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Checked the JET website sweet, I'd be eligible Bachelor's and CETLA, I'll keep that in mind if I want a change of pace, although currently like my current job too much to leave though


The competition is a little crazy over there anyway. Not to mention, the salary is like bare bones. If you truly want a job in that market, countries like China or Korea would be the better horse to bet on.
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One day I'll go spend a good 2 weeks to a month there, maybe.

Checked the JET website sweet, I'd be eligible Bachelor's and CETLA, I'll keep that in mind if I want a change of pace.


Go for a month! There is a ton to see. Find a good sharedhouse or a good Airbnb. Stay in business motels or find a Japanese family to stay with. Go for a month. Get the JR Shinkansen pass for 21 days so you can visit all major cities in Japan.

http://www.jrpass.com/?gclid=CNC1-JW5xc8CFcJkhgodQu8Apg

If you have a Bachelors you should be good to go to move there. Go visit and look for a job while there. Just make sure to not let immigration know you are there to look for a job. They may look at you suspiciously even though it is perfectly okay to do so. I would do it.


Yeah definitely, although I want to at least have a basic understanding of the language before going since I feel like I'd get a lot more out of it. One day, one day.
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Yeah definitely, although I want to at least have a basic understanding of the language before going since I feel like I'd get a lot more out of it. One day, one day


You won't regret it!
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kevz_210 wrote:

Checked the JET website sweet, I'd be eligible Bachelor's and CETLA, I'll keep that in mind if I want a change of pace, although currently like my current job too much to leave though


The competition is a little crazy over there anyway. Not to mention, the salary is like bare bones. If you truly want a job in that market, countries like China or Korea would be the better horse to bet on.


Of course those two countries pay more, no doubt about it. However, I'd do it for the cultural experience and only once I got a bunch of money saved up so I wouldn't have to care about such things. I got a pretty solid resume so I'm pretty optimistic I could land a position. When I did some teaching in Latin America I didn't to it to get rich, rather to learn a language and see a new part of the world. If money is your only goal you'd be better off in seeking out a career in banking imo.

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You'd make enough to live off of!

For about 600 bucks a month you could get a rent house with internet. Leo Palace!
Small but clean.

Best bet though is do like I did. Go to the area you want to live and work and go to the closest Apartent locator that has English words on the outisde.

Food is cheaper in Japan as long as you eat Japanese. No tipping necessary. Your smaller place in Japan will also have smaller bills.

I didn't pay more than 70 bucks in electricty and I ran my AC like a wasteful American. 24/7 in the summertime.
Gas 35, Internet 100 with cable TV as well, and then went to WATTMAN and IKEA to fill my little place with furnitrue. You can live off of 1600 a month easy by yourself.

Do it! It is better than Latin America!

I'm in Latin America now. LOL
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Going for a month in the Spring. It's mostly for vacation, but also to see if I would actually enjoy living there. I have a lot of cultural and societal knowledge, but nothing beats experiencing it first hand. If everything goes well, I'll likely move there after I've finished with university. I'm planning on doing a vacation rental for the duration of my stay and getting the rail pass, but is there anything else you would recommend I do to add to the experience/better prepare myself for evaluating the lifestyle?
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You have to see as much as you can.

I would recommed getting the rail pass and going to Kyoto and Osaka.

I would go early during the day in Kyoto and visit the Bamboo forest, hike monkey mountain, feed the monkeys, go to the Golden Temple, and then walk down Geisha road all before 6:00 PM, then head to Osaka and stay there for the night.

While Kyoto is a big city it closes very early. It is a bit more old fashioned. But yeah you can hit the buses and trains. Just map it out in order.
Go to Osaka at night and hit up Dontonburi the food district. Eat till your hearts content and avoid the Tax free shops as they are crowded with Chinese. Make sure to eat Okonomiaki and Tacoyaki there and really only there in Osaka. Go to a baseball game if at all possible.
Then in the morning take the bullet train back to Kyoto and explore more including Nara Park. While these are tourist places they are tourist places for Japanese as well.

Tokyo I would explore the JR line. Just go around and around. Each stop has some treasures.
I love Akihabara of course. Ueno is great for cheap souvenirs. Tskuji market at 5:00 AM please do this. Eat at the Ramen shops close by.
Go to Disneyland for sure! Don't forget your passes while there. Basically you can setup a time in which you want to ride a ride vs waiting in line.

If you like animals hit of the fox park as well and if you can go up to the cat island. You will have to take a ferry.

ROBOT Cafe if you like it loud.

And for a real Japanese experience, go to an Ohnsen. Get naked with the locals. Up North they still have coed but be prepared just for old folks. LOL.

Eat in Piss alley. Go to the little bars. Go to the park on Sunday near Hairajuku.

Talk to Japanese folks as much as you can. Many younger ones will welcome their chance to speak English and make a friend.

Remember one bad thing about Japan is lack of diversity. Japanese do get tired of just seeing other Japanese day in and day out. So they welcome a friend from another race with different experiences.

Visit Yokohama and the history right next door. Do a tour of the bay on a boat and usually at the waterfront they have concerts and festivals.

There is so much to do.

I'm going in March in time for Sakura season. If you get there at that time it is a whole other experience. Go to the castle around that time and walk around the moat.



