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7 Tips for Living in Numazu

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Numazu or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Numazu or thinking about moving there.

Living in Numazu as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting and enriching experience. This coastal city in the Shizuoka Prefecture offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and modern amenities. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Numazu.

1. Learn the Language

While many people in Japan speak English, learning Japanese can greatly enhance your experience. It will not only help you navigate daily life more easily, but also allow you to connect with locals on a deeper level. Consider taking language classes or using language exchange apps to practice your Japanese.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Numazu is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. Katahama is known for its beautiful beaches, while Hara is famous for its hot springs. Ooka offers a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants. Take the time to explore these neighborhoods and discover what each has to offer.

3. Enjoy Local Cuisine

Numazu is a paradise for food lovers. The city is particularly famous for its fresh seafood. Don't miss out on trying the local specialty, Numazu Burger, at the popular restaurant, Numazu Burger Factory. For sushi lovers, Sushiro Numazu is a must-visit. And if you're craving some comfort food, the Italian restaurant, Trattoria Da Ciccio, is highly recommended.

4. Embrace the Outdoors

Numazu is surrounded by natural beauty. The city is nestled between the sea and the mountains, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Visit the Numazu Imperial Villa Park for a relaxing stroll or head to the Mt. Kanuki for a challenging hike. The city is also home to the beautiful Numazu Port, where you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the waterfront.

5. Understand the Culture

Japanese culture is deeply rooted in tradition and respect. Understanding these cultural norms can help you integrate better into the local community. For instance, it's customary to bow when greeting someone and to remove your shoes when entering a home. Also, punctuality is highly valued in Japan, so always make sure to be on time.

6. Get Involved

Getting involved in the local community can make your stay in Numazu more fulfilling. There are numerous groups and clubs that you can join, depending on your interests. Volunteering is also a great way to give back to the community and make new friends. Do some research to find opportunities that align with your interests.

7. Plan for the Weather

Numazu has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. It's important to dress appropriately for the weather. In summer, lightweight clothing is recommended, while in winter, you'll need a warm jacket. Also, remember to carry an umbrella, as the city receives a fair amount of rainfall throughout the year.

Living in Numazu, Japan, can be a wonderful adventure. By following these tips, you can make your stay more enjoyable and rewarding. Whether you're there for a few months or a few years, take the time to immerse yourself in the local culture, explore the city's natural beauty, and savor its delicious cuisine. You're sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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