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Old 10-14-2017, 05:46 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm posting on here for suggestions of cities in Japan to live and work in (teaching English as a second language). I've never visited Japan, so it would be helpful if anyone who is familiar to share their insights. That would be really helpful. Looking for cities that are more urban (close to airports, hospital, amenities, etc) but still have affordable rents for foreign teachers. (I totally understand that "affordable" is a subjective term, but just generally speaking). Thanks.
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:26 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm posting on here for suggestions of cities in Japan to live and work in (teaching English as a second language). I've never visited Japan, so it would be helpful if anyone who is familiar to share their insights. That would be really helpful. Looking for cities that are more urban (close to airports, hospital, amenities, etc) but still have affordable rents for foreign teachers. (I totally understand that "affordable" is a subjective term, but just generally speaking). Thanks.
Pretty much everywhere in Japan is great. I lived in Niigata and Osaka.

All the cities are connected by trains, and bullet trains...and most all cities are quite walkable, pedestrian-friendly, etc. You should be fine almost anywhere.

If you make a list of cities are you are interested, and one is the exception to those rules, we could point that out more easily. But, as a general rule, most cities Japan cities have all of those things.

Ahmm...affordabliity. All of Japan is expensive, Tokyo being the most expensive.
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:40 PM
 
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I have a granddaughter and her husband over there teaching English right now.
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:35 PM
 
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I would say anywhere in the Tokyo metro area is good, not necessarily in the city but somewhere in the suburbs. Personally, I like either Kanagawa or Western Tokyo Prefecture.
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:23 PM
 
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Pretty much everywhere in Japan is great. I lived in Niigata and Osaka.

All the cities are connected by trains, and bullet trains...and most all cities are quite walkable, pedestrian-friendly, etc. You should be fine almost anywhere.

If you make a list of cities are you are interested, and one is the exception to those rules, we could point that out more easily. But, as a general rule, most cities Japan cities have all of those things.

Ahmm...affordabliity. All of Japan is expensive, Tokyo being the most expensive.
Thanks. I will come up w/ list of some cities i'm interested to live in. I've read that Tokyo is also very expensive, can a foreign teacher live comfortably there?
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:24 PM
 
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I have a granddaughter and her husband over there teaching English right now.
Cool, how has the experience been for them (if you know)?
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:25 PM
 
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I would say anywhere in the Tokyo metro area is good, not necessarily in the city but somewhere in the suburbs. Personally, I like either Kanagawa or Western Tokyo Prefecture.
Thanks, I'll look into those areas.
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Old 10-15-2017, 07:22 PM
 
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Thanks. I will come up w/ list of some cities i'm interested to live in. I've read that Tokyo is also very expensive, can a foreign teacher live comfortably there?
Have you seen how people in Tokyo live? Even US micro-apartments are spacious by comparison to how average people, including teachers, live in Tokyo. Especially 1-income couples and singles.
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Old 10-16-2017, 01:48 AM
 
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Thanks. I will come up w/ list of some cities i'm interested to live in. I've read that Tokyo is also very expensive, can a foreign teacher live comfortably there?
In Tokyo, many teachers (and others) have to live in something as small as a 6-tatami mat room. You can look up online and see how bit a tatami mat is. Japanese Jo to Square Meters Conversion Calculator and Table - Convert Japanese Tatami: Jo Tatami Mats to Square Meters. One thing I just read is that Tokyo can be down to a 4.5 jo (tatami mats).

Anyways, in short, I've visited friends who've taught in Tokyo, and some of them can live in very small places. But in the countryside, they can be quite a bit more spacious. It's kind of a universal principle actually - same in the U.S. between living in Manhattan vs Des Moines. Go to smaller cities, and your housing space becomes more comfortable, and your salary goes a little further.

In general, most salaries are quite similar in Japan, regardless of what city they are in. So if quality of living is extremely high on your list, and that equates to the size of your house, take that into consideration. For other people, being in the middle of all the action is higher for their quality of life. So they make decide that despite a small living space, they won't spend much time in the apartment anyways, so that is worth that sacrifice.

In short, it just depends on which you want...
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:02 AM
 
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Has anyone taught/familiar with in Hokkaido (Sapporo)?

I heard good things about Kanazawa (highly traditional Japanese city) and Fukuoka (in the south).

I sometimes hate what others love.
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