I studied Japanese hardcore at ECC a language school in Kanayama.
I moved to the Sakae sharehouse to experience what it was like to live in a Japanese environment, and live a life filled with friends.
The good points of the house include countless parties, bonding moments with members, and quite frankly some of the best friends I ever made in Japan. You can always find someone to talk to, and if you put in the effort, a sense of family is definitely emerges.
The charm of SHN was the ease of use, and the level that business was conducted. They will not treat you as a costumer, but as a friend. Which I find much more appealing. There was even several hilarious moments in which SHN's staff took part in. Trust me, they now how to throw a good party or too.
My best memory in SHN was traveling on trips with the members. If you had the time, there was always an opportunity to have an adventure with familiar faces, period!
If your on the fence on whether or not to stay at SHN, come over and stay I tell you! The locations don't exactly depict the pictures, but I have to tell you the people will more than make up for it. SHN's staff, is absolutely amazing and hardworking. Your roommates will be variable, but your almost guaranteed to have a good time if your sociable and accepting of others! Lastly, don't forget learning Japanese opens more opportunities to experience, but you can get by with just English too! Best of wishes to you fellow foreigners!