I recently got employed here in Japan and one of the requirements is having a Japanese bank account. As I entered the bank and asked for the procedure, the staff told me that I need to have a hanko. She speaks very little English but I still asked where to get a hanko and all I heard was Japanese.
As a military wife who doesn’t know anyone who has been in the same situation as me, I struggled trying to find the right place to get a hanko stamp. Whilst outside the bank, I posted my question in a support group for military wives but I didn’t get any answers.
Frustrated, I just went home and looked up the internet and found this useful blog, she mentioned Hankoya.com, an all Japanese website, where she got her hanko stamp for $30 only.
I typed in the website and it was all in Japanese! I immediately push the [x] button and looked for more hanko websites in English. There were a couple of them but they were expensive $50 to even $100 or more. I just went back to Hankoya and in a matter 3 seconds, the website automatically translated into English. Thanks to Google Chrome.
I followed the instruction from Arisha’s blog and clicked the “Bank Stamps” or Bank Mark as per Google translation. It was the cheapest option as well for 2,700 yen ($23) only.
Warning: I have no Japanese skills. I relied everything from Google Translation and used common sense when I ordered the Hanko Stamp online.
If you’re unsure of what you’re doing I suggest you call a Japanese friend and order it for you. I received an email confirmation from Hankoya about the delivery of my hanko which was also in Japanese. They don’t have English support. I also used Gmail’s translation to read their email and replied in Japanese too using Google Translate! PHEW!
After 3 business days, I received my hanko in a very nice packaging and noticed that it was delivered from Osaka.
Here’s what it looked like when I received it:
Since I didn’t order an ink pad from them, I just got one from Daiso which was 108 yen only.
How To Order Hanko Stamp Online
And here’s how I ordered it online step-by-step from left to right using Google Translate (click to zoom in):
The fifth picture, you have to type in your Name in Katakana or Kanji that you want to appear in your hanko stamp. I used this website to convert my name. After that, choose the payment method and fill out everything being asked. At that stage, I just used Romaji or English and they didn’t have any problems with it. Like Arisha, I am also a proud owner of hanko and was able to open a Japanese bank account. It felt so good when I got my first Japanese yen salary. HAHA.
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below this post.