ShinjiAlso, if you decide to go, I recommend starting to study Japanese as soon as you can. Few people speak English here, and although you can get by without Japanese, it will be hard to make local friends if you only speak English. I had a pretty good grasp on Japanese before coming and I've been able to learn much faster than my international friends who are just starting out, and make friends with some Japanese people.
Thanks for all the info. I was looking into Hokkaido at Sapporo, so I’m glad you actually went there. I’ll have to ask you more questions when I plan on going.
I am not too worried about the class load and class types. The main reasons for going would be learning/mastering the Japanese language. Knowing Japanese would be great for jobs. I also want to experience the culture and for sure the skiing. Being able to ski 2-3 days a week in japan for a year would be awesome. I’ll look into the resort where you ride as well. In your opinion, is that the best place to ski?
Also, how did you go about setting up this exchange program? This isn’t a study abroad program through my university, so I’d somehow have to do an exchange program but I’m just not sure how those work compared to study abroad