Kyoto University Institute for the
Advanced Study of Human Biology


Life at ASHBi

Life at ASHBi
When you join ASHBi, you will be working/studying in Kyoto, a city of about 1.4 million located in the Kansai region almost in the center of the Japanese archipelago. Kyoto has a history of more than 1,200 years and was the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868. Widely considered the center of traditional Japanese culture, crafts such as tea ceremony (sa’do), flower arrangement (ka’do), and textile making are abundant. The city is dotted with about 1,800 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, including world-renowned sites such as Kiyomizu Temple and Fushimi-Inari Shrine. The city is also known as a center of learning, with 38 universities including Kyoto University. See below for information on Kyoto culture and living, immigration procedures, housing and education, and other related topics.


Please refer to the following booklets published by Kyoto University for information on legal procedures required to enter and stay in Japan, as well as information necessary for living in Japan, including housing, daily life, childbirth, education, transportation, and health and so on.

Support Offices of Kyoto University

  • Kyoto University International Service Office

    This office offers assistance and provides information about visa procedures, the application for the university accommodations, and daily life in Japan with Kyoto University’s international Students, researchers and their families.

  • Kyoto University International Education and Student Mobility Division

    In order that visiting international students can fully devote themselves to their study and research, this division provides assistance with various aspects of student life in cooperation with organizations related to international relations within and outside of the university.

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