Actually Moving to Japan

One of the hardest parts for everyone to understand and actually do is physically moving to Japan. There will be few other instances in your life where so much will change for you at the same time. The good news is this is very much survivable, and you will come out better off for the experience.


Travel to Japan

Financing and arranging the travel to Japan is your responsibility. In most cases, you will be requested to arrive at Narita International Airport near Tokyo (IATA: NRT) on a specific date. In some cases, you might be requested to arrive at Kansai International Airport near Osaka (IATA: KIX), Chubu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya (IATA: NGO), Fukuoka Airport in Kyushu (IATA: FUK), or Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) (IATA: HND). You can expect to find out about the designated date of arrival approximately one month before.

If you arrive at the designated airport on the date set by Interac, you will be met at the airport by an Interac representative or be provided with clear directions on how to get to your branch or orientation location. You are responsible, in addition to your airfare, for (if applicable) any costs involved in travelling from the airport of arrival to the initial training and orientation venue. Most costs once you arrive at initial orientation and training and travel on to your new home will be covered or reimbursed by Interac.

Many major airlines fly into Japan on a frequent basis. We recommend considering one of the three major airline alliances, SkyTeam®, Star Alliance®, or oneworld®, when selecting your airline of choice as it is likely that, once you become an ALT, your travel frequency will increase as will your potential to benefit from airline frequent flyer programs.

What to Bring

It may seem daunting to strike a balance about the types of possessions you need to bring to Japan. Generally, you will only be able to bring as much as your chosen airlines’ luggage allowance. It is not common for Interac ALTs to ship possessions to Japan in addition to their luggage. More information about how and what to pack will be provided prior to your arrival in Japan.

Initial Money Requirements

You will need to have approximately 500,000 yen available to you in accessible cash upon arrival if you are recruited from outside Japan. The reason for this is to keep in line with the information related to the salary payment schedule and the costs associated with setting up your apartment.

Conversion – ¥500,000
(Rates as at August 2014)
$5,000 £2,900 €3,650 $5,300 $5,200 $5,800 $547,000 P212,000 R51,700


It is important that your money is available to you in accessible cash. This can be in the form of cash, traveler’s checks, or on a Visa Debit Card. You are strongly advised not to have your money on a credit card.

Visa Debit Cards are useable in ATM machines at most post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores but you may be limited in how much cash you can withdraw. Be sure to let your bank know your travel plans and ensure your card is useable. Many ATMs do not accept MasterCard, Maestro, or Cirrus branded cards.

More details will be provided during the placement process.

No matter how you bring your money to Japan, be sure to bring your funds in major, easily convertible currencies such as Japanese Yen, US Dollars, Euros, or Pounds Sterling (issued by the Bank of England). Please be careful to avoid Pounds Sterling issued by non-Bank of England institutions or in Northern Ireland as there has been cases where a new Interac ALT has experienced trouble exchanging at Japanese banks.


The information related to the initial money requirements is a guide only. We provide no warranty and accept no responsibility for the performance in Japan of any facility or service offered by, but not limited to, for example, a bank, ATM machine provider, Visa, or 7-Eleven.

Reference to commercial products or trade names within information provided by Interac does not constitute an endorsement by Interac and does not imply discrimination against other similar products.

SkyTeam is a registered trademark of the members of the SkyTeam airline alliance.
Star Alliance is a registered trademark of the Star Alliance members.
oneworld is a registered trademark of oneworld and its’ members.