If you need removals to Japan and require shipping to Tokyo, Greens Removals can help. We are specialists in international removals to Asia and provide low cost, reliable domestic and commercial moves to all parts of the continent including removals to Japan.
Greens Removals is a UK based company offering any combination or all of the following for removals to Japan: a full packing service and unpacking on arrival at your destination, shipping to Tokyo in full or part load 20 ft or 40 ft containers and/or air freight and short or long term storage if required.
We have more than 40 years' experience in international removals including removals to Japan and shipping to Tokyo and we also provide relocation services to all other areas of the country including Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kobe, Kyoko, Fukuoka, Kawasaki, Saitama, Hiroshima, Sendai and Kitakyushu.
At Greens we know that moving overseas can seem daunting at first, so our aim is to take the worry out of your hands. We work alongside one of the biggest relocation companies in Asia to offer high quality, efficient removals to Japan and shipping to Tokyo. Greens also help with all paperwork relating to your relocation to Asia to ensure that your move goes smoothly.
For all international removals including removals to Japan, shipping to Tokyo and other Asian destinations, we offer a full range of insurance options which includes fully comprehensive for complete peace of mind. For more information on this or any of our removals to Japan services, call our friendly and professional team on 01449 613053 and we will be happy to help.
Removals to Tokyo, Japan: Living in the Capital
The capital of Japan, Tokyo, is a city of contrasts. It a vast, bustling, crowded, sky scraper jungle teeming with 12 million people but you can also find intermittent areas of calm such as beautiful gardens full of spring cherry blossom.
Tokyo was originally a small fishing village called Edo, meaning estuary, before the city was renamed Tokyo in 1867. The former name is still used in some form today as the locals call themselves Edokko meaning children of Edo.
Together with New York and London, it is one of the world's leading financial centres. It is also home to some globally prominent investment banks and insurance companies. However, Tokyo is viewed as one of the most costly cities in the world for expat employees.
Arriving in Tokyo can seem overwhelming at first because of the sheer scale of the city; with its vast shopping centres, busy streets and crowded metro trains. Tokyo is the centre of the Greater Tokyo area which has a population of 35 million and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the world. However, it is also one of the safest and you will find people very honest here; for instance, if you pay cash to taxi drivers and waiters and haven't quite got to grips with the Japanese form of currency (the Yen), you can be sure to get all of your change back.
As in all new countries there are things that take some getting used to. For one thing, finding an address can prove tricky in Tokyo. This is because the addresses don't go by street names. Instead they go by ward names followed by a number. Buildings are also not numbered in the way we would expect (by their position on the street) but by the order they were built.
Removals to Japan, Tokyo: Places to Visit
Tokyo has many museums to visit, including the Tokyo National Museum which is one of the oldest and largest museums in the country. It focuses on traditional Japanese art and the information is easy to follow as it has English translations. Another place to visit is the National Museum of Modern Art which you can find near the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor of Japan.
The palace is closed to the public with the exception of January 2nd and the Emperor's Birthday on December 23rd. On these dates the public can go through the inner gate to the Kyuden Totei Plaza to hear the Emperor's speech.
Tokyo also has many fascinating forms of architecture and there are landmark buildings dotted all over the city. These include the Rainbow Bridge, Asahi Beer Hall and Tokyo Sky Tree, the second tallest tower in the world.
Removals to Japan, Tokyo: Accommodation for Expats
Accommodation in Tokyo is pricy. Single people expecting to live in Tokyo for just a short time (one or two years) generally go for shared housing with communal living areas, kitchens and bathrooms as this is cheaper than renting an apartment.
When you move into an apartment you will have to part with a fair amount of money in advance. You are expected to give the landlord a gift of money which will be the equivalent of two month's rent. There is also a damage deposit to pay and one to two month's rent in advance. The entire amount can vary from three to seven month's rent that needs to be paid up-front.
Moving to Japan, Tokyo: Out and About in Tokyo
Tokyo has a good, clean public transport system with a reliable train and metro service as well as buses, trams and monorails.
When you are getting out and about in Tokyo it is wise to avoid rush hour if you are travelling by metro as the cars can get very crowded. There are even people employed in Tokyo to pack more people into the trains. For female travellers, there are cars allocated for women, which are pink in colour.
The two main airports in Japan are Marita International and Haneda Airport and some of the islands have their own airports.