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Japan


The kanji characters of the word "Japan", 日本 - Nihon or Nippon, officially 日本国 Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku, mean "sun-origin country". It is the reason Japan is called the "Land of the Rising Sun".
If you are reading this page, you are probably already interested in Japan and know a little about it. We have some interesting information that may just convince you that now is the time to come to Japan.

Japan is an affordable place to visit and enjoy. According to the latest figures, Japan is a cheap place to buy electronics. You will not find many places where you can buy a cheaper iPod. Food is also inexpensive when compared to Western European prices. You could compare the price of a Big Mac in Japan with a Big Mac in another country (the "Big-Mac index" that shows PPP - purchasing power parity) and you will be pleasantly surprised.

However, we are not suggesting you should come to Japan and rush down to McDonalds. You can find an incredible variety of delicious and healthy Japanese food at very affordable prices. There are restaurants and grocery stores everywhere, and one of the great delights of Japan is trying all of the food it has to offer.

Another aspect people love about Japan is that it is safe. You must of course be careful and use your common sense when traveling in any country, but most people feel absolutely safe and comfortable when they visit Japan and meet the friendly local people.

Fukuoka


"I love Fukuoka. It has been my home for two years now, I can't imagine living anywhere else in Japan"

- Trevor Lawless, Australia - English Teacher.


Have you ever heard of Fukuoka? Perhaps, not, but it is regarded by many Japanese as the best city in Japan in which to live. The magazine "Monocle" recently ranked Fukuoka as the 14th most liveable city in the world, and the number one city in the world for shopping and dining (see the article by Associated Press)!

Fukuoka is the biggest city on the southern main island called “Kyushu,” the eighth largest city in Japan, and is situated about 1500km southwest of Tokyo. Various parks, green areas and waterways give the city a friendly Mediterranean atmosphere. Nearby beaches and islands also add to this coastal town feel. The beaches and islands come alive in the summer with music festivals and beach lovers. Located on Hakata-bay, Fukuoka was, and still is, the northern gate of Kyushu regarding cultural and economic innovations. Due to its favorable geographic location as the Japan's gateway to China and South Korea, and friendly, open-minded people, Fukuoka is experiencing a period of dynamic growth. It has an international airport, a Shinkansen (bullet train) station, and a port that is just a short trip from South Korea and China. It is easy to get here, so please come and see it for yourself!

The city is big enough to offer you all the best of Japan, while small and compact enough to make your stay cheaper, safer and easier than Japan's larger cities. Transportation within and around the city is very convenient and most attractions can be reached on foot or by bicycle. In addition, its four distinctive seasons and similar climatic conditions to southern Europe make this area a nice place to travel all year round.

The city itself is modern with loads of shopping, a young, vibrant and fashionable population, as well as a safe, fun and exciting restaurant and bar scene. This city is a food lovers dream! The pork soup ramen sold at street vendors is famous all over Japan, and Fukuoka can offer you a huge variety of the best food in Japan. Fukuoka is also a sporting city and home to one of most exciting baseball stadiums in Japan.
In contrast to its modernity, you can glimpse old Japan in Fukuoka's castle walls, shrines and temples. People flock to the castle and surrounding parks in the cherry blossom season and Fukuoka hosts some of Japan's biggest traditional festivals. Come have the most unique and exciting experience of your life in Fukuoka!