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

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What do I need to know before moving to Yokohama?

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

"Before moving to Yokohama, expats should know that the city is Japan's second largest city with a population of over three million people. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area and offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle with many foreigners living in the city. Expats should be aware that although English is taught in schools, many locals are not fluent in the language. Therefore, learning basic Japanese phrases and etiquette can greatly enhance your experience and make daily life easier. The cost of living in Yokohama is high, especially when it comes to housing. Expats should be prepared for small living spaces, as this is common in Japan due to population density. Yokohama has a reliable and efficient public transportation system, including trains, buses, and a subway. Owning a car is not necessary and can be expensive due to toll roads, parking fees, and high fuel costs. The city is known for its safety and cleanliness. It's also prone to earthquakes, so expats should familiarize themselves with safety procedures in case of a natural disaster. Japanese healthcare is of a high standard, and all residents, including expats, are required to be enrolled in a health insurance plan. Yokohama has a variety of international schools, making it a suitable place for expats with children. The city offers a wide range of food options, from traditional Japanese cuisine to international food. It's also famous for its craft beer scene. Yokohama has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters. It's recommended to have clothing suitable for all seasons. Finally, Yokohama is rich in culture and history, with many museums, gardens, and festivals. Expats should take the time to explore and immerse themselves in the local culture," said one expat who made the move to Yokohama.

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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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