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 3 Dec '1817d20 Dec '1820 Dec '18
3 Dec '18

Ho Chi Minh City

32ยฐC
Vietnam
 19 Nov '181mo28 Dec '1828 Dec '18
19 Nov '18

Da Nang

28ยฐC
Vietnam
 16 Nov '181mo19 Dec '1819 Dec '18
16 Nov '18

Hoi An

28ยฐC
Vietnam
 4 Nov '1812d16 Nov '1816 Nov '18
4 Nov '18

Da Nang

28ยฐC
Vietnam
 31 Oct '181d1 Nov '181 Nov '18
31 Oct '18

Cheongju-si

South Korea
 18 Oct '1816d3 Nov '183 Nov '18
18 Oct '18

Seoul

20ยฐC
South Korea
 4 Oct '1814d18 Oct '1818 Oct '18
4 Oct '18

Busan

22ยฐC
South Korea
 
 15 Sep '1819d4 Oct '184 Oct '18
15 Sep '18

Shanghai

30ยฐC
China
 11 Sep '183d14 Sep '1814 Sep '18
11 Sep '18

Hong Kong

32ยฐC
China
2016
 5 Feb '162d7 Feb '167 Feb '16
5 Feb '16

Graz

9ยฐC
Austria
2015
 27 Dec '151mo5 Feb '165 Feb '16
27 Dec '15

Munich

4ยฐC
Germany
 24 Dec '153d27 Dec '1527 Dec '15
24 Dec '15

Cham

Germany
 14 Dec '1510d24 Dec '1524 Dec '15
14 Dec '15

Munich

4ยฐC
Germany
 13 Dec '151d14 Dec '1514 Dec '15
13 Dec '15

Hagen

Germany
 10 Dec '153d13 Dec '1513 Dec '15
10 Dec '15

Istanbul

16ยฐC
Turkey
 8 Dec '152d10 Dec '1510 Dec '15
8 Dec '15

Kuala Lumpur

32ยฐC
Malaysia
 1 Dec '157d8 Dec '158 Dec '15
1 Dec '15

Singapore

31ยฐC
Singapore
 28 Nov '153d1 Dec '151 Dec '15
28 Nov '15

Langkawi

30ยฐC
Malaysia
 25 Nov '153d28 Nov '1528 Nov '15
25 Nov '15

George TownPenang Malaysia

Malaysia
 19 Nov '156d25 Nov '1525 Nov '15
19 Nov '15

Kuala Lumpur

31ยฐC
Malaysia
 
 14 Jul '154mo19 Nov '1519 Nov '15
14 Jul '15

Munich

26ยฐC
Germany
 12 Jul '151d13 Jul '1513 Jul '15
12 Jul '15

Kagoshima

32ยฐC
Japan
 11 Jul '151d12 Jul '1512 Jul '15
11 Jul '15

Ibusuki

Japan
 10 Jul '151d11 Jul '1511 Jul '15
10 Jul '15

Kagoshima

32ยฐC
Japan
 4 Jul '156d10 Jul '1510 Jul '15
4 Jul '15

Osaka

32ยฐC
Japan
 30 Jun '154d4 Jul '154 Jul '15
30 Jun '15

Kyoto

28ยฐC
Japan
 28 Jun '152d30 Jun '1530 Jun '15
28 Jun '15

Nagoya

28ยฐC
Japan
 26 Jun '152d28 Jun '1528 Jun '15
26 Jun '15

Hamamatsu

25ยฐC
Japan
 15 Jun '1511d26 Jun '1526 Jun '15
15 Jun '15

Tokyo

25ยฐC
Japan
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๐ŸŒ Top countries

  • Germany

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.11/5
    8660 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 27° 81° 26° 78°AQI 18
    6mo
    $2,796 / mo
    27Mbps
    ร—
  • Vietnam

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.3/5
    3276 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 38° 100° 31° 87°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 104
    3mo
    $1,016 / mo
    8Mbps
    ร—
  • South Korea

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.23/5
    2532 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 21° 70° 20° 67°AQI 9
    1mo
    $2,047 / mo
    17Mbps
    ร—
  • Japan

