8 thoughts on “VIDEO: Awaji Island, my home on the JET Program

  1. Hello! First of all, I just wanted to say I really love your posts. I’ve been thinking of teaching in Japan after college and your blog has really inspired me to do it. Do you need to be proficient in Japanese to join the JET Program?

    • I really I appreciate the compliment. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I would recommend looking into applying for the JET Program during your senior year in college. Applications are generally due around December 1st each year. To answer your question, No, you do not need to be proficient in Japanese. There are many people who have zero background in the language who were accepted onto JET. Of course, it’s definitely beneficial to take an entry level class, or a little self study, before your interview in order to show how strong your desire is to teach in Japan. Best of luck!

  2. Hey man, cool video. What camera did you use? I appreciated the thought and skill that went into this :)

  3. Hi Stephen! I’m heading to Osaka in 2 weeks and would really like to make a trip to Awaji as well. However, I can’t seem to find a lot of information on how to get around in Awaji. Are buses frequent or Is driving the only option? I would like to check out Yumebutai Gardens, Awaji Hanasajiki, Awaji Country Garden and taste their famous Awaji burger.

    • You can take a bus directly to Yumebutai Garden from Maiko Station or Sannonomiya Station. Here is a link from the Westin Hotel which is part of Yumebutai: http://www.westin-awaji.com/en/pdf/maiko.pdf There are other helpful schedules here: http://www.westin-awaji.com/en/access.html
      As far as getting to Hanasajiki, I don’t know if buses go there. But you can always take a taxi. If you are craving a burger, and can’t make it to Awaji Country Garden, then I suggest “Awajishima Burger” which is actually located off the island, just minutes from Nishinomiya JR station. All the ingredients are from Awaji Island. Enjoy your travels!

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