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Edmund Taylor

Living in Japan, from USA

"Tokyo has so much to offer and InterNations made it much easier to become acclimated to life in this bustling city."

Marina Salgado

Living in Japan, from Mexico

"In such a huge city, InterNations has created great events for expats to meet in Tokyo."

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InterNations - a trusted Network & Guide for Expats in Japan

  • Join our community and get to know members of Japan’s vibrant expat community
  • Receive reliable information and exchange insider tips about the Japanese expat living
  • Meet fellow expatriates at top InterNations events in Tokyo, the Kansai Region and many other regions

The InterNations Expat Guide for working and living in Japan

Are you an expat working and living in Japan? Or are you preparing to move soon to Tokyo, the Kansai Region or any other of the Japanese international hotspots?

Expat life in Japan has much to offer and provides a great intercultural experience – from discovering the countryside like Shikoku, the smallest island, famous for its 88-temple pilgrimage, learning how Japanese people celebrate Tennō Tanjōbi, up to tasting Japan’s favorite dishes such as sushi and sashimi.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Japan? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Sweden or living in Egypt!

Japan Expat Locations

Nishimachi International School

Nishimachi International School

International Schools & Education

Suji´s Restaurant and Bar

Suji´s Restaurant and Bar

Restaurants & Nightlife

The American School in Japan

The American School in Japan

International Schools & Education

Honjo-Kaeruhonpo Candy Shop and Restaurant (for a step back in time)

Honjo-Kaeruhonpo Candy Shop and Restaurant (for a step back in time)

Restaurants & Nightlife

XEX Atago Green Hills - Tokyo

XEX Atago Green Hills - Tokyo

Restaurants & Nightlife

Garage39

Garage39

Restaurants & Nightlife

Cafe Absinthe

Cafe Absinthe

Restaurants & Nightlife

The British School in Tokyo

The British School in Tokyo

International Schools & Education

Working and living in Japan – Valuable Information from A to Z

Moving to and living in Japan requires a wealth of up-to-date, trustworthy information on various aspects of Japanese expat life. Living abroad in Japan raises a lot of questions such as: ʺHow do I find the best relocation services for moving to Japan?ʺ, ʺDo I really need business cards for every meeting or professional encounter?ʺ, ʺWhich international school in Tokyo should our kids attend?ʺ or, ʺHow do I obtain a work permit for my spouse at the Japanese municipality in Sapporo?ʺ

Collecting all that information on working and living in Japan is quite laborious and time-consuming. Our InterNations Expat Guide for Japan aims to help you and provides you with reliable info on those topics that matter to expats living in Japan. The Guide includes information on many different areas ranging from restaurants and nightlife, to food & shopping or housing and household, up to administration & finance. Typical questions related to expat life abroad, such as ʺIs a bow or a handshake the acceptable way of greeting a Japanese person?ʺ, will no longer remain unanswered.

Of course, InterNations is active far beyond Japan. Please feel free to explore our expatriate guide on living in Poland or living in France.

Tips on living and working in Japan –
From postal services to international schools

Moreover, our expat directory for Japan includes recommended listings of expat institutions and relocation services, e.g. postal services or international schools. As a member, you’ll also be able to share your experiences of living abroad in Japan with your fellow expats on the InterNations Forum. We are looking forward to welcoming you with a heart-felt Konbanwa from our expats living and working in Japan.

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