Review from Liam (Australian) [March 2023 ~ ]

Length of my stay

I stayed in Okinawa, Onna village for 4 months and then moved to Osaka for another 4 months.

What was your motivation for wanting to stay in Japan?

To learn Japanese and to try living in japan


Where did you enjoy your stay the most?

Okinawa is my favourite place in Japan with all the beaches and relaxed vibe. But I had a lot of fun with everyone I met at J-hoppers so both places were great.


What was the most memorable part of your stay?

It’s hard to remember one part in particular, I just had a lot of fun with all the normal things. Talking with the other staff members, meeting people from different parts of the world, yakiniku or takoyaki nights. There were a lot of great experiences at J-hoppers!

What was the most difficult part of your stay?

I was working in Okinawa as a lifeguard at the time, and near the end of my contract I had to work many hours of overtime which was super tiring. I had no time for anything outside of work so I was pretty stressed out.

What was the most surprising thing?

How much tax you have to pay in Japan. It’s really crazy, it’s basically half of your pay each month and then you still have to pay rent and buy food. I had no idea how difficult it is to make money in japan.

How did you find your accommodation?

When I finished my job in Okinawa, I wanted to move to Osaka so I searched up “work for accommodation guesthouses in Osaka”. Then I found J-hoppers and applied to stay there.

What was your motivation for wanting to stay in Japan?

I’m really interested in the Japanese language and had studied a bit of it already. So, I wanted to improve it more by speaking with native Japanese people compared to speaking with teachers/other students

What food do you recommend during stay in Japan?

Ramen, katsu curry, takoyaki, yakiniku, okonomiyaki

What problems did you have with your alien registration card, certificate of residence and other paperwork?

If you live in Japan then you need to do a lot of paperwork at the city office and all in Japanese so it’s a bit difficult, but you should be able to get by with a phone or even better if you have a Japanese friend that can help.

What difficulties have you had in communicating with Japanese people?

Luckily I’ve studied Japanese for a while so I didn’t have too much trouble, but whenever I went to the city office to change my address the Japanese was definitely more difficult.