Studying Japanese is very useful for living in Japan. J SELECT features Japanese language schools in the greater Tokyo area that offer short-term courses suitable for foreign residents of Japan, such as businesspeople or spouses and children of expatriates. These include courses on business Japanese or preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Here are some of the best schools in Tokyo.
EDOGAWA INTERNATIONAL JAPANESE SCHOOL
Shinozaki-cho, Edogawa-ku, where the school is located, is an area where Tokyo’s traditional culture, beauty and technology coexist. Prices are low and there are many green spaces nearby. We offer a place where you can study Japanese in a calm environment, still able to feel nature even while being in the heart of the city. We are in a very convenient location with easy access to Akihabara and Shinjuku by train. The educational policies of our school are as follows:
- Cultivation of a free and creative international community of students who are familiar with the world.
- Cultivation of human resources to contribute to the understanding and development of Japanese culture.
Although we have only recently opened in 2018, our principal has over 35 years of experience in Japanese language education and will provide guidance so that Japanese can be learned more effectively by our students. In terms of our school’s culture, staff with more than 30 years of experience will be more than happy to help however they can. Our school is a five-minute walk from Shinozaki Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line, and students can purchase a commuter pass if they use the Toei Shinjuku Line or Toei Bus. Our school offers a commuter pass at about 55 percent of the regular commuter pass price. Many Japanese schools cannot use a commuter pass, so this is just another great reason to join us here. We look forward to having you!
Our school was established to develop truly global-minded people. We welcome students from all over the world, set a goal of comprehensive understanding of different cultures, and operate our program with that purpose. In our program, you will learn the basic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking separately. We strive to develop one’s communication ability through group work and research learning. Therefore, we provide many opportunities for exchanges, such as experiences of Japanese culture, tours and listening to people in the fields of the real world.
There are one-month (four-week), three-month (12-week) and six-month (24-week) courses. Basic cultural experience classes (flower arrangement, tea ceremony, etiquette courses and more) are included.
EDOGAWA INTERNATIONAL JAPANESE SCHOOL
Adress: 7-14-21 Shinozaki cho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Hotsuma International Tokyo School
Our school not only improves students’ Japanese language skills, but also communication skills through group activities in the class. Additionally, our school distributes a laptop (chromebook) to every student for free and uses them to provide students ICT education to learn presentation skills and Japanese keyboard input for their future after graduation. We have students from various nations, so we set a learning environment where they study Japanese in Japanese with students who originally speak different languages. We also help them learn the Japanese manners for ease in adapting to the Japanese lifestyle.
Our group has four Japanese language schools across Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Gifu). We are cooperating with our other schools to share information about lessons and schools to advance our practices. Each school works to modify the lessons and we combine the best of each, allowing us to not be too much like a “typical Japanese class.”
Ordinary students who doesn’t have N3 or more study basic level classes with “みんなの日本語 (Minna no Nihongo)” for a year, even if you had already learned before. this is for getting used to the Japanese class by Japanese teachers and acquiring certain basic Japanese language skills for their future life in Japan. After basic level classes, we offer classes divided by Japanese language needs like reading, kanji, writing, speaking and listening to advance to the school you want to attend.
In our classes, three to four students get together and do various activities. Therefore students can get more opportunities to listen and speak in Japanese than general Japanese lessons with textbooks. This creates opportunities to talk with classmates out of class and steadily improve Japanese communication. This cycle provides you with an exciting experience. We can arrange sightseeing or activities as school events for your short-term stay with Hotsuma. Please let us know what you would like to do with us.
Hotsuma International Tokyo School
Adress: 4-30-19, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
UJS Language School
Since it’s the establishment in 1986 in Roppongi in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, students of all nationalities study in the same classroom surrounded by internationally famous icons, such as Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. UJS considers speaking, reading, listening and writing the cornerstones of communication ability. To improve their students’ communication skills efficiently, UJS follows a well-balanced curriculum and teaching strategy at all times. Due to the development of global economics, student goals have become highly diversified.To maintain high satisfaction from all students, UJS provides not only qualified Japanese education, but also individualized career support. UJS opens the door to all learners from all counties.
UJS is a long-established language school in Tokyo. As a pioneer of Japanese language schools, UJS always has continuously tried new things, such as training Japanese language teachers, private lessons and Japanese lessons for corporations. UJS possesses considerable knowledge and experience relating to Japanese language education. Although one of the largest schools in the Roppongi area, UJS takes special care in looking after its students. All UJS staff are enthusiastic and friendly, and always thinking about their students’ future goals. Additionally, UJS conducts school events, including field trips and speech contests. Through these events, students are able to learn Japanese culture and customs and build lasting relationships.
