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One of the most technologically advanced and educated countries on the planet, the relatively small island of Japan has long punched above its weight on the international stage, giving birth to a wealth of companies known all over the world, including carmakers Honda, Toyota and Nissan and technology giants Sony, Hitachi and Canon.

The third most prosperous nation on Earth by nominal GDP, Japan is also one of the biggest importers and exporters, helping cities such as Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka to grow into international trading centres which can attract expats from far afield. Around 15,000 British people currently call Japan home, making the Far East country a popular destination for UK shipping providers.

At ParcelBroker, we can take care of all your requirements when it comes to sending items from the UK to Japan. Whether you need to ship a birthday present to your friend in Tokyo or a commercial delivery to your business contacts in Osaka, we've got you covered, with a hassle-free door to door service that will ensure your parcel gets where it needs to be.


Do I need to deal with customs when sending from the UK to Japan?

Yes, when sending items from the UK to Japan, the local customs authority in Japan will need to know what's inside your parcel so that they can charge the correct duties and fees. If the value of your parcel is less than 10,000 yen, you won't need to pay anything, but if the item is worth more than this, the receiver will find themselves liable for the fee. The correct documentation should ensure that your item gets to its recipient without a hitch; contact us for more details.

How much does it cost to send a parcel from the UK to Japan?

Japan's considerable distance from the UK – over 5,000 miles and approximately 12 hours' flight time – means that Royal Mail costs can be prohibitive and delivery times inflexible. At Parcel Broker, prices for sending a parcel from the UK to Japan are competitive and start from just £21.95. We also pick up your item on the same day you book, meaning we can have it delivered to Japan within three to four days.

How should I address my parcel for delivery to Japan?

Don't worry about writing the address in Japanese – English will do just fine! Address a letter to a person in Japan just as you would in the UK: their name appears on the first line; their address, street name or sub area and city should be written on the second; and the third line comprises the prefecture name as well as the postal code.

How much will I save?

Parcel Weight Parcelforce ParcelBroker Savings
5kg £39.95 £38.97 £0.98 Save 2%
10kg £59.95


£20.98 Save 35%
20kg £99.95


£50.58 Save 51%

Prohibited Items

What items can I send to Japan?

As is the case in many countries throughout the world, narcotics, firearms and explosives are prohibited from being imported into Japan. You are also not allowed to send plants, cash, live animals, seeds or tobacco. For a full list of forbidden items, please consult the Japanese customs website.