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Akasaka Palace – The State Guest House

Wander south of Yotsuya station at the south-east corner of Shinjuku ward and you will find the road widens as it splits, towards Akasaka to the left and Meiji Jingu Gaien to the right. In between, behind tall gates of

Lost in Translation – Wasei Eigo

The mass importation of foreign words into the Japanese language can make communicating in Japan that little bit easier. English words are used for many foods and drinks, household wares, and a host of other items and concepts. However, some

5 Tips – Buying a Home in Japan

Tokyo rent might not be as expensive as London or New York… but it’s still pretty high! With interest rates in Japan so low now, however, this could be an excellent time to buy. There are a few things you’ll

LOCAVORE

A short distance from Yoyogi-Uehara Station in a quiet back street is this small eatery run by a husband (chef) and wife (sommelier) team. In the style of a Parisian bistro, the bright red exterior is easy to spot. The

SAGEMONOYA

Looking for antique NETSUKE? Sagemonoya, opened more than 25 years ago, is still the only gallery in Japan specializing in genuine antique Netsuke. A wide selection and price range of these miniature carvings are available, together with Inro, Ojime and

Hibiya Clinic

5 Tokyo Stations for Anime Fans

Sound effects and jingles are a big part of everyday life in Tokyo. Among the sounds heard most often in the city are so-called , the tunes played on station platforms when a train is about to leave. In the

Asakusa Yabusame

Among the lesser known of Japan’s martial arts is yabusame, a form of horseback archery. Yabusame events take place across the country throughout the year. Expat’s Guide went along to this year’s Asakusa Yabusame event, held at Sumida Park. Yabusame

Manekineko

Experience the joy of singing any time at Manekineko! With a large English song selection on the latest, easy-to-use machines, as well as a wide variety of food and drink on offer, Manekineko is an excellent place to enjoy singing

7 Tokyo Rail Hacks

Once you get used to the overcrowding, get to know which lines intersect at which stations, and which lines are operated by which companies, Tokyo’s rail network is not so difficult to navigate. Still, there are a few tips and

Japanese Tax Return Season

February and March in Japan is tax season, when all residents receive a tax return form from their local tax office. The two main forms of tax are income tax and . The rates you pay for both kinds of

Samurai & Ninja Show in Asakusa

Samurai, ninja and geisha are among the most evocative aspects of Japanese culture, but events and tourist attractions that feature them are relatively few and far between. The “Samurai & Ninja Show in Asakusa” aims to rectify that. Expat’s Guide

Cocokara Fine

Cocokara Fine is a drugstore that sells cosmetics, everyday items and food in addition to medicines and healthcare goods. Priding itself on its wide selection, Cocokara Fine carries a range of famous brands, including some that can only be purchased

Seasonal Food – Winter

To chase away the cold, warming dishes like nabe and oden are particularly popular in winter in Japan. Both can be made with a wide range of ingredients, with some of the most popular being in season (or “shun” in

Hatsumōde

Despite the ubiquity of temples and shrines all over the country, the Japanese people tend to hold rather casual spiritual beliefs. However, there is one spiritual event that virtually everyone takes part in at the start of the year, and

Sending & Receiving Money Overseas

There are a number of options to consider when sending or receiving money from overseas in Japan. International remittance is possible at post offices and banks, though fees can be quite high, especially when the transfer goes through intermediary banks.

Dr. Passport App Out Now

One of the biggest worries for any foreign traveler is getting sick or injured while abroad. Explaining your condition to accommodation staff or health workers to get the attention you require can be a stressful proposition. From explaining your symptoms

Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution

This addition to Japan’s World Heritage List from July 2015 comprises 23 locations, mainly concentrated along the coast of Kyūshū, which capture the history of Japan’s industrial revolution during the Meiji Era. Japan developed quickly during this period and was

Five great things about Japanese courier services

It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s visited Japan to learn that the Japanese approach to customer service isn’t found only at shops and restaurants. The care, attention and user-friendliness you find in the hospitality sector extends to

Hinamatsuri

Celebration Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on the 3rd of March, and is traditionally a day dedicated to girls, in the way “Kodomo no hi” (5th of May) was originally dedicated to boys. The celebration is marked in homes with

Space Design Inc.

