I stay at Yamazato Koryu Kaikan, the all male dorm. It has three floors, the top two floors are ten individual rooms with a shared shower and laundry room. The private rooms come with a toilet, bed and futon with blankets, sheets, and a pillow that you should probably replace unless you like something that feels like bean pellets. There is a desk, lots of shelf space and a closet. It’s more room than the two person dorm I stayed at in america. Each room also comes with its own a/c and heating unit. Which is great because most of the building doesn’t have heat and no insulation.
the shared shower room has a door that separates two rooms, one has a bath and the other is just a shower. The shower is big and has it’s own door and has a tiny walkway as you enter where you can store your stuff that also has a door you can lock to keep it private. The bad thing is the room itself doesn’t have heat so when you get out of the hot shower it’s not the most pleasant.
The first floor is the shared kitchen and leaving room. The leaving area has a heater but the rest of the first floor does not, so it is suggested that you close the doors to the leaving room when the heater is own to save heat.There is one shard TV, a microwave, three refrigerators and three rice cookers to be used.
The dorm has no curfew but visitors are not allowed upstairs for any reason, over night guests are not allowed and guests must leave by eleven. But having no curfew makes life much easier and exploring really simple. The second night here there was a party and that’s when I discovered that alcohol is okay to have in the dorms as well.
The dorm is explicitly for international students and there are four Japanese students that live with us to help us adjust to the culture and find our way around. usually there is a staff worker in an office that can help answer question for you but it’s best just to ask the Japanese students.
Important to note i that there are around six trash cans all for different things as sorting garbage is very important in japan. One for combustibles, non-combustibles, plastics, bottles, litter containers, and compost,
because of the shared living area, most of the students get along well as we are some of the only English communication that can be found. that’s it for the Yamazato dorm.