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  • Connect with fellow Japanese in South Korea

  • Get information in our South Korea guide

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  • Exchange tips about expat life in South Korea

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InterNations – The Place for Japanese Living in South Korea

Want to connect with the expat community of Japanese in South Korea? Looking for Japanese compatriots to help you with your questions on expat life? Or are you looking for other Japanese expats to go on an excursion to the urban sprawl of Gyeonggi with?

InterNations South Korea offers everything you might need as an expat, no matter whether you already live in South Korea or are still in Japan planning your upcoming foreign assignment. InterNations is the leading platform among expatriates and global minds in all countries around the world. Needless to say, our community of Japanese expats in South Korea is going very strong, with members having roots all across Japan - from Sapporo, over the Kansai Region to Tokyo.

Japanese expats moving to South Korea: Your questions answered

If you’re a new or soon-to-be expat in South Korea, 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 South Korea. 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 South Korea? As an expat in South Korea, you'll meet people from many different cultures (especially if you're an InterNations member!) The top nationalities in the InterNations Communities in South Korea currently are:

  • Americans
  • Canadians
  • British
  • Indians

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

  • Seoul
  • Busan
  • Incheon

How much rent do expats pay in South Korea? Your personal situation plays a role here. Single expats spend on average 495 USD on their accommodation per month, while expat families spend around 1.455 USD. And of course, rents can also vary greatly depending on the location and city within South Korea.

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

Average rent in Seoul

  • Single expats: 811 USD
  • Expat families: 2.645 USD

Average rent in Busan

  • Single expats: 550 USD
  • Expat families: 1.200 USD

Average rent in Incheon

  • Single expats: 278 USD
  • Expat families: 1.213 USD

How safe is South Korea? You may be wondering about safety. In general people perceive their personal safety situation in South Korea 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 South Korea for women? Female expats rated the safety situation in South Korea as very safe. This is based on the feedback of expat women living in South Korea (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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Tips and Advice on South Korea from Your Fellow Japanese Expats

Obviously, expat life in South Korea goes well beyond shipping your belongings and taking care of red tape. Socializing with fellow Japanese is an important facet of living abroad and can be a huge stepping stone in getting to know the South Korean mentality and way of life. Japanese in South Korea are a part of our community, calling cities such as Busan, Incheon, Seoul, and many others home. You can use InterNations to look for fellow Japanese in Seoul, for example.

Wondering where to shop for Japanese delicatessen, want to discuss your national team's latest match, or simply talk to someone in your native language? Become a member of the South Korean InterNations Community!

  • Our network is the best place to meet expats from Japan.
  • On the South Korea Expat Forums, you can get competent answers to all your expat-related questions: how to find a babysitter fluent in your mother tongue, where to get sushi and sashimi in Seoul, etc.
  • The InterNations Places database for South Korea has information on the nearest Japanese embassy and many other institutions.

From the urban sprawl of Gyeonggi to such popular nature places as Boseong Tea Field, you can meet supportive and friendly Japanese expats in South Korea on InterNations.

Meet and Mingle with Fellow Japanese in South Korea

Additionally, InterNations hosts regular expat events and activities in South Korea. Our get-togethers are sure to cater to your taste as well: as a member, you can partake in cozy gatherings to enjoy some South Korean kimchi, join one of our huge expat celebrations with hundreds of participants in Seoul’s best locations, and much more. Want to discover South Korea? Go on a weekend trip with your fellow expats to see the natural wonderland of Gangwon and other beautiful landmarks.

Our meet-ups and activities offer many wonderful opportunities to mingle with expatriates hailing from Japan and dozens of other countries in a casual setting. Just sign up for your InterNations membership and you’ll soon hear a cordial Konbanwa from our Japanese living in South Korea!

Meet other Japanese at our events in South Korea

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

May 18, 2024, 2:00 PM
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Come out to Itaewon for a fun night of drinks, dancing, and food.

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