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Toyohashi City Guide

Toyohashi City Guide

Toyohashi City is located in the southeastern corner of Aichi Prefecture, and is both the cultural and industrial center of the East Mikawa area.

Aichi is centrally located on the main Japanese island of Honshu, and was host to many of the great feudal warlords who shaped the history of Japan. In modern times, many great companies are headquartered in Aichi, including Toyota Motor Corporation, Nippon Sharyo (railway rolling stock manufacturer) and Noritake (tableware manufacturer).

As one of Japan's 'core cities', Toyohashi has everything you'd expect to find in a major city, but it maintains a friendliness, as well as a love of Japanese tradition, that bigger cities often forget.

Toyohashi has a mild climate, a low cost of living and is within easy reach of Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe by Shinkansen bullet train.

Toyohashi also has a wonderful natural environment, surrounded by the sea and mountains. This natural bounty means that there are many interesting places to visit. The vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean is only a short bicycle ride away to the south of TUT's campus. There you will find Japan's longest beach, Omote-hama. This beach is popular for a variety of activities such as surfing, fishing and picnicking, and is also a famous spawning site for the loggerhead sea turtle. The north of the city is bordered by Mt. Ishimaki, and the hills to the east are home to popular attractions like the Toyohashi Nature Walk and Imo Bog. The powerful Toyo River flows through the city, blending with the surrounding greenery to create a beautiful landscape.

Here are some references of living in Toyohashi.

1. Accommodation

In Toyohashi Tech campus, we have International House with 50 rooms for newly arrived short-term students from partner universities, and Japanese government scholarship students, and we also have Student Dormitories with 499 rooms where both Japanese and international students are able to stay.
The cost of living in the university residences is 20,000 - 30,000 yen per month (including energy charges).
The private apartments are expensive, comparing to the university residence. The cost is approximately 30,000 - 50,000 yen per month. Of course you can find much cheaper apartment and luxury apartment in Toyohashi.

2. Part-Time Job

International students who maintain "Students" VISA status may be able to obtain permission for part-time job, as long as the hours are within 28 hours per week (8 hours per day during summer and other extended vacations). However, if you cannot speak Japanese, work opportunities are limited.
*Please remind that some scholarship programs do not allow students to do the part-time job.
Also, you should have enough money to stay in Japan without doing part-time job. The money you can get from the part time job should be used for your vacations and other enjoyment in Japan.

3. Money

International banking cards can be used at almost all banking machines, and major credit cards are generally accepted, but often, you cannot use them for the small purchase.
University will ask you to open the bank account in Japan. You can open it with a seal (signature is accepted) and identification documents. Usually, to open a bank account in Japan is not so difficult.
There is one banking machine (SMBC) inside the campus.

Food

Milk 1000ml approx. 180 yen, Dozen Eggs approx. 200 yen, Coke 350ml approx. 130 yen, Beef 100g approx. 300 yen, 1 Apple approx. 150 yen, Rice 2kg approx. 1,000 yen,
Students are able to eat 3 small plate dishes at the student cafeteria for about 300-500 yen.
HALAL food is also available.

4. Medical Insurance

All international students are required to join Japanese National Health Insurance. You will get 70% reduction of your medical cost with this insurance. You need to make monthly payment, but students can receive discount. National Health Insurance can cover dental care and pre-existing/chronic conditions.

5. Climate

Climate in Toyohashi is very mild. Summer (July to September) is hot and humid like other cities in Japan, but the average August temperature is much cooler than Nagoya, the big city in the same prefecture. Winter (December to February) is cold and windy but snow is rare.
We get lots of rain during the rainy season of June, also in the typhoon season of September. Spring (March through May) and Autumn (October and November) bring nice weather with cherry blossoms or colorful leaves, and are both pleasant seasons.

6. Place to see

Toyohashi has wonderful natural environment, as surrounded by the sea and mountains. This has given the city many interesting places to visit.
The north of the city is Mt. Ishimaki, and to the east in the hill area are the Toyohashi Nature Walk and Imo Bog.

Big Toyogawa River flows through the city, blending with the surrounding greenery to create a beautiful landscape. To the South are the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean with beautiful beaches. Omote-hama beach is a famous place where turtles (loggerheads) lay eggs.
The west of the city opens onto Mikawa bay with the Toyohashi Port which is the biggest for importing in Japan.
There are many interesting events and festivals in each season.

Also Toyohashi has a lot of unique historical places worth to see.
Yoshida Castle and Futagawa-juku Honjin Museum are two major historical monument of Toyohashi, and Toyohashi Haristos Orthodox Church is newly appointed as Important Cultural Properties from Japanese government.

7. ACCESS

From Chubu International Airport to Toyohashi

Take any Meitetsu trains from the airport, and change trains at "Jingu-mae" to Toyohashi. About 20-30 minutes from Airport to Jingu-mae, and 50 minutes from Jingu-mae to Toyohashi.

By train to Toyohashi station

From Nagoya: Meitetsu train, JR train or Shinkansen are available.

It takes about 50 minutes from Nagoya to Toyohashi by Meitetsu or JR train, and 25 minutes by Shinkansen.

From Tokyo: Shinkansen Hikari super express runs every two hours, takes 1h30 to Toyohashi station. Shinkansen Kodama runs every 30 minutes, and it takes about 2h15.

Coarches are also available from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Toyohashi.

From Osaka: Take Nozomi super express to Nagoya, then change to Kodama or Hikari, or local trains. It takes about 80-120 minutes total.

From Toyohashi station to the campus

Toyotetsu bus runs from Toyohashi station to the campus every 10-15 minutes from 7am to 8pm.

Take the bus destination "Gikadai-mae," "Rispa Toyohashi," or "Fukushi-mura" from the bus stop No. 2 at Toyohashi station, east exit.

By road to the campus

Tomei Express Way: Exit at Toyokawa IC toward Toyohashi city center (Route 151 and Route 1). From Toyohashi city center, take the route 259 and 405. It takes approximately 20 minutes.

Route 23 (Toyohashi Bypass) from Nagoya: Exit where the route 23 Nanane IC, and turn left (take the route 405). Toyohashi Tech campus is just by the route.

More enquiry and other questions

International Affairs Division at Toyohashi Tech is happy to answer to any kinds of questions regarding to admission procedure, daily life, and supports you can get in our university.

Please contact:

Contact International Affairs Division
Address Toyohashi University of Technology
1-1 Hibarigaoka, Tempaku-cho, Toyohashi, Aichi
441-8580 JAPAN
TEL +81-532-44-6577
FAX +81-532-44-6557
Email ryugaku@office
*Please append ".tut.jp" to the end of the address above.

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