Are you living in Japan and the only Japanese you know involves food names like sushi and tempura or brand names of electronics or cars? Looks like it's time to learn some Japanese. Whether you are in Japan for just a few months or a few years, learning Japanese will definitely make your stay more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Japanese Language Schools in Tokyo
English-speaking Japanese Language Schools
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.
Akira Online Japanese School TOKYO
Akira Online Japanese School Tokyo developed a highly efficient, fun and natural approach to improve your Japanese conversation skills for those leading a busy life in TOKYO. Their curriculum is based on a drama that is easy to follow. Have fun learning new words and phrases along with our main character as she gets to know Japanese through conversations in Japanese.
ALPHA JAPANESE SCHOOL
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.
AOYAMA INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE
Our school has a rich 30-year history and is approved the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education. We provide various classes to fulfill a variety of needs and we pride ourselves on our fun, easy-to-understand lessons. We have original programs tailored for your Japanese language goals, ranging from everyday conversation, business Japanese, exam preparation, and more! Our teachers are well-trained, experienced professionals who will guide you to your goals. We are located a convenient 5 minutes walking from the Tokyo Metro Omotesando or Gaienmae stations, so access is a breeze. Feel free to inquire about anything related to Japanese!
Aoyama Language School
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.
Association for Japanese-Language Teaching
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
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.
Coto Japanese Club
Japanese language school in Azabu Juban - easily Accessible from Roppongi, Hiroo, Azabu, Shirokane Takanawa. Small sized classes, conversation focused Japanese Lessons with Flexible scheduling. Japanese daily course, Japanese crash course, part time course and private lessons. Unique combination of classes and events.
Edo Cultural Center
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.
EMUS International Ltd
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.
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.
J-Presence Academy (CAPLAN Corporation)
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 Instructor Club
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.
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.
Sun Academy NIHONGO Center
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.
The Kitani Method Japanese by Tokyo Lingual 'Sensei' Group
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.
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.
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.
AOYAMA SCHOOL OF JAPANESE
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
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)
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
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.
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.
J's Language School
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.
The Naganuma School
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
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.
Coto Language Academy
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.
International Language Services
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.
Kanda Gaigo Career College
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.
Kudan Institute of Japanese Language & Culture
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.
macc Management and Communications Consultancy
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.
IPA Language Academy
Located just seconds away from the Kayabacho station on the Tozai and Hibiya metro lines, as well as just a short walk away from the Nihonbashi area, we are very conveniently located close to Tokyo’s most dynamic business districts.
Tokyo Galaxy Japanese Language School
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.
Evergreen Language School
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
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
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.
I.T.S. Language Center
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.
Genki Japanese and Culture School
This innovative school in Shinjuku offers flexible and communicative Japanese classes. Group classes have a maximum of 8 students, and courses start every Monday year-round. GenkiJACS was voted the Star World Language School for 2016, the first Japanese language school ever to receive this award. Courses include multiple traditional culture and pop culture activities each week, to make the most of your time in Japan.
Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute
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.
Other Areas in Tokyo
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.
Intercultural Institute of Japan
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.
this Japanese Language School
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.