Settling-In in Japan

Expat guides for before and at the time of move-in

Once you have decided on your new home, there are various tasks remaining to complete before you can start your new life in Tokyo. You will need a cell phone, internet services, TV reception, utilities, a bank account, resident registration, daily necessities and more.

We here at PLAZA HOMES have created easy-to-use English guides with information for expats living in Tokyo to make adapting to life in Japan stress-free. 

Japan’s Residency Management System for Foreign Nationals

If you're moving to Japan, one thing you definitely need to be aware of is what's called the "Residency Management System". This is what the Immigration Bureau of Japan calls their system for tracking the residency of foreigners in Japan. This system started on July 9th of 2012 and introduced some c…

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How to register or change your address in Japan

Once you are in Japan and have a fixed residence or are staying at a service apartment that allows their address to be registered as your residence, the first thing you will need to do is head to the municipal office and register your address. This article will cover the procedures used to register…

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Opening a Bank Account in Japan

Opening a bank account in Japan could be difficult if you don't speak Japanese however, in this article we introduce banks which offer English services and you can also open an account online.Most Japanese banks are open from 9:00-15:00, Monday to Friday, except for national holidays and New Year’…

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Buying a SIM card in Japan: 9 Essential Questions

If you are planning a long-term stay or are already a resident in Japan, mobile phones equipped with local SIM cards are are an everyday requirement. They are essential for your daily life and business. Because there are so many options of SIM cards in Japan, it may seem to be tricky and it could be…

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Connecting and Disconnecting Utilities When Moving Home in Tokyo

If your landlord or agency set up utilities for you, you don't have to worry about anything however, if they don't help you with it, you'd be obliged to contact energy suppliers by yourself before you move in (or move out). In this article you can learn the procedures of connecting or disconnect…

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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.

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Residential Lifeline Utility Prices in Japan (Electricity, Gas, Water)

Public utilities such as electricity, gas, and water supply, are basic necessities for everyday life. Here we explain easily the rate structure, payment methods, and a rough average cost per month by the number of household, to assist in gauging your budget for life in Japan. Gas and electricity…

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Japanese Mobile Phones: Plans, Coverage and Services

From the iPhone to the latest Android devices, Japanese mobile phones are outfitted with the latest technology with designs to suit every taste; whether you want to use them mostly for data exchange, phone calls or something else depends on your needs and lifestyle. Below, we provide a comparison of…

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Internet in Japan: Finding a Service Provider in Tokyo

One of the many great things about living in Tokyo–being a modern city-is all the modern technological conveniences that come with it, including Internet access. In Japan–as in many other developed countries–there are two primary ways in which you can access the Internet from your apartment; wired o…

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Japanese Streaming, Cable and More: Get English TV in Japan

Japanese culture can be rich and fascinating whether you speak the language or not, but when you're immersed in local entertainment – or frustrated at not being able to understand it – you might feel a little out of the culture loop back home and want some screen time with more familiar fare. Whethe…

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