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Finding a Place to Live

To rent a private apartment, it is a good way to check for rentals that meet your conditions (budget for renting, the desired location, floor space, room facilities, etc.) on the Internet or through listings of available apartments posted on the show windows of real estate offices, housing magazines, and the like. When finalizing a rental contract, it is advisable to have someone with a good command of Japanese be present to make sure you fully understand the terms and conditions of the contract if you are not confident about your Japanese ability.

There are three types of public housing in Utsunomiya: Municipal Housing (Shiei Jutaku), Prefectural Housing (Kenei Jutaku) and Employment Promotion Housing (Koyo Sokushin Jutaku). Registered foreign residents of Utsunomiya City are eligible to apply for municipal housing if they meet all requirements listed below. Tenants are selected through lottery drawings.

  1. Currently having difficulty in finding housing.
  2. Residing or working in Utsunomiya City.
  3. Currently living with or planning to live with family members.
  4. Being able to secure a co-signer with a registered address in Utsunomiya City (for those who move into "Housing for Single-Person Households", a guarantor is required in addition to a co-signer).
  5. Having no overdue municipal taxes including national health insurance tax.
  6. Having total household income within specified ceilings.
  7. Not being a gangster.

* There is no security deposit.

Inquiries Housing Division
Phone 028-632-2553/2554/2555

Requirements for application for prefectural housing are similar to the above.
* A security deposit (three months' rent) need to be paid by a specified date.

Inquiries Tochigi Prefectural Housing Supply Corporation Chuo Branch Office
Location Prefectural Government Kawachi Office Annex 3F 1030-2, Takebayashi-machi, Utsunomiya City
Phone 028-626-3198

Applicants for employment promotion housing need to file a completed application form certified by the head of a public employment security office. Application forms are available at public employment security offices.

Inquiries Utsunomiya Public Employment Security Office (Hello Work Utsunomiya)
Location Utsunomiya Joint Government Building II 1F 1-4, Akebono-cho, Utsunomiya City
Phone 028-638-0369

Pets

Any pet dog is obligated by law to be registered and to be vaccinated against rabies once a year. Registration and other procedures can be completed at the locations listed below. If a pet dog dies, a notification of death must be filed.

Where to Take Procedures Description of Procedures Fees
Sanitation Division of the Public Health Center, Branch Offices, District Jichi Centers, District Shimin Centers, One-stop Health and Welfare Consultation Services (City Hall 1st floor) Registration of Dog 3,000 yen
Change in Registered Information
Reissue of Registration Tag 1,600 yen
Issue of Proof Tag of Rabies Vaccination 550 yen
Reissue of Proof Tag of Rabies Vaccination 340 yen
Notification of Death
Animal hospitals designated by the city Registration of Dog 3,000 yen
Issue of Proof Tag of Rabies Vaccination 550 yen

If your pet dog or cat gets lost or runs away, or if you pick up a stray dog or cat, please contact the Sanitation Division of the Public Health Center.

Inquiries Sanitation Division
Phone 028-626-1108

Garbage Disposal

Household garbage must be separated into five types and 13 classes and must be put out at the designated collection point by 8:30 a.m. on the designated collection day. Collection is made as scheduled even on a national holiday. However, collection service is not available on Saturdays, Sundays and during the year-end and New Year holidays.

Guide for Separating Garbage(673KB)

To dispose of large quantities of waste generated on such occasions as house moving, general cleaning and clearance of garden trees, etc., please separate it thoroughly, and carry it directly to waste disposal centers.

Facilities Hours Closed Acceptable Items
Clean Park Mobara
777-1, Mobara-cho
Tel.028-654-0018
8:30 - 12:00,
13:00 - 16:30
Saturdays that fall on a national holiday, Sundays and during the year-end and New Year holidays Combustible waste, hazardous waste, incombustible waste, glass bottles/cans, PET bottles, combustible bulky waste, incombustible bulky waste
Minami Waste Disposal Center
330, Yaita-machi,
Tel.028-656-2795
Combustible waste, combustible bulky waste
Kita Waste Disposal Center
3435, Shimo-tawara-cho
Tel.028-672-1997
Combustible waste, combustible bulky waste
SKC Co., Ltd.
413-1, Nagaoka-cho
Tel.028-621-6221
Saturdays, Sundays and during the year-end and New Year holidays Paper (incl. paper drink packs)/ Cloth
EcoPla Center Shimo-Arahari
2678-176, Shimo-arahari-machi
Tel.028-648-4631
Saturdays that fall on a national holiday, Sundays and during the year-end and New Year holidays Plastic containers/ wrapping, white styrofoam trays

To dispose of bulky waste, either call the Bulky Waste Collection Reservation Center to arrange for pickup service (there will be a fee) or carry it directly to waste disposal centers.

Reservation for Collection Hours Closed Fees
Bulky Waste Collection
Reservation Center
Tel.028-643-5371
9:00 - 17:00 Saturdays that fall on a national holiday, Sundays and during the year-end and New Year holidays 810 yen per item (incl. tax)
Up to five items

Moving

What to Do When Moving Out

  What to Do Inquiries
Electricity Notify the date of your move to TEPCO a couple of days before moving out. Tokyo Electricity Power Company
(TEPCO) Customer Service Center
Tel.0120-995-111
9:00 - 19:00 weekdays, 9:00 - 18:00 Saturdays (closed on national holidays)
Gas Notify the date of your move to Tokyo Gas or the propane gas dealer a couple of days before moving out. Tokyo Gas Company Utsunomiya Branch Office
Tel.028-634-1911
Propane gas dealers
Water Notify the date of your move to the Waterwoks Bureau at least three days in advance. Waterworks Bureau Customer Service Center, City of Utsunomiya
1-41, Kawara-machi, Utsunomiya City
Tel.028-633-1300
School In the case of moving within Utsunomiya, submit a school trasfer request to your child's school and receive a certificate of studentship and other documents. After completing the alien registration procedures for the change of address, go to the board of education with those documents. School Administration Division, Board of Education, City of Utsunomiya
Tel.028-632-2724
In the case of moving out of Utsunomiya, submit a school trasfer request to your child's school and receive a certificate of studentship and other documents. For other procedures, inquire with the board of education of the municipality you are moving into. Board of education of the municipality you are moving into
Post Offices Submit a notification of change of address. Mail sent to your old address will be forwarded to your new address for one year. Post offices
Banks and other financial institutions Submit a notification of change of address. Banks and other financial institutions

In the case where you move within Utsunomiya City, please go through the alien registration procedures for the change of address within 14 days of the move. Your alien registration certificate is needed.

Location of Registration Phone Hours
City Hall Alien Registration Section
1-1-5, Asahi, Utsunomiya City
028-632-2273 8:30 - 17:15 weekdays
(closed on national holidays)
Kami-kawachi District Jichi Center
181-3 Nakazato-cho, Utsunomiya City
028-674-3132
Kawachi District Jichi Center
500, Shirasawa-cho, Utsunomiya City
028-671-3203
Bamba Branch Office
Utsunomiya Omotesando Square Bldg.
5F, 4-1-1, Baba-dori, Utsunomiya City
028-616-1542 10:00 - 17:15 weekdays
(excl. national holidays)