Useful Daily Living Information

Information on everyday life for foreign residents in Tokyo

If you are not familiar with the local community rules and systems where you are living, you may become overwhelmed by unfamiliar menial tasks in your daily life. By knowing and understanding the ins and outs beforehand, you will be able to navigate daily life in Japan more effectively and comfortably.

Below, we have gathered and assortment of information related to daily life in Japan, in English, covering such topics as how to discard garbage, or how to pay the bills. 

Japan Consumption Tax Hike 2019: How it Will Affect You

On October 1, 2019, Japan’s consumption tax reaches 10%. Find out why the country is increasing the tax and how it will affect your life in Japan.

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Consumption Tax Reward Point Program for Cashless Payments

What is the Japanese government’s Reward Point Program for Cashless Payments? This promotion started on the 1st of October 2019 and will continue until the 30th of July 2020. If you make purchases using a cashless payment method, such as electronic money or credit cards, you will receive 2% or 5% o…

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Paying Bills in Japan Conveniently: A Simple Guide

Paying bills is no one’s favorite thing to do, regardless of where you live. When it comes to paying though, the easier it is the less painful it will be. This is another area in which Japan stands out among the rest. There are a variety of convenient ways you can pay your bills in Japan, whether it…

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How to Pay Utility Bills in Japan

Lifeline utilities provide necessary services to each city such as electricity, gas, and water. These basic services are needed for everyday life. In this article, you can learn about the rate structure and payment methods of Japanese Utilities. How You will Receive Utility Bills A professional wor…

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Connecting and Disconnecting Utilities When Moving Home in Tokyo

When moving to a new home in Japan, the property will initially not have any of the utilities connected. If your landlord or real estate agency has already set up and had the utilities connected for you, then you have nothing to worry about. However, if they are unable to help you with having your…

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Mail Forwarding in Japan: Domestic and International Options

Whether you're moving to Japan, leaving Japan, or taking an extended vacation, you still need to make sure that you will have access to your mail. There are many considerations for expats living in Japan depending on the situation and length of time that you’ll be away from home. Below is essential…

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How to Use a Japanese Washing Machine

Japan’s future-tech society has created many solutions to keep a nation looking its best, but when you’re living in a foreign country sometimes even the simplest tasks like doing laundry can be difficult to understand. Have no fear, though — PLAZA HOMES is here to help you by walking you through the…

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English-speaking Hair-Salons in Tokyo

While Tokyo features an abundance of excellent salons, getting the ideal haircut can be a challenge if you don’t speak Japanese. Fortunately, there are a select few salons staffed with stylists who have either worked in or completed professional hairdresser training in an English-speaking country,…

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Japanese Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services in Tokyo

As apartments in the city are so small and hanging your washing outside is not an option in most cases, Tokyoites frequently use dry cleaners for a good deal of their laundry needs. Fortunately, there are many dry cleaning outlets in Tokyo and using their services can be very straightforward. They o…

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How to find the right laundry detergent in Japan

Finding detergents for laundry in Japan can be quite the challenge, especially for those who are unable to read Japanese. Here is a great guide to shop laundry detergents in Japan. Main keywords you should know when buying laundry detergent in Japan 洗濯 Sentaku Laundry / Washing 粉末 Funmatsu (…

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