Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pops culture. International students can enjoy with rich culture, deep-rooted history and unique nature in addition to high quality education in Japan. Japan can be one of the best choices for education with its moderate costs of living and its hospitable people as well as the natural and historical treasure.
The official Japanese-language name is Nippon koku or Nihon koku (日本国), literally “State of Japan”. From the Meiji Restoration until the end of World War II, the full title of Japan was the “Empire of Greater Japan” (大日本帝國 Dai Nippon Teikoku).
Capital City: Tokyo.
Big cities: Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Kobe, Kawasaki.
Area: 377,972.28 km2, 145,935.91 sq. mi. (62nd)
Neighboring Countries: Japan’s closest neighbors are Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China and Taiwan.
Population: 127.3 million (2013) World Bank
Population Growth Rate: -0.2%
Fertility rate: 1.41 births per woman (2012)
Life expectancy: 83.10 years (2012)
Currency: Japanese yen
GDP per capita: 38,633.71 USD (2013)
Government: Unitary state, Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system.
Prime minister: Shinzō Abe
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +9h.
Office Hours: In Japan, working days are from Monday to Friday. Most of the banks, government offices
And the majority of private companies are open between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00.
Food-Beverage: Most of the Japanese foods are healthy and delicious. Sashimi and sushi, Domburimono, Tempura, Sukiyaki, Shabushabu, Okonomiyaki, Yakitori, and Yakiniku are very famous foods in Japan.
National Holidays: Within year, total 17 days are national holidays of Japan.
Water: Tap water is very safe for drinking.
Electricity: 100V. Standard type of double plug is used.
Health Services: Japan is famous for high quality treatment. There are many government and private hospitals, clinics and maximum Universities have individual hospital under medicine faculty of that University.
Visa: The foreigners who want to visit for study, job, and business in Japan can easily get the Japanese visa from Japanese embassy with free of cost.
Communication Services: Japan has very high speed internet services (4G). Internet access is available across the country.
International phone code: +81
Why visit to Japan?
Diverse four seasons in a wonderful natural environment,
The Land of Japan is richly endowed with nature and has beautiful mountains, trees, rivers, lakes and seas; which show distinctive beauty in each season. In spring, trees begin to bud and cherry blossoms bloom. In summer it is hot and people enjoy water sports. In autumn, trees turn red and yellow, painting the mountains in autumn color. In winter snow falls so that sports such as skiing can be enjoyed. Onsen, or hot-springs, one of the blessings of nature, can be enjoyed throughout the year. Taking a bath at an onsen will be the most comforting experience for you. Japan’s unique natural beauty will give visitors an unforgettable experience.
Coexistence of cutting edge technology and rich tradition,
Known as one of the most developed countries in the world for its industries and cutting edge technology, Japan is at the same time a treasury of traditional cultures, architecture, arts and performing arts, with 11 World Heritage sites. Fashion, entertainment and animation are newer cultural fields in which Japan takes an active role. There is so much to see in Japan! Students will be fascinated to encounter a foreign culture here in Japan.
Developed transport networks,
Japan’s transport network is very extensive and enables speedy and comfortable traveling; regions are conveniently connected to each other by air, rail and highways. Riding on the internationally renowned Shinkansen or bullet train will be an exciting experience for the students!
Excellent choice of accommodation and foods,
Japan offers a wide variety of accommodation from guesthouses to luxurious hotels so that you can choose where to stay according to your needs and budgets. Staying at a Japanese- style inn will be a unique experience.
Food is one of the great pleasures of traveling in Japan, as it proudly offers diversified cuisine from all over the world. For lovers of Japanese style dishes, Sukiyaki, Tempura and Sushi are waiting for you. For budget conscious travelers, Japan also has competitively priced and yet delicious dishes such as Okonomiyaki, Japanese pancake, and Gyudon, a bowl of rice with meat.
High security and comfortless,
Japan is a very safe country for students to visit as it has an exceptionally low crime rate, advanced medical care and advanced international telecommunication. Students are able to walk around by themselves in safety.
