International Preschools, Kindergartens and After Schools in the Heart of Tokyo

Preparing young children for their academic futures is a critical element of their entry into the world of academia and the challenges that lie ahead. Below, J Select offers some of the finest early childhood education facilities in Tokyo that can offer children a fun and inclusive introduction to learning that will serve them throughout their academic lives.

J SELECT also offers information on international schools  in the Kanto region, especially schools that provide educational continuity from primary through early secondary levels, or upper secondary school. Click here for more information.

◆ ASIJ Early Learning Center (Roppongi, Minato-ku)
◆ Red Bambini Montessori School (Shiba-koen, Minato-ku)
PAL International School (Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku)

ASIJ Early Learning Center


ELC shapes a community of inquisitive learners and independent thinkers through intentionality, love and respect. The early years are a magical time of growth and at the ELC, they recognize just how special this phase of life is for each child and family. Learning is everywhere in the ELC nursery, pre-K and kindergarten community. They embrace the concepts of holistic development and child-focused early learning philosophies. The ELC teaching is anchored in current research and guided by developmental objectives and discrete academic standards. Each day they focus on nurturing and encouraging each child as together, and they embark on this lifelong journey of learning, discovery and growth.

At the ELC, they shape a community of inquisitive learners and independent thinkers through intentionality, love, and respect. The ELC approach is inspired by their image of the child as a curious, capable, and confident learner seeking to make meaning of and contribute to their own world. Children enjoy a strong sense of agency and self direction and the ELC supports their journey through intentional planning and design of their environments and learning opportunities.


ELC believes that learning comes to life through purposeful play and emergent curriculum. Learning is active and joyful, authentic and meaningful, creative, messy, social, collaborative and fun. They appreciate that play is the essential work of children and embrace it as a powerful learning strategy. Play offers unbounded opportunities for development and has long been recognized as central to how children learn. Joyful, meaningful, iterative, actively engaging and socially interactive, play offers the ideal mindset for growth and learning. Their professional team celebrates its potential and authenticity: ELC children consider it natural and fun.

Meaningful opportunities for children to develop are designed in ways that are flexible and inspiring. They nurture the potential that lies in every moment and in every experience. Learning at the ELC is personal, authentic and meaningful — and most importantly, full of joy.

Program and Courses

At the ELC, they respect children as capable, confident and self-directed. They also embrace constructivist learning philosophies and believe in the profound potential of young children. The ELC recognizes that learning exists in every experience and in every moment. The ELC team draws on current research, professional experience and proven early childhood philosophies to shape engaging environments and pursue an emergent, play-based curriculum. Their experience enables us to integrate developmentally appropriate skills, concepts and learning objectives into each child’s day. At the ELC, children discover and design, communicate and collaborate and share and celebrate their learning. ELC children learn and grow in a supportive, nurturing environment through self direction and joy.

At the ELC, each day is marked by joy and creativity as children explore, imagine, create and wonder as conceptualized through our Portrait of a Learner. The ELC team strives to ensure that their learners develop a strong sense of belonging and well-being and thrive socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. They celebrate the innate curiosity and creative energy of children as they imagine their worlds and prepare for their futures.

Admission terms

Eligibility Requirements:
-All applicants must have one parent who speaks, reads, and writes fluent English ‍
-All applicants must reside in Tokyo with their parents during their attendance at ASIJ‍.

Age Group Nursery to Kindergarten

Number of Students  136

Member Organization WASC, Keeping Children Safe, Japan Council of International Schools






ASIJ Early Learning Center

Address: 6-16-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5771-4344


Red Bambini Montessori International School


Red Bambini Montessori International School, formerly known as Rainbow International Montessori School and Chateau Des Bambini Montessori School, provides a comprehensive curriculum for early childhood education. They are an international school that has been serving children ages 12 months to 6 years for almost 30 years since 1993. The school has evolved to having over 2,000 graduates from 40 different nationalities. Classes are taught in English and set in a comfortable environment that helps promote the smooth transition from home to school life. They also offer an interactive and innovative indoor play area. Their teachers, who are Montessori-certified, are dedicated to creating a well-prepared classroom that encourages diversity, fosters independence, collaborative learning, freedom for a child to question, critical thinking and to express themselves confidently. At Red Bambini Montessori, children can receive a Montessori education during the day and immerse themselves into the world of technology, arts and other traditional education after school. Red Bambini Montessori International School supports working parents; the school hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


The school employs a collaborative learning environment, based upon principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago. The Montessori method of education develops the whole child. The classroom environments are designed to stimulate interest and critical thinking skills, while focusing on a child’s individual talents and abilities. The Montessori teaching methodology is uniquely based upon observation, discovery, and intrinsic motivation through Montessori materials versus strict instructions. 

