INFO PACK Prearrival/Arrival Guide 2020 - International University of Japan

 
INFO PACK Prearrival/Arrival Guide 2020 - International University of Japan
INFO PACK
          ~Prearrival/Arrival Guide~
                                      2020
This guide provides you with information on how to prepare to come to Japan
and IUJ, what to expect when you get here and to help you settle in quickly
and easily. It is a useful reference for your entire time at IUJ and we
encourage you to read it thoroughly now - before you need the information -
so that you know where information is when questions arise.

                       International University of Japan
                           Office of Student Services
         777 Kokusai-cho, Minami Uonuma-shi, Niigata 949-7277 JAPAN

                                 国       際       大       学
                             学生センター事務室
                   〒949-7277 新潟県南魚沼市国際町 777 番地

                                 Tel: +81(0)25-779-1103
                                 Fax: +81(0)25-779-1180
             (81 is the country code. Use the "0" if dialing from inside of Japan)
                                E-mail: oss@iuj.ac.jp
                             URL: https://www.iuj.ac.jp/oss
        Web version is available at https://www.iuj.ac.jp/admis/arrival-guide/
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Table of Contents:
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Section I: Coming to IUJ

  I-1 Preparing to Come to Japan (For International Students)                           1
   (1) Passport and Student Visa Application Procedures                                 1
   (2) Personal Needs – Prescriptions, Toiletries, etc.                                 2
   (3) Bringing Electrical Items from Home                                              4
   (4) International Driver’s License                                                   4
   (5) Travel Insurance                                                                 4
   (6) Sending Luggage to IUJ (Customs Considerations)                                  4
   (7) Dorm Room Allocation                                                             5
   (8) Bringing Money and Setting up a Bank Account                                     5
   (9) Credit Cards and E-Money                                                         6
   (10) Using Your Own Mobile Phone                                                     6
   (11) Passport-sized Photos                                                           6
   (12) Scholarships After Arrival and Japanese Language Studies                        7
   (13) To Do List before Departure to Japan                                            8

  I-2 Arrival in Japan                                                                  9
   (1) Travel Dates and Timing                                                          9
   (2) Immigration Procedures as You Enter the Country                                  9
   (3) Residence Card (RC)                                                             11
   (4) Lost Luggage                                                                    12
   (5) Customs Inspection                                                              13
   (6) Exchanging Money                                                                14
   (7) Luggage Transport Service (Narita/Haneda Airport Arrival Lobby)                 14
   (8) Leaving Narita/Haneda Airport                                                   15
   (9) Directions From Narita Airport to IUJ - Narita Express                          15
   (10) Another Option from Narita - Keisei Skyliner Express                           16
   (11) Directions From Haneda Airport to Tokyo – Keikyu Airport Limited Express       16
   (12) Another Option from Haneda – Haneda Express (Monorail)                         16
   (13) Transferring to the Bullet Train – Joetsu Shinkansen “Toki” or “Max Toki”      16
   (14) Arriving in Urasa                                                              17
   (15) Transport Schedule                                                             18
   (16) Timetable of Joetsu Shinkansen to Urasa Station                                20
   (17) Shinkansen Stops                                                               21
   (18) Sumimasen - Getting Help Along the Way                                         21
   (19) Alternative Route to IUJ: Using Niigata Airport                                22
   (20) Getting into Your Dorm Room                                                    23
   (21) Settling into the Area                                                         23
   (22) Registration for Address and National Health Insurance                         24
   (23) Social Security and Tax Number System – nicknamed “My Number”                  24
   (24) “My Number” and Sending/Receiving Money in Japan                               24

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Section II: Campus Information

  II-1 IUJ Administration and Services                                                 26
   (1) Office of Student Services (OSS)                                                26
          Dorm Director & Dorm Staff                                                   26
          IUJ School Counselor                                                         26
          Alumni Relations                                                             26
          Social Media                                                                 26
   (2) IUJ Counseling Services                                                         27
   (3) Office of Academic Affairs (OAA)                                                27
          The Language Program                                                         27
   (4) JICA Joint Project Office (JJPO)                                                28
   (5) Matsushita Library & Information Center (MLIC)                                  28
   (6) Office of General Affairs (OGA)                                                 28
          The Accounting Office                                                        29
   (7) Office of Admissions & Career Support (OACS)                                    29
          Admissions                                                                   29
          Career Support Services                                                      29
   (8) Office of Top Global University Project                                         30
   (9) President’s Office                                                              30

  II-2 Campus Facility                                                                 31
   (1) IT Services                                                                     31
   (2) Library Services                                                                32
   (3) IUJ School Bus Services                                                         32
   (4) Gymnasium and Sport Facilities                                                  32
   (5) School Shop (Baiten)                                                            33
   (6) Cafeteria (Shokudo)                                                             33
   (7) Snack Lounge                                                                    33

  II-3 Campus Communications & Cards                                                   34
   (1) Notice Boards                                                                   34
   (2) E-mail                                                                          34
   (3) Mailboxes – Mail Delivery                                                       34
   (4) Faxes                                                                           35
   (5) Telephone                                                                       35
   (6) Student ID                                                                      35

  II-4 Campus Clubs, Organizations and Events                                          36
   (1) Student Body                                                                    36
   (2) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) and its Executive Council                   36
   (3) The Mentor Program                                                              36
   (4) Flea Market Team                                                                37
   (5) GSIR/GSIM Councils                                                              37
   (6) Dorm Floor Representative                                                       37
   (7) Buddy System                                                                    37
   (8) “Houses” and House Tournament Champions                                         37
   (9) Sports                                                                          37
   (10) Clubs                                                                          38
   (11) Major Events                                                                   38
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(12) Off Campus Events                                                              39
   (13) Keep Informed and Active                                                       40

Section III: Dormitory Information

   (1)   Dormitories                                                                   41
   (2)   Single Student Dormitories (SD1, SD2, SD3)                                    41
   (3)   Married Student Apartments (MSA)                                              41
   (4)   Dorm Room Details                                                             42
   (5)   Public Facilities Available in the Dorms                                      43
   (6)   Guest Rooms on Campus                                                         43
   (7)   Dormitory Fees and Program Expenses Payments                                  43
   (8)   Dorm Guide                                                                    44

Section IV: Other

  IV-1 Health Care                                                                     45
   (1) Institutional Forms of Health Care                                              45
   (2) Compulsory Health Examinations                                                  45
   (3) Hospital, Clinics and Dentists Contact Information                              45
   (4) The National Health Insurance (NHI)                                             45
   (5) Accident Insurance and Individual Compensation Insurance                        46
   (6) Medical Assistance Plan                                                         46
   (7) Travel Insurance                                                                47
   (8) Receiving Medical Assistance                                                    48

  IV-2 Immigration Matters                                                             50
   (1) Resident Registration System                                                    50
   (2) The Proxy Visa Transaction                                                      50
        ① Re-entry Permit: “Sai-Nyukoku”                                               51
        ② Work Permit: “Shikaku-gai Katsudo” (Part-time Work)                          52
        ③ Visa Extension                                                               52
   (3) Procedures of Application for Dependent Visa                                    54
       (Spouse and Child/Children ONLY)
   (4) Immigration Office                                                              58

