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axel2mo
I've been living in Osaka for over a year. Also have tfskhgvqnvgjvyhhw who's living there with his family.
axel2mo
Let me know if you have any questions specific to the Kansai area
tdkfck somehow I. missed that you were here, welcome back, albeit a bit late
axel2mo
Sadly not. Can't get in as of now dqlsxjefyhkfcetln
axel2mo
Hoping to get back in with my gf as soon as possible
axel2mo
Want to meet your daughter again and see how much she's grown ๐Ÿ˜
So many people, hat's awesome! So it's definitely doable ๐Ÿ™‚ I'll pick your brains once Japan reopens
axel2mo
Tokyo is most likely better for Nomads if you prefer working in co-working spaces. But Osaka is a lot more manageable and friendly imo
axel2mo
I just look for hotels with great lobbies to work from
Osaka is cheaper as well, right? My main worry is the cost of living - friends who traveled to Japan told me its ultra expensive, but I think they went with the "travel spending mode" on
axel2mo
It's definitely more expensive than other countries but not going-into-debt expensive
axel2mo
I normally rent a hotel for $500-600 / month and eat for like $300-400 (because I am lazy).
axel2mo
For that price though you'll basically get a bed with shared toilets. But enough to crash in.
axel2mo
You'll be out and around most of the time regardless
axel2mo
A normal meal is between $3-10
ahhh perfect... it's not that crazy then
axel2mo
I usually stay here. www.booking.com/Share-YoPC8m|http://www.booking.com/Share-YoPC8mbr />
Small rooms but newly built so fresh rooms and showers and the lobby is great when working

Plus! It has its own onsen which is nice.
axel2mo
Exactly. You can obviously make it more expensive but for $1k you'll have a nice time.
axel2mo
Just make sure to account for enjoyment like alcohol etc. I spent like another grand a month in the bar :P
Japanโ€™s expenses are drastically exaggerated. Usually by people who want to stay in trendy areas and live a western lifestyle
I used to rent from this guy abhousingosaka.com/|http://abhousingosaka.com/ . Heโ€™s got furnished apartments starting from $550 a month for a studio if you will do 3 months
I donโ€™t know how to kill the preview
No key money is a big plus. It can be like three months rent or even more for foreigners and you don't get it back!
thanks for sharing! now I'm even more eager to go ๐Ÿ˜‚
zjkbysiecphwd no kidding, the real estate system here is nuts. We majorly lucked out on our new place as it had no deposit and no key money even though it was just a standard apartment complex
๐Ÿ›ฌ lzaovglaupc just arrived in Toki Shi, #japan
Planning to spend the month of May in Tokyo, working remote, any recommendations for coliving/coworking spaces?
Any idea when they open the border?
๐Ÿ›ฌ wwadrhopu just arrived in โ›ฉ Osaka, #japan
Hi, anyone applied for a visa lately? I applied for a spouse visa at the London embassy in mid May. They said at the time that it takes 4-6 weeks at the moment, but only updates I'm getting is that they are waiting to hear back from Tokyo
arfponfdg any news about that ? ๐Ÿ™
Nope, still closed and no news about reopening. One of the lawyers I talked to said I should check back in December.
Has anyone had any luck getting vaccinated in Japan? My wife is still waiting on her voucher.
The vouchers are given away by the city governments so it depends on their speed :/
But yes my wife and I are both fully vaccinated
Heh, she just told me she got her voucher today. ssvdolcckfbdxkwza how long did it take to get an appt?
For me it took a few days, I checked the reservation site every few hours until I found an open spot due to a cancellation
At least in Osaka they do their scheduling by calendar weeks so I think itโ€™s Thursday or Friday morning a full week opens up for reservation
Thanks, Iโ€™ll pass it along
A friend applied from France for a student visa in April or May and he's in the same situation as you, still waiting
whats this new visa? details?
Startup visa, 6-12m validity initially depending on the prefecture. Then upgrades to typical Business Manager Visa. 6-12m are for you to establish yourself in the country. More info can be found at sites like this kobestartup.com/ecosystem/startup-visa/|https://kobestartup.com/ecosystem/startup-visa/.
Border is closed so weโ€™ll have to wait. One of the lawyers I talked to estimated the application cost at ~$3k.
๐Ÿ›ฌ offwiuwhd just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Nagasaki, #japan
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qoyaepksgiztjldac still in Osaka tho! are you in town?
hooooly shit
Yeaaa, I need to go there. Whereโ€™s it?
Oh you went to nintendo world?
