This is our growing FAQ list of questions and answers that relate to life in Japan. We encourage you to post any questions you have in our comments section below, and we will answer them as soon as we can. Furthermore, we recommend you check back daily for regular updates.nThe questions that are covered in this FAQ include:nnn Why Live in Japan?n nn Do I need Japanese in Japan?n nn Do I need a SIM Card or Wifi in Japan?n nn Is Japan safe?n nn What is special about Japanese culture or customs?n nn Do I need to use chopsticks in every Japanese restaurant?n nn Tell me about some of the major festivals in Japan?n nn What do I do in case of a medical emergency?n nn What should I do in the event of an earthquake?n nn Is it Easy to find an Apartment in Japan?n nn How do I Become an English Teacher in Japan?n nn What is working life like in Japan?n nn What is it like Studying Japanese in Japan?n nn Working Holiday Informationn nn How do I drive in Japan?n nn What are other foreigners thoughts on Japan?n nn What do I do with spare change in Japan?n nnnnWhy Live in Japan?nThis is really probably a personal choice or perhaps something you have wanted to do for a while. Other people, make it a working holiday, career break or chance to study something new. Here we will continue to provide a growing list of Q&As to help make your life or short-term stay as smooth as possible.nnnnEither way, you may want to start by looking at our guide on the Top 10 things which we think are unique to this country.nDo I need Japanese in Japan?nYes, we think this is a given, as with any foreign country whose mother language is not English. We have several guides to help prepare you for the initial start, where you can begin with our Japanese Basics post. Alternatively, you may wish to check out our Japanese Tips section for something more specific.nDo I need a SIM Card or Wifi in Japan?nWe think it is a very good idea to have some kind of internet access. Whether it be via Wifi or via the use of a SIM Card. Having internet access can be beneficial in many ways, including helping to navigate the country or complex public transport system. You can also use it to check all kinds of information about Japan online. It may also be crucial for you to access your internet banking or emails.nIs Japan safe?nJapan is one of the safest counties in the world, with the lowest crime rate. In addition, you have more than a 90% chance of getting your lost phone back, if you happen to lose it on a wild rampage. Whats not to love nIn any case, we recommend you check our guide about 10 things to be wary of in Japan. You should also check our list of the top 10 predators that inhabit the country.nWhat is special about Japanese culture or customs?nThere is no doubt Japan is very distinct in its cultural aspects and specific customs. To help you initially adjust you can check out our initial guide for first-timers. Alternatively, if you have experienced Japan more than once you may want to check out our second part of the guide which goes into further details.nDo I need to use chopsticks in every Japanese restaurant?nThe short answer is no, you do not have to use them in all the restaurants. In addition, if you really feel you have trouble with chopsticks, ask the staff for a spoon or fork, they usually have these available in most restaurants, cafes, izakayas and other eateries.nYou can even request these, or you may automatically receive one. Especially, when you buy Obento (boxed meal) from the train station, convenience store or Obento store.nTell me about some of the major festivals in Japan?nFestivals change like the seasons in Japan and are very distinct based on the climate, landscape and nature itself.nFor instance, in spring you have the amazing Cherry Blossom season. This is typically referred to as the ( or sakura) or ( or hanami) season. Plus feel free to check out our top 10 best sports in Tokyo guide for viewing in Japans largest city. Alternatively, you can check the top 10 spots in Traditional Kyoto too.nIn late Spring, Golden Week is a period of national holidays that occurs between the end of April and early May. International Travel prices tend to spike during this period, as do domestic travel options.nIn Summer, Obon is generally a holiday, but also an important family tradition.nIn Autumn, you can enjoy the (or momiji) meaning the changing colour of the red and brown leaves. Mostly these can be found in the nature reserves and mountainous areas of Japan.nFinally, in winter the Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the most popular attractions in the latter months. Usually occurring in the first weekend of February each year.nWhat do I do in case of a medical emergency?nFor those living in Tokyo, we have provided a guide for some English Medical Services we have received in Japan. We recommend you consult this guide first.nWhat should I do in the event of an earthquake?nEarthquakes can be a scary thing, and something that you least expect or know what you should do when they do occur. However, dont panic, as we have a guide here about what you should do in the event it does occur.nIs it Easy to find an Apartment in Japan ?nIf you are looking at getting an apartment in Japan, here are some of the easier options that are available to foreigners.nHow do I Become an English Teacher in Japan?nFirst of all, you should consider what options are available to you, and whether or not you can meet all the requirements. Check out our comprehensive guide on English Teaching in Japan.nIf you are considering joining an English Conversation School, you could also consult our guide for further information on the main options which are available.nPerhaps the JET Programme seems like a valid or enticing option for you. We have provided more information and insight into the lifestyle and working conditions of a JET in one of our latest posts.nWhat is working life like in Japan?nFrom our perspective, it is an interesting and challenging experience, and if you can get used to the culture, hierarchy and language it is even better. Of course, that purely depends on your career choice and the type of company you work for. You can check out an article here about working for a Japanese company. You can also check here about life as an English Teacher or a different point of view working in Corporate Japan.nWhat is it like Studying Japanese in Japan?nThinking of studying Japanese in Japan? Then check out our first-hand guide on the experience.nWorking Holiday InformationnIf you need to renew your working holiday visa in Japan, you can check out our post for more info and details.nHow do I Drive in Japan?nIf you have an International Drivers License, this is good for 12 months in Japan. After you have stayed in the country for a year, and you are on a working or other resident visa you need a Japanese License.nIf you have a license from your own country, you can usually exchange this for a Japanese License. We have listed the requirements and steps required in a recent post.nWhat are other foreigners thoughts on Japan?nWe have compiled several interviews over the past several months, which you can read about or watch. You can read aboutnn Simon, a foreign resident and professional from the travel industryn nn John from Australia, who experienced a working holiday visa in Japann nn TJ, a Japanese-born with Korean ethnicityn nWhat do I do with spare change in Japan?nFor the higher value coins, 10 yen and above can be used in most machines. This includes vending machines, train ticket machines and IC Charging spots and ticket dispensers inside many restaurants.nFor the smaller value coins, 1 and 5 yen, these are good to keep handy for exact change. For example, buying anything from a shop or store, especially convenience stores. The other way you can put them to good use is at the Pocket Change stations found at airports, information centres and other key spots.