Moving to Japan? Here are the things that you need to know
Basic information about Japan
“Tokyo may have more money and Kyoto more culture. Nara has more history, and Kobe has more style. But Osaka has the biggest heart.”
Japan is an island with mesmerizing natural beauty in the northwest of the Pacific Ocean. Japan is the part of the Pacific ring fire and covering 377,975 square kilometers. Mainly there are five islands named; Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the largest city and capital of the japan, along with this Osaka and Nagoya are top cities too. Japan is a powerful and developed country with an emerging economy. However, it has membership in many international organizations like the UN and OECD.
It is one of the famous places for living with high living standards and a powerful passport. However, it is the 11th most populous country in the world with densely populated areas and urban settings. For instance, if we look at Tokyo, it is the densest area in the world, with 37.4 million. Apart from these things, there is following more basic info;
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Important things to know when moving to Japan
Above all, Visa is the first and foremost requirement to enter into any country. Any foreigner who wants to visit here must have a valid passport for the duration of stay. There are 68 listed countries from which citizens do not need visas to enter the country. The 68 countries include Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, and the UK. But it is good to visit the website of the ministry of foreign affairs before traveling because there could be a change in the policy.
Immigrating to Japan
According to the ministry of foreign affairs, citizens from 68 countries can stay up to 90 days without a visa. Following stats are elaborating the visa-free stay situation in a better way;
- People Can Stay up to 15 days without a permit: Brunei, Indonesia, and Thailand
- Stays up to 30 days: United Arab Emirates
- Citizens can stay up to 90 days without a visa: Other countries and regions.
On the other hand, there is a condition that visitors should have a valid passport for the stay and do not indulge in any paid work activity. Citizens from 68 countries who have savings of up to 30 million yen can extend their visas for up to one year for sightseeing or recreational purpose. However, the citizens from Austria, the UK, the USA, Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, etc. can extend their stay for more than 90 days. If you want to continue the visa type, then it is vital to apply for the extension ahead of 90 days. Apart from all these visas and extensions, you can also get a working visa, study visa, and working holiday visa for Japan.
Attractions to visit in Japan
If you visit Japan, make sure to visit these attractions. Here’s a short list of some o the more popular destinations
- Hike the Kumano Kodo trail to enjoy the peaceful beauty of tiny villages, mountains, and waterfalls.
- Explore the team lab borderless museums to witness the craziest views with floating lanterns.
- Do not forget to visit japan’s shrines and temples to experience the spiritual side of the country.
- Get a tour of the bamboo forest to experience the eye-catching views.
- Take a tour of Hiroshima to learn deeply about the dark days of the Japanese history.
- See the Japanese alps.
The shopping experience in Japan
We know that Japan has high-level technology in every walk of life. You can even see robots roaming in the shopping malls, restaurants, and clubs to serve the people. There are lots of shopping opportunities with amazing malls and specific shop areas. Aeon lake town is the largest mall in the japan with items related to fashion and sporting.
One of the most exciting things for tourists is Japan’s tax-free shopping. The duty-free exemption applies at such as general home items, appliances, accessories, shoes, and consumable items. However, it also includes things like alcohol, cosmetics, tobacco, and medicines. But there are specific rules to avail of this shopping chance.
- When you buy the merchandise, you can save up to 10% as a tax exemption from the total bill amount. Sometimes the ratio of exemption could drop by up to 8%.
- While shopping, do not forget to carry your passport along with the registered user card. The facility is only for the visitors; that’s why it is vital to show an actual visa.
- You can get the release if you are spending up to the 5,000 yen or more to qualify.
Japan has an advanced economy, which offers lots of benefits to citizens and visitors. State-of-the-art transportation systems specially designed to give a maximum advantage. The bullet trains, metro, and city bus service are like the shining star of the country. The pre-paid IC card is like a treasure for the people who are visiting and staying in Japan. You can use this card between train lines, busses, and boats with a minimum fee and hassle. You can also use it at the vending machines, convenience stores, and taxi stands to get the services.
However, to avail of the card service, it is vital to get the returnable deposit of 500 yen. So, after purchasing the 500-yen balance, enjoy the function of the fastest bullet train.
The education system in Japan
Japan has one of the best education systems in which they give students a team to help each other. In Japan, students sweep, mop, and wipe the classes to learn to respect others’ work. However, Japanese schools consist of six-year elementary programs and three years of junior high school. English is the mandatory subject in junior and senior high school; that creates easiness for foreign residents.
After completing high school, there is a junior college of three or four years. The duration of mandatory education in japan lasts up to 9 years from elementary to lower college. Apart from the regular schools, there are separate branches for mentally and physically disabled children. There are the following highlighted universities and colleges to get an education;
- The University of Tokyo in Bonkyo city
- Kyoto university
- Osaka University of Suita
- Tohoku university in Sendai
- And Tokyo institute of technology along with many other high educational institutes.
Housing in Japan
Usually, the traditional houses of the Japanese people made up of wood and carried by the wooden pillars. But now, most people follow Western culture style for the flooring, and they made up of steel pillars. Now more people are living in an urban setting in large apartment buildings. If ex-pats want to rent or buy a house, they should have a guarantor who takes the responsibility of payment. But if you’re going to rent out an apartment in Japan, then the average rent is about 50,000-70,000 JPY (470-650 USD). The requirement of a valid visa, Japanese phone number, bank account, and Japanese stamp is a must rent out the house.
Like America, in Japan, people also live-in a single-family system. Danchi is the old name of the housing societies where people live in clusters with unique design buildings. The Japan housing authority founded in 1955 and responsible for the management of housing schemes. There is the following ratio of rent with all the modern facilities in japan;
- One bedroom for 130,000 JPY (Tokyo)
- Three bedrooms for 300,000 JPY (Tokyo)
- One bedroom for 68,000 JPY (Kyoto)
- Three bedrooms for 150,000 JPY (Kyoto)
Healthcare system in Japan
The universal health care system is the flagship program to provide medical treatment in japan. The flagship healthcare system is available for Japanese citizens and the people who have a visa for more than a year. However, the health care system provides free screening of different infectious diseases and parental care. Under the state-of-art health care system, the citizen bears 30% of the total expense. These are the following top hospitals in Japan;
- The University of Tokyo hospital
- St. Luke’s international hospital
- Hokkaido university hospital
- And red cross medical center along with many others.
In conclusion, we can recall japan as the city of mesmerizing views with lots of facilities for the residents and visitors. There are many eye-catching serene views with temples and old buildings to give a soothing effect to the eyes. If you visit Japan, then it is better to book the tickets before/after golden week. The golden week is between 29th April to 5th May as a holiday period of the year. This time of the year the tourist places remain busy, that’s why it is better to avoid this time.