Our TESOL location in japan is in the stunning metropolis of Tokyo, the last of its kind before the Pacific Ocean. Standing on the edge of the Orient, Tokyo is rightly considered to be one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
The lights, colors and sounds that Tokyo is known for are only a part of what makes this city so fascinating. Away from the frantic, busy main streets is a different world full of tranquil backstreets reminiscent of Japan’s traditional past. Behind the tall commercial buildings are wooden houses displaying expertly clipped bonsai trees. The high-tech department stores and arcades hide ancient temples and shrines. A remarkable array of vending machines and stores can serve you 24 hours a day and it seems that not a night passes with a festival being visible in the streets. The local people are very observant of the passing seasons and are regular visitors to their local shrines or temples. The centre of Tokyo hides the mysterious Imperial palace. The home to the emperor is a direct link to the past, in a city celebrating the future.
For countless reasons, Tokyo is an example of a true modern utopia. The people are obsessed with trends, and fashion, originality and bricolage are of utmost importance. You will still however see the Japanese obsession with Western culture, particular in the sub-cultures of the 20th century. Everybody wants to be seen in the hippest clubs and trendiest restaurants and you will soon see why modern day Tokyo is known for its style.
Be prepared for an all out assault on your senses, as Tokyo is literally buzzing 24 hours a day. You will be able to buy things you would never imagining needing or wanting in shops and vending machines and you will struggle to keep your eyes still with the array of sights and lights all around you. Simply walking around Tokyo can be considered an adventure.
One thing that may pleasantly surprise our tesol course students is how inexpensive Tokyo can be. For every high-class ryotei (where geisha serve minimalist Japanese cuisine), or high-class French restaurant, is a host of cheap and cheerful izakaya bars and noodle bars. You can also be a spectator at a traditional Japanese sumo tournament or Kabuki play for the same as what you would pay for a few drinks at a bar.
Another example of how inexpensive Tokyo can be is the fact that a lot of the city’s attractions are free to experience. You can wander around the area of Harajuka, where the youth of Tokyo gather in vast numbers to show of their latest fashions. Those of you who want to experience the history, tranquility and ancient culture of Tokyo can visit the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji, or walk the tranquil grounds of Menji-jingu the city’s oldest Shinto shrine. The fish market of Tsukiji will fascinate you, as will the flashing lights and neon-clad buildings of the Shinjuku district.
You may want to take the opportunity to visit the rest of Japan before or after your TESOL course. As the nation’s capital, Tokyo is the main transport hub. You can reach Honsho to the north or Kyushu to the south via the fast and efficient Shinkansen (bullet trains). Or travel to the countless other fascinating sports on this mysterious collection of islands by plane, bus or ferry.
Tokyo has a contrasting climate. In the height of summer, temperatures can reach fairly warm, while the winter time can bring freezing temperatures and frequent rain and snow showers. October and November are the autumn months, a great time to see the spectacular colors of the autumn leaves. The famous falling cherry blossoms fall in April and this is perhaps the most picturesque time to visit Tokyo. Between June and September the rainy season hits, along with occasional typhoons. It is not a bad idea to carry an umbrella during these months. With the many wonders to see and experience in Tokyo, it is the ideal location for your TESOL course.
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Our TESOL training facility in Tokyo is well located only a 15-minute walk from Keisei Kanamachi and JR Kanamachi stations. There are also reliable bus services from the north and south sides of the stations which go to other interesting parts of Tokyo.
You can also quickly travel to other parts of Tokyo such as the glamorous lights of the Ginza strip or tranquility of the world renowned Shinto Pagoda. The easiest way is via the subway and the Tokyo station is very close by.
The famous bullet train will take you into the quiet countryside. It will seem like you are traveling to another world after the frantic pace of Tokyo, but it is actually less than 2 hours away. When you are suitably refreshed you can quickly return to the action of Tokyo!
There are numerous accommodation options available for the duration of your stay at the TESOL course in Tokyo. We will happily help you arrange your housing, although you are free to make your own arrangements if you would prefer.
Some of your available options include:
- Guest house - Prices are between 42,00-120,000 yen per month.
- Shared Room – This is depending on two or three students sharing one room in a guest house (male and female rooms divided). Price is around 39,000 yen.
- Dormitory – This is based on 4 and above people sharing one large room (make and female rooms divided). Price is around 37,000 yen for the month.
- 4 May 2020 - 29 April
- 1 June 2020 - 26 June
- 29 June 2020 - 24 July
- 3 August 2020 - 21 August
- 7 September 2020 - 2 October
- 5 October 2020 - 30 October
- 2 November 2020 - 27 November
The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) Paypal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer.
You are not obliged to use the accommodation provided by the school and you are welcome to make your own accommodation arrangements. If you choose to use our accommodation, it should be paid for either by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the school at the start of the course.