Work in Japan


Arriving In Japan

MOFA's website provides extensive information on visas for entering Japan.
This web page provides information on the rules and regulations of Japan customs.
Mike Newman’s Narita Layover Page has some good insight into the inner workings of Narita Airport and what to do in the general Narita area.
Narita Airport’s website provides you with information for your arrival in Japan.
Jorudan’s Train Route Finder allows users to enter a start and end point of travel, and provides a suggested route.
Narita Express (NEX) train service provides a transportation option from Narita Airport to Tokyo.
The Skyliner is an express train from Narita airport.
This bus service is available from Narita Airport, with buses departing regularly for Tokyo area hotels.
Visit this website for information on specific airports and their facilities.
Yokoso Japan is a welcome site with information to help you plan a visit or long-term stay.

Daily Life

Housing Japan's Life Guide for expats living in Tokyo.
This confidential service provides support, counseling, and information to the international community.
Find the latest weather forecast for Japan, as well as anywhere else in the world by visiting
GMAP has thousands of maps in English that work on computers, mobile phones and on devices like EMOBILE and iPod touch.
Housing Japan features a list of many supermarkets that carry international food items.
Meidi-Ya Store has several locations around Tokyo that carry Western food.
Located in Higashi-Azabu, Nissin is a large grocery store that stocks many Western food items.
This online store offers some international products (Japanese language only site).
Visit the website of this food and goods wholesaler.
Another wholesaler (website in Japanese only).
Try this food importer for to find food and other products from overseas.
EnglishOK! provides information and reviews on many restaurants in Tokyo that offer English menus.
This website lists restaurants and bars according to neighborhood, some of which have English menus or English speaking staff.
This English page of FedEx Japan’s website provides information on global shipping services.
The official website of Japan Postal Services.
The International Herald Tribune/Asahi Shimbun is an English newspaper with news from around the world.
The Daily Yomiuri is an English newspaper with the highest circulation in the world.
An independent English newspaper popular in the foreign community.
Metropolis is a weekly English magazine with information on events, restaurants, and culture.
This monthly English magazine provides information about Tokyo events and pop culture.
People interested in following the Tokyo Stock Exchange can visit their site directly for quotes and can even build their own portfolio online.
NikkeiNet keeps you up to date on markets in Japan.
Nikkei offers Japan’s only English financial newspaper, The Nikkei Weekly, which covers business, finance, technology and more.
Mark Schumacher created this informative site on Buddhist-Shinto practices and deities.
TELL provides a list of Tokyo area religious facilities.
Review this list of popular temples in Japan.
Visit Japan Guide for a list of Shinto shrines in Japan.
Outdoor Japan is a group dedicated to showing the greener side of Japan. Visit the website to read about great activities available throughout the country.
People interested in finding a nearby gym can consult the list of facilities on Housing Japan.
This company helps people deal with pet quarantine procedures in Japan. The site also contains useful information about the proper procedures for bringing your pet into the country.
This site provides a detailed manual for emergency procedures in the event of an earthquake.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government offers consultation and legal counseling for foreigners.


Jorudan’s Train Route Finder allows users to enter a start and end point of travel, and provides a suggested route.
The Japan Railways site explains the proper procedure for purchasing tickets, times and fares, and more.
The JAF website includes information on obtaining a Japanese drivers license.
Visit for a breakdown of taxes and fees, information on buying a car, and information on Shaken, a mandatory vehicle inspection on a car.
A Japanese car rental agency with English support and website.


Visit this site for resume templates and examples.
A resume-writing service.
Tips and advice on how to write and market your resume.
Articles with tips for successful job searching.
Visit this website for more information about visas for living and working in Japan and the process for obtaining a visa.
This web page gives pointers on proper manners when living and working in Japan.
The regulations regarding entrepreneurship and starting a business can be found on the Japan External Trade Organization’s website.
Venture Japan is a site that is dedicated to explaining some of the ins and outs of how to do business in Japan.
The National Pension Plan covers all people between the ages of 20 and 60 living in Japan (including students) and provides equal basic pension benefits.
The Employees' Pension Plan applies to workers under the age of 70 who are working full-time.
For information on taxes in Japan, visit the Japan Reference web page.
A service providing consultations and help wanted information.


Visit this website to locate traditional accommodations in Japan, such as a ryokan.
Use this site to book a stay at hostels throughout Japan.
Information on temple sightseeing, lodging, and more.
A service assisting foreigners looking for monthly guesthouse apartments.
A Tokyo apartment and guesthouse agency.
Century 21’s website provides information about common housing issues for foreigners in Japan.
Search online apartment listings in Tokyo and Nagoya areas.
Search listings for apartments in the Tokyo and Yokohama areas.
Information on residential and commercial real estate properties in Tokyo.
Search apartments for rent in the Tokyo area.
Search homes for sale in the Tokyo area.
For questions about how to obtain a loan and who is legally eligible to own property in Japan, visit this website.


The CitiBank Japan website features information on different account types and how to open them.
Information on Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
The official Mizuho site provides corporate information.
The website of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation provides a company profile and overview of its mission.
Japan Post Bank's website features a corporate profile and management philosophy.


Allows you to compare quotes from leading travel insurers to find the best coverage.
Provides information on the national health insurance plan in Japan.
Provides information on the social insurance plan in Japan.
This government website gives details on the Nursing Insurance plan, enrollment, and premiums.
Gives a listing of international health insurance plans.
Visit this website to read about insurance, bringing prescription medications into Japan, and more.
Use the US Embassy website to find a doctor or hospital.
This search engine allows you to perform a language and specialty search by location, and will tell you how proficient the doctors are in your native language.
Includes detailed information about hospital procedures, as well as a list of common terms and medical expressions in Japanese.


View this website for information on renting a cell phone abroad that will work in Japan.
Visit the Sprint website for more information about renting a cell phones for use in Japan.
Visit the Verizon Wireless website for more information about renting a cell phones for use in Japan.
Read about cell phone plans and discounts on the DoCoMo website.
Find information about cell phone price plans and discounts on the AU by KDDI website.
View price plans and cell phone models on the SoftBank website.
The Internet is available through Internet service providers across the country. Visit this site to read about different ISPs in Japan.
Skype’s service allows you to place international calls from your computer, requiring only a headset or microphone.
Housing Japan’s Lifestyle – TV section reviews the different television options available and the steps to take before ordering service.


Global Daigaku lists schools including colleges, language study schools, high schools and more.
QS TopMBA features all the essential information about international MBA, from rankings to business schools, financing options and career opportunities.
QS is an online guide for international Masters and PhDs. It features subject and university guides, interviews with corporate and academic executives, career profiles and information on education fairs.
The Japanese Language School Database features a list of schools, searchable by name or area.
The Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Program offers seven types of different scholarships with varying requirements. Visit the site to determine what you are qualified for and submit applications to help offset the costs of studying in Japan.
The Japan Student Services Organization has information about studying in Japan and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students.
For a master site with links to many universities in Japan, visit All Universities Around the World.
Temple University, Japan Campus in Minato-ku, Tokyo, is an abroad branch of Temple’s main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Embassy of the United States Japan provides a list of English-speaking schools (elementary through high school) throughout Japan.