List of items required when setting a new house or shifting the house 引っ越し準備リスト

List of items required when setting a new house or shifting the house 引っ越し準備リスト

Written by Yogi (Yogendra Puranik) on 18-Aug-2022.

Shifting has become a common phenomenon these days. It is really very hard to enlist and gather items required for day-to-day life. Here is a comprehensive list of items for you. You will have to adjust the list as per the local conditions and your own lifestyle. The quantities mentioned are for 1 person. Please adjust the same as per your family structure. The pricing is for basic models and in Japanese yens. 

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A

契約関係

Contracts

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

住居

House

1

Property agent

 

In Tokyo 60K for 1RK, 90K for 1LDK, 120K for 2LDK, 150K for 3LDK

Housing is of multiple type, semi- govt (Koudan danchi) and private (minkan). Koudans are cement constructions. Strong and warm. Private could be cement (manshon) or wooden (apa-to). The later are not so warm. After you shift, say hello to your immediate neighbors and offer small gifts like cookies, chocolates, wiping cloths etc.

2

保証会社

Guarantor company

1

Property agent

 

60K for 2 years for 1-2 LDK

In Japan, you are required to produce a guarantor with Japanese nationality, to safeguard your owner from any kind of financial issues. You also have an option (sometimes mandatory) to contract with a corporate guarantor.

3

損害保険(火災、地震など)

Property insurance (fire, earthquake etc.)

1

Property agent or online

 

20-30K/year for 1-2LDK

Its safe to have this insurance at least with the bare minimum riders.

4

引っ越し業者

Movers and packers

1

Phone call

 

Depends of luggage, distance, floor of the building

There are community agents who help in shifting at an economic cost and there are Japanese agencies that are a bit expensive however very professional. Please search on AJAI website or join local SNS groups to get more information about such agents.

5

電気

Electricity

1

Phone call

 

Summers 5K. Winters 10+K.

Your property agent will give you a telephone number to call and start your electricity supply. You can also find out other low cost providers from internet. The pricing may vary a bit.

6

水道

Water

1

Phone call

 

3,000

Your property agent will give you a telephone number to call and start your water supply.

7

ガス

Gas

1

Phone call

 

5,000

Your property agent will give you a telephone number to call and start your gas supply. In many places, electricity company also supplies gas. You may confirm.

8

インターネット

Internet

1

Phone call

 

5,000

You have a choice of home internet or portable internet connection. For the later, you get a dongle that you can carry anywhere. The later has a daily/monthly download limit whereas the home internet is usually limitless.

9

携帯電話

Mobile phone

1

Shop visit

 

10,000

Docomo, AU, Softbank, Rakuten are the key providers. Choose one you like. Rakuten is economic however connectivity could be an issue. You can also opt for prepaid data connections. Discount mobiles available for 5,000 a month

10

固定電話

Fixed phone

1

Phone call

 

500

You can get a landline phone along with your internet connection. Usually you have to pay 500 yen extra for getting a phone number.

11

テレビ

Television connection

1

Phone call

 

1,600

Usually, you can see the TV by inserting the antenna pin in the wall TV plug. However, in some places your internet provider might provide you a set top box. The national broadcaster NHK might charge you 1,600 yens if you have a TV.

12

自治会・町会

Residential society

1

Property agent

 

500

You might be asked to be a member of the local resident's society that takes care of cleanliness and safety aspects in the society. You might have to pay a monthly fee of 500 yens or so.

B

行政関係

Admin tasks

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

転入届け

Residence registration

 

City office

 

 

If you are new to Japan or shifting from one city to another, you have to register your new address. Wherever you address is on 1st of January, you pay your local taxes to that city.

2

健康保険加入

Health insurance registration

 

City office

 

Depends on income

If company (social) insurance, your office HR will take care of it. Else, you have to register for national insurance at the city office.

3

年金

Pension

 

City office

 

Depends on income

If company insurance, pension will be taken care by your office HR as a part of social insurance scheme. If no, you have to register at the city office or at the pension office. Under certain conditions you could be exempted of the scheme.

4

住民税

Residential tax

 

City office

 

Depends on previous year income. None in first year

You will have to fill a form for correct tax calculation including income tax and residential tax. For this you have to offer the details of all you family members, who are dependent on you, including those not living in Japan.

C

入口

Entrance

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

ドアマット

Door mat

1

Online

 

2,000

You will have many size and design options on the online shops.

2

スリッパ

Room slippers

6

100-yen shop

 

660

 

3

靴ベラ

Shoe horn

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

D

寝室

Bedroom

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

エアコン

Air conditioner

1

Electric store

15,000

35,000

ACs (heater + cooler) could be pre-installed. Please check. ACs are of two types, wall mounting and floor. Wall mounting ones are effective. You may also choose to buy heater and cooler separately. Some people buy electrified mats.

