”Living in Tokyo” Are you an expat looking to relocate to Tokyo? Wanting to know which area of Tokyo is best for you to live in? Then, it is useful to know about the locality. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a prefecture with an area of about 90 km (56 mi) elongated from the west end to the east. People often imagine Tokyo as an entire urban area with high-rise buildings, but it is just a central part of the prefecture. Mountains, nature reserves, university towns, rural residential areas, the bay area with condo towers, and even 11 offshore islands are all part of Tokyo's multifaceted landscape. The Tokyo prefecture can be divided into four regions from west to east: specifically, the Western Tama Area in the west, the amid area Eastern Tama Area, and the rest in the eastern side Tokyo 23 Wards (=ku) West/East District. Central Tokyo falls on the 23-ward area of 627.6 sq km (242.3 sq mi) developed with commercial and residential districts. The expat-friendly places are mostly in the West District of 23 wards, including Shibuya-ku, Minato-ku, and Meguro-ku. International supermarkets, international schools, English-speaking dentists and hospitals, Japanese language schools, and diverse restaurants can be found easily in this area, which is why many expats relocate. Expats also live East District of 23 wards, where housing rental costs are relatively lower. Some expat-friendly towns are likely increasing in the eastern district since local communities of people from countries are growing there.
Generally speaking, foreign nationals entering Japan after receiving a residence status qualification which allows work (working visa) will be given a residence card at the airport when their entry is approved.
The language barrier you may encounter when finding a rental house/apartment in Japan
The reasons why non-Japanese speaking people can find only a few rental properties in Japan.
Tokyo Area Guide / JIYUGAOKA
Jiyugoka area is very trendy and peaceful area. There are many shops, Cafe, Bar and Izakaya. Everytime you go here, you can find something new!!
Tokyo Area Guide / Akasaka, Minato-ku
About Akasaka area. It has long history and has since evoled to be a one of the coolest area.
Living in Japan: Musician friendly rental houses/apartments
What to know about rental properties, houses, apartments, allowing renters to play the piano and other musical instruments.
Types of Working Visas and Their Characteristics
Visas with specialized work type restrictions。Visas that provide freedom to carry out the same working activities as Japanese people。Residence qualifications which do not generally permit work
Driving in Japan: Driver’s License required for drivers from abroad
Foreign driver’s license/permit required to carry when driving in Japan.
Switching from a Short-Term Visa to a Working Visa
With a short-term visa, even if you find work during your stay, switching to a working visa is generally not approved. However, there is a method which is an exception to this rule.
Kanagawa Area Guide / MUSASHI-KOSUGI, Kawasaki
Kanagawa Area Guilde/Musashi-Kosugi, Kawasaki
Tokyo Area Guide / TSUKISHIMA, Chuo-ku
Introduction of Tsukishima area, This area is down town of Tokyo and has long history. Especially this area is very famous of Monjayaki. There is Monja street here