Expat's Life Guide
and Tips

To enjoy living in Tokyo, there are things you need to know. Public services, utilities, where to shop, recreation spots and etc.
Here we provide you with guides and tips to live in Tokyo.

Cultural activities
  • - Ikebana (Flower arranging)
  • - Sado (Tea Ceremony)
  • - Shodo (Calligraphy)
  • - Japanese Cooking
Driving in Japan
  • - Driving with a Foreign License
  • - Converting to a Japanese License
  • - Japanese License Renewal
  • - Driving Schools
  • - Driving Rules
  • - Gas stations
  • - EV Charging Points
  • - Parking
  • - Renting a Car
Railway Tips and Manner
  • - PASMO and Suica
  • - Priority Seat
  • - Woman’s Only Carriage
  • - The rules and manners on the platforms and inside the carriages
Rail Travel around Tokyo
  • - Overground Trains
    • JR
    • Private rail
    • Service Types
  • - Subways
In the Event of a Large-scale Earthquake
  • - First Steps
  • - Evacuation Facilities
  • - Communication
How to Get Rid of Common Bugs and Pests in Your Japanese Home
  • - Cockroaches
  • - Mosquitoes
  • - Mites
  • - Flies
  • - Fruit Fly
Obon and Fireworks around Tokyo
  • - Obon
  • - Fireworks
Common Summer Illnesses That You Should Watch Out For

Since Japan's summer is hot and extremely humid, it is easy to get various diseases from loss of appetite, lifestyle problems, heatstroke, infections etc.

Typhoons and Heavy Rain
  • - Typhoons
  • - “Guerilla” Rain
  • - Heavy rainfall warning
2019 Annual holidays and event

This year's popular events, festivals, and holidays in Japan. Please check and enjoy them!

Cherry Blossom Fair held by Tokyo International School

We supported the annual Cherry Blossom Fair once again this year at Tokyo International School. This year’s event included face painting, nail art experience for kids, a silent auction where visitors could bid on merchandise, flamenco, a koto performance and more upon the stage, many things that entertained kids and adults alike. The many international food stalls were bustling with activity as well.

Ken Corporation at British School in Tokyo’s Spring Fair

On March 23rd 2019, we as KEN Corporation has participated in the British School Spring Fair. We have been participating in this event every year.

Everyday Shopping

- Supermarkets
- Drugstores
- Convenience stores
- 100 Yen Shops
- Department Stores
- Food Labelling

Basic Japanese Words and Phrases

- Basic Written Japanese
- Basic Japanese Words
- Japanese phrases for everyday life


- Burnable, Unburnable, Plastics, Food and Drink Recyclables, Paper and Cardboard, Oversized Waste,
- Garbage Marks

Having a Baby

- Lump-Sum Childbirth and Childcare Allowance
- Health Insurance
- Child Immunization
- Medical Expense Subsidy Program for Children

Medical Facilities with English Service

- Medical Facilities with English Service
- Medical Reference Hotlines

Home Leave

- Before departure
- While you’re away
- On returning


- Insurance
- Clinics and Hospitals
- English-speaking doctors
- When sick or injured
- Drugstores
- Seasonal conditions


- Emergency Services
- Natural Disasters (Typhoons / Earthquakes)
- Emergency Kit

Post and Courier Services

- Mail in Japan (Basic services / Japanese addresses / Change of Address in Japan)
- Courier Services (Sending / Payment / Tracking / Undeliverable Item Notice / Request redelivery)
- Receiving at a Post Office


- Opening services (Electricity / Gas / Water)
- Meter Reading Sheets and Bills


- The Energy Supplier
- Devices From Overseas
- Buying Electronics
- Home Appliance Settings

Local Topics - Nissin World Delicatessen

Located near Azabu-juban Station, Nissin World Delicatessen is a international food supermarket stocking food from around the world that is supported by the expat community.