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Life in Kanazawa

Kanazawa City

Kanazawa University is located in Kanazawa, a city with a stimulating environment that has both traditional style and a modern sense of energy. With its history as one of Japan’s leading towns built around a castle, Kanazawa has cultivated an atmosphere that cares deeply about culture. The rich expression and striking character of the city continue to thrill not only visitors from Japan but those from abroad as well.

Kanazawa city has a population of over 450,000. It is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, and is also one of the nation’s key cities along the Sea of Japan in the realms of administration, economy, education, and culture, among others. Kanazawa’s wealth of nature is beautifully expressed in each of the clearly distinct four seasons, highlighting the many faces of this castle town. Kanazawa may be the city with the best environment for students wishing to come directly in contact with Japanese culture during their stay here,


Students' Living Expenses

Living expenses for Kanazawa University students living away from home will differ significantly depending upon their type of residence. Students also vary widely in their living styles and the amount of money they control: some receive hardly any allowances from their family and live on their scholarships or income from part-time jobs, while others may receive over 100,000 yen a month from their families even exclusive of rent.
The types of jobs and the working hours are regulated under law for international students seeking part-time jobs in Japan. It must also be noted that language ability may pose difficulties in finding part-time work.
Standard monthly living expenses in Kanazawa can be considered to be from around 80,000 to 100,000 yen.

  • Rent 30,000 to 50,000 yen
  • Electricity, water, and other utilities about 10,000 yen
  • Health insurance 1,600 yen
  • Food expenses 25,000 to 30,000 yen
  • Miscellaneous expenses 30,000 to 40,000 yen


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