Working in the Tokyo/metropolitan area is very exciting for the employee as well as his/her family. It offers a wider choice of schools and provides lots of culture and entertainment. The downside is it causes a bit more stress since their is less green space and more congestion. Luckily nature and charming villages are always within a 2 hour train reach. Life in these villages provide many advantages. For starters, prices in these area’s are not as high as in the city center. It is still possible to buy/build your dream home in Japan or rent at a very competitive price. These more rural environments offer beautiful scenery which allows perfect unwinding over the weekend. For those who cherish their work-life-balance, an option not to be overlooked.
With clear streams and surrounding mountains, Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture offers such scenic area. Their are many possibilities for out-door recreation such as downstream rafting, tracking and many other activities. With bigger gardens it is even possible to grow your own organic vegetable garden! Recently many young people are attracted by it’s nature and settle down to build their dream home and enjoy all that rural life has to offer. Relaxing over the weekend, commuting to Tokyo on weekdays takes approximately 2 hours to Ikebukuro /Tokyo.
Karuizawa has since many years been one of Japan’s most popular luxury resort areas. Karuizawa is a small town in Nagano Prefecture which is connected by a 70 minutes ride by Bullet Train or 2 hour drive by expressway to downtown Tokyo. It is located at the east edge of Nagano prefecture, and adjacent to the Greater Tokyo (aka Kanto) area.
Many wealthy Tokyo residents ( politicians, business owners, actors,…) own their second (summer) residence in this town. Luxury villa’s and charming cottages are spread out around the area of Kyu (Old) Karuizawa. The more quiet but popular area in Minami (South) Karuizawa is increasing in popularity to own a second home and and due to reasonable land price and commercial attraction, the area of Nishi (West) Karuizawa is growing steadily. All the areas are equally attractive.
– UWC ISAK Japan (G10-12)
Only two hours southwest of Tokyo, this narrow peninsula seems a world away from the modernized, westernized environment of the capital. This region has it all. It offers hot springs in the forested hills, white sandy beaches, charming fishing villages who offer their sea delicacies and a vast landscape of rice fields. Foremost, Izu and in particular the Amagi Mountains with it’s highest peak of 1.400m, allows you to escape the summer heat during the hottest season. With Ito being the terminal station for the Itō Line of the East Japan Railway Company and the Izu Kyūkō Line of the Izukyū Corporation the connection with Tokyo is established. In addition, it houses an important freight depot for the Japan Freight Railway Company . Another big city is Shimoda on the southeastern Izu peninsula, in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture. It’s known for its busy port, hot springs and is famous for its stunning coast line including Shirahama, a long sandy stretch with strong surf. In Nagaoka you can also find the bilingual school of Kato Gakuen ( the IB system) and for this reason attracting many foreigners.
– Katoh Gakuen English Immersion/Bilingual School (K-G12)