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Overall attractiveness of Kyoto
19 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Kyoto
Nightlife

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8
Geographic setting

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8
Public transport

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Climate

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Cleanliness

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Affordability

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Shopping

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Safety

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0

What our students said about Kyoto

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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.

Mireille
Netherlands

Rating: 5/5

5.0

If you want to get to know traditional Japan more. Is Kyoto perfect. You can also reach other places like Osaka, Biwa Lake, ... quickly.

Julia
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Kyoto, the most beautiful city ever visited.

Shi Ngai
Hong Kong

What school directors said about Kyoto

Kyoto is a famous historic city, which was selected as one of the world’s top 3 cities to visit! Great place for those who like Japanese traditional culture.

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Kyoto

ISI Language School

The staff, the teachers (4 out of 5 were really great) and the food.

29 February 2020
Course: Japanese Language Course Short-Term - 6 weeks
Student age: 37 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 7 reviews
Kyoto JaLS

Small flat, small classrooms without windows

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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 8 reviews
HEDELINEKyoto JaLS
Kyoto JaLS

Nice lounge where students, teachers, and staff can meet.

2 August 2019
Course: Standard Course - 8 weeks
Student age: 46 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 8 reviews
Shi NgaiKyoto JaLS
ISI Language School

I really liked the overall vibe. Most of the students love Japan and are taking these classes because they genuinely want to learn Japanese. The teachers I had were all enthusiastic which is always encouraging.

28 July 2019
Course: Practical Japanese Course Short-Term - 4 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 7 reviews
Kyoto JaLS

I really liked the studying environment of the school. Teachers were switched a lot so that I could experience different types of teaching which I loved it. They provide many courses that you have lots of course choices in your level. The lounge was perfect place to making friends.

17 February 2019
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 47 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 8 reviews
ISI Language School

I loved the diversity and methods used by the teachers. In addition, the premises were clean and pleasant. The cafeteria's low prices were very welcomed.

14 August 2018
Course: Practical Japanese Course Short-Term - 4 weeks
Student age: 21 years

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 7 reviews
ISI Language School

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

Rating: 4.7

4.7 | 7 reviews
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Interesting information about Kyoto

Why 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.
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Key Facts about Kyoto

Population:   1,464,000
Time zone: +19h. (GMT +9)
Region: Kyōto, Kyōto-shi
Currency: JPY (1 JPY = 0.0077 USD)
Name of city in Japanese: 京都市
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.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01-12-2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of Japan in your country. List of embassies and consulates of Japan on the official website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
High season: July
Low season: June
Average course price per week (High season): 328 C$
Average course price per week (Low season): 25,928 ¥
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): 367.53 ¥
    (45% 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

January
Hatsumode
Hatsumode

January 2023During 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
Setsubun
Setsubun

February 2023Setsubun 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.

March
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatoro
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatoro

March 2023For 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 2023The 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.

July
Gion Festival
Gion Festival

July 2023Celebrating 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 2023On 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.

October
Kurama Fire Festival
Kurama Fire Festival

October 2023This 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 2023A traditional parade starting at the Imperial Palace celebrating the history of Kyoto. Participants wear costumes representing historical figures.

December
Arashiyama Hanatoro
Arashiyama Hanatoro

December 2023This 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.

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Questions and answers about Kyoto

  • Yes, you can book a Japanese course while you are in Japan.
    from ISI Language School - Dec 05, 2022

FAQ about schools in Kyoto

  • 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.
  • 55955¥ for 2 weeks is the lowest price for a Japanese course in Kyoto. The average cost of a language course in Kyoto is 27,970¥ per week.
  • Students rated the activity program at Kyoto JaLS as the best.
  • Kyoto JaLS was rated highest for quality of teaching.
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