Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Kyoto, Japan: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Kyoto?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kyoto, they said:
"Before moving to Kyoto, expats should know that the city is a blend of modern and traditional Japanese culture, with numerous temples, shrines, and historical sites. It's important to understand that Japanese is the primary language spoken in Kyoto, so learning basic phrases and etiquette can be beneficial. The cost of living in Kyoto is relatively high, especially when it comes to housing and dining out. However, public transportation is efficient and affordable, making it easy to navigate the city. Japanese people are generally polite and reserved, and they value respect and harmony in their interactions. Therefore, understanding and adhering to Japanese customs and social norms is crucial. Kyoto experiences four distinct seasons, with hot, humid summers and cold winters. It's also important to note that Japan is prone to natural disasters like earthquakes and typhoons, so expats should familiarize themselves with safety protocols. Healthcare in Japan is of a high standard, but it can be expensive. Expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance. The work culture in Japan is known for its long hours and high levels of dedication and commitment. However, Kyoto, being a tourist city, may offer more flexible work opportunities, especially in the hospitality and education sectors. Finally, expats should be aware that while Kyoto is a safe city overall, it's still important to take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings," said one expat who made the move to Kyoto.
How do I find a place to live in Kyoto?
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 Kyoto?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Kyoto?
- What is the average cost of housing in Kyoto?
- How do I meet people in Kyoto?
- What do I need to know before retiring in Kyoto?
- What should I pack when moving to Kyoto?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Kyoto?
- Will I be able to find a job in Kyoto?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Kyoto?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Kyoto?
- What is the social scene like in Kyoto?
- What advice to expats in Kyoto have about housing?
- What are medical services in Kyoto like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Kyoto?
- Is the cost of living in Kyoto high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Kyoto?
- Why do people move to Kyoto?