Apr 20, 2012
Francesco Agresti

Useful Websites for Expats

Let’s face it. It can be a little tough at times when living in a country where you can’t communicate or read the native language. That’s why we have come up with a list of useful websites for English speakers in Japan, which can make life smoother and more enjoyable.

Jorudan Trains

Say goodbye to those complex looking subway maps and say hello to Jorudan Train Route Finder. Easily one of the most essential websites for any English speaker in Japan since we rely so heavily on public transport. The simplistic design and ability to compare different train routes to a destination are what makes this website so useful.

Japan train route finder

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JapanesePod101

This is the go to site for learning Japanese, whether you’re an absolute beginner or experienced speaker. You can sign up for a lengthy free trial and download podcasts from a huge back catalog to really boost your listening comprehension. Furthermore, you will have access to the scripts for each podcast lesson, so you can brush up on your reading skills at the same time. Perfect for learning on the go.

JapanesePod101

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Metropolis

Japan’s number one English magazine in digital form. Here you can find information on current events, expert reviews on popular restaurants, classifieds and much more. An excellent source of information for those living in the Tokyo area.

Metropolis

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The Japan Times

Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute news in Japan. A very reliable and useful resource for foreign residents in Japan who aren’t able to recognize 4000+ kanji characters…

Japan Times

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JapanTourist

The special thing about JapanTourist is that location reviews are written by the people, for the people. Unlike most travel sites, JapanTourist finds a comfortable balance between professional and casual reviews. This means all reviews are intimate and fun to read, while keeping an air of professionalism.

JapanTourist

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Japan-Guide

The best feature about this travel website is the forums section. Expat veterans will answer any Japan related question you may have–from what the best Internet provider is to finding the cheapest supermarkets.

Japan Guide

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MetroDining

The only English language website to feature hundreds of restaurant reviews in Japan. Not only can you read editorial reviews, but you can write your own user reviews and share your thoughts with the MetroDining community. Find out important information such as location, family friendliness and whether smoking is prohibited or not.

MetroDining

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Craigslist

The most popular classifieds website boasts a wide range of categories for you to sell, buy or flog all manners of items and services. You’d be surprised at what bargains and freebies you can find here…

Craigslist

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