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Nara, Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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.

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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," commented one expat who made the move to Nara.

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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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