Daily Monday

Moving out during peak season in Japan is insane

I have zero experience of moving into a new place that’s out of my own city or prefecture in Japan. But I have assisted some of my friends in doing so. The process is so tedious that you probably need to start preparing 1 and a half months ahead if you want everything to run so smoothly. Since I’ve helped my friends, I thought I knew what I was getting into. Until I saw the price estimation sheet from the moving company.

So apparently, moving season in Japan is typically during March and April. And I happen to have the worst moving in time frame (designated from the company) ranging from 25-31 of this month. It’s the worst possible time ever to hire a moving company because that’s when they’re the busiest throughout the whole year and that means extra fees will incur. And when I say extra, it’s twice the normal fee.

You’d think, ah, twice doesn’t sound so bad. But it IS bad when your normal moving out fee (from Kyushu to Tokyo) is $1000. They’re charging me $2000. My 4 months salary from working at the bakery can’t even cover that.

What’s worse is that my company is covering NONE of the fees I’ll be incurring from moving to Tokyo. Not the moving out fees, not the airplane tickets. Both combined and adding some extra fees will cost me around $3000. And that’s looking at the brighter side that I won’t be purchasing other miscellaneous stuff needed for my new apartment.

Forget about my savings balance being depleted, it’s going to plummet and go into the negatives. It’s time to survive on instant ramen and onigiri.



A 22 y.o child at heart and office worker. Spends most of her free time browsing YouTube and playing RPG games. Has an attention span of 3 seconds and sucks at organizing her thoughts.

1 comment

  1. Oh my goodness. I wish I could help you, but we’re struggling over here too. That’s really outrageous. I hope the company you’re working for pays enough to quickly build up that savings again. I’m so sorry. 🙁 Just take deep breathes and try not to have an anxiety/panic attack. It’ll all work out in the end.

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