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TESOL Courses in Tokyo | Japan
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.