Top 10 Things to do in Japan – Emma Dangerfield

Emma Dangerfield completed an exchange to Kansai University, Japan, in Semester 2, 2017. 

IMG_40681. Karaoke – The best fun in groups or pairs, and a great way to bond with new friends. Songs in both Japanese and English are available! Good chance to impress people with your rap or opera skills or as an excuse to scream along with everyone else.

2. Nomihoudai – Popular with Japanese students, Nomihoudai are all-you-can-drink parties. You pay around $20 for a couple of hours and can have as many drinks as you like. Another great bonding activity to do with new friends.

3. Road trip – Rent a car (or use a friends) with a group, pick an area, and spend the weekend driving and exploring Japan!
*note: you need to have someone with an international or
Japanese drivers license.

IMG_34824. Clubs – A great way to make fast friends and improve your Japanese is to join a club or circle at the university. You’ll pick up the local slang super quick and have an in with the recent news.

5. Live native – Don’t just stick with your friends, reach out and meet some Japanese people. They are some of the friendliest, nicest and most generous people in the world (no exaggeration needed). They will gladly guide you around town, especially if you’ve just moved there and have no idea where to go.

6. Dormlife – Live it up in a student dormitory! You’ll get to meet new people from all over the world and learn so much about other cultures, especially if they can cook. Most dormitories generally have monthly activities you can participate in to bond with your fellow dorm-mates.

7. Mario Kart – Yes, you’re a resident in Japan, but it’s always good to be a tourist sometimes. Mario-karting through the streets of Tokyo or Osaka is definitely a must while you’re on exchange.

IMG_40838. Travel – While you’re in the area, why don’t you check out some of the neighbouring countries? For example; South Korea and China are only an hour plane ride away. Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam are also well within reach.

9. Food – Rule number one: Don’t question what you eat. Trust me, it gives you a better experience and helps you become more open to try as much as you can. $1 sushi places are great, and all-you-can-eats are super popular and worth your money. For example: Yakiniku (DIY BBQ) and Sweets Paradise (pretty much what the name says) are excellent experiences to try.

10. Have FUN! – Yes, you’re in Japan to study, but you’re also in a whole other country. Make the most of it and live it up!

Emma has offered to provide travel advice to any students accepted on programs to Japan. If you would like to get in touch with Emma, please send us an email at

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