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   For EAP Participants

A Message from the TSC Director

Dear prospective Education Abroad Program students,

Congratulations on being selected to the Japan EAP! We are writing to you from the UC Tokyo Study Center, which oversees all the UCEAP programs in Japan. Are you looking forward to the excitement of living in Tokyo, or the more leisurely pace of tradition-bound Kyoto? Perhaps you are on your way to the small caring town of Tsuru, nestled up at the foot of Mt. Fuji; and yes, Mt. Fuji is more beautiful than any photograph you may have ever seen. If you are a science major, your choice may have been to study at a research lab under a professor doing cutting edge work at the prestigious national universities in Osaka and Sendai. Or did you choose to study manga and anime on a lovely campus in suburban Tokyo?

For all of these programs, the Tokyo Study Center is here to support you. We are dedicated to making sure that all goes well for you, academically and personally, during your stay in Japan. As you know, Japan has an extraordinary culture; 2000 years old and yet up-to-the-minute contemporary. Kabuki, bunraku, manga, fashion, noise music, tea ceremony; you can take your pick of traditional, popular, or avant-garde. And given rapidly evolving global markets and international collaborative research, having experienced life in a foreign country should be a major plus when you graduate and start looking for a job. Japan; a major financial, scientific, and cultural hub in Asia; will help broaden your horizons immeasurably. And Japan has the added bonus of an excellent National Health system, which you will be covered by during your stay here. All this, for not much more (and sometimes less) than the cost of studying at your home campus! We realize that the decision to study abroad, be it for a semester or a year, is not an easy one, and you may still have questions that you would like answered. Check us out at our website for the UC Tokyo Study Center (http://www.uctsc.org) for photos and information of the campuses that you may be going to, and if you have any questions, please feel free to drop a line to us at our email addresses below.

We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you soon.

All the best,
Nahum, Kayo, Kazumi, Kosuke and Teneal

UC Tokyo Study Center
Prof. Nahum Chandler, Director (nchandler*sc.eap.ucop.edu)
Ms. Kayo Takahashi, Office Manager (ktakahashi*sc.eap.ucop.edu)
Ms. Kazumi Onnagawa, Program Coordinator (konnagawa*sc.eap.ucop.edu)
Mr. Kosuke Makihara, Program Coordinator (kmakihara*sc.eap.ucop.edu)
Ms. Teneal Jones, Program Assistant (tjones*sc.eap.ucop.edu)

 When sending us an email, please replace "*" with "@".

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Directions to Host Universities & Dorms

  • From ShinOsaka to Saito Nishi Station, Minoh Campus, Osaka University (Minoh Campus,Osaka University)
  • From Saito Nishi Station to Minoh Campus, Osaka University (Saito Nishi Station to Minoh Campus,Osaka University)
  • General Map for UC Osaka Office, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University (Campus Map UC Osaka Office, Toyonaka Campus,Osaka University)
  • Detailed directions to UC/UCEAP Osaka Office from Student Dorms and Shibahara Stn (Directions to UC/UCEAP Osaka Office from Shibahara Stn)
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    Directions to Hotels & Accommodation

  • From International Airports to Hotel Mets Musashisakai(HANEDA)(NARITA)
  • From International Airports to Hotel Citytel Musashisakai (HANEDA) (NARITA)
  • From International Airports to Oakhouse Social Residence Higashi-Koganei (HANEDA) (NARITA)
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    List of Hotels and Rooms

    Narita International Airport Area
  • Hotels around Tokyo & Narita Area

  • Musashisakai Area
  • Hotel Mets Musashisakai
  • Citytel Musashisakai

  • Weekly Hotel
  • Weekly Mansion Tokyo
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    Using Public Transportation

    Tokyo's mass transit system is baffling at first. Please refer to the following helpful tips for using public transportation in Tokyo. You will soon appreciate the efficiency of public transportation in Tokyo.

    You need to purchase your train tickets from ticket vending machines located at station entrances. The price of your ticket depends on the distance you travel. Above these machines, you see a map of train stations with the station names shown in Japanese Kanji. Together with the station name is also shown the fare for a ticket to that station from your current station. If you are unsure of the fare, buy a ticket for the lowest fare available and present your ticket at the fare adjustment window or machine which should be inside the ticket gate before you exit at your destination. The attendants or machines inform you of how much you must pay to make up the difference of your trip.
    Insert your ticket at the ticket gates. The ticket will come out the other end of the gate. You should be sure to take it back again as you proceed through the gate. You need your ticket again to exit at your destination. When you reach your destination, you again insert the ticket into the gate, but you will not receive the ticket back.

