Japanese society has become largely urban, with almost 95% of the population living in cities. There are 30 Japanese cities of about 500,000 inhabitants, which is remarkable in terms of surface for such a small country. As a comparison, the area of the United States is 25 times the area of Japan. But the U.S. have “only” 35 cities of about 500,000 inhabitants. Obviously, that explains why Japanese cities feature a high population density and most people live in small places there. Regardless, those cities all have many assets. Specific assets. And common features such as convenient public transportation systems and a general sense of safety, among others.
Our schools are all located in cities, from megalopolis such as Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka to Kumamoto. The latter is considered as a medium-size city in Japan, while it would be considered as a big city in Europe (more than 700,000 inhabitants).
When choosing your language school, the city should be one of the main criteria. So we recommend that you spend sufficient time documenting yourself and learning about Japanese cities, their climate, their unique features, their centers of attractions, the access to and from other places in Japan and abroad, etc, depending on your own centers of interests and objectives. For example, studying in Tokyo will obviously enable you to get more opportunities if you intend to look for a job (start building networkds while you study at the language school) or study after you graduate from the language school. But studying in Okinawa will provide you with a unique setting, near nature. Always keep in mind your objectives after your studies!
As we have schools in various places in Japan, here is an overview of the main Japanese cities, and what makes each of them special.