Updated March 1, 2020

*Please note that closed schools or non-functioning links are in italics.
** Please also note that many schools which are de facto functioning international schools are either called “free schools” or have NPO status. The foremost reason for this anomaly compared to other countries is that the Japanese government does not grant recognition of the majority of international schools, especially ethnic schools. Instead it will classify such schools as “free schools” or commercial schools or Non-Profit Organisations (NPO). Ethnic schools that support predominantly students belonging to one ethnic group are listed here under this International Schools listing. There is no separate listing – because if you were a non-Japanese foreigner browsing this website from overseas, you would be a regarded member of the international community regardless of your ethnic group or race, hence no distinction is made here. That distinction should be self-obvious from either the name of the school OR the information provided along with the listing.

ABC INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (15 months to 6 years)

ABC is excited to announce that ABC International School has just moved to a wonderful new site in the heart of Moto Azabu just minutes from the previous location.

ABC’s new space includes a wonderful outdoor play area and bright, sunny classrooms, in a warm, homey environment.

ABC offers a comprehensive active learning pre-school curriculum that promotes elementary school readiness. The new outdoor play space with easy access to water and sensory play as well as a fully equipped mud-kitchen is a joyful support of children’s overall development. Visit ABC at its new location:

Motoazabu H House
2-14-34 Motoazabu

Phone: 03-5793-1359 Email: April McBride, school director

The school information below is provided at the ABC International School website:
Hours:  8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ages: 1.5 years – 6 years
Offers: English Pre-School Classes, Extended Day, After-School Classes
“ABC International School is a prestigious, private international preschool and kindergarten in the center of Tokyo that excels in providing the very best in early childhood education in a safe, fun, nurturing environment. At ABC, “We Make Learning Fun!!” Our facilities boast a gym, art atalier, computer lab and library, music conservatory, and 2 large learning environments. Accepting students from 12 months-6 years of age.”
Some of the things special about ABC:
  • Comprehensive positive guidance policy
  • 15 years of excellence in Tokyo
  • Small dedicated learning groups
  • Bright, clean, amazing ground floor facility
  • Intensive teacher training program
  • Integrated academic curriculum
  • Hands on, interactive learning approach
  • Loving, gentle, joyful educators
  • Secure online progress documentation with photos & video for parents
  • ABC opened a new division ABC Montessori International 


Hishitomo Bldg. 1F
4-17-3 Kishiki-cho Omiya-ku Saitama-shi
Phone & fax : 048-643-7770 (Contact Myles O’brien / Kumiko Imani)

ABC allows children to learn in a comfortable and stimulating learning environment, offering various activities that will enhance your child’s social and academic skills.
ABC believes all children are unique individuals and that young children should learn in a safe, nurturing environment which provides opportunities for children to learn and develop through activities which are age and individually appropriate.  ABC provides well-balanced curriculum (Language, Math, Science, Music&Movement, Arts & Crafts, PE, and various season & culture related themes) that’s uniquely developed by a professional early childhood educator.  ABC focuses on language skills, cognitive development, physical strength, and social-emotional development.  Unique features of the school include various hands-on activities, school lunch (4 days/week) and optional afternoon lessons.  Located in fast developing district, Saitama Shintoshin.  7 min walk from Saitama Shintoshin station.  Parking (2 spaces) is available.  One day free trial lesson is available anytime throughout the year. Visit ABC International Preschool website  for more details.

ABC / SMILEY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (1 year – grade 8), Chiba campus

Yawata campus:
Princess Miyoshi Bldg. 1F, 3-8-23 Yawata, Ichikawa, Chiba 272-0021
Phone: 0120-444-645 / 324-2444 or Email
New Hirai campus in Tokyo Edogawa from Feb 2005: Phone / Fax: 3610-8080
Nishi-Funabashi campus began operations in September 2005

New SIS URL! Preschool classes are geared to the development of a child’s social and sensory skills. Its curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of children at different stages of development, starting with Play and Learn (Pre-school), Calvert Program (Kindergarten), Elementary School (Gr 1 -2), After School and also Full time English School for children aged 1 to children in the 8th grade. Classes are keyed to the development of a child’s sensory and social skills. Math, Science, Art, Music, Stories, Literature, Physical Education, Sociology Social Activity, Technology, Outdoor Play, Indoor Play, Discussion, etc) are all provided a fun, enjoyable and international environment with foreign teachers and bilingual staff. Well-equipped classrooms. Leading up to diplomas being accredited by the Maryland State Education Department, U.S.A.


AIS is an international school offering an English educational setting for children from infants (1 year old) to primary. Classes are generally attended by one native English teacher, and one professional bilingual supervisor.

AIS is a kindergarten and primary school taught in English. Therefore the curriculum includes all educational topics, such as Science, Math, Social Studies, Drama & Art. By providing a varied curriculum, children develop their English Language skills as part of their daily lives, encompassing all possible vocabulary including specialized areas.

The international preschool offers an English immersion programme in a colourful and multicultural enrichment environment.  The curriculum covers the following areas: creative arts, language and literacy, logic-mathematics,  science, social studies, social and physical development.

Abroad’s curriculum provides a blend of free-play and carefully structured activities to teach early concepts. Activities throughout the day are planned that enable children to make choices. This element of choice, allows children to develop skills at their own pace with the appropriate assistance of the teacher. This child-centered curriculum encourages autonomy, inquiry and social competence. At the same time, each child is taught to take responsibility for their self and their actions. More curriculum details at these pages on their curriculumacademics. AIS aims to provide a high quality curriculum that is in the process of obtaining Cambridge accreditation.

