Postage to Japan

Get a price for sending a letter or parcel to Japan with Royal Mail

International Tracked & Signed

Added peace of mind for sending important or valuable items
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Signature on delivery
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

International Tracked & Signed cannot be sent to PO Boxes or Pack Stations, because a signature cannot be captured. This restriction does not apply when items are sent to Africa or the Middle East

Visit International Tracked & Signed
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 6.85
Online from £ 6.85

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 9.70
Online from £ 9.50

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 12.00
Online from £ 11.70

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 12.00
Online from £ 11.70

Ready to send?

Buy online now with Click & Drop

International Tracked

Tracked to delivery point for peace of mind
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

Visit International Tracked
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 6.75
Online from £ 6.75

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 9.60
Online from £ 9.40

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 11.75
Online from £ 11.45

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 11.75
Online from £ 11.45

Ready to send?

Buy online now with Click & Drop

International Standard

An affordable service for everyday international mail
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 6-7 working days
  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 1.70
Online from £ 1.70

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 4.20
Online from £ 4.00

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 7.15
Online from £ 6.85

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 7.15
Online from £ 6.85

Ready to send?

Buy online now with Click & Drop

International Economy

For heavier parcels that don't need to arrive in a hurry
Max 2kg

Features

  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Buy online and print the label at home, or go to a Post Office®

Delivery aims

  • Western Europe in up to 2 weeks
  • Eastern Europe in up to 5 weeks
  • North America in up to 6 weeks
  • South America, Africa and Asia in up to 8 weeks
  • Australia in up to 12 weeks
Visit International Economy
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 1.45
Online from £ 1.45

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.00
Online from £ 3.00

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 4.85
Online from £ 4.85

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 4.85
Online from £ 4.85

Ready to send?

Buy online now with Click & Drop

You are responsible for checking postal restrictions and prohibitions for your destination.

There are rules about what Royal Mail will carry and each country has their own restrictions which may differ, so it’s important to check both.

Check the status of deliveries around the world on our International Incident Bulletin

Can I send it to Japan?

There are some restrictions on what you can post to Japan. Check our handy guide:

Don't send

  • Meat products
  • Dairy products
  • Vegetable products
  • Edible vegetables
  • Edible fruit and nuts
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices
  • Cereals

See the full list of Japan prohibitions below

Don't send:

  • Lithium batteries and equipment containing lithium batteries

Check the full list of Japan prohibitions below

Don't send:

  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts
  • Sound recorders and reproducers
  • Television image and sound recorders and reproducers
  • Parts and accessories of the above

Check the full list of Japan prohibitions below

Here is an indication of prohibited items for mailing to Japan. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the Japan Post website

Please also refer to the Universal Postal Union - full prohibitions and restrictions list

You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary.

The information below is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.

Please remember that Royal Mail also prohibits and restricts certain categories of items. For more information visit royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

Prohibited items

Prohibited products are not permitted in the mail under any circumstances.

The importing into Japan of articles that infringe patent rights, utility model rights, design rights, trademark rights, copyrights, layout design rights, etc. as referred to in the UPU list of prohibited articles, is strictly forbidden. Universal Postal Union - full prohibitions and restrictions list

  • Firearms, parts and accessories thereof, ammunition
  • Narcotics
  • Psychotropic substances 
  • Lithium batteries and equipment containing lithium batteries
  • Live animals
  • Any meat and meat products which are from or via an import prohibition area (www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/news/im_prohibit.html);
  • Any meat and meat products without an inspection certificate issued by a government agency of the exporting country.
  • Meat and edible meat offal
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
  • Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
  • Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
  • Vegetable products
  • Plants unless they are accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of the exporting country.
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices
  • Cereals
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
  • Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
  • Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder
  • Mineral products
  • Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials; lime and cement
  • Products of the chemical or allied industries
  • Organic chemicals
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Fertilisers
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • Miscellaneous chemical products
  • Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
  • Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof
  • Counterfeit, defaced or imitation currency, bills, banknotes and securities. Counterfeit or defaced postage stamps, articles which may be mistaken for postage stamps, or those resembling official revenue stamps, and stamp tax seal
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products; glass and glassware
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
  • Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment; parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers; television image and sound recorders and reproducers and parts and accessories of such articles
  • All Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles
  • Furniture, bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
  • Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques

Restricted items

  • Live animals; animal products
  • Live animals
  • Meat and edible meat offal
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
  • Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
  • Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
  • Vegetable products
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices
  • Cereals
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
  • Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
  • Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates
  • Residues and waste from the prepared food industries; animal fodder
  • Mineral products
  • Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials; lime and cement
  • Products of the chemical or allied industries
  • Organic chemicals
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Fertilisers
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • Miscellaneous chemical products
  • Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
  • Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products; glass and glassware
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof, may only be imported into Japan by persons in receipt of official permission from the competent authorities in Japan for possession of these articles 
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles
  • Furniture, bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
  • Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques

For more information about posting an item to Japan please refer to the Japan Post website

Clear addressing - general guidelines

When sending an international item, always include the destination country name:

  • on the last line of the address
  • in capital letters
  • in English.

For further details please check the UPU website

Read our top tips for sending mail overseas

We recommend that you include the addressee's mobile telephone number on parcels in case we need to contact them about their delivery.

Attach a customs label

You’ll need to apply a customs declaration form to your package. 

If you buy postage online with Click & Drop the label will be generated automatically, and we will also send customs data in advance of your parcel. 

Alternatively, customs declaration labels are available online or in a Post Office® branch. 

  • For items with a value up to £270, you will need customs form CN22 (pdf, 394.05 KB)
  • For items with a value over £270, you will need customs form CN23 (pdf, 227.98 KB) and clear plastic wallet SP 126, also available at any Post Office® branch. 

Help with customs and sending items abroad

Special fees

If a parcel has a dutiable value (the total amount obtained by adding the postage and insurance charge to the value of the contents) in excess of 200,000 yen (JPY), recipients are requested to pay special fees on customs clearance to Japan Post as of 1 October 2016.

Senders must attach a customs declaration form to postal items containing goods, ensuring that the form is completed in full and accurately. If you don't include a customs form, or if the form is incomplete (missing the sender’s and the recipient’s names and addresses, the contents, the number of items or their value) it may be delayed or sent back.

Next steps

Click & Drop

Buy postage online
Buy now

Track & Trace

Track a sent item
Tracking