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If you are the kind of person who likes to like to go out, have a few drinks and pop down to the nearest club then let’s face it the urban area is the only place to be, specifically the Tokyo or Osaka area. If being in the middle of nowhere is not your idea of fun then rural Japan is definitely not for you.

In regards to schools and teaching positions, the variety and sheer number of schools is vast in urban areas and Tokyo and Osaka seem to be the center of these, particularly in terms of private schools. This variety of schools coupled with ease of access and available amenities means that you can live with the minimum amount of disruption to your daily routine and even have a social life as well!

However, as anyone who has lived in Tokyo will tell you the cost of living here will often outweigh the salary benefits of living in the city. Rent, trains and meals are just 3 areas where your salary will simply melt away. Money is not the only thing that will disappear, is not uncommon for people to commute for an hour or longer to get to work on a crowded rush hour train. On top of that you must remember that while you may like the hustle and bustle of the city when you are in the mood to party, it may not be so great when all you want is a moment of peace and quiet and a good rest! As for taking a walk in the countryside, unless you are prepared to travel for a good hour or two on the train before you even see any fields/trees, maybe you won’t like the urban area as much as you think.

Rural

Rural Japan offers some of the most unique teaching experiences and environments in which to live in. The pace of life is vastly different to that of the big urban areas and Native teachers and schools often have a different atmosphere to those in the city. While there are relatively few private schools in rural areas there are a variety of public schools.

Often public schools (or should I say the Board of Education) provide housing for their teachers, but even if they don’t compared to Tokyo or other big cities you can often find a large apartment for a fraction of the cost in the urban area. Saving money is just one area where you might benefit from being in the countryside.

If you like peace and quiet, being surrounded by nature or outdoor sports then the rural area is definitely an option worth considering.

For those of you studying Japanese then rural life could be a distinct benefit for making progress, often there is a sense of community in rural areas that seems to have been somewhat lost in the city and everyone will want to talk and ask you about yourself. I guess that could also be a downside to the countryside though…!

Living in the countryside provides an insight to Japanese life which a lot of Native teachers do not have chance to experience during their working life and it may just be your home-from-home.

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