Osaka ( 〒550-0014 1-3-2 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka-JAPAN Being Yotsubashi Bldg 5 Ph: 06-6535-0500)

Nagoya (〒Aichi-ken Nagoya-shi Naka-ku Sakae 2-12-12 Shirakawa Park Bldn 6th Fl Ph: 0-52-203-8087)

Sendai (〒980-0811 仙台市青葉区一番町2-5-1 大一野村ビル6 Ph: 022-213-7767)

Okayama (〒700-0903 Okayama-ken, Okayama city, Okayama Kitaku, Saiwai-cho 8-21 Okayayama Saiwai-chou Bldg 3F Ph: 086-221-0144)

Contact us:


#301, 2-1-21 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0046
Phone: 03-5798-3907 Fax: 03-5798-3908 Email

A preschool curriculum whose content grows with the child and becomes more challenging. Emphasizes language enrichment, problem-solving skills and the development of a culturally-relevant programme to help develop global citizens.

AGAPE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Preschool through high school)

2-7-21 Moto Okubo
Narashino-shi, Chiba prefecture
Japan 275-0012
Phone: (047)472-7547 Fax:(047)472-7143 Email

A bilingual (English/Japanese) Christian church school run by Pastor Tim and Betty Tazono, with a strong emphasis on Biblical teachings, daily prayers, worship, and Bible studies. Each person’s worth valued, will conduct general preparation for higher education, plus life skills: relating to others respectfully, serving others, Godly character encouraged. Strong emphasis on music. A place where the love, joy and peace of Jesus is nurtured.

AI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(18 months – 6 yrs), Minato-ku, Tokyo

Location: 2-21-8 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Phone: 03-769-3372; Email:
Founded in 1986, Ai celebrates its international community through various seasonal events, field trips, science fairs, and much more. It offers many extra-curricular activities like calligraphy art, ballet, sports, piano, kids yoga and Japanese class.


Location: 〒904-0116, 沖縄県中頭郡北谷町北谷2-10-13 (Access map)

Phone/Fax: 098-936-0144

AI International Preschool is a Christian school. The name of the school is derived from the word in the Bible for ‘God is Love’. God is in people who have love inside them, and we believe that god gives us help at any time.
Love has a deep meaning.
Firstly, we raise up the fruit of the spirit
(Galatians 5:22-23 love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control).


3-4, Nijigaoka, Meito, nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Phone: 052-788-2255 Email

The AIS kindergarten program primarily focuses on immersing the children in English and surrounding them with a large variety of stimulating activities. The kindergarteners’ days are filled with music, movement, stories, show-and-tell, art, math, observation, experimentation, and some introduction to reading and writing. The kindergarten is an English-only environment and by 4-year old, the students no longer mix their languages and can converse freely in English with their peers and the teachers. In addition to offering a well-balanced daily routine, the school also draws on Montesorri techniques to help foster independence and self-confidence in the kindergarten students.

Kita-senju campus:
1-3-11, Adachi, Adachi Ward, Tokyo Adachi Ward
Phone: 03-6908-8150 Fax:03-3889-8747
Minami-senju campus:
1-43-1 Minami-senju  Arakawa Ward, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3803-4455
Aloha, catering to the local Japanese community, offers day preschool(9:30-1.30pm), kindergarten (9:00 – 2 pm) or afterschool kindergarten (3:30-5:30 pm) elementary school (2-6pm) programs, optional music & movement programs. In the preschool, the class is taught by a foreign teacher together with two bilingual teachers. The curriculum uses a childhood program from the US, emphasizes creativity through its storytelling, art & craft and music components of the programme. The kindergarten programme additionally offers math, science learning, fitness and literacy, outdoor play, show & tell, drama and an emphasis on manners.

AMERASIAN SCHOOL (Ginowan-shi, Okinawa)

1-5-22 Shimashi, Ginowan-shi, Okinawa 901-2223 Phone/Fax: 098-8966-1966/7 Email:

With a new building at the AmerAsian School in the city of Ginowan, Okinawa in April 2003, the school was established mainly to provide both an English and Japanese education for children of all age groups born to U.S. military personnel and Japanese women. Some 60 students from kindergarten to junior high school levels attend the school, while around 10 other children are planning to enroll, according to the school officials. The cornerstone curriculum is the English one. Classified as a “free school”, the school was begun as a means of providing an education for AmerAsian children who were bullied at school… see article by the principal.

See also’s Quick Report on Okinawa Trip: AmerAsian School, Kina Shoukichi

AMERICAN KINDER (3 – 6 years)

3-37-6 Nakai, Takasaki, Gunma prefecture 370-0852
Phone: 027-353-4664 Fax: 027-353-3670 Email

Features bilingual education is offered (Japanese/English) for children between 3 – 6 years. The right-brained curriculum designed by a Harvard-trained educator and teacher at the school, the classes are taught by a full-time native English speaker and bilingual (J-E) assistant teacher. Other special features are cultural classes (Kodaly-method music, Japanese taiko and dance), physical education (includes swimming, karate, ballroom dance and aerobics).


Daiku 2-171-3 Miyazaki city, Japan 880-0015

Phone: 0985-28-4098


American School Building, 3-32-5 Taiko-dori, Nakamura-Ku, Nagoya.
Phone: 052-452-6667 Fax: 052-452-0184 Email

Students in early preschool classes (1.5 to 3 years old), preschool classes (2.5 to 4 years old) and ESL group and private lessons with children. Afternoon and Saturday ESL classes are taught in 50 minute in which students learn English through a variety of activities and topics such as cooking, crafts, and academic lessons similar to those taught in the United States, and also learn through action-based activities. Catering to thelocal Japanese community.


2-15-5 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0042
Phone: 03-3461-4523 Fax: 3461-2505 Email

Chofu Kindergarten
1-1-1 Nomizu, Chofu City
Phone: 0422-34-5300 Fax: 0422-34-5304 Email

A new facility in Roppongi opened from early 2004:
ASIJ Early Learning Center
6-16-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Phone: 03-5771 4344 / Phoning from outside Japan: 81-3-5771-4344
Fax: 03-5771-4341 / Faxing from outside Japan: 81-3-5771-4341 Email

Operating on two campuses, ASIJ is an independent, co-educational international day school that enrolls students from three years of age through high school. The school programme is college-preparatory in nature and the curriculum is modeled on the American system of education, and it meets the standards of accreditation as established by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs system. of education, and it meets the standards of accreditation as established by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The preschool offers a full-day, full-week educational program for children 3 through 6 years old. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the US’ largest professional organization of early childhood educators, the program is aimed at assisting the transition to ASIJ’s main Chofu campus or to schools in the US.

