Just came across two articles where it appears that 3 out of the top 10 most expensive cities to live in for expats are in Japan. I suppose that’s no real surprise for those who have traveled to Japan – the country itself is notorious for its high prices for everything from cars, rent, to even fruits. This study was originally done by the international human resources consulting firm, Mercer.
Several things that struck out to me:
- The categories for this list: one of the standards used was a “luxury two bedroom apartment”. Honestly, as a possible expat, I will most likely not be living in a luxury two bedroom apartment
- Some of these cities are in Africa – isn’t Africa still a primarily developing continent? To have some unknown city in Angola be toe to toe with Tokyo is pretty cool yet very “left field”.
- This doesn’t stop my future aspirations to travel!
Here’s the first article from News on Japan (dot) com. The second being from Yahoo!, who in turn got it from CNBC. Till next time, but for readers’ sake, here are the top 5 most expensive places to live for expats:
- Tokyo, Japan
- Luanda, Angola
- Osaka, Japan
- Moscow, Russia
- Geneva & Zurich (tied), Switzerland
Hey guys! Guess who’s baaack??
Haha. It’s Shinji. Sorry for not updating for a while.
I’ve been running around looking for a job and such…
Well anyway! What is Ohanami??
Well it’s basically a huge outside party in parks full of cherry blossom!
The good part is that we get to drink alcohol outside in the public haha.
The place I’m heading is THE largest park in Japan (134 acres).
There will be park full of drunk people hanging out all day.
Will update later today if I’m not too wasted ahaha.
Akihabara is definitely one of the most popular spots in Tokyo among tourist.
It’s famous for electronics stores, aaaaand GEEK CULTURE!
If you are a fan of games, animes, computers, or idols, this is the place for you!
Here are some pics I took the other day.
Sorry I didn’t go deep enough… I’m really interested in exploring this town!
Yodobashi, the electronics super department.
Some figures displayed at Akihabara Station.
Stumbled upon this just today and thought it’d be cool just to share.
Gindara Saikyo-yaki is considered number 1 on this list.
On a personal note, I have yet to visit Japan, so this is a very good list for those of us who have yet to visit the land of the rising sun. Horsemeat, real ramen, and te-uchi soba have jumped out as potential firsts! Here’s the link – enjoy!
After being in So Cal for 5 years, I found Tokyo is quite.. scenic?
Skyscrapers, city lights, some nature and lots and lots of people. I hope you will come check out with your own eyes someday
Intersection in front of Shibuya Station (featured in Tokyo drift).Marunouchi.
Around Tokyo Station.
Arakawa（荒川） It runs between Tokyo and Saitama (where I live).