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How to Send a Japanese Postcard

by Sylvia Deutsch

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!

Buy a Japanese Postcard

Japanese Postcard

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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. You can pick up postcards in the same places where you can pick up other really nice souvenirs.

Find a Post Office

Japanese Postcard

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Finding a post office is easy in Tokyo. If you haven’t already passed one, you can find one on the Japan Post Group’s website.

Buy a Stamp

Japanese Postcard

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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:

kitte– Stamp
hagaki– Postcard
ichi, ni, san, yon, go– one, two, three, four, five
kokusai– international
yôroppa– Europe
amerika– America

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.

Write on Your Japanese Postcard and Put it Into a Post Box

Japanese Postcard

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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.

Wait for your Japanese Postcard to Arrive

Japanese Postcard

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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!

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