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Academy of Language Arts
Dedicated to helping students not only gain Japanese skills but to learn how to use them effectively in the culture, Academy of Language Arts (ALA) focuses on practical language training. Even if you are starting with zero Japanese, they assure that you’ll be fluent when you graduate. ALA specializes in business Japanese training, and develops and conducts the Test of Communication Competence in Business. In addition, ALA receives high evaluation marks in training for global human resource development in Japanese companies. If you want to develop your Japanese into a form that will be a true asset to your goal of working in Japan, Academy of Language Arts is an ideal choice.
Address: No. 2 Tobundo Bldg., 2-16 Ageba-cho Shinjuku-ku 162-0824 (Reception 5F).
Nearest Stn.: Iidabashi.
Akamonkai Japanese Language School
Specials-2Akamonkai Japanese Language School has two campuses and eight dormitories located around Nippori in Tokyo. Boasting approximately 1,300 students from over 45 countries, Akamonkai offers a wide range of classes for various levels, from special university prep classes to business employment classes and short-term courses, as well as customized curriculum. Full support is provided from the student’s first day to the day they graduate.
• General Course (1-2 years): ¥720,000-1,380,000
• University Advancement Prep Class (1 year): ¥770,000
• Business Employment Class (1 year): ¥850,000
• Short-term (3 months): ¥150,000
Address: 6-39-12 Higashi Nippori, Arakawa-ku.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; closed Sat, Sun & hols.
Nearest Stn.: Nippori or Mikawashima.
College of Business and Communication
The College of Business and Communication (CBC) is a prestigious vocational school renowned as a pioneer in language and business studies. Just a one-minute walk from Keikyu Kawasaki Station, CBC is perfect for international students traveling to and from work or home. CBC’s balanced curriculum is designed to improve reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Three- and six-month courses are held for 22 hours a week.
One free special kanji course (8-10 classes, 50 min once a week)
• Three-month course: ¥197,500; 2016 Spring semester: Apr 8-Jun 22; 2016 Summer semester: Jun 27-Sep 15
Address: 22-9 Ekimae-Honcho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm.
Nearest Stn.: Kawasaki.
Evergreen Language School
Specials-4Evergreen Language School is located in the quiet residential area of Yutenji, just three stops from Shibuya on the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line. Established 66 years ago, the school has seen more than 50,000 students from around the globe pass through its classrooms. Evergreen strives to create effective, enjoyable classes to help students learn both the language and the culture of Japan.
• Tuition ¥18,000 (2 days/week)
• ¥30,000 (3 days/week)
• ¥60,000 (intensive course)*
• Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1, N2, N3, N4 Saturday course (2016 July term student visa registration open now)
*Registration fee: ¥10,000, prices do not include tax
Address: 1-21-18 Yutenji, Meguro-ku.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm, Sat, 10am-6pm.
Nearest Stn.: Yutenji.
Specials-5Although established just recently, Hanasaku has already become very popular thanks to its unique lessons and enthusiastic, energetic instructors. Rather than the usual textbook lessons, at Hanasaku you’ll find classes like Learning Japanese for Reading Manga, Dating & Relationships (an important one since Japanese don’t like to communicate directly), Katakana Master for those struggling with kana, and Learning Kanji. The first lesson is always free, and trial lessons are available every day. Conveniently located near Ikebukuro Station.
Metropolis readers get the first month free when they become members
Address: Kato Dai 7 Bldg. 2F and 3F, 2-50-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku.
Nearest Stn.: Ikebukuro.
Hosei University Global MBA Program
Specials-6There are many places where you can get your MBA, but if you’re interested in studying Japanese business management in English, Hosei University Global MBA program is just the one you’re looking for. From Japanese production and supply management systems like Toyota to manga culture and Omotenashi hospitality, students can earn an MBA in just 18 months through night classes. Plus, the required internship with a Japanese company or government office gives you hands-on experience working in Japan.
Metropolis readers receive 30% discount on tuition if they have, or are applying for, a student visa
Application period: May 23-Jun 22. Classes start Sep 16
Address: 3-3-9 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda-ku 102-0073.
Nearest Stn.: Ichigaya.
Kichijoji Language School
Specials-7Those who’d like to study Japanese in a truly fun, personalized, and dedicated environment need look no further than Kichijoji Language School. With a solid curriculum and highly experienced teachers, students can choose the course that’s just right for them. At KLS, group courses consist of eight classes, ranging from everyday conversation to academic, as well as advanced-level, communication. Private lessons help clarify points learned in class and are tailored to students’ particular needs and interests.
• Registration fee: ¥16,200
• 10-week group course in January, April, July, and October: ¥145,800
• Private courses: Please contact for prices
Address: 701 Valore Bldg, 2-3-15 Kichijoji Minami-cho, Musashino-shi.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm, Sat, 9am-1pm. NEarest Stn.: Kichijoji.
Kincarn International School
Specials-8Located 10 minutes from Kawasaki Station, Kincarn International School does more than simply educate its pupils: It aims to help children become truly bilingual. The school’s calm and spacious environment is born of a reputation for dependability and stimulation. The fun, age-appropriate, and engaging curriculum prepares students aged 2 to 6 for entry into well-known international and private schools in the Kanto area. Kincarn’s energetic, individually-focused courses center on international themes and aim to teach kids to become independent and internationally-minded.
• After-school care
• Primary education
• Multicultural exchange circle
Address: 37-1 Tsutsumine, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm (half-day program 9:30am-2pm, full-day program 8:30am-5:30pm).
Nearest Stn.: Kawasaki.
Specials-9Located in the heart of Tokyo, Miyaji music school Music Joy offers a wide variety of lessons in either English or Japanese, providing guidance to everyone from adults to children. Courses vary from familiar instruments such as piano, violin, and guitar, to traditional Japanese ones such as wadaiko drums. English-speaking staff help select the best course for those interested. Beginning and advanced players welcome!
• Wadaiko (Japanese drums)
• Noh (theatrical arts)
• Koto, piano, violin, and more
Address: 1F Surugadai Bldg., 1-2-5, Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku.
Tel: 0120-515-382. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; open for classes every day.
Nearest Stn.: Ochanomizu.
Unitas Language School
Tokyo and Kofu
Specials-10Founded in 1983 by the Teikyo University Group, Unitas Japanese Language School welcomes all levels of students for group classes and private lessons. With highly competitive class fees, you’re sure to get exactly what you’re looking for!
• Short-term Courses: 1 month: ¥53,500 (Shinjuku)/ ¥51,000 (Kofu); 2 months: ¥102,000/¥97,000;
• 3 months: ¥150,500/¥143,000
Student Visa courses: 6 months: ¥390,000 (Shinjuku), ¥350,000 (Kofu)
• 1 year: ¥680,000 (Shinjuku), ¥600,000 (Kofu)
• Business course: Free entry fee. 1 month: ¥41,040
Address: Tokyo Branch: 22 Sankyo Bldg 3F, 2-2-9 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku.