Four reasons why “Digital nomad” should come to Kitakyushu ~“デジタルノマド”に北九州をオススメする4つの理由~



Hello, this is Chris and I work at Himitsu Kichi (among other things).

While I’ve dabbled in the digital nomad life now and again in parts of Southeast Asia, I’ve found it quite easy to maintain the same lifestyle while having my home base here in Kitakyushu. 

For those unfamiliar with the term, a “digital nomad” is someone whose work is location independent because they work remotely, or they have their own online business, or have found some other way of earning a living without having an office or a boss. Writer and consultant Marianne Cantwell calls these people “Free Range Humans.” Whatever you prefer to call us, the idea of flexibility and location freedom is the same. Some, but not all, of these types of workers take advantage of their mobility to travel and work wherever they want to.

As you might expect, a lot of free rangers gravitate toward places like Siem Reap or Spain where the weather is nice and living costs are low. Japan holds an attraction for a lot of travellers, but certain other aspects of life in Japan give them pause. Oh, I don’t make nearly enough money to live in Japan for any length of time, they say. Isn’t it one of the world’s most expensive places to live?

Well… yes and no.

While the famous metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka indeed have a high cost of living, people tend to forget that there’s a whole country outside of Tokyo and Osaka. Foreigners can be forgiven for this perception–after all, even a lot of Japanese people tend to overlook the Japan that exists outside of these two centres. But allow me to offer up the outlying areas of Japan–and Kitakyushu in particular–as the ideal temporary base for the free range digital nomad. Here are just a few reasons:

1.) Low rents. While you can expect to pay about ¥90,000 (around 800USD) for a tiny studio apartment in Tokyo or Osaka, you can get the same thing for as low as ¥40,000 in Kitakyushu. Thanks to the low birthrate and brain drain to the larger cities, you might even be able to snag an empty house in the countryside, if you make the connections.

2.) Kyushu is the cradle of Japanese civilisation. Sure, Kyoto has the temples. But Kyushu is considered to be the birthplace of both the much older Yamato culture, as well as the epicentre of Japan’s modern industrial revolution. and historical sites are abundant.  

3.) It’s a convenient travel hub. Of course, if you’re going to come all the way to Japan you’ll still want to see the major sites. From Kokura, the city of Osaka is just an overnight ferry or 2 and a half-hour bullet train ride away. You can use most of the bullet trains with the Japan Rail Pass. (

4.) A burgeoning culture of innovation and coworking. While the old way of black suits and drab offices is alive and well, lift up the rock and you see the lively subculture of startups, freelancers, and free spirits here in Kitakyushu. 





「デジタルノマド」とは、遠隔地で仕事をしたり、オンラインビジネスを行ったり、オフィスや上司を持たずに、自分で生活していくことができる方法を見つけたりして、場所にこだわらず仕事ができる人のことを言います。作家でありコンサルタントでもあるマリアンヌキャントウェルは、これらの人々を「Free Range Humans.」と呼びました。この名前はさておき、フレキシブルなアイデアと自由なオフィスであることは、すべての人にとってというわけではありませんが、最適な働き方といえます。


多くの「Ferr Ranger(フリーレンジャー)」は、天候が良く生活費も安い、シェムリアップやスペインのような場所に行く傾向があります。日本には旅行者にとっての魅力はありますが、他の生活面においては、そうではないようです。「あ~、私は日本に住むのに十分なお金を持っていません。日本は世界で最も物価が高い場所の一つではありませんか?」と。















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