Where to live in Japan?

Nov 15th, 2004, 03:46 PM
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Where to live in Japan?

Hello! I'm applying for the JET program, where you teach English in Japan, and in the application I must choose my top 3 choices of where to live. The application provides 8 blocks from which to choose: Hokkaido/Tohoku, Kanto, Hokuriku, Chubo, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu/Okinawa. Does anyone have any suggestions or information about these regions, or even particular cities that people especially like? Useful websites are also appreciated! Thanks!
kathryn00 is offline  
Nov 15th, 2004, 04:39 PM
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i've had two nephews in this program. one taught for three years in setagaya(he loved it), and the other currently in his third and final year in fukuoka(kyushu).

i personally would choose hokkaido/tohoku region. i like the countryside. kyushu would be my second choice.

jet is a great program, and i think you will benefit from participating in the program. good luck.

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Nov 15th, 2004, 06:11 PM
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We have been happy living for over 9 years in Kanazawa (Hokuriku area). While I LOVE to visit the big cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima...I prefer living in a much smaller city.
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Nov 15th, 2004, 06:25 PM
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Interesting question.

I guess my answer would be Chubu, Kinki, and then either Chugoku or Shikoku.

I think Kyushu would be my first choice if Okinawa was not linked to it. I would consider Tohoku but not when linked to Hokkaido.

Take a look at the map on the following page:

See how when you mouse over the region names in the list on the left that the region is highlighted on the map. Also links to areas in each region are displayed.

The Hokuriku region that you mention is the northern part of the Chubu region on the map (I am pretty sure of this). The region you list as Chubo is the the rest of Chubu. The region you list as Kinki is known as Kansai on the map.

What are your requirements for a place to live?
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Nov 16th, 2004, 09:29 PM
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My topic pick would be the Tohoku region - beautiful nature, small traditional towns, and lots of onsen all around. I've heard the people with the best JET experiences are the ones who live in the countryside, not the big cities. Living in the countryside is also the best way to learn Japanese and really get to know the culture. So, I would say for the best JET experience, the more remote the better.
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