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Locational Advantages of Okazaki:

  • Low-cost rent, larger amount of space

    Compared to larger cities such as Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya, land prices in Okazaki are much lower. The result is that you simply have a lot more room, at lower cost. If Yamasa was to try to duplicate its facilities and build a satellite/sub-campus in Tokyo with the same land area and space per student as in Okazaki, tuition fees would need to increase to approximately 3 times the current level. Accommodation is also cheaper. The apartments offer between 30-60% more floor space, at rents about 40% lower that the rates in Tokyo would be for similar standard accommodation and space.

  • Zero commuting costs

    One of your biggest cost advantages is the fact that you will not need to pay for public transport to get to your classes. Figures from the Japanese Language Education Information Center indicate that international students in Tokyo and Osaka pay between JPY123,500 to JPY168,800 in public transport to and from their classes alone if they study for 1 year. By comparison Yamasa has its own (not leased) student housing within easy walking distance of the Yamasa campus. Bicycles are the easiest way to get around and restaurants, banks, historic temples, peaceful parks such as Minami Park, several shopping malls (including the giant Jusco/Aeon/Seibu complex), Minami Hospital and all Student Accommodation are within easy walking distance.

  • Lower food/living costs

    Compared to higher density cities such as Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, Okazaki is insulated from the higher land prices. The land is also relatively flat which further reduces costs. The average cost of living per month as reported by our students ranges from 30000 to 65000 yen not including accommodation. It is cheaper if you cook your own meals and this is why all of our accommodations have kitchen facilities. It should also be noted that some students enjoy the nightlife more than others. The attractions of Japan are numerous and you will want to visit and taste a great deal of Japan while you are here. These experiences will not be free - you are advised to budget for more than the above figure if you wish to travel.

  • Higher real income from part-time work

    Your income will not be consumed by transport fares to the extent that occurs in Tokyo or Osaka. Also as prices are generally lower, your spending power is significantly greater. A further advantage is that your higher real income means that you shouldn't need to work as much as you would in a larger and more expensive city. Remember that the longer you work, the less time you have available for study.

  • Easier to find part-time work

    The local economy is underpinned by hi-tech research and development and has a higher standard and quality of living. This is mainly due to the location in the Mikawa region of the headquarters of major manufacturing corporations such as Toyota, and government funded research facilities such as the National Research Institutes near Higashi-Okazaki station. The result is that not only is there less competition for part-time work (less foreign students as a % of the local population), but the strong local economy offers more stability.

  • Easier to gain university entrance

    Regional universities such as the publicly funded Nagoya University and private institutions such as Aichi University or Meijo University are of high quality and reputation, but the distance from Tokyo means that there is less competition from other foreign students for the available number of places. Some of the universities also accept students on Yamasa's recommendation.

  • No congestion

    The city has low population density. This means that there are a large number of "bungalow"/detached houses compared to the number of townhouses and apartments, extensive parklands and wooded/forested areas. Bicycles are the best form of transportation, but you never have far to go to reach a bus-stop. Public transport (JR Tokaido Line and 2 private lines, plus buses) is quite good. Another advantage is that there is little pollution - this is particularly an advantage for students who have in the past experienced asthma or other respiratory illnesses.

  • Perfect base for travel

    Located exactly halfway between Tokyo and Osaka, halfway between Shizuoka and Kyoto, the city is a key transportation hub. Yamasa is just a 5-7 minute walk from the main JR (Japan Railways) Okazaki railway station on the Tokaido Line (the main line between Tokyo and Osaka) - which is also the junction for the Aichi Kanjo line (Seto and Toyota City). Compared to Universities and Institutes in Tokyo or Osaka, you will be able to see a lot more of Japan. Click here for more information on travel time and train fares between major Japanese cities.

  • Strong local culture/festivals

    Okazaki is prosperous with high tech industries, research institutes and yet it has retained its festivals and traditional crafts. Despite being part of Aichi Prefecture and just 30 minutes from central Nagoya, the city has always has a strong independent identity - partly due to its history as the birthplace of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Local products such as Haccho Miso, fireworks (around 80% of Japan's fireworks are made here) and stone carvings are well known. Major festivals such as the Ieyasu Gyoretsu each April, and the 3 day summer festival (including massive fireworks displays) in August enable you to mix with the locals and gain a better understanding of Japan than you could manage in the larger cities.

  • Standard dialect

    Due to its history as the ancestral lands of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868), the dialect spoken in Okazaki is standard dialect. By comparsion - the city of Nagoya just 30 minutes away - speaks Owari-ben. Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe citizens speak Kansai-ben etc. So you have a considerable advantage if you are looking for a low cost location for studying standard Japanese.

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