I have so many friends who work at USJ
That's Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka. i can actually see it from my apartment.
yes, I I live here haha. I actually live at ๅคง้˜ชๆธฏ
Awesome, thanks! Fingers crossed theyโ€™ll open borders before this place shuts down
It's a permanent addition
well, as permanent as anything else, should have at least 15-20 years
Thatโ€™s good news! Thanks
Yep, had a fun ride on Yoshi ๐Ÿ˜
Hooray! a bit far from where I was but gonna hit up next time
I had a year pass every year since I moved to Japan for USJ since we moved here until covid
There is actually a free ferry from near USJ directly to tempozan haha
ใŠใฏใ‚ˆใ†๏ผ Planning to go from Tokyo to Hawaii next March, do you know how to get a good deal on tickets?
I guess using something like Skyscanner will get the lowest fares; I assume thereโ€™s no special Japanese language sites with special offers?
nope, not as far as I know
utskuarx Kiwi nice also to get super cheap
thanks!
If people are interested Kiwi has a new โ€œNomadโ€ feature now (it added $600 to the airfare though, but might improve in the future?). Thereโ€™s also an interesting new app called Hopper, which is a next generation flight tickets finder. Still, Iโ€™m currently finding the cheapest tickets for Norway - Honolulu - Tokyo in good old Skyscanner.
Hi everyone, I'm heading to Japan in about 1 month, from Australia, and will stay there for 1 month. I'm keen to meet up with like-minded people. Cheers!
๐Ÿ›ฌ hdrdwnupn just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Yokohama, #japan
axel24d
How are you getting in ? ๐Ÿ‘€
Aching to find out also ๐Ÿ‘€
๐Ÿ›ฌ hfdphtwuhcbe just arrived in ๐Ÿ—ผ Tokyo, #japan
I was going to share this link, but am not allowed due to inactiveness
I'm intending to be there around Nov/Dec
axel23d
TL:DR; Without a VISA you aren't getting it sadly.
That's correct
axel23d
And cases are going up still in Japan
axel23d
So doubt they'll open up this year
axel23d
I hope that'll change but seems unlikely right now
I'm waiting for a response to my email asking further questions, but as far as it's stated on the website, as long as you comply with the restrictions you can get in, doesn't it?
I'm not excepting to get in like in the old days
expecting
On top of that, I couldn't find Australia in any of those lists of countries to which restrictions are tighter. Am I missing something here?
axel22d
Australians can enter Japan, correct. But only through work / study visa.
axel22d
Otherย entryย to Japan on a short-term basis, such as for business,ย tourismย or to visit family, continues to be denied other than inย 
axel22d
So yeah I think you're pretty much fucked (I'm in the same boat, hence why I am in Indonesia so I can be closer to Japan when they do re-open).
Hence why I am in Mexico so have to finally visit Hawaii if going to Japan ๐Ÿ˜‚
axel22d
I believe AirAsia stopped their Honolulu flight to Japan sadly. Hopefully I'm wrong
Hi there, Did any one of you ever incorporated a company in Japan and got the business manager visa withouth being a resident beforehand? I'm thinking about moving my american LLC to Japan but it seems to be a real pain in the ass. If you know any lawyer/consultant tho I'd be interested
My husband and I were in Japan last year and looked into setting up our business in Japan while in the country on tourist visas. It seemed doable, but a pain in the ass. I was working with an attorney from Newland Chase who specialize in this. Message me if you want the contact info.
What are your thoughts about www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/09/09/national/covid-19-exit-strategy-emergency-extension/ ? Weโ€™ll be seeing some re-opening to non-residents after October/November?
I recall reading there was some elections/polls around October and government didnโ€™t want to order more re-openings before these dates to not risk their vote base ( not sure how accurate this is )
as someone who lives in a tourist area Iโ€™m happy to just keep closed forever lol, makes my life much more peaceful
i can completely believe that statement around elections though
I've heard about an upcoming "review" of the travel rules when certain milestones are reached. These are state of emergency being lifted, hospital bed occupancy below 50%, number of moderate/severe patients trending downwards, and the number of people recovering at home should be < 60 / 100,000 residents.
This only means that the travel restrictions will be looked at, not a promise for a reopen. I've been following this issue closely, and I wouldn't be surprised if they'd only start to contemplate considering the remote possibility of reviewing the rules when the numbers are far below what other countries already consider good enough.
And then it could mean that they review the rules and do nothing, or worse.
I hope they'll start reopening some time soon, but most people I read regularly put the likelihood of that happening in 2021 very low, mostly expecting it to happen in early 2022. This is a timeline I'm more optimistic about.
> as someone who lives in a tourist area Iโ€™m happy to just keep closed forever lol, makes my life much more peaceful
I totally get it, I worked a few years back for a company in Kyoto and tourism was too much. But now Iโ€™m on the other side of the fence and looking forward for a re-opening ๐Ÿ˜‚
๐Ÿ›ฌ ojkomaqmgb just arrived in ๐Ÿ—ผ Tokyo, #japan
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