Let me say that the Japan you see as a tourist is not the Japan you will see as a resident. Once the snow melts the farmers come out and they don't want you, they dont need you and they certainly dont like you. Places like Hakuba are different because of the sheer volume of foreigners residing there but step outside that bubble and you will be in the realm of some very small minded country side people who are experts at discrimination and exclusion. Only the tradies will be nice because they plan to make a killing off you. Gaijin tax is around 50% and you will pay it every time you hire a tradie lol. My little town is racist as fck, places like Nozawa Onsen are even worse, there's not enough space for starters, then you have westerners buying up all the houses so the kids who grew up in the town can't afford to buy a house when they get married. Think of how mobs of rich Chinese would be looked upon if they bought up all the property in your favourite lakeside easter holiday location in Australia, that's how the small town Japanese locals see you. Bring a thick skin if you wish to live in Japan lol. Get in just before the snow hits, get out before golden week, dont learn a word of Japanese and you can exist in that sweet spot that you used to enjoy as a tourist and make a few bucks off selling beds to frothing westerners. Trying to go deeper than that will result in discovering the real Japan.