  IV-3 Money and Banking Facilities, Services                                          59
   (1) Opening a Daishi Hokuetsu Bank Account                                          59
   (2) Daishi Hokuetsu Bank Services and Banking Hours                                 59
   (3) Other Bank Options                                                              60
   (4) Wire Transfer - “Furikomi”                                                      60
   (5) Bank Fees for Transferring Money Overseas To and From Japan                     60
   (6) Using the Post Office to Send Money to Overseas                                 61

  IV-4 Driving in Japan                                                                62
   (1) Owning a Vehicle                                                                62
   (2) International Driver’s License                                                  62
   (3) Do Not Drink and Drive                                                          63
   (4) Seat-Belts                                                                      63
   (5) Driving in the Winter                                                           64
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(6) Alternative to Driving                                                          64

  IV-5 IUJ Life                                                                        65
   (1) Location                                                                        65
   (2) Climate                                                                         65
   (3) Public Holidays and Business Closings                                           66
   (4) Living Expenses (estimated)                                                     66
   (5) Part-time Jobs                                                                  67
   (6) Postal Services                                                                 67
   (7) Telephone                                                                       68
   (8) Mobile Phone - “Keitai Denwa”                                                   68
   (9) Public Phones                                                                   68
   (10) Instant Photo Booths                                                           69
   (11) Electricity - Voltage                                                          69
   (12) Public Transportation                                                          69
            Railways                                                                   69
            Student Discount for travel (Gakuwari)                                     70
            “Seishun 18” Pass                                                          70
            Buses                                                                      70
            Taxis                                                                      70
   (13) Buying Clothes in Japan                                                        71
   (14) Tipping Customs                                                                71
   (15) Drinking Water                                                                 71
   (16) Places of Worship                                                              72
   (17) Travel to Tokyo                                                                73
   (18) Travel to Niigata-City                                                         73
   (19) Japan Travel Guide                                                             73
   (20) Off Campus Living Information                                                  73
   (21) Child Care Information                                                         74
   (22) Assistance Services                                                            76
            ON Campus                                                                  76
            OFF Campus                                                                 76

Appendix
    ・ IUJ Campus Map                                                                   77
    ・ IUJ Map                                                                          78
    ・ Urasa Map                                                                        79
    ・ Muikamachi Map                                                                   80
    ・ Koide Map                                                                        81
    ・ Communicating in Japanese while traveling to IUJ: Point to Speak                 82

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Section I: Coming to IUJ
This section will help you prepare to travel, come to campus and settle in. It assumes you will
arrive at Narita or Haneda Airport. (For alternative arrival options including Niigata Airport,
see page 22.)

I-1 Preparing to Come to Japan (For International Students)
In order to come to Japan as an international student of the International University of Japan
(IUJ), you need to obtain a passport and apply for a Student Visa in your own country. Here
are some guidelines.

(1) Passport and Student Visa Application Procedures
  You need to have a passport issued by your government that will remain valid throughout
  your stay in Japan (renewals are possible through your embassy in Japan once you arrive).
  Be sure to allow plenty of time if you are applying for a passport for the first time.
  Prior to your departure, you need a Student Visa for Japan in your passport. For this
  application, you need to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) which is issued in Japan by
  the Ministry of Justice, Government of Japan. In accordance with this certificate, you can
  receive a Student Visa, and earn the status of “Student”:
           PhD:                     a 3-years or 3-years 3-months student visa
           Master’s (2 years):      a 2-years or 2-years 3-months student visa
           Master’s (1 year):       a 1-year or 1-year 3-months student visa
           Exchange students:       a 6-months or 1-year student visa

  IUJ can assist (most of) you to obtain your initial Certificate of Eligibility which is used to
  secure this Student Visa. After that, we provide information and directions on how to
  manage immigration matters. However, all students are responsible for obtaining their own
  visa and for ensuring it remains valid through their graduation. Failing to do so can result
  in deportation and forced withdrawal from IUJ.
   IUJ Assisted Application Process
   ・ After you are accepted to IUJ, we will send you documents to submit to IUJ for visa
      support.
   ・ Once we receive your IUJ admission procedure documents and all your related
      application documents for the visa process, IUJ will submit the necessary documents
      to the Immigration Office of the Japanese Ministry of Justice asking for your
      “Certificate of Eligibility.” Be sure all your documents are clear and professionally
      presented. We will contact you by e-mail if we find missing document(s) or have any
      question(s) about the documents. But this will slow down the process so please check
      and double check before sending them to us.
   ・ As soon as our request for your CE is approved (not guaranteed), the Ministry of Justice
      will send the Certificate to IUJ and we will forward it to you immediately. Be sure to
      write the correct mailing address on the express mail delivery slip provided by IUJ and
      return it to us with the other required documents. We use it, as is, to deliver your CE.
   ・ Take the Certificate, your passport, “Letter of Admission” (sent to you by IUJ after you
      complete the admission procedure) and financial document (certificate of scholarship

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and/or bank statement) to the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate. They should
        issue you a Student Visa without any problems, though this is NOT guaranteed. You
        are strongly recommended to contact the Embassy/Consulate in advance to find out if
        they require other documents.

   ✑ Please also refer to our Homepage for visa information. It explains what documents
        you need to prepare, and has examples of how to fill out the forms!
        https://www.iuj.ac.jp/admis/visa/

   Note:
   1) A Multiple Entry Visa is not necessary because you can obtain a re-entry permit (if
       necessary) in Japan. You will receive a Residence Card (Zairyu Kaado) as you enter
       the country, and that permits you to return to Japan within 1 year of any departure
       (assuming your Student Visa remains valid). However, failing to return within one year
       means you lose your status as a resident. If this is your case, consult with the Office of
       Student Services (OSS).
   2) To those ALREADY RESIDING IN JAPAN: Please follow the special instructions
       sent under separate cover for changing your current visa to a Student Visa or extending
       your Student Visa for IUJ.

(2) Personal Needs - Prescriptions, Toiletries, etc.
   Bring all prescribed medicines, allergy medication and eye care items with you.
   Prescription and over-the-counter medication (such as headache medicine) available
   outside of Japan sometimes come in different forms, may not be available here, may be
   difficult to find in Japan, or be very expensive. Many students bring their traditional herbal
   medicines and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines with them in supplies enough to last their
   IUJ stay. But please see the note on the next page on items you may not bring into Japan.
   Some OTC items in your country may be illegal in Japan!
   Note: If you do have a prescription, bring an official copy of it from your doctor to show
   to immigration officials if they request information on what you are carrying. It is also
   helpful to show to the hospital staff here. They will be able to understand prescriptions
   written in English.

   Allergy medications, especially if it requires injections given at home, are not easily available
   in Japan because the laws and regulations for personal use of injections are very different.

   Eye care items and contact lens solutions and cleansers are available, but may be different
   brands. You are advised to bring extra contact lenses and eye glasses with you. Purchases
   of new glasses are not covered by your health insurance and while the care is very good,
   making glasses here can be costly.

