Relocating to Japan

Post date: Friday, January 15, 2021

Things to know before relocating to Japan

Relocating to Japan for work or a change of life can require quite a bit of preparation. We at All Japan Relocation recognize the complexity of moving to Japan from overseas. Transitioning to a new life is never easy, but it’s our intent that this Japan relocation guide is able to provide you with the information you need to make a smooth transition into Japanese life.

General Information about Japan

You can learn about general information about areas, population, climate, language, public safety in Japan.
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Furniture for Expats

Here is a short guide to inform foreign expats of the different options available in Japan in when it comes to furnishing a home.
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English-speaking Movers in Japan

If you decide to move your belongings to Japan, there are several international shipping options available. Keep in mind that furniture made for the houses or apartments in your home country may be larger than the spaces typically provided in Japanese homes. We also recommend against bringing appliances from your home country, since voltages are often different between other countries and Japan.
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Getting a SIM Card Prior to Your Arrival

MOBAL provides Japanese SIM cards and ships worldwide for free!
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Bringing Pets to Japan

It’s important to note that for those with beloved family pets, you will need to carefully read through the Japanese Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) website so that you’re able to comply with all rules for bringing pets to Japan. The earlier you can start the research process, the less stressful it will be for you and your pet.
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International Schools in Japan

For many expat parents, deciding where to live in the area is based on where their child’s international school is located. We have created the list of international schools in Japan.
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After Arriving in Japan

Register or changing address

When first moving to Japan or when moving within Japan you will need to register your new address with your local municipal office. If you're too busy to make the trip, some municipal offices will even let a attorney register for you on your behalf. Here is what you will need to know about how to register or change your address in Japan.
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Opening a Bank Account

Opening a bank account in Japan can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t speak the language. This guide covers how to open a bank account and has a list of banks that provide their services in English. Please also check the Exclusive Offers which include SMBC BANK PRESTIA Special Benefit Program.
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Exclusive Offers

You can get special discounts on many different services such as a house-cleaning service, Japanese language schools, hair salon etc.. You can also get a Free SIM card. Don't miss out on great deals!

10 Things You Should Know Before Buying a SIM Card in Japan

We offer free SIM cards. Please read the article below–Exclusive offers for our clients–for more info. If you need help or have any questions, please contact your agent.
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If you would like to know more about Japanese mobile phones, please read here.

How to Pay Utility Bills

Electricity, gas, and water are the basic utility services needed for everyday life. In Japan there are many convenient ways in which you can pay your utility bills. Here's some info on the rate structure and the payment methods available to those living in Japan.
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Driving in Japan

If you want to drive in Japan, you will either need a special International Driver’s License (IDL) or a Japanese driver’s license. It’s almost impossible to receive an IDL once you have arrived in Tokyo and it’s only valid for one year at which time you will need to obtain a Japanese driver’s license.
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English-Speaking Hospitals in Japan

Finding and English-speaking medical professional can be  tough if you don't know where to look. Our list of English-speaking Doctors & Hospitals in Tokyo has over 50 English-speaking Doctor's offices and Hospitals listings.
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Expat Communities in Japan

Making friends and meeting people is hard when you’re new to the area. Here are some suggestions on where to go to make some connections with like-minded individuals for your new life in Tokyo through community meet-ups, online forums, and more.
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Best Japanese Learning Apps

Here are some great smartphone apps for learning Japanese.
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Relocating to Japan Can Be Stress-free with Planning

It’s easy to lose focus when planning a major move. That’s why we created this master list of guides to help make life as easy as possible for you and yours during your transition. Our comprehensive guide to Living in Japan includes even more tips to help you move through your new city as painlessly as possible. We welcome you to Japan!