Where to get a COVID Vaccine Appointment in Japan – September Update

Japan’s government says more than 50% of the population has been fully vaccinated as of September 12th. If you aren’t vaccinated and are trying to get an appointment, here is an overview of your options for vaccination centers and clinics.... More

Work in Shinjuku, Live Near Shinjuku: Here’s what you can rent on a ¥290,000/month salary

Welcome to this installment in the “work here, live there” series! In this series, we pick currently open jobs listed on GaijinPot Jobs and give examples of affordable apartments for that approximate salary. Our selection from GaijinPot Jobs this time is... More

Living in Japan

How to qualify for subsidies to move from Tokyo to the Japanese countryside

The Japanese government wants people to move out of the greater Tokyo area to less populated regions of Japan, and they’ve set aside substantial funds to encourage us to do so. A single person is eligible to receive up to... More

Osaka Tops 2021 Japan Power City Ranking

Osaka took top honors in the Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategy’s 2021 “Japan Power Cities” ranking, which evaluates Japan’s major cities based on their urban characteristics. The annual survey covers the major cities in each of Japan’s 47... More

Living in Japan

4 ways to cool down your apartment in Japan without an air conditioner

Here are four cost-efficient ways to cool down your apartment this summer without using your air conditioner. Of course, these methods also work along with an A/C. Stay cool out there (and indoors, too), folks, and let’s see if we... More

How to prepare for flooding and landslides during Japan’s rainy season

The danger of landslides and flooding in Japan cannot be underestimated, especially during the rainy season. It is also no less a risk factor than earthquakes when assessing the merits and demerits of living in a certain neighborhood or buying... More

Akiya Banks in Japan – Links to Vacant House Databases by Prefecture

Akiya banks are databases of vacant or abandoned homes in Japan where owners and local governments can list properties for sale and buyers can search for vacant homes to buy. The two main nationwide akiya banks (空き家バンク) are operated by... More