   If you need to use a specific brand of shampoo, soap or antiperspirant (deodorant), it is
   advisable for you to bring extra supplies.

   Women: We recommend you bring your preferred tampons and menstrual cramp
   medications (without codeine) with you. Birth control options for women, too, are very
   limited though condoms are readily available.

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✑ The OSS has a “Women’s Health Guide” you can obtain after arrival. The
        following website may also be very helpful to you now.
        http://japanhealthinfo.com

   VERY IMPORTANT
   Japan has laws unique to itself regarding “illegal substances and what is categorized as
   such.” Non-Japanese must be aware of and follow these laws closely. As ignorance is not
   an excuse, we ask you to please check with the Japanese embassy near you regarding any
   precautions specific to your cultural orientation.

   IUJ has faced a situation involving a student bringing a substance commonly used in his/her
   country, purchasable off the shelf, but that is illegal in Japan. The student could have faced
   very high monetary penalties and jail time in the worst case scenario. These were coca
   leaves used in his/her country as a tea. To help avoid such a situation, please note the
   following list. This list is NOT complete.

   List of items illegal in Japan: DO NOT bring into the country, or have sent the
   following items:

          Products that contain stimulants (including over-the-counter drugs)
             Pseudoephedrine
                Check inhalers and some allergy and sinus medications, such as Actifed,
                Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers
             Codeine
                Check Tylenol products, similar generic products, menstrual pain medicines,
                and cough syrups
          Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis (marijuana), stimulants, psychotropic
          substances, and other narcotic drugs
             ANYthing that could be used to MAKE these drugs:
                Coca leaves, or other tea leaves that can be used in drug making
                Any seeds that can grow related plants
                Any equipment for processing and producing these drugs
          Prozac and Viagra
          Anything that could be used to make a chemical weapon

   Also, please note the following limitations:

          Up to a two-months’ supply of allowable over-the-counter medication and up to a
          four-months’ supply of allowable vitamins can be brought into Japan duty-free.
          Generally, up to one month’s supply of allowable prescription medicine can be
          brought into Japan. Travelers must bring a copy of their doctor’s prescription as well
          as a letter stating the purpose of the drug. Travelers who must carry more than one
          month’s supply (except prohibited drugs and controlled drugs), or are carrying
          syringes (pumps), are required to obtain a so-called “Yakkan Shoumei,” or import
          certificate, in advance.

If you are aware of other substances illegal in Japan that may be rather common in your
country and not on this list, please inform the OSS so we can continue to provide information

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to help us all stay legal.

Drug use in Japan, and of course on the IUJ campus, carries heavy fines, jail sentences and
probably deportation (and of course explusion from IUJ). Do NOT use drugs in Japan!

(3) Bringing Electrical Items from Home
   If you want to bring your own telephone, answering machines, stereos
   or computers, you should have no trouble using them in your room.
   However, be sure they have an international compatibility sticker, and
   bring with you an adapter (you can purchase them here if you prefer,
   but it is easier to bring them with you).
   Japan’s wall electrical outlets only have two prongs. Also, televisions
   and radios may not operate well because of the voltage and frequency Japan’s wall electrical outlets
   differences (clocks may run slow and TVs and radios are likely on a
   different broadcast range). If you have any compatibility concerns, please ask your
   electronics dealer.
   Tampering with electricity outlets is strictly forbidden. To prevent theft of electricity, the
   hallway and lounge outlets are “IL” shaped and for use only by the cleaning and
   maintenance staffs. If you need to use an outlet FOR STUDY PURPOSES, you may
   borrow an adapter at the SD1 Dorm Team office.

(4) International Driver’s License
   If you wish to (or think you might) drive a car during your stay in Japan (rent a car, borrow
   one from a friend on occasion, or own a car), you must be properly licensed. In order to be
   a legal driver in Japan, please see the detailed information on pages 62-64.

(5) Travel Insurance
   We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance before departing for Japan in case
   of any unexpected accident, illness or death en route to Japan. Be sure it covers the day of
   departure and 1-2 weeks after arrival. Your Japan health insurance does not start until you
   register your address in Japan at the City Office. So without traveler’s insurance you could
   be unprotected for a few days to a few weeks! Traveler’s insurance is also needed for travel
   outside of Japan while you are an IUJ student. And, for any family members coming to the
   area, it is highly recommended you get them Traveler’s Insurance as well!

(6) Sending Luggage to IUJ (Customs Considerations)
   If you need to send personal belongings from your country before you fly to Japan, please
   mail them directly to your IUJ dormitory room.
   To help avoid any customs problems, please mail boxed items to yourself in a “door-to-
   door” delivery service. IUJ will notify you of your room assignment before you depart for
   Japan. In this way, customs problems can be avoided. Simply mail your items directly to
   your own room at IUJ. The Dorm Staff will put your item in your room as a special service.
   This is a one-time service for newly entering students only.
   For the details of each procedure, please contact the post office or a delivery company.

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Notes: The Japanese Customs Office in Tokyo is more than 200 kilometers away from IUJ and
     traveling such distances is costly. If your luggage is left in storage at the Japanese Customs
     Office for an extended period of time without customs clearance, you will be charged
     expensive storage fees per day for each piece of luggage by the customs office.

    Delivery Payments
    The entire cost of the shipment should be paid in full while in your country using your
    country’s currency, as COD (cash on delivery) freight costs in Japan are probably higher.

(7) Dorm Room Allocation
    Entering students reside on campus in SD1, 2, or 3. To help the staff with dorm room
    allocation, please fill in the information at the following site. See the section
    “Incoming Dorm Room Assignments.” Please do so by August 10, if possible.
    https://www.iuj.ac.jp/oss/september-schedule/

(8) Bringing Money and Setting up a Bank Account
    All IUJ students must have a Hokuetsu Bank account for money transactions with IUJ.
    IUJ’s Accounting Office will help you set up a bank account at Hokuetsu Bank after you
    arrive.

    Before money in your new bank account becomes available, be sure to have on hand
    enough Japanese Yen (¥) in cash to tide you over. You will need a minimum of ¥100,000
    IN CASH to get you through the first 4 weeks (travel, food, incidentals). Those arriving in
    early September should prepare more. To bring money from your home country to Japan,
    there are several alternatives:
    Credit Cards to Get Cash - Recommended
     Some credit cards can be used to withdraw money at Seven Bank ATM (located in Seven-
     Eleven Convenient Stores and on campus). For more details and to confirm
     your card is accepted, please refer to Seven Bank Homepage.
     (http://www.sevenbank.co.jp/intlcard/card2.html).
    Cash in Foreign Currency – NOT Recommended
     The branch of the Hokuetsu Bank handles Japanese Yen, US Dollars and EURO. Cash
     mignt be exchanged on the same day (if the bank is willing to exchange the type of
     currency you have). However, this method is not recommended as sometimes there are
     delays when exchanging US$100 bills etc. due to counterfeit cases. Delays of up to 3
     weeks have happened.
    Cheques (bank cheques/drafts, money orders) – NOT Recommended
     Many of Japanese banks are no longer handling foreign currency cheques. You are
     advised NOT to use this option.
     Note: Personal cheques are not used in Japan. If using money orders, be sure it is an
     international money order and expect delays.