Montessori is both an educational system, as well as a philosophy. One of the most distinguishing features of the Montessori method is its use of manipulative items. Classrooms are filled with these materials that encourage natural curiosity, confidence, independence and a love of learning. The environment and materials allow the teacher to guide the child according to their needs and teach each child individually.

Program and Courses

Red Bambini Montessori International School hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with extended hours at no extra charge until 6:00 p.m. They also provide early bird and after care hours at an additional charge starting from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

They also provide various after-school programs after 3:00 p.m. which are available to students who attend different schools during the day. Currently offering soroban (abacus) classes and Japanese classes. They will also soon begin Chinese, dance, yoga, English theater and NFT art classes.

Saturday Class

Red Bambini Montessori International School offers Saturday classes (9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.). They welcome children whether they are regular Bambini students or attend different schools on weekdays. In addition, they offer soroban classes following the regular Saturday class.

Admission Term  All year round

Age Group 12 months-6 years old

Number of Students  75

Extra Services  School bus service and parking available around Tokyo Tower

Member Organization American Montessori Society (AMS)






Address: Tokyo Tower 1F, 4-2-8 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-6400-3328


PAL International School


At PAL International School, they see children as members of the next society. A vibrant society where everyone enjoys a happy and fulfilling life as a strong foundation for meaningful prosperity. Their teachers and children contribute to the development of vibrant, democratic societies that enable everyone to lead healthy and meaningful lives.

Everything in their curriculum is based on the principle of children’s learning.

  1. Early childhood curriculum empowers the child to learn and grow.
  2. Early childhood curriculum reflects the holistic way children learn and grow.
  3. The family and community are an important aspect of the early childhood curriculum.


Children will be an integral part of the process of trial and error learning. Unanswered activities, such as art, food education and sound experience, nurture children’s rich sensitivity, imagination and creativity, serving as a source of expression and diverse questions that occur as a result of the activities. That, they believe, will encourage knowledge curiosity.

PAL International School believes nature education and humanity education will help foster children’ daily lives and play. Even children growing up in the city of Hiroo can sense a variety of environmental events. Touching the sunlight, wind, rain and thunder, the aroma of air and soil, the color of the sky and the appearance of birds and small insects will enhance children’s senses.

Program and Courses

Morning Class1(6mths-1yr)・・・8:30-13:30
Morning Class2(2-3yrs)・・・8:30-13:30
Morning Class3(4-6yrs)・・・8:30-14:00
Afternoon Class1(6mths-1yr)・・・13:30-17:00
Afternoon Class2(2-3yrs)・・・13:30-17:00
Afternoon Class3(4-6yrs)・・・13:30-17:00

Programs details of our programs:


Early childhood educators set out to nurture children who were able to express themselves freely in English, regardless of which country they went to. Since that time, PAL International School has provided a variety of programs for children who think on a global scale, with the biggest strength of the differences in backgrounds among children from various backgrounds.

From 2021, PAL joined Seiwa Gakuen Group, and PAL will be able to implement deeper child care initiatives than ever before.

Events Summer school, winter school, field trips, halloween party, Thanksgiving day, Christmas party, Easter, shichi-go-san, tanabata, new year’s and various events from all over the world!                                  

After School As their English progresses, elementary schoolers can participate in after-school activities. 

Admission Term  All year round

Age Group 6mths -Elementary Schoolers

Number of Students  32  (Capacity: 41 students)

Extra Services  Lunch service. School bus available.






PAL International School
Address: 3-7-15 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5770-8166



ASIJ Early Learning Center (Roppongi, Minato-ku) Red Bambini Montessori School (Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku) PAL International School (Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku)