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Japanese Language Schools in Tokyo - Ranking 2022

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

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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: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

The teachers made the lessons pleasant with humor and competence.
Satisfied all round.

30 October 2018
Course: Standard Japanese - 4 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Michelle
Germany

Rating: 3.3

3.3 | 7 reviews

I found the teacher's lessons very helpful
In my opinion, even if this school offers it, it is not necessarily suitable for one-month courses. They simply put the students in the three-month courses and assume all prior knowledge. In addition, the language level assessment is not necessarily carried out correctly. This is not a problem for longer stays, but I, for example, was in an N4 course and did repetitions for the whole month. The school did not respond to my personal request. Only when Tanja, my advisor here, approached the school, did I get a reaction. Even then I was asked why I "involved" Tanja and that "if need be" I could go to a higher level course. So of course I stayed in mine to avoid complications. So all-in-all: great teachers, super nice classmates, but organization, especially in regard to the course time, not particularly good.

30 October 2018
Course: Short-Term Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Franziska
Germany

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: 4.5

4.5 | 30 reviews

The teachers are competent and funny, they communicate the language very well.
You should know in advance what to expect: - Classes always take place in the morning and the afternoon, personal activities can only take place on weekends. - If you have little knowledge of the language, you can only start at certain times. - Shinjuku is a badly signposted metro station, in 6 days I took 6 different routes out of the station. Without the GPS on my iPhone, I would never have found the school.

15 April 2018
Course: Standard Japanese - 2 weeks
Student age: 62 years

Dieter
Germany

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!

Interesting information about Tokyo

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: +19h. (GMT +9)

Region: Tōkyō,

Currency: JPY (1 JPY = 0.0088 USD)

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 USA 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 (High season): 31,392 ¥

Average course price per week (Low season): 28,137 ¥

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:83* (17% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:71* (29% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:92* (8% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Japan average):408.06 ¥ (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 Tokyo

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Events in TokyoBest time to take a language course in Tokyo

January
The World Hobby Fair
The World Hobby Fair

January 2022A fair bringing together the world's most famous toy, video game and board game makers to present their newest games. The World Hobby Fair is very popular among children and young adults. There are shows, workshops and competitions to keep everyone entertained.

March
Hanami
Hanami

21 March 2022 - 29 March 2022Hanami is the cherry blossom season, a very important event in all of Japan. People gather in parks and gardens to gaze at the beautiful cherry trees and have massive picnics. The season is particularly pleasant in Tokyo with the city adorned in elegant little flowers: an event that really shouldn't be missed.

May
This Comic Market
This Comic Market

May 2022This Comic Market, Comiket for short, takes place twice a year in Tokyo and is the largest gathering of manga fans in the world. In the huge covered market, professional and amateur mangakas are on equal footing, with this perfect opportunity to sell self-published, limited edition works, while outside cos players parade in the costumes of their favorite manga heroes.

July
he Star Festival
he Star Festival

July 2022Also known as the Star Festival, this event is held every year in Tokyo at the beginning of July to celebrate the legend of Altair and Vega, two stars in love with each other who can only meet once a year in the Milky Way. Thousands of people parade in traditional, colourful costumes to dance, beat drums and plunge the city into a festive and joyful atmosphere.

August
Yosakoi Festival
Yosakoi Festival

August 2022The full name of this event which takes place every August is the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival. It is a festival of the traditional Yosakoi dance, where troops of dancers perform their exuberant and colourful choreographies in a joyful atmosphere.

Sumo Grand Tournament
Sumo Grand Tournament

August 2022The main sumo wrestling event, the Sumo Grand Tournament is held in 4 mayor Japanese cities every year. It attracts thousands of fans, both Japanese and tourists with a passion for this singular sport uniting respect, honour and tradition. Tokyo hosts 3 tournaments every year, in January, May and September.

September
The Tokyo Game Show
The Tokyo Game Show

September 2022The Tokyo Game Show, or TGS, is one of the largest in the world, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. This trade show is open to the general public only on the last two days of the event when they organise many different activities for game lovers, including workshops and cosplay contests.

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
Shibuya
Shibuya
Shinjuku
Shinjuku
Ginza
Ginza
Omotesando
Omotesando
Tokyo
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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
  • United Kingdom: London Heathrow
  • Singapore: Singapore Changi

Other destinations that were popular to combine with courses in Tokyo

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FAQ about schools in Tokyo

  • ARC Academy Japanese Language School has received the best overall rating in Tokyo.
  • Genki Japanese and Culture School, located in Hanazono Building 3rd floor Shinjuku 5-17-6, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo has been voted as the school with the best location in Tokyo.
  • 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 Group, Business Japanese Private.
  • Schools in Tokyo offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: Other exams, JLPT.

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