Affordable shipping from the UK to Japan

Parcel to Japan

The best couriers at cheap prices that start at just £25.24

£50 free cover as standard* *excluding Hermes deliveries

Collection or drop-off at a local shop anytime

Track your parcel from door-to-door

Send bulky or heavy items weighing up to 1,000kg

ParcelHero offers great prices on delivery to Japan thanks to long standing relationships with some of the world’s leading courier firms. We deliver premium service at an economy price, which is how you can be sure that you’re putting your package into the safest possible hands.

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Everything you need to know about fast delivery to Japan

How do I clear Japan’s Customs?

Every international delivery to Japan has to clear customs before delivery can be made. During this process, the Japanese customs authorities apply duties and customs fees to your package, which are paid by the recipient of the package. Parcels worth less than 10,000 yen will not have duties or taxes applied.

Are there rules about what I can send to Japan?

Because every parcel sent to Japan, there are restrictions on the goods and items that will be allowed to clear. Apart from rules about publications which may harm the public morals, the goods which are not allowed to be imported are very much in line with goods restricted for transit by ParcelHero. You can find out more about these items on our Prohibited and Restricted goods page, or see Japan’s customs rules.

Can I send food from Japan to the UK?

Japanese cuisine includes some of the most famous dishes in the world – but it also includes crazy confectionary and tasty beverages. If you’d like to send some back home or to your UK pen pal, you’ll need to make sure that what you’re sending is store bought, not carbonated, and not perishable. That means no fizzy drinks, or homemade treats.

Can I ship heavy or large items to Japan?

Though many delivery services have a maximum size or weight allowance, ParcelHero works with leading freight firms to ensure that however large your parcel might be, we’re making it quick and simple to send to Tokyo, Kyoto, or any other Japanese destination.

Can I ship my luggage to Japan?

It’s a long flight to land of the rising sun, and it can be a lot more relaxing if you don’t have to worry about your luggage arriving with you. ParcelHero’s door-to-door courier services mean that you can dispatch your luggage ahead of you, and have it waiting at your hotel when you arrive. Better yet, you can ship it within the country too, and since this is common practice in Japan, you can be sure your luggage will be ready and waiting whenever you need it. Just remember to package it in a suitable manner for courier shipping.

How do I address a Parcel to Japan?

Addressing a parcel to Japan can be tricky, but it’s vital to successful delivery. Your courier can only find the address if it entered correctly, so here’s what you need to include on your package:

  • Mr John Smith [name]
  • 5-3, Yaesu 1-Chome [room number, house number and street name]
  • Chuo-ku, Tokyo [District/town/city and prefecture]
  • 100-8994 [The postal code]
  • JAPAN [country]

Don’t panic if you can’t find or don’t know the name of the road your recipient lives on. Not all roads in Japan are named, and the other information you’ve provided should allow us to find the address. Japanese postal codes are seven digits long and are formatted as three digits, a dash, and the final four digits.

Are there dates that you don’t deliver to Japan?

Japan may not celebrate Christmas like the UK does, but there are still plenty of opportunities to take a break. We need a chance to catch a breath too, so we only deliver between 9am and 6pm on normal working, not weekends or bank holidays.

How to export your business to Japan

The appeal of Japan as an export destination hardly needs to be explained. As one of the largest economies in the world, and one that is well accustomed to both import and export, success in Japan is a dream for businesses of all shapes and sizes. With almost £10 billion in trade between Japan and the UK, there’s no unfamiliarity when it comes to international enterprise. Some of the UK’s leading exports to Japan include:

  • Machinery and mechanical appliances
  • Boilers
  • Nuclear reactors
  • Power generation equipment
  • Vehicles

Japan has a large population of wealthy consumers who are potential customers for your business, but there are challenges that you may have to face in gaining access to them. Most pressingly, you must be willing to commit to long term approach in order to find success in Japan, which can be difficult for some export businesses. Most international businesses with presences in Japan do so through a local partner, but even if you find one, you will need to visit regularly and create personal relationships in order to find success.

For more information, read the government’s Guide to Doing Business in Japan or visit our government partner Exporting is Great to find export opportunities in Japan. For further savings, you can also open a ParcelHero business account.

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