June was full of new experiences that were both exciting and tiring. As one may have guessed from my previous post about resigning from your job in Japan, I changed my job and had to move to another prefecture.
Moving to another house in the same prefecture does not require a lot of paperwork, but the same is not true if you're moving to a different prefecture.
In Japan, you have to "inform" the current city you're living in that you will be moving out - it's basically like "resigning" from that city - and then register your new address in your new city.
※By the way, the Japanese word for "moving in/out (house)" is "引越し(hikkoshi)".
When you first decide to move out of your current city, you have to get a "転出届" or a "notification of moving out" just before you leave. It is easy to get from the City Hall and does not cost anything. You just have to go to the nearest City Hall (市役所), fill up the form, stamp it with your personal seal, submit it to the processing counter, and wait for it to be printed and handed to you. It probably will not take 2 hours, unless there are a lot of people.
The things to prepare are the following:
1. personal seal (印鑑)
2. pen for writing
3. valid ID (passport, alien registration for foreigners, driver's license, etc.)
4. application form
As for the form that you have to fill up, there are usually examples of how to fill them up so just follow those and you will be fine.
It is more convenient to get a 転出届 before you leave, but in case you didn't know about it and have already finished moving (just like me), it is also possible to request for it through post mail. It will take around a week to be delivered to you and it will cost you money for the sending of the forms.
Notifying the City Hall about your move is important because it will determine where you pay your taxes. If you don't get a 転出届, you will still be considered a resident of your previous city even if you have already transferred, and you will still have to pay taxes to that city.