Housing in Houston
During the Pre-Departure Orientation and Re-Entry Program students will be provided with double-occupancy hotel accommodations in Houston.
Housing in Tokyo During Language & Culture Orientation
During the three-week orientation program in Tokyo, students will stay in single-occupancy rooms at the Sanuki Club Hotel. This is the same hotel that the NanoJapan: IREU program used from 2006 – 2015 and it is located in the Azabu-Juban neighborhood. Just a 5 minute walk from the Azabu-Juban Metro station, students can easily catch the Namboku or Oedo subway lines to travel throughout the Tokyo area. Fellows will return to the Sanuki Club at the end of the summer and spend their last 2 – 3 nights here before flying back to the U.S.
Rooms: The single rooms at the Sanuki Club are quite small and there is a shared bathroom and shower room on each floor similar to a university dormitory. There is also a large sento (Japanese style bath) in the basement that students can use during designated hours.
There are separate women only and male only floors. You are not allowed to host visitors, even other Nakatani RIES Fellows, in your rooms as the noise from multiple people in one room may be disturbing to other guests. Men are not allowed on the female only floors in any circumstance. Naktani RIES Fellows must be abide by these rules so as not to offend or upset the other hotel guests.
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Internet and Wi-Fi: There is not internet or wi-fi in the guest rooms at the Sanuki Club. Students can use the free wi-fi that is available in the lobby, however, the bandwidth of the wi-fi is limited and students should refrain from streaming movies or video, playing online video games, or using video Skype. Only use the wi-fi for basic web browsing, email, and voice-only Skype calls. Please be respectful of the other guests and use headphones if you are making a Skype call from the lobby. Depending on availability, students may be able to use the 3rd floor conference room in the evening where you can access wi-fi as well.
There is a Starbucks just a short walk from the Sanuki Club hotel and if you sign-up for free Starbuck’s Japan Wi-Fi in advance you can always walk down there if you need faster access. See Wi-Fi in Japan for more information on other free wi-fi options in Japan.
Meals: Daily breakfast will be provided at the Sanuki Club and students have the option of Western Style, Japanese Style, or Udon Noodles. You will chose which type of breakfast you want the night before and then show your meal ticket to the restaurant staff the following morning. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, show your Select Wisely card to the front desk staff or restaurant staff and ask them to help you choose the option that is best for you.
You will purchase lunch and dinner on your own using the meal and living stipend provided by the Nakatani RIES program. There is no kitchen or fridge at the Sanuki Club. You can bring food back with you to the hotel from outside, but you cannot eat this in any public area of the hotel. All outside food should be brought back to your room to eat. See our Food in Japan page for more information on dining in Japan.
Housing During the Research Internship
Research internship housing will be arranged and paid for all fellows by the Nakatani RIES program. Housing will vary based on their host university and may be in a university dormitory for visiting researchers, a short-term guesthouse for visitors to Japan, or a shared or private apartment. All housing will be in private rooms and students will have access to a kitchen to cook on their own during the internship period.
More information on research internship housing will be provided to students prior to departure for Japan.
Student Question: Typical Home in Japan?
One question that I have about Japan this week is: What does the typical home in Japan look like? I have been living in a dorm so far, but I pass so many houses on the commute to lab, yet I have no idea what they look like.
- I’m guessing you mean on the inside, right? I would say they’re kinda like a townhouse (living area downstairs, bedrooms upstairs). They usually have the toilet and bathroom separate, no tatami inside (except for maybe one room), or no tatami at all. They probably have a washing machine but no dryer, which is why clothes are hung outside.
- What’s A Typical Japanese Apartment Look Like?
- Take a Peek Inside a ‘Typical’ Tokyo Apartment
- Guide to Japanese Apartments: Floor Plans, Photos, and Kanji Cheat Sheet
- Video: What Size Are Japanese Apartments (Gaijin Pot)
- A Glimpse Inside a Japanese House (Japan Info)
- Video: Average Japanese House – Inside a ‘Typical’ Japanese Home in Japan