ⓘ .jp


ⓘ .jp

.jp is the Internet country code top-level domain for Japan. It is administered by the Japan Registry Services.

At the establishment of domain the domain was administered by the JPNIC, as part of their role as an overseeing technical body for the Internet in Japan. However, due to the growing importance and size of registry, it was decided at the 11th General Meeting of JPNIC in December 2000 to create a new corporation that would manage domain. Thus, the Japan Registry Service was created, and on June 30, 2003, officially assumed the duties of registry.

.jp registrations are only allowed if the registrant has a physical address in Japan.

Registrations are processed via accredited registrars and domain names with Japanese characters kanji, hiragana or katakana may be registered at the second level.


1. Second-level domains

While any party with a Japanese mailing address can get a second-level domain there are several restricted-use second-level domains, listed below.

  • educational institutions for individuals under 18
  • most forms of incorporated companies, including foreign companies registered in Japan
  • Japanese government ministries and their endeavours
  • registered organizations and non-profit organizations
  • higher level academic institutions, such as universities
  • JPNIC members
  • groups of two or more people, or groups of registered companies
  • local government authorities
  • network service providers

1.1. Second-level domains Geographical type jp domain names

  • organization. cityname.

Domains listed below are reserved for the local governments in Japan:

  • town. townname. reserved for towns
  • pref. reserved for the prefectural government
  • city. reserved for cities designated by government ordinance
  • city. cityname. reserved for non-designated cities and, wards and cities within Tokyo
  • vill. villagename. reserved for villages
  • reserved for the government of Tokyo Metropolis