Learn Japanese in Japan

Booking a Japanese language course in Japan is a great way to learn the language straight from the source. For the ultra-ambitious, perhaps a full on immersion course is the best way for you to dive head first into learning Japanese. View our guide to learning Japanese where you can find cheap courses for foreigners from top rated Japanese language schools in Japan.  


Japanese Language Courses in Japan

Find Japanese language courses from the best language schools in Japan.

Learn Japanese Abroad

Top Reasons to Learn Japanese

There are so many reasons to consider learning Japanese, this country has the second largest economy in the world, Japanese is the third most used language on the internet, and the Japanese are very well traveled. If you’re interested in participating in the world economy or just looking to communicate and make new friends while you travel the world, then get started learning Japanese! Search our Japanese language study abroad prorgams today.


How to Choose a Japanese Language Course

What type of Japanese language course you should take is entirely dependent upon your interests, time constraints and capabilities. For the beginner, maybe you’re interested in starting with a language course at home or over the internet. For the traveler who uses any excuse to go abroad, a Japanese course abroad will be an amazing experience.


Learn Japanese in Japan

Popular Places to Study Japanese in Japan

You can book courses throughout the country, these are some of the best places to learn:

  • Tokyo
  • Kobe
  • Osaka
  • Yokohama
  • Nagoya
  • Sapporo 
  • Kyoto
  • Fukuoka
  • Kawasaki
  • Saitama  

There are also lots of online Japanese language courses where you can study from anywhere in the world.


Types of Courses

Universities and language schools in Japan offer a range of courses throughout the year to students which include:

Beginner/Intermediate Courses

If you’re looking to learn Japanese from the beginning or already have a class or two under your belt, there are many great options! 

  • World Campus International hosts a series of summer programs that are from three weeks to two months long throughout Japan. Participants are given the opportunity to live with host families, practice the basics of Japanese and volunteer in the Japanese community. 
  • Genki Japanese & Culture School has a range of short-term options with classes starting every Monday year round. Located both in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Genki is very dedicated to moving students continuously up toward more advanced courses.


Immersion Courses

Perhaps you are determined to learn Japanese and want something a bit more extensive than classes a few days a week. Total immersion programs are designed to make the most out of your time spent abroad. Generally, participants are asked to only speak the language they’re learning, in this case Japanese, while in the program. If you’re up for the challenge, there are several excellent schools in Japan that have immersion courses. 

  • KCP International is located in Tokyo and has a reputation for training students to become outstanding Japanese teachers. 
  • IES Abroad offers an immersion program in Nagoya that includes cultural classes such as tea ceremony and flower arrangement. Nagoya doesn’t have as many tourists as other Japanese cities and therefore has less English speakers floating around. Less English speakers means more circumstances when students are forced to practice their Japanese in daily life!


Japanese language schools in Japan


  • Enrollment Times – Year round around the world.
  • Cost & Schorarships – A university semester abroad can cost you anywhere from £5,700 to £7,600. A course in Japan that includes a homestay will cost you around £550 weekly. Online courses vary from free to around £10 a month. Classes like International House in London cost around £125 for a 6-week module.
  • Accommodation – Study abroad programs may provide dorm rooms or arrange homestays.
  • Visa – Depending on an individual’s country of origin, visa requirements are different. Residents of the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada can stay 90 days with no visa required. If you are planning to stay longer than 90 days, begin applying for your student visa at least six months before your scheduled stay. The application process is rigorous and a visa will not be granted if mistakes are found. Generally, if you are staying long term with a particular Japanese language school, they will assist you in obtaining a visa. Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website to look fully into the process.


Top Rated Language Schools in Japan for Foreigners

  • Nanzan University hosts a great study abroad program in Nagoya, Japan. Students rave about the authenticity of the city, which requires them to utilize their Japanese daily rather than get by speaking English. Located between Tokyo and Kyoto, Nagoya is a great starting point for exploring Japan.
  • World Campus International is perfect for students looking to study Japanese short term while abroad. Learners travel to multiple cities throughout Japan and stay with host families everywhere they go, adding a level of cultural immersion to the experience. 


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"I studied Japanese at university in Liverpool and as part of my course we got to go and study for a year in Japan as part of an exchange. I was based in Osaka and really loved the people, culture, food and country. After returning home I was yearning to return so I took a TEFL certification course then went back to teach English in Japan." - Laura, UK


Learn Japanese Abroad

Japan is not the only country you can study Japanese, there are language schools and universities all around the world offering courses to children and adults. There are also private tutors and online courses available to book anytime. London for example has an abundance of locations for students to learn Japanese. The Japan Foundation & SOAS have beginner level courses that focus on using Japanese language skills in real life contexts like restaurants and getting to know people. The Japan Foundation London also hosts Japanese from Scratch, a single night event held several times a year that teaches students basic Japanese while also focusing on varying aspects of Japanese culture. International House London has several class options. Students can take group classes for beginners to advanced students or sign up for a one-on-one tutor who will work with you to learn Japanese from your starting point.



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