Commuting in Japan: Information for Those Starting Businesses in Japan

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This blog may help if you are unclear about commuting in Japan.






As I have been living in the Kansai region, this information is centered on Kansai. Here’s an overview of the commuting situation in Japan.


For Single Individuals

Many young singles live in their family homes located in suburban areas like Nishinomiya and Takatsuki, somewhat distant from major cities like Osaka. The commute by train typically takes between thirty minutes to an hour. Notably, commuting by car is rare in large cities due to the lack of employee parking. Additionally, those with a strong sense of independence or those from rural areas often live in single-person apartments closer to the office in Osaka.



Many individuals purchase condos or houses a few years after getting married. Houses tend to be more expensive, making condos a more popular choice. The locations are similar to the aforementioned family homes of young people.



While the influence of COVID-19 has led to an increase in teleworking, it hasn’t fully established itself in Japan, except within some major companies. The traditional culture, which prioritizes processes over results and resists change, may be hindering its widespread adoption.



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