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What is the actual total cost of signing a 2-year mobile phone contract in Japan? Gov’t to require carriers to tell you upfront

From October this year, Japan’s major mobile phone carriers will be required to inform consumers upfront of the total cost of signing a two-year mobile phone contract in a move to increase price competition and make it easier for people... More

Area Guides

Kokubunji Area GuideKokubunji Area Guide

Live closer to nature and pay lower rent, while still being within commuting distance of central Tokyo. An excellent neighborhood for international students studying at Tokyo Gakugei University, Chuo University Tama Campus, and Meiji University.

Harajuku Area Guide - Living Guide for Foreginers

Harajuku Area GuideHarajuku Area Guide

Harajuku in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo is made up of bustling world famous fashion centers wrapped inside quiet, cozy residential areas. The neighborhood’s vibe differs drastically depending on whether you live there or whether you see it as a destination. Main... More

Sakai Osaka Guide - Living Guide for Foreigners

Sakai Area Guide – Osaka Living GuideSakai Area Guide – Osaka Living Guide

Sakai's proximity to Osaka but relatively inexpensive real estate makes it ideal for families looking for more space or for those looking for somewhere peaceful that’s not too far from the beaten track.

Shibuya Area Guide - Living Guide for Foreigners

Shibuya Area GuideShibuya Area Guide

Shibuya is everything to everyone. Every little neighborhood around the station has its own vibe. It runs the gamut from low cost single-room micro-apartments to massive, luxurious seven-bedroom manors. Street food to Michelin-starred gourmet dining. Back alley smoking areas to young, fashionable vape cafes. Mass market department stores to one-of-a-kind designer boutiques. It’s every aspect of Tokyo life distilled into one location.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Tokyo Area GuidesTokyo Area Guides

Tokyo area guides to residential neighborhoods popular with foreigners.

Azabu Juban Area Guide

Azabu Juban Area GuideAzabu Juban Area Guide

Home to numerous embassies, excellent public and international schools, quiet narrow streets, expat-dense, international influences vie with Edo-period appeal. Popular with expats and cosmopolitan Japanese alike, this family-friendly suburb boasts top-class amenities.

Jiyugaoka Area Guide

Jiyugaoka Mini-Area GuideJiyugaoka Mini-Area Guide

Jiyugaoka is a neighborhood and train station on the southern edge of Meguro Ward. With its leafy tree-lined streets, fashionable boutiques, and many small restaurants and cafes, it is known as Tokyo’s Little Europe and is synonymous with “calm and sophisticated.”... More

Hongō Area Guide

Hongo Area Guide – TokyoHongo Area Guide – Tokyo

Hongō is a neighborhood located in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, west of Ueno Park and north of the Imperial Palace, that is synonymous with Japan’s top institution of higher learning, Tokyo University. It is also home to Juntendo and Toyo Gakuen... More

Chitose Area Guide

Chitose Area Guide – HokkaidoChitose Area Guide – Hokkaido

Chitose City, with a population of about 96,500, is located about 45-km southeast of Sapporo. Its main claim to fame is its proximity to New Chitose Airport, the main airport serving Hokkaido, but it is also known for being surrounded... More

Ōokayama Station Area: Tokyo Neighborhood Guide

Ookayama Area Guide – TokyoOokayama Area Guide – Tokyo

Ōokayama (大岡山) Station in Ota Ward, Tokyo is a relaxed and student-friendly neighborhood. Near the station is the area's most famous landmark, The Tokyo Institute of Technology. Not to be confused with Okayama Station in Okayama Prefecture.

Kyobashi Area Guide

Kyobashi Area Guide – OsakaKyobashi Area Guide – Osaka

Kyobashi is as central as you can get in Osaka. It has the distinction of being one of the city's largest business districts while being close to many tourist attractions, most notably Osaka Castle Park. It is known for its shopping and nightlife, especially its numerous izakayas and tachinomi, or standing bars.

Kyobashi Area Guide

Osaka Area Guide – Housing Guide for ForeignersOsaka Area Guide – Housing Guide for Foreigners

Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan after Tokyo and one of the largest in the world with a population of more than 19 million. It is located in the southern portion of Honshu, Japan’s main island, on... More

Living in Roppongi

Roppongi Area Guide – Housing Guide for ForeignersRoppongi Area Guide – Housing Guide for Foreigners

Famous for its iconic nightlife scene and more recently the upmarket Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown mega-complexes. Home to many foreigners living in a microcosm of Tokyo's many urban delights.

Living in Nagoya

Nagoya Area Guide – Housing Guide for ForeignersNagoya Area Guide – Housing Guide for Foreigners

Nagoya is situated about midway between Tokyo and Osaka. Many foreigners who have lived in both Tokyo and Nagoya will tell you that Nagoya offers everything Tokyo does, only on a much more liveable, convenient, and affordable scale.

