Best Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) places in Hyogo

It’s still a bit cold but without a doubt one can say that spring is approaching! Perhaps you have also seen some plum blossom flowers blooming in your neighborhood too! Cherry blossoms bloom after plum blossoms and this year it is expected that cherry blossoms will be in peak , in Hyogo, from the week […]

Career Fairs & Job-hunting in Japan

One of the most stressful aspects about finishing your time on the JET Programme is finding a job whether it be in Japan, back in your home country or another country altogether. This post will be focusing on finding a job in Japan for JETs . The majority of this information is sourced from job […]

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Resources

While Japan is often touted as being a “safe country” it is important to acknowledge that many serious crimes still occur here . This particular post will contain resources in addressing how to report assault, specifically sexual assault. It is recommended that you read National AJET’s post on Sexual Harassment  to familiarize yourself with your rights and situation in Japan. […]

Hyogo Ski Resorts/Areas

Winter is here and snow season is slowly approaching us! Here are some places where you can ski/snowboard in Hyogo. Main Sources :  Japan Snow Guide (English), Jalan 1.Sky Valley (Mikata) A skiing and snowboarding place with a variety of courses including a 3,200 meter long course, a half pipe and a special area/facility  for […]

Sanyo Railway’s Autumn Viewing Guide

Sanyo Electric Railway (a railway in Hyogo that runs from Himeji to Osaka) has published their recommended autumn leave viewing spots  between Himeji , Akashi and Kobe.  This year (2018) it has been reported that the better time to view pretty leaves will be late November – early December because Japan had a longer warmer […]

Hyogo Autumn Festivals 2018

Autumn Festival Season is just around the corner. Here are some festivals you can attend in Hyogo! Currently events listed are for the long weekend. Akashi Area Akashi Castle Festival http://www.hyogo-park.or.jp/akashi/ When: October 6th – October 7th (10am to 4:15pm) Where: Akashi Castle Park Price: Free Next year Akashi Castle will celebrate it’s 400th anniversary of […]

Tokyo Orientation Costs + Reimbursements

Overview While the JET Programme does cover a lot, if not most, of the costs in regards to moving and settling in Japan there are some things you will have to be responsible for. Keep in mind this post is for Hyogo JETs so if you are assigned to another prefecture it might be a […]

Volunteering Opportunities in Hyogo

For those who are interested in volunteering whilst on the JET Program, here are some opportunities for you! The organisations or initiatives currently listed are friendly for English Speaking people, so don’t be afraid to participate! If you would like to feature a particular volunteer initiative in Hyogo/Kansai – please comment or contact us! Charity […]