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Osaka, Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Osaka, Japan: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Osaka?

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

"Osaka is Japan's third-largest city and is known for its modern architecture, vibrant nightlife, and delicious street food. Before moving to Osaka, expats should know that the cost of living can be high, especially when it comes to housing. Apartments are typically small and can be expensive, particularly in the city center. Japanese is the official language in Osaka, and while some people may speak English, it is not as widely spoken as in other major cities like Tokyo. Therefore, learning some basic Japanese phrases can be very helpful. Osaka has a comprehensive public transportation system, including trains, subways, and buses. However, understanding how to navigate this system can be challenging at first, especially if you don't speak Japanese. Osaka is known for its food culture, with local specialties like takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). Expats should be open to trying these and other local dishes. Healthcare in Japan is of a high standard, but it can be expensive. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. Japan is a country with a deep respect for tradition and etiquette. Expats should take the time to learn about Japanese customs and manners to avoid unintentional disrespect. Osaka experiences a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Expats from colder climates may need time to adjust to the heat and humidity. Finally, Osaka is located in a region that is prone to earthquakes. Expats should familiarize themselves with earthquake safety procedures," said one expat who made the move to Osaka.

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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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