2

ベッドフレーム

Bed frame

1

Dept

 

10,000

Also available at recycle shops. Single 80 cms, Semi-double 100 cms, Double 120 cms, Queen 140 cms, King 160 cms are the sizes usually available.

3

マットレス

Bed mattress

1

Dept

 

5,000

Single 80 cms, Semi-double 100 cms, Double 120 cms, Queen 140 cms, King 160 cms are the sizes usually available.

4

シーツ

Bed sheet

2

Dept

 

2,000

 

5

照明

Ceiling light with remote

1

Online

 

5,000

Also available at recycle shops.

6

かけ布団

Comforter

1

Dept

 

2,000

 

7

床マット

Floor mat

1

Online

 

2,000

 

8

まくら

Pillow

1

Dept

 

2,000

 

E

居間

Living room

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

テレビ

TV monitor

1

Recycle shop

20,000

35,000

 

2

テレビ台

TV stand

1

Recycle shop

3,000

12,000

 

3

床マット

Floor mat for 6 tatami

1

Online

 

8,000

Tatami means 1m*1.5m

4

ソファー

Sofa

1

Dept

10,000

25,000

 

5

ローテーブル

Low table

1

Dept

4,000

12,000

 

6

本棚

Bookshelf

1

Online

2,000

3,000

 

7

照明

Ceiling light with remote

1

Online

 

5,000

 

8

エアコン

Air conditioner

1

Electric store

15,000

35,000

 

9

カレンダー

Calendar

1

India

 

 

 

10

壁時計

Wall clock

1

100-yen shop

 

300

Could be noisy. Better buy good one online.

11

消臭スプレー

Room freshner

1

Chemist

 

500

 

12

加湿器

Humidifier

1

Recycle shop

5,000

15,000

Needed in dry winters

F

洗面回り

Laundry

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

洗濯機

Washing machine

1

Recycle shop

15,000

40,000

 

2

タオル

Towel

2

Dept

 

300

 

3

タオル小

Hand towel

6

100-yen shop

 

110

 

4

洗剤

Washing powder

1

Chemist

 

300

 

5

消臭剤

Cloth deodorant

1

Chemist

 

500

Needed for Japanese weather

6

ハンガー

Hangers

20

100-yen shop

 

2,200

 

7

洗濯物干しハンガー

Clip hanger

1

Home center

 

1,000

 

8

物干し竿(伸縮)

Drying bar extendible

1

Home center

500

2,000

 

G

台所

Kitchen

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

ガスコンロ

Gas stove

1

Recycle shop

16,000

22,000

Confirm if methane or propane. Cannot be returned after you have opened the box.

2

ライター

Gas lighter

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

3

冷蔵庫

Refrigerator

1

Recycle shop

10,000

40,000

 

4

レンジ

Microwave oven

1

Recycle shop

10,000

20,000

 

5

トースター

Toaster

1

Recycle shop

3,000

6,000

 

6

炊飯器

Rice cooker

1

Recycle shop

8,000

15,000

 

7

湯沸かし器

Water heater kettle

1

Recycle shop

3,000

5,000

 

8

食卓

Dining table

1

Recycle shop

10,000

20,000

 

9

椅子

Chairs

4

Recycle shop

 

 

 

10

床マット

Floor mat

1

Online

 

2,000

 

11

フライパン

Frypan

3

Online

 

6,000

 

12

おさじ

Spatulas

4

100-yen shop

 

440

 

13

ナイフ

Knife

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

14

ハサミ

Scissor

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

15

プレート

Plates

4

100-yen shop

 

110

 

16

スプーン

Spoons

4

100-yen shop

 

110

 

17

フォーク

Forks

4

100-yen shop

 

110

 

18

Chopsticks

4

100-yen shop

 

220

 

19

グラス

Glasses

5

100-yen shop

 

550

 

20

茶碗

Bowls

5

100-yen shop

 

550

 

21

フルーツボウル

Fruits bowl

1

Home center

 

300

 

22

食器用洗剤

Dishwasher soap

1

Chemist

 

300

 

23

たわし

Scourer

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

24

布巾

Kitchen wipes

6

100-yen shop

 

110

 

25

ラップ

Plastic wraps

2

100-yen shop

 

220

For packing food etc

26

キッチンペーパー

Kitchen paper

1

100-yen shop

 

110

For frying or kitchen cleaning

27

照明

Ceiling light

1

Online

 

5,000

 

H

調味料他

Cooking

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

サラダ油

Cooking oil

1

Superstore

 

200

 

2

Salt

1

Superstore

 

150

 

3

砂糖

Sugar

1

Superstore

 

150

 

4

醬油

Soya sauce

1

Indian store

 

200

 

