One of the best souvenirs you can buy on your holidays is the postcard. It is just an easy and beautiful way to greet your family and friends at home. That is why you want to send a postcard from Tokyo! But this plan might be more difficult than you think. Fortunately, I’m here to help!
Step #1. Buy a Japanese Postcard
The first thing to do is to buy a postcard. But unlike other popular vacation spots, postcards do not wait around every corner in Tokyo. Nice places to buy a postcard are for example the Shibuya Loft, Tokyu Hands, or the Oriental Bazaar in Harajuku.
At the Shibuya LOFT, you can find postcards on the first floor in ‘Gift Goods’. Here you can buy postcards for ¥150.
You can find an even higher range of products for a lower price of ¥102 at the Oriental Bazaar in Harajuku. Here you can find postcards on the first floor as well as any other kind of Japanese souvenirs such as kimono and maneki-neko.
2. Find a Post Office
You can find a post office easily anywhere in Tokyo.
From the Shibuya LOFT, it is less than 300 meters to the closest post office (in front of the Tower Records Store).
From the Oriental Bazaar, you can find the closest post office (Jingūmae 6 Post Office) 300 meters away, next to Cat Street.
3. Buy a Stamp
Post offices in Japan are open from 9:00 until 17:00 Monday to Friday. The key Japanese words to buy a stamp are the following:
ichi, ni, san, yon, go– one, two, three, four, five
Prices do not vary depending on the target country, so long as you send it out of Japan as an international postcard. A stamp sent via air mail costs ¥70, or you can buy a stamp for surface mail for ¥60.
4. Write on Your Japanese Postcard and Put it Into a Post Box
Now write whatever you like! Tell your family and friends what a great time you are having, then put the stamp on the postcard. You can put it into one of the several thousands of post boxes spread around Tokyo. You can usually find postboxes in front of a post office, too.
5. Wait for your Japanese Postcard to Arrive
Depending on the target country of your postcard, it will take between three and twelve days until the receiver will receive your postcard inside his or her postbox. Happy writing!