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Japanese Language Schools in Tokyo

While starting out in Tokyo can be daunting, one thing that will make your life a lot easier is the ability to communicate in Japanese. Whether you simply want to speak or need a Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) certification, there are many Japanese language schools in Tokyo that can help you meet your goals.
Since the choice can be overwhelming -  it takes a tremendous amount of effort to find a school that best suits you -  we’ve done the legwork and compiled a list sorted by area to get you started.

All the schools can be accessed in English, so please do not hesitate to consult with them showing what your requirements are. Also, some of their home pages allow you to actually experience a language lesson online, so please try and use them as a guide for your school selection.

Minato-ku

Aoyama Language School
Address la scena Minami-Aoyama 1101, 2-2-6, Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Tel No. 03-5413-7450
Web-site http://www.akajapa.com/index.html
Details This school offers private lessons from survival Japanese through to advanced, and courses are adaptable for special purposes, whether business Japanese, JLPT preparation, or reading comprehension for newspapers and magazines. Flexible plans are devised to suit any schedule, location and start date. Semi-private lessons are possible for groups of family or friends.
ALPHA JAPANESE SCHOOL
Address 2F Toranomon Jitsugyo Kaikan, 1-1-20, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel No. 03-3504-8080
Web-site http://www.alpha.ac.jp/japanese/
Details Toranomon-based Tokyo language school offers everything from set group courses to private or semi-private lessons as well as online courses. Group courses in JLPT preparation are also offered. Private lessons can be taken off-site from early morning onwards. This school has a Japanese teacher-training course, which means there are roughly 100 teachers to choose from.
Association for Japanese-Language Teaching
Address 2F, Toranomon ES Bldg., 3-25-2, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001
Tel No. 03-3459-9620
Web-site http://www.ajalt.org/english/
Details Lesson programs at this school accommodate a broad range, from academics and diplomats to refugees and children. Along with its signature teacher-training program, the Association has produced its own textbooks, such as Japanese for Busy People, which is used by other schools and individuals studying by themselves as well. Group and private lessons run from beginner to advanced, plus online lessons with plenty of resources.
Azabu Japanese Language Institute
Address Visco Building 8F, 2-3-12,Azabu-juban,Minato-ku,Tokyo, Japan 106-0043
Tel No. 03-6868-6722
Web-site http://www.azabujapanese.com/
Details This Tokyo language school specializes in private one-to-one lessons for any level or purpose, connecting language with etiquette and social customs. The teachers have professional backgrounds in law, arts, business, marketing, and IT and can tailor business Japanese lessons for these fields. There is also a short monthly group lesson for beginners.
Edo Cultural Center
Address 7-10-9 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Tel No. 03-3589-0202
Web-site http://www.edocul.com/
Details While some language schools in Tokyo may focus primarily on Japanese language, helping foreigners to thoroughly understand Japanese culture is key to this school’s teaching style. It offers a wide variety of courses for Japanese university entrance, survival Japanese, business Japanese, daily conversation, JLPT preparation, and specific professional fields. Both group and private lessons are offered, and regular level checks ensure that students are on track.
JACS Institute
Address 1-1-14-201, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Tel No. 03-6323-7385
Web-site http://www.jacsjacs.jp/en/home/index/index.cfm
Details This school for corporate, diplomatic and individual students incorporates multimedia tools into lessons that are communication-focused. Online, private, semi-private and group lessons are all available, and can be tailored to suit, whether at the school or off-site. The teaching method is structured to regularly review individual needs.