(20 months – 6 years)

Various locations:
Okurayama Campus
609 Futo, Kohoku, Yokohama 222-0031
Phone: 045-546-4664
Setagaya Campus School
4-30-5 Kaminoge, Setagaya, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5758-3858
Saginuma Campus
1-17-8 Saginuma, Miyamae, Kawasaki
Phone: 044-865-4399
Shibuya Campus
3-16-2 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
Phone: 03-5464-6966
Kamata Campus
8-24-7 Nishikamata, Ota-ku
Phone: 03-5722-6554

(Pre-preschool 0.9-3, preschool 1 1/2-3 yrs / K 3-6 yrs/ also English school 3-18 yrs / alternative schooling elementary) at Shibuya/Kamata/Saginuma/Okurayama Campuses). Small classes, excellent curriculum, and varied materials at American World to children the tools to build a solid base necessary for both understanding and learning the English language and functioning in this challenging world. Caters families who move/return abroad, or for those who wish for their children to become bilingual at a young age for the international world. The aim is to guide students to become independent, self-confident and capable. The kindergarten has both morning and afternoon programmes, with the morning classes structured and the afternoon ones free in activity but supervised. Email

AMICI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (18 months – 6 years)

4-3-50 Komaba Meguro, Tokyo,
Phone: 03-5454-9066 Fax: 03-5454-9066 Email

Featuring a peaceful neighborhood and spacious surroundings, the pre-school offers a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, multi cultural pre-school program that exposes children to different cultures and languages to instill in them respect for each person’s individuality and cultural differences. English instruction as well as daily Japanese lessons provided. Curriculum focuses on delivering Essential Daily Life Skills, Self-Expression activities, Multi-cultural Awareness through * Daily Japanese lessons and * Lessons on a variety of cultures, Basic Learning Skills (Cognitive skills/Critical thinking skills/ Language arts/ Motor skills) and Nature activities. 1,300,000 yen tuition


252-3 Barazawa, Kosai-cho, Nakakoma-gun, Yamanaishi-ken
Phone: 055-280-8095 Fax: 055-280-8096 Email

The kindergarten is conducted in the English language medium.

APPLE HOUSE PRESCHOOL(1.5-5 years old)
3-16-6, Noge, (Location 10 min.-walk from Kaminoge Station on Tokyu-Oimachi Line)
Phone:03-3701-2511 Email admissions Ms. Julie Kolzan

263-1 Ikedashimo-machi, Izumi 594-0032
Phone: 0725-56-8793

AOBA-JAPAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(K 3-6 years and through junior high grade 9)

Meguro Campus (3-6 yrs):
2-11-5 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0042, Japan
Phone: 81-3-5428-4488

Location of Hikarigaoka campus: 7-5-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 179-0072 Access Map  Email

A-JIS has defined itself as a school that cares deeply for its students, has a desire for continuous development in the context of 21st century learning, and is committed to providing a caring and supportive learning environment.

Aoba-Japan International School provides a continuum of international education for our learners aged 3-18 year olds.

Meguro Campus is where its Kindergarten is located. Meguro Campus offers kindergarten to families living in the area. From Grade 1 onward those students advance to classes at the Hikarigaoka Campus. A-JIS’ Early Years programme is aligned with the IB PYP programme delivered across 4 campuses where we cater for learners aged from 6 months to 5 years. Each campus is unique in its structure but consistent in its philosophy to provide an engaging and meaningful learning experiences based on best international practice. The IB’s ‘Early Years’ perspective focuses on both how children learn as well as who they are as learners. Learners’needs, interests and abilities form the basis of our early years programme (adapted from IBO).

A-JIS implements the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum with an emphasis on developing the characteristics of global leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in our learners. We focus on building effective communication, problem solving and wise risk taking skills. For more on the IB curriculum see this page. The programmes include: Early YearsPrimary YearsMiddle YearsSenior YearsEnglish as an Additional Language
Japanese as Additional Language; After School Programme.

AOMORI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL in Rakkosho village, Aomori

A new private and fully integrated K – 12 international school is being proposed as part of the government policy to produce Super English Language High Schools(SELHis). It is envisioned to cater in equal proportions to Japanese and foreign students. To be established by the Aomori Prefectural government with the help of Aoba International and Senri International Schools and also Katoh Gakuen, Details here.


1-3-10 Kagoike-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

Phone: 078-221-3805

Founded in 1984 by Sole Bruggemann, an accredited teacher of many years’ experience teaching in international schools in Kobe area.  3 year olds may attend either 3 or 5-day week programs while 4 year olds attend the 5 day week. The curriculum is designed to prepare children for kindergarten at any of the international schools in Japan. There are many extracurricular activities and excursions organized throughout the year.

Nearest station: Oji Station, Hankyu Kobe Line

ASHIYA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(Currently 2 – 6 years, grades 1 and 2 from September 2005)

4-1 Yoko-cho, Ashiya 659-0034
Phone: 0797-35-5011 Fax: 0797-35-5013 Email

Aims to provide an English speaking, reading, writing, and playing environment especially for two to five year old children who live in the Kobe-Osaka city in Hyogo prefecture. The programme is based on Christian principles. The school invests in students so that they will be fluent in English and Japanese. The program provides for the physical, mental, spiritual, and social development of each child as he/she learns basic reading and writing skills, sings, dances, listens to stories, draws, colors, solves puzzles, recognizes number relationships, and plays so that he/she will be ready for elementary school. The school is working with Hyogo prefecture to become an approved school by the Japanese Ministry of Education, and expand to begin 1st and 2nd grade in September 2005.


