One of the main attractions of Japan. We all have our favourites and it’s pretty healthy as well! The first thing to say is that eating out in Japan is cheap. Whether you just want a steaming bowl of noodles, sushi that will put what you’ve eaten at home to shame or something rather more fancy, you won’t pay too much for it. There are restaurants absolutely everywhere, catering for all budgets so part of the fun is diving in and seeing what you end up eating! The eating places around Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market are great but you need to get there early! Supermarkets are easy to navigate for your home shopping and if you do want some home comforts, you’ll find western brands on most shelves and all the main takeaway chains are dotted around.
That’s just a tiny snapshot of what you can discover in Japan. Your Facebook and Instagram pages will be bursting to the seams!
If you want to find out more here is some recommended reading:
A Geek in Japan by Hector Garcia. He also has a website: http://www.ageekinjapan.com/
Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet
Lost Japan by Alex Kerr
Tokyo, a certain style by Kyoichi Tsuzuki
Seeing Tokyo by Kaori Shoji and Graham Fry
Seeing Japan by Charles Whipple and Morihiro Hosokawa
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Japan is an incredible country. There is so much to discover that you’ll need to stay much longer than you originally planned to see just a part of it all. In fact most teachers do, the average stay at the moment is just over three years. Even if you stay less time than that you’ll have plenty of time off to get out and see the amazing sights that Japan has to offer, to eat some great food and to delve into Japan’s fascinating culture. Start making your list!
Where do you begin? Well, we’ll give you lots of tips and inside information before you head to Japan but here is just a tiny snapshot of some of our favourite things. UIC Teachers English Teaching in Japan
Everything from snow resorts to tropical islands, forests, mountains, geothermal parks and buzzing cities (obviously). It’s all within easy reach due to Japan's excellent transport systems and as well as your regular days off you will have longer blocks of holiday when you’ll be able to get up and down Japan, or even head off further afield if you want to. In Tokyo the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a welcome and tranquil retreat while the beaches of Chiba and Kanagawa are within easy reach. Nikko is gorgeous - beautiful scenery and amazing temples and Anami Island is the perfect place for a few days’ cycling break. It’s a hidden gem full of culture with lovely beaches and lots to see.
This encompasses so much and has so many layers. The obvious way the culture of Japan manifests itself to visitors is through the politeness and kindness of Japanese people. Everywhere you go people will try to be helpful, show you respect and just generally be charming! Then you have temples, shrines, festivals, ceremonies, karaoke(!), music, manga, anime etc. etc. We all know a little about some of these things but by living and working in the country itself you’ll be able to properly delve and get a real insight into what makes the people and country tick. When you visit Kyoto – you have to – take the time to read about the temples and their history before you go and be sure to watch a performance at the Minamiza Theatre. And while you are travelling try out a few onsen – a real treat!
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