Living in Yokohama

Welcome to Japan & the YIS community!

We've all been there, moving to a new country is challenging and getting started is often difficult and tiresome. Where will I meet new people? Where is the nearest doctor or hair salon? How do I sort the trash? What do I do if there's an earthquake?

Here are a few links that are useful when starting your new life in Japan.

And don't worry, you'll love it!

Getting connected

Yokohama Mommas - A facebook group that has tips and answers for almost everything! From mothers for mothers.

Parent Activities - The easiest way to get to know the YIS community is to join one ouf our numerous activities, hope to see you there soon!

Minami Circle - A group of international and japanese women dedicated to cultural exchange.

Official websites

The official websites of the Naka-ku ward Yokohama and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government full with useful and important information - in English!

Naka Ward website

Tokyo Metropolitan Government website

Good to Know

Yokohama Mommas - Garage Sale and Tokyo Garage Sale -
Check out these two helpful facebook groups if you are looking for some great bargains or want to sell a few things before moving.

Ken corp & Zee Brothers
Real estate agents for Tokyo and Yokohama

Takkyubin (Black Cat) Delivery Service - They will transport almost anything to almost anywhere.

Travel & Sightseeing

Online travel agency for tours within Japan - Japanican

Great video for travel tips:
What to do in Yokohama & Sendai Part I & Part II

Japan - beautiful video about this mystical but modern country

Outdoor Outings- from Dragon Dining's staff





Savvy Tokyo - All things Tokyo!

Weekender - Lifestyle Magazine for Tokyo

Help & Advice

Wanavi Japan - Be prepared for natural disasters but live comfortably and confidently in Japan. Wanavi empowers international families with critical information and support. Here are some links for your reference:  

1) Youtube video on how to use 171

How to record a message

How to listen to a message

2) Tsunami evacuation shelter map (Japanese only)

3) List of evacuation shelters

Tell Lifeline - An organization that provides support and counseling services to Japan's international community.