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.89/5
    7382 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 29° 84° 26° 79°AQI 21
    28d
    $2,910 / mo
    23Mbps
    ร—
  • China

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.01/5
    36334 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet very bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    โ˜€๏ธ Feels 29° 84° 28° 82°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 63
    22d
    $1,372 / mo
    2Mbps
    ร—
  • Malaysia

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.17/5
    2920 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒค Feels 45° 112° 33° 91°
    14d
    $1,026 / mo
    12Mbps
    ร—
  • Singapore

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.42/5
    428 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒค Feels 43° 109° 33° 91°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 179
    7d
    $2,886 / mo
    80Mbps
    ร—
  • Turkey

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.31/5
    4004 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    โ˜€๏ธ Feels 27° 80° 28° 81°AQI 24
    3d
    $1,012 / mo
    11Mbps
    ร—
  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Most visits

  • Munich

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.46/5
    213 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒค Feels 25° 77° 23° 73°AQI 19
    3x
    $5,345 / mo
    26Mbps
    ร—
  • Kagoshima

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.66/5
    163 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 31° 88° 27° 81°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 68
    2x
    $3,444 / mo
    23Mbps
    ร—
  • Kuala Lumpur

    I think KL will be the next hub for nomads. It's affordable, safe, convenient, has decent Internet and has decent weather. (Yes it's hot during the summer but it gives you a good reason to be inside and get your work done) Mostly it's quite chill, not as hectic and messy as other major SEA cities like Bangkok, Hanoi and Jakarta. There's not that much to do, but Malaysia has wonderful nature and getaway places, accessible with cheap AirAsia tickets from KL.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.62/5
    198 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒค Feels 46° 115° 35° 95°
    2x
    $1,351 / mo
    14Mbps
    ร—
  • Da Nang

    I have spend 2 months there but their is not a lot to do. The city is not very special. And the beach is ok for walking. But that is about it.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.37/5
    202 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 38° 100° 31° 88°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 104
    2x
    $1,179 / mo
    8Mbps
    ร—
  • Tokyo

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.47/5
    225 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 28° 82° 26° 80°AQI 1
    1x
    $3,640 / mo
    22Mbps
    ร—
  • Hoi An

    Completely artificial and touristy city. The only locals you see are there to serve tourists. Gets extremely packed from afternoon to night time. Hoards of Chinese tourists. But tons of great food with many international cuisines, and still cheap to rent. So if all you care about is the comforts of home at a cheap price, maybe youโ€™d like it, but I would never visit here for more than 2-3 days let alone be a nomad here.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.38/5
    175 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 42° 108° 32° 90°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 104
    1x
    $1,072 / mo
    9Mbps
    ร—
  • Seoul

    Spend a few hours and learn the Korean alphabet (not that hard) and Google some names of Korean dishes + it's spelling in Korean. It will help a lot as most restaurants only have Korean menu's and often without pictures. As mentioned previously on the reviews, it's a little hard to eat alone, but Gimbab Chonguk (๊น€๋ฐฅ์ฒœ๊ตญ) is everywhere and 24/7 - no one will bat an eye. Also look for places that "specialises" in dumplings, They are usually "alone-eating" friendly. And so are ramen places as well as Korean "chinese" restaurants - Jajangmyeon (์ž์žฅ๋ฉด) is very good and super addictive. Bibimbab restaurant places are fine too. Actually, it's not that hard to eat alone in Korea. The "group" meals are generally quite obvious and will be things like BBQ. You'll figure it out. Do Get used to kimchi and spicy food otherwise you'll end up eating the same thing all the time. Be adventurous. Challenge yourself and eat an octopus alive (์‚ฐ๋‚™์ง€). If you're really brave try ๋ณด์‹ ํƒ• before authorities close them all - I haven't but a lot of Weagukins (foreigners) secret do. Cafe's generally have really good wifi, as you would expect from one of the most connected countries in the world. Expect to pay $4-6 for a latte and maybe even more at Starbucks. Best cafe's are usually around Hipster areas and Universities. Indie owned cafe's are awesome. Nightlife is great, probably amongst the best in Asia. Can get very expensive especially at night clubs in Gangnam where it would could be like $10 for a beer - in that case you can still get drunk for $2 with soju just outside at 7Eleven. Winters are stupidly cold and summers can be brutally hot & humid. Go between April and June or September to October. They have cherry blossoms in spring which is beautiful and so are the autumn leaves. Lived here for many years. It's a cool place and vastly underrated. Seoul is continuously becoming more expensive and cost of living will soon be comparable with places like Tokyo.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.96/5
    224 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฆ Feels 19° 66° 19° 65°AQI 5
    1x
    $2,344 / mo
    17Mbps
    ร—
  • Busan

