I've come to find that even though it is inexpensive to send mail to my friends on base, it takes anywhere from ten days to two weeks.
I'm curious if there are off base families or areas of support that would accept holiday gifts or care packages via Fed Ex within a few days so that our loved ones can get them sooner.
Some of us would definitely pay for that privilege.
You can definitely use the Japanese Postal Service, which I have used several times.
I have had good success with the Onbase postal service though....
What you first must understand, that the Onbase postal service send everything through the military post, which eventually arrives in California.. That takes anywhere between 1-4 days they have told me... From there, it takes additional time to arrive to the final destination.. Usually if I send FEDEX to the East Coast from Yokosuka it takes around 5-7 days...
Here is the Japanese Postal website:
You can use this calculation to figure out when you want something to arrive, and the estimate for how much it will run you:
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Posted By FavoritePrincess on 12-07-2010 11:39 PM
Oh, the home address I posted above is for Yokosuka main base, btw. Call housing if you need your address on Ikego or Negishi. It's good for any of the delivery companies. FEDEX, Black Cat, DHL, etc.
The Japanese version of the main base post office address is
1 Banchi Tomari-cho
PSC # Box #
Posted By yokota on 05-03-2012 10:21 AM
I have found Black Cat to be awesome, I mail items all over Japan and use them when I have a Japanese only address. Most of the time it's next day delivery and in person, some of the distant locations like Okinowa it takes a few days.
For the exact same size as a small priority square box it runs about 7-800 Yen, the USPS charges 6.80 if you include delivery confirmation on it.
When I receive items they deliver them to the military base supply gate, they are there everyday for an hour in a delivery truck. You just show up and pick up your items.