5

チリパウダー

Chili powder

1

Indian store

 

200

 

6

ターメリック

Turmeric

1

Indian store

 

200

 

7

マスタード種

Mustard seeds

1

Indian store

 

200

 

8

クミン

Cumin

1

Indian store

 

200

 

9

サラダソース

Salad sauce

1

Grocery store

 

300

 

I

顔・体

Face & body

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

歯ブラシ

Tooth brush

1

Chemist

 

200

 

2

歯磨き

Tooth paste

1

Chemist

 

500

 

3

マウスウォッシュ

Mouth wash

1

Chemist

 

500

 

4

クリーム

Face cream

1

Chemist

 

1,000

 

5

化粧水

Toner

1

Chemist

 

1,000

 

6

ボディークリーム

Body cream

1

Chemist

 

800

 

7

香水

Perfume

1

Online

 

4,000

 

8

ひげ剃り

Shaver

1

Chemist

 

1,500

 

9

ヘアブラッシュ

Hair brush

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

10

ヘアクリーム

Hair cream/oil

1

Chemist

 

1,000

 

11

デオドラント

Deodorant

1

Chemist

 

500

 

12

石鹸

Soap

1

Chemist

 

110

 

13

石鹸置き 

Soap holder

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

14

ネイルカッター

Nail cutter

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

15

ヘアドライヤー

Hair drier

1

Electric store

 

4,000

 

J

風呂場

Bath & toilet

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

石鹸

Soap

1

Chemist

 

110

Indian soap available at Indian stores

2

石鹸置き 

Soap holder

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

3

シャンプー

Shampoo

1

Chemist

 

1,000

Indian shampoo available at Indian stores

4

リンス

Rinse

1

Chemist

 

1,000

 

5

入浴剤

Tub powder

1

Chemist

 

1,000

Price for a months stock

6

風呂メッシュ

Tub cleaning mesh

1

100-yen shop

 

110

 

7

風呂掃除ブラッシュ

Bath cleaning brush

1

Chemist

 

300

 

8

カビキラー

Mold killer spray

1

Chemist

 

500

 

9

椅子

Bath chair

1

Online

 

330

 

10

湯桶

Mug

1

Online

 

220

 

11

バスマット

Bath mat

1

Online

 

1,000

 

12

トイレマット

Toilet mat

1

Online

 

2,000

 

13

トイレットペーパー

Toilet paper

1

Chemist

 

300

 

14

トイレ洗剤

Toilet cleaner soap

1

Chemist

 

300

 

15

トイレブラッシュ

Toilet brush

1

100-yen shop

 

300

 

16

トイレ消臭剤

Toilet deodorant

1

Chemist

 

300

 

17

ウォッシュレット

Washlet

1

Recycle shop

10,000

25,000

Luxury in Japan that you must enjoy

18

トイレカバーセット

Toilet cover set

1

Home center

 

2,000

Toilet cover, Seat cover, Toilet mat, Paper roll cover. Seat cover is a must in winter if you do not have a washlet.

19

ゴキブリスプレー

Cockroach spray

1

Chemist

 

1,000

Japan has lots of cockroaches.

K

日用品

Misc daily use

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

神様偶像

God idol

1

India

 

 

 

2

自転車

Cycle

1

Recycle shop

10,000

30,000

Also available online.

3

パソコン

Laptop

1

Online

 

 

 

4

パソコン鞄

Laptop bag

1

Dept

 

 

 

5

プリンター

Printer

1

Online

 

10,000

 

6

掃除機

Vacuum cleaner

1

Recycle shop

5,000

20,000

 

7

カーテン

Curtain

1

Home center

 

5,000

Can also buy online. Price per set.

8

フリルカーテン

Ruffled curtain

1

Home center

 

3,000

Can also buy online. Many people do not use freels / net curtains. However, these are good to have as a courtesy to your neighbor.

9

ダンベル

Dumbbells

1

Online

 

3,000

 

10

電気延長線

Electric extension cord

1

100-yen shop

 

330

 

11

アイロン

Iron box

1

Recycle shop

3,000

 

 

12

アイロン台

Iron table

1

Home center

 

2,000

 

13

ノート

Notebook

2

100-yen shop

 

220

 

14

ハサミ

Scissor

1

100-yen shop

 

 

 

15

セロハンテープ

Cello tape

1

100-yen shop

 

 

 

16

ホッチキス

Stapler

1

100-yen shop

 

 

 

17

はさみ

Scissor

1

100-yen shop

 

 

 

18

ネジドライバーセット

Screw driver set

1

100-yen shop

 

 

 

19

洋裁セット

Sewing set

1

Dept

 

 

 

20

リュック小

Small sack

1

Dept

 

 

 

21

リュック大

Big sack

1

Dept

 

