Tokyo is an exciting expat destination, and those planning a move there are bound to have many questions about life in this bustling city. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Tokyo.
How safe is Tokyo?
Tokyo is extremely safe. Nevertheless, it is a sprawling city and expats should always take adequate precautions, especially around crowded areas and when travelling on public transport, as pickpockets are known to target unsuspecting foreigners.
Is Tokyo expensive?
The cost of living in Tokyo can be quite high, but this can be combatted by living frugally. The biggest and most non-negotiable expense for any expat is accommodation.
Are the locals friendly to expats?
Expats are regarded as very honoured and welcome guests in Japan, and the average citizen will go out of their way to help a new arrival. National pride is on the rise which means that it's considered important that Japan presents itself in a positive light to all visitors.
Are weekend getaways from Tokyo possible?
Definitely – depending on budget and inclination. Travel between cities in Japan can be expensive, particularly via train. Buses are often cheaper, although they do take longer. The most popular destinations are Hakone, a mountain onsen (hot spring) site, the Izu peninsula or skiing in Hakuba in the winter. Nikko is also quite close by and is a wonderful location to visit during autumn when the leaves on the trees are breathtaking.