    Korea's second biggest city after Seoul. Busan is a nice place to go if you want to see another part of Korea that's still pretty comfortable. It's in the south of South Korea, on the ocean, and that makes it a great place to eat fish. In fact that's where all the fish in Seoul comes from, so you can eat it fresh in Busan! In many ways Busan feels like Seoul but 10 or 20 years ago. It's a bit more grimy and broken down and less futuristic than Seoul, but still very nice. I'd suggest staying in Seomyeon, which is kinda like Seoul's Hongdae. It's a student area with some hipster vibes to it. But take hipster vibes with a grain of salt, this is Busan after all. People are very friendly, even more friendly than Seoul. Where in Seoul as a foreigner they don't really care anymore, in Busan you're still hailed as a curiosity which can be fun! If you want to see the beach, take a taxi to Haeundae Beach. It's especially nice in the evening if you'd like to party. Korean beach culture is a bit different than in the West, so you'll probably see less swimming and sunbathing that you're used to. More like people walking on the beach boulevard. Also nice is to see the Jagalchi fish market, pick some fish you like in the big building and you can ask them to prepare it for you upstairs and cook it. Fish as fresh as you can get in Korea.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.4/5
    176 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 25° 77° 22° 72°AQI 9
    1x
    $2,047 / mo
    23Mbps
    ร—
  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Most time spent

  • Munich

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.46/5
    213 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒค Feels 25° 77° 23° 73°AQI 19
    6mo
    $5,345 / mo
    26Mbps
    ร—
  • Da Nang

    I have spend 2 months there but their is not a lot to do. The city is not very special. And the beach is ok for walking. But that is about it.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.37/5
    202 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 38° 100° 31° 88°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 104
    2mo
    $1,179 / mo
    8Mbps
    ร—
  • Hoi An

    Completely artificial and touristy city. The only locals you see are there to serve tourists. Gets extremely packed from afternoon to night time. Hoards of Chinese tourists. But tons of great food with many international cuisines, and still cheap to rent. So if all you care about is the comforts of home at a cheap price, maybe youโ€™d like it, but I would never visit here for more than 2-3 days let alone be a nomad here.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.38/5
    175 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 42° 108° 32° 90°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 104
    1mo
    $1,072 / mo
    9Mbps
    ร—
  • Shanghai

    Be wary of LIES, lies everywhere. Lies like when a local restaurant tells you it uses clean filtered water. Assume that you will drink polluted water once in a while. It does not only include bacteria but also heavy metal. Drinking bottled water ? The most popular company, Nongfu, was caught using wrong norms years ago. Too many people were boycotting so they changed the traditional red bottle... and removed the English name. Lies like when they told you the internet speed using local servers. Local internet is actually not that bad, but since you would never use Baidu, Bing or any other unblocked search engine, then your VPN will throttle much of your speed and freedom. Add to that the fact that 2-3 times a year, a political meeting happens and they totally CUT all VPN access. Lies when you try to know the air pollution and the weather agency chose not to update the air quality index to play with the averages. It's still unhealthy but it got A LOT better these last few years. Lies like when you just try to know how many people live in Shanghai. Between 25-35 million people (depending on if you include migrant worker and nearby Suzhou soon to be connected by the same subway) means you get access to lots of stuff. Delivery is one (electronics, food). Subway is ridiculously cheap and modern. Taxis (just replace Uber by Didi) is also awesome and quite cheap. Lies like when you read my review and count as many bad points as good, but you still get Chinese people asking you why you hate China so much...