 

 

L

衣服

Clothes

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

靴フォーマル

Formal shoes

2

Shoe store

 

10,000

 

2

靴カジュアル

Casual shoes

1

Shoe store

 

10,000

 

3

靴ランニング

Sports shoes

1

Shoe store

 

5,000

 

4

靴上履き

Non marking shoes

1

Shoe store

 

5,000

For use on wooden floors in gymnasiums

5

靴下黒

Socks

7

Shoe store

 

770

Online, cloth stores, 100-yen shop

6

靴磨き

Shoe polish

1

100-yen shop

 

110

Online, ABC mart, 100-yen shop

7

ブラッシュ

Shoe brush

1

100-yen shop

 

110

Online, ABC mart, 100-yen shop

8

Yシャツ

Shirts formal

10

Cloth store

 

20,000

 

9

スーツ

Suits

3

Cloth store

 

60,000

 

10

ネクタイ

Necktie

10

Cloth store

 

10,000

 

11

タイピン

Tie pin

2

Cloth store

 

3,000

 

12

ベルト

Belt

2

Cloth store

 

2,000

Bring leather belt from India

13

ランナー

Runner (inner shirt)

7

Cloth store

 

 

For 7 days

14

下着

Underwear

7

Cloth store

 

 

 

15

ハンカチ

Handkerchief

7

Cloth store

 

 

 

16

Tシャツ

T shirts

4

Cloth store

 

 

 

17

ズボンカジュアル

Casual pants

4

Cloth store

 

 

 

18

短パン

Half pants

2

Cloth store

 

 

 

19

寝巻

Pajama

1

Cloth store

 

 

 

M

冬の衣服

Winter cloths

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

上着フォーマル

Jacket or coat formal

1

Cloth store

 

 

Many people from warm regions do not realize the bad effects of strong winter on their bones and muscles developing backaches etc. over a period of time. It is of utmost importance to keep your body warm during the winters.

2

上着カジュアル

Jacket or coat casual

1

Cloth store

 

 

3

マフラー

Muffler

1

Cloth store

 

 

4

セーター

Sweater

2

Cloth store

 

 

5

肌着上下

Thermal inner wear

2

Cloth store

 

 

N

災害用品キット

Emergency kit

Qty

Where to buy?

Price (Used)

Price (New)

Description

1

リュック

Kit bag

1

Online

 

 

Japan is a country of natural disasters. It is strongly recommended to buy the emergency kit, one for each person in the family. A full kit is available of items listed here. Its better to buy the kit. The list here is the minimal list. Please choose more items as per your choice.

2

ヘルメット

Helmet

1

Online

 

 

3

避難マップ

Evacuation map

1

City office

 

 

4

緊急時連絡シート

Emergency contact list

1

Self

 

 

5

ラジオ付き懐中電灯

Torch cum radio

1

Online

 

 

6

軍手

Work gloves

1

Online

 

 

7

ホイッスル

Whistle

1

Online

 

 

8

アルミブランケット

Blanket

1

Online

 

 

9

保存水

Preservable water

1

Online

 

 

 

10

保存食

Preservable instant food

1

Online

 

 

 

11

缶オープナー

Can opener

1

Online

 

 

 

12

寝袋

Sleeping bag

1

Online

 

 

 

13

非常時トイレ

Emergency toilet

1

Online

 

 

 

14

歯磨き

Toothpaste

1

Online

 

 

 

15

ウェット・ドライティッシュ

Wet/dry tissues

1

Online

 

 

 

16

Essential medicines

1

Online

 

 

Add before evacuating

17

現金

Cash

1

Online

 

 

Add before evacuating

18

通帳

Bankbook

1

Online

 

 

Add before evacuating

19

判子

Seal/Stamp

1

Online

 

 

Add before evacuating

Notes

  1. Most of the things above are available at home center or online stores or recycle shops.
  2. Some popular cloth stores are Aoki, Aoyama, Uniqlo, GU, Bricks.
  3. Some popular online stores are Amazon, Rakuten for new and used stuff, and Mercari for used stuff. Yahoo auction is also an option.
  4. Some popular home centers are Nitori, Shimachu, Ikea.
  5. Some popular Japanese shifting agencies are Akabou, 123. Indian shifting agents are economic. 6.For all purchases, please check the size etc. before purchasing.

About the author

Yogi (Yogendra Puranik), born in India, is living in Japan for more than 20 years. He is the first elected assemblyman of Indian / Asian origin in Japan and the first foreign-origin person to be appointed as Principal (Grade V Gazetted officer) of a public secondary and high school in Japan. He is a leading volunteer in Indian community in Japan and a thought leader on topics like symbiotic society, education, IT in government etc. He conducts lectures in universities across Japan, ministries, government offices and corporates.

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