Created for expats living in Japan

Comprehensive Guides to Living in Japan

We provide comprehensive English guides to living in Japan. From day-to-day life to business, leisure, and more. We hope these resources will help support your life in Japan.

 

Useful Information for foreign residents and families

Living in Japan

Information on Japanese culture, government, international schools, transportation, and other aspects of Japanese life.

Japanese Consumption Tax (VAT)

Japanese Consumption Tax (VAT)

In Japan, the current consumption tax is 8-10%…

Car Seats and Booster Seats for Children in Japan

Car Seats and Booster Seats for Children in Japan

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Daily Life

Basic information about daily life in Japan, such as food, shopping, pets, and money.

Vets / Animal Hospitals in Tokyo

Vets / Animal Hospitals in Tokyo

If you’ve been in Tokyo for any length of time…

Furusato Nozei: How to Benefit from Japan's Hometown Tax

Furusato Nozei: How to Benefit from Japan's Hometown Tax

Furusato Nōzei, or the hometown tax, is a syst…

12 Time-Saving Hacks for Household Chores!

12 Time-Saving Hacks for Household Chores!

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Business

Information on business-related articles including practical business tips at work for foreign residents in Japan.

How to Start a Business in Japan

How to Start a Business in Japan

For those who already have an established com…

What are the Four Company Types in Japan?

What are the Four Company Types in Japan?

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English-Speaking Accounting & Consulting Firms in Tokyo

English-Speaking Accounting & Consulting Firms in Tokyo

Whether you are filing individual tax returns or hoping to establish a new business, financial issues can b…

Leisure

Sports, outings in Japan and travel information for foreign residents in Japan.

Kamakura: A Day Trip from Tokyo

Kamakura: A Day Trip from Tokyo

For a day trip from Tokyo, few destinations ca…

Skiing Near Tokyo Made Easy and Fun with Great Resorts

Skiing Near Tokyo Made Easy and Fun with Great Resorts

It’s snow season in Japan, and whether you’re an avid skier or snowboarder, or just looking to bring the kid…

Sumo Wrestling in Japan : Tournaments, Tickets and More

Sumo Wrestling in Japan : Tournaments, Tickets and More

To the untrained eye, Sumo is a simple pushing…

Health and Safety

Beauty, Medical, Health, Hospitals, Emergency Information for foreign residents in Japan.

English-speaking Nail Salons in Tokyo

English-speaking Nail Salons in Tokyo

The outstanding technique of Japanese nail art…

English-Speaking Dentists in Osaka

English-Speaking Dentists in Osaka

Foreigners living in Japan may find it difficu…

English-Speaking Dentists in Tokyo

English-Speaking Dentists in Tokyo

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What's On & Upcoming Events in Japan

Listings of events including fun activities, exhibitions, festivals, etc.

The Aesthetics of the Imperial Court:

The Aesthetics of the Imperial Court:

Nov 13, 2023 - Jun 23, 2024

In November 2023, marking its 30th anniversary since opening, the venue underwent a renewal and reop…

"Strawberry Picking" in Minami-Alps

"Strawberry Picking" in Minami-Alps

Dec 9, 2023 - May 26, 2024

Despite being strongly associated with cherries, peaches, and grapes, Minami-Alps City also engages…

Toyota Automobile Museum’s “Okuradashi-Ten” (Storehouse Exhibition)

Toyota Automobile Museum’s “Okuradashi-Ten” (Storehouse Exhibition)

Jan 26 - Jun 30, 2024

The Toyota Automobile Museum has over 400 historic vehicles in its storehouse, not counting the 14…