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Mail Services

Whether it’s a post-card chronicling your adventures or a goofy birthday card for a friend back home, we all need to mail stuff once in a while.

Here you can learn about the Japan Postal Service and the mail services available in Japan, domestic and international.

Select a category from the left or scroll down to see the whole list, with descriptions in English.

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Domestic mail services



Standard Mail Services (letter, postcard)

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-Regular postcard (¥52)
-Reply-paid postcard (¥104)
-New year’s card (¥52)
-Standard letter

The link below provides information direct from the Japan Postal Service regarding Domestic Mail.
English source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/standard/index_en.html

Japanese source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/standard/index.html

Letter Pack

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Letter Pack is a service for sending A4 size documents up to 4kg anywhere in Japan for a fixed price.
Tracking is available. Letter Packs can be mailed directly at the Post Office and through mail boxes that have a wide slot. Some mail boxes do not have slots to accommodate Letter Packs.

The link below provides information direct from the Japan Postal Service regarding Letter Pack service.
English source: https://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/letterpack/index_en.html

Japanese source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/letterpack/index.html

Yu-pack (parcel)

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There are a number of Yu-Pack services:
-Refrigerated Yu-Pack
-Same-day delivery Yu-Pack
-Auction Yu-Pack
-Golf and Ski Yu-Pack
-Airport Yu-Pack
The total height, width, and depth measurement should be under 1.7 meters (170cm).
The weight limit is 30 kg.

The link below provides information direct from the Japan Postal Service regarding Yu-Pack services.
English source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/you_pack/use_en.html

Japanese source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/letterpack/index.html

Registered Mail

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-Standard Registered Mail This service registers and tracks receipt at the post office to receipt at destination, and insures the sent item for actual loss.
-Currency Registration This is a service for mailing money.
-Simplified Registration This service does not provide tracking or a tracking number, so it is cheaper than Standard Registered Mail, though actual loss up to \50,000 is insured.

The link below provides information direct from the Japan Postal Service regarding Registered Mail.
English source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/fuka_service/kakitome/index_en.html

Japanese source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/fuka_service/kakitome/

Domestic Express mail

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Letters, Postcards, and other small packages can be sent via Domestic Express Mail.
There is also a new Special Express Mail for same-day delivery (available in certain areas).

The link below provides information direct from the Japan Postal Service regarding Domestic Express Mail.
English source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/fuka_service/sokutatsu/index_en.html

Japanese source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/fuka_service/sokutatsu/

Delivery Date-Specified Mail

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Mail can be delivered on a date (including weekends) you designate through this service.

The link below provides information direct from the Japan Postal Service regarding Delivery Date-Specified Mail. It also includes information on what can be sent and how much it costs.
English source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/fuka_service/shitei/index_en.html

Japanese source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/service/fuka_service/shitei/

International Mail



Shipping Labels

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Filling out International Shipping labels
When shipping internationally, don’t forget to fill out the following sections:

FROM: write a sender's name, address, postal code, and country.

TO: write a recipient's name, address, postal code, and country.

When you ship internationally, you need to write the content of the package (each item inside) and the price of each.
Below is a sample of a completed shipping label.
English source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/use/writing/ems_en.html

Japanese source:http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/use/writing/ems.html

Checking Fee and Delivery Days

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The link below provides an International Express Mail rates and estimated delivery date calculator.

English source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/cgi-charge/index.php?lang=_en

Japanese source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/cgi-charge/

Express Mail Service (EMS)

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EMS is an international express mail service that ships to more than 120 countries.
Perishable / Refrigerated shipment is also available when shipping to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and France.

When shipping a perishable item, be sure to check the regulations at the link below. There are strict rules and laws about what can and cannot be shipped.

English source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/ems/index_en.html

Japanese source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/ems/index.html

Letter

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When sending a letter, rates will be determined by size and weight.

The link below provides information on Standard-sized Mail and Nonstandard-sized mail.
English source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/service/letter_en.html

Japanese source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/service/letter.html

Postcard

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Air Mail postage for postcards is ¥70 to anywhere in the world.
Before mailing a postcard via Air Mail, please check the size limitations below.

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  English source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/service/postcard_en.html

  Japanese source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/service/postcard.html

International Parcel Post

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There are three shipping types: Airmail, Surface mail (Ocean freight/ shipping by boat) and Economy Air (SAL).
The following link compares the three shipping types: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/service/dispatch/index_en.html

This is the comparing shipping types: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/service/dispatch/index_en.html

You can check rates and estimated delivery dates below.
English source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/cgi-charge/index.php?lang=_en

Japanese source: http://www.post.japanpost.jp/cgi-charge/



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