It is important to keep in mind that JET's in Oita are generally paid closer to the end of the month - you need to bring enough money to cover your costs for you first weeks in Oita. This should include enough money in Japanese Yen to cover your initial set-up costs such as key money (which is usually around 3~5 months rent), food, and other essentials. This can sometimes also include money for welcome parties (enkais).
The Tombo is an English publication produced in Oita. It includes information about local events as well as articles on a variety of topics.
We recommend the AJET Connect Magazine. The magazine is sponsored by the National AJET and brings you content about the ex-pat community in Japan.
Jisho.org is a Japanese dictionary website. One of the most useful functions allows you to draw Japanese characters.
If you have a smartphone we strongly advise you to download the Line app. This is an messenger app similar to the WeChat and Facebook messenger apps and is the primary messenger app in Japan. This app can be used with wifi and to keep in contact with friends and family back home as well as new friends you make in Oita.
If you're coming in the normal July/August arrival groups you will be arriving in the middle of summer. It's going to be hot, and humid. Good antiperspirant can be hard to find so it's definitely worth bringing with you.