When using national postal service for packages bigger than a card/letter, use the “Small Packet” option / saves money from “regular” airmail.
If sending books/magazines you can use “Printed Matter” service which again will save money (usually sent via Surface Air Lifted). Must specifically tell them that the package *does not* contain a letter. This is oddly important￼.
For heavier/larger boxes (up to 66lbs!) of books, records and other recorded material only, sent from USA, you can use the remarkable and under-known “M bag” service￼. Tip: print out the actual sheet showing mail designation ￼262.1 and take to the post office as they don’t use this often… Someone will go in the back to find a big canvas Santa sack, no kidding, and put your labelled & tied box of *only* designated materials in & attach a special tag and eventually will show up here like thrifty magic.￼￼
You may need to complete a customs declaration including assigning a value. Please list as “gift” & ￼add a nominal amount like $10 – *we know its priceless* but this is for customs duty, not insurance. If not, we sometimes get slapped with a fee.￼
Of course, ensure you have a legible return address in case the system is thwarted by various apocalypse.
if needed for courier/customs etc.￼+81(0)5055321102
Courier (when required):
Use your national postal service if at all possible. But, if a courier is really needed, choose ￼DHL (better for Japan then FedEx or UPS) or if available in your area, the fantastic “Yamato / Black Cat” courier service. But really, regular Postal Service is the best choice 99% of the time￼.