Homestay, also known as my introduction to Japan and one of the best things I’ve ever done. I was extraordinarily lucky in the figurative homestay lottery because I got the best host family ever, and your mileage may vary, but I think everyone who can do a homestay should. It gives you a better, more rounded perspective, living with a family in a proper home. It’s a very good experience to have.
Now I could just sit here and ramble on… or I could share some pictures from my host family’s house. They have a really, really nice house and they’re kind of old school in a lot of ways. Everything I know about more traditional Japanese family life I learned from living with them.
So homestay. Do it. It’s awesome.