※In Japan, you need a personal and a legal seal. These are stamps with our names on them. We use them kind of like signatures.
Hanko can be broadly divided into three types according to their role. Please note that the situations that can be used differ depending on the type. When living in Japan, it is best to have a bank seal（銀行印 / ぎんこう いん）and a seal （認印 / みとめ いん）called a Hanko.
A registered seal is a Hanko that has the effect of requiring registration at the government office.
- Real estate transaction
- Inheritance, etc.
- At the time of opening a bank account
- At the time of mobile phone contract
- At the time of application for fund transfer of utility charges
The seal is the most frequently used Hanko.
- When confirming that the circulation documents have been read
- At the time of receiving the parcel
- At the time of address change registration
There are some conditions for the Hanko to be effective. Non-standard Hanko are not accepted as Hanko and cannot be used or registered in important situations.
- Within 25 mm per side
- Characters unrelated to the name are not engraved
- The imprint is not unclear
There are other detailed rules, so it is better to leave the production of the Hanko to a Japanese acquaintance.
The price varies depending on the material used for the Hanko. Reasonable ones cost thousands of yen, and expensive ones cost more than hundreds of thousands of yen, but reasonable ones are enough. Most Japanese use reasonable wooden stamps because their functions do not change depending on the material.
- Wood … 3500 yen ~
- Buffalo horn … 4500 yen ~
- Titanium … 8500 yen ~
- Amber … 10,000 yen ~
There are few shops and they can’t speak English. Besides, the price is high.
You can order from anywhere 24 hours a day. Only Japanese forms are available for purchase forms and order specifications.