Japanese Language Schools

Language schools for foreign tourists and residents are found in many locations across Japan, especially in Tokyo and other major cities. Language schools offer a variety of courses, differing in length and purpose. Visitors from most Western countries and other countries with a visa-waiver agreement with Japan do not need a student visa in order to attend language courses three months or shorter. For longer studies, a proper visa is required. Japanese language schools are also available in some cities outside of Japan.

A wide variety of courses is offered by Japanese language schools for both short-term visitors and residents of Japan. Besides weekly, monthly and 3-month courses aimed at short-term visitors, many schools offer 6-month, 1-year and 2-year courses aimed at foreign residents of Japan. Courses are offered for several purposes including general language study, culture classes, preparation for the Japanese language proficiency test, preparation for entering university, business classes and private lessons. Besides full time programs, some school also offer half-day programs or lessons on only three or four days per week.

Tuition fees naturally vary based on the length of the course. The typical tuition is around 150,000 to 200,000 yen for a 3-month full-time program. In addition, most schools charge a registration fee of around 5,000 to 20,000 yen and an insurance fee of 10,000 yen per year in case of long-term programs. If a visa application process is involved, an additional fee of typically around 20,000 yen is charged, in which case the language school will arrange the Certificate of Eligibility for the applying student.

Language Schools
Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute
Founded in 1975, Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute is now approaching 40 years of experience in Japanese language and culture education through its unique visual method. Come and learn Japanese with us and our diverse student body!
MLC Japanese Language School in Meguro, Tokyo
Japanese lessons tailored for English speakers. Daily conversation, business Japanese, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and more. Free trial lesson available in a convenient location. No registration fee. Lots of free study materials.
KAI Japanese Language School
Japanese language school with students from about 40 countries in Shinjuku, Tokyo. 4-week Practical Conversation Course and 3-month to 2-year General Course
ARC Academy Japanese Language School
Focusing on communication skills, ARC Academy offers practical Japanese lessons in a multinational environment. Conveniently located in the centre of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto within easy access from the train/underground stations.
KCP International Japanese Language School
Located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, KCP provides the serious student with a unique opportunity to achieve proficiency in the Japanese language through total immersion.
Coto Japanese Language Academy
Coto Japanese Language Academy provides fun interactive lessons for students of all levels. Our small class sizes and community events allows you to focus on communication with local Japanese people. Join us today to make your stay in Japan more enjoyable!
this Japanese Language School
Located in Kichijoji, Tokyo, this JLS offers lessons based on everyday activities so that you can apply what you learn directly to your daily life. With our lessons, soon you will be able to handle situations in Japanese with confidence. Click to learn more!
Tokyo Central Japanese Language School
Since our foundation in 1988, we have taken pride in our expertise in providing Japanese Language education to students from over 40 countries. 2 min from Shinjuku Sta. We help our students make their dreams come true. Check our website!
Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin, Japanese Language Institute (JLI)
Founded in 1967 in central Tokyo, our school focuses on Japanese conversation skills for both business and daily situations. Most of our students are business-people, families of expats, spouses of Japanese or other adult learners.
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