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.
Expats in Tokyo have several neighborhoods worth considering when they move abroad. Individual needs, such as proximity to work, international schools in Tokyo and other factors will help determine the best choice for each expat and expat family.
Expats in Tokyo enjoy the capital city of Japan, which is a sprawling metropolitan area. Here are some tips to help expats navigate a relocation to one of the biggest economies in the world.
Tokyo has many international schools and bi-lingual schools for expat students. Here are several of the more popular options.
An expat talks about the challenges she's had adjusting to the culture in Japan, where people are much quieter and keep to themselves compared to the US. She explains that even acquaintances keep to themselves and this makes it hard to feel connected.
An expat talks about adjusting to life and working in Japan. She appreciates the kindness and generosity of strangers, but says that not being able to speak Japanese can be isolating.
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
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
More Moving to Tokyo Reports
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? Below are some of the responses from expats in Tokyo:
Submit an International School Review
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 a Dream vs. Reality Report
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:
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
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