8 Best language schools in Kobe (ranked based on student reviews)

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What our students said about Kobe

Rating: 3/5


The atmosphere at the academy was wonderful.

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How our students rated their experience in Kobe


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Overall city attractiveness
12 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Geographic setting

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Public transport

Rating: 4.3/5.0


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Most recent student reviews of language schools in Kobe

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 12 reviews

Very, very nice staff. I felt very comfortable. Bright, light-flooded rooms. On the last day there was a farewell ceremony with all participants of the school, during which the certificate was handed over and a group photo was taken.
The school sign could be improved. It is not visible from the outside of the building that the school is located here. It is a small "side entrance" and therefore difficult to find the first time. Very, very quick teaching, so that it was sometimes difficult to keep up. In the full-time course, the afternoon block is used to address these doubts. That’s very good. The website does not state that English language skills are a prerequisite. The material is taught in English (my school English was - thank God - enough!).

22 January 2019
Course: Intensive Japanese (25) - 2 weeks
Student age: 56 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 12 reviews

The teachers and the entire staff are probably made up of the nicest people I have met. That applies to most Japanese people, but the school staff really deserves a special mention. A pleasure both in and outside of class. The classmates were also all super nice, sociable people.
Super accommodating. I forgot to transfer the balance. Lexis let me sort out financial matters during the stay, which took several days.

2 January 2019
Course: Intensive Japanese (25) - 2 weeks
Student age: 22 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 12 reviews

Location in Kobe, quality of education, teachers are very professioal

31 October 2018
Course: Intensive Japanese (15) - 2 weeks
Student age: 53 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 12 reviews

The teachers are very open and friendly. The school is located right in the center in a modern building.
The summer courses are too full, at least at the beginners' level (up to 20 participants). It's best to learn the Hiragana and the Katagana alphabet in advance. The beginner courses are very mixed in regards to the level of the participants, and with zero previous knowledge, it becomes difficult.

31 August 2018
Course: Intensive Japanese (15) - 3 weeks
Student age: 45 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 12 reviews

The location of the school, right next to Chinatown and a large department store where you could buy delicious fresh bento boxes for lunch.
Less suitable for travelers who mainly want to learn Japanese for a trip to Japan.

29 May 2018
Course: Intensive Japanese (25) - 3 weeks
Student age: 53 years

Dr. Eckhard

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 12 reviews

The teachers are fantastic.
I loved learning Japanese at Lexis. It was an unforgettable experience and I will do everything I can in order to go back in the future.

9 April 2018
Course: Intensive Japanese (25) - 4 weeks
Student age: 25 years

England UK

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 12 reviews

Very friendly and helpful staff. Great atmosphere.
Great organisation, looking forward to going back.

6 April 2017
Course: Intensive Japanese (25) - 1 week
Student age: 37 years


Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 12 reviews

Location location location and school environment

30 August 2016
Course: Intensive Japanese (15) - 3 weeks
Student age: 16 years

United States

Interesting information about Kobe

Key Facts about Kobe

According to Mercer 2019, Kobe ranks 49 in terms of quality of life.
Population: 1,529,000
Time zone: +19h. (GMT +9)
Region: Hyōgo,
Currency: JPY (1 JPY = 0.0077 USD)
Name of city in Japanese: 神戸市
Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 50,106 ¥
Average course price per week (Low season): 30,417 ¥
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Student price index excluding rent:86* (14% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:115* (15% more expensive than New York)
  • Price index food only:85* (15% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Japan average):463.74 ¥ (37% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 100 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz / 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Kobe

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Arrival Airport

Kansai International (KIX) - 29 km. from Kobe city center

Public transportation to city center:


Every 60 minutes, 2 247,00 JPY, 60 minutes.

Main stops: Kansai Airport, Kobe Airport + Kobe Airport, Sannomiya(Port Liner)

Every 20 minutes, 2 247,00 JPY, 70 minutes.

Main stops: Kansai Airport Terminal 1, Kobe Sannomiya

Taxi: 25.933 ¥, 50 minutes drive to city center of Kobe

Direct international flights from:
  • New Zealand: Auckland International
  • Australia: Cairns
  • USA: Honolulu International, Los Angeles International, San Francisco International
  • Singapore: Singapore Changi
  • Canada: Vancouver International

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FAQ about schools in Kobe

  • Lexis Japan has received the best overall rating in Kobe.
  • Lexis Japan, located in 9F, Mitsubishi Shintaku Ginko Building, 36 Nishimachi, Chuo-Ku, Motomachi has been voted as the school with the best location in Kobe.
  • 76550¥ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for a Japanese course in Kobe. The average cost of a language course in Kobe is 0¥ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at Lexis Japan as the best.
  • Lexis Japan was rated highest for quality of teaching.

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