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kobe, 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 kobe, Japan: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to kobe?

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

"Before moving to Kobe, Japan, expats should know that the city is one of the most cosmopolitan in Japan, with a significant foreign community. It's important to understand that the cost of living can be high, especially for housing. Expats should familiarize themselves with the local language, Japanese, as English is not widely spoken outside of the expat community and tourist areas. Kobe is known for its safety and cleanliness, but it's also located in an earthquake-prone region, so expats should be prepared for potential natural disasters. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, but owning a car can be expensive due to high parking fees and toll roads. Expats should also be aware of the cultural norms in Japan, such as removing shoes before entering a home, bowing when greeting others, and the importance of punctuality. The healthcare system in Japan is of a high standard, but it can be expensive, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. The work culture in Japan is often described as intense, with long hours and a strong emphasis on loyalty to the company. However, Kobe, being a more international city, may have a slightly more relaxed approach compared to other Japanese cities. Japanese cuisine is a significant part of the culture, and Kobe is famous for its beef, so expats should be open to trying new foods. Lastly, expats should be prepared for the four distinct seasons in Kobe, with hot, humid summers and cold winters," said one expat who made the move to kobe.

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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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