   Have money wired to you (Details are on pages 59-61)
    Once your bank account (or JP Bank account) is set up, you can have your family send

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you money. Simply consult your local bank on procedures. The IUJ Accounting Office
     can provide you the SWIFT code for IUJ, etc. The following article gives you more
     information, and services to use. Please note, IUJ does NOT necessarily recommend these
     services. Please use at your own discretion.
     https://tokyocheapo.com/business/financial/transfer-money-to-japan/

(9) Credit Cards and E-Money
     Use of Credit Cards and E-money has become more widely spread in Japan. The easiest
     cards to use are International Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, and American Express cards.
     Check with your card company to verify if it is usable in Japan. It is recommended that
     you bring one with you. Please note that some shops/restaurants/inns cannot accept credit
     cards in our area. There are stickers displayed near the entrances or cash register stations
     of stores that will take your credit cards.

     Note: Those who have a “Student” visa are not qualified for getting a new credit card
     once in Japan. So if you want one, you should get it before arriving in Japan. Credit cards
     can be useful for purchasing a mobile phone, and ordering books, foods and supplies over
     the Internet.
     Popular E-money apps include Suica, PASMO, Pay Pay, etc.

      Suica                            PASMO                           Pay Pay

(10) Using your Own Mobile Phone
   If you plan to use your own mobile phone in Japan with the same telephone number used
   at home, you must confirm that your mobile phone will work in Japan and buy an
   appropriate sim card before your departure (roaming, international/global, Google Fi, etc.).
   We suggest you check the phone use rates to be sure it fits your budget.
   If you plan to purchase a mobile phone in Japan, please see page 68.

(11) Passport-sized Photos
  Passport-sized photos (4.5cm x 3.5cm in size) as specified below will probably come in
  handy for things like applications for scholarship upgrades, internship/job applications,
  homestay applications, as well as visas if you plan to travel outside of Japan. They can be
  purchased in this area at instant photo booths for about ¥800 (see page 69 for details). We
  recommend that you look professional in the picture: white or light blue background only.
  No shadows or designs. It is best to face straight forward with a slight smile or no smile and
  the photo should show the top of your head down to chest. Please note these other
  requirements:

     1. A photo that shows you alone
     2. A photo of the dimensions specified above, excluding an outer border (the dimension
        of the face refers to the portion from the top of the head [including the hair] to the lower

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end of the chin)
     3. You should face squarely to the front and without hats, caps or head coverings.
     4. No background or shadows
     5. Must be clear.
     6. Must be taken within three months prior to submission.
     7. Should not be printed out on your own on regular paper or photo paper, but should be
        professionally (shop or passport photo booth) printed.

(12) Scholarships After Arrival and Japanese Language Studies
  Those coming to IUJ on partial scholarships may be able to apply for additional financial
  support from various sources. The Office of Student Services will support you for this with
  notifications and application facilitation. However, most of the scholarships require
  students to write the application in Japanese, and be able to communicate with the
  scholarship hosts in Japanese at various gatherings. Therefore, it is highly recommended
  that you study Japanese before coming to IUJ, and enroll in our Intermediate Japanese
  courses if at all possible.

  To learn what scholarships may be introduced (information may vary from year to year),
  please see the Scholarship website and the “After Enrollment” section at
  https://www.iuj.ac.jp//admis/scholarship/after-arrival/
  Available scholarships may include a monthly stipend through JASSO, and various private
  foundation awards.

                       Apps for Japanese Learners, created by IUJ!!!
We recommend you to download the following two apps to help you get a head start in your Japanese
language learning. Both iOS and Android versions are available from the App store or Google play for
free. They were created by IUJ.
   https://www.iuj.ac.jp/language/japaness_course04_en.html

App 1: Ganbatte Kana
Japanese is called a character-based language, which uses syllabary called Kana, consisting
of Hiragana and Katakana. J-learners need to have mastered them before entering Basic or Elementary
Japanese course at IUJ. Our experience has proved those who wish to get by with oral/aural communication
only, therefore trying to get by without learning Kana and resorting only to the alphabet, cannot proceed
above beginners level. To help you learn Kana efficiently, we recommend you use the IUJ-created app
called "GanbatteKana", which offers comprehensive activities to help learners master them. Log in as “Non-
IUJer”.

App 2: Ganbatte Shadowing
In order to improve your pronunciation and speaking fluency, we recommend you to use an app called
"Ganbatte Shadowing". This app provides a platform for you to vocalize the language along with native
speakers to help you match the tone, rhythms and pronunciation to help you become a more natural speaker.
Log in as “Non-IUJer”.

Start studying Japanese NOW!
Good luck.

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(13) To Do List before Departure to Japan
  We hope that this list will help you prepare to come to Japan.
         What To Do or Prepare                             Notes                       Tick
    1 Passport                         Make sure you have more than 6 months
                                       before the expiry date
    2 Student Visa                     It must be stamped in your passport
    3 Medication prescriptions
    4 Eye care items
    5 (Women) Menstrual items
    6 Make sure no illegal items
       are in your belongings
    7 Join a travel insurance          Make sure it covers the day of departure and
                                       1-2 weeks after arrival in Japan
    8 Know your IUJ Dorm If no, contact the OSS at oss@iuj.ac.jp. The
       Room number                     room allocation will be announced in late
                                       August.
    9 Cash                             Be sure to have about JPY100,000 in cash on
                                       hand.
   10 Credit card, if any              International Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club,
                                       and American Express cards are widely used
                                       in Japan.
   11 Photos                           Passport size (4.5cm x 3.5cm)
   12 Start studying Japanese Especially if you would like to apply for a
       language                        scholarship, and if you plan to work in Japan
                                       after IUJ, Japanese language skills are very
                                       important.
   13  Air ticket                      Some scholarship providers require boarding
                                       pass(es). Please do NOT discard them.

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I-2 Arrival in Japan

(1) Travel Dates and Timing
  Designated dates to arrive on campus will be sent with your Certificate of Eligibility and
  room number assignment in August.

  Those arriving in September as a new incoming student should carefully check the
  September Calendar for Check In dates based on your scholarship/student
  status,* and arrange travels to coincide: Please see
  https://www.iuj.ac.jp/oss/september/ and click on September Plan (Calendar).

  Dates are usually around mid-September (sometime between Sept. 13 and 21). That can be
  variable each year because of the starting date of Intensive Japanese Program, Orientation
  Week, Pre-Enrollment Programs and Fall Term Classes.

  It is recommended that you arrive during business hours for the best support: 8:30am to
  5:00pm when our Dorm Team will be standing by to assist you in the Dorm Staff office in
  Student Dormitory #1 (SD1). However, if you arrive after 5pm and before 11pm, or on the
  weekend, our Dorm Director will be available. It is best for you to inform us of your late
  arrival at least ONE week ahead of time. Please email to oss@iuj.ac.jp and cc to dorm-
  dir@iuj.ac.jp with your arrival date and time, and with the subject line of “123456 (your
  student ID) – Special check in request.”

