How to send letter or packages outside Japan?

Japan post is one the most convenient to send parcels to your love ones outside the country. Visit the link below for more information regarding instruction, rates, and other services.

How to register Gas, Electricity and Water?

Contact numbers for Electricity, Gas, and Water. (English Available)


★Electricity(Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama Prefecture)


★Gas(Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama Prefecture)



-Tokyo                - 03-5326-1100

-Yokoyama City  - 045-847-6262

-Kawasaki City   - 044-200-3137

How to get Internet Connection?

Wondering about how you set up internet connection in Japan?

In general, it takes 2 weeks to arrange internet connection. So it is a better idea to get it started early.
We do have the contact details of several internet providers that speak English, please see below.

A) NTT(FLET’S) – 0120-565-950(English)

B) KDDI – 0077-78-0081(English)


C) OCN - 0120-506506(English)


How to get accounting Support?

~Hashimoto International Accounting office~

Mr. Hashimoto has a lot of experiences with full English support and reasonable prices.

He continuously provide full support to clients and individuals for Japanese Tax, Social Insurances and management solutions.

We would like to introduce on 2 service examples:

1. Lump Sum Withdrawal Payment(Pension Refund) applications and Income tax refund after Pension Refund

2. Income Tax Adjustment for Refund


How to change the bicycle registration?

1. You can go to any bike shop that take care of bike registrations.

2. You have to bring your bike, I.D., and 500yen.

You will also have to bring the following if your bike was given to you by a friend,

「 自転車の譲渡を証明できるもの(譲渡書、防犯登録カード「お客様控え」等 which say, any document which you can show the transfer, such as the note which the last owner gave the bike to you, or registration card which you get at the former registration,etc.

Asked by Dipak san.

Discount Electronics Retailers

There are 3 major Electric Appliances store in Japan: Yamada Denki, Bic Camera and Yodobashi Camera. Most of their stores are large and located near the station so it is very easy to locate them. All of the stores give points when you buy things from them, and you can you these points when you come back and buy some other things.

However, only Bic Camera has English. The links will show you the location of each stores in the Tokyo area.

1)Yamada Denki -

2)Bic Camera (English) -

3) Yodobashi Camera -



Furniture and Appliance Rental


- is a well-known company for furniture and appliance rental. You can rent from 1 item to a package deal. You can rent from 1 month to 36 months with reasonable prices.




How to buy new affordable furniture?

New furnitures for a new home!

Reasonable and good quality


1. IKEA – Affordable furniture with good quality


2. Nitori – the stores for furnitures and interior goods

Meaning of Japanese Apartment Layout Abbreviation

“1K”, “2DK”, “3LDK” are examples of how Japanese describe the sizes of apartments/houses.

The number indicates the number of rooms.

L = Living Room, D = Dining Room, K = Kitchen.

E.g. The layout on the left shows a typical 1LDK layout and on the right a typical 2DK layout.

Most LDK rooms has a bigger space and kitchen is separated, while DK rooms have smaller area and kitchen is not separated.



Difference Between 1K and 1DK

As you can see for 1K or 1R(Room), there is only a little space for the kitchen since there is no Dining area. While 1DK room has a separated room and a wider area in the kitchen.


Are UR apartments safe from earthquakes?

Yes. All  UR apartments are made of either reinforced concrete or steel reinforced concrete that makes them strong to endure earthquakes. The UR agency also has regular inspection of the apartments and they also conduct earthquake tests to these buildings.