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.
Certified schools may also help you financially. You may use a student commuter pass if you are enrolled in a certified school. And only students of certified schools are eligible for student discount programs at museums and other facilities. Students of uncertified schools must pay general admission.
As a rule, you need twelve years of schooling in your home country to enroll at a Japanese university or professional training college. However, you may meet admission requirements if you complete a one-year university preparatory course in Japan, even if you are from a country or region that does not offer twelve years of education. Many certified Japanese-language schools in Tokyo offer such preparatory courses designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Certified Japanese-language schools in Tokyo have designated educational philosophy and goals, school management, teaching staff and other methods of self-inspection and assessment to improve their standing as schools specializing in Japanese-language education. They make their assessment data public and work to maintain the school’s quality and reputation. Their goals are to realize practical Japanese-language education that gives students the language skills needed to pass qualifications and exams as well as marketable career skills.
Starting with population, many things in Japan are concentrated in Tokyo. In addition to traditional Japanese culture, many different subcultures can be found in this city that are sure to offer stimulating experiences that will motivate you to continue working hard. Since many companies are based in Tokyo or have a presence here, you also have a wider range of employment options after graduation. Tokyo offers great advantages and countless options.
Always research the school beforehand to confirm factors such as whether the course fits your goals and its level of difficulty.
ⅡCurrent 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.
ⅢAcademic 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.
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.
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.
ⅥInformation 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
Toa Language Institute
Akasaka Kazan Building, 2-17-47 Akasaka, Minato-ku 107-0052
The parent organization of the ABK COLLEGE, the Asian Students Cultural Association, was established in 1957.
We have been supporting exchange students living in Japan as a public institution for more than 70 years
With respects to the thoughts and wishes behind our founding, we will continue to adapt to the age we live in.
2-12-12 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku 113-0021
Kyoritsu Japanese Language Academy
Kyoritsu Ikueikai Building, 2-17-12 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku 113-0034
Japanese Language School affiliated with Chuo College of Technology
Our school is a group school of Incorporated Educational Institution Chuo College of Technology, a leader in education in Japan with an advanced educational record which was established in 1909.
Since our school opened, we have focused on improving the educational environment. The new school building provides an even more comfortable learning environment, which began in August 2019.
The foundation of education is "steady and reliable", which is the school policy of Chuo College of Technology. Not only do our faculty and staff teach Japanese, but they also support the daily life of international students so that they can concentrate on learning Japanese every day. The staff works closely together to give serious instruction with care.
1-4-8 Higashi-tabata, Kita-ku 114-0013
Akamonkai Japanese Language School - Nippori Campus
The school is located near JR Nippori station (4 mins walk). Currently, around 1,800 students from about 50 countries are enrolled in the school (including Main Campus). Classes are carefully organized according to a level of Japanese, learning speed, and a purpose of study, so students are able to study in their suitable classes. The main campus has a self-study room and PC room available for 24 hours to support students’ study. Our multilingual staff are also always available to support students on various administrative procedures and daily issues, such as diseases and injuries, in their lives in Japan.
2-54-4 Nishi-nippori, Arakawa-ku 116-0013
Akamonkai Japanese Language School - Main Campus
The school is located near JR Nippori station (10 mins walk) and Mikawashima station (5 mins walk). Currently, around 1,800 students from about 50 countries are enrolled in the school (including Nippori Campus). Classes are carefully organized according to a level of Japanese, learning speed, and a purpose of study, so students are able to study in their suitable classes. The main campus has a self-study room and PC room available for 24 hours to support students’ study. Our multilingual staff are also always available to support students on various administrative procedures and daily issues, such as diseases and injuries, in their lives in Japan.
6-39-12 Higashi-nippori, Arakawa-ku 116-0014
Toyo Language School
With our original education system called JCT, we support each student's growth basis for target setting by the individual counseling.
Toyo Language School offers 5 study plans matching those needs such as Professional Training College, University, Graduate School, Art University, Find Employment, and supports each and every student to reach their goal. In order to help with any lack of communication in Japanese, over 1,000 Japanese guests join our classes and events, offering students an opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills.
