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The village was custom designed by Yamasa for international students and completed in two stages (1999 and 2000). In particular, it was designed with special attention to the needs of short term students (3 months or less). Usually students staying for only 1 or 2 months experience some extra costs if they stay in the studio apartments because of the need to buy some cooking equipment, cellular telephones etc. In the village this problem is solved by the provision of excellent shared facilities. Students cooperate to keep the common use areas clean and there is a full-time resident manager for emergencies and to supervise the tidiness and cleanliness of the student village. Although the village was designed for short term students, any student is able to stay here. Also please note that it is easy to include the village as an option between homestays and other housing options.
Clickable Location Map: The distance from the village to the campus is about 12 minutes walk, by bicycle only about 6 minutes. As well as being close to the campus, the village is also close to shops, restaurants and supermarkets. There is a 24 hour convenience store next door, the nearest bus stop is only 80 meters away. Click here for location map (45326 bytes) - Click the black arrows on the left side of the map to Yamasa's campus or to navigate around the local area.
Village Surrounds: Outside the building there is a mini basketball court (the hoop is at championship height) and garden. There is a shelter for bicycles located outside the main entrance. Free car parking is available, this is an extra advantage if you decide to rent or purchase a car for travel or for commuting to part-time jobs. (In Japan car parking charges are usually fairly expensive).
The study/bedrooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors. All rooms are western style with no tatami matting. The floors are of polished wood. All doors have an individual lock. All rooms have windows for natural lighting, airconditioning/heating, large wardrobes, telephones (ISDN enabled) and they have very high ceilings and doors - the village is one of the few residential buildings in Japan where tall people do not need to be careful whenever entering a room.
Every student is provided with a large wardrobe, bookshelf, a lockable desk with gas lift chair, reading lamp, and a jack for internet access (24 hours). All rooms are provided with a TV antenna plug (private TV's need to be purchased or rented, cable TV is provided in the lounges). Beds are provided but not mattresses or futons (see below). In the shared rooms there are two bunk beds - one elevated, one low (split level bunk style). This means that if you need to rent a "shared" room as a single, you will have more space as the second bed will not be in your way. It also means that if you do share a room, you have a lot more personal space around your desks.
Toilets/Bathrooms The washroom and shower facilities are located at the end of each corridor. The facilities are segregated with the women using the 3rd floor facilities while the men use those on the 2nd floor. There are 5 toilets (western style) and wash basins on each floor. The ground floor has an additional five toilets and two bathrooms. All of the doors are solid wood and extend from the top of the door frame right to the floor for greater privacy. On each floor there is one toilet designed for wheelchair users. (see wheelchair section)
Shower Rooms There are 6 showers on each floor (including one on each floor for wheelchair use). Each shower room is private, there are no shared showers. Each shower room has a private changing room with solid wooden doors extending from the top of the door frame right to the floor for greater privacy. The outer door has a secure lock (it can only be opened from inside the shower room) so that your valuables can be protected. There is an additional door (not a curtain) separating the shower from the changing room so that your clothing, towel and other personal items remain nice and dry. The showers are not coin-operated, there is NO TIME LIMIT on the length of a shower or any restrictions as to when these facilities can be used.
Kitchen and Lounge areas On the ground floor there are two large fully equipped kitchens. Gas ranges, stoves, oven microwaves, rice cookers, toasters and everything required is supplied by Yamasa. In the two adjoining lounges there is a large amount of dining space, along with a piano, cable television, and internet access for students who don't have their own laptop computers. Outside the lounge there is an extended covered terrace. The terrace is sheltered and students often use the terrace to relax, have a drink etc. In the summer, barbecue facilities are also available.
Coin laundry facilities: On the ground floor there are 2 coin laundries on site (at lower prices than most of the local commercial laundromats); so that students can save more money. There are currently 5 washing machines and 5 dryers in total. These may be used at any time of day or night without restriction.
Telephone and Internet: Each room has a telephone (Your room number is your internal telephone line number. You can receive international and domestic calls directly and dial ISDN - most public telephones in Japan cannot dial international calls) Each student receives a personal smart card which they can then use on any of the telephones in the village. The telephones can also be used as an intercom from room to room or to the lounge, kitchen or entrances. Value can be stored on the cards using the recharging machine inside the lounge - you do not need to go to a convenience store.
Each room also has 1 or 2 jacks (10baseT outlets) to connect you directly into the LAN for free 24 hour untimed access to the Internet. The jacks and power access points are located next to the desks. Power supply is 100 Volts AC. To access the LAN you will need a LAN card which you can either bring with you or buy from Yamasa. On the ground floor (lounges, kitchens, common rooms) there is a wireless network. (For additional connectivity information please read through the "Internet Connectivity" file)
Futons: Futons are not provided, so for bedding please browse through the futons file.
Security: The village is located in a safe area, the grounds are well lit and there is a resident manager to take care of any emergencies. There is no curfew. All students have keys to the main entrance electronic locks. All internal doors are lockable. All desks for students are also lockable. The toilet doors and the doors to the individual changing rooms for each shower room are lockable and can only be open from the inside for further privacy.
Luggage: If you need to send luggage or freight in advance - please send it care of the Yamasa Institute. There is no charge for secure storage and we will ensure that your goods are placed into your study/bedroom the day of your arrival.
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Summary: The Student Village is another unusual Yamasa feature - it not only gives students an additional housing option but is also one of the highest quality student dormitories in Japan. It is located within easy walking distance of the campus, again close to shops and restaurants. The village has its own Local Area Network providing free internet access 24 hours a day with computing facilities in the common room and 2 jacks (10baseT outlets) in every room, international telephone and intercom lines with smart cards, cable television, deluxe kitchen facilities, outdoor terrace, basketball court and in short excellent facilities all round. There is a resident manager, good lighting and security. The village is centrally located to all of the other student accommodation - each of the studio apartment areas are about a 5 minute walk from the village. As a result many of the students staying in the studio apartments visit the village for fun and so it is one of the livelier accommodation options.
Student Interviews - Student Village Residents:
I will be bringing a laptop computer, a hair dryer and a portable stereo with me. Will I need a transformer
and/or an adaptor???
A - Most North American electrical appliances will function reasonably well on Japanese current (100 volts). Most European, Australian and Singapore items will require a transformer. The plugs are flat two pin, identical to North America and Taiwan plugs. If you need an adaptor or a transformer but can't purchase them easily, please note that adaptors can be purchased easily nearby at stores such as Eden, DeoDeo or Yamada Denki.
Q - I am allergic to cigarette smoke. I was wondering if the student village is a non-smoking housing unit. If not which housing facility is non-smoking. Thanks.
A - The village is non-smoking, although smokers are allowed to use the outside terrace on the ground floor. All of the other housing options are self-contained apartments - if you ask for a shared room in one of the apartments please ensure that you specify non-smoker on your application form. The same applies regarding homestays.
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