What do I need to know before moving to Hakone?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Hakone, they said...
"Hakone is a popular tourist destination known for its hot springs, outdoor activities, and natural beauty, including views of Mount Fuji. It's located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo. Before moving to Hakone, expats should know that while English is spoken in many tourist areas, it's less common in residential areas, so learning some basic Japanese phrases would be beneficial. The cost of living in Hakone is relatively high, especially when it comes to housing and dining out. However, groceries and other everyday items are reasonably priced. Hakone is a small town, so while it offers tranquility and a slower pace of life, it may not provide the same level of entertainment or nightlife as larger cities. Public transportation in Hakone is reliable and efficient, with a network of trains, buses, and even cable cars and ropeways. However, owning a car can be beneficial for more flexibility and convenience, especially if you plan to live outside the town center. The weather in Hakone is relatively mild, but it can get quite cold in the winter, with occasional snowfall. Summers are warm and humid, and the area is known for its beautiful autumn foliage. Healthcare in Hakone is of a high standard, but it's important to have health insurance, as medical costs can be high. Hakone is in a volcanic zone, so expats should familiarize themselves with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake or volcanic activity. The town is famous for its traditional inns and hot springs, known as ryokan and onsen respectively, which are a must-try for any expat. Finally, Hakone is a respectful and polite society, so understanding and adhering to Japanese customs and etiquette is important," said a member in Hakone, Japan.
- What should I pack when moving to Hakone?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Hakone?
- Will I be able to find a job in Hakone?
- What is life like in Hakone?
- What do expats in Hakone appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Hakone?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Hakone accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Hakone like?
- What are healthcare services like in Hakone?
- What are medical services in Hakone like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Hakone?
- What are emergency services like in Hakone?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Hakone?
- How are local medical facilities in Hakone?
- As a foreigner living in Hakone, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?
What do I need to know before moving to Hakone?If you live in Hakone, newcomers to Hakone would love to hear your answer to this question.