Who of you still enjoy taking the time to write a letter or a postcard?
I know it is quite easy to stay in-touch via SNS and keep everyone informed via social media, however I still enjoy sending postcards when I travel to somewhere new.
Because it has become such a rarity in this digital world we live in, it feels special to receive a real letter or postcard through the mail with your name handwritten by a friend or family member. Through this medium, you soon realize that someone actually went through the trouble of contacting you.
Conversely, for me, it feels nice to go through the process of looking for a postcard, writing and posting it to a friend or relative. I often wonder – “how long will it take for them to receive this”, “will they receive this before I come back?” 😛
I will guide you on how to send mail overseas from Japan.
Where can I get a postcard in Kobe?
No worries, there are some nice shops in Kobe.
NAGASAWA BUNGU CENTER （ナガサワ文具センター）
10am-9pm 〒650-0021 Level 3, JUNKUDO Sannomiya, 1 Chome−6−18, Sannomiyacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
This is a popular stationery store in Kobe with a large variety of stationary from Japanese pens, notebooks, gift cards, stickers and of course postcards.
Their shop is located in the Sannomiya shopping arcade and it is a 5min walk from Sannomiya station. It is actually located inside a large book store called JUNKUDO BOOK STORE (淳久堂書店).
10am-8pm https://www.loft.co.jp/en/ 1-4F New Building Sogo Kobe Department Store, 8-1-8 Onoedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, 651-0088
Kobe Loft is about 5 mins from Sannomiya station. If know what Loft is, you know they carry more than just stationery. The Kobe store carries anything from homewares, electronics, grooming product and of course stationery. If you are not after anything in particular, I highly recommend you drop by just for some window shopping 🙂
10am-0am 3 Chome-1-21 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0011
This store is less than 10min from either Motomachi or Sannomiya station. It is a unique book store that happens to sell postcards and toys. They have very unique audio guide on their shelves. Unfortunately it is only in Japanese but if you are studying Japanese or know how to speak Japanese, you might find it as a useful guide to learning some funny Japanese slang phrases 😛
10:30am-18:30am 〒650-0021 1 Chome−9−1 Center plaza 3F, Chuo Ward, Sannomiyacho,Kobe, Hyogo
* They do not sell postcards, but they sell cheap stationery! If you are looking for some Japanese stationery as souvenirs, it is worth a visit.
Where can I buy stamps?
Japan Post Office
Let me introduce two post offices in Kobe city.
① Japan Post at Kobe （神戸中央郵便局）・・・This is the largest post office in Kobe city. While the selections are few, they do sell postcards.
Monday to Friday 9am-8pm / Weekend 9pm-5pm
6 Chome-2-1 Sakaemachidori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-8799
② Japan Post at Sannomiya（神戸国際会館内郵便局）・・・It is less than 10min from Sannomiya station, but it is small and can get crowded at times.
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm / Weekend Closed.
8 Chome-1-6 Gokodori, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0087
Please visit this website to find a post office near your location. https://global.map.japanpost.jp/p/en/search/
You can also purchase stamps at a convenience stores.
Please ask the staff if they have or sell,
say: ”Kitte wa arimasuka?” 切手はありますか？
If they respond: “Hai Arimasu” or “Gozaimasu”, it means they do have/sell.
To ask for a 70yen stamp, say: ”70yen Kitte o ichimai kudasai”
or ”70yen Kitte o ichimai onegaishimasu”
How much does it cost to send a Post Card?
It cost you only JPY ¥70 to post to any country.