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Home Stay Program

Homestay Program

What is a homestay?

It's a chance to become a member of a Japanese family, study Japanese and of course, learn more about the culture, customs and lifestyle in Japan. Getting to Japan is as easy as buying air tickets; getting the chance to actually meet Japanese people is much more difficult. So why not make your own home away from home in Japan?

Homestaying in Japan

Homestaying is a reletively recent custom in Japan, and there are only a limited number of families available. So, why are we at "Homestay in JAPAN!" able to provide you with homestay families?

1. Many families have someone planning to study abroad in the future through a partnering study abroad center and are willing to open their house for a homestay.
2. Many other families have someone who has returned to Japan after studying abroad and are willing to take in homestay guests.

Why should you homestay in Japan? Here are a few good reasons!

homestay> It's a great chance to improve your Japanese skills.
> Staying with a Japanese family will give you a chance to learn about the culture and customs of this great country.
> Live the Japanese life! Life in Japan is better experienced in person.
> Minors can also homestay in Japan!

-We asked homestay participants what benefits a homestay had, and these are a few of their answers!-
"I could use the Japanese I learned at school with my family on the same day after I got home."
"I learned aspects of Japanese language and conversation not taught in school."
"I could listen, in person, to Japanese natives speaking with each other, and it was a perfect chance to copy and learn Japanese."
"I was able to ask my host family to explain Japanese words and phrases I didn't understand."
"My host family taught me how to cook Japanese food."
"I could still keep in touch with my host family after I left Japan."
*Comments from our homestay participants.

Getting the most from your homestay

1. Short term study abroad programs

Short term study abroad programs

You can improve your conversation skill in a short time (Improvement in listening and speaking skill)

2. Long term study abroad programs -- We recommend 2 to 3 months at the beginning.
Example:11 to 3 month homestay while you get settled in and learn the language. After your homestay: Move to a dormitory or apartment.

Long term study abroad programs

You can listen to Japanese natives speaking with each other every day, which will improve your listening skill.
You can use the Japanese you learn at school the same day with your host family. Practice makes perfect!
Listen carefully! You will have the valuable chance to hear Japanese conversation between family members. Try using what you hear in your next conversation!
You will gain a better understanding of the lifestyle and national character of the people of Japan.
Don't miss out on the chance to make friends and connections in Japan!
You can use the experience to prepare for a next stage in your life.

3. Weekend Homestays
Example: Homestay from Saturday to Sunday

Weekend Homestays

You can experience life in a Japanese family.
You can connect with Japanese people.

4. Vacation Homestays
Example: Homestay in Tokyo, Nagoya or Kyoto.

Vacation Homestays

You can travel and explore while you homestay in several cities across Japan.
You can learn where all the best souvenir shops, recommended restaurants and sightseeing spots--from the actual people living there!
You can eat some great food -- experience Japan's famous "local speciality dishes."
You can make friends and aquaintances in the places you want to visit in Japan.

5. University Exam Homestays
Day 1 Arrival
Day 2 One last night of preparation and study for the exam.
Day 3 Your host family will go with you to the exam center. Time for the entrance exam! You return home with your host family afterwards.
Day 4 A day of sightseeing and fun with your host family.
Day 5 Depart for home.

University Exam Homestays

Your host family will take you to the exam site, so even if it's your first time to visit Japan, you don't have to worry about getting there.
You will have a chance to listen and use Japanese with your host family to be at your best before the exam.
Having host family to help their son or daughter to and from the exam is peace of mind for parents back at home.

6. Corporate Training Homestays
Example: Daily schedule: At your homestay⇒To the company you will train⇒Back to your homestay

Corporate Training Homestays

Improve your Japanese knowledge -- a crucial part of what you need to work in Japanese company.
You can ask your homestay family about the Japanese words or phrases you don't understand and can't really ask about at work.
You can learn about Japanese culture and customs.
You can meet and work with real Japanese businessmen and women.
You can learn about the Japanese family as a consumer and how they think and buy.
You can gain a deeper understanding of family culture and relations in Japan.

7. Working Holiday Homestays
Example: How to benefit from your homestay:
Arrival⇒Homestay⇒Move to your apartment.(* You will stay with your homestay family for about a month while you search for a place to live.)


You can improve your Japanese, which is defintely needed as you work part-time.
You can learn about the culture and customs of Japan.
If you can't find a good place to stay in the first month you can always extend your homestay until you find the perfect place.
Since you will get to know your hosts, you can keep in touch even after you leave.
You can make use of Nextage's Working Holiday Support.

How do the different accomodation choices compare to each other?