English speaking, friendly people,
In Japan, English language education has been included in the curriculum of the last three years of compulsory education. Accordingly, all Japanese people study English for at least 3 years, and the majority study for six years or more. When you are seeking for information in the town, you will find no difficulty finding someone to help you in English.
Some people may not be fluent, or may be shy at first, but you will soon notice that people’s friendliness and willingness to communicate fully compensate for the lack of fluency in English.
Although Japan is often perceived as an expensive travel destination, actually there are a wide variety of budget accommodation options, transportation passes and sightseeing discounts, which help to make Japan an affordable destination for even the most budget conscious traveler.
“The Land of the Rising Sun” is a wonderful mix of the old and the new – the modern cities like Tokyo, Kanagawa and Osaka are huge metropolises, filled to the brim and noisy with busy, successful people; whilst the rural areas of Japan are as quiet and as peaceful as the cities are loud and happening. It’s a beautiful, very Asian, yin-and-yang dynamic, and it suits Japan down to a T.
But before we talk more about the cities and the countryside; let’s talk about something close to everyone’s heart – the food. Japanese food is delicate, very carefully prepared and unlike any other cuisine on Earth. It’s based more or less exclusively around the staple dish of the culture – rice – but is so much more exciting than that. The Japanese way of cooking and eating is tied into the country’s culture deeper than most, and a chef in Japan is regarded very highly as a result.
Japanese food generally consists of various side dishes that compliment and go with the rice, and includes such favorites and sushi, sashimi, and miso soup. These dishes have become popular all round the world, but some foods the Japanese have kept for themselves. You’ll just have to find out what those are if you’re lucky enough to study there.
Japan’s cities are as exciting and enthralling as the food – Tokyo is simply vast, and utterly packed with people. The result is a thriving, bustling city with great (and immensely competitive) nightlife, restaurants and any and every other establishment you could possibly think of. Tokyo is an astonishing place to visit and one of the best and most current places to live in in the world – Japan’s thriving economy has resulted in an enormous job market, that’s just waiting to be filled at the higher levels by bright young graduates. There’s a lot open here for someone with a degree, particularly if it’s from a Japanese university.
The beauty of Japan’s countryside matches the urban beauty of Tokyo or Osaka; the rolling hillsides, picturesque mountains and cherry trees have been written about in haiku’s and poems for centuries by Japanese men and women of culture, and no wonder – rural Japan is simply beautiful, and is utterly surrounded by fascinating and exciting history.
Japan’s history has been defined by long periods of isolation with the rest of the world up until 1853 and it still holds onto the traditions and culture that developed separately from any other country.
There are so many sights for a tourist to see in Japan; if you’re in Tokyo, you should head to places like Tokyo Tower or the Imperial Palace or the Tokyo fish market, which has got to be the largest display of organized chaos anywhere in the world. Tokyo’s nightlife is vibrant and exciting, and one of the very best places to visit (before heading to one of the many mega clubs) is the Golden Gai district, where tiny ramshackle pubs scuffle for space in the winding maze of alleyways. It sounds frightening, but the atmosphere is relaxed and jolly, and it’s a wonderful place to drink in.
Rural Japan offers some very different – but no less fun – sights, including many, many shrines, hot springs, picturesque villages, and, of course, Mount Fuji; one of the most recognizable sights in all of Asia, and the highlight picture of an endless amount of calendars. Anyone visiting Japan should absolutely make a point of going to visit the temple of Oku-no-in, where almost every Japanese Buddhist has made sure to have at least some of their remains interred, in preparation of the coming of the Buddha that will teach complete enlightenment.
Study in Japan…
Japan is an incredibly diverse country with an education system that rivals the West in terms of quality and research output. Not only is Japan highly developed in technological and educational terms, it’s also a beautiful, vibrant country that anyone would enjoy living in.
More than 100,000 international students study in Japan every year. Japanese Universities offer excellent academic standards and high-tech resources and facilities for students. The Japanese education system is incredibly advanced, and the government is focused on encouraging high-quality higher education for everyone; foreign students and nationals alike.
Why Study in Japan?