Nihongo Instructor Club
Address 2-20-10-205, Azabujuban, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0045
Tel No. 03-3454-5002
Web-site http://www.nicjapanese.com
Details This organization of Japanese language teachers uses an original teaching method. Private or group lessons can be held at any location, and the bilingual teachers offer English explanations where necessary. With a focus on corporate and diplomatic clients, classes range from business Japanese for beginners through advanced students, as well as JLPT preparation.
Sun Academy NIHONGO Center
Address 1F., 9-6-30 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel No. 03-3470-0041
Web-site http://www.sanc-jp.com/index_e.html
Details Focusing on communication using both language and cross-cultural understanding, this Tokyo language school uses a “task-based approach” and encourages students to be able to express themselves in real-life situations. Special programs are available for technical trainees and customizable classes include raising children in Japan, business Japanese, daily conversation, and JLPT preparation.
Top Language
Address 3-3-18, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Tel No. 03-5444-7077
Web-site http://toplanguage.co.jp/index_e.html
Details Run out of a translation and interpretation business, this school offers lessons in six languages, and additional services include translation of documents and in-person interpretation. Lessons are aimed at technical interns, foreign medical personnel and company employees, plus college admission, in groups, privately or online.
EMUS International Ltd
Address 4F., 3-1-7, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Tel No. 03-3478-0887
Web-site http://www.emusinternational.com/en/index.html
Details Originally providing subtitling and translation services in many languages, this firm also offers Japanese language courses for the purpose of corporate training. The regular course aims to be time-efficient for busy professionals, but there is also a seminar introducing foreign employees to Japanese language and customs.
J-Presence Academy (CAPLAN Corporation)
Address 2F., 3-1-31, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel No. 03-5412-2672
Web-site http://jaca.caplan.jp/global/english/index.html
Details At this intercultural training and consultation company, the Japanese language courses are for corporate employees, nursing staff, tour guides, hotel staff and airport and cabin crew with a focus on business communication and presentation. A tailored curriculum and supplementary courses in survival Japanese, cultural understanding and proficiency tests preparation are also available.
Nihongo Partners
Address 5-11-38-307, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel No. 03-6804-1789
Web-site http://www.nihongo-partners.com/
Details The main focus at this school is business Japanese, but courses also range across Japanese for conversation, industrial training, newspaper reading and preparation for proficiency tests. They offer English explanations when necessary and design individual lessons. Classes are private or in small groups and use textbooks specially produced in-house.
The Kitani Method Japanese by Tokyo Lingual 'Sensei' Group
Address 9F., Takeoka Building, 4-12-11, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel No. 03-3405-1783
Web-site http://www.japanese-thekitanimethod.com/index.html
Details The Kitani method was designed as a fast-track learning system for English speakers, using inherent English knowledge and focusing on the differences between English and Japanese. This school offers JLPT preparation for level 3 and up, focusing on conversation and communication for beginner students. Private or pair lessons.
UK Fields
Address Daiichi Komoriya Building 2F, 2-7-18, Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel No. 03-6459-0554
Web-site http://www.ukfields.com/
Details This small school offers something apart from most language schools in Tokyo: A unique combination of both Japanese lessons and piano lessons in English. Language classes are limited to 2-4 people with a focus on functionality, and they hold regular language exchange events. JLPT preparation courses are also available.

