A Student’s Guide to Living in Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is one of the world’s most populated metro areas.  It is a modern metropolis that’s home to over 13 million people from all walks of life. Tokyo’s scene is a mix of modern,  traditional, local, and foreign influences, making it one of the best places to live and learn when in Japan.  It embodies the rich history, culture, and awe-inspiring progress of Japan and its people throughout the centuries.

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As a student in a foreign country, it may be a bit difficult adjusting to the culture and way of life of the locals. Here are a few things to keep in mind and help you get started when living in Tokyo:

Free places for sightseeing in Tokyo!

Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities to live in, especially for a student on a budget.  But even if Tokyo is an expensive city, you can still experience much of what it has to offer on a tight budget.  There are many places you see and explore to experience the Japanese culture and way of life, and it won’t cost you a single cent!

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Getting around Tokyo

Tokyo’s train and subway system is a network of reliable, convenient, and comfortable state-of-the-art carriages that can get you around the city and out of it smoothly. Japan’s bus system can be useful to get to some areas the train or subway can’t get to. Bus fares are cheap, and you can use Pasmo/Suica contact-less payment cards. You can even get some exercise by taking a stroll or renting a bike.

Staying safe

Japan’s crime rate may be one of the lowest in the world, but it still isn’t 100% safe. It is still best to exercise caution, especially as a foreigner in a new country.

Eating out on a budget

Tokyo can be expensive if you don’t know where to get good, affordable meals. Still, there are several dining places whose prices won’t put a hole in your pocket.

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Staying connected while in Japan

It can be quite expensive to use the roaming feature of your current local mobile service provider.  You’ll save money in the long run if you use Japanese wi-fi or mobile phone service providers.

Check out more tips from KCP’s alumnus Hector Santiago!