IC cards are plastic cards with integrated chips inside, allowing tap-style payment of train fare. There are several types in Japan that all work by tapping them at station gates with IC sensors. More recently, vending machines and shops have also accommodated IC payment for purchasing goods. Read on to see how these clever cards can make your life in Japan infinitely easier.
The cost of living per month in Japan is around ¥160,000, which translates to $1,140 USD as of November 2022. This includes things like rent, food, and other spending money. However, as with any budget there are many personal factors that can bring that number up or down such as cars and rent. Read on to learn more.
Moving to Japan without knowing Japanese can be a challenge, but it’s far from impossible. English teaching companies prefer that you don’t speak Japanese in schools, and if you get a job with one, they’ll organize the hardest parts of moving. Looking for other work may prove more difficult, unfortunately.
Living in Japan as a foreigner can be isolating because you’re far away from everything you know and people tend to treat you differently. But you’ll find that the majority of your encounters are pleasant and the struggles you go through often end up being rewarding in the end.