2F Ashiyahama Center (Next to NAS Ashiya Sports Club), 3-1 Wakaba-cho, Ashiyahama-shi, Hyogo Prefecture 659-0041

Phone/fax: 0797-35-3735

The School Mission: To build a strong life foundation by integrating biblical education and family life to develop the child’s mind, heart, soul, and body.

Environment: Children develop the best in small groups with intimate, family-like settings. To facilitate this, number will be restricted to around 20 children to maintain a family atmosphere as much as possible. The Ashiyahama Family Preschool environment is comfortable but invites and stimulates the curiosity of young learners. For children develop morally they need an environment which provides clear and simple guidelines, reinforcing appropriate behaviour and confronting the inappropriate, allowing them to develop responsibility. To best prepare for life children need an environment which provides both a strong individual and group focus. Children need to be encouraged, to talk to and listen to one another, play and imagine together and to cooperate with one another, learning mutural love and respect.
Activities: Children develop the best with hands on education and opportunity to explore and be creative in their interests. To facilitate this we will use project focused activities in a Montessori and sensorial style. These provide process-orientated activities which we sequence to build skills from the concrete and simple to the abstract and more complex. Also, other music and movement activities will focus on appealing to the five senses of the child.
English Language: To build a firm foundation in English communication, children will learn every-day English the teachers will work each day with the environment so the children will be exposed to as much English as possible, using focussed projects as well as music, rhyme and book reading etc.
Biblical Focus: Children will be taught the value of human beings and to respect and honor others as well as to differ between right and wrong, according to Biblical guidelines

AU PAYS DES SAKURAS (2 – 3 years)

Akagi Shrine, Kagurazaka-dori, Kagurazaka station (Tozai Line) Tokyo. Take the exit no. 1 to Akagi Shrine.
Phone: 813-3269-0802 / 090-2627-1666 Email

Not really a preschool, but a pre-preschool mother-and-child session workshop. The activities for kids aged 2 or slightly more are held on the beautifully serene and charming grounds of the Akagi Shrine at Kagurazaka station. All activities are conducted in French only, although more than 10 different nationalities are represented in the group. Whether expatriate or resident, French or not, all are welcome. The sessions focus on language, motor skills and community awareness activities. All nationalities are welcome.


Kichijoji Nanai Building, 1-35-14 Kichijoji Hon-cho, Musashino-shi 180-0004
Phone: 0422-20-3626 / 0422-20-3626 Email

The school utilizes a U.S. curriculum through Home Study International which issues diplomas approved by the Maryland State Education Department, U.S.A. Axis Kichijoji International School emphasizes the student development of life skills while striving towards academic excellence and upholding Christian values. A small student-teacher ratio led by caring instructors who encourage guided, independent learning. Prep School program helps children to prepare for International school. This program uses an American Preschool with the emphasis on mastering English. Through play, music, stories and much more, the children are encouraged to use and develop their English Language skills with native teachers and Japanese Language assistant teachers. All children in this program who have the necessary language ability at the age of 6 are naturally given preference to our International school for a grade 1 placement.

AYLA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (18 months – 6 years)

101 Luna Shirokane, 6-14-4 Shirokane, Minato-ku.
Phone / Fax: 03-3448-2585 Mobile: 080-3023-7988 Email

Curriculum focuses on music, art, nature, literacy, science, and math. Monthly field trips and a special art program. Friday is Japanese Language Day. Beginning with a nursery program for infants from 18 months, through kindergarten up to age 6. A harvesting nature trip to Hanno, Saitama Prefecture. Japanese and Western lunches are available, there’s a 20 percent discount for siblings, and all nationalities are welcome. For an overview of the school’s method, see here.


Location: 3-10-12 Azabu-juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
Phone: 03-3451-8477 Fax: 03-3451-8476

A private international school established in 1993, that provides a recognized child development care program that meets the needs of each child and their parents. AzabuIS understands how children think and behave at different ages, how to guide them and motivate them, and strives to provide the optimum learning atmosphere and educational experience. AzabuIS adapts its program to the individual needs of every child in the classroom.


Location: Hata, Minami Alps City, Chizuka district, Kofu-city, Yamanashi Prefecture  See 山梨県南アルプス市徳永1605(旧八田村 白根高校近く)
Phone:  055-280-0500  Email:

The Bambi Bilingual Kindergarten in Hatta, Minami Alps City, Chizuka district, Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, is managed and owned by English Plus is one of the largest English schools in the prefecture.

In the spring of 2008, the Minami Alps Kids’ Center Bambi Bilingual Kindergarten was opened at a new, custom-built facility located in Hatta, Minami Alps City, about 10 minutes west of the English Plus Showa school.

Visit their blog at their website to see their immersion programme at work.


Higashidamiya 1-6-1-5F, Hirakata city, Osaka, 573-0023
Phone/Fax: 072-843-7500 Email:

A Japanese preschool in Osaka which emphasizes early introduction of English, all English immersion preschool program, English conversation classes, afterschool, karate and ballet classes.


Location: 2-210-8 Yoshino-cho Kita-ku Saitama-city Saitama 331-0811

For the 3 school locations, click on Mihara schoolKita-koshigaya school; and theHigashi-urawa school Also see access maps here.

Established in 2005, the preschool aims to provide children with an enriching multicultural environment in which they will be given the opportunity to develop and mature. Its curriculum and the use of the immersion method have been carefully constructed to fit the needs of the child in both a safe and positive environment.



2-1903 Motoueda, Tempaku, Nagoya, Aichi Japan 468-0009 Tel:052-808-9930 Fax:052-808-9931


Beanstalk International School operates preschool in a total English immersion environment, using the Zoo Phonics Effective Phonics Program and preschool curriculum as its base.

Zoo-phonics was voted No. 1 program in 2001 by the NPO called “Educators for Phonemic Awareness for efficiency of learning, fullness of curriculum and cost effectiveness, after spending 2 years to test 170 language arts programs in the U.S. Used by over 6,000 schools in the US.