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Shibuya-ku

J's Language School
Address 2F, 3-16-10, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0011
Tel No. 03-6277-2191
Web-site http://www.js-language.com/
Details At this Tokyo language school, courses for beginners to advanced students are supplemented by intensive 1-3 week courses for beginners, JLPT preparation, and kids’ classes. They provide classes for company employees, either one-to-one or in small groups. The focus is on conversation and personalized lesson plans and teachers offer English explanations when necessary.
Above & Beyond College
Address Dai-san Yagi bldg. 6F, 3-7-2, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0022
Tel No. 03-5464-1410
Web-site http://www.ab-college.com
Details Private lessons for business or children are the focus at this school, either weekly or intensive. A single teacher does the interview, level check and needs analysis, providing consistency. The original curriculum and study materials can be adapted to different purposes, whether daily life, business Japanese, college entrance or other special fields.
AOYAMA SCHOOL OF JAPANESE
Address 1-5-5, Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0063
Tel No. 03-3465-9577
Web-site http://www.aoyamaschool.com/english/
Details Courses here are either long-term (1-2 years) or short-term (1-3 months) and offered in private, semi-private or group settings. The school encourages an environment of cross-cultural sharing between international students and Japanese people and culture, actively supporting students throughout their daily lives in Japan.
AZ JAPANESE SERVICE
Address #708 Hiroo Center Heights, 5-23-2, Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Tel No. 03-3445-9871
Web-site http://www.az-js.com
Details Tailored business Japanese lessons here include etiquette tips for corporate clients. Making use of online resources, this school has an online JLPT test readiness checker, and their online classes use a Learning Management System (LMS). Regular courses include survival Japanese, fun lessons for kids, and reading the newspaper in private, pair or group lessons.
Business Leaders & Communication (BL&C)
Address Excel Haimu Bldg. 601, 3-24-14, Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0011
Tel No. 03-6418-6960
Web-site http://www.kk-blc.co.jp/index.php/en/japanese_courses/
Details This company provides services in business training that include Japanese language classes. Lessons combine face-to-face classes with personal online study, aiming to be cost-efficient and convenient. Courses are offered for survival through advanced Japanese. Special classes, such as cultural activities or JLPT study, are also offered.
Hiroo Japanese Center
Address 403, 5-23-5, Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Tel No. 03-3444-3481
Web-site http://www.japaneselanguage.net
Details In contrast to most Japanese language schools in Tokyo, this school only accepts European-language students because it employs a special system to teach kanji to students without knowledge of Chinese characters. The teaching method uses textbooks produced in-house and focuses on verb conjugation to master various expressions. Classes are limited to five students in long-term courses ranging from beginner to advanced.
Japanese Lunch
Address 25-12-206 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0047
Tel No. 03-3460-4620
Web-site http://www.japaneselunch.com/
Details This school has a wide range of options, whether time-efficient courses for busy people with a variety of purposes, JLPT preparation, basic grammar, reading manga, or etiquette and culture classes ? plus regular long-term courses for beginner to advanced. They will also help you settle in by accompanying around your neighbourhood.
The Naganuma School
Address 16-26, Nampeidai-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0036
Tel No. 03-3463-7261
Web-site http://www.naganuma-school.ac.jp/
Details Named for the founder of the linguistic institute to which the school is affiliated, this Tokyo language school integrates cultural and language learning simultaneously. It offers many options for different purposes and schedules, including Japanese for business, job-hunting and university preparation. The teachers have working experience in a variety of professional backgrounds.
WE Japanese Language School
Address Higashi Nihon Bldg.4F, 1-22-8, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0041
Tel No. 03-5489-6480
Web-site http://www.we-japan.com/gb/
Details With four streams in daily conversation, business Japanese, JLPT preparation, or an intensive course from beginner through advanced, the majority of students here are business people. Group or private lessons are available, with flexible scheduling and regular progress evaluations.

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Chiyoda-ku

macc Management and Communications Consultancy
Address 4F, NK Bldg., 2-7-5, Sarugakucho, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 101-0064
Access Suidobashi Sta.on JR Sobu LIne, Jinbocho Sta. on Toei-Mita Line
Tel No. 03-5280-1441
Web-site http://www.macc.co.jp/
Details Founded by business executives, this company features teachers and staff from many different professions. It offers corporate consultancy and specialised language courses including Japanese for diplomats, financial analysts, housewives and children, using its own set of ten proficiency levels. Regular courses range from beginner to advanced and can be taken intensively or long-term, in private or group settings.
Kudan Institute of Japanese Language & Culture
Address Teito Misakicho Bldg, 1F, 2-7-10 Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051
Tel No. 03-3239-7923
Web-site http://www.kudan-japanese-school.com/index.php
Details For beginners, this school offers a kana course after which a student begins the intensive course, in classes of 12-20 students. A focus on kanji is built into regular lessons, and special classes are also available for reading manga, conversation or summer holiday courses. Private lessons are also possible.
Kanda Gaigo Career College
Address Kanda Gaigo Honbu Bldg 3F., 2-13-9, Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
Tel No. 03-3254-7100
Web-site http://www.kandagaigo.ac.jp/kgcc/japaneselesson/en/
Details With small class sizes and an emphasis on listening and speaking, this Tokyo language school aims to maximise limited time for business people. Regular courses from beginner to advanced, plus courses in business Japanese or for JLPT preparation, can be taken in group, private or semi-private settings. An evaluation report is provided at completion.
International Language Services
Address Marunouchi Trust Tower Main 20F., 1-8-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
Access JR Line, Tokyo Station
Tel No. 03-5288-5350
Web-site http://www.ils-japanese.com/index.html
Details This school offers tailor-made program to match the student's needs and personality. "Cross-cultural communication" session is provided in all courses in order to understand Japanese language more deeply. Private, semi-private, and small group lessons are available.
Coto Language Academy
Address 3F, Iidabashi building , 4-9-4, Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0072
Tel No. 03-6261-4515
Web-site http://cotoacademy.com/
Details This academy focuses on small class sizes, conversation and flexible schedules. It offers survival Japanese through to advanced levels, for one to three months; regardless of level, only Japanese is spoken during class. Furthermore, uniquely flexible group classes allow students to customize their own schedules. Private lessons are also available.

