Others have already pointed out the fact that you simply can't 'move to Japan' without the proper visa and the qualifications you need to obtain such. I'll address the money issue.
Figure on $500-1200/month to rent an apartment. Keep in mind that as a rough rule, the 'key money' is going to be one month's rent and is non-refundable. The deposit is generally one month's rent, but at least in my experience, was refundable. Take middle figure of $800 and there goes $2400. Take into account that you aren't going to simply get off the plane and then go rent an apartment. Figure on at least $100/night for a hotel while you search for an apartment. And if you are frugal, maybe less than $50/day for food and the transportation you require to search for said apartment. Then figure in at least $100/month for utilities. My electric bill alone is generally $150, but that is for a family of four and I like my AC unit.
Now, you are probably looking at 30% of that $10,000 being gone by the time you get an apartment. Of the remaining $7,000, well, that will give you, at the most, another six months without any more income. And even then, that means sitting around most of the time doing nothing, or you are going to have to spend some more money. Let's say you want to enjoy life and not sit around, but that is going to reduce your 6 months. And keep in mind that that 6 month figure is being very lenient.
The answer, of course, is to find a job. Regardless of what anyone else tells you, it IS possible to get a work visa while here in Japan on a tourist visa. How do I know? Because I actually PROVIDED those work visas to people here on tourist visas. But you are going to have to get a job. Want more info on getting a job in Japan? PLEASE take the time to search the forum database before posting a question. That question is asked on almost a daily basis, so there's lots of info out there.
Lived in Japan for 20 years.
· 9 years ago