Open to children aged 3 to 7 years. 9:30 am -2:30 pm. Various afterschool classes including elementary and jr high classes are also offered. 2 teachers to maximum of 12 students per class.

The Spring School program encompasses not only the Zoo Phonics curriculum, but also art, craft, music and math as well as an aerobic element held in Beanstalk’s wide gymnasium. Students of Beanstalk International School’s Spring School program will receive a full physical and mental workout. Learning of fundamental Mathematic concepts is through Hands-On Experience

A hill top location in Nagoya East school has bright colorful classrooms and furniture see photos at


3-6-12 IM Nakameguro Bldg. 4F, Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0061
Phone: 03-3712-8016

(Meguro school) 6-17-21 Belgrave Bldg. Kasugacho, Nerima-ku, Tokyo

The Pre-school curriculum is comprised of basic vocabulary and phonics skills on which a rotated on a monthly basis. Topics include themes such as shapes, colors, prepositions, food and seasonal themes. The curriculum acknowledges different learning styles and exposes each child to a variety of learning techniques including audio, visual, and tactile methods. As an educational institution, Belgrave International Preschool is committed to developing the student as a whole to function successfully in kindergarten and within their communities. The preschool was born out of the success of the earlier existing English schools.


Bell Kids International Preschool website:

Renaissance-La Vista 1F  Takakura-cho1-8-13, Miyakojima-ward, Osaka city
(5 minutes from Miyakojima station)
Phone: 06-6923-2235 Contact

〒534-0011 大阪市都島区高倉町1丁目8-13
ルネッサンス ラ・ビスタ1F 地下鉄谷町線都島駅5番出口より徒歩5分 Phone : 06-6923-2235

(Googles Map for access)

A preschool founded in 2005 offering English immersion education. Catering for children aged 1 year onwards, the school offers infant, toddler classes as well as kindergarten (K1-K3), afterschool and Saturday classes. A summer school program is available. English native teachers are employed.

Kids learn English in a natural way using English songs and through play, phonics, puzzles, flashcard play, themed craft activities, storytimes, etc. Small classes. Chado tea ceremony, sports and art lessons are held for enrichment.   View detailed curriculum here:


Sakurazutsumi 2-2-3, Musashino-shi  
Phone: 0422-54-1898(Japanese or English) Email

Applies the Reggio Emilia method where learning activities are child-led. Standard kindergarten practices (all areas) are built upon, expanded and refined using extensive documentation of each child’s daily experiences. Full day preschool operating between 9 am – 2 pm with 5:1 student-teacher ratio. Flexi-programme with 2, 3, 4 or 5 day-week options. Particularly geared to cater for bilingual and multilingual children with one English speaking parent in the home. After school programme is available for children between 3 and 6 attending a Japanese kindergarten. More about the school here.


Main Preschool & Afterschool:

Takanawa School 【TEL】03-6450-2923
【address】Legaro Takanawa 1F Takanawa 3-21-7 Minato-ku Tokyo

Phone: 03-6450-2923

Locations: New Denenchofu School opening
【address】 Tamagawadenenchofu 1-16-17 Setagaya-ku Tokyo

Musashikosugi School 【TEL】044-422-8678
【address】〒211-0011 Kind Tamagawa 4f Shimonumabe 1760 Nakahara-ku Kawasaki-shi Kanagawa

Kugahara School【TEL】 03-3759-1205
【address】〒146-0085 Kosumo building 1F 31-11 Higashiminemachi Ota-ku Tokyo

Nishimagome School 【TEL】 03-5742-8387
【address】〒143-0026  2-19-15 Nishimagome Ota-ku Tokyo

Hatanodai School【TEL】 03-3787‐5201
【address】〒142-0064  4-6-281F Hatanodai Shinagawa-ku

By participating in different fun activities in an English environment, Bilinga preschool students will not only acquire English Communication, skills and knowledge of the culture of the English-speaking world naturally, but also learn the manners of being in a group and learn to fit into a society. Bilinga curriculum brings out children’s emotional autonomy and motivation to learn to its fullest. Bilinga’s kindergarten Science School in offers lessons in English and outdoor play in the morning, Science, math, geography, art, and many other lessons taught in English in the afternoon. Discovery time in the park.

Bilinga offers curriculums where children can learn natural English through activities that they really enjoy. Through many seasonal events, Bilinga provides opportunities for its students to come in contact with not only the English language but also foreign cultures. Bilinga brings together language, culture, and people in an organic way.

See more at their blog


1F, Belde-Omiya Bldg, 1-624-1 Higashionari, Kita-Ku, Saitama-shi.
Phone(toll free): 0120-815-185 or 048-662-2810 Fax: 048-662-2811 Email

Stresses affordability with flexible rates catering to all needs. Flexible preschool course schedules running anywhere from one to five days per week for 2- to 6-year-olds. After-school and Saturday programs are also offered. Bilingual education with fully qualified native English-speaking staff. Based on the Total Immersion Method, utilizing, curiosity, creativity, positive interaction skills, kids learn by playing and interacting with their peers and teachers.


Located in Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama city, the school conducts daily classes in English for 2 year olds onwards offering the scheduled English Time, Rhythmic, Craft, Gymnastics, Story Time, English and Dance activities in succession from 9:30 am to 1.15 pm. Mainly catering to Japanese children.



2F Times Station Ikebukuro, 4-25-9 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Brilliant Kids seeks to improve the quality of early childhood programs for kids aged 1 to 6 years, by designing easy-to-use curriculum and training materials and workshops offered by Teaching Strategies. read more about the characteristics of Brilliant Kids’ programs and services here


The British Culture Academy Wholeday School, in Saitama, is based in Kawaguchi, Saitama.

〒332-0012 川口市本町2-2-15 クレール川口1F
TEL 048-225-8992

Station location: 〒332-0012 川口市本町4-6-4 三井ビル2F・3F
TEL 048-226-1077 / FAX 048-226-107

BCA is a small school that runs a programme, catering for 2 year olds through kindergarten age, which places emphasis on teaching quality and the welfare of the teacher. All teachers are supported in their work by bilingual Japanese support staff.

