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Living in Japan – All You Need To Know To Enjoy Your Expat Life in Japan

Well you made it here, congratulations! Living in Japan is an experience that is hard to encapsulate in words. It is beyond rewarding and rich but can also be extremely challenging as a foreigner. There is an infinite list of things “I wish I had known before I moved to Japan” and this list grows every single day, if not by the hour.

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Living in Japan – The Essential Tips

As a foreigner we have many things to overcome here. Simple tasks such as going to the bank or grocery store are things we normally do without thinking become an absolute undertaking that require preparation and a degree of planning. There are so many social cues and cultural points that we miss and absolutely fail to abide by when we get here. Living in Japan doesn’t mean you have to give up your identity but it should go without saying that the more you assimilate and accept this new culture, the easier and, quite frankly, the more rewarding your life will be. 

These, tips, or should I say, nuggets of knowledge will help you transition here and understand the sometimes more difficult parts of life in Japan. Renewing your residence card, changing your address, paying your bills and rent are much easier when done correctly the first time. 

Living in Japan – The Language

It should go without saying but all of this is easier if you speak Japanese, you will also get an  understanding of the culture by learning the language. There are nuances in the language that will inherently teach you about the culture that you absolutely, 100% can not understand by not speaking the language. We’ll give you tips on the best language schools in Tokyo as well  as throughout the country, self study tips and even groups that can help you boost your ability! 

Living in japan can be and is, an incredibly fun, meaningful and life changing experience that doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems! Follow this guide to living in Japan and start living with ease! 

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You can bathe in wine or coffee at this Japanese spa

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November 29, 2018

Not far away from Tokyo, lies Hakone, an area famous for its natural beauty, its perfect view of Mount Fuji from Lake Ashinoko and its hot springs. Although Japan…

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Tips for visiting Universal Studios Japan

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November 22, 2018

The first Universal Studios theme park to open outside of the US, and the fastest amusement park to reach over 10 million visitors in its first year, Universal Studios…

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10 Amazing Christmas Limited Edition You Need to Try in Japan

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November 21, 2018

Japanese people adore new things especially when they’re limited edition. With every new month or change of the season, restaurants change their menus, supermarkets are filled with new seasonal…

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Tips for Visiting Tokyo Disneyland

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November 19, 2018

Visiting Tokyo Disneyland is a fun way to spend a day (or two), it is after all “The happiest place on earth”. Easily accessible and only half an hour…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy/Do at a Japanese Konbini

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November 16, 2018

If you visit Japan, one of the common things you will come across are “konbini”, an abbreviation of the word “convenient store”. And convenient they are! You will find…

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Tokyo Christmas Illumination Guide 2018

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November 12, 2018

December is approaching and Christmas is soon upon us. It’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter which means it’s also getting darker sooner. While traditionally people would…

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Cycling in Japan – All You Need to Know Before Riding a Bike in Japan (infographic)

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October 24, 2018

Riding your bicycle in Japan is a good way to explore places you normally can’t reach or simply because it’s convenient. Discover the beautiful countryside or a day at…

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Tokyo vs. Osaka: The Differences Between the Two Largest Cities in Japan

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October 22, 2018

Japan is a country that’s on almost everyone’s list to visit at least once in their lives. Yet, deciding which cities and areas you’d like to visit is ultimately…

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What to pack in your earthquake emergency bag? (infographic)

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October 18, 2018

Japan sits on what is known as the Ring of Fire, a dangerous area in the Pacific Ocean where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Because of this, Japan…

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10 Best Spots to Spend Halloween in Tokyo 2018

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October 5, 2018

It’s almost that crazy time of year again when ghosts and ghouls come out and play and the dead walk the earth – Halloween. Japan has embraced Halloween in…