UJS bases its curriculum on its teaching philosophy. Developing global human resources for the real world is the school’s mission. Therefore, the curriculum is designed for proceeding to higher education and the real business world. Over the last 30 years, UJS has maintained the belief that the most important part of learning a new language is improving communication. To improve Japanese proficiency quickly and efficiently, UJS provides a well-balanced curriculum to improve the four pillars of communication: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Teaching not only Japanese knowledge, but encouraging students to put their language skills to use in Japanese society. There are four entrance periods each year for long-term courses. Other courses are available year-round. You can study any course that matches your level.
The short-term course is an attractive course for learners who aim to acquire Japanese over a brief period, and many students are very satisfied. Students of the short-term course study with other international students intent on going to university. These courses have a much more diverse student body. Students may find their common language is Japanese in facilitating language development. Classes are divided by level into small groups of 15 to 20. Students are able to join classes that are both challenging and educational. Our short-term courses start from one month making it risk-free and easy.
UJS Language Institute
Adress: 3-3-29 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Toyo Language School is a school that teaches students with our original education system called “JCT education system.” It consists of three steps; JJM (Monitoring), Counseling and Target-setting. By taking our JJ monitoring (test), students can check their Japanese ability, and by analysis of their results with homeroom teachers, they can set new targets every three months. We are not simply teaching Japanese, but as TLS has the goal to educate humanity, we consider the activities very important because play integrates learning. At TLS, students will meet Japan from many different angles and to learn Japanese at different places. They will then be stimulated, made aware and grow. Enjoy the wonderful life of overseas study that will be the key to Japanese improvement.
To follow the JCT education system, we provide a counselling sheet as an analysis tool for all students each term. Counseling sheets enable students to know their strengths and weaknesses in detail. For students who know their own weak points and want to overcome them, elective classes in a relevant field are recommended. Classes are organized from beginner to intermediate level to assist students in their weak areas, such as grammar, the use of particles or kanji characters, and students can see how their progress. We believe that Japanese study is not only to remember vocabulary and grammar. In order to learn Japanese well, the experience about trying to tell or let someone understand are good ways. Students in intermediate levels are looking for themes to make posters and learn how to communicate in Japanese through team projects. At the end of the project, they will have an opportunity to present to Japanese guests.
In addition to basic proficiency in grammar and vocabulary, the TLS curriculum is intended to make use of prior learning by engaging regularly in tasks that combine at least two of the four skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading. Through the TLS teaching method, students improve their practical Japanese language abilities, progressing from the more basic “I understand” to the more advanced “I can use it.” We have four levels for basic Japanese classes; Let’s start, Take a step forward, Make human relationships and Send information. Each class takes at least three months to be complete and it helps students to see their goals clearly. Once students can comprehend basic Japanese, they move forward to advanced levels and try to get high scores at EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students) and pass high JLPT levels to enter higher education institutions.
Short-term study with an eye to future studying in Japan, brush up before Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) or the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), improvement of communication skills and Japanese culture experience, there are so many things to learn even in a period of three months. We perform counseling to each student, even short-term international students, and we really hope you make use of this valuable opportunity of studying in Japan. It should be noted that a student visa is not needed for stays of less than three months. You are allowed to stay in Japan as a temporary visitor. (Depending on whether the country or region has visa exemption measures) Also, we are providing on-line classes in order to adapt to a new lifestyle. If you would like to have some information to consider studying in Japan in the future or to experience Japanese language classes even if you are not in Japan. You can take a free trial lesson. We offer support for various purposes and goals that are closely engaged with school classes.
TOYO LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Address: 7-6-3 Nishi-Kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School
We are a conversation-focussed school with lessons conducted in a way to especially develop speaking ability. Our motto is “Let’s learn Japanese that you can actually use” and here at Tokyo Cocoro, we live by this motto. We also offer two extracurricular activities per term, totalling eight immersive Japanese experiences per year! Our teachers are extremely well qualified, for example one of our teachers used to teach Japanese at a university in the UK. On top of this, all of our teachers care very strongly about our students and do their very best to make sure the students are constantly growing. This carries over as far as aiding students in finding jobs and helping them on their path to higher education. Our school also offers support for students, such as helping a student who has just arrived in Japan to settle into Japanese student life, finding accommodation and part time jobs, providing assistance at the ward office and more!
- No Desks! Conversational practice three to four times per day in settings that you will actually come across during daily life in Japan.
- Every day, we revise what was learned in class the previous day.
- Our main focus is not on just passing tests to progress onto higher education.
- Although preparation is done for tests like the JLPT exams and more,.classes for the other three skills (reading, writing and listening) are also studied extensively, as well as fun and interesting classes outside of the academic setting of desk learning.
- Our one-year course will bring your Japanese ability to roughly JLPT N3/4 level, while the two-year course curriculum aims for JLPT N2/1.
- Our curriculum also includes Japanese for business, job hunting, interviews with Japanese people, doing presentations based on topics decided and researched by the students, and more!