The school provides a total English immersion education and the programme includes the study of Math (number), World culture (world culture), Science (science), and Music (music), in addition to English lessons. A dedicated Art classroom with art lessons by a special lecturer, and there are a gymnastics and swimming classes as well.

(THE) BRITISH SCHOOL IN TOKYO(preschool – primary 1-7)

(Shibuya Campus)
1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
(Showa Campus)
Showa Women’s University 5th Building 3F & 4F, 1-7-57 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-853
Phone: 03-3400-7353 Fax: 03-5485-5340 Email

The curriculum comprises the English National Curriculum (while Japanese language and culture are taught by a native Japanese teacher) prepares for a smooth transition from the British School to schools in the UK. The British School in Tokyo (BST) is a truly international co-educational school with over 900 students aged between 3 and 18, located right in the centre of one of the most exciting cities in the world. BST’s most recent Inspection Report, in which the school received the highest grade, Excellent, in all 8 categories at every age level, has resulted in BST becoming well known internationally for our high academic standards, for the care it takes with each individual student of any ability and for the happy, multicultural environment that we provide for learning and play.

BUDDY SPORTS KINDERGARTEN (Asao-ku-Kawasaki city & Yokohama-Kanagawa/Setagaya-ku/Koto-ku)

Haruhino 4-3-2, Asao-ku, Kawasaki city, Kanagawa Prefecture 215-0036

Phone: 044-819-4601 Email:  School website:

Buddy Sports Kindergarten has a new spanking new kindergarten built in the new town of Haruhino.

It belongs to a chain of schools with locations in Setagaya-ku, Koto-ku, Nagatsuta, Asahigaoka, and Yokohama. The organization is also famous for the Buddy Sports Club and particularly for its soccer clubs.

The kindergartens are popular for their emphasis on sports, sports facilities and no wonder, take a look at the sample curriculum of the new kindergarten in Haruhino (source: school flyer, see below)

BUSY BEES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(bilingual program) (Suginami-ku, Tokyo)

School website:

Grades, Ages 3 – 6 years old. Address, 1-19-14 B1, Izumi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Access: Location, 8 minutes walk from Daitabashi Station on Keio Line. See Map

Phone: 03-6413-1901. Fax No. 03-6413-1901 Contact them.

Busy Bees is an international preschool and kindergarden in Tokyo Suginami ward that offers a unique bilingual program for children ages 2.5 to 6 years of age. The school also offers arts & crafts, gymnastics and many enjoyable multicultural events for the children throughout the year. See a typical day’s timetable schedule here.


902 Hatakeda Wakamatuku Kitakyushu-shi 808-0104
Phone: 093-791-6446 Fax: 093-701-0286 Email

CIC is an international school established primarily to allow Japanese students an environment for acquiring English in the most natural way and to use more efficient language training methods. The school offers: “Pair school” for One-year and Mothers; Preschool for Two-year olds; English Kindergarten (3-5) (It also offers follow-up Classes for kindergarten graduates and returnees; English classes for elementary school children; Spring and Summer Camp; Spring and Summer Intensive English Courses). The school seeks to use a holistic approach in providing early childhood education with the goal of nurturing people who will be able to cope with society.

Originally established in 1983 as an English language school and 1n 1995 CIC opened an English Kindergarten in Kitakyushu City. CIC caters to the Japanese community with the goal of providing more enjoyable and efficient methods, and easier ways of learning practical English at a reasonable cost. The school believes children have tremendous capacity to learn not only languages but also other skills and that it is important to develop their abilities when they still possess abilities to learn things easily and naturally. The school aims to provide the environments where children can learn many things naturally.


5-8-20 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0001
Phone: 03-5793-1392 Fax: 03-5793-3559 Email

CIS was established in Osaka and Tokyo in 2000. The school is a private coeducational institution which has accepted junior and senior high school students for the past two years. CIS and its curriculum is accredited by the Department of Education of the Province of Prince Edward Island (PEI). Certified professional Canadian teachers conduct the classes in English using the same methods and resources as in schools located in Canada. The elementary classes are conducted in a multiage setting. Students may choose to transfer to Richmond International High School. They could also have the opportunity to transfer to additional schools in Canada, United States or other countries as our course credits are transferable to schools throughout the world. CIS is a school authorized to conduct and implement the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.


Location: 〒154-0015 Tokyo Setagaya-ku Sakura Shinmachi 1-8-8 3F
Phone: 03-6413-6450

The following information is from the CIS website:

Cambridge International School Tokyo, which is located SETAGAYA SAKURASHINMACHI TOKYO (near Shibuya on the Denentoshi line), is a new preschool and international school for Japanese and foreigners who want to develop learning and thinking skills by English. The school caters for students of all ages from Pre-school (age 1-3) through to Elementary School.

The school is committed to educating young people to meet life as a whole. Its philosophy is where one learns about the totality, the wholeness of life. Academic excellence is absolutely necessary, but equal importance is also given to an ongoing inquiry into the way we live our daily lives. All aspects of its curriculum embody its philosophy to foster critical reasoning and discussion in key discourses while at the same time establishing a critical awareness of the activities that the school is engaged in. This underlying framework provides a means to establish not only a mastery of the principles and practice of rigorous and logically informed reasoning in the individual disciplines themselves, but is part of an inquiry that extends beyond the mastery of the technical skills required of today’s world to an intelligence born of observation and self-knowing.

Cambridge International School is dedicated to providing high quality instructional programs to students of all ages that offer routes for all learners from Kindergarten through to University entrance.

Its Middle School/Junior High program is based upon the Cambridge Secondary program and offers a flexible curriculum with integrated assessment. It builds on the foundations of the Cambridge Elementary curriculum and is for 12-15 year olds. The Cambridge Secondary curriculum develops learners’ skills and understanding in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science and provides excellent preparation for High School courses.

