• Shopping

    Grocery Stores (1) Super Market The store signs you are most likely to see are San-Aサンエー, which has three large “A”s on a yellow backgro...

  • Child Care

    Child Services and Support from Your Local Government Office Infants and children are entitled to free medical check-ups at your local municipality. ...

  • Phonecalls, TV, Radio

    Communications (1) Making Phone Calls NTT is most widely used for domestic phone calls. You do not need to dial area code (098) for local phone call...

  • Living in a Japanese House/Apartment

    Smell   Most Japanese apartments have walls that quickly absorb odor due to how it is structured. You might get charged for the cleaning fee i...

  • Transportation

    Public Buses There are four main bus companies in Okinawa. Ordinary buses have route numbers, which are coordinated between companies (i.e. ther...

  • Postal/mail Services/Express Courier Services

    Postal service Rescheduling deliveries Japan Post One of the most popular postal/mail Service Company Both domestic and internati...

  • Banking Services

    Nearest Banks and ATMs from OIST   Bank of Okinawa (沖縄銀行) Address: 2491-1 Onna, Onna-son TEL: 098-966-8438 Bank of the Ryuky...

  • Gyms and Swimming Pools

    OIST Gym OIST has it's own gym for OIST employee, student or family members. The OIST gym, located in the Village Center, is open 24...

  • Immunization

    Immunization Children who are registered at their local government office will receive letters from the local government office on vaccinations....

  • Visiting a Doctor

    Visiting a Doctor Many hospitals and clinics do not accept appointments, and service is provided on a first come, first served basis. It is therefore...