Japan has boomed, and is yet still booming – it has an increasingly fast-paced economy (it’s currently the world’s third-largest) and its social system has advanced at an incredible rate as a result. Practically speaking, this means the educational systems are brand new and streamlined, the infrastructure of the cities is advanced, and the entire country is safe, wealthy and welcoming. It’s a great place to move to even if you’re not studying.
Japanese universities are arguably the most respected in Asia – a degree from any Japanese university is a sure sign of applied intelligence. Studying anywhere abroad looks excellent on a CV – it shows employers you’re a multi-dimensional person who’s had more life experience than your average student and is able to work well outside their comfort zone. You can study a degree in Japan at one of five different types of colleges: Colleges of Technology, Professional Training Colleges (‘senmom gakko’), Junior Colleges, Colleges and Universities and Graduate Schools. There is a wide range of courses in Japan to choose from, from language and undergraduate degrees in Japan to post-graduate, MBA’s and research study.
There are over 700 universities in Japan, most of which are private. Education is highly regarded in Japan – it has a near-perfect literacy rate and English is a compulsory part of study in Japan. Japanese Universities have an excellent reputation around Asia and the world – 11 Japanese universitiesare ranked in the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 200 universities. Most universities in Japan offer many scholarships for international students – which can help with the higher cost of living and tuition fees.
Japanese culture is not to be missed out on either: in between studying hard for those well-respected exam grades, a prospective student would be able to enjoy all that Japan has to offer. The cities of Japan are busy, exciting metropolises, but are complemented beautifully by the rural side of the country, which is steeped in deep tradition and fascinating history. Japan has a huge amount to offer to any tourist, let alone somebody who’s hoping to live there. It’s truly a beautiful, multi-faceted, exciting place to be.
Cost of Studying and Living in Japan…
Japan, sadly, isn’t as cheap as it used to be – it costs roughly the same to live in Tokyo (and, being a student, you’ll probably be living in Tokyo. If you’re not, though, good news! It’ll be cheaper everywhere else) as it would to live in any European or affluent American city. However, there are some benefits to this – for one, part-time jobs would pay a lot more than they would in other parts of the world, and the higher prices act as an indicator of the relative economic success and stability that Japan enjoys. In any case, living costs do not tend to be more than in an American or Europe city.
The cost of studying in Japan isn’t overly cheap, either, with prices for a private university at about $5000 dollars a year. It’s not as cheap as it could be, but it’s still significantly cheaper than studying in American or European universities. Don’t forget; you get to study in Japan – the technological country of the world; the innovator, the inventor, the big one. Although Japanese universities charge more than other universities in this area of the world, this is still an extremely good deal.
There’s more to consider, too – the Japanese government has a scheme in place to hit a target of 300,000 foreign students a year by 2020, making it very keen to accept students from all over the globe. As such, there has been many reports of subsidized loans and even living costs for foreign students – check if you’re eligible before you apply, but the chances look good that money may well be saved this way.
A visa is needed for studying in Japan but most universities are more than happy to do the bulk of the paperwork after they accept you – to obtain a visa a little more directly, an application can be filled at your country’s embassy or consulate. If the university is doing the paperwork, not a lot has to be done, but proof of identity, proof of ability to speak/understand the language the course is taught in (either Japanese or English – see Language), proof of acceptance from the university and proof of finance (such as a letter from your bank or student loans company) is all needed to get a visa from the embassy.
Make sure you know what paperwork you’re filling and where – keep tabs on everything and check and double-check you’ve done everything right – if you’re unsure, the embassy workers and the university will help you; that is what they’re there for, after all.
The main language of Japan is, of course, Japanese; but English is taught in schools from an early age. It’s difficult to learn a language with few similarities to your first language though, and most Japanese people find speaking and understanding English extremely difficult – some proficiency in Japanese is recommended to anyone hoping to live here.
The Japanese do understand written English much better than spoken English, though, so if you’re hoping to live and study here, it’s recommended that you carry a pad of paper and a pen around with you at all times (you will be a student, after all). The degree courses in Japan are either taught exclusively in English or in Japanese, and proof of ability to speak and understand the language is necessary before starting the course.
Your passport (even if it’s an English/American one) may not count as proof of ability – so it’s a good idea to obtain a separate IELTS or TOEFL certificate, even if you just type it out in perfect English yourself.
