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Extracurricular Activities

What are Extracurricular Activities? (Student Union Club Activities)

University education has two aspects: curricular and extracurricular education. Curricular education refers to education and research conducted within the educational program, and extracurricular education refers to activities outside the program. Here, we mainly describe the club activities of the Student Union.
The University values extracurricular activities to such an extent that they are considered to go together inseparably with curricular activities like the two wheels of a vehicle.
Extracurricular activities allow students to take action spontaneously or as a team. They are a great opportunity to nurture autonomy and cooperation, giving students a self-engendered awareness of responsibilities and duties. Our view is that extracurricular activities are very beneficial in enhancing the self and in personal development during a certain time in one’s youth.
We recommend that students should join club activities in order to lead a fulfilling student life.

Authorized Groups

The Student Union

The Student Union is the ‘autonomous student organization’ authorized by the University. It was established with the aim of 'striving to foster culture and sports based upon the spirit of independence and to contribute to the creative development of Okayama University’. It is operated by the students themselves.
The University offers various kinds of support including use of on-campus facilities and lending rooms, etc. for the purpose of fostering the activities of the Student Union.

Organization of the Student Union Illustrated

The Student Union:Cultural associations 47 clubs,Sports associations 47 clubs,Medical School branch 34 clubs,Dental School branch 7 clubs,Branch of the Evening Course of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics 2 clubs

[As of February, 2017]

Other authorized groups

There are circles of like-minded people authorized by the University, not belonging to the Student Union and formed by people who share the same hobbies.

Facilities for Extracurricular Activities

Tsushima campus (excluding the University Union (Central Hall) and boarding houses) and off-campus facilities

Place Facility name Administrative office Overview of the facility
Tsushima campus Joint facilities for circles Academic Affairs Department Culture-related clubs and sports-related clubs use the culture-related building of 2,632 ㎡ (three-story), sports-related building of 582 ㎡ (three buildings of two stories), and the training building of 523 ㎡ (one-story).
Gym (Shimizu Memorial Gymnasium) Academic Affairs Department The Gym was established in memory of the University’s second President Tomihide Shimizu.
In the building of 1,508 ㎡ are: two volleyball courts, six badminton courts, two basketball courts, & a set of gymnastic equipment. The badminton club, gymnastic club, and cheer leaders use the gym.
The Second Gym Academic Affairs Department In the building of 1,440 ㎡ are: two volleyball courts, six badminton courts, two basketball courts, a set of gymnastic equipment. The badminton club, basketball club, handball club use the Second Gym.
The First Gym Academic Affairs Department The Karate Club and the Shorinji Kempo Club use the building of 400 ㎡ (one-story).
The Second Gym Academic Affairs Department The ancient Japanese martial arts club, the Aikido club & the Tae Kwon Do club use the building of 575 ㎡ (one-story).
Athletic Field Academic Affairs Department The Track and Field Club uses this field of 14,883 ㎡. The field is equipped with the night lighting system and the field is used by the Rugby Club and the American Football Club.
Baseball Ground Academic Affairs Department Its area is 10,909 ㎡, and it is used for baseball by the Hardball Club, the Semi-Hardball Club, and the Softball Club.
Handball Court Academic Affairs Department Its area is 1,373 ㎡, and it is used by the Handball Club.
Hardball Tennis Court Academic Affairs Department Four courts and cork boards (for personal practice) are installed within an area of 3,400 ㎡, and are is used by the Tennis Club.
Softball Tennis Court Academic Affairs Department Four courts and cork boards (for personal practice) are installed within an area of 3,107 ㎡, and it is used by the Soft Tennis Club.
Boxing Practice Area Academic Affairs Department It has a floor area of 150 ㎡, and it is used by the Boxing Club.
The Japanese Archery Court Academic Affairs Department It has an authentic range and a target area of 71㎡, and it is used by the Japanese Archery Club.
The Soccer Ground Academic Affairs Department It has an area of 9,555 ㎡, and it is used by the Soccer Club, Men’s Lacrosse Club, and the Women’s Lacrosse Club.
The Riding Ground Academic Affairs Department The Riding Club possesses many obstacles for show jumping in the ground of 4,225㎡, which it uses for activities.
The Automobile Practice Ground Academic Affairs Department The Automobile Club possesses several automobiles for practice use in the ground of 1,200㎡.
The Swimming Pool Academic affairs Department It is equipped with a 25-meter pool, dressing rooms, and resting rooms, etc
The Multi-Purpose Ground, The Archery Ground Academic Affairs Department There is a practice ground of 1,520 ㎡, and it is used by the Archery Club.
Outside the University The Boathouse Academic Affairs Department We possess an area of 841 ㎡, a building of 579 ㎡, and about 10 craft in the Okimoto area close to the estuary of the Hyakken-gawa River.
The Yacht House Academic Affairs Department We have a yacht house in Ushimado, in the Seto Inland Sea National Park, and we possess about 10 yachts.
Tsushima Campus The Gymnasium (Gymnastic Room, Kendo Training Hall, Judo Hall, and Dance Hall) Faculty of Education The Judo Hall and the Kendo Training Hall are on the first floor of the building of 2,073㎡, and two Volleyball Courts and the Dance Hall are on the second floor. The Judo Club, the Kendo Club, and the Dance Club use this Gymnasium.
Students’ Branch Facility of the Evening Course Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Economics The facility of 436㎡ is used by the Student Union Clubs of the Evening Course.

