Best language schools in Kyoto (ranked based on student reviews)

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Rating: 5.0

5.02 reviews

Rating: 4.3

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.7

Leisure program
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open
School accredited by IALC  (International Association of Language Centres)

Opened in July 1st 2019 and part of the Genki family, this school is only minutes away from the historical Gion... More

Course Categories (5)Accommodation (3)Facilities (9)
Standard Japanese - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
FREE cancellation
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88000¥ 84700¥
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Kyoto JaLS

Among the Top 20% most popular Japanese schools in Japan in the last 12 months Organized social activities were rated by students as the best or among the top 20% of all schools in Japan Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Japan

Rating: 4.7

4.78 reviews

Rating: 4.7

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.7

Leisure program
School accredited by ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations)

Kyoto JaLS is looking within a short walking distance from the Shijo subway and Karasuma train stations in the middle... More

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Standard Course - 15 lessons per week | Max. group size: 8
FREE cancellation
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75000¥ 72300¥
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Rating: 4.7

4.76 reviews

Rating: 4.2

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.5

Leisure program
Covid-19 Status:
School currently open

The school is conveniently located 8 minutes away from Kyoto Station and 7 minutes away by foot from Enmachi station on... More

Course Categories (4)Accommodation (2)Facilities (11)
Japanese Language Course - No Student Visa required - 20 lessons per week | Max. group size: 20
FREE cancellation
FREE changes
34000¥ 32300¥
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What our students said about Kyoto

Rating: 5/5


Kyoto is a great city. It is truly the cultural center of Japan and it's location allows you to easily go to other interesting cities and equally enjoy city life and beautiful hikes.


Rating: 5/5


Kyoto, the most beautiful city ever visited

Shi Ngai
Hong Kong

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Kyoto

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 8 reviews

Small flat, small classrooms without windows

21 October 2019
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 54 years


Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 6 reviews

Nice and friendly teachers who cared about their students.
Good location, good accommodation. Kyoto has a lot to offer, and the school showed us many things.

13 August 2018
Course: Short Term Practical Japanese Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 52 years


Key Facts about Kyoto

Kyoto: Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. When you close your eyes and think of Japan, you’re probably picturing the normal scenes of Kyoto with its sublime Zen gardens, mysterious Buddhist temples, colourful shrines and graceful geishas. Famous for its classical Buddhist temples, gardens, palaces and traditional wooden houses, this city is a must for those that wish to experience Japanese lifestyle at its best.

Population: 1,460,000

Time zone: +19h. (GMT +9)

Region: Kyōto,

Currency: JPY (1 JPY = 0.0096 USD)

Name of city in Japanese: 京都市

Kyoto quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.7

4.7 (17 reviews by our former students)

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.

universities: 22 (rankings of universities in Kyoto)

High season: July

Low season: June

Average course price per week (High season): 27,478 ¥

Average course price per week (Low season): 24,761 ¥

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):374.93 ¥ (37% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 100 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz / 50 Hz

Events in KyotoBest time to take a language course in Kyoto

Kurama Fire Festival
Kurama Fire Festival

21 October 2020 - 22 October 2020This exciting festival takes place on the outskirts of Kyoto, in the village of Kurama. Almost everyone in the town participates in the procession, with torches proportional to their size. The final section of the parade involves men with giant, red-hot torches marching through the narrow streets.

Jidai Matsuri
Jidai Matsuri

22 October 2020A traditional parade starting at the Imperial Palace celebrating the history of Kyoto. Participants wear costumes representing historical figures.

Arashiyama Hanatoro
Arashiyama Hanatoro

18 December 2020 - 27 December 2020This event is held in Arashiyama, a district of Kyoto famous for its shrines and temples and home to the Arashiyama Bamboo Groove. Thousands of lanterns are lit to illuminate the area, transforming it into a enchanting, sparkling place.


January 2021During these first days of the new year, Kyoto inhabitants and their families go to temples and sanctuaries to pray for prosperity in the coming year. This is one of the most important events of the year.


February 2021Setsubun marks the beginning of spring. To celebrate the event, Kyoto inhabitants throw roasted soybeans out the window. This gesture is a symbol of good luck for positive things to come.

Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatoro
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatoro

March 2021For this event each district of the city of Kyoto stages performances where geishas, the most noble female entertainer according to Japanese culture, perform traditional dances. An event that's not to be missed.

Higashiyama Hanatoro
Higashiyama Hanatoro

March 2021The Higashiyama Hanatoro is one of the most enchanting events in Kyoto and consists of lanterns being placed along the extensive footpath leading up to Higashiyama mountain.

Gion Festival
Gion Festival

July 2021Celebrating traditional Japanese culture, the Gion festival features numerous events such as parades of traditional floats, ukai fishing, and religious processions. Everyone is invited to put on a kimono and travel back in time for a little while.

Gion Matsuri Yamaboko Junko
Gion Matsuri Yamaboko Junko

July 2021On the 17th and 24th of July, processions of traditional floats make their way through the streets of Kyoto. During the festival, both locals and visitors wear colourful yukatas and you can sample many local foods in the streets.

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    FAQ about schools in Kyoto

  • 32300¥ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for a Japanese course in Kyoto. The average cost of a language course in Kyoto is 23,142¥ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at Kyoto JaLS as the best.
  • Genki Japanese and Culture School has received the best overall rating in Kyoto.
  • Kyoto JaLS, located in Fukutoku Bldg.2F, 670 Tearaimizu-cho, Nakagyō-ku has been voted as the school with the best location in Kyoto.
  • Kyoto JaLS was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Homestay' at Kyoto JaLS is the best rated accommodation in Kyoto.
  • You can take courses for just 1 week. For significant progress opt for longer durations. According to a survey of StudyTravel Magazine the average course duration for Japan is 10 weeks.
  • The student price index in Kyoto is 86.43. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Kyoto with 4.7 stars out of 5.
  • In Kyoto electricity is 100 Volt and 60, 50 Hz. Plug type A, B.
  • Schools in Kyoto offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: JLPT.

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