Our location: Atami City & Tokyo
When learning cuisine, the environment is very important. Using fresh ingredients, vegetables that grew taking sunlight, seafood delivered from the port every morning, freshwater filtered through the mountains... Well, the City of Atami offers an ideal place to learn authentic Japanese cuisine as it was born and cultivated, in a close connection with nature. Atami, Shizuoka prefecture, is where JCI’s main school is located.
Atami is also known for sulfate and salt-rich hot springs and keeps its relaxed environment and authentic Japanese culture that cannot be found in metropolitan cities like Tokyo, Yokohama or Osaka.
It takes about 40 minutes to reach Atami from Tokyo (Shinagawa Station) by "Shinkansen" (the Japanese bullet train).
In addition to the JCI’s main school in Atami, JCI organize various lessons at top-quality and popular Japanese restaurants in Tokyo metropolitan city.
ATAMI City, Shizuoka Prefecture
The Shizuoka prefecture is blessed with a diverse climate including Mt. Fuji which is the highest in Japan and Suruga Bay which is the deepest in Japan, and a variety of high-quality agricultural, forestry, and fishery products are being produced.
Clearwater that springs from the Mt. Fuji watercourse, Soils that are rich in minerals, excellent in drainage, water retention, breathability and fertilization, sunshine and drainage, and climate at 50 meters above sea level are also optimal for agriculture. It is no wonder that it boasts the top nationwide in the number of agricultural, forestry and fishery products produced, and the number of awards by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Shizuoka is a treasure trove of ingredients rich in both quantity and quality--so to speak, "the kingdom of ingredients". In addition, it boasts more than 40% production of Japanese tea as the tea production area.
It enjoys fresh seafood landing at Atami Port and Mizuho Port each morning, and it has been prospering in tourism with high-quality hot spring resort since ancient times. There are many restaurants that take pride in the taste that follow traditional recipes. In addition, the culture of sweets is rooted in tea consumption in the travelers' inns, and there are several Japanese sweets shops that manufacture sweets following methods since its foundation 100 years ago. Atami's fireworks festival is also famous, not just in the summer but throughout the year as well.
TOKYO Metropolitan City
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As Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis, Tokyo offers tradition and innovation and unlimited opportunities to eat, shop and explore.
Tokyo is located on Tokyo Bay in the Kanto region of Honshu, Japan’s largest island.
Tokyo is known for its fashion and shopping, from the trendy shopping districts of Harajuku and Shibuya, to the luxury flagships of Ginza
Shinjuku is the thriving business district; a mix of gleaming skyscrapers and atmospheric back streets with tiny bars. Asakusa is the heart of Tokyo’s downtown, with ancient temples and traditional stores. Tokyo is a foodie paradise with more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world, along with hundreds of reasonable and delicious ramen shops.