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

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What do I need to know before moving to Atami?

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

"Atami is a small city located in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan, known for its hot springs and beautiful views of Sagami Bay. Before moving to Atami, expats should know that the primary language spoken is Japanese, so learning the language or at least basic phrases would be beneficial. The cost of living in Atami is relatively lower compared to larger cities like Tokyo or Osaka, but it's still important to budget accordingly. Atami has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters, so expats should pack clothing suitable for these conditions. The city is famous for its onsen (hot springs), so it's worth familiarizing yourself with the etiquette of using these facilities. Public transportation in Atami is reliable, with a good network of trains and buses, but understanding the routes and schedules can take some time. Atami has a slower pace of life compared to Japan's larger cities, which can be a welcome change for some but may require an adjustment for others. The city is also known for its seafood, particularly its sushi, so seafood lovers will be in for a treat. Healthcare in Japan is of a high standard, but it's important for expats to secure appropriate health insurance. While Atami is a safe city, it's still important to be aware of local laws and customs to avoid any misunderstandings or legal issues. Finally, Atami is prone to earthquakes, like much of Japan, so expats should familiarize themselves with safety procedures in the event of a natural disaster," remarked one expat who made the move to Atami.

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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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