Living information for students

Visa Information for Students

About student Visa


All foreign nationals entering and staying in Japan are given a status of residence at their port of entry, and are allowed to engage in activities permitted under that status of residence.

International students are expected to have a status of residence as “Student“. If you do not have the appropriate status of residence, you may not be able to enroll.

apply for CoE for international students residing outside Japan.




About Procedure





To Obtain a Permit for a Part-Time Job


Students who hold “Student” status of residence are allowed to stay in Japan only for study and research purposes. Therefore, you are not allowed to work under “Student” visa status.

If you wish to engage in secondary activities aside from your studies, such as a part-time job, you must obtain a *permit from the Immigration Bureau beforehand.

With this *permit (資格外活動の許可/shikaku gai katsudo no kyoka), students are allowed to work for up to 28 hours a week (up to 8 hours a day during the summer, winter and spring recess) as long as the work is not deemed to be socially immoral.

* The official name of this permit is “Permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted”




Bringing Your family


Please consult with the embassy/consulate in your home country by yourself.

Please also visit the visa page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/long/visa6.html




About Money


Japan is predominantly a cash-based society especially in rural areas.

We recommend you to bring the equivalent of 300,000 JPY~ in cash even you are a scholarship student as scholarship payment usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to start.





Money

Currency


The currency in Japan is the yen (円, en) and is denoted with the symbol ¥.

Bills come in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen (rare), 5,000 yen and 10,000yen denominations. Coins come in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen denominations. Counterfeit money is sometimes found for 500 yen coins.




Consumption Tax


The current consumption tax rate is 10% nationwide (8% for take-out food and drink). All the price tags should include the consumption tax.




Payment Methods


Cash:
We recommend you to carry cash in your wallet, ~3,000JPY for daily life, ~10,000JPY for your first visiting day.

Credit Cards/Debit cards:
Credit cards/Debit cards have become increasingly accepted.
The most commonly accepted cards are MasterCard, Visa, and JCB. American Express and Diner’s Club are accepted to a lesser extent.
Please note that some places do not take foreign-issued credit cards or cash cards, including 銀聯card.
Please check if your credit card and cash card are usable in Japan before your visit.




Getting Your JPY


Currency Exchange:
Currency exchange is usually handled by banks, post offices, some larger hotels and a handful of licensed money changers found at international airports.

ATM Withdrawal:
Most ATMs do not accept foreign-issued cash cards in Japan.
Postal ATMs (Japan Post office) and 7-Bank ATMs (7-Eleven convenience stores) allow you to withdraw cash by credit and debit cards issued outside of Japan, including Visa, Plus, Mastercard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express and JCB cards, and provide an English user menu.
Please check if your cash cards are usable in Japan before you leave for Japan.

Traveler’s Check:
Traveler’s checks are accepted in very limited currencies in Japan. International airports and leading banks are the easiest place to change your T/C for yen.





Travel Arrangement

General things


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Apply for your passport if you don’t have one.

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Book your airline ticket.

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This is not mandatory, but travel insurance is strongly recommended for the first few weeks until joining the National Health Insurance plan with your residential registration.

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Check access from your port of entry to your final destination.





Nesessary Documents

General things


The following documents will be required after your arrival. We recommend you to prepare them while you are at your home country.

Also, please make copies of your passport and your visa documents, prepare some extra ID photos (4.5 X 3.5cm), and check the contact number for your embassy in Japan.




Joint Guarantor


Joint guarantor is a co-signer who takes legal responsibility in case the student defaults on payment of rent or damages. They must be over 20 years of age and be a Japanese citizen with regular income (They must be able to prove that the rent is not above 30% of what they earn).

You need find a joint guarantor to rent an apartment before you arrive in Japan and make sure to get his/her contact details and signature to submit to your realtors.




A Guardian’s Letter


If you are under the age of 20 and plan on getting a mobile phone contract, download the parental consent forms and let your legal guardians fill them out. You will also need copies of your guardian’s identification documents.

*20 is the age of adulthood in Japan.

Followings are the main mobile phone providers.

NTT docomo:

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/charge/discount/hearty/application/

Softbank:

https://www.softbank.jp/en/mobile/shop/buy/id/

AU:

https://www.au.com/content/dam/au-com/static/designs/extlib/pdf/support/service/common/document-dl/E-web_02.pdf




Necessary documents for financial aid


Prepare documents to certify the income of your parents/spouse and financial supporters.

– documents for all of your supporters, including your parents (or spouse). If your parent(s) (or spouse) do(es) not have income, states it in the Financial Supporter Report (prescribed form).