A variety of scholarships are available for students who wish to study in Japan. These are divided into four main categories according to sponsors. Some scholarships must be applied to prior to arrival in Japan or entering the school in Japan while others are to be applied for after enrollment. Please note that the application periods and selection methods vary depending on each scholarship.
- Offered by- MEXT
- Offered by JASSO
- Offered by host universities
- Offered by private foundations and local government
- MEXT (The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Monbukagakusho). MEXT provides scholarship as below.
|Who can apply
|How to apply(Application process)
|Research Students (Graduate School Students & Research Students)
Teacher Training Students
College of Technology Students.
Specialized Training College Students.
Young Leaders’ Program(YLP) Students
|Doctoral course: 145,000JPY
Master’s course: 144,000JPY
Non-degree students: 143,000JPY
Additional stipend for designated area
117,000JPY(Additional stipend for designated area)
For those applying from abroad and yet to enroll at a university.
<Embassy Recommendation> Application through Japanese embassies.
<University Recommendation>Based on the university exchange agreement, applicants should contact their current universities or schools at their home countries.
For those already in Japan and enrolled at a university.
<Domestic Selection> Application through Japanese universities in which the applicants already enrolled.
For more details about MEXT scholarship, please visit-
- JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship:
JASSO is an independent administrative institution established under the MEXT (The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Monbukagakusho).
JASSO provides two types of scholarship to self-supporting international students. Students who obtain the MEXT scholarship cannot obtain the JASSO scholarship simultaneously.
Scholarship Loan Programs for Japanese Students
JASSO provides scholarship loans to highly motivated students who have difficulty in pursuing their studies for financial reasons.
JASSO seeks to offer better services by implementing a more efficient scholarship loan system which meets various student needs, revising application procedures, thoroughly spreading information about scholarship loans, and collecting loans in an appropriate manner.
Support Programs for International Students
JASSO provides scholarships to overseas students and to Japanese students studying abroad, implements international exchange programs, improves admission procedures by administering the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students, etc. and collects and disseminates information on studying abroad.
JASSO makes efforts to provide better programs for the strategic acceptance of overseas students and the development of young Japanese who will play active roles in the world.
Student Support Programs
JASSO collects, analyzes, and provides information concerning many aspects of student support services to contribute to various activities for student support at universities. JASSO also helps universities provide better student services through workshops, seminars, etc.
JASSO strives to improve career support and support for students with disabilities based on government policies and needs of universities, junior colleges and colleges of technology.
Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan):
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) offers scholarship for qualified international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology (3rd grade or upper) or professional training college (hereinafter referred to as “Japanese school”) under a student exchange agreement or other student exchange arrangement on a short-term basis from 8 days to one year between Japanese school and their home higher educational institution outside Japan (hereinafter referred to as “home school”).
Amount of Scholarship: Monthly stipend: JPY 80,000
Qualifications and Conditions for Students:
- The applicant must satisfy following conditions. Please contact your home shool or Japanese school for details:
- Students enrolled in a regular course of study in a higher educational institution outside Japan (home school).
- Students accepted by Japanese school under a student exchange agreement or other student exchange arrangement with their home school.
- Students demonstrating excellent academic and personal records at their home school.
- Students not having the financial means to study in Japan.
- Students, upon termination of the period of study in Japan, will complete their studies at their home school.
- Students eligible for ‘Student Visa’.（For study in Japan for 90 days or less, Japanese school will arrange the status of residence.）
- If students receive other scholarships together with this scholarship for the study in Japan, the total amount of monthly stipend of other scholarships should not exceed the amount of this scholarship (JPY 80,000 per month).
- Students cannot receive any other scholarship from the Japanese government together with this scholarship.
Applications for the scholarship will be accepted through Japanese school. Direct applications from home higher educational institutions outside Japan or students will not be accepted. Upon screening the application documents submitted by Japanese school, JASSO will decide the programs and the number of students and notice the results to Japanese school. The recruiting period and the selection method of exchange students are different from each school and each program. For further information and inquiry, applicants are advised to ask each Japanese school or home school.
