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JCLI Japanese Language School, Tokyo, Japan


Rating: 3.3/5.0

8-4-1 Toshima, Kita-ku - 114-0003 Tokyo - see on map
JCLI Japanese Language School - Studying together

What we like about the school

  • JCLI has a tea room with traditional tatami mats, where students can experience Japanese culture.
  • Top rated school facilities (4.4/5.0)
  • Tokyo is one of the top destinations our students liked most
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students.

What we dislike about the school

  • Nationality mix could be more balanced. 40% of students are from China
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: JCLI Japanese Language School is located in the fascinating metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. A city that is abundant in creativity, bright lights, breathtaking art and manga, Tokyo offers students a unique backdrop for furthering their understanding of the Japanese language and will be sure to assist students in creating memorable moments.

The school is housed in the North of Tokyo, in the Kita City District, close to green spaces, the Ojikamiya station and within a 20-minute train journey of the Asukayama Park, where students can see Cherry Blossoms in bloom from late March to early April. With infamous sites such as The Imperial Palace, the shopping of the Ginza District and the Sensō-Ji Temple all around a 40-minute train ride away, students have an incredible amount of activities and attractions to keep their time in Tokyo busy and full of new experiences.

Course selection: Course selection consists of both Short and Long Term programmes, with specific start dates given throughout the year. The school is happy to assist with accommodation in several local student dormitories that they use frequently.

School facilities: The facilities of JCLI offer everything a student may need to further their studies of Japanese. These facilities include a computer lab, library, lounge area and a student support desk for any questions or queries that may arise. All classrooms are equipped with heating, air conditioning, televisions and ample natural light to create an optimal learning environment.
  • The language school JCLI Japanese Language School was founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1980.
  • Legal name / parent company: Kokusai Jinzai Kaihatsu Co., LTD.
  • Tax registration ID: 8011101044183
  • Abbreviated name of school: JCLI Tokyo

Japanese Courses

General Language
Information for all courses offered by JCLI Japanese Language School
Comments about courses

Without student visa:

  • Minimum age: 18 or high school graduate.
  • Must have your own travel insurance.

    With student visa:
  • Students must be high school graduates.
  • Mandatory to join the National Health Insurance in Japan.

    Visa application fee: JPY 22 000
    Complementary students insurance: JPY 12 000 per year
    Health check fee (once a year): JPY 8 800
Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
22000.00 ¥
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
Days without class
In 2023 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2023, 09 Jan. 2023, 11 Feb. 2023, 23 Feb. 2023, 21 Mar. 2023, 29 Apr. 2023, 03 May 2023, 04 May 2023, 05 May 2023, 17 Jul. 2023, 11 Aug. 2023, 18 Sep. 2023, 23 Sep. 2023, 09 Oct. 2023, 03 Nov. 2023, 23 Nov. 2023.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

Lessons needed per Japanese language level

Level (CEFR)Level descriptionsLESSONS needed per levelWEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1BeginnerNo knowledge, or an understanding of only a very few basic words/phrases.A1 to A224012
A2ElementaryCan understand and speak about simple topics: i.e. family, shopping, hobbies.A2 to B148024
B1IntermediateCan speak about future and past events, give reasons and explanations for a situation.B1 to B254027
B2Higher IntermediateCan speak about abstract topics, produce clear detailed text on many subjects.B2 to C160030
C1AdvancedCan use language flexibly and effectively.C1 to C266033
C2ProfiencyCan express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely.
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
Note: All courses offered by JCLI Japanese Language School, Tokyo can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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JCLI Japanese Language School (JCLI)

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalJALSA
Japanese teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:45
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at JCLI Japanese Language School and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
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General school facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Table tennis

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 37
    Number of public PC workstations: 4

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer: 18
Throughout the year: 18
Minimum age of students
18 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 13
Adult courses Throughout the year: 13
Average age of students
In summer: 22 years
Throughout the year: 22 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Airport transfer
Best arrival airport is Narita.
More information about airports around Tokyo and how to get from the airport to Tokyo on your own here on our Tokyo page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from Malaysia do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Free shipment via regular mail
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possible
Field Hockey
Football (soccer)
Horse riding
Ice Hockey
Table Tennis
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Sample Social Programme
Sample Social Programme




Rating: 3.3/5.0

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JCLI Japanese Language School, Tokyo
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Overall city rating

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.1/5.0


Rating: 3.7/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3.2/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 3.4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 3.3/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Student opinions about JCLI Japanese Language School, Tokyo
If you already have an N5 Japanese level or you can read Hiragana and Katakana, I totally recommend JCLI, everything during the class is in Japanese and it makes it more interesting to learn. Also most of the classmates don't speak English, so It becomes an excellent opportunity to really practice and learn Japanese every single day.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Study hard for the initial test the academy makes, it's really demanding and If you get a higher score you will push harder to a higher level group.
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Other comments: Enjoy the reception and assistant office workers who are excellent at helping - even in English and Spanish (which really worked well for me.) All the teachers and classmates are really friendly and even if you cannot talk fluently with everybody, they will still help you a lot; same goes for every place in Japan.
Course: Short-term course - 8 weeks
17. Dec. 2018
Caring about students
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Don't try to save money on airport pick-up service!
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Akabane Dormitory


Course: Short-term course - 3 weeks
10. Feb. 2018


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FAQ about JCLI Japanese Language School, Tokyo

  • Japanese courses at JCLI Japanese Language School start at 16264 ¥ for Long-Term Course course with 20 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Akabane Dormitory is the most popular among all our clients of JCLI Japanese Language School
  • Yes. The following courses can be attended as an absolute beginner: Long-Term Course
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at JCLI Japanese Language School varies from 1 students (Private Lesson Package) to 20 students (Short-Term Course)
  • 100% of teachers at JCLI Japanese Language School hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at JCLI Japanese Language School comes from China with a 40% representation, followed by students from Vietnam (25%) and France (3%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • JCLI Japanese Language School offers courses from 18 years to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 22 for the rest of the year.

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