      * Please note, the noted check-in dates are firm. Early arrival is not permitted due to
        dorm maintenance needs.

(2) Immigration Procedures as You Enter the Country
  Foreign nationals who enter Japan are required to be fingerprinted and photographed (facial
  photographs) by means of special devices at the immigration counter at your point of entry
  into Japan. These procedures apply to all foreign nationals upon their entry into Japan,
  except for the persons eligible for exemption listed below.
  The immigration inspector will ask you several questions regarding your purpose for
  coming to Japan and length of stay. Explain that you are a new graduate student in a 1-, 2-,
  or 3-year program.

  If foreign nationals who are not eligible for exemption from this requirement refuse to
  submit their fingerprints or be photographed, they will be denied entry into Japan and
  ordered to return to their home country at their own expense.
  For more details, please see:
  http://www.moj.go.jp/ENGLISH/IB/ip.html

  WORK PERMIT applications as YOU ENTER THE COUNTRY
  At the immigration gate, you are allowed to apply for a Work Permit (if your scholarship
  host so allows) at the 4 major International Airports in Japan: Narita, Haneda, Kansai, and

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Chubu. To apply for the Work Permit, you need to submit a designated form (see below)
  and follow the immigration officer’s instructions. This form is included in the packet with
  your CE, unless your scholarship provider prohibits you from engaging in paid activities.
  Those seeking a paid internship must obtain the Work Permit as you enter the country.
  Obtaining one after you go through customs is possible, but takes time and money!

          Fill out the form above and submit it to the immigration at the airport when you
          enter Japan. (DON’T mail it to IUJ; this form is accepted ONLY at the Japan
          airports.)

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URGENT: IMPORTANT
As soon as the immigration officer at the airport returns your passport and before you leave
the gate, please check the “Landing Permission” in your passport.
  
    Status:    Student
    Duration: “3 YEARS” or “3 YEARS 3 MONTHS” for PhD students
               “2 YEARS” or “2 YEARS 3 MONTHS” for MA/MBA students
               “1 YEAR” or “1 YEAR 3 MONTHS” for IMBA and Linkage students
               “6 MONTHS” or “1 YEAR” for Exchange students

  Once you leave the immigration gate, no changes on “Landing Permission” are allowed.
  For your sake, please check the landing permission carefully before passing out of the
  immigration gate.

(3) Residence Card (RC)
  A Residence Card is issued to persons
  residing in Japan who have been granted a
  status of residence with a period of stay of
  more than 3 months.
  As you come in to Japan with a student visa,
  a residence card will be issued to you at the
  immigration gate if you enter the country
  from one of the 4 major international airports;
  Narita, Haneda, Kansai, or Chubu. If you
  arrive in Japan through other airports
  including Niigata Airport, your Residence
  Card will be mailed to you a few weeks later.
  When you receive your Residence Card,
  please make sure that all the information on it
  is correct. If you find any errors, please ask
  the immigration officer at the immigration
  gate immediately to make corrections: Name
  order, birthdate order, etc. are common
  mistakes.
  After arrival at IUJ, you are required to visit
  Minami Uonuma City Office with your
  Residence Card within 14 days of your entry
  into Japan to register your address and go
  through necessary procedures.

                               If you have this box, it indicates
                               that you have a work permit.

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Please note:
       When you leave Japan (or relocate within Japan), you are required to inform the City
       Office within 14 days prior of the move. Special instructions will be provided by the
       OSS about this closer to your departure, but this registration immigration process is
       your individual responsibility.
       By law, you must carry your Residence Card with you wherever you go in Japan.
       If you intend to intern or do a part-time job on campus, be sure your Residence
       Card has the “Work Permit” stamp on it. Apply for this stamp at the immigration
       gate as you enter the country using the form provided by the OSS (See pages 9-10 for
       details).
       Do NOT give up your Residence Card at the airport when leaving Japan temporarily
       with an intention to come back within a year.

If you lost your Residence Card…
The first thing you need to do is to obtain an official document certifying that you lost it.
(1) Lost Notification Certificate (to be obtained from the nearest police)
(2) Theft Report Certificate (to be obtained from the nearest police) or
(3) Disaster Victim Certificate (to be obtained from the City Office)
Within 14 days after you lost it, you need to visit the Immigration Office yourself either in
Niigata or Tokyo with the following documents:
(1) One of the certificates above
(2) Application for Re-issuance of Residence Card (obtainable at the OSS)
(3) Passport
(4) Student ID Card
(5) 1 Photo (4 x 3 cm)

(4) Lost Luggage
  In case your luggage gets lost or delayed upon arrival, please contact the concerned airlines
  and make sure that the “Property Irregularity Report (PIR)” is prepared. The contents of the
  bag should clearly be described. Arrange to have item(s) sent to your IUJ dorm room. Have
  your address easily available (and NOT packed inside that lost bag)!

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(5) Customs Inspection
  As part of the entry process when you arrive in Japan, all passengers MUST submit a
  declaration form to Customs Inspection Counter regardless if you have accompanied and/or
  unaccompanied items. The form is available in the aircraft. When you have unaccompanied
  baggage, two copies of the written declaration forms are required to be submitted at the time
  of your entry, one of which will be returned to you with the seal of certification by a Customs
  officer.

                                                                      Copyright © Ministry of Finance Japan

  For more details, please see Japan Customs homepage.
  https://www.customs.go.jp/english/passenger/index.htm

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(6) Exchanging Money
  Just past the customs area, before you enter the arrival hall (Narita Airport) or at the arrival
  lobby (Haneda Airport), you will see bank teller windows. If you do not have any Japanese
  Yen, you should exchange your money at this bank. This is a safe and reliable bank that
  offers competitive exchange rates. This bank is open for every arriving flight. U.S. dollars
  and EURO are the most convenient currency to exchange.

  Note on Exchanging Money: You cannot use currencies other than Japanese Yen in Japan,
        so be sure to have Yen cash before leaving the airport! Changing your foreign
        currency into Japanese yen near IUJ is very difficult. Please do this at the airport!

  For more details, please see
   Narita Airport: https://www.narita-airport.jp/en/service/svc_11
   Haneda Airport: http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/premises/service/bank.html#exchange
   Niigata Airport: http://www.niigata-airport.gr.jp/facility/?lang=en

      Narita                        Haneda                  Niigata

(7) Luggage Transport Service (Narita/Haneda Airport Arrival Lobby)
  Once you leave customs and enter the arrival lobby, you will see several service counters.
  Narita Airport (1F)
  Luggage delivery service: ABC, GPA, ANA Skyporter or QL Liner counters
  Limousine Bus counter: purchase tickets for the bus to downtown Tokyo
  Train Ticket Counter: purchase train ticket to Tokyo, Ueno (Keisei) and/or all the way to
  Urasa (JR)
  Haneda Airport (2F)
  Luggage delivery service: ANA Air Service or JAL, ABC
  Airport Bus ticket vending machine: purchase tickets for the bus to downtown Tokyo
  Train Ticket Gate: purchase train ticket to Shinagawa (Keikyu) or Hamamatsucho (Monorail)
  You will find signs in English to guide you through the airport.
  We recommend you to send your bags through the luggage transport service rather than
  trying to carry them on the trains. Moving through the train stations and on and off several
  trains can be difficult when you are tired and carrying too many bags. Baggage delivery
  service in Japan is very reliable. If you choose to use the luggage transport service, go to
  one of the luggage delivery service counters in the arrival lobby after customs clearance.
  Delivery will take just a few days, but remember to take with you the things you need for
  the next few days. One bag, a maximum of 20 kilograms, will cost about ¥2,000. Give the
  company your Japanese address (as shown below) and room number:

