General life information

Utsunomiya’s climate, temperature

Utsunomiya has four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter, average temperature is as follows.
°c Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
8.3 9.1 12.6 18.5 22.5 25.2 28.7 30.5 26.4 20.9 15.5 10.7
33.9 42.9 88.4 120.5 146.6 174.7 205.8 209.8 220.4 146.5 68.1 35.5

Brief introduction of Japan

Food culture: Sushi, sashimi, ramen, udon, beef bowl.
Amusement park, World Heritage Nikko, Higashi Shrine, Hikaruyama Shrine,
Leisure facilities: Disneyland, Odaiba, Fuji-Q Highland, Utsunomiya Zoo, Nikko Edo Village, Osaka UFJ, Yokohama Hakkeijima, Yokohama Chinatown,
Festivals: Utsunomiya Palace Festival, Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival, Asakusa Three Company Festival 100 yen SHOP: Living Food, Supplies
Vending machine: drinking water, confectionery, tobacco, ice cream, daily necessities
Convenience stores: Lawson, Seven Eleven, FamilyMart, Sunkus and others.

Price of daily living goods

From April 1, 2014, the consumption tax in Japan has reached 8%.
Below is the price of main necessities.
Item average price
Rice 5kg 2000 yen
Water 2L 108 yen
Milk 2L 156 yen
Chicken egg pack 120 yen
Plain bread 1 piece 108 yen
Cabbage 1 piece 150 yen
Pork 100g 108yen
Cup noodles 1 piece 108 yen
Hamburger 1 piece 120 yen
Note 2 volumes 108 yen
Newspaper fee 1 month 3250 yen
Toilet paper 12 rolls 298 yen
Shampoo 500 mL 298 yen
Bowl 1 piece 108 yen

About address change

From 9th July 2012, foreign residents will also be subject to the Basic Resident Register System. From this, “Resident’s card” will be created in the municipal district where the foreigner lives. Also, in the Basic Resident Register System, when foreign residents also move to another city / town / village, they make a notice of transfer in the city / town / village where they live, and also make a notification of transfer to the new residence It is necessary to have you go in a city town where it is.

Important points

Upon notification of the transfer, “City Council” will be issued from the city district. When transferring to a new municipal town, within 14 days after setting the address, you will bring this “transfer certificate” and submit a transfer notice. When changing the address within the same municipality, it is necessary to report the change of residence to the city / district where you live. When leaving Japan and living overseas, in principle it is necessary to report the change in the municipal office where you live. Please bring one of your residence card, special permanent residence and accident certificate at the time of notification of transfer or notification of transfer.

Student discount commuter pass

To reduce the transportation expenses, a commuter ticket is convenient. You can use the nearest station of the school from the nearest station where you live, any number of times. Students of a study abroad visa can purchase a student discount commuter pass. ※ Do not lend or give a commutation ticket to another person.


Commuting by bicycle is the most convenient in Utsunomiya city and many students purchase immediately after entering Japan. The school has a public parking lot. Be sure to register crime prevention (500 yen) when purchasing a bicycle. Please do not ride on neglected or bicycles who are not in the name of yourself. When getting a bicycle from a friend, please get a bike and a receipt together, go to a bicycle store and change the name.
  • Bicycles are “light vehicles” under the Road Traffic Law. Penalties may be imposed if you do violate it.
  • Drive along the left side of the roadway
  • The pedestrian takes priority on pedestrian and slowly goes to the side of the road
  • Observe safety rules.

Living / shared manners

In the dormitory of Saint Mary Japanese Language Institute, there is a full-time manager, so we will sunset students’ daily life. Carefully teach me how to live in Japan. How to dispose garbage varies depending on each region, but in every region the place to throw away and the day of the week (time) are decided according to the type of garbage. Smoking is also possible only in designated places. Let’s preserve rules and manners and live.

Respond when disaster

Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. The following are basic actions to be taken in the event of a disaster such as a fire or an earthquake. Please read carefully and try to keep your awareness of disaster prevention high from day to day.

Three major principles when fires occur

1. Initial extinguishment
Try to extinguish the initial fire with a nearby fire extinguisher · indoor fire hydrant. It is the limit if a flame burns to the ceiling. Please evacuate.
2. Report number 119
Even with a small fire, report 119 immediately. Tell the location accurately without panic.
3. Induction of evacuation
Move evacuation by campus broadcast or loud voice. Life first.

Three major principles on earthquake occurrence

1. Secure yourself
(Keep yourself safe anyway by hiding under a desk etc.) If you are outdoors, keep away from the building. Cracked glass and signboards will fall.
2. Turn off the fire
(If you are using fire around, immediately turn it off.) If you are beginning to burn fire initial fire extinguishing activity (fire extinguisher / fire hydrant / 119 notification)
3. Relief and relief
(There are not any injured people in the vicinity, discovery and rescue. Loudly confirm your safety. Injury treatment. Great injury calls an ambulance.)

School nearby hospital

There is a comprehensive hospital near the school, it is convenient.
If you get sick you may have to go to the hospital.
In doing so, please do not forget to bring the national health insurance and identification card to the hospital without fail.
– Utsunomiya Memorial Hospital
Gastroenterology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, emergency department, respiratory medicine department
Address: 1-3-16 Odori Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi Prefecture
Phone number: 028-622-1991
Reception hours: Weekdays 8:00-17:30 (Sat) 8:00-12:00
Website:Utsunomiya memorial hospital website
– Utsunomiya Central Hospital
Internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, orthopedics, circulatory internal medicine
Address: 2-1-1 Higashisukoigo, Utsunomiya city, Tochigi ken
Phone number: 028-635-1110
Reception hours: Weekdays 9:00-16:30
Website: Utsunomiya Central Hospital website
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