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Location: As well as being close to the campus, the apartments are also close to shops, restaurants, supermarkets and bus-stops. If you are looking for convenience for getting out of town to see the sights of central Japan, these apartments are a 10 minute bicycle ride from JR Okazaki Railway Station which is on the JR Tokaido Line (the main trunk route linking Osaka - Kyoto - Nagoya - Shizuoka - Tokyo) and gives you excellent access to Nagoya, Kanayama, Mikawa-Anjo, the marina/onsen resort of Gamagori on Mikawa Bay and Toyohashi.
Clickable Location Map: Click here for location map (61955 bytes). Click the black arrows on the left for route to Yamasa's campus or to navigate around the local area. Click on shops, and other features on the map for more detail.
The apartments are western style with no tatami matting. The
floors are of polished wood. The space of each is 21.84 square meters
(approximately 236 square feet). Each has its own bathroom with
western style toilet and unit shower/bath. They have
air-conditioning/heating, a large wardrobe, and a kitchen with a
kitchen sink, a saucepan, frying pan and kettle. Yamasa also provides a refrigerator, 2 jet gas range/cooker
and electric rice cooker. Please note that utensils are not provided, but can be purchased cheaply at a nearby store.
In the main room Yamasa provides a TV, bed, desk, chair, study lamp
Coin laundry and common areas: There is a coin laundry facility on site (at lower prices than most of the local commercial laundromats); so that students can save more money. There is also an study/recreation room (air-conditioned/heated) that students often use for group study (and just as often as a party venue). There is also a shelter for bicycles located between the two buildings. Free car parking is available.
Telephone and Internet: All students living here have internet access (via a fast fiber-optic LAN). There is no telephone provided inside the apartment, students will need to obtain a lease or rent a line or use computer-to-phone software using the internet connection. Yamasa will assist you if you need a telephone line installed in your apartment. Most students prefer to use the cheaper option of handheld cellular phones or skype etc.
Futons: Futons are not provided, so for bedding please browse through the futons file.
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Advantages reported by students: Close to campus and route 248. Independence and privacy - your own bathroom. Fast internet access (fiber-optic LAN). Convenient to have own kitchen and no need to wait. Quiet at night. Good study environment. Larger amount of personal space per student.
Disadvantages reported by students: Lack of telephone inside room is a problem for short term students as renting cellular phones is relatively expensive compared to the telephone access in the student village. No wheelchair access. No microwave oven on site. For short term students the cost of purchasing plates, cups, chopsticks etc is an additional expense.
Student Interviews - Villa 3 & 4 Residents:
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