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  • Hey guys, how's it going? My name is Micaela, and first of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Happy 2016!

  • This year is going to be great.

  • So today I kinda wanted to make an updated 2016 list of ways that you can get to Japan

  • if that is something that is on your mind for this year, or maybe even the next year,

  • and you want to start planning, or you want to just know what your options are, or what

  • my personal opinion about these options are?

  • Then this is the right video for you!

  • Congratulations, good clicking judgement!

  • Since we're gearing up to the 2020 Olympics here in Japan, Japan has been really focused

  • on becoming more international, more accepting towards foreigners, more friendly towards

  • foreigners, and I think it makes it a lot easier for first timers to visit the country.

  • NOW IS YOUR CHANCE

  • Nowadays, there are tons of options for foreigners looking to visit Japan, whether it be for

  • a short term or long term period.

  • And really, what it comes down to, is the kind of experience that you are looking for.

  • First of all, if you are under the age of 18, or still a highschool student, you really

  • only have a few choices:

  • If you are a highschool student, the most challenging but also rewarding experience

  • would be that of an exchange student in a Japanese highschool.

  • If you are currently enrolled in highschool in your own country, you may qualify for a

  • pre-college student visa.

  • This is actually one of the hardest things that I've ever done in my life, being a highschool

  • student in Japan.

  • Although I had the preconception that I was going to come to Japan, come to a Japanese

  • highschool, and go back to Canada having made lots of Japanese friends, it turns out that

  • when you can't speak Japanese, you can't really express yourself, and people don't get to

  • know you, and that can be really frustrating at first.

  • It takes a while to get used to reading Kanji, it takes a while for you to relate to the

  • highschool experience here.

  • The other big thing to consider is that Japanese highschool students spend a lot of their time

  • either at afterschool club activities, or studying in cram schools, because getting

  • into college is the biggest hurdle of a highschool student's life.

  • So, they're very busy, and they don't really have a lot of time to ~hang out~, they don't

  • really ~hang out~ like we do in Canada, so.

  • I think it's a very challenging experience, but it's also the most rewarding because you

  • put yourself in these positions where you're experiencing a new culture and you're kind

  • of forcing yourself to both accept and grow at the same time.

  • And I think that when you're young, that's something that's a lot easier to do, like,

  • I'm really really glad that I was a highschool student, but if anyone were to ask me to do

  • it all over again, right NOW, I'd be like, "nah!!".

  • Another option would be to come to Japan on a tourist visa. Some Japanese language schools

  • offer short term classes for people who are visiting Japan on a tourist visa, and if you're

  • on a tourist visa, some schools offer 12 week courses, and some schools also offer four-week

  • courses. As long as you can afford a place to stay while you're here, and the school

  • fees of course, this is a good way to to kind of experience what it's like to live in Japan

  • without the actual commitment of living in Japan forever.

  • Especially if you're a highschool student, and you don't really want to do the whole

  • exchange student thing, you could try to come over maybe on summer vacation and take a 4-week

  • language school course while you know, just getting a feel for the daily life here, and

  • then, when you graduate, if Japan is where you really want to be, you can kind of work

  • towards coming back.

  • The most expensive but also most convenient and least stressful way of seeing as much

  • of Japan as possible in a short period of time would be to join an all-inclusive tour

  • such as Contiki or Intrepid. I think Intrepid actually has a lot of Japanese tours, ranging

  • from 4 days to two weeks.

  • Although the prices are quite high they do include everything; accommodation, and food,

  • and attractions!

  • A lot of people are like, "ew, the tourist experience, gross!" but I think that if you

  • wanna just get a really comfortable, safe introduction to Japan without having to think

  • about too much or plan too much yourself, this is actually a great way to see all of

  • the really important beautiful sights, eat a lot of the most important delicious food,

  • and you know, get the experience! Because you're with someone who knows the country.

  • If you REALLY don't want the tourist experience, finally, you could always just come on a tourist

  • visa, pay for accommodation, and plan your own travels and do everything yourself.

  • but, you know, that's totally up to you.

  • A Working Holiday Visa is another great option for those of you who have completed high school and are under 30 years old.

  • However, it's always kind of hard to talk about this because Americans do NOT have access to Working Holiday Visas.

  • And it kinda sucks for them.

  • But a lot of Canadians, Australians and Europeans visit Japan on Working Holiday Visas.

  • And each country has it's own rules, so I can only talk about it kind of "generally".

  • Working Holiday allows you to visit Japan for a longer time than tourist visa does, plus you also get permission to work.

  • so you can kind of support yourself and pay your way along as you're travelling or living in Japan.

  • People who come visit on Working Holiday usually end up on short-term contracts teaching English, or

  • they work at farms, farmwork is actually a lot of fun!

  • I recommend that.

  • Finally, if you're looking for more long-term options, you've decided that

  • You've decided that "absolutely!" you want to spend as much time in Japan as possible.

  • You have three options:

  • Come as a post-secondary student

  • You can come as an employee of a company,

  • Or you can get married.

Hey guys, how's it going? My name is Micaela, and first of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Happy 2016!

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HOW TO VISIT JAPAN!! (in 2016) 2016年に日本に訪れる方法を紹介!

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