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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.

Top 10 Tokyo Neighborhoods For Expats

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.

5 Tips for Living in Tokyo, Japan

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.

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

An expat talks about what it's like moving to Tokyo. It took some time adjusting to the crowds and culture, but he's happy now and looking back the culture shock wasn't as bad as he anticipated.

Culture Shock in Tokyo, Japan

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.

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

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 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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Culture-Shock-in-TokyoAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Tokyo, Japan

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 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 ...

Moving-to-JapanMoving to Japan

If you're moving to Japan this is a must-read article highlighting tips from expats in Japan. Topics covered include driver's licenses, healthcare in Japan, international schools and more.

If you're moving to Japan this is a must-read article highlighting tips from expats in Japan. Topics covered include driver's licenses, healthcare in Japan, international schools and more. ...

Top-10-Tokyo-Neighborhoods-For-ExpatsTop 10 Tokyo Neighborhoods For Expats

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 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 t...

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