If you have lots, or oddly shaped, items to send home, a shipping company might do the trick. When shopping around for a shipping company, be sure to check how much advance notice they require. Many shipping companies will include packing instructions or tips on their website, but if not you may want to ask them if there is anything in particular you should keep in mind while packaging your things. Different companies may have different rules regarding sizes, etc., and some may provide special packing materials, so make sure you ask.
Prices vary a lot depending on the point of departure in Japan and the destination, extra services offered, insurance, etc. Usually, freight is shipped by volume rather than weight (average quote 60,000 yen per cubic meter); therefore it may be a good option for large, bulky items (i.e. furniture). For lighter goods, sorting and shipping things through the post office may prove to be cheaper.
*Remember to check customs regulations for your home country before shipping anything*
Tel: (toll-free) 0120-150-422 (English speakers available)
Refer to their web page for detailed rates and conditions.
Japan Luggage Express
Tel: (toll-free) 0120-48-0081 (English speakers available) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For small shipments (minimum of 45kg), service by air is less expensive than by sea. The rates for service by sea are measured per cubic meter rather than by weight. Refer to their web page for detailed rates and conditions.
Tel: (toll free) 0120-981-862 (English speakers available)
Tel: (toll free) 0120-150-422 (English speakers available)
Tel: (toll free) 0120-27-1040 (English speakers available)
Nihon System Service
http://www.nss-japan.com/top.htm (Japanese only)
Shibusawa Moving Co.