• Living in a Japanese House/Apartment

    Smell Most Japanese apartments have walls that quickly absorb odor due to their structure. You might get charged the cleaning fee if the smell trans...

  • 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 its own gym for OIST employees, students, or family members. The OIST gym, located in the Village Center, is open ...

  • 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...

  • Pension

      Pension Everyone in Japan from 20 to 60 years of age regardless your nationality, must pay into the National Pension Scheme. If you are ...

  • The Education System

    Schools Around OIST Learn more about schools around OIST   General Japanese Education System The Japanese education system consists of kinder...

  • Basic Information about Schools in Okinawa

    Schooling and Child Care in Okinawa For many OIST members with children, understanding the different schooling and childcare options available is a cr...