Accomodation Style Merits Demerits
Homestay Your Japanese skill will quickly improve.
You can learn about the culture and customs of Japan.
You can make friends and aquaintances.
Utility expenses and meals are included.
You have to adjust to the lifestyle and daily rhythm of your host family.
Compared to other options, getting to school may take longer.
People are people -- there's always the chance you might not take a liking to your host family.
Dormitory You can stay for a short period of time
You can stay in the same dorm as your friends
You will get to know fellow study abroad students.
Since you will most likely not be using Japanese much at the dorm, your language skills will not improve as quickly.
You will have few chances to speak with native Japanese speakers.
Apartment You can pick where you want to live and find somewhere you like.
You will have a lot more free time to spend by yourself.
You have the freedom to find an apartment to share with a friend.
Most apartments have minimum 2 year contracts so short stays are generally not possible.
Fees other than monthly rent such as deposits, key money, introduction fees and other costs can make renting an apartment expensive.
Your Japanese skill will not improve as quickly as it could elsewhere.
You will have few chances to speak with native Japanese speakers.
Hotels Hotels are generally very clean
Housekeeping will make your bed every day.
Lots of free time.
Costs more than other options.
Your Japanese will not improve as quickly.
You will have few chances to speak with native Japanese speakers.
You can't cook for yourself.
Weekly rental condominiums ("Weekly Mansions") Ease and flexibility of reservations
Lots of free time.
More suited to short stays
Your Japanese will not improve as quickly.
You will have few chances to speak with native Japanese speakers.
Small rooms.

How do prices compare?

Price for 1 month (28 days)
Price (Type) Homestay Dormitory Apartment Weekly rental condominium
Accomodation Fee (Rent) 130,000 70,000 75,000 130,000
Service charge 0 20,000 20,000 0
Food (Breakfast and Dinner) 0 20,000 20,000 20,000
Food (Lunch) 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Utilities: Electricity 0 3,000 3,000 0
Utilities: Water 0 2,000 2,000 0
Utilities: Natural gas 0 3,000 3,000 0
Transportation 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Total 150,000 138,000 143,000 170,000

Different places to stay in Japan

1. Type of place
1. House Condominium ("Mansion") Apartment
1. House
Condominium ("Mansion")
2. Types of rooms
Western-style rooms Western-style rooms  
Western-style rooms
Western-style rooms
Japanese-style rooms Japanese-style rooms  
Japanese-style rooms
Japanese-style rooms
Living room Living room Living room
Living room
Living room
Living room
Kitchen Bath  
"Western-style" toilet "Japanese-style" squat toilet  
"Western-style" toilet
"Japanese-style" squat toilet

About homestays through Nextage

1. Here are the locations you can homestay through us.

Here are the locations you can homestay through us.

Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba,Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Nagano, Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama, Tottori, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Okinawa

In other words, we can currently arrange homestays anywhere in Japan besides Akita and Shimane Prefectures. Just choose where you'd like to stay and let us know.

2. Nextage's Homestay Families

Nextage has close to 2,500 home stay families registered all throughout Japan.

3. How Nextage Chooses Homestay Families

・First, we receive an inquiry from a potential host family

・Next, we explain about "Homestaying in Japan" either over the phone or by sending information in the mail.

・Those families who understand what is required of a host family receive our "Family Information Sheet".

・Staff from Nextage then carefully visit, interview, and approve only the families that meet our standards.

・Finally, we add the family to our list of available Host Families

4. About Nextage's Homestay Families

○Many families have a host mother who is in her 30s or 40s.
  ⇒Many hosts have experience traveling or studying abroad.
○Many families have people with experience living or studying abroad (outside of Japan)
 ⇒Because they have experience studying abroad, it's easier to understand how you the guest feel living in a different country.
○Many families register as a host family because they want to help support students studying abroad in Japan.
○Many families want to host students from other countries because they enjoy spending time with people from other countries.

5. A Closer Look at a Host Family

We have a wide variety of families registered at Nextage willing to host students from abroad. The majority of families look something like this:

○Father, mother, and child (or children)
○Mother and child (or children)
○Grandfather, father, mother and child (or children)
○Grandmother, father, mother and child (or children)
○Grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, and child (or children)
○Father and mother (children already out of the house)

6. Where you will stay

What you will find in the typical homestay room

○Bedding (Japanese-style futon or bed)

Japanese-style futon Bed  
Japanese-style futon
Desk in a Japanese-style room Desk in a Western-style room  
Desk in a Japanese-style room
Desk in a Western-style room
○Storage space
Closet (in a Japanese-style room) Closet Box for storage
Closet (in a Japanese-style room)
Box for storage

7. Matching you to your Host Family

Here are some of the things we take into careful consideration when matching you with your Host Family

○We try our best to match the preferences listed on your application form
・Smoker or non-smoker
・A family with children or no children
・Pet preferences

*We can arrange a different homestay family in the case you find your don't match the family we arrange for you at first.

