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Moving to Osaka

What to know if you're moving to Osaka

As Japan's second economic hub after Tokyo, Osaka is a large and densely populated city. The city is acknowledged to be bustling and lively, and moving there would guarantee an enriching and intense experience for any expat. To ease your move to Osaka, we have collected some info on accommodation, climate and more!

Relocating to Osaka

About the City

As one might expect, the main demographic of Osaka is Japanese. The foreign community is made up predominantly of Koreans and Chinese, but there is a noticeable international community of English teachers and businessmen from foreign companies that have offices in Japan. It’s not hard to find English speakers in the center of the city upon moving to Osaka.

People from Osaka are known for being some of the most forthright and boisterous in Japan. They love their food and drink and the local Osaka dialect is colorful and expressive, something that has made the area famous for producing popular comedians. At times in contrast to other parts of Japan, especially neighboring Kyoto, people can seem more casual and relaxed in their attitudes.

The Climate in Osaka

Osaka has four distinct seasons, five if you include the rainy season in spring. Temperatures in winter are mild and dry and the city rarely sees any snow.

The summers are very humid and air conditioning is a must if you want to sleep well at night, with an average night time temperature of 25°C in July and August, 10°C below the average daytime temperature of 35°C.

Japan likes to celebrate each season with festivals and different kinds of food, so you can expect to be outside enjoying life with the locals no matter what the weather.

Finding Accommodation

There are some companies that offer help to renters and they are probably your best bet if you want to avoid as much hassle as possible after your move to Osaka. Fees for moving in can be expensive in Japan, with a deposit, insurance, guarantor and ‘key money’ (a gift to the landlord, usually one or two months’ rent) to add to the agents’ fees. Accommodation without key money is becoming more common so it’s worth looking around to get the best deal.

Don’t expect to get a lot for your rent money though, space is at a premium and single apartments that consist of a room with a kitchen and separate bathroom are the norm. Entertaining at home isn’t a big part of Japanese culture and working hours can be long, which means small apartments are all that’s needed to sleep, wash and relax for a short time each day.

Don’t be put off by the imposing blocks of apartments all over Osaka, the locals are used to living in the same way and are considerate about noise.

Updated on: November 25, 2021

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Join Our Exciting Events in Osaka

Once we've helped you move to Osaka, we can make you feel at home by introducing you to other expats who have already settled and are part of our Osaka Community. Attend our monthly events and activities in Osaka and get to know like-minded expats in real life.

InterNations Osaka Online May (Rainy Season) Event

Start date May 28, 2021, 7:00 PM

Attendees 41

InterNations Osaka June Online Zoom Event

Start date Jun 25, 2021, 8:00 PM

Attendees 55

InterNations Osaka July Online Event- Stay Cool and Hang Out

Start date Jul 30, 2021, 7:00 PM

Attendees 53

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Start date Dec 4, 2021, 10:00 PM

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