If you’re lucky enough to have a salaried job, you’re probably oblivious to the amount being extracted from your pay packet for local government taxes. To freelancers and other contract workers (ie. most of the English teaching industry) the pain [...]July 15, 2014 -
Support Richard and order his great book 80/20 Japanese here. If you’re in Japan or enjoy travelling there, you have no doubt at least dabbled in learning the language. And so you should! It’s a great language, and by learning [...]June 23, 2014 -
New to Tokyo Cheapo? Read this. We’ve put together an introductory guide that will help you use our (invaluable) resources to get the most out of Tokyo on a budget. From reasonable ramen to inexpensive ways of getting from the [...]May 16, 2014 -
The cost of living in Tokyo is not insignificant so if you’re looking for a cheap place to live then you’ll be disappointed. However, it gets a bad rap in international surveys that tout it as the most expensive city in the world to live in. The problem of these surveys is that they compare apples with pears – if you want to transplant your western lifestyle with a two car garage and a big backyard, then it will cost a fortune. If you’re up for adapting and trying new things, then you’ll be surprised how economically you can live.