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  • Connect with fellow Swiss in Japan

  • Get information in our Japan guide

  • Join exciting events and activities

  • Exchange tips about expat life in Japan

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

InterNations – Uniting Swiss living in Japan

Would you like to get in touch with other Swiss in Japan? Are you in need of help and advice from your Swiss compatriots? Or would you like to join other Swiss expats on an excursion to discover sights and landmarks – e.g. Shikoku, the smallest island, famous for its 88-temple pilgrimage?

Whether you have settled as an expat in Japan or are still living in Switzerland and planning your upcoming foreign assignment, InterNations Japan offers everything you need: Established in 2007, our trusted community soon became the leading platform for international networking among expatriates and global minds around the world. Our network also counts a considerable number of Swiss expats in Japan, coming from all corners of Switzerland - from Geneva, over Zurich to Bern.

Swiss Expats Moving to Japan: Your Questions, Answered

If you’re a new or soon-to-be expat in Japan, you probably aren’t quite sure yet what it will be like. That’s why we gathered the answers to some key questions you may have about life in Japan. If you want to ask more specific questions — or even share your own tips — join InterNations! You’ll be part of a community of new and experienced expats who love to help each other out.

What are the most common nationalities in Japan? As an expat in Japan, you'll meet people from many different cultures (especially if you're an InterNations member!) The top nationalities in the InterNations Communities in Japan currently are:

  • Americans
  • British
  • Indians
  • French

Which cities are most popular among expats in Japan? Some cities attract more expats than others. These are the cities with the largest expat communities in Japan:

  • Tokyo
  • Nagoya
  • the Kansai Region

How much rent do expats pay in Japan? Your personal situation plays a role here. Single expats spend on average 814 USD on their accommodation per month, while expat families spend around 1.525 USD. And of course, rents can also vary greatly depending on the location and city within Japan.

To give you an idea of what to expect, here are some rent averages for the most popular cities in Japan.

Average rent in Tokyo

  • Single expats: 1.240 USD
  • Expat families: 1.915 USD

Average rent in Nagoya

  • Single expats: 835 USD
  • Expat families: 3.425 USD

Average rent in the Kansai Region

  • Single expats: 415 USD
  • Expat families: 945 USD

How safe is Japan?
You may be wondering about safety. In general people perceive their personal safety situation in Japan as very safe. People rate the risk of falling victim to petty crime (such as pickpocketing or minor theft) as very low. They consider the chance of being the victim of violent crime (including mugging) very low. And, they rate confidence in the police force and related local authorities as very high.

How safe is Japan for women? Female expats rated the safety situation in Japan as very safe. This is based on the feedback of expat women living in Japan (rather than actual crime statistics). So obviously this can be highly subjective and depends on factors such as where people live.

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Find Tips and Advice on Japan from Swiss Expats

Of course, expat living in Japan is not just about shipping your belongings and filing in some bureaucratic papers. Regular socializing with fellow Swiss is an essential part of expat life and helps getting accustomed to the Japanese way of life and mentality. InterNations helps you connect and meet up with other Swiss in Japan, residing in Tokyo, Sapporo, the Kansai Region and many other places throughout the country. Just take a look at our group of Swiss in Tokyo or Swiss in Osaka.

If you ever wish to have a chat in your native language, discover where to shop for Swiss food or discuss your favorite sports team's latest match, become a member of the Japanese InterNations Community:

  • Look up our top quality network to get to know open-minded expats from Switzerland in Japan.
  • Obtain and share insider tips in our Japan Expat Forums – e.g. how to hire a babysitter fluent in your native tongue for your children or where to get rösti in Sapporo.
  • Search the InterNations Places database for Japan to get information on institutions from your home country, including the Swiss embassy.

From Shikoku, the smallest island, famous for its 88-temple pilgrimage to the scenic Japanese Alps, we’ll help you connect with supportive and friendly Swiss expats in Japan.

Join Our Expat Activities and Mingle with Fellow Swiss in Japan

Moreover, please feel free to attend our regular expat events and activities in Japan. Our get-togethers are very diverse and range from a cozy gathering to enjoy the traditional Japanese sushi and sashimi, to big expat celebrations with hundreds of participants in Tokyo’s best locations. You can also participate in one of our expat trips to go and see the semi-tropical southern island of Okinawa as well as other beautiful landmarks in Japan.

Our meet-ups and activities are a great opportunity to mingle with expats from Switzerland and various other countries in a casual setting. Interested? Just sign up and you’ll soon be receiving a cordial Grüezi, salut, buongiorno, bainvegni from our Swiss living in Japan!

Meet other Swiss at our events in Japan

Attend our monthly events and activities for Swiss expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

May 23, 2024, 12:00 PM
59 attendees
I'm happy to re-introduce another long time favorite hotspot for expats and you are invited to join us! Close to Italian supercar showrooms and placed within walking range from Roppongi station you w
We’re dancing All Night! 😂 Come and join us on Kitsune Kyoto’s floors! Each floor has a different mood! And music to your liking. Get a discounted entry upstairs at the ID check point, by showin
May 25, 2024, 4:30 AM
22 attendees
Hello newcomers! Are you new to Japan? Or new to InterNations? Want to make new friends and socialize? Then, this event is for you. Let’s have lunch together and get to know each other in a small g
May 25, 2024, 9:00 AM
4 attendees
Some members said they miss Kamogawa picnic events, so it’s back. Kamogawa river bank is a favorite spot for people who like Kyoto and nature. People come from all around the world to sit here

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