Living in Japan
Photo credit: RIKEN, Yokohama Visitors Guide, Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau
The laboratories at BDR are based in three main locations—Kobe, Osaka, and Yokohama—as well as an outpost in Hiroshima. Costs of living are comparable to those in many major Western cities, and comfortable modern homes and apartments are available to suit all budgets. Japan’s renowned public transport system allows rapid and convenient access to local and national locations, and all of the campuses have easy access to local area and international airports providing immediate gateways to the world.
Living in Kobe
Kobe is a cosmopolitan city that sits nestled between the Rokko mountains and the Seto Inland Sea in the Kansai region of western Japan, close to both the bright lights of Osaka and Kyoto’s tranquility. The local climate is temperate, making it possible to enjoy a wide range of seasonal activities, all within a short train ride or drive from the center of the city. Kobe is best known for its namesake beef, as well as being home to Japan’s oldest hot spring resort, Arima Onsen. Its history as one of the first cities to open its port to the Western world can still be felt wandering through the former foreign settlement areas near the downtown area. The BDR Kobe Campus is situated within the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster located on Port Island, an island offshore Kobe’s downtown area of Sannomiya.
- Kobe living environment for foreigners (JETRO website)
- KOBE Living Guide (Kobe International Community Center)
- About the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster (Nature Asia Special Issues)
Living in Osaka
The BDR Osaka Campus is based in Suita, a city located in the northern area of Osaka Prefecture and is also a commuter town for Osaka, the economic center of the Kansai region in western Japan. Suita is also home to the main campus of Osaka University, one of the largest national universities in Japan. Many personnel working at BDR Osaka Campus also commute from Suita’s neighboring towns and cities.
- Osaka Prefecture living environment for foreigners (JETRO regional information page)
- Foreigners living in Suita (from Suita City website)
- Osaka Living Guides for Foreign Residents (available in 10 languages)
Living in Yokohama
The second largest city in Japan with a population of over three million, Yokohama is located just to the south of the Tokyo Metropolitan area. As one of the first port cities opened to foreign trade following the period of Japan’s self-isolation during the Edo Period, Yokohama quickly grew to become an international city, with many foreigner settlement communities being established within the city, and these remain popular as areas to live for expats working in Yokohama. Personnel working at the BDR Yokohama Campus located in Tsurumi ward also commute from Tokyo and other surrounding cities around Yokohama.