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Featured Articles on Living, Working, Studying, Traveling, and Volunteering in Japan
Insider tips for living in Tokyo, Japan. Insider Tips for Living in Tokyo by Carrie Hurst
Expat enjoys the calligraphy in Japan. Living in Japan: Starting A New Life as an Expat by Tzigane Ludwig
Living outside Nagano, Japan. Living Outside of Nagano, Japan: Happenings Away From the Metropolis by Chris Gladden
Living in busy metropolitan Tokyo. Living in Tokyo: A Guide for Expats to Handle Culture Shock by Mike Jones
Street scene in Tokyo. Moving and Living in Tokyo, Japan by Rebecca Combs Tilhou
A bridge observed while teaching English in Japan. How to Find an English Teaching Job from Inside Japan by Dominic Woodman
An onsen (hot spring) in Japan. Solo Travel in Japan by Lies Ouwerkerk
A woman experiences a rice field, art, dancing, and an epiphany while in Japan. The Girl Who Went to the Moon by Brooke Griffin
A Narrative Travel Writing Contest winner about a young woman who experienced a transformative visit with a friendly artist and a charming family in a wonderful small town while on a fellowship in Japan.
Living and Working in Japan Teaching English as an Expatriate by Camille Bromley
Island Fever in Okinawa by Mary Richardson
Absorb Japan’s Language and Culture in Tokyo by Karin Ling
Getting Started Teaching English in Japan: What to Expect by John Sheldon
You Can Do It... Teaching English in Japan: Honest, Practical, and Up-to-Date Information by Andrew “Maps” Curtis
Teaching English and Living in Japan by Lindy Sinka 
Live, Learn, and Teach English in Japan by Christopher P. Cotter
Teaching English in Japan: How to Get Started and What to Expect by Jo Ebisujima
A Teaching Career in Japan: Opportunities at Colleges and Universities by Aaron Paulson
Teach English in Japan with the JET Exchange Program: A Generous Invitation to Get to Know Japan by Aaron Paulson
Teach English in Japan: Find a Job through the Web: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Work by Celeste Heiter
The Japanese Job Interview by Mike Jones
Working in Japan: What to Expect in the Japanese Workplace by Mike Jones
Teaching English in Japan: The Internet Job Search by AJ Hoge
Adjusting to Living in a New Culture: An English Teaching Assistant's Introduction to Japan by Gabrielle Wallace
Short-Term Contracts Teaching English in Japan by Matthew Hernon
Tutoring English in Japan by Adrienne McPhail
Volunteer Vacations in Japan with WWOOF by Matt Uchimaru
Feeling Welcome in Japan by Nancy Penrose
The Three Best Hot Spring Resorts in Japan by Stephen Carr
Travel to the Hut of Basho by William Orem

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 Expatriate Websites and Resources for Japan Living in Japan as an Expatriate provides resources and a directory of blogs about moving to and living in Japan.

Expat Arrivals Japan offers a guide with information for expats on moving to and living in the country, including articles, interviews, and resources for work and visas.

Expat Focus: Move to Japan Easily provides information, services, and articles for expats.

Expatica's The Expat Guide Japan provides news, information, and online resources to move and live in the country. This site also offers a platform to find a job and to get in contact with other expats.

InterNations — Your Expat Community in Japan provides essential information with an option for paid registration with for the expat community. Membership allows you access to even more shared opportunities about living in the country.

Justlanded: Japan provides resources and background on moving, living, and working in the country.

Numbeo: Japan is a fine crowdsourced site that provides much aggregate and itemized information about the cost of living in the country, the main cities, and bigger towns that should help prepare you for the transition.

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 Recommended Reading on Japan
Lonely Planet Japan
Lonely Planet Experience Japan
Lonely Planet Tokyo
Moon Japan: Plan Your Trip, Avoid the Crowds, and Experience the Real Japan
DK Eyewitness Japan
Fodor's Essential Japan
National Geographic Traveler: Japan
The Rough Guide to Japan
The Japanese Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the Japanese

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 Travel Information on Japan
Explore Japan is an online travel guide to Japan by the Japanese National Tourist Organization.
Lonely Planet Worldguide provides a lot of useful travel information, with a section on Asia, including Japan.
Rough Guides Destinations offer a lot of useful travel advice and information for most countries, with a section on Japan.

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