- Short-term course students will be put into the same class together with the long-term students.
- Students will be put into a class level suited to their current Japanese ability.
- We also accept enrolment for long vacations such as summer and winter breaks.
- Students are able to learn a useful amount of Japanese in the short-term course.
Tokyo Cocoro Japanese Language School
Address: 3-25-2 Tokiwadai Itabashi-ku Tokyo
KAI Japanese Language School
Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a highly reputable, immersive Japanese language school located in Tokyo, Japan. Since our foundation, we’ve attracted students from over 120 countries who find a fun and challenging learning experience at KAI. We continuously strive to improve course materials, adopt and develop new learning methods and present our findings within the Japanese language learning community. We also value and protect diversity, discourage discrimination and support our students regarding health, continuing education and career guidance. Whether short-term or long-term, for fun or finding work in Japan, the staff and teachers at KAI welcome you and support your Japanese language learning needs!
Located in Tokyo, and within walking distance of Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world, surrounded by great shopping, restaurants and entertainment. We are proud of our well-balanced international student body, always having students from over 40 nationalities at any moment, with more than half from Western countries. KAI is accredited by IALC and Nisshinkyo (The Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education), as well as certified to meet the requirements of ISO 29991:2014. In 2015, KAI introduced the KAI DLS (Digital Learning System) using iPads and original digital teaching materials to provide classes with a focus on active learning. Thanks to our five years of experience in implementing a variety of digital education methods, we have been able to provide the same high quality education in our online classes that we started due to the coronavirus, and this is what sets us apart from other schools by far.
We offer both comprehensive Japanese language courses for long-term students and conversation-based Japanese language courses for short-term students year-round. KAI summer Japanese language courses include Grammar & Conversation, JLPT Preparation, and our Teen Program to give younger students (aged 13-17) an immersive Japanese language learning experience in Tokyo. Private Japanese language lessons are also available for both individuals and corporate clients. For those who are unable to come to Japan, KAI Japanese Language School offers an “Online Study Abroad” option, which allows you to take the general course online (by Zoom) from abroad. In addition to learning Japanese intensively from your home, you will also study in the same class as other students living in Japan, so you can simulate studying in Japan. Also, when you come to Japan, you can seamlessly continue your studies from the previous level of the online study abroad program.
The Practical Conversation Course is a conversation-based course which focuses on improving learner’s Japanese conversation skills in a fun, flexible and efficient manner and is also available for short-term students. Students have the option to choose materials in either hiragana (Japanese) or roman alphabet, so they can quickly begin using Japanese in conversation. Summer courses are held in August every year, offering Japanese language lessons mixed with traditional and modern activities around the Tokyo metropolitan area. Enjoy your summer in Tokyo at KAI! Teens (aged 13-17) interested in studying Japanese in Japan will enjoy the safe and fun KAI Summer Teen Program, which includes Japanese language lessons, accommodations, activities, breakfasts and dinners, as well as transportation to and from the airport and around Tokyo during the stay.
KAI Japanese Language School
Adress: Miyuki Bldg., 1-15-18, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku
YU Language Academy
Our school has been certified by the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau. Students in this school come from over 18 different countries including Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Malaysia, Philippine, China, America, France, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Iraq. They study Japanese, and enjoy themselves by experiencing Japanese culture at the same time. Our Tokyo campus is the only school in Tokyo with a tea ceremony room and traditional Japanese garden. We also arrange international exchange events and excursions to help students strengthen their Japanese skills through conversation and cultural experience. ‘Learning’ is not only limited to in-class lessons but also happens through life experience. We do all we can to support those who work hard to achieve their goals! In addition to Tokyo campuses, we also have a campus in Sapporo. “Study Hard! Learn Fun! This is what YU do!”
We have various courses set up, well-equipped dorms within walking distance from the school. Moreover, we have a school scholarship system to aid outstanding students with financial difficulties. We also have a café “Yumeiro” nearby Tokyo campuses where YU students exclusively dine for only 360 yen. If our students have any difficulties, problems or questions regarding their study process and school or daily life, they are always welcome to ask our school staff, who will come to their aid as soon as possible. We assist students with their public health insurance application. It allows our students to have obligatorily medical examinations and be able to deal with any illnesses or accidents with ease. Our school arranges college and University visits, where our students can choose among a variety of fields of study and tertiary education. Students can freely use School computers with internet access.
There are preparatory courses (long-term, student visa) and Short-term courses. Beside Japanese language lessons there are lessons for EJU, JLPT and job-searching measures. Our school also organizes extra lessons, to help students who are falling behind and need the teacher’s help to catch up with the others and move forward with less difficulties.
Short-term courses of three months, with enrollment in: April, July, October and January; one-month or two-month courses, with enrollment in April, July, October, January or TBD. Additionally, we have seasonal courses for summer and winter.
