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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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Christmas Illuminations 2017 in Kans ...

2017/12/06

The Christmas season has come, and along with it, winter towns nationwide colorfully lit up with Christmas illuminations. Here are some famous places to see illuminations in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and the Kansai region.   Kyoto A huge 22meter tall Christmas tree is displayed at the JR Kyoto S...

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Autumn Leaf Viewing in Kansai region ...

2017/11/20

Wondering where to go for Koyo (Autumn Leaf viewing)? Famous places in the Kansai region such as Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines in Kyoto are not the only places to enjoy Koyo. There are other wonderful spots to enjoy Koyo in the cities of Kobe, Osaka and Himeji. Here are some famous places...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ICOCA - Prepaid fare systems in Kansai

2017/05/01

ICOCA is the prepaid card which West Japan Railway issues and is very convenient card usable for various railroads, buses, and even shopping at stores all over Japan. There are various kinds of traffic prepaid cards issued in Japan such as Suica, Pasmo, and SUCOCA. ICOCA is used in the Kinki reg...

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Nail-Salons in Kobe

2017/05/01

Japanese nail artists are very much respected worldwide, and their fine and detailed designs and also with Japanese unique “Kawaii (=cute)”culture put in are very popular.In Kobe there are some English-speaking nail salons and ones that foreigners frequently visit.We recommend you experience and...

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English-speaking Hair-Salons in Kobe

2017/04/27

In Kobe, a stylish and refined city, there have been many foreign residents since old days and so have some English speaking hair salons. When you go to a hair salon, communication with a stylist is crucial for mentioning your request or consulting on it to get the haircut you want. You may want...

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Climate & Weather in Kobe

2017/03/17

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

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English Maps of Kobe

2017/02/11

Map of Kobe - English-written or Recommended maps for foreignerWhen an expat arrives to Japan for a long stay in Kobe, you first have to grasp the area of Kobe, check the commute road and the school route of your child, and then consider where to live. There are various kinds of maps being issue...

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Dentists - Kansai Area (Kobe, Osaka)

2017/02/10

For foreign residents in Japan, English-speaking dentists are indispensable services. It is beyond imagination how much an expat could feel uneasy without any support in English when you need to explain about the degree of symptoms and pain in detail. Below is the list of recommended dentists an...

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