                 〒949-7248 新潟県南魚沼市国際町 777 番地
                    国際大学 学生寮 SD__ - __ __ __                (Fill in your own room number)
                                             __________   (Fill in your name)

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For more details, please see
    Narita: https://www.narita-airport.jp/en/service/svc_05
    Haneda: http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/premises/service/delivery.html
    Niigata: http://www.niigata-airport.gr.jp/facility/?lang=en

      Narita                        Haneda                 Niigata

  Note: If you plan to send any luggage in advance by separate mail before departure from
        your country, READ the important information provided on pages 4-5 of this guide!
        In case your suitcases or luggage is slow in arriving or arrives damaged, please keep
        with you all paperwork and the telephone number and address of the luggage transport
        service company so your baggage can be traced.

(8) Leaving Narita/Haneda Airport
  Narita Airport is more than 300 kilometers and Haneda airport is around 250 kilometers
  from IUJ. Follow the directions given below and you should have no problem. If you can
  make all the connections, you will arrive at IUJ approximately 4 hours after passing through
  customs of Narita Airport and 2.5 hours after passing through customs of Haneda Airport.
  Also look for people carrying THIS GUIDE BOOK to find others traveling to IUJ. Many
  students arrive at about the same time and you are likely to find someone to travel with by
  showing off this guide!
  Follow the directions below to get to Urasa. Also please see diagram from Narita/Haneda
  Airport on page 18-20.
  A website, “Japan Transit Planner,” might be very helpful and available in many languages.
  Enter the point of departure, destination, date, etc., hit “Search,” and routes, fees,
  etc. will be displayed.
  https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en

  Note: Whether or not you are a scholarship student, you are responsible for the cost of travel
        from Narita/Haneda to IUJ (approx. ¥12,000 from Narita and ¥9,000 from Haneda).
        Please ensure that you have sufficient Japanese currency before leaving home or
        obtain Japanese Yen before leaving the customs area.

(9) Directions From Narita Airport to IUJ - Narita Express
  After you clear customs, go to a JR Ticket Counter (in the arrival lobby or B1F) to purchase
  express train tickets from Narita Airport Station to URASA Station. You will get a ticket for
  the “Narita Express” which runs between Narita Airport Station and Tokyo Station, and a
  ticket for a bullet train (“Shinkansen”) that runs between Tokyo Station and URASA Station.
  You will transfer at Tokyo Station to catch a “Joetsu” Shinkansen.
  All seats on the Narita Express require a reservation which can be made when you purchase
  your ticket. Your ticket will indicate, in order from left to right, the Car Number, Row
  Number and Seat Number. If the train you want has no seats available, you will be asked to
  wait and take the next available train. They run about every half hour.

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For more details, please see https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/.

(10) Another Option from Narita - Keisei Skyliner Express
  There is another means of transport from Narita Airport to “Ueno Station” (another
  Shinkansen station in the city of Tokyo) by private railway, the so-called “Keisei Skyliner.”
  This service takes you to a part of Ueno Station called “Keisei Ueno.” You must walk about
  10 min. from “Keisei Ueno” station to “JR Ueno” station in order to transfer to a “Joetsu
  Shinkansen” bound for Niigata. If you have a bit more time you may also take a cheaper
  limited express train. For time tables and costs, please ask at the ticket counter.
  For more information, please see
  https://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/us/index.php

(11) Directions From Haneda Airport to Tokyo – Keikyu Airport Limited
     Express
  After you clear customs at Haneda, go to a Keikyu Railways (in the arrival lobby) and purchase
  a train ticket from Haneda Airport Station to Shinagawa Station. Transfer at Shinagawa Station
  to the “Yamanote” line, “Tokaido Honsen” line, “Keihin Tohoku - Negishi” line or
  “Yokosuka” line to go to Tokyo Station. At Tokyo Station, transfer to the “Joetsu”
  Shinkansen to get to URASA Station. For more details, please see
  https://www.haneda-tokyo-access.com/en/.

(12) Another Option from Haneda – Haneda Express (Monorail)
  There is another means of transportation from Haneda Airport to “Tokyo Station” by private
  railway, the so-called “Monorail”. This service takes you to a part of Hamamatsucho Station
  called “Monorail Hamamatsucho.” You must walk from “Monorail Hamamatsucho”
  station to “JR Hamamatsucho” station in order to transfer to a “Yamanote” or “Keihin
  Tohoku” line for Tokyo. After arriving at Tokyo Station, please catch a “Joetsu
  Shinkansen” bound for Niigata.
  For more information, please see https://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/english/

(13) Transferring to the Bullet Train – Joetsu Shinkansen “Toki” or “Max
     Toki”
  Shinkansen means high speed train. The “Joetsu” Shinkansen is the bullet train that takes
  you from Tokyo (Tokyo Station or Ueno Station) to Urasa Station, which is 4k from IUJ.
  There are reserved seats and non-reserved seats and all cars are non-smoking.
  Note: Whenever you travel by train in Japan, you must keep your tickets all the way to your
        destination and hand it over at the destination ticket gate. If you lose your ticket you
        will be charged the entire fee again.

  At Tokyo Station, you will use escalators to go up to the ground floor level in order to
  transfer to “Joetsu Shinkansen”. Follow the dark green signs with the words Joetsu
  Shinkansen ( 上越新幹線). Once near the ticket gate, refer to the electronic signs that
  alternate between English and Japanese indicating departure times (exact), train numbers

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and departure platform numbers.
  There are different kinds of Joetsu Shinkansen: “Toki”, “Max Toki” and “Tanigawa”. Be
  sure that you take a train that stops at Urasa Station. Most of these are Toki and Max Toki
  trains. Once in Tokyo Station, if you want to double check that your train stops at URASA,
  ask the conductor to confirm. Also look at the bilingual electronic message boards above
  your head which lists the stations where the train will stop. There are also announcements
  in English once you get on the train and electronic display boards above each entrance inside
  the train cars that show all the stops the train will make.
  Be ready to get off the train as it approaches Urasa Station (music plays just before each
  station followed by an announcement). Urasa is the one after Echigo-Yuzawa (about 14
  minutes). See the train timetable (page 20) and a list of the stops along the way (page 21).
  Japanese trains are “always” exactly on time.

