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By requesting and comparing quotes for your international move to Japan, you can save yourself both time and money with Intlmovers. It is quick and easy to use, it won’t cost you anything but it will likely save you a lot! You can avoid the chasing around and find the right international moving company to help you with move to Japan.

Easy quotes for international moves

Using Intlmovers is extremely easy. By using the simple drop down menu below, you just have to choose where you are moving from, and where you are moving to. Once you have clicked on ‘Find moving companies’ you will be presented with a list of international movers who are specialists in moves to Japan. Take a couple of moments to complete some basic details about your move needs, and then you are finished! The international moving companies will contact you directly to arrange a quote that is specific to your moving needs.

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The service provided by Intlmovers is a handy and convenient way of getting a number of moving quotes simultaneously. That leaves you time to compare the available services and prices from the international moving companies at your leisure, and make a better informed decision for your moving needs. Better yet, using this quote comparison services does not cost you anything so there is no reason not to compare quotes to get the best value for your international moving budget.

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How to use Intlmovers

  1. Select where you are to moving from and to, and click on 'Find moving companies!'
  2. Review the list of international moving companies, and click on 'Request quotation'
  3. Complete the easy request form and receive quotes directly for international moves to Japan.

Why you should use Intlmovers

  1. The international moving companies have years of experience with moves to Japan
  2. You can avoid the stress by letting the movers manage the hard work
  3. Conveniently compare international moving services in the comfort of your home

About Japan

The word Japan translated literally means “Land of the rising Sun” and is represented by the red circle on the Japanese flag. Japan is an archipelago of 6852 islands. Japan has the world’s 10th largest population with over 127 million people. It has the world’s third largest economy, with much of that due to the fact that it is the second largest car maker and electronics producer in the world.

The climate in Japan is moderate but some parts of Japan experience very cold winters. Since its longitude spans six climate zones, the weather patterns vary across the country. Hokkaido and other parts closer to the Sea of Japan experience cold winters with heavy amounts of snow, whilst the opposite region on the western side facing the Pacific Ocean experiences a lot less snowfall in winter but they have hotter humid summers.

If you are going to be a temporary resident planning on taking a job offer or transfer in Japan, most likely your company has arranged a temporary residence for you but you still will need to know a few things about the Japanese culture and how to survive the cultural change. The Japanese are considered an overly polite culture and you should consider doing the same while you are in Japan. Blending in requires learning a little bit about Japan and its culture, speaking the language and respecting some of the rules. If you are able to learn quickly and go with the flow, people will appreciate your efforts and respond to you in a positive way. No one expects you to speak a good level of Japanese but putting some effort in shows respect to the people around you.

Jobs in Japan

If you are moving to Japan here is a guide on Japanese jobs, getting around, and getting set up. If you need to find a job in Japan it can be a little difficult. Jobs in Japan usually require a university degree and knowledge of the language. One of the easiest ways to find work is to teach English in Japan. Teaching English in Japan is the best way to get employment quickly. You could also find a position that is open for a person that is English speaking who can help them with their international business, and are seeking your English language skills.

Working in Japan will take some getting used to. It may not be what you are use to depending on where you work. Always keep in mind the Japanese are a society where showing respect within a working hierarchy is important. When you offer your services or speak to people about your skills try to be a little humble. It is important to not over promote one’s self and it is good to show humility when looking or speaking about work.

Living in Japan

Life in Japan is a pretty safe and, literally speaking. Japan has one of the lowest crime rates anywhere in the world. If you plan on getting around by public transportation, Japan has one of the best public transport systems available. As always when travelling on public transport, you should make sure that you keep your personal belongings safe and secure.

Housing in Japan is typically an apartment due to the limited space available. Most people think the cost of living in Japan is extremely high and unfortunately it is. Living in Tokyo can be comparable to New York, Hong Kong or Los Angeles. Living in Tokyo is indeed expensive but you benefit from a short commute to work and you have easy access to dining, extensive shopping and entertainment. Renting an apartment in Japan can be an expensive endeavor. To find a place to live you need to go through an agent to rent an apartment and they do charge quite a bit. Be prepared to have around $5,000 USD available to cover your first month’s rental fees and utility fees and connections. An average studio one bedroom apartment in Tokyo can run you around $2,500 USD a month on the low end. To escape the high rates, it is best to live in the suburbs of major cities as this can really reduce your monthly cost considerably. An average studio apartment in the suburbs will run you around $1,600 USD. If you are traveling from the US there is more information on Japan available by visiting the Department of State’s Website about Japan.

