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9 Best language schools in Tokyo (ranked based on student reviews)

You are interested in learning Japanese in Tokyo? We have researched all the details about the best Japanese language schools in Tokyo for you so that you can easily compare prices, reviews, courses for adults and teenagers and special offers.

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Why Tokyo? It may be expensive, but Tokyo is guaranteed to be unlike anything you've ever seen or been to before. Tokyo is a place where the urgent rhythms of consumer culture collide with the quieter moments that linger from older traditions. Home to over 12 million people, Tokyo has spots of tranquility and beautiful detail that amaze and astonish. This is a city with a history and a heart that captivates every visitor.
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What our students said about Tokyo

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Transportation is more expensive than Korea, so if you go to a language school, I would recommend that you consider which area is cheaper.

Eunyeong
South Korea

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Tokyo

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

Small group study and teaching methodology. It's very dynamic

8 February 2020
Course: Standard Japanese - 3 weeks
Student age: 23 years

Simon
France

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

To have class only on the morning or the afternoon was enjoyable.

11 July 2019
Course: Japanese Language Course - No Student Visa required - 3 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Chloe
France

Rating: 3.3

3.3 | 7 reviews

Very well organized, very nice and helpful staff!!!

27 May 2019
Course: Short-Term Course - 6 weeks
Student age: 34 years

Susanne
Germany

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 23 reviews

It was smaller than I had expected and very high school like. But I had no difficulites to stay and study.

26 May 2019
Course: Japanese Language Course - No Student Visa required - 2 weeks
Student age: 23 years

Eunyeong
South Korea

Rating: 3.3

3.3 | 7 reviews

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.
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.

17 December 2018
Course: Short-Term Course - 8 weeks
Student age: 30 years

Gabriel Fernando
Colombia

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

The teachers were very motivated and friendly. I made a lot of progress in learning the language.
The location of the school right in shinjuku is great, it is pretty amazing that it is in one of the busiest districts of Tokyo but it is very calm in the school area because it is located right next to a shrine.

12 November 2018
Course: Standard Japanese - 5 weeks
Student age: 27 years

Tanja
Germany

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

Kindness of the staff, very high level teaching, much time dedicated to conversation.
Large number of Europeans makes it possible to abuse the English language inside the school

4 November 2018
Course: Standard Japanese - 2 weeks
Student age: 28 years

Andrea
Italy

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 23 reviews

professionalism and preparation of teachers
it is not good as a study holiday, the afternoon lessons make you lose the whole day.

29 August 2018
Course: Japanese Language Course - No Student Visa required - 2 weeks
Student age: 33 years

Yari
Italy

Rating: 3.3

3.3 | 7 reviews

Good atmosphere
I would say very dissatisfied with the quality of the courses. It was a beginner courses with no real beginners. All had some notions and the courses were mainly based on writing. I paid 3 weeks of classes for nothing since those who were present had either started learning in their country or "redoubled ". Completely ineffective. Great disappointment. I did not expect so much contempt for the student.

27 August 2018
Course: Short-Term Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 15 years

Clement
France

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

The lessons, the fact that we speak a lot in Japanese during the lessons and the staff

30 July 2018
Course: Standard Japanese - 4 weeks
Student age: 19 years

Lambiel
France

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

the people I met and the classes
I like it

16 July 2018
Course: Japanese Language Course - No Student Visa required - 2 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Yu Lan
Taiwan

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

Teachers and organization. The manager at Tokyo school, Demi, answered all my questions the day after the questions were sent. Everything is available, clear and fast. The teachers are all different, with their own approach to teaching.
Many thanks to the school! Maybe I will come again for a couple of weeks. I did not assess the events, because I could not attend any. But it's my fault. The school organized an activity every Friday, for a small fee. Classes are OK. There is air conditioning. The building overlooks an office building and a temple, quite quiet.

