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Where should I setup a bank account in Hakone?

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We asked expats in Hakone what banks they use and there advice about banking. They advised...

"Expats considering retirement in Hakone, should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, understanding and speaking basic Japanese is highly recommended, as English is not widely spoken in Hakone. It's also important to understand the cost of living, which can be high compared to other parts of Japan, especially for housing and healthcare. Expats should also be aware of the healthcare system in Japan, which is universal but may require some out-of-pocket expenses. It's advisable to secure a comprehensive health insurance plan. The climate in Hakone is relatively mild, with four distinct seasons, but it can be quite humid in the summer. Hakone is known for its natural beauty, including hot springs, lakes, and mountains, so it's ideal for those who enjoy outdoor activities. However, it's also a popular tourist destination, which can make it crowded at times. Japanese culture places a high value on respect and politeness, so it's important to familiarize oneself with local customs and etiquette. The process of obtaining a visa for long-term stay in Japan can be complex and time-consuming, so it's advisable to start this process well in advance of your planned move. Finally, while Japan is generally a safe country, it's still important to be aware of local laws and regulations, and to register with your home country's embassy upon arrival," remarked another expat who made the move to Hakone, Japan.

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