8. Nextage's Homestay Support

○First, we'll send you our Homestay Orientation materials in the mail.
  You will learn about homestaying in Japan before you depart.
○Post-arrival Orientation
  We'll provide an informative and helpful orientation over the phone or in person to those staying more than 2 weeks.
 *Since you will have been living in Japan for a couple weeks at the time, you will be able to ask us about any questions or concerns that might have come up during your stay.
○English speaking support staff
  If you have a question about Japanese culture, need advice or support on your homestay, or just have any concerns at all, just let us know; we'll help you out.
○24-hour emergency support
  We'll provide you with an emergency contact number you can use to get in touch with us at any time.

Preparing for your trip and things to keep in mind

1. What to Prepare for your Trip

Things your need / Valubles / Medicine

Item Comments
Passport Of course, you must bring your passport. Don't forget to bring a copy of the important pages, too.
Air tickets When you receive your tickets, make sure you check if your personal information and other details are correct.
Overseas travelers' personal accident insurance We strongly recommend you get traveler's insurance.
Credit card A credit card is a good thing to have just in case you run out of cash or into trouble of some kind.
Cash (Japanese yen) You will need enough for food, transportation and other expenses.
Orientation materials We will use the materials during your orientation so don't forget to bring them.
Letter of acceptance from your language school In some cases, the letter of acceptance is required to enter Japan.
A guidebook for tourists It's a good idea to buy a guidebook that is written in both Japanese and your own language.
Medications you need Make sure that you bring any special medications you require with you.

Study materials / Electronics

Item Comments
Dictionary / Electronic dictionary You can always purchase one in Japan but if you already have one, bring it along.
Camera (digital or other) Cameras are of course available in Japan but if you have one, bring it along.
Alarm clock You can buy an alarm clock in Japan but if you have something you like to use, bring it with you.
Laptop computers, netbooks or tablets You can buy laptop computers, netbooks or tablets in Japan but if you have something you like to use, bring it with you.
Writing utensils and related items You can buy writing utensils and related items in Japan but if you have something you like to use, bring it with you.

Clothing, toiletries

Item Comments
A suit or formal clothes If you are planning to do any corporate training or internships you will need this.
Toothbrush and paste Don't forget these.
Shampoo and Conditioner Bring enough with you for your trip.
Cosmetics/makeup (Women) Buying makeup in Japan can be expensive -- bring your own along.
Razors/shavers (Men/Women) It's smart to bring your own. Disposible razors are difficult to find and/or expensive in Japan.
Rain coats/umbrellas If you have some, bring it with you.

Other useful items

Item Comments
Souvenirs for your host family You don't need to bring anything too expensive. Souvenirs are a great way to leave a great impression our your family.
A book about your home country Books with pictures of your country are a great way to kickstart a conversation.
Pictures of your family and friends Think of something you can say about each person in the photo and you have a great conversation tool.

・About using the Internet at your homestay
Recently, the number of host families with Internet access is increasing, but not every family has easy access to the Internet. In addition, many families have one shared household computer.

About using the Internet at your homestay

2. Important things to remember

・About Japan's summer and winter seasons
Japanese houses have traditionally been designed to properly circulate air throughout the house, not regulate the temperature. As a result, instead of using air conditioners, many households use fans in the summer or extra layers of clothing in the winter to adjust to the temperature. This lifestyle has come into more focus with the rise of eco-friendly thinking in recent years. So, it may be different than what you are used to but we'd love you to experience the Japanese eco-friendly lifestyle during your homestay!

Gas Heater Fan Air conditioner
Gas Heater
Air conditioner

To conserve power…
During the summer: Set it 26 to 28 degrees C.
During the winter: Set it to 20 to 25 degrees C.

Please do your part to conserve Japan's resources.

・About transportation in Japan
It will take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to get from your homestay to your school (or other destination). In the city, a typical commute to work or school takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. It may be longer than what you are used to, but please think of it as another experience in the Japanese family lifestyle.

About transportation in Japan

3. Q&A

Q1:I can’t speak Japanese well. Will that be a big problem?

A1:You should consider brushing up on your basics or learning a few phrases, but remember that there is much more to communicating with your family than language itself. The key to breaking the language barrier lies in using many different tools ? Try gestures, pictures, sounds, drawing… have fun with it.

Q2:Are short-term stays possible? I am traveling to Japan and would like to try staying with a Japanese family instead of a hotel.

A2:Yes, short term stays are definitely possible ? even one night stays. Please let us know what your plans are and we will set it up for you. (Most cheap Japanese hotels are Western-style, too, so they don’t offer much of an experience!)

Q3:I’m not exactly comfortable with eating raw fish, etc. Will that be a problem?

