Experiencing Japanese family life is one of the best ways to improve your listening and speaking skills, and deepen your understanding of the culture of Japan. In Aichi, houses are generally larger on average than any of Japan’s other major metropolitan centers. Please note that if you prefer an apartment or share accommodation, it is also possible to experience Japanese family life through a home visit.
A homestay is our recommended form of accommodation. Apart from the opportunity to improve listening and speaking skills, and intimately experience the culture, a homestay experience provides the opportunity to communicate across cultures and create long lasting friendships.
Usually a homestay is for the length of the program, however in the case of long term studies, this will depend on both your preferences and the host family’s schedule and commitments. Usually you may need to be prepared to either move to another homestay or alternative housing after a month. You need to complete your enrollment (ie, application & photos sent, tuition fees paid in full) a minimum of 56 days/2 months prior to your arrival date.
In terms of costs, a homestay usually requires considerable expense on the part of the family. As a result we charge a homestay fee – which is then forwarded to the family. The homestay fee is 80,000 yen per month for student visa holders, and 25,000 yen per week for short stay students. The homestay includes breakfast and evening meals from Monday to Friday, though not on weekends unless by agreement with the family. It does not include lunches. Most homestays are within walking or bicycle distance of the school, but sometimes commuting by bus or train is required.
There are some basic rules that need to be observed. A homestay is a great way to improve your Japanese and understanding of the culture, but it is not like staying in a hotel. You are a guest of a family and are required to follow the rules, as they would apply for any family member.
a) Please inform your host family of the time you will come back home everyday.
b) Do not make overseas or long distance calls using their (usually landline) telephone. Use skype or some alternative.
c) Please inform your host family (at least a few days in advance) of your weekend plans.
d) The family’s private address or telephone number is private – do not provide it to anyone without permission.
This is usually for lunch, an evening meal, one day or a weekend stay (1 night/2 days). Many students choose the home visits because they can enjoy the comfort of having their own apartment or alternative accommodation as well as the opportunity to experience Japanese family life. Home visits are usually either free or with a small fee, the student normally only paying for things such as transport, movie admission tickets or other such expenses if required.