(14) Arriving in Urasa

  Once you arrive at Urasa station, go towards the East exit(東口)which is on the BIG mountain
  side of the station (as opposed to the lower, but nearer, mountain range on the West side). This exit
  is to the LEFT after going through the ticket gate. Go down the hallway, and take one of
  these options:

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(A) Bus to IUJ:
       To find the IUJ bus, go down the middle stairwell
       to your LEFT and look for a round white sign with
       a blue IUJ logo on it. That is the IUJ Bus Stop. The
       IUJ Bus will take you from Urasa Station to IUJ free
       of charge. The bus operates from Monday to Friday
       until 8pm. See the IUJ bus information at pages 20-
       21.
                                                                       IUJ bus stop at Urasa Station
        Check the SEPTEMBER schedule on the OSS website
        to confirm about special Saturday and
        Sunday bus services in mid-September for your first arrival.
        (The QR code is on page 9.)
  (B) Taxi to IUJ:
       If you arrive at a time when the bus is not running, take a taxi to IUJ. You will find the
       taxi standing down the RIGHT stair case – it is located the opposite side of the stairs
       from the IUJ Bus stop. Ask the driver to take you to “Kokusai Daigaku Gakusei-Ryo
       SD1 (IUJ Student Dormitory 1)”. The taxi costs approximately ¥2,000.

  Once you arrive at the dormitory you will be assisted by the Dorm Director, Dorm Staff or
  the staff from the OSS to check into your IUJ dorm room.

(15) Transport Schedule
Narita Option One: Using Narita Express
                                                                                 Travel Time
                          Transportation          Fare (subject to change)
                                                                                  (approx.)

  Narita Airport         JR Narita Express
                                                                                  60minutes
     Station          (ordinary cars, all seats
                                                  ¥10,970 (non-reserved)
                             reserved)
                                                   ¥11,500+ (reserved)
  Tokyo Station        JR Joetsu Shinkansen                                      100 minutes

   Urasa Station       School Bus* -or- Taxi      Free* -or- Taxi ¥2,000          10 minutes

                                              Total: ¥10,970 - ¥13,500+
        IUJ
* The IUJ School bus operates free of charge during office hours on weekdays only. Otherwise a taxi
costs about ¥2,000.

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Narita Option Two: Using Keisei Skyliner
                                                                                    Travel Time
                          Transportation           Fare (subject to change)
                                                                                     (approx.)

  Narita Airport
                                                                                    50 minutes
     Station
                          Keisei Skyliner
                                                           ¥2,680**
                      (ordinary cars, all seats
   Keisei Ueno               reserved)
                                                                                    10 minutes
     Station

                                                    ¥7,810 (non-reserved)
   Ueno Station        JR Joetsu Shinkansen                                         100 minutes
                                                     ¥8,340+ (reserved)

   Urasa Station       School Bus* -or- Taxi        Free* -or- Taxi ¥2,000          10 minutes

       IUJ                                        Total: ¥10,490 - ¥13,020+
* The IUJ School bus operates free of charge during office hours on weekdays only. Otherwise a taxi
costs about ¥2,000.
** A few more trains are available that are express (Cityliner) and limited express. This adds 10-30
minutes to the travel time but the fare is about 80% to 50% off. Ask the ticket salesperson for schedules.
Seats are unreserved.

Haneda Option One: Using Keikyu Airport Limited Express
                                                                                    Travel Time
                          Transportation           Fare (subject to change)
                                                                                     (approx.)

  Haneda Airport      Keikyu Airport Limited
                                                            ¥300**                  12 minutes
  Int’l Terminal             Express

    Shinagawa
                               Walk
     Station

  JR Shinagawa
                              JR Line                                               11 minutes
     Station
                                                    ¥7,810 (non-reserved)
                                                     ¥8,340+ (reserved)
  Tokyo Station        JR Joetsu Shinkansen                                         100 minutes

   Urasa Station       School Bus* -or- Taxi        Free* -or- Taxi ¥2,000          10 minutes

       IUJ                                         Total: ¥8,110 - ¥10,640+
* The IUJ School bus operates free of charge during office hours on weekdays only. Otherwise a taxi
costs about ¥2,000.
** A few more trains (local, limited express, etc.) are available.

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Haneda Option Two: Haneda Express (Monorail)
                                                                               Travel Time
                          Transportation           Fare (subject to change)
                                                                                (approx.)

  Haneda Airport
  Int’l Terminal
                          Tokyo Monorail                      ¥500             14 minutes

   Monorail
 Hamamatsucho                  Walk
    Station

      JR
 Hamamatsucho                 JR Line                                          11 minutes
    Station                                         ¥7,810 (non-reserved)
                                                     ¥8,340+ (reserved)

  Tokyo Station        JR Joetsu Shinkansen                                    100 minutes

   Urasa Station       School Bus* -or- Taxi        Free* -or- Taxi ¥2,000     10 minutes

       IUJ                                         Total: ¥8,310 - ¥10,840+
* The IUJ School bus operates free of charge during office hours on weekdays only. Otherwise a taxi
costs about ¥2,000.

(16) Timetable of Joetsu Shinkansen to Urasa Station
        and connection to IUJ Bus Shuttle Service (Schedule as of March 14, 2020)
        Train Number       Tokyo Station       Ueno Station    URASA Station     IUJ Bus
         Toki 301            6:08             6:14            7:37         Taxi or 8:19
       Max Toki 303          7:04             7:10            8:27             9:04
       Max Toki 305          7:48             7:54            9:20            10:00
         Toki 309            8:52             8:58           10:35            11:01
         Toki 315           10:16            10:22           11:48            12:04
         Toki 319           11:40            11:46           13:13            13:20
       Max Toki 321         12:40            12:46           14:14            14:20
         Toki 323           13:40            13:46           15:13            15:41
         Toki 325           14:40            14:46           16:12            16:33
         Toki 329           15:40            15:46           17:13            17:37
         Toki 333           16:40            16:46           18:12            18:20
       Max Toki 337         17:40            17:46           19:09            19:28
         Toki 341           18:52            18:58           20:29             Taxi
         Toki 347           20:24            20:30           22:00             Taxi
       Max Toki 351         21:40            21:46           23:20             Taxi
        Listed above are the “Toki” trains that DO stop at Urasa Station on the way to Niigata
        Terminal. There are more Toki and Max Toki trains but they DO NOT stop at Urasa.
        Please don’t take a train that is NOT listed here.
        IUJ Bus runs from Urasa Station to IUJ. On Saturdays and Sundays, it operates on a

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limited schedule:
          Saturdays -- 8:19 16:24 Sundays – 9:40, 16:24
          IUJ Bus Timetable is available at
          https://www.iuj.ac.jp/oss-f/travel/IUJ_bus.pdf

(17) Shinkansen Stops
  Below are the stations at which the Shinkansen stops. When you buy train tickets please
  make sure that the train you choose stops at Urasa Station. Trains do not necessarily stop
  at all the stations. You may skip some stations on the way - specifically “Honjo Waseda”
  and “Jomokogen” - so do not be alarmed.
  Tokyo → Ueno → Omiya → Kumagaya → Honjo Waseda → Takasaki → Jomokogen →
  Echigo Yuzawa → URASA → Nagaoka → Tsubame Sanjo → Niigata

(18) “Sumimasen” - Getting Help Along the Way
  “Sumimasen” means “excuse me”.
  Please show the following note to someone if you need help after you arrive at Narita or
  Haneda Airport and are trying to get to the Tokyo Station and Urasa Station.
     ・ すみません、東京駅までの行き方を教えてください。
         (Excuse me, how can I get to Tokyo Station)
     ・ すみません、浦佐駅までの行き方を教えてください。
         (Excuse me, how can I get to Urasa Station)

  Please show this note to someone when looking for the “Joetsu Shinkansen” at Tokyo, Ueno,
  or Niigata Station. It says you are looking for entry to the Shinkansen. The person will
  probably be very helpful.
     ・ すみません、上越新幹線のホームはどこですか?
  Show the following note to someone if you need help after you arrive at Urasa Station and
  are trying to get to the IUJ School Bus or Taxi to IUJ campus. It asks where the IUJ bus (or
  taxi) departure area is.
     ・ すみません、国際大学バスのりばはどこですか? (to get to the IUJ school bus)
     ・ すみません、タクシーのりばはどこですか? (to take a taxi)
  See pages 82-86 for more communication help.