- Offered by host universities:
Universities under the “Global30” Project offer a wide-range of scholarships to assist students in financing their education.
Additionally, each university provides tuition exemption and other financial aids. Maximum Japanese Universities have individual fund for international students and they provide sufficient amount of money for foreign students.
- Private Foundations and Local Governments:
Private foundations and local governments also offer many opportunities for international students. Please note that application processes for scholarships from them varies. Some are made directly by individual students, while others require applications to be made through the applicant’s university. Students already enrolled at a university in Japan and wish to apply for such scholarships are advised to frequently check bulletin boards, websites, etc. of their faculty or graduate school for announcements.
- JICA scholarship, JDS program, Aichi Scholarship program student-
For those scholarships, international applicants apply before coming to Japan. Please visit this web page for more information (http://www.tut.ac.jp/english/international/index.html). You can also contact Japanese embassy or JICA office in your country for scholarship information. Eligible nation for JICA scholarship, JDS program and Aichi Scholarship program is limited.
- Scholarship from private-fund:
Many private scholarship funds are available for Toyohashi Tech students. The details and eligibilities are different from each other, but most of them support monthly from 50,000 yen to 140,000 yen. . Please visit this web page for more information
- Honors Scholarships for Privately-Financed International Students:
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) offers “Honors scholarships” by its selection for privately-financed international students at universities, graduate schools who display excellence in their academic work and character and who are recognized to be in need of economic assistance during their stay in Japan.
Monthly Stipend: 48,000 yen/month
- Student loan:
Students of our university are able to borrow up to 150,000 yen without any interest from Toyohashi Tech Association of International Student Support. This debt must be paid back within 6 month.
- Exemption and postponement of tuition and admission fee:
Regular students who enroll Toyohashi Tech in April may apply for tuition and admission fee exemption, and regular students who enroll Toyohashi Tech in October may apply for tuition exemption. But both students can apply for the postponement of payment.
Applications should be submitted separately for each of the first and second terms. University will review the application and the exemptions of all or half of the tuition fee for the first or second term might be awarded accordingly. Submission of an application does not guarantee that the exemption will be granted. Non-regular students are not eligible for tuition exemption.
JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan:
JSPS provides fellowship programs for overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. The programs are intended to help advance the overseas researchers’ research activities while promoting science and internationalization in Japan.
The “JSPS International fellowships for research in Japan” consists of two programs: “Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan” for young researchers and “Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan” for mid-career and senior researchers.
Young pre-/post-doctoral researchers from France, Germany, Sweden, the UK, Canada and the U.S. are invited to Japan over a period of two months during the summer to pursue research under the guidance of host researchers in universities and research institutions in Japan.
Young and excellent pre-/post-doctoral researchers with high future potential from selected countries are strategically invited to Japan for the period of three to twelve months in order to build collaborative research relationships with Japanese colleagues.
Young and excellent pre- /post-doctoral researchers from the U.S., Canada, European Union Countries, Switzerland, Norway and Russia are invited to Japan to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other institutions in Japan for the period of one to twelve months.
Young and excellent postdoctoral researchers from other countries are provided with opportunities to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions for the period of twelve to twenty-four months.
Pathway to University Positions in Japan
Aimed at promoting the employment of overseas researchers in full-time position at Japanese universities and other research institutions, this program offers the universities or other research institutions a funded means of inviting postdoctoral researchers from other countries to do pre-employment research in their institutions.
Mid-career to professor level researchers with excellent records of research achievements are invited to Japan to collaborate with Japanese colleagues in carrying out research through long-term visits.
Mid-career to professor level researchers with excellent records of research achievements are invited to Japan for short-term visits and provided with opportunities for discussions/opinion exchanges with Japanese colleagues, lectures and other activities.
Nobel laureates and other eminent scientists overseas with records of outstanding achievements who play leading roles in their fields are invited to Japan. They are provided with the opportunities to deliver lectures, offer advice and cooperate in research or conduct other activities in universities and research institutions.
The program provides tutorial and financial support for promising researchers in Asia and Africa who wish to obtain their Ph.D. degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course.
There are many world famous national, public and private Universities in Japan. Most of them are mentioned bellow.
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