Living in Hiroshima

Life in Hiroshima

We asked some international students the following questions!

What is international student life like? What things will you need? How much is the cost of living?
We asked some of the upper-level international students who came before you to teach us about what international student life is actually like!

4 appeals of studying in Hiroshima!!

Appeal1: An environment where students can study feeling reassured

In Hiroshima, students can concentrate on their studies feeling reassured thanks to the warm weather throughout the year with little damage from earthquakes and typhoons, not to mention its low crime rate.
In addition, they can keep living costs relatively low compared to metropolitan areas such as Tokyo and Osaka.

Appeal2: Students can enjoy both the city life and nature

Hiroshima, the largest city in the Chugoku Region, has plenty of places to shop and hang out and is very convenient with extensive transportation systems. And on the other hand, it also has many places to appreciate the nature such as beaches and mountains.

Appeal3: Good food

You can enjoy all kinds of food unique to Hiroshima such as Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, oysters, maple leaf-shaped steamed buns called momiji-manju, and dipping noodles called tsukemen.

Photo: courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture
Photo: courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture
Photo: courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture
Photo: courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture
Appeal4: Many fun events and tourist sites

Hiroshima has many different seasonal events and festivals.
Hiroshima is also appealing to those who want to enjoy sports and entertainment, with a domestically-popular professional baseball team (the Hiroshima Toyo Carp) and a professional soccer team (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), both based in the prefecture, not to mention a professional orchestra (the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra) which is rarely based in rural areas.

How to spend a holiday

Here we will introduce you to what these international students in Hiroshima do on their days off.

Spends holidays watching the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, her/his favorite baseball team, playing
I love baseball and often go to the Mazda Stadium to support the Toyo Carps who are based in Hiroshima, which I consider my adopted hometown. The stadium is easy of access, being only about a ten-minute walk from Hiroshima Station, and is clean and I can really enjoy myself when I go to see the games. I really love cheering loudly for the team and banging the cheering bats with other fans. I have plans today, too to go and see a game at the Mazda Stadium with a friend.
Hiroshima Toyo Carp Fan Appreciation Day
Through Karate
I chose Hiroshima as the place for studying in Japan. Besides studying and doing part-time jobs, I learn karate on holidays. I sometimes do karate demonstrations at interchanging events with my karate teacher and friends who I learn karate with. Through karate, I have been able to interact with Japanese people and it has helped me to deeply understand the Japanese culture.
Started learning Karate after coming to Hiroshima

Hiroshima Dialect

Depending on the region, there are differences in the Japanese language used, and these differences are referred to as dialects.
Hiroshima also has its own dialect, which is called “Hiroshima-ben”.

The Hiroshima Study Abroad Ambassadors have posted an article about their experiences in Hiroshima!