International Removals to Japan

Moving to Japan is an exciting adventure, but the thought of transporting your entire life to a new country can be daunting. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

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Removals from UK to Japan

Packed with vibrant history, unique landscapes and high-tech cities, Japan is a bucket list destination for many. Yet very few have the opportunity to make the move and actually live in Japan. For those that do, you will get to immerse yourself in an entirely new culture. Whether you’ve been given the opportunity through work, or just wanted to explore an entirely new lifestyle, we can help get you there.

We provide a completely bespoke, end-to-end removals and relocation service. We have a UK-based, specialist team experienced in helping people move to Japan. With extensive knowledge of customs requirements and the emigration process, we take care of all the complexities that come with a move overseas, so you don’t have to. We even have specialists in packing so that you know your belongings will arrive safely.

We believe in transparency at all stages of the removals process, and understand that every customer’s needs are different. That’s why our dedicated support staff are always on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout the move. It is our aim to ensure your move to Japan is as simple and stress-free as possible.

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What Our International Removals Service Includes:

  • Pre-move survey and consultation
  • Comprehensive inventory list
  • Door-to-door shipment tracking
  • Professional packing and unpacking service
  • Customs clearance assistance
  • Delivery and placement of items in your new home

Optional Extras:

  • Specialised crating for fragile or high-value items
  • Short-term or long-term storage solutions
  • Comprehensive insurance options
  • Handyman services for furniture assembly/disassembly
  • Speciality packing materials for sensitive electronics or artwork

How Removals to Japan from the UK Work

Moving your belongings from the UK to Japan is simple and stress-free with John Mason. Here’s an overview of the removal process in four simple steps:

Step 1: Get a quote

Book a free home survey or get an instant quote online

Step 2: Help and Advice

Your dedicated account manager will be on hand to help answer your questions based on your removal requirements and advise you on how to go about it.

Step 3: Belongings packed and shipped

Our team of packing professionals will take care of everything for you.

Step 4: Clearing and delivery

On arrival, our agents will be ready to handle customs clearance and deliver your goods to your new home.

UK to Japan Removal Costs

As we offer a completely bespoke service, it can be tricky to provide an accurate estimation of costs. It will vary depending on many things such as the number and size of belongings being transported, removal method (sea or air freight), customs requirements and more. 

On the whole, shipping items is much cheaper than air freight. It is also generally cheaper to ship a smaller number of items as part of a group container (a container shared with other people). As a rule, complexity adds costs. 

If your removal is fairly straightforward, for example if access, packing and distance from the ports in both countries is reasonable, then the price will be lower. 

To gauge a more accurate idea of how much your removal to Japan could cost, use our handy instant quote tool.

Our Other International Removals and Relocation Services

Packing Services

Ensure a stress-free move to Japan with our comprehensive packing services. We handle your belongings with the utmost care so you can be assured they arrive safely and on time.

Pet Relocation

Our pet relocation service means you can take your furry friends with you as you embark on your new adventure. We take care of everything to ensure your pet has a stress-free journey.


Our comprehensive insurance policies mean you’re completely covered if anything should happen to your belongings during the removals process. Designed to give you peace of mind so you can focus on what’s important; starting your new life.


Why Choose John Mason for Your Removal to Japan?

By choosing John Mason for your move to Japan, you are choosing expertise. Helping people move abroad for over 100 years, we are one of the UK’s most trusted international removals companies.

A family business, we treat each of our customers as if they were part of it. We listen to your individual needs and take care of everything from documentation to helping you settle into your new home.

We believe in collaboration and transparency; that’s why we’ll put together a removals plan for you to sign off before beginning the process. There’ll never be any hidden costs and you’ll have access to a dedicated move manager at all times to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

We pride ourselves on diligence and care giving you peace of mind that your belongings are being treated with respect, minimising the risk of damage or loss.

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Helpful Guides & Resources


As with each country, Japan has their own customs requirements detailing what can and cannot be brought into the country. On the whole, you will be fine transporting most household goods into the country however, you should always check the requirements beforehand to avoid issues. 

If you choose John Mason for your international move to Japan, our experts will be able to help you to ensure you know exactly what you can and can’t take.

Yes, that’s what we do! We’re not only here to transport your belongings, but we make sure all the necessary paperwork has been completed beforehand so the removals process is as straightforward and as efficient as possible.

If you’re looking to find work in Japan so you can move there, unfortunately we are unable to assist. However, there are many opportunities for English-speaking Assistant Language Teachers in Japan. ALTs are responsible for helping students improve their communication, as well as to serve as an ambassador to promote cultural understanding and international communication. You can apply for ALT roles with Interac.

For those not looking to teach, you may be able to find a job in other sectors however many roles require you to speak Japanese fluently.

We offer removals insurance as an optional extra, to give you peace of mind throughout the removals process. Whilst it’s unlikely anything will happen to your belongings in transit, accidents do sometimes happen. Having insurance can help make sure you’re covered if the worst should occur.

Yes, we have storage facilities in the north and south of England. Whether you want to store your belongings prior to your move for a short time, or for a longer period of time whilst you’re away, we have options to suit. Each of our storage facilities has 24/7 security, with quick and easy access should you need to collect anything.

When using sea freight, removals from the UK to Japan generally take around 8-20 weeks. If you choose a sole-use container, you can expect shipping to take between 8-10 weeks. If you choose a group container, shipping is generally around 16-20 weeks as you may need to wait for the container to be filled. Air freight is much quicker but costs considerably more.

Our Accreditations

As one of the leading providers of overseas removals and relocation services on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on offering a professional and friendly service. We have been recognised as one of the leading international moving companies and are proud of our credentials and the quality standard they represent. In 2023, we became the most trusted moving company in the UK.

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Some of our Customer Reviews

The packers were careful, quick and courteous. I highly recommend this company and would definitely use them again! Efficient, polite, punctual: could not ask for more.

Hertfordshire, UK to Virginia, USA - March 2023

From start with Michelle to finish with Gill the level of service was excellent. John Mason and its international partners handled my move from Devon to Australia seemingly effortlessly. I couldn't ask for better.

Devon, UK to Perth, Australia –April 2023

Absolutely one of the best movers I have worked with. Pleasant helpful admin staff and the delivery drivers were absolute angels sorting and moving the boxes where I asked them to. Arrived exactly when they said it would.

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