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Retire in Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is it like to retire in Japan? Retirees share their experiences living in Japan.

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How do I meet people in Japan?

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When we asked people living in Japan about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Aikido or any other martial arts activities. SCUBA diving through a certified instructor, there are plenty on island to sort through. If you have the talent to coach kids or referee any sport activities you will enjoy that as well. All over this island coaches and referees are always needed," explained one retiree living in Okinawa.

What is life like in Japan?

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When we asked people living in Japan what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Most people are family oriented and very sociable. Okinawan people in general are very sociable and enjoy sports especially baseball, SUMO wrestling, martial arts and basketball," explained one retiree living in Okinawa.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Japan?

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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," said a retiree who moved to Okinawa, Japan.

What type of recreational activities are there in Japan?

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"Again, Tokyo is huge. There is every kind of recreational activity is available. The trouble is going out and finding it in the big city. Some popular ones are Golf ranges, Swimming pools, hiking, baseball, and soccer," remarked another retiree in Tokyo.

Where will I buy groceries and do other shopping in Japan?

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"There are grocery stores everywhere. Finding a good grocery store within walking distance of your home is important. Also, people like to get food at convenience stores and those are on every corner," remarked another retiree in Tokyo.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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