Best Rural Places to Live in Japan
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 8, 2012 6:12 PM Last Post By: Tokyo_girl
Nov 6, 2012 12:12 AM
Best Rural Places to Live in JapanHi there. I am applying for the JET Program this year and I'm unsure of what to list for my placement preferences. I grew up in central California, where the temperature rises above 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summers and never gets cold enough to snow during the winter. I would like to avoid extreme heat if possible. I have heard anything below Hokkaido is incredibly humid. Is this true? I have also heard that the air conditioner is not turned on in public buildings until July 1st, regardless of the temperature. Is there a similar rule with heating during the winter? Any recommendations? I prefer rural to urban. Please share your experiences and opinions. Thanks~
Nov 6, 2012 2:42 AM
1I am not sure which prefectures are available, but Ishikawa would have to be one of the loveliest prefectures.
Nov 6, 2012 3:02 AM
2Few people get the heart of Tokyo or Kyoto, where it is very hot and humid (in summer, of course). What you may not realize is that humidity in winter also makes those places seem far colder than they are. Insulation is not the best, which doesn't help.
Choose any place rural, and you maximize your chances a bit, because everyone wants the bigger cities. In the end, you get what you get. Boards of education may state a preference (your nationality, for example) that supersedes your request.
As for AC and heaters, Japan follows strict timing over that of actual temps, yes.
Edited by: Glenski
Nov 6, 2012 8:21 AM
3The mild winter is in Kyushu but south of mid Fukuoka & Saga mountain ridges where they blocks the arctic dry wind from Siberia. Miyazaki has sub tropical climate. Setonaikai along the inland sea is also mild, Hiroshima, Kurashiki, etc. & Shikoku. The snow countries are along the Japan Sea side in norther Honshu(i.e.Niigata) and Hokkaido where the wind picks up moisture & dumps snow to 10' You can not escape the summer heat & humidity anywhere except high up in mountains or Hokkaido but the winter is brutal.
My home town(village) is in Kurume, Fukuoka by the Chikugo river but a middle of nowhere and my old junior high had a JET teacher from Jamaica, possibly couldn't find anybody else going there but he was well educated and a good English teacher w/ a slight British accent (I spoke to him when I visited the school). Fukuoka city is a bustling city as the trading & culture exchange hub for Asian countries close proximity to Korea, China, Taiwan, to South East Asia.
Kyushu is known for warm heart people, good food, still rural inland, a lot of onsen and you will like living there.
Nov 6, 2012 5:30 PM
4I'm from Sacramento so I know what you are talking about regarding heat. Japan's summers are brutal if you don't like humidity. I have never gotten used to it and HATE every summer. Basically, you have to choose your evil. Either deal with cold or deal with heat/humidity. Personally, I prefer the cold. Even if a classroom is cold I can bundle up. However, when it is stifling hot there is no way to cool down if the AC isn't on. Even with AC there is no guarantee it will be "cool." With the "energy saving" plans they have here most ACs are set at 28C which is around 83 degrees F. That, plus a room full of 30 some odd students, it is NOT cool. As far as outside cold goes, get the proper clothing and you will be fine.
Nov 6, 2012 11:16 PM
Nov 7, 2012 3:09 PM
Nov 7, 2012 5:01 PM
7You can not escape the summer heat & humidity anywhere except high up in mountains or Hokkaido but the winter is brutal.
Uh, depends on where in Hokkaido, and what you consider "brutal". I'm from Minnesota and think winters in Hokkaido are pretty nice to mild. Been here for almost 15 years, too. Some parts get very cold (-20 to -30C), and some places get tons of snow (6 meters on the Sapporo side), but other places are not all that bad IMO. Google it to see.
Nov 7, 2012 9:59 PM
Nov 8, 2012 6:12 PM
9Ah.. if it's the green rush you're after, good move... I don''t think there'll be one in Japan in my lifetime!
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