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Can an American live in Japan?

By: Patrick MarkiUpdated: January 06, 2021


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Pretty much all foreign citizens staying in Japan for long periods of time are required to have a residence card, which looks similar to a U.S. drivers license and should be on your person at all times. You can pick it up at city hall, and should do so within a week or so of arriving.

So, how much money do you need to live comfortably in Japan?

Living costs and expenses in Japan
Depending on where, accommodation can be the biggest expense to have in Japan. In Tokyo, housing can cost a minimum of ¥35,000/month for a shared room in a share house, to around ¥60,000 for a single room in a shared house, to an average of ¥80,000 for a small single apartment.

Where do most foreigners live in Japan?


What is the safest city in Japan?

Without further adieu, here is a list of the safest cities in Japan.
  • Number 8: Kyoto.
  • Number 7: Okayama.
  • Number 6: Kobe.
  • Number 5: Sapporo.
  • Number 4: Hiroshima.
  • Number 3: Sendai.
  • Number 2: Kawasaki.
  • Our number one safest city in Japan is…… TOKYO!

Is living in Japan cheaper than America?

In comparison to America, the cost of living in Japan is much cheaper. For one, health insurance is much cheaper. It's about the same size as my apartment in Kagoshima was, and it costs $1,455 a month—and that's cheap for this kind of apartment in this area.


Is living in Japan worth it?

Low crime rate - Japan is a very safe country. You can walk down a sketchy alley in the middle of the night and still feel 100% safe. Relatively low cost of living - I've found that if you live in a mid-size city in Japan, then the cost of living is far cheaper than in America.

Can I move to Japan without a job?

Tourist visa.
If you don't have a job lined up, you could try your luck with a tourist visa, which allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days. A lot of people moving to Tokyo get a tourist visa with the hopes that they can secure a job and a work visa before their initial visa period runs out.

Do people retire in Japan?

As the Japanese population ages, such trends may grow. Most Japanese companies require that employees retire upon reaching a specified age. And despite mandatory retirement policies, many Japanese companies allow their employees to continue working beyond the age of 60, although generally at reduced wages.

Can I move to Japan without knowing Japanese?

Absolutely. Many people I know came and worked in Japan without knowing much if any Japanese. However, it will limit you in ways you will never think about until you get here (especially if you come from a monolingual English-speaking country like the USA).

Is Japan a good country to live?

There is no “best” country to live in. Low crime rate - Japan is a very safe country. You can walk down a sketchy alley in the middle of the night and still feel 100% safe. Public health care - Japan's health care system isn't as robust as some other nations, but when compared to America, it's amazing.

Can a US citizen have dual citizenship with Japan?

U.S. law does not contain any provisions requiring U.S. Citizens who are born with dual nationality to choose one nationality or the other when they become adults. Choosing Japanese nationality has no affect on U.S. citizenship.

How can I permanently move to Japan?

To qualify for permanent residency as a single person, you need to have lived in Japan for ten years or more, with five or more of those years on a work visa or other resident visa (working holiday or student visas don't count).

Can you live in Japan without citizenship?

In general, there are no legal restrictions to expats owning a home in Japan. However, expats without citizenship or permanent residency visa in Japan, nor married to a Japanese citizen, should note that the process to buy a home will be difficult.

What is a good salary in Japan?

In my opinion annual income of 4,000,000 yen would be the borderline of having a decent living or not in Japan. It is possible to live on annual income of 3,000,000 to 3,500,000 yen but your life will be limited and with little choices, maybe somewhat stressful too.

What is the cheapest place to live in Japan?

Most affordable cities in Japan to move to
  • Fukuoka. One of Japan's most populated cities, Fukuoka sits on the island of Kyushu.
  • Kyoto. Not only one of the more famous, but Kyoto is also one of the most affordable cities in Japan as well!
  • Yokohama. The most populous city in Japan after Tokyo is Yokohama, with around 3.6 million people living here.
  • Osaka.

What is the average rent in Tokyo?

Accommodation and utilities
The nationwide average monthly rent, not including utilities, for a one room apartment (20-40 square meters) is between 50,000 and 70,000 yen. Rent for similarly sized apartments in central Tokyo and popular neighbourhoods nearby usually start from around 100,000 yen.

What is good salary in Tokyo?

What Is the Average Salary in Japan in 2019?
General Industry Average Annual Salary Average Monthly Salary by Seniority
Manufacturing ¥4,560,000 ¥625,000
Medical ¥4,500,000 ¥643,000
Finance ¥4,460,000 ¥598,000
Construction / Real Estate ¥4,180,000 ¥468,000

How difficult is it to move to Japan?

Japan has made it difficult for foreigners to settle in the country. Japan's move for more openness is already taking effect—in 2016, the country hit a record 1 million foreigners working in the country. If you're “highly skilled,” the move should be fairly easy.

How much does a house cost in Japan?

A simple wood-framed house costs on average 200,000 Yen/sqm to build, while basic reinforced-concrete houses can cost anywhere from 450,000 Yen/sqm and up. Prices will rise depending on design and finish, with some luxury custom-builds costing up to 1,000,000 Yen/sqm+.