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Located within 30-40 minutes of the school by public transport, the families provide half-board and full immersion in the Japanese language and culture. Staying with a carefully selected local host is an authentic way for you to practise Japanese seven days a week, in the context of everyday life. You are guaranteed to make rapid progress!
J&F student house (minimum 4 weeks)
If you’re looking for a social living option, this is it! You’ll stay in a private room complete with a mini-fridge, desk, chair, air conditioning and wired internet. Bedding packs are available for purchase, but you’ll have to bring your own towels. Free Wi-Fi is available in the common areas, which include a shared kitchen, a dining area and a theatre room with sofas and a big projector to watch movies. The nearest public transport station is just over 10 minutes away on foot, and it will take you to school in a 20-minute train ride (door-to-door: about 45 minutes).
DK House student house (minimum 4 weeks)
This student house, located 13 minutes from the school by public transport, offers small studios with shared bathrooms and kitchens, along with a TV room and communal lounges. It is spread over three floors of a modern building equipped with Wi-Fi in the ground-floor common areas. There is a floor reserved for women only.
Our partner school offers apartments (studios and one-bedroom apartments) within 10 minutes of the course centre by public transport. The apartments and studios are all equipped with futons, tables, chairs and kitchen facilities. This could be a good option if you’re looking for more independence during your stay in Kobe.
Kobe has an excellent public transport network: efficient and inexpensive trains, metros and buses can get you anywhere in and around the city. The impressive port is a popular place to stroll, admire the big ships or take a boat trip around the bay. Be sure to visit the Sannomiya district, a shopping paradise and nightlife hotspot. In the sunshine, Suma beach is a dream of white sand lined with trees, and its marine aquarium is one of the largest in the country. If you like mountains, climb to the top of Mount Rokko, the highest peak in the chain, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. This is a great starting point for hikes throughout beautiful Setonaikai National Park. For a change of scenery, visit Arima Onsen, the oldest thermal spa in Japan, which is located on the opposite side of Mount Rokko.
A trip to nearby Kyoto is your opportunity to discover the beauty of Japan’s former capital and spiritual centre. With its exceptionally well-preserved cultural heritage, Kyoto is home to hundreds of temples and secret gardens.