site.
- Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is the main electric provider for the Kanto Region of Japan.
- Electric bills will be sent once every month.
- In the case a circuit shorts the circuit breaker will trip and the electricity supply will be cut automatically, reduce the number of electrical appliances being used and reset the circuit breaker.
- Accounts may be handled from TEPCO’s Start, Stop, Move Service Guide Menu page.
- An example of how to read the electricity bill may be found on the following link.
- Electricity in Japan is different from many countries. Electric supply in Japan is 100 volts. The electric current in Japan is 50 - 60 Hertz. Mid to long term residents may need an electric adapter to use electric devices from their home country in Japan.
- Tokyo Gas is the main gas provider for Tokyo.
- Gas bills will be sent once every month.
- There are two types of gas in Japan:
- City Gas ( 都市ガス )
- Propane Gas (LP Gas, プロパンガス )
- Accounts may be handled through Tokyo Gas’s procedure page.