Living in Kichijoji

Kichijoji Area GuideKichijoji Area Guide

A youthful and creative neighborhood situated in Musashino City, just west of Tokyo. Close enough to the central wards to be convenient but far enough away to have a relaxed and bohemian atmosphere. Its diverse and vibrant shopping center is surrounded by peaceful residential areas and home to the famed Inokashira Park.

Living in Meguro

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A residential area that’s as well connected and convenient as anywhere in the world’s largest city can be. But distinctly calmer, quieter and far more liveable than many other parts of Tokyo.

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What is the actual total cost of signing a 2-year mobile phone contract in Japan? Gov’t to require carriers to tell you upfrontWhat is the actual total cost of signing a 2-year mobile phone contract in Japan? Gov’t to require carriers to tell you upfront

From October this year, Japan’s major mobile phone carriers will be required to inform consumers upfront of the total cost of signing a two-year mobile phone contract in a move to increase price competition and make it easier for people... More

Living

Aquaholic Iritahama – A Luxurious Beachfront Villa and Pristine Waters Await Your Getaway to IzuAquaholic Iritahama – A Luxurious Beachfront Villa and Pristine Waters Await Your Getaway to Izu

You deserve this…You need this…It’s time to get away from the madding crowds of Tokyo. Cue music… “Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama Key Largo Montego, baby why don’t we go Ooh... More

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How important is it to live “near” the nearest station when choosing an apartment in Japan?How important is it to live “near” the nearest station when choosing an apartment in Japan?

When apartment hunting in Japan, many people consider proximity to the nearest station to be a make-it or break-it factor. This is with good reason. If you spend anywhere from 30-minutes to an hour or more riding the train to... More

Living

What does an affordable, spacious home look like in Japan? Examples from around the country for $270,000 or LessWhat does an affordable, spacious home look like in Japan? Examples from around the country for $270,000 or Less

What is considered a spacious home in Japan? For the country as a whole, on average, each person in Japan has about 22.3-square meters (240-sqft) of living space. In the Tokyo 23 Wards, this number is a bit lower at... More

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Tsunami Advisories Issued for Coastal Regions of Yamagata, Niigata, Ishikawa Prefectures Following Strong Earthquake in NiigataTsunami Advisories Issued for Coastal Regions of Yamagata, Niigata, Ishikawa Prefectures Following Strong Earthquake in Niigata

[UPDATE] The JMA has lifted all tsunami warnings as of 1:02AM June 19th (JST). Original post is below. ======================= The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued tsunami advisories for the coastal regions of Yamagata prefecture, Niigata prefecture, and the Noto area... More

Living

How important is it for foreign children living in Japan to learn Japanese? Here’s what the Japanese gov’t thinksHow important is it for foreign children living in Japan to learn Japanese? Here’s what the Japanese gov’t thinks

In response to the growing number of foreign children living in Japan who are not enrolled in compulsory education and who cannot speak Japanese, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has recently released a report outlining how... More

Living

Government to Slap TATERU with Order to Cease Operations for Falsifying Mortgage Loan DocsGovernment to Slap TATERU with Order to Cease Operations for Falsifying Mortgage Loan Docs

TATERU, the construction and property management company listed on the first board of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, is to be issued an order to cease operations by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, in connection with TATERU’s falsifying... More

Living

Getting a Variable Rate Home Loan in Japan? Beware the 5-Year RuleGetting a Variable Rate Home Loan in Japan? Beware the 5-Year Rule

By Jeff Wynkoop Mortgage rates in Japan are historically low, and a majority of borrowers don’t think interest rates are going to go up any time soon. In its April 2019 meeting, the Bank of Japan was clear in announcing... More

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Cancelling Your Mobile Phone Contract in Japan: Penalty Fee For Cancelling 2-Year Contract to be Capped at ¥1000Cancelling Your Mobile Phone Contract in Japan: Penalty Fee For Cancelling 2-Year Contract to be Capped at ¥1000

In order to make it easier for consumers to switch mobile phone contracts and increase competition among mobile carriers, the Japanese government will require the country’s three major carriers to cap the penalty fee for mid-term cancellation of 2-year contracts... More

Evacuation Advisory

Level 4 Evacuation Advisory Issued for Parts of Hiroshima Prefecture Due to Threat of LandslidesLevel 4 Evacuation Advisory Issued for Parts of Hiroshima Prefecture Due to Threat of Landslides

The Japan Meteorological Agency(JMA) has issued a Level 4 evacuation advisory for parts of Hiroshima Prefecture due to extremely heavy rain that may lead to landslides and overflowing rivers. A Level 4 advisory is the second highest level on the... More