Key Information - Japan

  • Border status - All foreign nationals who do not have Status of Residence in Japan are not currently permitted to enter Japan. Some flight routes have been restricted or suspended.
  • Average shipping cost - £927
  • Average transit time - 40 days
  • Population - 125.8 million
  • Most common language - Japanese
  • Climate - The climate of Japan is fairly temperate overall, but differs greatly with the North having very cold Winters (and snow) and warm summers, while the South of Japan has a subtropical climate.
  • Currency - Japanese Yen (JPY)

How Much Does It Cost to Ship to Japan?

We aim to make your move to Japan as smooth as possible, starting with your shipping. Our international shipping service utilises a bespoke pricing model which ensures safe and secure overseas shipping to Japan from the UK, at a fair price.

Once packed, your goods can then be accurately measured to further ensure you pay only for the exact volume of your house move.

Short Answer: The cost of international removals from the UK to Japan starts from £927 for a shared container service, £1,615 for a 3 bed house and £1,908 for a 4 or 5 bed house. The UK to Japan port-to-port shipping charge will ultimately depend on your move size and final location in Japan.

International Removals Costs UK to Japan

Destination Port Shared Container Cost (GBP) 3 Bed House - 20ft Container Cost (GBP) 4-5 Bed House - 40ft Container Cost (GBP)
Tokyo From £927 £1,615 £1,908

* Our costs table should be used as a guide only. As we do not know your collection or destination address, or how much you plan to ship, these costs do not include the following charges: UK collection, onward delivery from the port in Japan to your new home, professional packing and loading costs.

For a bespoke quote on your international removal to Japan, please complete our quote form or contact a member of our team.

How Long Does it Take to Move to Japan?

1st Move International have connections with some of the largest shipping companies in the UK shipping internationally around the world. Each week we have access to shipments leaving to ports across the globe meaning your personal belongings can be on their journey within 7 days of collection from your home.

Port to port shipping to Japan typically takes 40 days depending on the ports used and the final destination of your shipment. For a more detailed timeframe contact a member of our team.

Why Ship To Japan With 1st Move International?

At 1st Move International we understand that moving to a different country comes with its challenges, the language barrier, the culture, relocation, shipping and so on. That’s where we come in.

When you choose 1st Move International for your shipping from the UK to Japan, we offer guaranteed weekly shipping at an affordable rate.

1st Move International provide shipping services to most inland destinations in Japan, such as:

  • Tokyo
  • Nagasaki
  • Osaka
  • Ibaraki
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Guaranteed Weekly Shipping Service

Avoid the delays and get there faster! Our unique packing systems allow us to ship weekly by sharing containers with commercial exporting companies.
Ship it like the pros with our guaranteed weekly shipping services.

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Science Behind Our COVID Safe Packing

Palletised removals for a safer move overseas. Our shrinkwrap packing stops the handling of individual items to ensure a Zero Touch delivery. This also reduces the risks of damage and improves the security of your goods.

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Measured Exactly for Accurate Billing

Size does matter! International moving costs are determined by the total volume of your move.
Each pallet is measured exactly after packing to ensure clear and accurate billing for your move abroad.


How We Handle Your International Shipping To Japan

Unlike other shipping companies we work in partnership with some of the largest UK exporters, meaning we don’t have to wait for our containers to be full before shipping. Every removal is treated as an individual job, helping us to ship your items to Japan quickly and safely.

Once packed, your shipment is photographed and pictures are immediately uploaded to our Facebook page, ensuring you have peace of mind over your removal.

Covid-Safe Packing

Our packaging procedure offers a COVID-secure method of shipping your belongings to Japan from the UK. We ensure that your package is protected from any unnecessary handling with our zero-touch method.


Shipping to Japan has never been easier, or more secure. Instead of simply shipping your items in a loose container, the contents of your move are combined and placed into single pallets. These pallets are then shrink-wrapped to prevent the handling of individual items and to ensure they are protected during transit.

Fully-Insured Shipping To Japan

Thanks to our secure shipping procedures, resulting in reduced handling and better protection we have some of the lowest insurance claims on record. Read more about our Full cover insurance.

You have the option of insuring all of your items, or just the most valuable. However, we would suggest opting for our standard insurance policy for all your items. This covers your items in case of loss, theft and any damages.

Weekly Shipping

At 1st Move International we pride ourselves on our service not only being safe and secure, but efficient and timely. Unlike other couriers, we guarantee weekly shipments direct to Japan from the UK.

Once your belongings are packaged and collected, we will schedule your package for the next available shipment to Japan. Alongside this, you can check the progress of your removal using our tracking system.

Ready To Ship To Japan?

If Japan is your next destination, it may be helpful to learn more about their culture and day to day life. We have a number of guides to life in Japan and what you need to do to begin life in the big cities on the eastern coast or ore rural areas inland.

Pros and Cons of Living in Japan
6 Reasons to Move to Japan

If you’d like to ship to Japan, simply fill in our online international removal form and you will receive a quote in up to 24 hours. If you need any further assistance with your removal, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or call us on 0800 3890784.

Real customer reviews

Simply the best! Highly recommend 1st Move International, outstanding service. I had a large shipment of all my worldly goods to SA of which many items were very fragile. The packaging was so amazing not a single item was broken. And the communication was excellent all the way. Thank you to all at the company.

We have used 1st Move International over the past five years and never had a concern. The service we have received has encouraged us to give 1st Move International's details to all our friends

From start to finish the process to move our goods from the UK to the USA was seamless. Wonderful communication from everyone involved, and our belongings arrived in flawless condition. Highly recommend!

Everything about 1st Move itself was excellent - they were efficient, courteous, very responsive to all my concerns and very straightforward to deal with.

These guys are the best, superb service and amazing packing skills, everything arrived safely and not a scratch or broken glass in sight.

In the midst of life's challenges, they made an international move an easy process.

Even with the inconveniences of COVID-19 shutting down the world, 1st Move International went above and beyond for our overseas move.

I would give more stars if I could! 1st Move shipped 4 large pallets from the UK to the US for me and what seemed like such a daunting task to me, they handled awesomely!

Absolutely fantastic service from start to finish. Highly recommend and would definitely use again. Super helpful friendly team with brilliant communication who helped us every step of the way guiding us through all paperwork rules and regs. Thanks so much.

Even with the inconveniences of COVID-19 shutting down the world, 1st Move International went above and beyond for our overseas move. It is amazing that there was no damage taking into consideration that there was an Atlantic crossing, countless warehouse moves, train shipments, and truck deliveries. The only moving company I recommend!

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COVID Safe Packing and Zero Touch Delivery Label

We are the only UK international removals company who offer COVID safe packing solutions when shipping household goods from the UK.

Once packed, your pallets are photographed and pictures of your shipment will be posted immediately to our Facebook page.

You can see a gallery of our latest customer shipments here.