So you have accepted a job in UK or are tired of living in Japan. With luck, you speak the language. Moving UK gives you the opportunity to experience a different climate and lifestyle and meet new people. There is a lot to do before getting on a plane to live abroad.

Start by comparing the cost of moving from Japan to the U.K. for moving household items and living in UK to estimate how much you can afford to spend on moving and housing if your business is not paying for your stay.

moving from Japan to the U.K

Contact a local moving and real estate agent to find a home to rent or buy in the city you are moving to. Search for areas where other people of the same nationality can live. If you do not guarantee residence in advance, then book a room in a hotel so you have a place to stay until you find it. Hostels, boarding houses and even republics with co-workers can be good starts.

Find out how you will get around. If your company is not providing a vehicle then you will have to buy one there or learn about the public transportation system. Some driving conditions abroad will be more difficult to adjust, such as driving on the left side of the road, so you can opt for public transportation.

Start learning the language if you don’t know. Check with your local community center for details of language courses. If you don’t have time to do this before you leave, book an immersion course in the language of the country you are traveling to. Many overseas universities and language centers offer this to newcomers.

Inquire about immigration requirements. Some countries have strict laws. You may need special papers or meet financial needs before you can enter the country. Apply for all required visas and fill out all the forms you need. Your company can help with this process.