9 July 2018
Course: Standard Japanese - 2 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Egor
Russia

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 23 reviews

location, my classmates
Very poor, outdated methodology, teacher-centred teaching, classes to big (in my group 18 people) not best condition to efficiently learn a foreign language!!!

24 May 2018
Course: Japanese Language Course - No Student Visa required - 4 weeks
Student age: 42 years

Ewa
Poland

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 23 reviews

My course was very short, but I really liked the support of the reception and other staff of the school. They were very friendly and ready to provide me all lesson materials and answer my questions. Lesson materials (vocabulary) were provided in my native language, that's very nice and helpful. I also liked that the teachers were able to explain difficult things in easy Japanese.

4 September 2017
Course: Japanese Language Course - No Student Visa required - 2 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Elena
Russia

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

Location is great. It's just 3-minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome station.

24 August 2017
Course: Standard Japanese - 2 weeks
Student age: 34 years

Hiu Sin
Hong Kong

What school directors said about Tokyo

Tokyo will give you the chance to feel the Japanese language while enjoying the unique Japanese subculture, such as foods, animation, and games!

Key Facts about Tokyo

Quality of life was ranked in recent report of The Economist: Global Liveability index in position 7 (2019).

Population: 8,337,000

Time zone: +1h. (GMT +9)

Region: Tōkyō,

Currency: JPY (1 JPY = 0.0374 MYR)

Name of city in Japanese: 東京

Tokyo quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.8

4.8 (190 reviews by our former students)

Visa: 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.

universities: 85 (rankings of universities in Tokyo)

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week: 28,684 ¥

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in Kuala Lumpur

  • Student price index excluding rent:160* (60% more expensive than Kuala Lumpur)
  • Student price index including rent:171* (71% more expensive than Kuala Lumpur)
  • Price index food only:199* (99% more expensive than Kuala Lumpur)
  • Big Mac price (Japan average):394.81 ¥ (68% more expensive than in Malaysia)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 100 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz / 50 Hz

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What to do in Tokyo

Tokyo Sky Tree
Tokyo Sky Tree
Senso-ji
Senso-ji
Edo-tokyo Museum
Edo-tokyo Museum
Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing
Sumo Wrestling
Sumo Wrestling
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Arrival Airports

Tokyo International (HND) - 17 km. from Tokyo city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 10 minutes, 930,00 JPY, 25 minutes.

Main stops: Haneda Airport Terminal 1, Hamamatsucho

Every 60 minutes, 1063,00 JPY, 40 minutes.

Main stops: Haneda Airport Terminal 1, Tokyo Station Yaesu North Exit

Taxi: 7.791,5700 ¥, 15 minutes drive to city center of Tokyo

Narita International (NRT) - 63 km. from Tokyo city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 60 minutes, 2925,00 JPY, 60 minutes.

Main stops: Narita Airport Terminal 2, Tokyo

Every 20 minutes, 2925,00 JPY, 65 minutes.

Main stops: Narita Airport Terminal 2, Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit

Taxi: 29.867,685 ¥, 50 minutes drive to city center of Tokyo

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Boston Logan International, Chicago O'Hare International, Dallas Fort Worth International, Denver International, Honolulu International, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Los Angeles International, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, Portland, San Diego International, San Francisco International, San Jose International, Seattle / Tacoma International, Washington Dulles
  • New Zealand: Auckland International
  • Australia: Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne Tullamarine, Sydney Kingsford Smith
  • Canada: Calgary, Toronto Pearson International, Vancouver International
  • Malaysia: Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur International
  • United Kingdom: London Heathrow
  • Singapore: Singapore Changi

    FAQ about schools in Tokyo

  • The student price index in Tokyo is 83.1. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Tokyo with 4.8 stars out of 5.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Tokyo is Tokyo International (17.2 km from city center). Alternative airport: Narita International (63.2 km). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Tokyo.
  • In Tokyo the following courses are offered specifically for business Japanese: Business Japanese Private.
  • Schools in Tokyo offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: Cambridge First.
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