Regional Customs
  • Hakodate
  • Tokyo
  • Yokohama
  • Nagoya
  • Osaka
  • Kobe
  • Moji
  • Nagasaki
  • Okinawa
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Organization of Regional Customs

As for regional Customs services, the Japanese territory is divided into nine areas; Hakodate, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Moji, Nagasaki, and Okinawa. The number of Customs officials in FY 2018 is 9,387.

a. Headquarters

There is one Customhouse (headquarters), and several branch and sub-branch offices and guard posts in each area. The Director-General of Customs usually delegates most of his power to the branch office chiefs.

Except for Okinawa, each Customhouse has four Divisions (Coordination, Enforcement, Customs Clearance, and Post Clearance Audit, Investigation and Intelligence).

b. Branches offices, Sub-branches and Guard Posts

In order to delegate part of Customs services (including Okinawa Regional Customs; hereinafter the same), branches, sub-branches and guard posts are established in certain locations.

(1) Branch offices

There are 68 Customs branch offices throughout the nation as of July 2018. This facilitates Customs services in areas remote from the Customs Headquarters in each of the jurisdictions.

(2) Sub-branches

Customs branch offices are further subdivided into sub-branches in areas where there is relatively heavy demand for Customs services. While the Customs Directors have delegated greater authority to the directors of Customs branches than to sub-Customs branches of branches, the latter effectively have the same authority as the former today. This upgrades the convenience and efficiency of services.

The difference between sub-branches of Customs and sub-branches of Customs branches is determined by whether the location and jurisdictional area belong directly to Customhouses or to branches. There is no substantial difference between them.

As of July 2018, there are 104 sub-branches of Customs and of Customs branches.

(3) Customs guard posts and Customs branch guard posts

There are 10 Customs guard posts throughout Japan as of July 2018. Their purpose is to guard and control entries of ships, delivery and/or receipt, loading and unloading of cargo in closed ports.

Since demand for Customs services has increased in areas near Customs guard posts, most of the guard posts are engaged in Customs clearance work in addition to the surveillance and control work.

c. Location of Headquarters of Regional Customs


Location List
Hakodate CustomsHakodate Kowan Godo Chosha 24-4 Kaigan-machi Hakodate-shi 040-85610138-40-4261
Tokyo CustomsTokyo Kowan Godo chosha, 2-7-11 Aomi Koto-ku Tokyo 135-861503-3529-0700
Yokohama Customs1-1, Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku Yokohama 231-8401
Nagoya CustomsNagoya Kowan Godo chosha 2-3-12 Irifune Minato-ku Nagoya 455-8535052-654-4100
Osaka CustomsOsaka Kowan Godo Chosha 10-3, Chikko 4-chome, Minato-ku Osaka 552-002106-6576-3001
Kobe Customs12-1 Shinko-cho Chuo-ku Kobe 650-0041078-333-3100
Moji CustomsMoji Kowan Godo Chosha 3-10 Nishi Kaigan 1-chome, Moji-ku Kita-Kyushu-shi 801-8511050-3530-8372
Nagasaki Customs1-36 Dejima-machi Nagasaki-shi 850-0862095-828-8619
Okinawa Regional CustomsTsubogawa Bldg 3F, 3-2-6 Tsubogawa, Naha-shi 900-0025098-863-0099

When you call from abroad, you should dial the Japanese country code first and omit the first "0" of the area code. For instance, if you want to call Tokyo Customs Headquarters, the phone number is:


81(Country code) - 3(Area code) - 3529-0700(Tokyo Customs)