A3:Not at all. Please let us know what foods you can’t or don’t want to eat and we will inform your homestay family beforehand. (But please consider trying something new! Japan has so much great food to offer.)

Q4:I’d like to go out to eat with friends every so often. Do I have to eat at home every day?

A4:You don’t have to eat every meal at home. As long as you tell your host family ahead of time of your plans, it won’t be a problem. Please note, however, that homestay fees for meals not taken cannot be refunded later.

Q5:What if there is some problem or misunderstanding and I can’t communicate or resolve with my host family?

A5:If you try your best to communicate with your host family but can’t seem to work the problem out, please talk to our support staff. We will give you a 24-hour emergency contact number, so give us a call. Just remember: It may be a simple misunderstanding, so we suggest you think things through and try one more time to communicate with your family, but don’t be afraid to ask us for advice.

Q6:I don’t know very much about Japanese customs and culture. Is there anything I should do before my homestay?

A6:We will tell you about major culture and custom differences, as well as common misunderstandings faced during homestay during your Orientation. Of course, trying to learn what you can about the country you will visit by yourself is always a good thing, so feel free to ask around or read up on Japan.

Q7:I’m concerned about the type of family I will be staying with. Does Nextage Homestay in Japan do any kind of screening beforehand?

A7:Yes, we certainly do. Our homestay staff visits each homestay and interviews the family personally, as well as inspects the accommodations to make sure they can handle an extra family member. However, remember that Japan, like any other country, has a wide variety of family situations and accommodations, so it might be best to not go expecting a family or house right out of your favorite Japanese drama or anime.

What Happens Before the Actual Homestay Begins?

〜From counseling to meeting your family!〜

1. Counseling ? We will talk about the homestay experience and ask you some
questions to give you a good understanding and perspective on your homestay.
2. Applying for the Homestay
 ・ You will decide when you would like to start your homestay and how long you will stay.
 ・ You fill out the application and related forms.
 ・ We send you the invoice (it has all the cost related details.)
 ・ You deposit the homestay fees (around 2 to 4 weeks before your stay begins)
3. Your Homestay Family is Decided(around 1 to 2 weeks before your stay begins)
 ・ We will tell you about your family ? family members, location, etc. After we receive the homestay fees, we will send you the homestay family information in the mail.
4. We'll send you your Homestay Orientation materials (about one week before departure)
5. We'll send you an email informing you when and where you will meet us when you arrive in Japan.
*Please be sure to use our airport pickup service unless there are special circumstances.
6. Meet Your Family!

〜How to extend your homestay〜

1. Let Nextage know you would like to extend your homestay (Please let us know at least one month beforehand - the sooner the better.)
2. We will check to see if extending the homestay is okay with your family.
3. We will send you the extension invoice (or give it to you in person.)
4. Then, you deposit the program fees to the specified account. (The deposit should be made 2 weeks in advance.)
5. Your homestay extension is complete. (One week before the original end date.)

Homestay Program Prices

◆Homestay Arrangement Fee  JPY20,000 + Tax

◆Homestay Fees
1. 2 meal plan (breakfast and dinner)  Per night JPY4,900+Tax
2. 1 meal plan (breakfast)  Per night JPY4,400+Tax

〜What is Included in the Homestay Fees?〜
○Homestay Orientation materials
○Homestay Orientation
○Homestay Accommodation Fees (2 meals or 1 meal a day included)
○24-hour emergency support

◆Optional Services

1. Lunch  One lunch JPY800+Tax
2. One-way pick-up service from the airport to your homestay.   One-way JPY16,000+Tax
※Members of our friendly staff will meet you at the airport. Transportation fees are included. Please note you will using public transportation. We will ride with you to your homestay.

One-way pick-up service from the airport to your homestay. One-way pick-up service from the airport to your homestay.

3. Japanese language school introduction and application assistance

Cancellation Fee Information

◆How to cancel a program
1. Please let us know you would like to cancel in writing by letter or email.
2. Confirm the cancellation fees, and give us your bank account info for deposit of the balance.
3. We will deposit the balance due to you at the end of the next month.

◆About Program Cancellation

Section Cancellation Fee
Cancellation or change 14 days before the program start date *1 Homestay Arrangement Fee
Cancellation or change on the day before the program start date *1 *2
Homestay Arrangement Fee + 80% of the Homestay Fees
Cancellation or change on the program start date *1 *2 Homestay Arrangement Fee + 100% of the Homestay Fees
Cancellation, change, or no show without prior notice after the program start date *1 *2 Homestay Arrangement Fee + 100% of the Homestay Fees

*1 Extra handling fees are not required in the event of a homestay extension.
*2 In the case of a change to a stay longer than 29 days, the homestay fees for 28 days shall beceome the cancellation fee and we will refund you the remaining balance.

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