The International School Program is designed to integrate the study of the social sciences and humanities on the one hand, and mathematics and science on the other. The program provides a coordinated and systematic way of drawing upon different disciplines so that students may experience interdisciplinary thinking and make important connections across subject areas. In so doing, students develop a proper understanding and interpretation of the relation between science and technology and society, and through informed discussion develop decision making skills necessary for the public good as international citizens of a culturally diverse and increasingly interdependent world. Students will foster critical thinking skills as well as be able to synthesize knowledge and reflect on their own thought processes.


4-1 Koyo-cho Naka, Higashi-nada-ku, Kobe 658-0032 Japan
Phone: 078-857-0100 Fax: 078-857-3250 Email

The elementary school follows an American curriculum from K – grade 5 with an emphasis on the study of Japan and the students’ home countries. The 6th – 8th grade middle school follows an integrated and activity-oriented curriculum that unites the elementary and high school years. The 9th-12th grade high school program follows a North American and International Baccalaureate college prep curriculum.


Address: 5-8-20, Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo  141-0001

Phone: 03-5793-3839

Program caters to students from preK – High school/ Ages 3 to 18 years old Located in Kita Shinagawa near Osaki Station on the Yamanote Line, the school offers a Canadian-based program and curriculum (accredited by the Prince Edward Island Ministry of Education) and in order to provide students with a high level, internationally oriented education in order to prepare them for postsecondary learning in Japan, Canada, the U.S. or other countries. CIS is a small school with a low teacher-student ratio. Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recently approved graduates of CIS as eligible for postsecondary programs at regular Japanese institutions, a decision that greatly increases options for graduating students


3-12-11 Sakuradai, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 176-0002 Japan
Tel & Fax : 81-3-6914-9529 E-mail:

Camelot offers an Early Childhood Education Program for three and four year-olds and the Primary School (5 year olds to 9 year olds) conducts learning in small and enriched classes with each class comprised of 2 or 3 grades mixture – in multi-age classrooms, the students thrive in a vibrant, inclusive, nurturing and close-knit environment alongside a diverse group of peers

Located in Nerima-ku, Tokyo, Camelot is an international community that offers a safe and secure learning environment close to Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The school operates a program for Early Years class up to Year 7. However, for this year, a program only for the Early Years Class students and the lower grades of the Primary School students is being offered. This is because the school has a plan to move to a large school building in a few years. The school will gradually offer the other grades classes from next year.

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

Camelot International Primary School (CIPS) instructions in all academic subjects are based on the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) from United Kingdom as the foundation, and on American Core Standard for language art, and on American Core Standard or on Japanese National Standard for Math.

Camelot International Primary School also believes that students living in Japan should be provided with opportunities to explore the country and study the Japanese language; therefore all students can get the chance to study Japanese following the Japanese curriculum as the Japanese National Standards.

International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an accredited and a comprehensive curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness. The IPC is now (2014) the curriculum choice of international and national schools in over 1,600 schools in 92 countries around the world.

IPC covers the knowledge (the facts and information children might learn), the skills (those practical abilities children need to be able to do) and the understandings (the deeper awareness of key concepts which develops over time). There are subject Learning Goals forLanguage Arts, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology,History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.


2-5-18 Chuorinkan, Yamato city, Kanagawa, Japan 242-0007
Phone: 046-259-6440 Email:

CFIS curriculum provides a progressive, fun and child-centered approach that encourages learning through discovery and exploration. As well as covering traditional subjects integrated into the IPC curriculum, children attending CFIS also have ballet, swimming, gym, hip-hop, Japanese and music as special subjects. CFIS classrooms are bright providing the children with a pleasant, comfortable and stress-free environment.

CFIS’ program characteristics:

  • The curriculum is based on IPC (International Primary Curriculum).
  • All subjects, including Math, Science and Art are all taught in English.
  • Japanese lessons (reading and writing) once a week for 2 to 4 year olds and twice a week for the 5 year old class.
  • Physical activities every day.
  • Music classes once a week.
  • About one third of our students are native English speakers. Thus the progression of communicating naturally in English is enhanced.



 6-14-26 Shibasaki-chou, Tachikawa-city Tokyo 190-0023

Located in Tachikawa city, Tokyo, the CFIS program focuses on English language education in the fields of Sports and Music.

The school’s aim is to enable children to naturally acquire and develop problem solving skills, the value of mutual support and respect for others as well as creativity through a carefully balanced curriculum concentrating on sports, music, communication skills (English and Japanese) and mathematics, all while having fun. CFIS’ unique school concept is the result of their 10-year experience. The school aims to empower children with the endless benefits a balanced learning environment can give, including languages, math, sports and music.

Central Forest believes that sports and music education can benefit the child’s development in a wide range of aspects, which is why the school regards its mission to provide such disciplines at the Early Years stage. Communication skills will also play an essential role once the children grow up and start their lives as independent young adults. In today’s international society, the necessity of being able to speak English in addition to one’s own mother tongue is constantly increasing. Mathematical abilities are extremely important in a wide range of jobs as well. However, once these skills have been mastered, it is how they will be used that will make the real difference. There is no meaning in learning English, Japanese and mathematics for the mere purpose of entering a good university. The school is convinced that music and sports skills are as important as communication and mathematical abilities for the children’s well-rounded character formation.

Sports and music do not just mean body training and development of creativity and sense of rhythm. They allow children to naturally learn the importance of teamwork, care and respect for others as well as encouraging the appreciation of effort and cultivating the spirit of constantly challenging one’s own limits.

Physical education and rhythmic activities are being included in the curriculums of a growing number of preschools and kindergartens for their extremely beneficial effects on the learning of languages and mathematics.

Many preschools and kindergartens include outdoors playtime and simple physical activities supported by music. The school however, provides a P.E. program centered on athletics, with age-appropriate and stress-free stretching, running, throwing and jumping activities which will help build the children’s physical strength. In the same way we include in our music classes some fun basic musical education through singing and dancing accompanied by the teacher with the piano.

