Tokyo

Japan

An Inimitable Blend of Old And New

Living in Tokyo, Japan, the world’s second largest economy, means experiencing one of the most energetic cities the world has to offer. This metropolis is home to more than 10 million people, and is famed for its rich culture, incredible cuisine, efficient transportation, and friendly people.

There are many intricacies and quirks about this city that make living in Tokyo an unforgettable experience. A place where modern bullet trains transport you from the historic treasures of Nara to the cultural mecca of Kyoto with unfailing accuracy, youths practice the ancient arts of Karate or Judo before meeting their friends at their local pachinko parlor and commuters read the latest manga comics as they stand cheek-to-jowl on the morning train. Whatever the sights and sounds you experience, you will never cease to be amazed by the ways in which the old traditions seem to seamlessly mix with the technologically advanced offerings of the modern world.

Although many people associate Tokyo with skyscrapers and flashing neon, those looking to shun the crowds and escape the nonstop action of the cities will find that the surrounding areas offer a wealth of natural and ancient beauty. Mountainous forests, picturesque landscapes, hot springs, twisted valleys and stunning coastlines, beckon expatriates into the mysterious world of nature and add a whole new depth that may take one by surprise.


What’s the draw?

  • A truly unique living environment that won’t be found elsewhere on earth.
  • A well developed, safe, clean country that combines the comforts of the West with the ancient customs of the Japanese.
  • Amazing scenery and unique travel experiences right on your doorstep.

Live there:

Living in Tokyo can be extremely rewarding, but also hugely overwhelming. Between the soaring heights of the architectural marvels and the complex corridors of the city’s underground network, it’s easy to feel lost amid the swarming crowds and unidentifiable signage. Our expatriate guide to Tokyo offers a realistic insight into what life is really like for a foreigner living in this vast city and it will become an invaluable source of information throughout your relocation process and beyond.

  • From the central apartments of Tokyo through to the beautiful parkside residences of Aoyama, we tell you who you will find living there, what the local amenities are and how much you can expect to pay for a place that meets your needs.
  • Despite the city growing ever more “internationalized”, Tokyo’s culture and customs are indeed very local. While it can take years of life in Japan to become truly enmeshed in cultural and customary practices, our expat relocation guide serves to offer the basics in getting you started.
  • Whether you’re looking for advice on finding visas, setting up utilities, enjoying the nightlife, navigating the infrastructure or staying safe and healthy, our guide contains it all.

Living in Tokyo will be the adventure of a lifetime, go there with Expat Info Desk.

About Tokyo we have

Our guide was written by Jesse Green and last published on Friday 17th September 2010.

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Five top tips

01Foreigners intending to stay in Japan for longer than 90 days are legally obligated to register with their local municipal office.
02Taking Japanese and cultural classes will greatly help in boosting confidence and will give you a greater sense of appreciation for Japanese.
03Understanding Tokyo’s transportation system is one of the keys to a happy life in the city. Some command of how to get around will ensure indepe
04Explore Shibuya, Harajuku, and Omotesando to see 3 neighboring districts, each with their own demographic.
05Let Tokyo’s food be the fastest way to your heart and you’ll never look at food from your home country the same way again.

Interesting fact

Approximately two million people pass through the Shinjuku Station on a daily basis.