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Living in Japan Guide

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Did you know that washers and dryers are often placed on the balcony or in the kitchen in Japan? Did you know that trains are the best way to travel in Japan? Expats in Japan share their tips for living in Japan.

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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.

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guest
Aug 22, 2012 07:48

A "mansion" means it's a multi-unit apartment building, more than two floors, not that it is newer. There are plenty of older mansions. Smaller buildings are called "apaato". And the owner does not always live in the building. And you can easily get large refrigerators so no need to worry about that (although you'll need to make sure you're in a big enough apartment - not a tiny one room place). There are also English-speaking real estate agents in the major cities. But don't worry about being near the train station unless you live in a big city and they have a good bus system. It's not always expensive to live in Japan - it primarily depends on where you live, how you live, and what you compare it to (where you're from). There are plenty of ways to save money. As for expressway tolls, they can add up, but are often cheaper than taking the bullet train (as great as public transportation is). Getting an ETC system will save you money on this.

julzmoore
Jul 31, 2015 03:42

These are really great tips! I read about Softbank in another post earlier (here - http://www.mangauk.com/post.php?p=5-things-to-prepare-you-for-life-in-japan-part-2) so I think I shall try them first when getting a phone! I laughed at you saying "Arigato" to a man in the street - it's the kind of thing I would do, too!

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Japan GuideJapan Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Japan.

Japan Forum Japan Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Japan on our Japan forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Japan Index Japan Index
An index of all of our site's Japan information.

Contribute to Japan Network Contribute
Help others in Japan by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Japan.

Expat Healthcare Advice in JapanHealthcare & Health Insurance in Japan

Expats in Japan offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Japan.

Real Estate in JapanReal Estate in Japan

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Japan.

Guide to Real Estate in JapanGuide to Real Estate in Japan

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Japan.

Pros Cons of Living in JapanPros & Cons of Living in Japan

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Japan.

Cost of Living in JapanCost of Living in Japan

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Japan.

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.

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