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1. Posted by quillber (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

hi forum folk,

im in a pickle thinking about whether or not to go to Japan...

i have a degree and a Tefl cert obtained recently and am sure that i want to experience new and far reaching culture/s

but.. hmm..

would love to go to Japan but im quite sure i wouldn't want to make it my home or anything. could anybody notify me if it is worth my time travelling to Japan for just six/seven months? i have some money saved, i would obviously need to work but im not motivated by saving cash while im there, spending a bit is fine.

do you think i could gain employment for this amount of time (or lie about how long im staying for?!) as well as accomodation and anything that goes with it. i know its a short time but im in a hurry to do other things!

im considering Tokyo as a base the most..

let me know if you have any advice thanks

2. Posted by quillber (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

everyones sick of talking about Japan i take it??

cmon, throw your 2cent in, for a poor lost urchin boy in need of guidance and pretty Japanese girls..

3. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 9y

where are you from?

as far as i know, japan is very strict about giving out working visas. depends on ur country of origin too, i guess.

my pal just returned from japan and she said that the embassy wanted bank records to prove that she has money in malaysia (her country of origin) OR singapore (Where she is working), to make sure that she will not become an illegal worker there. all that hassle to get a TOURIST VISA.

i've helped employees in my previous company fill up forms to apply for japan visa, and it sure asked a lot of irrelevant details (or so u would think). better try to ask travel helpers on this.

and how would u expect someone to evaluate the 'worth' of the trouble to travel there for 6/7 mths? haha. it would vary for everyone because it's so subjective. :)

u might wanna contact Dana Hawkins aka funkfaerie. her profile reads:

"I currently live in Tokyo, Japan and have lived here for 1 year. I've travelled throughout Japan from the North to the South, from areas around Niigata, Nagano, Tochigi, Nikko, Kamakura, Chiba, Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Miyajima and as far south as Okinawa. I can help out with both travel information and information about living and working in Japan."

Or try Big K if u can get him. his account seems inactive. but worth a shot, right? he's japanese.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 11, 2007, at 10:31 AM by daphnemaia ]

4. Posted by quillber (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

and how would u expect someone to evaluate the 'worth' of the trouble to travel there for 6/7 mths? haha. it would vary for everyone because it's so subjective. :)

ok, but in some countries its tough to find employment for less than a year. others its very hard to rent for less than 3 years. other countries are more closed to newcomers. visas can be too much of a pain. some places take much longer amounts of time to get sorted out - i.e Amsterdam, London for various reasons. others easier - Sydney, Berlin bla bla bla. i was throwin it out to people who've been in Japan

im from Ireland, we have good relations with the country, work visas are obtainable

thanks... ill contact those people you quoted

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 11, 2007, at 12:05 PM by quillber ]

5. Posted by danahawkins (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

So basically, if you're a native english speaker then it's easy to get a job as an english teacher. And there are no real problems for visa's for people from western countries. Like daphnemaia said, I think there are certain counrties where the restrictions are tighter. You can't get a job easily for 8 months, however if you do what most people seem to do in Japan, and say you will be staying for 1 year, then it will be much easier. The contracts are always 1 year minimum, but are easy to break... if that's the road you want to take.

Japan's an expensive country, so in terms of travel, you'd get more for your money in another country... and you don't need a tefl cert in Japan, so you could use it in a country where it's required, like Thailand.

I thought I would come here to save, and if you're strick, you can. But it's just so easy to slip into a comfortable lifestyle, or get addicted to travelling. Accomodation would be easy to find as well... here's a few websites to help you out: