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Living as an expat in Tokyo

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


Tokyo is a hub for a large number of international corporations, so having an office or affiliate in Japan is common, and consequently the expat community in the city is significant. Tokyo city offers a plenty of options for families with children, which includes daycare, play spaces and international schools. Tokyo is also one of the safest capitals in the world, boasting a very low citywide crime rate.
For those looking for excitement, culture shock, neon lights and the hustle and bustle of one of the top cities in the world, Tokyo is definitely the place to be. Tokyo truly has it all and for the expat that is looking for a true challenge, there are fewer places in the world that are so different from the United States.
Housing for expat in Tokyo is much harder that many think. Many expats after spending few months in Tokyo figure out that the place is definitely not for them. It is not only a huge language barrier, but the culture is really mystifying. There are lots of infrastructures in Tokyo; in fact most expats wonder how extraordinary the city of Tokyo can be.
Most of the expats in Tokyo are on an expat package and their housing is taken care of. Majority of expats live near the international schools, around Roppongi, Minami Azabu or Hiroo. These places are full of cafes and grocery stores where English is widely spoken. Normally, housing for expats in Tokyo either is very fine, western style apartments or very bad conditions. Many good, international schools are available for expat children. An expat can get almost everything you need here and even more fun or wacky stuff you cannot get back home. Tokyo is a city that never sleeps. There is so much to do here and one is never short on entertainment.
Tokyo is an amazing city whose residents are always on the go; working and playing hard. One should not try to completely understand Japanese ways but can always take the good and leave the bad, thereby enjoying stay in Tokyo.