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.54/5
    214 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet very bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 25° 77° 23° 73°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 53
    19d
    $1,952 / mo
    2Mbps
    ร—
  • Ho Chi Minh City

    Ho Chi Minh City is clearly the place to be right now. What I like most is the diversity : there are quiet places, busy places, cheap places, fancy places. Above all, the most important thing for a digital nomad is the Internet and it's almost perfect (there are some breakdowns a few seconds here and there) but overall it's pretty fast. You can feel a great vibe, there is just the right balance between chaos and comfort. Highly recommend.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.82/5
    203 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 42° 108° 31° 87°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 129
    17d
    $1,017 / mo
    25Mbps
    ร—
  • Seoul

    Spend a few hours and learn the Korean alphabet (not that hard) and Google some names of Korean dishes + it's spelling in Korean. It will help a lot as most restaurants only have Korean menu's and often without pictures. As mentioned previously on the reviews, it's a little hard to eat alone, but Gimbab Chonguk (๊น€๋ฐฅ์ฒœ๊ตญ) is everywhere and 24/7 - no one will bat an eye. Also look for places that "specialises" in dumplings, They are usually "alone-eating" friendly. And so are ramen places as well as Korean "chinese" restaurants - Jajangmyeon (์ž์žฅ๋ฉด) is very good and super addictive. Bibimbab restaurant places are fine too. Actually, it's not that hard to eat alone in Korea. The "group" meals are generally quite obvious and will be things like BBQ. You'll figure it out. Do Get used to kimchi and spicy food otherwise you'll end up eating the same thing all the time. Be adventurous. Challenge yourself and eat an octopus alive (์‚ฐ๋‚™์ง€). If you're really brave try ๋ณด์‹ ํƒ• before authorities close them all - I haven't but a lot of Weagukins (foreigners) secret do. Cafe's generally have really good wifi, as you would expect from one of the most connected countries in the world. Expect to pay $4-6 for a latte and maybe even more at Starbucks. Best cafe's are usually around Hipster areas and Universities. Indie owned cafe's are awesome. Nightlife is great, probably amongst the best in Asia. Can get very expensive especially at night clubs in Gangnam where it would could be like $10 for a beer - in that case you can still get drunk for $2 with soju just outside at 7Eleven. Winters are stupidly cold and summers can be brutally hot & humid. Go between April and June or September to October. They have cherry blossoms in spring which is beautiful and so are the autumn leaves. Lived here for many years. It's a cool place and vastly underrated. Seoul is continuously becoming more expensive and cost of living will soon be comparable with places like Tokyo.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.96/5
    224 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฆ Feels 19° 66° 19° 65°AQI 5
    16d
    $2,344 / mo
    17Mbps
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  • Busan

    Korea's second biggest city after Seoul. Busan is a nice place to go if you want to see another part of Korea that's still pretty comfortable. It's in the south of South Korea, on the ocean, and that makes it a great place to eat fish. In fact that's where all the fish in Seoul comes from, so you can eat it fresh in Busan! In many ways Busan feels like Seoul but 10 or 20 years ago. It's a bit more grimy and broken down and less futuristic than Seoul, but still very nice. I'd suggest staying in Seomyeon, which is kinda like Seoul's Hongdae. It's a student area with some hipster vibes to it. But take hipster vibes with a grain of salt, this is Busan after all. People are very friendly, even more friendly than Seoul. Where in Seoul as a foreigner they don't really care anymore, in Busan you're still hailed as a curiosity which can be fun! If you want to see the beach, take a taxi to Haeundae Beach. It's especially nice in the evening if you'd like to party. Korean beach culture is a bit different than in the West, so you'll probably see less swimming and sunbathing that you're used to. More like people walking on the beach boulevard. Also nice is to see the Jagalchi fish market, pick some fish you like in the big building and you can ask them to prepare it for you upstairs and cook it. Fish as fresh as you can get in Korea.

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  • Tokyo

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

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