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How to get a visa for Japan

It is relatively straight forward to get a residence visa for Japan if you are married to a Japanese national. Outside of that, Japan only offers limited term residence permits under limited conditions. You need to qualify for ‘eligibility’ before you can apply for a Japanese residence permit. Permanent residences are mostly reserved for very wealthy or celebrity status individuals. For those going to work for a short term stay in Japan and have a job offer, they can find the whole process much easier.

If you plan on going to Japan long term without a job offer, it may extremely difficult to nearly impossible if you do not have a university degree. You must have a university degree or 10 years working experience in one occupation. Education in Japan is extremely important and Japan does have a friendly exchange program for students. If you are a student, there are different visas you can apply for and work and study programs available. Work study programs are quite popular for students and this is one of the easiest visas to get.

All documentation you need to work and live in Japan must be done prior to your arrival and can be arranged with the Japanese Embassy in your local area and arranged prior to your move to Japan. If you stay longer than 90 days in Japan you are required to carry the Foreigner Registration Card (Gaikokujin Torokusho) you will receive this from the Japanese Embassy before you leave.

Visas have classifications by job occupation and reason for your stay such as study, family or cultural activity, etc. The first thing you need to do is to get a certificate of eligibility before you apply for a ‘residence permit’ at a Japanese Embassy in your area. One of the important things to keep in mind is that Japan has strict rules about your permit status. For example if you apply for a visa to work as an IT engineer in Japan then get an job offer or promotion to senior management and perform a different function for the company, then you are changing your visa “status.”

If you change your working status at any time during your stay, you must immediately inform the Japanese immigration services and get new permission. They keep tight rules and regulations that must be followed or you will lose your permit. To find out more information about Japan and the rules and guidelines for resident visas you can contact the Immigration Bureau of Japan.

Documents you will need:

  1. Application for certificate of eligibility
  2. Application for change of status of residence
  3. Application for extension of period of stay
  4. Application for permission to acquire status of residence
  5. Application for permanent residence
  6. Application for re-entry permit
  7. Application for recognition of refugee status
  8. Application for refugee travel document
  9. Application for permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted
  10. Application for certificate of authorized employment

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Popular moves to Japan

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Japan is a popular international destination for people from United States, Switzerland an United Kingdom

Moving From Japan

Not everyone that goes to Japan stays there long term. A large percentage of people move for work in Japan or for temporary work or study. Since a permanent residence visa in Japan is rarely given out, it is time to say goodbye, think about the move from Japan and what to pack. You may want to consider taking home some of the many things you may have accumulated over your stay in the East. After all, living in the East is a life changing experience for the western world.

You can always take away a positive meaningful experience from your time spent abroad no matter if the situation was good or bad. If you are preparing to depart, you can ship small amounts of cargo back. If you are making an international move from Japan, you can contact an airfreight service or carrier who specializes in small moves from Japan. If you have been living in Japan for study, save your receipts as there may be tax deductions available for you for study cost and if you are on a work visa try and negotiate the return cost with your employers before you take a job offer. Make sure the company you work for either pays or will reimburse your costs.

Experience of our international movers

Relax! The international moving companies that promote their services with Intlmovers are reputable professionals in the world of shipping and logistics. Their expertise in personal and business relocations will help you enjoy a stress free move, knowing that your goods are being well cared for and managed throughout the moving process. The companies have years of professional experience in the industry. back to topback to top

Obligation free quotes

Whilst you can receive up to six international moving quotes with your request on Intlmovers, you are under no obligation to accept any of them. Take your time to review the responses that you receive, compare services and make sure that you are happy with the information that has been provided to you. When you use Intlmovers to compare quotes, it is both cost free and obligation free!


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