Electricity/gas/water

First, check with the landlord or the real-estate agent as to what utility (electricity, gas, water, etc.) fees are included in the rent.

Utility fees can be paid at a bank, post office, or convenience store. It can also be withdrawn automatically from a bank/postal saving account.

Electricity

  • In Japan, there are two different electric frequencies. In Kyoto, the frequency is 100V/60Hz. Be sure to use electrical appliances matching this frequency.
  • To connect your electrical supply, contact the Kansai Denryoku (Phone: Kyoto Branch Office 0800-777-8031, Fushimi Branch Office 0800-777-8033 Toll-free), or visit the company's website mentioned below (in Japanese language only).
  • The utility fee is calculated each month.

Kansai Denryoku (external link)

Gas

  • Those who live in Kyoto or Uji City contact Osaka Gas Keiji Living Eigyo-bu (Phone: 0120-894-817 Toll-free) or visit the company's website mentioned below to request for a service representative to come and open the gas valve. Someone must be home at the appointed time.
  • The utility fee is calculated each month. 

Osaka Gas (for company information) (external link)
Osaka Gas (for on-line reservation in Japanese language) (external link)

Water

  • Tap water is safe for drinking.
  • Apply to the local waterworks bureau for water supply utility.
  • The utility fee is calculated every 2 months.

Waterworks Bureau, City of Kyoto (external link)
Waterworks Bureau, City of Kyoto (for on-line reservation in Japanese language) (external link)

Uji City Hall (external link) (in Japanese language only)
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