The Kanto region in Japan has four distinct seasons in which flora and fauna change as the year moves on from spring into summer, through fall and into winter.
During spring the temperature is comfortable enough to spend the whole day without a jacket. Summer, however, is very hot and humid; it can be sweltering without fans or air-conditioning. Fall, like spring, is a comfortable time of year, and is the harvest season when the vegetables and other foods are at their best, having benefited from summer sunshine. When winter comes, it gets so cold in Tokyo and Saitama that snow sometimes settles.
Temperatures vary greatly between the seasons; in summer it rises to around 30℃(86℉) but in winter it can drop to around 0℃(32℉).
Refer to the Japan Student Services Organization’s website for more information on living in Japan.
Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture
Tokyo, where Toyosu and Shibaura Campuses are located, is the capital of Japan. It is where the nation’s politics and culture are based, and is also the biggest information hub in the country. The metropolis has excellent public transport in the form of railway, subway, and bus connections, so you will find it easy to get around. In fact, most of Tokyo’s key areas can be reached from SIT campuses within an hour or so. You can reach Akihabara, for example, in around 25 minutes from the Toyosu Campus, or around 15 minutes from the Shibaura Campus. With more signs written in English, Chinese, or Korean these days, you are unlikely to get lost, even before you learn Japanese.
Tokyo has a great deal to offer: Asakusa with its traditional streetscapes, the trendsetting Shibuya and Akihabara districts, and the business centers of Marunouchi and Shinjuku, to name but a few. You can experience these many facets of Tokyo in the course of your studies, extracurricular activities, and day-to-day routines.
Omiya Campus is located in the city of Saitama in Saitama Prefecture, about one hour train ride away from Tokyo. Saitama Prefecture is adjacent to Tokyo, and the city has developed as a commuter town. It therefore offers a pleasant living environment, away from the hustle and bustle of a metropolis with convenient quarks and sophisticated charms only suburbs can offer. The prefecture boasts the Saitama Super Arena, where famous bands and singers from Japan and overseas perform, as well as the Saitama Stadium 2002, the biggest soccer stadium in Japan, and one of the largest in Asia.
The Toyosu Campus is located in the Tokyo Bay area close to the city center. The nearest station, Toyosu, is served by two transport lines: the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line and the Yurikamome line. Many students who off campus find accommodation along the Yurakucho Line (near Shin-Kiba Station, for example), or commute to SIT by bicycle from neighboring districts within a 2 km radius (such as Monzen-Nakacho). Toyosu is undergoing redevelopment, making it an area, surrounded by large shopping malls and streets lined with high-rise buildings, where one can experience Tokyo’s unique vibrancy.
The Omiya Campus is in tune with its natural environment in the midst of abundant greenery. It is the largest campus among the three and is within walking distances to two student dormitories. The area around the campus is residential, offering plenty of options in supermarkets and convenience stores. Students who live off campus cycle or walk to classes. The nearest station, Higashi-Omiya, is located in a bustling commercial area, and free campus shuttle buses run between the campus and the station (no service on Sundays or national holidays).
The Shibaura Campus is in a business district in Minato Ward. Renovated in 2009, Shibaura Campus is located where the original SIT building complex once stood. It is easily accessible on foot from Tamachi Station (three minutes) and Mita Station (seven minutes). Also nearby are Tokyo Tower and Shibaura Pier.