Moving to a new residence takes a lot of time and energy. Whether you are relocating to Japan from abroad, or moving to a new property within Japan, there are many resources available to help you make the transition to your new life.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by the task of moving to Japan from abroad, consider hiring a relocation company to help you move your possessions to your new home. In addition to moving, experienced relocation companies provide personal assistance in matters such as visa procedures, applications/registrations with municipal offices and public services, setting up bank accounts, finding schools as well as supermarkets, shops and restaurants in your neighborhood.See also: the list of Relocation Companies and Moving Companies .
Moving with Pets
If you are bringing your pet into Japan, or are going on a trip from Japan and coming back to Japan, you need to have certain forms filled out and have your pet vaccinated. It is best to start preparing as early as possible, as the whole procedure of importing a pet to Japan takes at least 7 months. If you own a dog, you should register it at the local municipal office and also have it vaccinated as soon as possible.
When you are moving out of Japan with your pet, you need to meet certain conditions. To export your pet, your pet must undergo inspection at the Japanese Animal Quarantine Station. For this process, you need to contact the Animal Quarantine Station at least 7 days before departure, and submit a form. For conditions for importing animals to the country you are entering, inquire with the country’s embassy or quarantine authorities. For further information, check the Animal Quarantine Services website .See also: the Keeping Pets section for further details.
When moving out, notify the real estate agent as soon as possible. Terms for ending a lease is usually written in the contract, so check and follow them. Depending on the lease contract, the real estate agent or the landlord will come to your house on the day you are moving out, to see the conditions of the house. The cost for any repairs will be deducted from the Shikikin, and you will receive the remaining balance several days to weeks later. If you are leaving Japan, the conditions for Shikikin refund depend on the contract and real estate agent.
Moving within Japan
When moving within Japan be sure to notify the city hall or municipal office of your change in address to update your residence information (see “Visas & Residency ”), as well as the post office, your bank, utilities companies, mobile phone supplier, etc. (see chapter “Settling In ” for details on each).