Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Ito, Japan: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Ito?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Ito, they said:
"Ito is a city located on the eastern shore of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. It's known for its hot springs, beautiful coastlines, and a relaxed pace of life. Before moving to Ito, expats should know that the primary language spoken is Japanese. While English is taught in schools, not everyone may be fluent or comfortable speaking it. Therefore, learning basic Japanese phrases and etiquette can be very helpful. The cost of living in Ito is relatively lower compared to major cities like Tokyo or Osaka. However, it's important to note that salaries also tend to be lower. Ito has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. It's advisable to have clothing suitable for this type of climate. Public transportation in Ito is reliable, with a good network of trains and buses. However, owning a car can be beneficial for exploring the Izu Peninsula. The city is famous for its onsen (hot springs), so it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the etiquette of using these facilities. Healthcare in Japan is of a high standard, and Ito is no exception. However, it's important to secure health insurance, as medical costs without insurance can be high. Japanese cuisine is a significant part of the culture, and seafood is a staple in Ito due to its coastal location. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, it's essential to learn how to communicate this in Japanese. Ito is generally safe, and Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. However, like anywhere, it's important to stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings. Lastly, Japan is known for its work culture, which can be quite intense. However, Ito, being a smaller city, may have a more relaxed pace. It's essential to understand the work expectations before moving," wrote a member in Japan.
How do I find a place to live in Ito?
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.