7-6-3 Nishi-kasai, Edogawa-ku 134-0088
The Naganuma School
Since its foundation in 1948, our focus is to enhance our students' Japanese communication skill. For this purpose, we employ small class style to give our students full of conversational time in Japanese. We provide goal-oriented courses, namely working, studying or living in Japan and our experienced teachers assist you in achieving individual goals. Another attractive feature of our school is its learning environment, where you always see so many students from around 50 nations.
Under this environment, our students from different countries experience cross-cultural exchanges, not just language exchange but also values and thoughts so that real dialogue ability with mutual understanding and respect is fostered.
16-26 Nampeidai-cho, Shibuya-ku 150-0036
Tokyo Kogakuin Japanese Language School
This traditional Japanese language school was opened in 1971. It is one school in an educational foundation that adheres to the strict standards of private school law in Japan. Vocational colleges incorporating a four-year university studies course are also contained within the educational foundation. Students not only from Asia but from all over the world study here. There is an at-home atmosphere at our schools, where each student receives personal and individualized care. The Japanese language school is accessible from two major train stations. It is also located near the expansive Shinjuku Park, so the school is quiet and relaxed. Finally, tuition fees are not expensive, according to the will of the founder of the educational foundation.
5-30-16 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku 151-0051
KCP International Japanese Language School
Ever since the establishment KCP has been making utmost effort in supporting the young students all over the world achieve their dreams. For the young students who live in the 21st century to work their way out for the future they strive for, it is essential for them to educe their potential ability and find the true joy of learning as independent learners. KCP has been making pepetual effort in providing supreme learning environment in both hardware and sofware for these students to lead rich and fruitful study abroad life in Japan.
Please believe in your possibility and set your goal high for the study abroad, we all look forward to working with you for the realization of your dream.
1-29-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku 160-0022
Sendagaya Japanese College
Sendagaya Japanese College was established in 1975 and is recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as an official preparatory education institution. Many of our graduates continue their studies at universities and graduate schools and many also enter universities and vocational schools through designated recommendation. We have classes from beginner to advanced level in which you can study Japanese at your own pace. The multilingual staff of our student office is available 24/7 to make your student life in Japan as safe as possible.
1-1-6 Shimo-ochiai, Shinjuku-ku 161-0033
Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute
2-9-7 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku 169-0075
Japanese Language School Affiliated with Tokyo International University
Opened in 1987 as a Japanese language school attached to a university. Featuring full-time system, we have strength in sending students to higher educations in Japan, and giving students various Japanese cultural experiences.
4-23-23 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku 169-0075
Eastwest Japanese Language School
We offer numerous opportunities for students to interact with Japanese people, such as participating in exchange classes with various organizations, regional events, or sports activities with university students. Students learn real Japanese through their interactions with Japanese people, and gain a deeper understanding of Japan and Japanese culture.
2-36-9 Chuo, Nakano-ku 164-0011
Meros Language School
Located in Ikebukuro which has easy access. In the other hand, around Meros is quiet and suitable environment for study. Offering various levels of classes, each student can choose classes depending on his/her own needs and levels. In all levels, curricula are make up to improve "practical Japanese" and "Communication skill". In addition to, we also offer various activities not only studying Japanese program. Students can make their Japanese life more enjoyable with learning Japanese culture, talking with Japanese students, and so on.
2-45-7 Higashi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku 170-0013
ISI Language College
ISI Language College, acknowledged as Incorporated School, has an abundant curriculum including Job hunting class, University preparation class, Conversation class and other elective class, which has attracted students from 35 different countries. Enrollment rate and employment rate is one of the main features of the school. It is a 7 story building located in Ikebukuro, with a well-designed environment for study. Furthermore, all types of events take place every month in order to experience the local Japanese culture as well as to deepen the cross-cultural understanding. It is very popular among students.
1-13-13 Minami-ikebukuro,Toshima-ku 171-0022