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Postal and Home Delivery Services

Postal Service

Japanese post offices handle not only mail, but also banking insurance and other services.

Postage stamps can be bought at post office, convenience stores, and shops with “〒” signs.

Home Delivery Services

This service is useful for sending small parcels or packages within Japan. It is often less expensive than the post office and usually takes only about one day. Most companies deliver suitcase between airports and your home upon before and after a trip, and handle special refrigerated and frozen deliveries.

Listed below are the major domestic home delivery service companies.

Contact Information for Inquires
Yamato Takkyubin Tel: 0120-01-9625(Japanese)8:00AM-9:00PM
Yu-pack Tel: 0570-046-111
Mon-Fri 8:00AM-10:00PM, Sat-Sun, Holidays 9:00AM-10:00PM
Sagawa Express Tel: 0120-18-9595( sgx Contact Center)
 Mon-Fri 9:00AM-7:00PM, Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM

They provide fast overseas delivery services and take full responsibility for your packages until final delivery.

Listed below are the major international courier service companies.

Contact Information for Inquires
DHL Japan Tel: 0120-39-2580
Mon-Fri 8:00AM-7:00PM, Sat 8:30AM-2:00PM
Federal Express(FedEx) Tel: 0120-003200
Mon-Fri 8:00AM-8:00PM, Sat 8:30-17:30, Holidays 9:00-18:00
Overseas Courier Service(OCS) Tel: 0120-627-012 (Japanese only)
Mon-Fri 8:30AM-7:00PM, Sat 9:00AM-4:00PM
UPS Japan Tel: 0120-27-1040
Mon-Fri 9:00AM-6:30PM


There are various public transportation services in the Kansai area. If you need to travel along the same route often, commuter passes and multiple tickets are economical. Most transportation services sell their own prepaid card. (If you are an international student, please check a student discount with each transportation service and your faculty)

This saves your time because you do not need to buy a ticket each time. Some cards can be used to pay for train and bus fares by simply placing them on a card reader, and the reader can scan the card through your wallet. It can also be used as electronic money.

Trains, Subways, Monorails and Buses

Listed below are the major railroad companies.

[ Bus ]

[ PiTaPa ]

http://www.pitapa.com/(Japanese only)

PiTaPa Card is an IC card which is valid on many trains and buses in the Kansai region, which operate on a “post-pay” card. Usage of the card is charged to the customer’s account, and each month the balance owing is deducted from a designated bank account.
http://www.pitapa.com/ (Japanese only)

[ Discount Fare ]

Discount pass

Two kinds of discount passes are available for railway, subway and bus services: undergraduates and graduates are eligible for student passes and non-regular and research students are eligible for commuter passes. (A coupon pass may be cheaper, depending on how often you use these means of transport.)
Please check with each transportation website for detailed information.

Special rate for students

JR offers undergraduates and graduates a 20% discount for one-way travel of 100 km or longer, when presenting a student discount certificate issued by the University. The student discount certificates for purchasing such discount tickets are limited to 10 per year.


You can find designated taxi stands at stations and public facilities. You can also hail one from the street. Alternatively, you can call a taxi company and request to be picked up. (←usually an additional charge applies.) 

The passenger door opens and closes automatically. Most drivers do not speak foreign languages, so we recommend you to hand the driver your destination in Japanese or to point out your destination on a map. Fares vary from city to city and according to the size of the cab. You will be subject to a surcharge at night and in the early morning. The fare is calculated by both distance and time. Tipping is not necessary.

The followings are calculation charts and estimated fares by a taxi company in Osaka. Please be advised that all information is subject to change anytime and is for your reference only.

Osaka Prefecture
Initial charge ¥660/2km
Extra charge per meter ¥80/273m
Extra charge per time (less than 10km /hour) ¥80/1min.40sec.
Reserved ¥2,450/30min.
Surcharge for off-hours 20% (11:00PM – 5:00AM)
From Osaka Umeda to major destinations
Osaka Airport 40min. ¥5,200
Kansai Airport 60min. ¥17,000
Shin Osaka Station 15min. ¥1,800
Ibaraki-shi Station 35min. ¥6,200
Senriyama Station 25min. ¥3,300
Senrichuo Station 45min. ¥4,500
Toyonaka Station 35min. ¥3,500
Ikeda Station 45min. ¥5,500
Minoh Station 30min. ¥5,000


Domestic airline flights make frequent round-trips to major cities in Japan. There are three airports in the Osaka area: Kansai International Airport (“Kanku” for short), Osaka (Itami) Airport and Kobe Airport.


Tickets can be purchased usually up to two months in advance. Reservations can be made by phone or on the Internet. You can also purchase tickets at travel agencies. The following is contact information of major domestic carriers operating in the Kansai area :

All Nippon Airways (ANA) 0570-029-709 http://www.ana.co.jp/eng/
Japan Air Lines (JAL) 0570-025-071 http://www.jal.co.jp/en/
IBEX Airlines 0120-686-009 http://www.ibexair.co.jp/
Skymark Airlines 050-3116-7370 http://www.skymark.co.jp/en/
Peach Aviation 03-4580-8181 http://www.flypeach.com/home.aspx

Driver’s License, Automobiles, Motorcycles and Bicycles

Driver’s license

There are three ways to drive a car in Japan.

[ International driver’s license ]

As a valid international driver’s license in Japan, it should be issued in a signatory of the Geneva Convention (http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp/menkyo/menkyo/kokugai/kokugai04.html)
(WEBSITE provides machine translation by multiple language)

The international driver’s license expires on its expiration date or after you have been in Japan for one year, whichever comes first. If you wish to continue driving, you must exchange the overseas driver’s license for a Japanese driver’s license before it expires.

[ Overseas driver’s license ]

If you have a valid driver’s license issued in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium or Taiwan and a translation into Japanese is attached, it is valid regardless of whether or not you have an international driver’s license for one year from your date of entry into Japan.

[ Exchanging an overseas driver’s license for a Japanese license ]

If you have a valid overseas driver’s license and lived in the country in which it was issued for at least three months after the date of issue, you can apply to exchange it for a Japanese license at your nearest Driver’s License Examination Center.

The followings are documents mostly required for the procedure.

Please make sure the details with the Driver’s License Examination Center for update information.


Purchasing an Automobile

*The University prohibits students from driving cars or motorcycles onto the campus, in principle. *

Before purchasing an automobile, you must secure a parking space and apply for a certificate confirming the existence of the parking space. It is difficult to obtain a parking space in most areas and parking fees are quite high. You can obtain this certificate at the main police station of the area in which the parking space is located.
When a new car is purchased through a dealer, the cost includes the vehicle price, taxes, license plates (registration) and compulsory liability insurance. You are strongly recommended to buy private insurance coverage as well. Car owners are obligated to pay a tax, and have the car periodically inspected.

Motorcycles, Bicycles

[ Registration ]

[ Traffic rules for motorcycles and bicycles ]

Motorcycles and bicycles are required to follow the same traffic rules as cars. Bicycles are required to be ridden in a line along the left edge of the road. They are allowed on some sidewalks where appropriate signs exist and also on bicycle-only pathways.

[ No Parking areas ]

There are pay bicycle parking lot around the most stations. For further information, please contact each administrative office. Any illegally-parked bicycles parked at limited parking area are immediately removed. ID are required and fees will be charged when you pick up the removed bicycle and motorbike at the temporary storage place.

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