Useful Information Before Arriving in Japan
There is not a person who does not feel worry at the beginning after coming all the way from their own country to live in Japan. We, the staff at ISI, are committed to make the transition a little bit easier for the students by giving them the necessary information prior to their arrival. Besides the details given by the school, please take a look at the information given below since there are procedures that the student must take after arriving in Japan.
The links below are filled with useful information for the students. They are about hospitals, Insurance, rules and manners in Japan, Emergency contact, etc..
Regarding the visa
・The student visa is given to those students currently studying in Universities, Colleges and Japanese language school.
・For any other visa or the explanation of each type of visa, please refer each country Japanese Embassies or Consulates.
Regarding the resident card
・For those staying for longer than 3 months, a resident card will be issue at the airport when they enter Japan（Temporary visitor’s excluded）
・The resident card must be carried at all times. Please make a habit of always carrying it with you.
Useful information during disasters such as earthquakes
・Tokyo’s disaster’s information website（Information regarding disasters・disaster prevention・how to communicate with others and advises）
・Where to call in case of emergencies.
・ISI uses Facebook・Twitter as a way of communication and share of information in case of a disaster. Please sign up in advance.
・At the orientation, all students will receive a card with instructions on what to do during a disaster
About resident registration ・National Health Insurance
・All students on a student visa must register their address and obtain the National Health Insurance at the local office belonging to the district (city, ward, village) of their place of residence. This process should be done within 14 days of the student’s arrival.
・However, those students under a temporary visitor’s visa will not be able to obtain the National Health Insurance. In case of an accident or any other medical attention, please bring your own traveler’s insurance.
・The link below contains information regarding medical institutions in Tokyo. Hospitals where foreign languages can be used are searchable too.
Taking out the trash・Recycling
The rules for how to take out the trash depends on the district where you live. There are rules for when, how, and where to take out the trash. For large trash or hard to handle waste, there could be a fee that must be paid in order to have them taken away. Sometimes the city will not take them at all. It is very important in Japan to cooperate with others and try to reduced and recycle as much trash as possible.
Things to know
・The difference between combustible trash and non-combustible trash
・Difference between recyclables （glass・can・plastic bottles・news paper）
・Where to take out the trash
・Day and time for each type of trash
・The links below are from websites with information on touristic sites in multiple languages 。They have information regarding World Heritage places in Japan as well as calendars of events taking place throughout the country. They also have videos introducing the Japanese culture and interesting places in Japan.
・List of embassies in Japan、Information regarding Immigration, visas and status of residence.
・Japanese Language Education