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I agree with the others who have mentioned living in China instead if your only hope of living in Japan is to teach English. Flights to Japan from China really are quite cheap. One time I saw a RT ticket for less than $200. Plus China has a lot of anime conventions. If I had the time off I would have been able to attend about 5 conventions this year. And they all get Japanese guests.

I think the best kept secret to living in Japan if you like anime is to actually live in China. It's been amazing for these last 2 years I've been here, and I'm not completely broke like I would be if I was living in Japan.
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I would love to live in Japan because its culture, the people and food . Anime is a plus for me! Yes, I would love to know how I can live there, although I don't really speak the Japanese . I live in the states (NY). But if anything, I would diffidently go visit at least!!!
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I would love to live in Japan because its culture, the people and food . Anime is a plus for me! Yes, I would love to know how I can live there, although I don't really speak the Japanese . I live in the states (NY). But if anything, I would diffidently go visit at least!!!


If you really wish to live there, there is no excuse for you not to learn the language. I can't imagine living in a country and being unable to communicate and read. It's scary and frustating, I would imagine.
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I agree with the others who have mentioned living in China instead if your only hope of living in Japan is to teach English. Flights to Japan from China really are quite cheap. One time I saw a RT ticket for less than $200. Plus China has a lot of anime conventions. If I had the time off I would have been able to attend about 5 conventions this year. And they all get Japanese guests.

I think the best kept secret to living in Japan if you like anime is to actually live in China. It's been amazing for these last 2 years I've been here, and I'm not completely broke like I would be if I was living in Japan.


I've heard the same thing. Plus anime is cheaper as well as figurines and such. Plus teaching English in China is much more lucrative than Japan. And they love anime there as well.


I would love to live in Japan because its culture, the people and food . Anime is a plus for me! Yes, I would love to know how I can live there, although I don't really speak the Japanese . I live in the states (NY). But if anything, I would diffidently go visit at least!!!


Find a way to make money online. That is what I do. My wife and I work online about 2 days a week. Then you can be mobile.
You can live there for 6 months without a visa. Basically you go for 3 months, do a Visa run to Thailand, China, Phillipines, Taiwan, Vietnam. Guam or Hawaii. Come back for a final 3 months. You will have enjoyed your stay and maybe you could meet a Japanese girl and make her your wife and you can stay forever. LOL. Don't do the Visa run more than once and leave for more than a week or two.



If you really wish to live there, there is no excuse for you not to learn the language. I can't imagine living in a country and being unable to communicate and read. It's scary and frustating, I would imagine.


To be honest this is great to be able to do but not necessary. I got around fine with no problem. Not as scary as one might think. Make sure you can at least count.

Resteraunts usually have pictures and in Tokyo they are accustomed to tourists who cannot speak.
If a Japanese cannot understand what you are saying, write it down on paper. Most Japanese took 6 years of English in school and their grammar is pretty good when written, conversational is bad. Some of my friends were Japanese English teachers and let us say it was horrible what they teach the kids. I think the Thai, Koreans and Phillipinos are better at English than Japanese. But if you get in a pickle write it down. Chances are they will understand you and the rest is body language.

Paying your bills is not too difficult especially if you are in a shared house. No problem there.
But if you go on your own apartment they will send you mail and you take your bills to 7 11. You'll be able to see the cost cause it will say it in numbers followed by a Y looking character with a line through it for Yen.
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That's interesting. I'd still find myself getting pretty frustrated if I can't speak at a basic conversation level. Not that I'm a social butterfly but I make it a point to integrate well into any environment I move into. I had to learn how to speak the local dialect when I lived in rural town before. When I first moved to NY during my teens, I polished my English, accent and all, to a point that people can't tell I grew up elsewhere. It's a bit overkill but it helps motivate me in the long run.
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I'm not going to move there that's for sure, but I am going there for more than a week next month.


I've been told that I shouldn't even try to speak Japanese (my Japanese is crap) because once you start to speak, the locals will start to just talk to you real fast and you wouldn't be able to catch up...

So the advice was just speak English, and just point to stuff when you have to order things.

What says you?
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I'm not going to move there that's for sure, but I am going there for more than a week next month.


I've been told that I shouldn't even try to speak Japanese (my Japanese is crap) because once you start to speak, the locals will start to just talk to you real fast and you wouldn't be able to catch up...

So the advice was just speak English, and just point to stuff when you have to order things.

What says you?


One of my online tutors told me that I might want to pretend that I know less than I do. I can follow basic level Japanese but when it comes to rapid, real-life conversations, I can only get the main idea a little more than half the time. But I'm still excited to try out what I've learned irl.
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nanikore2 wrote:

I'm not going to move there that's for sure, but I am going there for more than a week next month.


I've been told that I shouldn't even try to speak Japanese (my Japanese is crap) because once you start to speak, the locals will start to just talk to you real fast and you wouldn't be able to catch up...

So the advice was just speak English, and just point to stuff when you have to order things.

What says you?


One of my online tutors told me that I might want to pretend that I know less than I do. I can follow basic level Japanese but when it comes to rapid, real-life conversations, I can only get the main idea a little more than half the time. But I'm still excited to try out what I've learned irl.


Yeah I think I'd sooner pretend to know ZERO Japanese than to try to speak lol. I'll need a paper cheat sheet with me since I probably will count numbers the wrong ways too.
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