To Everyone Wishing to Study at a Japanese-Language School Japanese-language schools in Tokyo are the best choice!Certified

About Japanese-language schools
(official educational institutes)

A Japanese-language school is an educational institute that provides Japanese-language education to foreigners whose mother tongue is not Japanese. Students enrolled in Japanese-language education institutes approved under Ministry of Justice standards are eligible for a student visa. Out of these Japanese-language education institutes, those schools in the miscellaneous category* approved by the School Education Act (Article 134) are categorized as Japanese-language schools.

*Schools in the miscellaneous category were defined in 1947 under the School Education Act, and served as the base for the specialized training college system established in 1976. Like specialized training colleges, schools in this category are also officially recognized by the School Education Act. They provide education equivalent to school education outside of elementary, junior high and high school, universities and other types of schools. They include national, municipal and private schools. Private schools in the miscellaneous category must be approved by the relevant prefectural governor.

Why choose a certified school? Five advantages!

advantage1 Environment-the law ensures better learning conditions

Certified Japanese-language schools are educational institutes recognized as official schools under the School Education Act of Japan. While it is possible to receive a student visa by attending any school approved under Ministry of Justice standards, certified Japanese-language schools provide an extra measure of reassurance since class schedules, the student-teacher ratio, size of classrooms, ownership of the school building by the operator and other factors are strictly stipulated by law. They are publicly administered, which means they require approval for even minor changes—such as increasing student capacity—to ensure quality.

Because the school’s operators own the school buildings, students can work in a relaxed atmosphere. Many schools also offer off-campus activities such as clubs, providing an opportunity to learn about Japanese culture at all times. Since uncertified schools may operate in rented places such as a room of a building, it may be difficult to maintain a proper learning atmosphere.

Points to consider when choosing a school

  • Course content

    Always research the school beforehand to confirm factors such as whether the course fits your goals and its level of difficulty.

  • Current student body

    Depending on the school, the composition of the student body may be quite different, such as mostly Chinese or Vietnamese, or otherwise diverse.

  • Academic fees and financial aid

    Confirm the total of the admission fee and all other expenses necessary until graduation. Some schools offer financial aid programs unique to their school.

  • Location

    Living costs may be high in large cities, but there are advantages, such as being able to find a part-time job easily. Meanwhile, many school in suburban cities have dormitories, so living costs are lower than in large cities. Research the location first and figure out what fits your preferences.

  • Living support

    Check whether schools have dormitories. If they do, where are they? If no dormitories are available, find out whether the school has a system for helping students find apartments. It is also important to check if the school provides support for everyday life, such as referrals to part-time jobs.

  • Information about advancing to higher education and guidance structure

    If you plan to go on to a professional training college, university or graduate school after learning Japanese, it’s a good idea to choose a Japanese-language school based on whether former students there advanced to your desired higher education institute. Check the school’s guidance structure and advancement results from school guides and pamphlets, or ask the school directly by e-mail or telephone.


Certified Japanese-Language Schools in Tokyo