Yu Language Academy
Address: 2-16-25 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Akamonkai Japanese Language School
Akamonkai was established in 1985. To date, we have educated more than 20,000 graduates from over 80 countries. After graduation, our students play an active role around the world, including Japan and their home countries. Currently, around 1,800 students from various countries are enrolled in Akamonkai. As of April 2019, student nationalities were 29 percent Chinese, 21 percent Vietnamese, 20 percent South Korean, 15 percent Western, 10 percent Taiwanese and Hongkongese and 5 percent from other countries. We have four school buildings (Main Campus, Nippori Campus and two branch campuses). They are close to Nippori Station, Nishinippori Station and Mikawashima Station. These stations offer convenient access to the city center of Tokyo. It takes just 36 minutes from Nippori Station to Narita International Airport on the Keisei Skyliner express train.
We have a comprehensive support system for student life in Japan. Dedicated administrative on-campus staff offers multilingual (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and more) daily living guidance at all times. We can help with part-time employment and offer support for writing resumes, conducting mock interviews and more, including introductions and job-hunting assistance from our group‘s recruitment company. There are scholarships available that do not require repayment after graduation. We have 30 dormitories that are within five to 40 minutes from school buildings. They are safe, secure, easy to apply for, reasonable (¥35,000 to ¥60,000 per month and are available to short-term students.
Our classes are carefully organized according to skill level (13 levels), allowing students to study at classes suitable for their Japanese level and learning speed. Proper mastery of the fundamentals is crucial to move on to subsequent learning phases smoothly. As there are many students with different mother tongues and varying degrees of Japanese language proficiency when they first enroll, having classes that cover a range of teaching speeds allows students from a wide variety of backgrounds to efficiently learn Japanese at the pace that best suits them. For intermediate level students and above, curriculums and classes are organized according to the students’ goals (higher education, employment, etc.). We help students comprehensively expand their proficiency in Japanese, with a proper balance of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
We offer a variety of short-term courses to meet the needs of students. The Short-term Course (three months) and Three-Week Course are for those who can arrange their own visas, and those who are from the visa exemption countries of Japan (short-term stay, working holiday, family stay, spouse of Japanese national, permanent resident, etc.). Students in this course study with students in the other courses and receive the same support. Short-term Course students can extend their study period. Special Short Programs are short-term programs available on demand, and we arrange opportunities to experience Japanese culture, go sightseeing, and have cultural exchange with Japanese people as desired in addition to Japanese language classes.
Akamonkai Japanese Language School
Adress: 6-39-12 Higashi-Nippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Kokusai Chishiki Gakuin
TOKYO KOKUSAI CHISHIKI GAKUIN. is a Japanese Language College aiming to take students for admission to higher education. Our faculty members will provide the platform of higher education and careers for overseas students from all over the world by taking the educational concept of “Education as foundation, higher admission as target.” Our college supports and assists students to achieve their dreams. Our school is in Oji, Tokyo. Oji is a safe, well-developed area with a rich history. We have many brochures of universities and colleges for your future studies. You can also use computers for school applications and take care of your personal needs by arranging a time with the office. Months of enrollment are April, July and October. The tuition fee for one year is about ¥700,000 (It varies depending on admission month).
Our college has a teaching team with rich teaching experience to provide one-on-one guidance for examinations to study abroad and entrance examinations of universities. In addition to helping students learn about the characteristics of Universities and majors in Japan, we will recommend the appropriate university and major for each student. Our staff will try their best to provide help for your future. The communication between student and teacher is close.You can talk with your teacher about anything. Faculty members support each student and take their concerns seriously, not only Japanese. Most of the graduates apply to graduate universities or vocational schools. Some of these schools are The University of Tokyo, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Chiba University, Okayama University. Other graduates apply to famous private universities and vocational schools. Many students from countries that do not use or have kanji have passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 level. If you are a graduate from college in your home country and pass N2 or higher, we can help you find a job.
Our general course focuses on topics covered by the JLPT in three separate levels.
- Primary level (JLPT-N3): Students aim to have simple conversations and to read and write general text.
- Intermediate level (JLPT-N2): Students aim to have complex conversations and understanding of news and magazines.
- Senior level (JLPT-N1): Students Aim to understand Japanese at the same level as a native Japanese person.
We also have special courses covering broader topics for students hoping to attend Japanese Universities. These courses cover basic subjects, such as math and comprehensive literature. As well as how to plan for graduate school and contact professors.The special courses also cover career development, Providing students with useful skills such as writing resumes, preparing for interviews, and social and cultural norms related to working in Japan.
Our classes for part-time students cover comprehensive Japanese for one month. We also have group lessons that cover general and business Japanese for one month. Classes for short-term residents cover general Japanese and run from one week to three months.
Tokyo Kokusai Chishiki Gakuin
Adress: 3-17-2, Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo