The red, double-crossed capital T is the symbol of the postal service. It is used on maps to indicate the location of post offices. It is also displayed at places where stamps are sold. If you live off-base, you can pay your electric and telephone bills at any Japanese post office or convenience store.
If you send mail through the Japanese postal system, the post office on base requests you use your Japanese address, not the APO address. Your Japanese address looks like this:
PSC Box Number Here
Yokota AB, Fussa Shi
If you have the correct postage you can mail postcards and letters through the orange Japanese mailbox outside the post office
The sizes of Japanese cards and envelopes are different from American standards. If you send something the wrong size, you may get your posted item back with a note showing the amount of insufficient postage. For delivery at the standard rate, postcard dimensions must be between 14-23.5 cm long and 9-12 cm wide. Envelopes should be 14-23.5 cm long and between 9-12 cm wide and not more than 1cm thick. The ends of American business envelopes can be folded over and taped.
For the rules in full, see www.post.japanpost.jp/english/fee/domestic/letter.html
Post Offices Near Yokota
•Main Fussa Post Office
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out the Fussa gate, cross the tracks and veer left at the ”Y”. Cross the next set of tracks and on down to Okutama Kaido. The post office is on the far right corner. The post office has a tiny parking lot inside the walls, to the right of the building on Okutama Kaido.
DIRECTIONS: Make a right out the Fussa gate onto Rt. 16 and then a left at the signal for Higashi Fussa station. Cross the tracks. At the traffic light, go straight ahead you’ll see the post office on the left, just before the next set of traffic lights. There is parking available in a dirt lot on the left just before the Post Office. Since there are only two designated spaces, it’s sometimes easier to park on the side street near the intersection before the post office.
DIRECTIONS: Turn right out the East Gate, left at the light, then hard right at the five-way intersection. Go several blocks down the tree-lined avenue with apartment buildings on either side. There’s a tiny post office on the far right corner of the second large intersection.
•Akiruno Post Office
This one is a little further but it is where you may have to go if someone sends you registered mail through the Japanese post and you get a Non-Deliverable Notice in your PSC box. Address: 3-2-1 Akigawa, Akiruno-shi. GPS: 35.731550, 139.285394. DIRECTIONS: Turn left out the Fussa Gate and right at the first light. Stay on this road across the Tama River. When you reach Akigawa Station, turn right onto the divided road in front of Tokyu Department Store. Turn left at the light near the end of the block. The post office will be on your right.
For more information on deciphering Japanese addresses, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_addressing_system