    Most buses in Tokyo Require a flat fare of 220 yen. Pay this fare when you enter the bus. Passengers board the bus at the front where there is a coin machine beside the driver. If you have correct change, drop it in the coin box. If you do not have correct change, there is a slot beside the coin box where you can get change for 1,000 yen. The drivers help you if you can not figure it out. When you want to get off the bus, push the purple buzzer closest to you (unless it is already lit) and exit from the center of the bus.

    Passengers are expected to enter and exit taxis from the back passenger-side door. This door opens and closes automatically. You should not try to open or close this door yourself. Drivers start the meter at the beginning of the trip and the fare is displayed. It is not custom to tip drivers in Japan.

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    We discourage you from bringing money with you in the form of a check, personal or otherwise, as checks are not used in Japan. Not all debit cards, ATM bank cards, and credit cards issued in a foreign country can be used in Japan. Especially for the first two weeks, until Non-Japanese citizens obtain an alien registration card to open a bank account, do not rely on an ATM card or a credit card alone for access to your money. Estimated possible expenses for the first two weeks to survive, we recommend you to have 50,000-80,000 yen at least (this estimate does not include personal entertainment or independent travel abroad).

    VISA cards can now be used countrywide at most Post offices and some convenience stores. However, please check with your card company or bank in advance that issued it to check if it can be used in Japan. Also, please check what your daily or weekly withdrawal limit is, and if necessary, make an application to have that limit increased, in order to avoid any problems while in Japan.

    One other option, particularly for short term stays in Japan, is the Travelex Cash Passport. This is a pre-paid cash card that can be charged up online. It can be used to withdraw cash at ATMs and can also be used like a regular credit card. If it is lost or stolen, it can be cancelled and replaced.

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    Voltage in Japan

    The voltage in Japan differs from that in some other countries or operates at a different frequency: 100 volts, 50 cycles in Tokyo and eastern Japan, and 60 cycles in Kyoto and western Japan. This may mean that certain appliances made outside Japan (hair dryers, electric razors, etc.) do not work well. You may be able to still use them, but for appliances that require high precision, such as CD players, you may need a converter, which can be purchased at most electronics stores. The electric socket also may take a different shape to that of your home country. Please be sure to check this in advance, and if necessary, come prepared. These items are difficult to find in the immediate area and one your courses start, time for finding the items is limited.

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    Useful Links

    Japan & Tokyo
  • Att. Japan
  • Japan-guide.com
  • Japan National Tourism Organization
  • Metropolis
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (Visiting Japan Links)
  • Lonely Planet
  • Tokyo International Communication Committee
  • Tokyo Travellers and Tourist Guide
  • Backpackers Hostel K's House
  • Tokyo Tourism Information
  • Yes!Tokyo

  • Japanese Studies
  • Hiragana Megane: This page shows you how to read kanji on websiteds.
  • Pop Jisyo (Pop Dictionary): This page translates Japanese words on websites in English.
  • Reading Tutor
  • Practice for Beginners: For those with no knowledge of the Japanese alphabet (hiragana).
  • At Home in Japan: This page shows a good example of different points of view between a foreign student and his Japanese host family.

  • Restaurants
  • Bento.com: A complete guide to Japanese cuisine and eating in Japan.
  • Tokyo Vegans Club: This page introduce vegatarian restaurants in Tokyo and Yokohama.

  • EAP
  • EAP Home
  • University of California Tokyo Study Center

  • Medical
  • AMDA International Medical Information Center
  • Medical Resources in the Tokyo Area by Embassy of the United States in Japan
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Institution Information "Himawari"

  • Search Engine
  • Jorudan Train Route Finder
  • Yahoo JAPAN
  • Yahoo Japan Transit Train Route Finder in Japanese
  • Yahoo Travel – JAPAN

  • City/Metropolitan Government
  • Kyoto City
  • Mitaka City
  • MISHOP (Mitaka International Society for Hospitality)
  • Osaka City
  • Sendai City
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • Tsuru City

  • Local/long distance call
  • Brastel
  • KDDI
  • NTT Group
  • Skype

  • Mobile phone
  • au by KDDI
  • NTT Docomo
  • Soft Bank

  • Takkyubin (Home Delivery Service)
  • Yamato Transport
  • Sagawa Express
  • Nippon Express
  • DHL Japan
  • Federal Express

  • Pension
  • National Pension System

  • Miscellaneous
  • Craigslist
  • transborders (RealEstate Services)
  • JR-East Japan Railway Company
  • JR-West Japan Railway Company
  • NTT Internet Town page
  • Japan Post
  • NEW! Point and Speak Post Office Guide: English
  • NEW! Point and Speak Post Office Guide: Korean
  • NEW! Point and Speak Post Office Guide: Chinese
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