Reggio Emilia institutions

1) Bilingual Kids International Preschool uses the Reggio Emilia approach. If you contact the school administrator I’m sure they will be able to point you to other schools they would know better.

2) Yokohama International School also uses the RE approach for kids aged 3-5

yrs. You can also get English contact info from our International School Directory


3) Discovery International School, Nagoya, Aichi prefecture

4) Imagine International Preschool, Yokohama, Kanagawa

5) Daizawa International School

6) tinyHappy Garden International School, Tokyo Read about the school at

7) American School in Japan; Read about the ASIJ approach here:

8) Nagoya International School 

9) Happy Horizons International Nursery 8-29-9 Okusawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

10) Eton House Internation Pre-School, Tokyo

11) Ohana International School, Minato-ku Tokyo

12) Tesoro International School uses the RE method as a guide to play-based learning in class.

13) Poppins Active Learning International School in Ebisu, Tokyo

14) Ivy Prep International Academy, Tokyo; read about their Cambridge program and Reggio approach here.

15) New International School, Ikebukuro, Tokyo applies Reggio Emila approaches in implementing its dual language educational program

Non-international ER schools

4) Hiratsuka Yochien in Yutenji, Meguro-ku, uses the Reggio Emilia approach, too. My daughter M attended Hiratsuka for 3 years and along with the other RE activities, went out to the school’s rice field in Kanagawa-ken once a month for seasonal activities. Hiratsuka is featured as a progressive yochien by Japan Times and its unusualness is mentioned in this article Liane Wakabayashi here Hiratsuka Yochien is a three-minute walk from Yutenji Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line. Bicultural and international children are welcomed into the Japanese-speaking environment. To contact Principal Michihiko Hiratsuka, call (03)… Address:Yutenji 1-23-11 Meguro-ku, Tokyo 〒153-0052.

Seiai Yochien Seiai Youchien


More information:

A Japanese teacher writes about curriculum models and has written some research paper on the Theoretical and Practical Application of the RE model. See here – so for more info.

6 thoughts on “Reggio Emilia institutions”

  1. Can you explain about Emilio Reggio method? How about its practice and function for children’s mind and education? Is it kind of method of Math or something? Thank for sharing.

    1. Please read about the method in our article at this page: and follow the links to further readings on the method. The key characteristics of the method are that “it follows the children’s interests, rather than a set curriculum of academic goals. The children learn principles of science, math and language through hands-on projects directly related to those interests. There are no teacher’s manuals and the teachers have complete autonomy to plan a curriculum usually characterized by real-life problem-solving among peers, with numerous opportunities for creative thinking and exploration. Teachers often work on projects with small groups of children, while the rest the class engages in a wide variety of self-selected activities typical of preschool classrooms. The project ideas derive directly from teacher observations of children’s spontaneous play and exploration or out of an academic curiosity or social concern on the part of teachers or parents. Reggio children are given access to diverse materials”…

  2. Imagine International Preschool in Landmark Tower, Yokohama, has been influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach since opening in 2003. Please check for more information on our home page or find us on facebook (search: Imagine International Preschool).

  3. Cheers from Reggio Emilia. A happy grown boy, who have been at Reggio pre-school and school. It is nice to read your words. I am actually working in Kuala Lumpur with a Japanese Company.

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