Which Part of Japan Should I Move To?

Thinking about moving to Japan?


Most people think of Tokyo and Osaka being the two only realistic places to choose from when they decide to move to Japan.

I’ve done a short video today to give you my very brief opinion on the matter. Personally, I have lived in Osaka and Nagoya. Both are cities which I love, for different reasons.

I might make a video later on to talk about both of those places in detail, but for now, I just want to give you guys some general advice and considerations when making your choice.

Overall, I can assure you that you’ll love Japan no matter where you go (almost), but if you have a strong desire to live in a city, then yes, Tokyo and Osaka should definitely be high on your list.

Ask anyone living in either of these cities though, and you’ll soon find out that they are very different, and the locals have their own unique personalities.

I’ve traveled to Tokyo many times on business, and although I have never lived there, I do have a pretty good understanding of what it can be like for medium term living.

It is a very busy place, and it’s hard to find a place to chill out sometimes. BUT, if you know where to go, there are certainly ways to enjoy the place, and to chill out. It’s just a matter of exploring, and also getting out of the central area a little. In saying that, if you know where to go, you can even find peaceful oasis’s right in the middle of Roppongi.

Country living can be very different in Japan. If you thought Japan was all high tech and crowded subways, think again. You’ll be surprised to find some of the most peaceful and remote landscapes in the world here. There’s also everything in between.

Before you decide on a spot, research well, and ask people like me as many questions as you can. These days on YouTube there is probably a foreigner living in almost every part of Japan you can think of, so it’s a great way to do your research.

If you end up going to a city/town that you don’t like, moving can be pretty costly as well as time consuming.

Anyway, hope the video helps you guys somehow and drop me a comment if you have any questions about living in Japan, or learning Japanese (I help people with English and Japanese language @puchi_peri on Twitter).