Thrive Tokyo Orientation Program

In this interactive orientation program, you will learn about practical, day-to-day living in Japan.

Each topic will be presented in a way that helps you understand why cultural values affect available products and systems, how to get your daily tasks accomplished with ease, and what variable resources exist that affect your individual needs.

By the end of our sessions together, you will have the tools and knowledge you need to be self-sufficient in Japan and confident in your ability to thrive.

Below, you’ll find the agenda, supplementary materials, registration, and FAQs.


The full orientation program is divided into three parts. Each part takes place from 9:30am-11:30am/12pm on days according to the schedule.

If you are brand new to Japan, I recommend taking all three parts.
If you have been here for a while, you can select the session(s) that is most relevant to what you need right now.

Part 1:

  1. Introduction to the Expat Life-cycle
    Identify the 3 most common pitfalls expats face and learn strategies for how to overcome them for a smooth transition

  2. Money
    Understand Japanese currency, when to use cash vs credit cards, tipping culture, point card systems, how to make bank transfers, and how to make bill payments, for ease of mind with transactions

Part 2:

  1. Transportation
    Gain knowledge about the JR and Tokyo Metro systems & maps, Suica/Pasmo overview, transportation apps, understanding addresses, public transport etiquette, and traveling outside of the city in order to increase self-reliance day-to-day

  2. Post Office
    Gain awareness of the different kinds of delivery systems in Japan, having items delivered to your home, what to do when you receive a missed-delivery notice, and how to send packages

Part 3:

  1. Drug Store Overview
    This workshop is designed to simplify the experience of shopping in a drug store by breaking down the products into categories and educating on how to make selections.

    1. Toiletries
      Identify the many kinds of shampoos, skincare, toothpastes, deodorants, lotions, razors, and feminine hygiene products to take advantage of using local products

    2. Cleaning Supplies
      Understand the differences between detergents, various benefits (i.e. anti-bacterial, bleach, items for sensitive skin), the amounts to use, and how to use spray bottles for confidence in accomplishing laundry and home-cleaning

    3. Medicine
      Education on the different kinds of drug store medications, the differences between medicine in Japan and abroad, and also the differences between Eastern herbal-style traditional medicines and Western modern medicine.

2. Food Information

This session provides expats with assurance on where to shop, how to use Japanese products, and how they can expand their food knowledge when reassessing their diets.

    1. Product Sourcing
      Learn what different kinds of products are found in grocery stores, farmer’s markets, department stores, convenience stores, and more

    2. Dining Culture
      Understand Japanese food culture including how and what they eat, seating styles, menu styles, teishoku, bento, and more

    3. Product Information
      Break down food labels, food pricing, and common Japanese household ingredients to make the best selections for health

Grocery Store & Drug Store Tour
Excursion to nearby supermarket and drug store to point out products discussed in the information session and help individuals make purchases to get them started. 

Food Information Session
Thrive Tokyo Orientation Testimonial
Katheryn Leading Discussion
Testimonial - Orientation Program

Participate in all 3 sessions and receive this 50-Page guidebook:

Orientation Program - Cover
Orientation Program - Food Products
Orientation Program - Post Office

Scheduling & Registration - Pick an Option:

Orientation Program - 3 Sessions

*On the registration page, after you purchase a package of 3 sessions you can then select dates that work for you.

Private Orientation Program

*Private session appointments are divided into two 4-hour sessions which can be booked on the same day or different dates. Select the times that work for you on the page following check out.

Want to Customize?

If you have some specific topics (from or separate from the agenda above) that you’d like to cover privately, or if you’d like to organize an orientation with friends, I’m happy to customize something for you.

Please create your inquiry by clicking the button below - once I have clarified your needs, I will put together a proposal and if all looks good, we can decide on a time together.


How are the group sessions and private sessions different?

Great question! Clients who have chosen private sessions are looking for more customization and to go at their own pace. Additionally, while you can ask questions in group sessions, as there are more people and a limited amount of time, we will mainly cover general information that apply to a variety of lifestyles.

Here are examples of clients who have chosen Private or Customized Sessions:

Example 1

A vegan learns about food culture and grocery stores in the group workshop, and then benefits from a private session to learn about vegan restaurants, festivals/events, social circles, and an excursion to a Japanese health food store.

Example 2

An expat worker is curious about Japanese technology and home appliances, and then expands his knowledge through a private session where we visit Bic Camera to look at various appliances he may want for his apartment.

Example 3

A mother with a toddler does not have time to leave her home to attend group workshops. I go directly to her home to educate her on the orientation content, discuss options related to families and children, and do excursions local to her neighborhood while she brings her toddler along.

Can I bring my child?

Group sessions are available for adults-only. Should you wish to have a session with your child, please opt for a private session.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Complete Cancellation: A 50% cancellation fee will be applied for cancellations made 24 hours prior to and the day of the session.
Rescheduling: You can reschedule to another date at no cost.