- Japan Post offices are typically open between Monday through Friday, 9:00 - 17:00, check with the Japan Post for the specific hours of each location.
- Japan Post provides a Practical Guide for International Students on their website in English, Chinese, and Korean.
Post Office Vocabulary and Symbols
- 〒 : a postal mark
- 都道府県: four types of Japanese prefectures
- 市区町村: four types of Japanese municipalities
- 速達 : an express letter
- 特定記録 : a way to send registered mail
- 簡易書留 : a way to send registered and insured mail, up to ￥50,000 will be insured
- 一般書留 : a way to send registered and insured mail, the contents will be reimbursed in the case that the letter is not delivered
- 現金書留 : a way to send money in the mail
- 親展 : a label that indicates only the person addressed should open the letter
Mail Boxes in Japan
- Japanese mail boxes have two slots.
- The slot on the left side, labeled 手紙 and はがき is for letters and postcards.
- The slot on the right side, labeled 大型郵便, 速達郵便, 電子郵便, and 国際郵便 is for mailing large letters, express mail, electronic mail, and international mail.
- Japanese delivery services will deliver packages that are too big to fit into a mail slot directly to the addressee.
- When there is no one at a residence to receive a package, the delivery service will leave a delivery notice with information about how to request the package be redelivered.
- There is no additional service charge.
- The delivery service notice may have a notification deadline.
- Contact the delivery service and arrange the time that you would like to receive the package.
- Be present when the delivery service redelivers the package.
Forwarding Mail When Moving
- The Japan Post has a system in place that allows people when they move to have their mail forwarded from their previous address to their new address for one year.
- People interested in using this service may register before or after they move.
- To register, complete the Japan Post’s Address Change Notification Form (転居届) at a Japan Post office or on the Japan Post’s e転居 page, only available in Japanese.