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Living in Japan

We are sure you are excited about living in Japan as an international student, but we also understand that you have a lot of questions and concerns about it. There are some general rules that you must follow to make your life in Japan comfortable. Nothing difficult, but lack of knowledge may cause unforeseen troubles. Follow these rules and have an enjoyable student life.

1. Garbage Collection (Kyoto City)

Garbage BagResidents in Kyoto City must use the designated garbage bags sold at convenience stores, supermarkets and drug stores. There are two types of garbage bags, one for flammable items (yellow) and the other for non-flammable items (transparent). The bags are available in various sizes so you can choose the one appropriate for the amount of your garbage. Please note that garbage collectors will not collect any garbage put in a bag other than the designated one.
Flammable Garbagepaper, clothes etc.
Non-flammable Garbageplastics, cans, bottles etc.
Garbage CollectionGarbage collection day differs with each residential area. Flammable garbage is collected twice a week and non-flammable garbage is collected once a week, on the respective designated days of the week. Check which days of the week are for garbage collection in your area when you move into a room. Check also the nearest garbage collection point.
It is strictly prohibited to leave your garbage on the collection point on a day other than the designated collection day, as it will allow crows and stray cats to mess up the garbage and cause smells and inconvenience to residents in the neighborhood and in your apartment. Make sure to put out your garbage after 8AM on the collection day. Leaving your garbage in the corridor or other common areas of the apartment will also cause inconvenience to your neighbors.

Rules for garbage collection differs with each residential area. Make sure to follow your local rules when you dispose of garbage.

2. Noise

Shouting, music and loud conversations during late night and early morning hours are common cause of troubles between neighbors.
If you cause a serious noise problem, you may be evicted from the room. In Japan, the period between 10PM and 8AM is the time that you are advised or required to keep as quiet as possible. You should not talk on the stairs or make noise after coming back to your room late at night, or talk on your mobile phone in front of others' house. Do not make loud noise or speak loudly in your room either. Think carefully before you act.

3. Payment of Rent, Utility Charges and Other Fees

You are required to pay many kinds of fees for living, such as rent, utility charges, phone bills, internet charges and National Health Insurance premiums. All these fees have respective payment deadlines.
Make sure to meet the payment deadlines - it is very important for international students to gain trust in the Japanese society. If many of you did not meet the deadlines, landlords would become more reluctant to rent their rooms to international students. Then, it will be more difficult for international students coming to Japan in the future to find accommodation. Be aware that your actions may affect other international students.
It is therefore very important to keep track of your finances.

4. Room Maintenance

Try your best to keep your room clean and in good condition. You may be charged for repair of any stains, scratches or damages in the room that you have caused at the time of moving out.