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
We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you soon.
All the best,
Fabio, Kayo, Kazumi, Kosuke and Teneal
UC Tokyo Study Center
Prof. Fabio Rambelli, Director (frambelli*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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From ShinOsaka to Minoh Campus, Osaka University (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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From International Airports to Hotel Citytel Musashisakai (HANEDA) (NARITA)
From International Airports to Oakhouse Social Residence Higashi-Koganei (HANEDA) (NARITA)
From Kansai International Airport to Hotel Mystays Kyoto Shijo (KIX to Hotel Mystays Kyoto Shijo)
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Narita International Airport Area
Hotels around Tokyo & Narita Area
Hotel Mets Musashisakai
Weekly Mansion Tokyo
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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
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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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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Japan & Tokyo
Japan National Tourism Organization
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (Visiting Japan Links)
Tokyo International Communication Committee
Tokyo Travellers and Tourist Guide
Backpackers Hostel K's House
Tokyo Tourism Information
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.
Practice for Beginners: For those with no knowledge of the Japanese
At Home in Japan: This page shows a good example of different points of view between
a foreign student and his Japanese host family.
Bento.com: A complete guide to Japanese cuisine and eating in Japan.
Tokyo Vegans Club: This page introduce vegatarian resrants in Tokyo
University of California Tokyo Study Center
International Medical Information Center
Resources in the Tokyo Area by Embassy of the United States
Metropolitan Medical Institution Information "Himawari"
Jorudan Train Route Finder
Japan Transit Train Route Finder in Japanese
Travel – JAPAN
MISHOP (Mitaka International Society for Hospitality)
Local/long distance call
au by KDDI
Takkyubin (Home Delivery Service)
National Pension System
transborders (RealEstate Services)
JR-East Japan Railway Company
JR-West Japan Railway Company
NTT Internet Town page
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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