Kyoto City JET ALT Apartment Guide
Welcome incoming Kyoto City JET ALTs! This video will explain about your future home and will hopefully make your transition a smooth one. Most ALTs in Kyoto City will live in a UR Apartment building. Located near the entrance of the building will be mailboxes. You will need to purchase a lock. And maybe throw away a few things here as well. Depending on your room number you may need to take an elevator to your floor. Looks like this person lives on the fifth floor. Outside of the apartment door will be a buzzer. If someone needs to reach you from outside they may use this. Let’s talk about the first thing you might see when you enter your new home. As you enter your home you may see a small box on the door. Important mail such as bills or invoices will often go here. Not all UR Apartments will be exactly alike but there will be many similarities. For the kitchen, you will have cupboards and cabinets as well as a space to prepare food and wash dishes. If you would like a microwave or an oven, you will need to purchase one. If you wish to buy one please ask an ALT or ALT staff member for their recommendation. This is the power breaker. You can use this to turn on or shut off electricity to certain rooms. This is the water heater for your sink. You can adjust the temperature of your water here. You will be provided a gas burner to cook food. You can adjust the temperature by turning the knobs. Your gas burner will also come with a broiler to cook fish. If you’re feeling adventurous you might be able to make toast. If you enjoy cooking and studying Japanese it might be a good idea to have a list of certain foods or kitchen tools written in Japanese and English. Let’s move on to the bathroom area. Your toilet in most cases will be in its own room. Above your toilet will be a sink to wash your hands. Near the toilet area will be a washing machine. You will be provided one when you arrive. This may be complicated for you to use so please be sure to ask the ALTs or ALT staff on how to use your machine. A happy washing machine is a clean washing machine so be sure to clean the lint collector after every wash or two. Fabric softeners and laundry detergents can be bought at either your local supermarket or drugstore so would be a good idea to pick some up after you get settled in. Next is the bathroom which will have a sink, a bathtub, and a shower. Japan takes bathing seriously so your bathtub might have some special features. While some things might be straightforward be sure to ask questions so you can use your bathtub to its fullest potential. The next room will be your bedroom and/or living room. Depending on your apartment you may have tatami or wooden floors. Since Kyoto will be very hot and humid when you arrive, your first concern will probably be your air conditioner. Located on your wall should be a remote controller. There are many functions that your air conditioner can do so it will be a good idea to ask questions on how to use it. Last but not least is your futon. Many ALTs have questions about how to properly put on the bed sheets so we have made a short tutorial. Let’s start with the futon you’ll be sleeping on. It should be fairly straightforward. It’s just a matter of sliding on the bed sheets and zipping it up. Not too difficult right? Next is your kakebuton. Putting the sheets on for this futon can be a little tricky. You’ll want to grab a corner from inside the bed sheet. You’ll find a string that you can tie on the corner of the kakebuton. Proceed to tie all of the corners and gradually slide the futon inside the sheet. Give your kakebuton a good shake to straighten it out. And now you’re all done! Humidity can be a huge problem in Japan so it’s a good idea to fold up your futon and put it away in order to avoid mold. Hopefully now you have a better understanding of your new home. If you’re looking to decorate your home we might recommend these stores. Nitori is a popular furniture store in Japan that has an online shop where you can have furniture delivered to you. Yodabashi is a popular electronics store in Japan which sells not only electronics but a variety of other goods for your home. A store is located north of Kyoto Station. You can also purchase items from their online store. There are a variety of grocery stores and supermarkets in Japan but the two you might see the most in Kyoto are Life and Fresco. Aeon Mall is located in several locations across Kyoto and is a good place to start making your home, well, homie. Some important stores to find will be Uniqlo, the Gap clothing store, drug stores such as Dacs, and Kaldi Coffee Farm where you can find foreign goods. The most important store to check out however is Daiso. Before you do any serious shopping it is recommended that you visit this one hundred yen shop to buy essential things for work and home. We hope we could answer your questions about your new home. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Kyoto soon!