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Chuo-ku

Tokyo Galaxy Japanese Language School
Address 1-15-13, Shinkawa, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tel No. 03-6280-5830
Web-site http://www.tokyogalaxy.ac.jp/en/
Details In addition to the business Japanese lessons offered throughout many Japanese language schools in Tokyo, this school features a university admission course, as well as academic and career counselling. Staff speak several different languages. Apart from long-term courses from beginner through to advanced levels, it also offers short-term and private lessons.

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Meguro-ku

Evergreen Language School
Address 1-21-18, Yutenji, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0052
Tel No. 03-3713-4958
Web-site http://www.evergreen.gr.jp
Details One of the most traditional Japanese language schools in Tokyo, this school focuses on business Japanese and full-time college admission courses. General courses for beginning through to advanced students are also available, for daily, 3-days or 2-days per week schedules. Private lessons are possible at companies or homes.
MLC Meguro Language Center
Address NT Bldg. 3F, 1-4-11, Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0063
Tel No. 03-3493-3727
Web-site http://www.mlcjapanese.co.jp/index.html
Details All courses at this school are designed for English speakers; they include group lessons, on-site lessons for company employees, private, intensive courses and JLPT preparation. There are plenty of study materials, such as quizzes, for free download, and online lessons are available. Lessons can be tailored to student needs and private lessons may be either fixed or flexible.
Progress Japanese Academy
Address 1-31-5-102, Komaba, Meguro-ku,Tokyo 153-0041
Tel No. 03-3467-0148
Web-site http://www.pja-japanese-school.com/english/
Details With lessons focused on business Japanese and tailored to individual needs, this school offers small group classes, and private or semi-private lessons for beginner to advanced levels. Options also include online lessons, a lunch-time chat program, and preparation for Japanese proficiency tests.

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Setagaya-ku

I.T.S. Language Center
Address 2-17-9, Sakuragaoka, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0054
Tel No. 03-5799-4079
Web-site http://www.its-lc.com/index.htm
Details A small school that only offers private or small group lessons for business people and their families whether beginner or advanced, lesson plans are flexible, customized and aim to maximize available time. Clients are individual, corporate or government, and a focus on listening, speaking and understanding culture is emphasized.

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Shinjuku-ku

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute
Address 2-9-7, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075
Tel No. 03-5273-0044
Web-site http://www.sng.ac.jp/english01/
Details This Tokyo language school uses the Ezoe Method of visual grammar and accommodates people wanting to speak everyday Japanese, work in business or tourism, or enter a Japanese university. Class times are available for weekdays, evening or Sunday lessons, from beginner to advanced. Kanji and calligraphy classes are also available.

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Bunkyo-ku

ARC ACADEMY
Address 2-23-10, Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Tel No. 03-5804-5811
Web-site http://en.arc-academy.net/
Details n addition to business Japanese lessons, this academy offers courses for foreign students wishing to pursue higher study in Japan; the options are long-term or short-term, intensive or regular courses. The intensive course has up to 20 students, while other classes are smaller. Lessons for corporate clients are available for individuals or groups.

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Taito-ku

Intercultural Institute of Japan
Address 2-20-9 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0016
Tel No. 03-5816-4861
Web-site http://www.incul.com/eng/index.html
Details Flexible enrollment and class times are a feature of this school, which offers private and semi-private lessons, particularly for corporate and government clients. It also supports students wishing to enter a Japanese graduate school. Regular courses can be complemented by targeted classes focusing on specific skills. Classes for foreign children also offered.

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Musashino-City

this Japanese Language School
Address #603, 1-30-1, Kichijoji-minami-cho, Musashino-City
Tel No. 0422-29-8365
Web-site http://www.thisjls.com/
Details Part of its local area, this school aims to help foreign people live more comfortably in Japan. Class schedules are constructed to include both lessons on formal grammar and skills, and lessons for real life and current affairs, often set in practical situations. Private classes with a special focus can be arranged, whether giving speeches or reading letters from your child’s school.

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