Happy Monday everyone!
So, now for today's blog.
If you are one of those who have decided to stay here for about 3-5 years, this is for you.
First, the first job you will have is Teaching English. I can safely say that about 95% of all foreigners who come here will start with that.
There's nothing wrong with it, and depending on your experience (aka Luck) you can actually get paid quite well. Some pay between 2500-4000 dollars a month.
This is will get you a visa. Once you have that, then you can rest easy.
The basic requirements for a Visa is 1: a job and 2: a college degree.
I suppose I shouldn't say this, but you can just buy a degree on the internet. I know a guy who did that and he has been in Japan for several years without ANY problems with visas and other things. I DO NOT recommend it, but...
Now, for apartments, you have several options.
You can stay at one of the many guest houses. These are usually friendly and easy to get into, but they cost a TON. Will, not really a ton, but for what you are getting, (A bunk with like 6 other people and you share everything) it seems over priced. Usually 5-700 a month.
The good part, I guess you could say, is that they are usually always located in the center of Tokyo. So, if you desperately want to have that 'Downtown Tokyo' lifestyle, then this may be for you.
But, if you want to actually experience Tokyo, I would recommend going for some of the more countryside areas. The jobs here are fewer, but they are almost ALWAYS open, because everyone want to have the aforementioned lifestyle.
Also, in the countryside everything is cheaper, so while you are making the same amount of money, you will technicalｙ be richer, you could say. Also, rent in the country side is SO MUCH cheaper than in the city.
Another bit of advice is the find at least 3 different super markets in your area. The reason why is because all Supermarkets have some things cheaper and more expensive than others,. For me, for example, for all my bread and rice needs I go to one, for my meat needs I go to another, and for things like milk and extra things, I go to to last one.
Also, buy a rice cooker. With it, your food bill per month with be cut by as much as 50%. Buying precooked rice seems cheap, but it can add up to much more than you think.
So, there's a few lifestyle tips for living in Japan everyone.