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Expat Guide to Living in Tokyo

Whether you're already living in Tokyo or preparing to move to Tokyo, our Expat Guide to Living in Japan offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Tokyo. For answers to specific questions, visit our Japan Forum to talk with expats in Tokyo.

International Schools in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo has many international schools and bi-lingual schools for expat students. Here are several of the more popular options.

Culture Shock in Tokyo, Japan

A woman who moved to Japan discusses the culture shock she experienced, learning the language, legal issues she faced and more.

Culture Shock in Tokyo, Japan

This expat culture shock report about Tokyo, Japan was submitted by an experienced expatriate who has some great perspectives to share about moving to this cosmopolitan city. It also offers some advice on how to navigate your way through the adjustment process.

Dream vs Reality of Living in Tokyo, Japan

Japan changed my life. This experience happened in the mid 1980s and I changed how I think and feel about things even today.

More Culture Shock Reports for Tokyo

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Tokyo handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Tokyo:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Tokyo - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Tokyo by filling out our Living Overseas Report.

Submit a Living Overseas Report

Moving Overseas Report

What should you take with you when you move to Tokyo? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Tokyo? Help others moving to Tokyo by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.

Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Tokyo

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Tokyo. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Tokyo:
Submit an International School Review

Dream vs. Reality of Living in Tokyo Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Tokyo. If you are already living in Tokyo, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Tokyo:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Tokyo by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Tokyo? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Tokyo by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Tokyo? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Tokyo? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

Submit a Working Abroad Report

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