– If your parents (or spouse) or financial supporters live outside of Japan, they should submit a copy of documents that certify the income in 2020. An English or Japanese translation must be attached to documents written in other languages. You can also write English or Japanese translations directly onto the documents (the name of the document, year, amount of income, income period, name of the recipient and date of issue must be translated).





Medical

Visit your doctor


Plan on visiting your doctor and getting a physical examination before you leave your home country to ensure you are in good health. We recommend that you bring along a copy of your medical records in English in case of an emergency or if you are suffering from a chronic illness.




Prescription Medications


The importing of medicines from overseas is subject to control by the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and the Customs Law to prevent health hazard caused by defective products.

You can bring your personal medicines into Japan once certain procedures are completed. When you bring your personal medicines into Japan, you have to apply for “Import Confirmation Application Form” (“Yunyu Kakunin-sho” in Japanese/輸入確認書), and receive it before you leave home, and declare it to the officer at customs.

Please see the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website as below;

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/policy/health-medical/pharmaceuticals/01.html

You can find the “Q & A form” and “Import Confirmation Application Form” on the page.





Packing

Pack smart


While most things are readily available in Japan, some items may be more expensive, difficult to be mailed internationally, or simply inconvenient to purchase here, so you may wish to bring particular items with you from home.

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Clothes
Temperatures in the Kanto region can range from about 10 degrees Fahrenheit (around 1~2ºC) in the winter to 100 (around 35ºC) and humid in the summer.
For this reason, a wide range of clothing sufficient for the entire year is necessary.
Do not forget to pack formal clothes like black suits which are suitable for ceremonial occasions as well.
If you need big size clothes (more than L), bring them from your home country as it is not easy to obtain those sizes in Japan. (same with underwear)
Also, if your feet are bigger than 28cm~for men, 25cm~for women, it may be difficult to find shoes in Japan.
*Recently, more variety is available online.

Counter medicines
aspirins, cold medicine, stomach medicine, and other medicines you used to take. One-month supply of prescription medication is allowed. Please check the medical page for more details.

Back-up for glasses/contact lenses
You can buy them in Japan, but you need to visit a doctor to get a prescription to purchase contact lenses. Back-up lenses will be useful for emergency.

Other personal items
Good deodorant and greeting cards are some things you can’t find easily in Japan.

Electric adaptor/a voltage converter
Japan operates on a 100V supply voltage and 50/60 Hz. Socket type is a Type A (two prong like U.S).

SIM / Wi-fi router
As Japan does not have many free Wi-fi spots, you will need to make a contract with a phone company once you are settled in Japan. Until then, you can use a short-term pre-paid SIM or Wi-fi router. You can pick one up at the airport of your arrival.




Hand-carried baggage


  • Cash (a credit card and a cash card if possible)
  • Flight tickets
  • Passport
  • Travel insurance certificate (if any)
  • A pen
  • Contact list (Contact information of your embassy in Japan, Keio university, your guarantor, and your accommodation)
  • Masks (Under the Covid-19 situation, the face mask wearing rate in Japan is almost 100% except for small children)




Prohibited Items


Please check Japan Customs page.

https://www.customs.go.jp/english/summary/passenger.htm





Culture and Language

Inform yourself about Japan


Take some time to better familiarize yourself with Japan. By knowing your soon-to-be home’s culture, history, geography, economy, government, etc., even slightly can improve your experience in Japan and your time spent in the country will be more rewarding. Talk to others who have been to Japan and seek opportunities to watch movies and read more about the country and its culture.

Learn basic Japanese language and two basic written scripts (hiragana and katakana). It will make your life in Japan much easier. Not many people can speak English well.

Please try following easy Japanese learning webpages of Japan Foundation

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Hiragana : https://a1.marugotoweb.jp/ja/hiragana.php

Katkana : https://a1.marugotoweb.jp/ja/katakana.php





Delivery Service

Delivery Service


There are delivery service counters (Takuhaibin/宅配便) on the arrival floor at each international airport.

If you have a lot of luggage or large suitcases, you can use the delivery service.

Delivery is usually made the next day. The price depends on the type, size and weight of the package and the destination.

e.g. For a suitcase of 80cmX40cmX30cm would be 2000~3000 JPY from Narita airport to your accommodation in Fujisawa.





Travel from Airports

Travel from Airports


*Under the current border control policy to stop spreading the Covid-19 virus, all travelers from abroad are requested not to use public transportation for the entirety of their two-week quarantine period, including immediately after arrival.

We recommend you to book a hotel near your arrival airport for your two-week quarantine period, then move to the final destination using the public transportations suggested below.