10 Best Cities to Study Abroad in Japan Best Japanese Cities for Foreigners to Live and Study
Best Japanese Cities for Foreigners to Live and Study
Are you planning on studying in Japan?
Whether you’re planning on studying the Japanese language or attending a Japanese university, one important thing that you’ll need to consider is where in Japan you’d like to study.
If there’s a specific school or university that you’re interested in, then this is not such a problem. However, if you haven’t decided where in Japan you’d like to study, then you might be wondering where to start looking.
In this article, I will introduce you to our picks for the 10 best cities to study abroad in Japan. Hopefully, you’ll find a place that interests you.
What makes a city good for studying?
There are many factors that can make a city a good place for living and studying. For the places that we picked for this article, we took into consideration the following factors.
1. The number of foreigners living in that city: Cities that have a large number of foreigners tend to have more restaurants and shops that offer services in English. This will make it easier for you to live there.
2. Whether there are schools or universities nearby: If there are schools or universities nearby, this means that there will be a large number of restaurants, shops, and other places that are targeted at young adults.
3. How convenient it is to move around: whether the city has a convenient public transportation system, or has streets with designated lanes for bicycles, it is important that moving around the city is as convenient as possible.
4. Whether there are tourist locations nearby: Studying abroad won’t make sense if you can’t take the time to visit local touristic locations. Therefore, we believe this is an important factor as well.
10 Best Cities to Study Abroad in Japan
Based on the factors that I previously stated, here are our 10 picks for the best cities to study abroad in Japan.
*Note: The universities listed in this article include both main campuses and satellite campuses.
The first city on our list is Sapporo (札幌), Hokkaido.
Sapporo is by far the largest city in Hokkaido, inhabiting nearly 2 million people.
It is said that there are over 4,000 international students in all of Hokkaido, and a large chunk of those students reside in the city of Sapporo.
When it comes to universities, you will find the main campuses of Hokkaido University and Sapporo International University among many other colleges. And although not being the main campuses, you will also find campuses of Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics and Tokai University. All of these are universities that have a large number of international students.
Touristic spots include Odori park, Nijo fish market, and Susukino.
Sapporo is also the northmost city on this list. So if you happen to like (or not mind) cold weather, then this might be the city for you.
Next on the list, we have the city of Hiroshima (広島).
It is said that there are over 4,700 international students in Hiroshima prefecture, many of which live in the city of Hiroshima.
Hiroshima University is a large university that is one of the top universities in all of Japan when it comes to welcoming international students. This is the reason why there are so many foreigners here.
Transportation systems are very well established. There’s even a Tram system which is something you wont find in many other cities in Japan.
Touristic spots include the Hiroshima peace memorial, Miyajima Island, and Hiroshima Castle. Don’t forget to try the Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki!
Next, we have the city of Yokohama (横浜) which is located in Kanagawa prefecture.
It is said that there are over 9,000 international students in Kanagawa prefecture. But a large portion of those students is here in Yokohama.
Tokai University, Meiji University, Nihon University, Sophia University, and Keio University are just some of the universities located nearby that are putting effort into introducing more programs for international students.
Train and bus systems are well established, especially since this city is located so close to Tokyo.
Touristic spots include the Redbrick warehouse, the Yokohama landmark tower, and Yokohama Chinatown.
The fourth city on this list is Kobe (神戸), in Hyogo prefecture. Just like Hiroshima and Yokohama, this is a port city that has beautiful ocean view spots.
It is said that there are over 10,000 international students in Hyogo prefecture alone.
Kobe University and the Japan University of Economics are just some of the most renowned universities that are well known to have a large percentage of international students.
Touristic spots include Kobe harborland, Meriken park, and Arima Onsen.
When it comes to food, you can’t miss out on Kobe beef.