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Studying in Japan Tips

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By John Roman Aquino

Have you ever dreamed of living and studying in Japan? Have you ever thought that it is impossible for you to achieve this dream because of financial and other problems? Then worry no more! These tips will help you to be driven and do your best to achieve your dreams!

This post is categorized into three parts: BEFORE going to Japan, DURING your stay in Japan, and LEAVING Japan. All of my tips are based from my own experience and I hope you would find these tips useful when you join exchange programs in Japan.


 BEFORE GOING TO JAPAN

Be prepared. Japan is neither a paradise nor a heaven that you can enjoy in a year. I am sure that you will face a lot of difficulties, such as language barriers and culture shock that you will surely experience as an exchange student. It will be tough but the most important thing is you will learn from them. Study hard, respect other people and know your limitations. Knowing the Japanese language and culture would be a great advantage but you should also know how to apply in real life the things that you have learned. Do your best in everything and be cautious to other people’s behavior and things around you. As long as you know how things work in Japan, you will definitely enjoy your life here.

Research. This is related to my first advice because if you really want to study in Japan, you really have to do your research for the schools that you can enter, things that you can study, and how it will direct you to your future career path. Yes, participating in an exchange program just to have fun or just to gain experience is good but it would be better if you would think of your future first and how can these exchange programs will affect your career path. This is also a once in a lifetime opportunity and it would be really worth it if you will have fun and think of how it can help you make your choices in the future at the same time. Researching the school’s reputation and other benefits that you can gain if you participate in their exchange program will help you achieve your goals in the future. Aside from that, you may also look for the scholarships that are available to avoid spending a lot of money.

 

Below are some tips on how to look for a scholarships:

1. Partner Universities

If you are an undergraduate student, your university definitely has a wide connections with universities abroad that can serve as a stepping stone for you to join exchange programs. Upon application, you should inquire at your international affairs department of your university for information regarding scholarships. Most of the universities abroad offer scholarships because it is a way for them to attract international students and a way to establish a good relationship with their partner universities. The more exchange students that they can send, the more opportunities for the school to make more programs with their partner universities.

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10 Things To Do in Hokkaido This Summer

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Hokkaido is well-known for its cold climate, and snow that can last for 3 to 5 months. But that does not limit Hokkaido’s natural beauty; a beauty that can captivate your heart and urge you to visit in every season, especially summer!

The following are the things that can be done/ you can enjoy in Hokkaido this summer:

1. Sightseeing and restaurant hopping in Furano

Want to go sightseeing with your friends or family? Do you love lavenders and tulips? Well, Furano is the place to be! It is located at the central part of Hokkaido, and there are many flower farms that can surely please your eyes. There is also a lot of souvenir shops and restaurants that serve lavender drinks for a cheap price! Nothing can beat a cold lavender drink with lavender sightseeing activity this summer in Furano!

2. Ropeway in Mt. Moiwa

If you consider yourself as an outdoorsy person who loves nature, then Mt. Moiwa is the best place for you! You can try the ropeway for only 1,200 yen and get a discount if you are a resident of Sapporo (around 1000 yen only), or, you can to climb it on your own to appreciate nature at its finest. The sunset is also one of the things that tourists look forward to because at night you can see the spectacular view of Sapporo with your loved ones. Souvenir shops, restaurants and other stores can also be found on top of Mt. Moiwa.

3. Visit the Blue pond in Biei

Want to try something new? Blue pond offers you a unique sightseeing experience that you cannot forget. With its blue water that comes from natural minerals, many tourists are interested to see the wonderful blue pond with other concrete structures of erosion control system. There is also a hot spring town nearby which is also a must try.

4. Mountain climbing at Mt. Maruyama

There are many things that you can do at Maruyama Park this summer. If you are an adventurous type of person, you can climb Mt. Murayama and enjoy the scenery at its peak. Wild animals such as squirrels can also be seen at the peak of the mountain. This has got to be one of the perfect activities that you can enjoy this summer if you are a nature lover!

5. Hokkaido University’s cultural festival

In June, Hokkaido University celebrates a cultural festival where international students gather and set up booths to sell their native dishes from their home countries. This is a chance for tourists and Japanese people to know more about each other’s culture as they enjoy the booths prepared by international students and performances from students of Hokkaido University as well.

6. Shopping at Sapporo Factory

Traveling Hokkaido will never be complete without…shopping! A lot of tax-free shops and other souvenir shops can be found at Sapporo Factory. Eating ice cream is also a favorite activity in this area!

7. Visit Hokkaido Shrine

Make the most out of your stay by visiting Hokkaido shrine! Many weddings and other famous occasions are held here,making it the most famous shrine in Hokkaido. In early summer, the Hokkaido shrine festival is also held here and you can experience seeing the parade of the portable shrines.

8. Ride a bike to Ishikari

The oldest lighthouse and one of the most beautiful green landscapes can be found in Ishikari. Aside from that, dairy products such as cheese, milk and other types of ice cream can also be bought here. Riding a bike to Ishikari is highly recommended to those who wish to witness the beautiful landscapes surrounding it. Beaches can also be found in Ishikari - perfect for your summer getaway!

9. Attend Fireworks Festival at Makomanai Park

Attending summer festivals in Japan with someone you love is one of the best experiences ever. Local and foreign visitors of Makomanai park often bring their lovers or friends to enjoy the firework tournaments and festival while wearing yukata and eating Japanese food.

10. Visit Wakkanai

Visiting Hokkaido won’t be complete without Wakkanai. The northernmost part of Japan does not only have a nice view full of historical sculptures and landmarks, wild deer and foxes can also be seen here roaming freely and living in peace.

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Illustration by: Little Miss Paintbrush / @chichilittle
Article researched/submitted by: JLM contributor John Aquino
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