           View the lesson videos of useful Japanese expressions, created by IUJ!!!

These videos give lessons for asking directions and prices, shopping at various types of stores
such as convenience stores, electrical appliances shops, and pharmacies, ordering food and
paying at a restaurant, extending an invitation for various activities, etc.
Also socio-cultural issues are explained in one-point advice section.
URL         https://www.iuj.ac.jp/language/japaness_videoclips_en.html
QR code Scan the QR code on the right with your mobile device to access
            our videos.
YouTube Search “TubeIUJ”.

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(19) Alternative Route to IUJ: Using Niigata Airport
  If your travel plans allow, it might be easier and more cost effective to come to IUJ via
  NIIGATA International Airport. (If you plan to apply for a work permit, however, we do not
  recommend using this airport. Please read page 52 for details.) Niigata Airport is located in
  Niigata City which is about 2 hours from IUJ. This is a small international airport. Routes
  to Niigata Airport go through Osaka, Nagoya or Seoul.
  After clearing customs, go to the front of the airport building and look for a Limousine Bus
  stop. These are very easy to find - it is a small airport. Take the bus for Niigata Station (about
  25 minutes and it costs ¥420).
  From Niigata Station take the Joetsu Shinkansen(上越新幹線)to URASA STATION (about
  40 minutes). The train schedule between Niigata and Urasa is noted below. The Japanese
  phrases above will also help you when looking for the Shinkansen at Niigata Train Station.
  Once you arrive at Urasa Station, follow the same directions as “Arriving in Urasa” (pages
  17-18). The connections are quite easy to make, but there are fewer signs in English.
  Niigata Airport also offers luggage delivery service. When you ask to have your luggage
  delivered, use the address provided page 14.

Timetable of Joetsu Shinkansen: Using Niigata Airport (as of March 14, 2020)
         Train Number               Niigata Station      URASA Station          IUJ Bus
        Max Toki 302                6:33                  7:09                Taxi
        Max Toki 306                7:19                  7:55                8:19
           Toki 308                 7:49                  8:27                9:04
           Toki 314                 9:23                  9:59               10:00
        Max Toki 316               10:17                10:53                11:01
           Toki 318                11:19                 11:55               12:04
           Toki 320                12:35                 13:11               13:20
           Toki 322                13:19                13:55                14:20
           Toki 326                14:19                14:55                15:41
        Max Toki 330               15:37                16:09                16:33
           Toki 334                16:23                17:00                17:37
           Toki 338                17:20                17:56                18:20
           Toki 342                18:12                18:48                19:28
           Toki 346                19:36                20:12                 Taxi
        Max Toki 348               20:20                20:56                 Taxi
        Max Toki 350               21:35                 22:11                Taxi
           Toki 480                22:20                22:56                 Taxi
         Listed above are the “Toki” trains that DO stop at Urasa Station on the way to Tokyo
         Terminal. There are more Toki, and Max Toki trains but they DO NOT stop at Urasa.
         Please don’t take a train that is NOT listed here.
         IUJ Bus runs from Urasa Station to IUJ. On Saturdays and Sundays, it operates on a
         limited schedule :
         Saturdays -- 8:19, 16:24 Sundays – 9:04, 16:24
         IUJ Bus Timetable is available at:
         https://www.iuj.ac.jp/oss-f/travel/IUJ_bus.pdf

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(20) Getting into Your Dorm Room and Visiting the OSS
  Get off the bus or taxi at the SD1 dormitory (3-story gray building), where the office of
  Dorm Director and Dorm Staff is located. You may need to walk over there from the main
  entrance of IUJ. Obtain your key from the Dorm Director/Dorm Staff, fill in the check-in
  form they provide and put your bags in your room. Basic info and campus map will be
  provided there. After you feel rested, walk across campus to the OSS which is located in the
  first floor of the library building. (See the IUJ Campus Map on page 78.) The OSS staff
  would like to greet you and provide extra information to you. There will be posted times to
  help you with some city registration paper work in small groups, as well. Please bring your
  Residence Card and passport with you to this paper work.
  You will receive a name tag to wear through September and supplemental information to
  this guide. Please read it over a few times and bring your questions to the Campus Life
  Orientation sessions (see dates and times in other materials provided).
  We also need to take your photo using our digital camera for the internal campus directory
  and your IUJ Student ID/Library Card. We can do this your first visit or within one or two
  days of your arrival. Photos are also used by Career Counseling & Services when providing
  candidate list to recruiters. Look professional! Smile!!

(21) Settling into the Area
  The first few days after your arrival at IUJ may be rather quiet. Don't worry! This won't last
  for long so do enjoy the down time. But here are some tips for where to buy things to settle
  in, meeting your new campus and off-campus friends and etc.
  Orientations - be sure to check the most updated info on the orientation schedule as soon
  as you arrive and fully participate in the sessions. The schedule is accessible online at:
  https://www.iuj.ac.jp/oss/september/SeptemberPlan.pdf (The QR code is on page 9.)
  Items for your room and kitchen use - DAISO
  The Saturday and Sunday IUJ bus, and maybe some special buses for arriving students, will
  take you to Muikamachi for shopping at AEON and Koide at Harashin and Gyoumu Super.
  In the AEON and Harashin complex are the 100yen shops called DAISO and SERIA.
  MANY items you will find useful are sold here: from hand lotion to notebooks and from
  small plants to magic tricks, and from plates and pans to plastic containers, from hand towels
  to gift wrapping supplies! And all available for ¥110 to ¥880 (including sales tax). 100yen
  shops are a must stop!
  MENTOR Program through OSS - Entering students will be matched with a 2nd year
  student in your same academic program for initial support as you settle in to IUJ life. They
  can help with questions about your program, registration, course/faculty selection and any
  other matters you may want to ask a fellow student.
  Flea Market - students will sell items to you donated by those who already graduated
  usually the first or second Saturday of October. There are some good deals on refrigerators
  and book shelves, etc. so wait for that before buying any major things.
  UMEX - is an off campus volunteer group that usually offers a welcome Barbeque on
  campus on a Sunday in September just after most have arrived. Watch for an invitation.
  Family Concerns – before bringing families to the area new students are highly

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