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Edmund Taylor

Living in Tokyo, 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 Tokyo, 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 Tokyo

  • Build up valuable contacts with like-minded Tokyo expats
  • Find reliable information and trustworthy tips about the expat life in Tokyo
  • Join top-class InterNations events to meet fellow expatriates in town

Meet the InterNations Expatriate Community of Tokyo!

Konichawa, and a warm welcome to the InterNations Tokyo Community! InterNations is a dedicated global community of expats who communicate both online and face-to-face in order to help each other overcome any of the problems and stresses that relocating to another country might cause. So if you're looking to move to Tokyo, you probably have some doubts about where the best neighborhood is for expats to live. You might also wonder where to get the best matcha (ceremonial green tea) from your adachi (Tokyo's second-largest area). If you want to get information about where the best expat schools are or simply want to get the skinny on the best local nightlife, our friendly and welcoming InterNations Community is here to help you out.

A visit of our community for Expatriates Jeddah is recommend if other InterNations chapters across Asia & Oceania are of interest for you. Or your next business trip takes you to our Singapore Expats chapter…

Our Services for Tokyo Expatriates

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Tokyo Expatriates Network

Join our high-quality network of Tokyo expats to connect with expatriates living abroad in Tokyo like you.

Tokyo Guide for Expats

Tokyo Expat Guide

Expat Forum Tokyo

Get trustworthy and authentic advice from fellow members about all aspects of expat life in Tokyo.

Tokyo Expat Forum

Tokyo Events for Expatriates

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

Tokyo Expat Events

Further Information About Expat Life and the Local Economy in Tokyo

Serving as one of the most populous cities, Tokyo is home to over 35 million residents. However, Tokyo is a city unlike any other metropolitan area in the world. Futuristic and absolutely rammed to rafters, it can be a daunting place to live at first but truly rewarding once you ease yourself into the Japanese culture. You could spend a day hanging around in the Harajuku area or Shibuya district exploring the latest fashion trend and immersing yourself in J-pop culture. You could go to the Tsukiji fish market and find a sushi bar to taste the most authentic Japanese food as well. Do not forget to discover some hidden gems in town. From the Ebisu Yokocho food court to Afuri Nakameguro, you will get the real "taste" of Tokyo. In addition, business is big in Tokyo, and many expats come into high-flying jobs in the world of trading, but opportunities are also available for expats of any skill set. For instance, there are a certain number of job opportunities in the automotive industry, medical technology, and healthcare fields, together with the service sector. However, as Japanese business etiquette differs slightly from other Asian countries, it is important to learn basic business etiquette if you would like to work in Tokyo. With regards to education, the city has one of the most prestigious universities in the world — Tokyo University. Besides, the private research institutions such as Waseda University never fail to attract thousands of talented people from around the world to come to study.

When it comes to accommodation, the housing options for expats vary. Most expats choose to live in areas with a high concentration of other expats, such as the Hiroo or Roppongi districts. Non-Japanese services such as schools and hospitals are rare, but with the help of the InterNations Tokyo Community you should be able to find the best amenities around town for you and your family. Japanese houses tend to be quite small to maximize space usage, but expat houses are sometimes bigger if you have the budget. There is a wide range of choices in terms of accommodation types such as guest houses, flats, and home stays. But if you would like to improve your Japanese skills and get to know more about local culture or customs, it is better to go for a home stay. You can either go to house hunting websites or ask local real estate agencies for more information.

The Network for Like-Minded Expats in Tokyo

Japanese culture, although unique and interesting, can be quite tough for foreigners to understand at first, with high importance placed upon the concepts of respect, honor, and dignity. Also, the Japanese seldom expose their emotions to others in public since they are very modest and shy, which makes it more difficult to understand their feelings and ideas. On the other hand, the language barrier can also prove a difficult one (although not insurmountable with practice) since expats have to learn a whole new alphabet. Therefore, it is common that most expats suffer culture shock when they come to Japan for the first time. Luckily, InterNations offers a large range of groups and social events in Tokyo that help you stay connected to a diversified and friendly expat community and help you find your feet. From wine tasting or coffee evenings, to professional networking events and music clubs, there's always something for everyone — whether you need like-minded expats to chat with or a companion with whom to enjoy your favorite activity, such as hiking and dancing — InterNations won't let you down.

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