Operating quality serviced apartments for 20 years with 12 Locations in Tokyo/Yokohama. Customized flexibility with quality made in Japan. BUREAU/B-SITE: Serviced Apartments with full kitchen, fully functional facilities and high-end furniture. For short-term monthly stays to extensive yearly stays. Various

VALIENTE BARCO Co. Ltd.

Harajuku-based domestic property management company with more than 10 years’ experience. Entrust them with the management of your own residential property.

Clarence International School

Clarence International is a unique Arts based preschool, following a British curriculum. All of their teaching has a strong backbone in the Arts, maximising learning benefits. Literacy, numeracy and science are not compromised by this focus, in fact, teaching these

Ivy Prep International School

preschool

Kids On Air

Kids On Air is a special afterschool program for kids in grade 1-4 that provides dynamic hands-on experience through project-based learning. preschool

Star Kids International Preschool

It is Star Kids’ mission to provide every child with a quality, early childhood experience. They work to create a safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment which fosters each child’s individual needs. Their inquiry, play and objective based activities make

Tokyo Children’s Garden
Recommended

A Reggio Emilia-inspired international bilingual preschool opened in April 2017 which provides a student-centered, adaptive learning environment. The school is based in Ikedayama, a quiet suburban area close to Gotanda and Takanawadai stations. The high teacher to student ratio (5

Tokyo International Kindercare

TIK has a “whole child” approach to education that aims to develop children intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and aesthetically. They are committed to instilling each child with a strong sense of morals, values, and character that all parents can be

International Health Care Clinic

Treatment in English and Japanese offered by doctors with international medical experience.

Jinai Naika Clinic

Kioicho Ladies Clinic

Kioicho Ladies Clinic is an obstetrics and gynecology clinic run by the English- and French-speaking Dr. Seiya Orito. The clinic treats general gynecological conditions and also offers pre-natal check-ups up to 32 weeks of pregnancy. It is part of the

Plaza Plastic Surgery

Plaza Clinic is run by Dr. Robert Kure – the only doctor in Japan certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and was former chief resident at UCLA. Botox for wrinkles, hyperhidrosis, and migraine headaches. Plaza also offers facelifts,

Shinagawa East Clinic

Shinagawa East Clinic is located in central Tokyo and has 17 years of history. The clinic specializes in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, ophthalmology, medical check-ups and travel vaccinations. Translation and interpretation services can be provided, and medical certificates can be

Takahashi Clinic

Tokyo Mental Health

Tokyo Mental Health offers mental health therapy services in Tokyo with a UK and Japan-licensed English psychiatrist, Dr Andrew Kissane. Dr Kissane is a British consultant psychiatrist and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK. He

Tokyo Psychiatry Clinic

Tokyo Psychiatry Clinic at American Clinic Tokyo offers psychiatric medical services in Tokyo with a UK and Japan-licensed English psychiatrist, Dr Andrew Kissane. Dr Kissane is a British consultant psychiatrist and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in

Tokyo Skin Clinic

EU-licensed multi-lingual doctors, experts in acne, skin cancer checks and rejuvenation. Outpatient procedures include cosmetic skin surgery, laser treatments, chemical peels, Botox/hyalouronic acid injections, sclerotherapy, etc. Checkups and STD tests available.

What to do when sick or injured in Japan

When you are unwell, it is important to seek help from the appropriate facility, be it a hospital, a clinic or a simple drugstore. This page will take you step by step through the procedures involved in getting medical assistance in Japan.

Seasonal Conditions

Japan has four very distinct seasons, with a cold, dry winter and a hot, humid summer. Certain medical conditions are especially prevalent during particular seasons. Read this guide to help prepare yourself for seasonal afflictions.

Public Health Centers and STD Testing

Public Health Centers (Hokenjo) Operated by local authorities, public health centers, ( in Japanese) and are in place to promote the health and wellbeing of the general public. This includes support for expectant mothers and the elderly, and work to

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