Other than this, on the Tsushima campus, the ground of the Faculties of Letters, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Economics; and the ground of the Faculty of Agriculture are used by the Softball Club.
Also, the Shikata Campus has such facilities as the Baseball Ground, Tennis Courts, Japanese Archery Court, Gymnasium, and Martial Arts Stadium, etc.

Tsushima Campus (University Union, Central Hall)

The University Union (Central Hall) has the following facilities.

Classification of Facilities Floors Capacity (number of people)
Facilities for extracurricular activities Hall First floor 300
Grand Assembly Room Second floor 70
First North Assembly Room 15
Second North Assembly Room 20
Third North Assembly Room 20
First South Assembly Room 15
Second South Assembly Room 20
Third South Assembly Room 20
Fourth South Assembly Room 20
Japanese Room 30
Student Planning Room 10
Social Facilities Tea Room First floor First floor 88
Lounge
Administrative facilities Admissions Center First floor
Entrance Examination Division
Center for Student Support
Self-Study Space (Waku2 Square 2)
  • Opening Hours / Closed Days of the Central Hall
    Opening hours: 9:00~21:00
    Closed days: Sunday, holidays, general summer closed days, year-end and year-beginning holidays
  • Use of Facilities
    Enquire at the Student Support Office, Academic Affairs Department, General Education Building A, 2nd Fl..

Boarding House

We have a boarding house for authorized groups of students to have experience boarding.

Floor plan of the Boarding House(Japanese Room,Doorway,Shower Room,Restroom,Conference Room,Hall)

Mountain Cottage

We have 'Mt. Daisen Cottage' in Daisen Town, Saihaku County, Tottori Prefecture; with a capacity of 20 people. It is used as a rest haven in magnificent nature.
The rate is 300 yen per night. Bring a sleeping bag, etc.
Bring kerosene for stoves during the winter because there is no gas station near the cottage.

Application for Using Extracurricular Facilities

Applications for using the following extracurricular facilities are accepted at the Student Support Office, Academic Affairs Department, General Education Building A, 2nd Fl.

  • sports facilities on the Tsushima campus (gymnasiums and grounds, etc.)
  • Student Union (Central Hall)
  • Boarding House
  • Mountain Cottage

※ Applications for the facilities on the Shikata Campus should be made to the respective Academic Affairs Divisions of the Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Application for Using Facilities to Lend

Student Support Office, Academic Affairs Department, General Education Building A, 2nd Fl. lends out facilities to be used for extracurricular activities including: tents, long desks, folding chairs, cord reels, amplifiers, microphones, stopwatches, line markers, bicycle trailers, rubber boots, and cleaning equipment.
Lending is on a reservation basis, so plan ahead and make an application to the Student Support Office.

  • Website for Extracurricular Activities
    URL:http://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/tp/life/seikatu_b7.html
  • Enquiries
    Cultural Associations and Sports Associations:Student Support Office, Academic Affairs Department, General Education Building A, 2nd Fl. (Tsushima campus)
    Medical School Branch Association and Dental School Branch Association:The Student Affairs Division, Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Shikata Campus (Administration Office Building, 1st Fl.)
    Branch Association for Evening Course of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics Counter:Faculty of Letters, Law & Economics Building 1, 1st Fl. (Tsushima Campus)