Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Nara, Japan: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Nara?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Nara, they said:
"Nara is a city rich in history and culture, known for its ancient temples and shrines, as well as its large population of free-roaming deer. Before moving to Nara, it's important to understand that while English is taught in schools, not everyone is fluent, so learning some basic Japanese phrases can be very helpful. The cost of living in Nara is relatively lower compared to other major cities in Japan like Tokyo or Osaka, but it's still higher than many Western countries. Nara has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters, so it's important to pack appropriate clothing. Public transportation in Nara is reliable and efficient, with buses and trains being the primary modes of transport. Nara is a safe city with a low crime rate, but it's still important to take basic safety precautions, especially at night. The healthcare system in Japan is excellent, but it's important for expats to have health insurance, as medical treatment can be expensive. Japanese cuisine is a major part of the culture and Nara offers a variety of local dishes to try, including sushi, ramen, and the city's famous persimmon leaf sushi. Nara has a slower pace of life compared to other Japanese cities, which can be a welcome change for those looking for a more relaxed lifestyle. It's also important to understand and respect Japanese customs and etiquette, such as removing your shoes before entering a home and not tipping in restaurants. Finally, Nara is home to many festivals throughout the year, offering expats a chance to immerse themselves in the local culture," remarked one expat living in Nara, Japan.
How do I find a place to live in Nara?
About the Author
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to Nara?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Nara?
- What is the average cost of housing in Nara?
- How do I meet people in Nara?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Nara?
- What should I pack when moving to Nara?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Nara?
- Will I be able to find a job in Nara?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Nara?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Nara?
- What is the social scene like in Nara?
- What advice to expats in Nara have about housing?
- What are medical services in Nara like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Nara?
- Is the cost of living in Nara high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Nara?
- Why do people move to Nara?