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10 simple tips for saving money in Japan

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Japan’s harmonious blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity presents wonders and challenges. While enticing, its rich history, modern innovations, and distinct culture often come with a premium price tag, especially for utilities and shopping, particularly for foreigners navigating their initial days in this intriguing landscape.

One of the first steps towards savings is selecting an efficient living space. Real Estate Japan and GaijinPot Apartments provide an array of apartments optimized for traditional Japanese comforts and modern conveniences, allowing residents to capitalize on local money-saving strategies.

Whether you’re shopping in the bustling districts of Tokyo or considering utility solutions in a serene countryside apartment, mastering local cost-cutting methods can prove invaluable. As every yen saved is a yen earned, here are some tips to maximize your budget.

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Musashino in western Tokyo is just an hour from downtown. Photo: iStock/ Kanzilyou

In urban hubs like Tokyo, one of the most effective ways to save on housing is to consider locations outside the central city areas. While the bustling neighborhoods in the heart of the city can be alluring, they often come with a hefty price tag. In contrast, areas slightly further out provide a more economical option.

The beauty of Japan’s efficient train system is that even if you choose to live 30 minutes or an hour away from the main districts, you can still easily access the city’s core whenever you wish. By opting for these peripheral neighborhoods, you can enjoy a more spacious living environment, a quieter ambiance, and, most importantly, cheaper rent.

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 its rich history, modern innovations, and distinct culture often come with a premium price tag,

No they don't. If you want to experience "premium price tags" in terms of living costs, check out Vancouver, San Francisco, London, NYC, or just about any other major Western city. Japan, including Tokyo, is extraordinarily affordable these days.

 Instead of daily showers, many Japanese enjoy a weekly deep soak in the ofuro,

Really? They only wash/bathe once a week? Not a great idea in terms of hygiene, especially in summer. LOL.

There is plenty of suspect information in this strange article.

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Enjoy hobby that doesn’t require money.

Stop insurances.

Start NISA.

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Did you know that you can save money in Japan by doing the same exact things you did to save money before you came to Japan?

WHO KNEW.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Central Tokyo is more affordable than central districts of any other large city like Hong Kong, New York, London, Sydney.

People in my area go to the sento every day.

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No thanks.

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Wrong, first of all you need any money, then you might save some of it in case you get more than you really need. In other words, many simply can't save money and already longtime follow all saving 'tips' but it doesn't bring a better situation either.

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"10 simple tips" and the first one is to change the place you reside...

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Instead of daily showers, many Japanese enjoy a weekly deep soak in the ofuro,

Really? They only wash/bathe once a week? Not a great idea in terms of hygiene, especially in summer. LOL.

*Instead of daily showers, many Japanese enjoy a weekly deep soak in the ofuro, a deep bathtub **complemented by quick body rinses on other days***.**

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Drink some store brand 9% chu hi before going to a bar, that little trick has saved me thousands.

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How far are you prepared to go? Get a blue tarp and some boxes, and set up camp under a bridge. Think of all the key money you'll save.

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The photo is incorrect. It has the Tama monorail but says Musashino in western Tokyo. The Tama monorail does't run anywhere near Musashino. Also Musashino is not one hour from downtown. 20 minutes maybe?

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Mr KiplingToday  04:57 pm JST

The photo is incorrect. It has the Tama monorail but says Musashino in western Tokyo. 

When I looked at that pic, I was thinking the same thing. I lived in Musashino and got to Shinjuku in about 15 minutes.

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Someone told me a long time ago, "develop cheap wants and skills to satisfy those wants". I've been living by that motto for a decade now. I can lose my job now and not worried about money for 10 years.

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My lord do these writers have any idea how bad some train rides can be in the morning rush? I would rather pay out the arse for an apartment near my office than have my soul and lunch bag crushed each morning. It can only be worse for women and very short people.

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