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Moving to Tokyo Japan – Tips to Reduce Stress Moving to Japan
Are you moving to Tokyo, Japan? Although your home shipment may not have arrived yet, and you might still be in temp housing, don’t delay on settling down in Tokyo. Guide to living in Japan
Here are our tips on how to reduce the stress a bit and start enjoying this great city sooner. We have gathered tips and info from thousands of Japan expats, so we hope you find it useful. However, if you have any of insight to share please comments below. We love all readers’ feedback.
Also, check out our neighborhood guides under the areas section of Best Living Japan – Harajuku Jingumae, Aoyama Omotesando, Roppongi, etc., and our TOKYO ONE DAY Itinerary with Kids in Odaiba, Ebisu, Setagaya, with more to come! – The Best Living Japan Moms.
Are you moving to Tokyo Japan? Quick Tips for Faster Adjustment
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Visit your town hall (ward office) to register and also get local living information. Ask about English services, publications, classes and groups. Each ward and ku offers different support services.
Buy your local mobile phone. The three carriers are NTT Docomo, SoftBank (English speaking staff in the Roppongi and Omotesando stores) and AU.
Load your phone with Living in Japan apps.
Buy your Suica or Passmo Cards at your local station. So much easier when traveling – buy train tickets, use in convenience stores and more.
Set-up a local bank account at Shinsei or Prestia (previously Citibank), both very foreigner friendly.
Find you local post office and note down open hours (usually 9:00 – 17:00 M-F only).
Find the nearest convenience store near your home and learn how to use the ATM. Cash is king in Japan so make sure you can access yours.
Find and learn your triangle path (home, school and work). Get comfortable by practicing the commute with the family. Plan your family’s earthquake emergency plan.
Take a bus tour of Tokyo – it will give you a good lay of the land.
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