Locations - Tokai

Teach in Japan

Gifu, Aichi, Mie

The Tokai region is located in the very center of Japan. It has a population of approximately 17 million people and a size of roughly 40,000 sq.km. Mountains are extremely close with the three ranges of the Japanese Alps (Northern, Central and Southern) all running through Nagano prefecture, making for some of the best skiing in Japan and spanning into Gifu or Shizuoka, peaking at the world famous Mt. Fuji in Shizuoka prefecture. It is well-known that Tokai is one of the hottest and most humid places during summer but rivers such as the Nagara are the perfect place for cooling down with BBQs, swimming and rafting.

“If I had to choose where to live in Japan again, I would still choose Nagoya! There is so much to see and do, and it is easy to make friends here.”
– Sam, Nagoya instructor

"I recommend Tokai because it is right in the heart of Japan making it super convenient to travel domestically either by the bullet train or by air. Not only that but it’s super easy to venture into the mountains of Mie, Gifu and Nagano for some R&R.”

Ian, Shizuoka & Tokai Instructor Support Manager

Dating back hundreds of years Nagoya Castle is one of the greatest castles of Japan and a must see for anyone in the area. Quite famous for its golden dolphin statues, (which you can get your picture taken with,) the castle is centrally located and one of the oldest landmarks in Nagoya.

With an average of almost three festivals a month, the Atsuta shrine in Nagoya always has an event going on. On the ground you can also find a treasure hall and it’s the home of Kusanagi no mitsurugi , or sacred sword of Japan. Enjoy a nice bowl of Kishimen at the shrine’s restaurant while you take in the halcyon atmosphere.

Gifu Castle is a tourist hotspot for students of history, as it houses various exhibits from the Edo period and just around the corner there is a public tea ceremony house in Gifu Park where you can also see Gifu's great Buddha statue.

“I’m less than an hour from amazing mountain hikes, rivers and waterfalls.”
– Roberto, Yokkaichi instructor

A testament to good design, Inuyama Castle is the oldest wooden castle in Japan and is almost 500 years old. The castle has remained largely unchanged and is a Japanese national treasure.

As you stroll along the Nagara River in Gifu, you can have a chance to view ukai, or nighttime cormorant fishing, a 1300 year tradition that has been discontinued everywhere else in Japan.

“I love the music scene in Osu Kannon.”
– Kim, Nagoya instructor

Nagoya comes alive at night, with a variety of music acts to see. There are dance clubs that attract large international crowds spinning all sorts of genres. The world famous Blue Note also has a franchise in Nagoya where you can sit back and relax to the sounds of jazz. Or go with something more modern, the underground music scene at one of the many clubs or a national act at the Nagoya Dome.

“Big city with a small, hometown feel, centrally located and the local food is much more palatable for westerners.”
– Barry, Nagoya instructor

Consider yourself an adventurous eater? Why not try some of the delicious eel from Lake Hamana? Those looking for something a little more familiar can try the delicious miso katsu (fried pork cutlet) or tebasaki (fried chicken wings) found in Nagoya.

“There is an interesting nightlife and great bars. ”
– Damien, Nagoya instructor

Sports abound in the area. There’s Toyota Verblitz (rugby) and Nagoya Grampus (soccer) teams – both very competitive in the top tiers of their respective codes - as well as the Nihon Professional Baseball League’s Chunichi Dragons.

If you prefer something more traditional, every summer the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium hosts the summer sumo tournament. Tournaments are held every year, each one lasting 15 days. Three tournaments are held in Tokyo (January, May, September), and one each in Osaka (March), Nagoya (July) and Fukuoka (November).

“It has a great vibe to it!”
– Beatrice, Nagoya instructor

Make learning fun at the Gifu Science Museum, which is home to many hands-on exhibitions. Or gaze at the heavens from the Nagoya Science Museum’s planetarium, which is one of the world’s largest.

Centrally located Nagoya hub offers you the best opportunity to make the most of the Shinkansen. Almost any major city in Japan can be reached in around three hours or less. Want to spend weekend in Kyoto, Osaka or Tokyo? No problem!

“The people are amazing and want you to come here and live here. They say 'Konnichiwa' to everyone they meet, especially if you say it to them first. If you haven't experienced Gifu you can't say you know Japan!”
-Debbie, Gifu instructor