Firework Season in Hyogo

Summer brings firework events across Japan! Here are some across Hyogo you can visit! Japanese Information Source [x] Ashiya Summer Carnival  Day:  Saturday – 27th of July 2019 Time: 7:45pm to 8:30pmLocation: Shioashiya Beach – Ashiya CityClosest Station : Ashiya StationPaid seating : YesKey point : A mix of jazz music and fireworks , romantic atmosphereNumber […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Vegetarian’s Guide to Hyogo

So you’ve just received your placement and your vegetarian belly has called out to you “But what am I gonna eat there?” Don’t worry! This guide will show you typical Japanese dishes you can order, useful vocabulary, and a few restaurant recommendations. Helpful Vocabulary 肉 にく(niku) This is the kanji for meat and all kinds […]

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 […]