Kyoto

Culture

Ancienne capitale du Japon pendant presque 1000 ans, Kyoto est encore considérée aujourd’hui comme le coeur de la culture japonaise. Spectacle de nombreux fastivals très renomés comme la Aoi matsuri, Jidai matsuri ou Gion matsuri, la ville accueille des touristes tout au long de l’année. La cité semble très grande mais vous pourrez toujours trouver un coin de nature où vous relaxer.

 

Etudes supérieures

Accueillant plus de 37 institutions d’études supérieures, Kyoto est un vrai centre d’éducation du Japon. L’université de Kyoto est considérée comme l’une des meilleurs universités du pays. Il est possible de rencontrer des étudiants partout et c’est un endroit idéal pour se faire des amis rapidement. (Les sessions visiteurs organisées par Nihongo Center sont également un bon moyen de se faire des connaissances.)

Loisirs

 

Ne faire qu’étudier en classe n’est pas le meilleur moyen pour améliorer son japonais. Vous ressentirez vraiment une différence si vous sortez

Only studying at school is not the best way to improve your Japanese. You will really feel a difference if you try to go out and meet Japanese citizens with whom you will try to speak in Japanese as much as possible. A lot of Japanese will try to speak in English and it is kind a game to see who can speak the most in the other language. For this, Japanese are very friendly and if you try to respect some kind of “etiquette”, they will be more than happy to help and correct you. In this regard, there is a lot a places where young and older Japanese are having fun in Kyoto. The most famous place is without a doubt the Kiyamachi or Kawaramachi street (5min from the school), full of Karaoke, restaurant and bars. There are also a lot of events organized for foreigners students during the year (maybe once a month). Try one of these and if you do that regularly, you will reach a good level in Japanese in no time.

Food

When you go to another country for a long time, you always wonder about the food. It is true that if you don’t pay attention, food in Japan can cost a lot. However, there are a lot of restaurants where you can eat at low cost, and also several supermarkets where it is good to go if you plan to cook by yourself. Take care about the difference between the convenience stores which are quite expensive and others supermarkets. Depending on where you live in Kyoto, you won’t have access to everything but here is a list of supermarket you might want to try.

– Life
– Aeon Mall
– Mandai
– Gyomu Super.

Also remember that a lot of product’s prices are cut from a certain time of the day (often from 18.00pm) which allow you to use less money on food.

Part-time job

Here is the point most of students are worried about but, yes, you are allowed to do a part-time job in Japan if you hold a student visa. The immigration will grant you a special permit to work for a maximum of 28hr/week while studying. This limit increases to 8hr/day during school holidays.

・Can I find a job?

The answer is yes. In Kyoto, because of the high number of tourists, you’ll be able find something quite fast in places like restaurants, guest houses, hotels. A lot of Japanese can’t really speak English or another language and any help is always welcome to offer services to foreigners customers. However, we really recommend you to focus on your studies for the first 3 months before starting to look for a part-time job.

・How much can I earn in a month?

Well, it will mainly depends on how many hours you will work but even if your are limited in the maximum hours per week, you can still do 2 or 3 different jobs to reach the 28hr/week.
Right now the minimum hourly wage in Kyoto is 850yens/hr which means you can do around 95,000 yens/month.

 

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