Whenever we consider about the experience of studying Japanese language in Japan, everyone quickly asks one question: “Isn’t Japan very expensive to live?” So for clear and detailed answer, one year Cost of living and studying in Japan is half compared to US, UK, Canada or Australia.
The concept that Japan is an expensive place to live is totally not true. So keep reading this before you go to Japan and you’ll know exactly how to get most out of Japan within your budget.
It is good to start your money-saving plans long before you actually set foot in Japan. Picking the right mentor is the most effective way to save money as they will tell you about how and when you should start to be optimum in terms of cost effectiveness.
For example in case of Tokyo, it can be very expensive to live there, compared to Chiba Takamatsu, Kobe or other cities of Japan. Be it property prices, rented apartment, Traveling or food, Some Posh areas can be expensive. That’s why it might make sense to pick a smaller city to study in Japan if one of your goals is to save money. Fortunately, there are many affordable types of accommodation and Jobs available in other cities, especially for foreign students. So this is the first and most important point to save money in Japan.
Now let’s understand how to conserve money after reaching Japan. Studying in Japan gives you different international and Japanese cultural experiences that you can convert into money by using it in getting Jobs. So start with a part-time Job. All the Japanese cities are quite bicycle-friendly, so think about buying a cheap bicycle instead of using expensive forms of public transport. Anyone who has lived in Japan will agree that the convenient 100-yen shops (like Daiso or Aeon) quickly become your best source. Anything you might need – Right from kitchenware, stationery, tools, household item, chocolates, beer or a very cute gift item to help you save more money – all is lined up here on a very reasonable price. Just don’t get tempted by all the Creative, beautiful and funny items that you don’t actually need.
When you start living in Japan, ask any Japanese about different secret ways and they will quickly tell you how you can save your money. Since the quality of products and services in Japan is supremely high, you will never regret about the amount you paid for any product purchased be it an expensive one. Because of its quality and durability you will be constantly overwhelmed be it a food item, electronic item, stationery or a household good.
Similarly, When it comes to eating out, Japan really offers a wide range of options and prices and super good quality and variety of food. Restaurants can be expensive or surprisingly cheap, depending on where you go. Avoid the busy shopping malls and look for smaller restaurants hidden in alleyways. For less than 500yen you could get yourself a steamy rice bowl, curry or noodle dish. There is no culture of giving tips in any restaurant in Japan.
However, cooking your own food will ultimately save you more money… as long as you learn how to cook or take help from YouTube.
A nice way to avoid pricey groceries is shopping late and locally. These markets generally offer better prices and at the end of the day you’ll find a lot of great deals on vegetables, meat and fish etc.
Another way to save budget in Japan is by looking at what and how Japanese locals eat. Discover new ingredients like oden, daikon and Japanese veggies by taking note when they come into season. Get yourself a bag of rice, a bottle of mirin (cooking wine) and soy sauce -- three essential ingredients in most Japanese dishes. It may take some time and effort to master new recipes, but you’ll surely be able to impress friends and family back home by whipping up your own made authentic and relishing Japanese dish.
Japan is more compatible with student lifestyle and the experiences and memories you gain in this mesmerizing country will be priceless.
Also, there are videos on our YouTube Channel “Nihongomax” about it. Don’t forget to check it out.