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All Japan Relocation provides news articles on everyday life covering various places in Japan for expats, as well as tenancy management related information for the HR department for foreign companies.

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Kobe Marathon & Osaka Marathon

2017/10/31

There are various marathons held nationwide throughout Japan. Two of the major marathons held during autumn taking place in the Kansai region are the Kobe Marathon and the Osaka Marathon.   Kobe Marathon Approximately 20,000 runners from Kobe and from outside of Kobe, participate in this mara...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Osaka, Living Guide - Kobe

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Kobe - Arima Onsen

2017/10/18

Did you know that Japan’s oldest hot spring is located in Kobe City? Arima Onsen, known as one of the three famous oldest hot springs in Japan, is located in the mountain side area of Kobe City’s Kita-ku. It is a popular spot as it attracts many tourists and locals. It’s easily accessed as it is...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Kobe

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Kobe - Visiting Sake Breweries in N ...

2017/10/11

A beautifully scenic cityscape and excellent sweets are not the only charming things Kobe has to offer. Nada-Goro (Five villages of Nada,) called “Japan’s Best Sake Brewing Area,” is located along the coastal area in Kobe City and Nishinomiya City. In Nada-ku and Hiagshinada-ku, there remains 3...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Kobe

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Kobe Jazz Street 2017

2017/09/22

It is said that Jazz was introduced to Japan in the early 1900’s. Did you know that the first professional Japanese Jazz band to play in Japan, performed in Kobe on April 4th, 1923? The band was a four-piece band, formed with only Japanese musicians, called “Laughing Stars.” They played for a dan...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Kobe

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Kobe City – Kobe Sweets, Higashinada ...

2017/09/15

Kobe City will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Port of Kobe in 2018. Soon after the opening of the port, Kobe City established a foreign settlement which in turn facilitated the introduction of various Western cultures to Japan. One aspect of Western culture that was introduced to Jap...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Kobe

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Rokko Island in Kobe City – Resident ...

2017/09/09

Rokko Island City, opened in 1988 and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018. It is a well-established environment with many desirable features for an expat’s everyday life. In comparison to other towns in Kobe City, Rokko Island City (RIC) has more public parks and areas surrounded by...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Kobe

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Opening a Bank Account in Japan

2017/08/14

Opening a bank account in Japan is a relatively easy process, but like all things here you will need to have patience and be armed with all of the required documents before you walk into your closest bank branch. Most Japanese banks are open from 9:00-15:00, Monday to Friday, except for nation...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Japan

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Guidance on garbage collection in Sendai

2017/08/14

In Japan, how to dispose garbage depends on the area you live in. Here we inform you, how to dispose trash, how to get rid of oversized garbage, and how to dispose or sell furniture and home appliances when leaving Japan for foreigners residing in Sendai. Guideline issued by Sendai City http...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Sendai

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Climate & Weather in Okinawa

2017/08/02

For foreign expats moving to Okinawa from overseas countries as well as ones moving to the island from other areas in Japan, we here provide the guidance on Okinawa weather.  We will be happy if it could help you to prepare for your seasonal clothing and more for your life in Japan. Okinawa regi...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Okinawa

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Climate & Weather in Iwakuni

2017/08/01

For foreign expats moving to Iwakuni City from overseas countries as well as ones moving to the city from other areas in Japan, we here provide the guidance on Iwakuni weather.  We will be happy if it could help you to prepare for your seasonal clothing and more for your life in Japan. Iwakuni C...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Iwakuni

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Guidance on garbage collection in Nagoya

2017/07/31

In Japan, how to dispose garbage depends on the area you live in. Here we inform you, how to dispose trash, how to get rid of oversized garbage, and how to dispose or sell furniture and home appliances when leaving Japan for foreigners residing in Nagoya.    Guideline issued by Nagoya City...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Nagoya

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Online Grocery Shopping in Japan: 8 ...

2017/07/12

Even if you don't drive in Japan and the nearest grocery store isn't within walking distance, shopping for food and daily necessities doesn't have to be a chore. With the country's efficient, advanced and reliable door-to-door delivery service - where you can specify the time of delivery and rest...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Japan

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Climate & Weather in Akita

2017/07/05

For foreign expats moving to Akita City from overseas countries as well as ones moving to Akita City from other areas in Japan, we here provide the guidance on Akita weather. It will make us happy if it can help you to prepare for your seasonal clothing and more for your life in Japan. Akita Cit...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Akita

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English Maps of Sapporo

2017/06/20

When an expat comes to Japan and starts a long-term stay in Sapporo, he or she may decide where to live after grasping the geography of Sapporo at first and then checking up the route for commuting to work and to children’s schools. You find there are various kinds of maps issued in Japan, and we...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Sapporo

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English Maps of Sendai

2017/06/20

When an expat comes to Japan and starts a long-term stay in Sendai, he or she may decide where to live after grasping the geography of Sendai at first and then checking up the route for commuting to work and to children’s schools. You find there are various kinds of maps issued in Japan, and we h...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Sendai

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English Maps of Hiroshima

2017/06/20

When an expat comes to Japan and starts a long-term stay in Hiroshima City, he or she may decide where to live after grasping the geography of the city at first and then checking up the route for commuting to work and to children’s schools. You find there are various kinds of maps issued in Japan...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Hiroshima

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English Maps of Fukuoka

2017/06/20

When an expat comes to Japan and starts a long-term stay in Fukuoka City, he or she may decide where to live after grasping the geography of the city at first and then checking up the route for commuting to work and to children’s schools. You find there are various kinds of maps issued in Japan,...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Fukuoka

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Japanese warning system - J-ALERT

2017/06/12

Japan lies on the circum-Pacific volcanic belt and we cannot avoid the possibility of the occurrence of the large-scale earthquake and volcanic eruption. In addition, there is a neighboring country which frequently test-fires the ballistic missiles, and it is increasing the risk that missiles hit...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Japan

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Guidance on garbage collection in Kobe

2017/06/07

In Japan, how to dispose garbage depends on the area you live in. Here we inform you, how to dispose trash, how to get rid of oversized garbage, and how to dispose or sell furniture and home appliances when leaving Japan for foreigners residing in Kobe-city.  Guideline issued by Kobe City h...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Kobe

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Climate & Weather in Fukuoka

2017/06/06

For foreign expats moving to Fukuoka City from overseas countries as well as ones moving to the city from other areas in Japan, we here provide the guidance on Fukuoka weather.  It will make us happy if it can help you to prepare for your seasonal clothing and more for your life in Japan. Fukuok...

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Posted category: Living Guide - Fukuoka

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