Daigo Kobayashi is a dedicated cellist in a band that has simply been dissolved as well as currently discovers himself without a task. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to try to find job as well as start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" believing it is an ad for a travel bureau just to uncover that the task is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral specialist that prepares deceased bodies for burial as well as entry into the following life. While his better half and also others abhor the job, Daigo takes a particular satisfaction in his work and also begins to perfect the art of "Nokanshi," serving as a mild gatekeeper between life and also fatality, in between the departed and the family of the left. The movie follows his profound and also often comical journey with fatality as he discovers the wonder, pleasure and meaning of life as well as living.