Find the Right Japanese Language School – Top 10!

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There are over 400 Japanese language schools located in different regions all over Japan. In fact, these schools may differ in lessons or programs, but they have the same purpose, to help students learn this complex language. So the question is – how can you find the right Japanese Language school for you?

To help you find the right one, we gathered 10 popular Japanese language schools in Japan, including their courses and services. But let’s consider first knowing some questions worth ask when finding a language school.

Questions Worth Ask When Finding A Japanese Language School

What is your purpose for learning the Japanese language?

International students who enrolled in Japanese language schools have different reasons why they want to learn. Consider these questions: 

  • Do you wish to learn the language to be able to work in Japan
  • Will you be in Japan to spend your holiday vacation and include learning the Japanese language to make your holiday unforgettable? 
  • Do you want to proceed to study at a Japanese college or university?

If your purpose is clear, it would be easy to find the right Japanese language school. From hundreds of schools, you can narrow down your list depending on your purpose. 

Because in Japan, some schools offer Japanese language lessons alone. 

But in other schools, they have Japanese Culture courses, writing in Kanji, and other advanced programs.

Where will you be staying in Japan?

The answer to this question will depend on your purpose of studying the Japanese language to consider where you can stay in Japan. For example, if you want to find work, choosing a school in a major city, like Tokyo, maybe the best location to find a job. Then you might consider studying the Japanese language in these locations.


Studying in rural Japan will help you to learn, not just the language but as well as the culture. And unlike in major cities, there are fewer English speakers in rural areas. You can really test your Japanese language skills.

How much is your budget?

The cost will entirely depend on the location. The food costs, accommodation, and cost of study are expectedly higher in the Metropolitan. Always remember that the nearer you are to the city, the more costly it gets.

So if you want cheaper, you can look for schools outside Tokyo. Also, get a part-time job to support your living expenses while studying abroad.

How long will you be in Japan?

Choosing a Japanese language school also depends on how long will you stay in Japan. Knowing this will help you decide what program will you choose. Will it be 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year?

Does the school accept a foreigner like me?

There are Japanese language schools that primarily accept nationalities who don’t use Kanji characters. You may find schools which welcome students from particular countries, and the country where you are from.

What does their record say?

Knowing the school background is very important before choosing the right school, especially if you plan to enroll in a Japanese university. So it is better to check the following:

    • If the school has a good record of EJU and Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) passers in the past.
    • If the school passed the Japan Immigration Bureau. Some schools are under investigation due to student visa issues.

On the other hand, you might consider the word-of-mouth referrals of your local friends or foreign friends. Their comments from such a school could be helpful.

How big is the class size?

Learning a new language in big groups is not that effective, especially for beginners. Not all students have a similar speed. You may need more time to process and understand the lessons. That means that it is reasonable to know the size of the class before you decide what school to enroll. Don’t hesitate to inquire about this information to the school.

What are the other services it offers?

Checking the Japanese language school’s website will help you see the other services it offers. Services vary in every school. It may include a dormitory, work assistance, scholarship, and more.

For example, if the school has its dormitory, your accommodation won’t be a problem. But if not included in their services, ask them if they can help you find one near the school.

10 Popular Japanese Language Schools

Enrolling in one of these schools to find great opportunities in Japan is a wise start. With no Japanese skills, it would be hard for you to get full-time jobs in the country. To help you find the right Japanese language school in Japan, here are our top 10 popular language schools.

1. Meiji Academy


Location: Fukuoka

Service Offered:

    • Job placement support
    • Accommodation service


    • Standard Japanese,
    • Japanese,
    • Traditional and pop culture

2. Elite Japanese Language School

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Location: Tokyo

Service Offered:

    • Scholarship
    • Dormitory


    • General Japanese
    • Advanced Japanese
    • Short-term course with Japanese culture

3. Genki Japanese and Culture School,


Genki japanese and cultural school logo


Service Offered:

    • Cellphone rental
    • Personal alarm
    • Airport pick-up
    • Accommodation


    • Japanese Pop
    • Traditional culture
    • Speaking and reading Japanese crash course for tourist

4. JCLI Japanese Language School

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Location: TOKYO

Service Offered:

    • Dormitory
    • Part-time job support
    • Employment guidance


    • Short term
    • Conversational
    • College preparatory
    • College admission

5. Hokkaido Japanese Language School

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Service Offered:

    • Accommodation


    • Standard Japanese course
    • Pop culture, Fashion culture
    • Traditional culture
    • Travel

6. Coto Japanese Academy

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Location: TOKYO

Service Offered:

    • Coto Work” – job support in Japan


    • Intensive (full-time course)
    • Conversation (part-time lesson)
    • Business Japanese

7. Akamonkai Japanese Language School


Akamonkai school logo

Location: TOKYO

Service offered:

    • Career guidance
    • scholarship
    • dormitory


    • General language class
    • Preparatory for EJU
    • Business Japanese
    • Elective course for university admission test

8. Kudan Institute of Japanese Language and Culture

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Location: TOKYO

Service Offered:

    • Homestay accommodations
    • Airport Pickup Service at Narita International Airport


    • Intensive Course
    • Conversation Course
    • Holiday Course
    • Hiragana Katakana Course
    • Manga (Comic) course
    • Japanese Private Lesson

9. Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute

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Location: TOKYO

Service Offered:

    • Partnered with real estate agencies to help students find accommodation near the school

Offers various scholarships


    • Lessons at all levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Business, Tourism)
    • Kanji class, a preparatory class for JLPT and EJU

10. Kai Japanese Language School

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Location: TOKYO

Service Offered:

    • Assistance to find a host family


    • General language course
    • Practical Conversation
    • Japanese Business
    • Summer Class
    • Private lesson

Enrolling yourself in a Japanese language school will surely benefit you. But we understand how hard it is to decide by yourself alone. You don’t have to worry. We would be glad to assist you.

FAIR Study in Japan is partnered with some Japanese language schools to help you start a bright future in Japan. You could also get this service through our package plan – “Japan Omakase Pack.”

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