I’m looking for a good coworking space in Kyoto.
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|⛅️ Weather (now)||🌥 18°C 64°F + 😊 Comfy (49%) = feels 18°C 64°F|
|🚕 Best taxi app (in country)||Line Taxi|
|🚑 Travel medical insurance||Safetywing|
|📱 Best wireless carrier||Soft Bank|
|💸 1,000 JPY in USD||USD 7.66|
|🏧 Suggested ATM take out:||JPY 10,000 = USD 77|
|💳 Cashless society||💳 Yes, cards OK almost everywhere|
|💻 Best coworking space||Tsunaguba|
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|👨👩👧👦 Population||430,000 people|
|👨👩👧👦 GDP per Capita||$38,640 / year|
|🏞 Foreign land ownership allowed||Yes|
|👫 Gender ratio (overall)||👨 43% 👱♀️ 57%|
|👫 Gender ratio (young adults)||👨 55% 👱♀️ 45%|
|⛪️ Religious government||Non-religious|
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|✈️ Best short-haul air carrier||All Nippon Airlines|
|✈️ Best int'l air carrier||Japan Airlines|
|💵 Cost of living for nomad||€2,060 / month|
|💵 Cost of living for expat||€1,345 / month|
|💵 Cost of living for family||€2,944 / month|
|💵 Cost of living for local||€841 / month|
|🏠 1br studio rent in center||€602 / month|
|🏢 Coworking||€153 / month|
|🏨 Hotel||€1,220 / month|
|🏨 Hotel||€57 / night|
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I’m looking for a good coworking space in Kyoto.
Will be in Osaka this April/May and was curious to discover interesting groups/events.
I had a look at FB + Meetup but there doesn’t seem to be much. Any advice on where to look?
Maybe checkout Hacker News Kansai.
google “HN Kansai” will get you the link.
I’m looking for a good coworking space in Osaka.
You can also try Osakan Space, they are on the 10th floor of a building just north of exit #1 of Hommachi station, in a building with an Au store on the first floor. Building entrance is to the left of the Au store.
Also the Brooklyn Roasters coffee shop is only slightly south of Co:Labo and they’re a very western style cafe with wifi and plugs who don’t care if you work there all day.
Btw, I tried one called Co:Labo coworking space. It’s located right next to Namba train station. Feels more like a library than a coworking space, wifi is decent, comfortable chairs, printer, etc. Nothing mind blowing but it does a decent job. Price is per 1200 Yen/day, or 1500 Yen if you do over 9 hours.
I want to live in Shikoku for two months. I’d like Shikoku, because of its beautiful nature, and preserved culture and tradition. Has anyone been there? Where could I base myself, apart from the 4 big cities (prefecture capitals)? I’d ideally like a town, 10 - 50.000 people population. Anyone with an idea? Thanks!
How does one find accommodation in these places nothing on airbnb. even kyoto is like 85% booked for may.
Sometimes it’s possible to find places on Airbnb. I was looking at place on an island in the Seto Inland sea, seemed amazing. The only thing that put me off was that it was just you and the caretaker in this huge house most of the time (I think they did workshops occasionally) and I knew I’d get way too jumpy for something like that.
I think the problem is that when you are looking at rural Japan, you have a population that is very conservative, well that same as most rural areas in the world, but also don’t have great English skills, if any at all. If you did a bit of footwork and spoke Japanese, you’d probably be able to find a place even if it’s an empty house that someone would be happy to earn a few bucks/yen from but without the language skills or a Japanese speaking friend to help out, it’s a huge gap to try to bridge.
Curious to see how this turned out for you, did you end up going and where did you decide to stay?
I’m looking at a trip to Japan in the summer and am trying to find places to stay. Currently I’m looking at shorter stops in Tokyo and Kyoto with a longer stay Osaka or Fukuoko, but Kamiyama looks very interesting as well!
I didn’t go last year as I wasn’t able to find any coworking spaces/communities. That’s much better now, since coworker.com lists like a hundred of them right now. finding accommodation is still a hurdle though, as Airbnb is overpriced for longer stays. I need to go back home to Serbia in May to finish some stuff, otherwise I would go this year. I hope to go in autumn. Let us know how it turned out for you if you go, mostly how you found accommodation.
Are you looking for an apartment to yourself, or just a room? I’ve seen airbnbs in every Japanese city for sub $20/night for my time frame(some in the sub $10 range, even in Tokyo), and that’s without any long-term discounts.
Granted it’s not as cheap as some other places (I’m currently in Medellin and paying much less), but based on how expensive I’d heard Japan is, I’m pretty happy with those numbers.
Check out Kamiyama in Tokushima. It’s a mountain village that is trying to position itself as a nomad hub within Japan. There are a number of Japanese companies that have satellite offices there.
Here’s an article about it:
Let me know if you go!
Thanks for this mate. Certainly a favorite so far. Other towns I checked out had no accommodation options Will let you know if it works out - also helpful thing to have a nomad vibe.
Jealous, I also just visited there but loved it. My favorite places were Matsuyama and Takamatsu, but I suppose they are too big for your requirements. Niihama was ok, too. Keep me updated on where you end up!
I’ve spent a bit of time in Shikoku, not living just visiting. It really is an amazing place. Pretty much anywhere on the island would be great. Even the cities aren’t that huge.
I’d say you’d be pretty limited to where you can actually find accommodation specially short term. I’d look for that first then go from there, rather than having a fixed idea about a specific location.
I’ve done reading on this topic but wanted to see if anyone actually had experience doing something like this personally. I’m thinking of setting up a GK (Godo Kaisha), which is equivalent to an LLC, as a branch of my Delaware-registered corporation for my startup, and granting myself a work visa through this new entity so that I can stay in Japan long-term.
I’m curious about how long the process can take, what the lawyer fees might look like, and what obligations one has post-incorporation. Thanks in advance!
I did a similar thing in Korea. The legal system is very similar. Korea inherited a lot of their modern legal system and bureaucracy during the military occupation during the first half of the 1900s.
In Korea, here are the traditional steps. AFAIK they are REALLY similar in Japan.
Then you have to go through the business of applying for the visa. That requires all SORTS of documentation from your home jurisdiction, including a bunch of letters and forms that are apostilled. (It’s an internationally recognized notarization.)
In Korea, and likely in Japan, you can hire a legal barrister for it. (Somewhere between a paralegal and a lawyer.) In Korea, I’d plan on USD$4000, and plan on them saying “No, this totally won’t work” all along the way. Also, watch them be amazed when it works, because it actually does work.
Or, you can do like I did and do it all manually. By hand. Painfully. Visiting all of the government offices. And doing all of the translation of all of the documents by yourself.
Not a horrible experience. I learned a LOT. Including how to translate Articles of Incorporation into Korean.
But you probably won’t want to do that.
Best of luck, and please post what you learn here!
✅ Very safe
✅ Fast internet
✅ Lots of fun stuff to do
✅ Warm in the spring
✅ Perfect humidity now
✅ Good air quality on average
✅ Spacious and not crowded
✅ Very easy to do business
✅ High quality of education
✅ Great hospitals
✅ Roads are very safe
✅ Freedom of speech
✅ Very safe for women
✅ LGBTQ+ friendly
❌ Gets cold in the winter
❌ Very difficult to make friends
❌ People don't speak English well
❌ Not family friendly
❌ Many people smoke tobacco
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