Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Living in Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Japan: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Japan?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Japan, they said:

"If you are retired military you will have an easier time especially if you speak the language. Be prepared to spend quite a bundle to set up your home. Rental deposit, utility deposit, agent's fee, and other miscellaneous charges will total at least $1000 and as much as $3500 to get you in your new home. There is only one free English Channel, AFN, and satellite television access will cost another $50-$90/monthly," remarked another expat living in Okinawa, Japan.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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