In addition to this, the school aims to implement full-fledged competitive sports such as gymnastics, swimming, soccer, basketball and hip-hop, as well as familiarizing children with keyboard, drums, guitar and the ukulele. All of these instruments being of course child-sized. While mastering basic physical skills and nurturing their sense of rhythm, they will in fact learn skills they will be able to enjoy once they become adults.

CHATEAU DES BAMBINI (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Formerly called the Rainbow International Montessori School, renamed Chateau des Bambini (which means “Children’s Castle”)


Address:  2-8-18 2F Minami Azabu Minato-ku, 106-0047 Tokyo

Phone: 03-6400-3328 Fax: 03-6400-3329 Email :

The Chateau school offers the regular classic Montessori activities in its program and in a “homelike” environment which helps promote a transition from home to school life. The school caters to children aged 12 months to 6 years old and its teachers are Montessori certified.

Chateau des Bambini suppirts the working parents and so we are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

(THE) CHATEAU SCHOOL (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Location:3-17-3 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, TOKYO 106-0031 Phone: 03-6434-9689

A kindergarten located in the heart of Harajuku that offers two programs – expatriate program and local program for Pre-Kindergarten: 0 to 3 years old / Kindergarten: 3 to 6 years old. The expatriate program includes an enrichment program on top of the local program that includes Montessori, Fun Lab, Advanced Language, Advanced Math and World Diplomacy (Multiculturalism) activities. Download their pdf brochure for more information on the school. The school seeks to provide an innovative learning environment with high quality, cross-cultural content to foster a young child’s inner talents establishing a new lifestyle education brand.

The school offers a new concept in education (excerpt below taken from from their website):

“CHATEAU SCHOOL is a new concept international school. Children check into school with their passport and explore the world as “diplomats” from ages 0 to 12 years old. CHATEAU SCHOOL offers a globally exclusive program designed to gain exceptional academic skills from an early age. The education is based on the Montessori philosophy and is taught in English. The curriculum is linked to the CHATEAU SCHOOL WORLD DIPLOMACY concept and multi-lingual program. The “diplomats” are expected to explore a minimum of 3 languages at 3 years old. Mandarin, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Arabic are offered in our language program. CHATEAU SCHOOL is very unique for its daily “Real World Excursions”. “Diplomats” visit the following but are not limited to: The United Nations University Library, Embassies, space center, cultural excursions, creative studios, historical places, museums & galleries, theater, antique shops, technology laboratories, perfumery and underground destinations around the city.”


Cherry Blossom Preschool and Toddler Center website:

Cherry Blossom Pre-School:
No. 1823 Parkside Terrace, 269 Ogido, Kitanakagusuku-son, Okinawa   901-2317
Phone: 098-935-2780 Email:

Cherry Blossom Toddler Center:
No. 1827 Parkside Terrace, 269 Ogido, Kitanakagusuku-son, Okinawa   901-2317
Phone: 098-935-3441 Email:

Cherry Blossom Preschool and Toddler Center’s mission is to provide a safe and caring early education environment to all its students. It is committed to help each and every student develop himself holistically by acquiring key academic skills and by being exposed to arts and culture.  In so doing, he attains the necessary early life and academic skills which would help him become a benefit to himself, his family, and his community.

The Toddler Center was established with the goal of providing every young child a unique period of self development in a tender and nurturing atmosphere of special understanding, respect, and support. Children from various cultural backgrounds are welcome and family members are encouraged to participate in the program.
The program is based on accepted theories of social, physical, emotional, and psychological development of the child.  The program is individualized to meet the needs of every child.  Children select activities and materials that interest them and they learn by being actively involved. The physical environment is quiet, safe, healthy and contains a variety of toys and materials that are educational, stimulating, and familiar.
Accepted student age range: 2 months – 3 years old
School hours:Monday – Friday  Half day:  8:30 AM – 12:00 Full day: 8:30 AM – 15:00

(THE) CHILDREN’S GARDEN (2.5-6 year olds)

Gateway International Center, 3-19-12 Fujigaoka, Soleiyu 201 Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0004
Phone: 0466-54-5755 Email

The International Childrens Garden is a multi-age, multi-cultural early education program (preschool and Kindergarten) held in English only, for 2 1/2 6 year olds. 12:1 child to teacher-ratio. Unique in that it is the only center in all of Japan to officially implement UNESCO’s Living Values program and non violent communication practices. Features holistic approach to play and learning in a family atmosphere. Field trips every month. (The center also runs a playgroup for 0-3 year olds and an afterschool English enhancement programme for kids who are fluent in English once a week)

(THE) CHILDREN’S GARDEN (preschool and after school class)

3-12-19 Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Phone: (0422) 20-5055) Email

Run by Ellen Motohashi, the school which opened on May 7th, 2002 offers a full day English content based preschool (9:30 am – 2:30pm) along with an after school class for English speaking children who attend facilities outside, Saturday special activity classes, and a bilingual class focusing on the creative arts. It is located in Kichijoji about 10 minutes directly west from the Kichijoji JR central exit straight down Nakamichi-dori (this street continues on from the main street which runs in front of the station past Parco). Bilingual elements in the program include bilingual storytimes/singing and will be expanded gradually. Its pedagogy and philosophy share elements from the Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia (project based approach) and any other discipline which promotes the importance of child directed, experienced based learning which enhances the development of the whole child. Rich natural experiences are emphasized and outdoor trips will be planned for as often as possible during the year.


3-18-16 Meguro Honcho, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0002,
Phone: 3710-1160 Fax: 3710-1193


5-16-12 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Phone: 03-3406-5700 | Fax: 03-3406-5710

Children’s House is tucked away in a quiet residential area of Minami Aoyama. The School is truly a “Children’s House” where Montessori materials and furniture are sized for children. Founded and run by passionate Montessori teachers who strive to create a comfortable environment for all children.

Children’s House’s mission is to offer an authentic Montessori Education, based on the principles, methods and activities of Maria Montessori. Children’s House currently offers one infant classroom, for children between the age of twelve months to thirty six months, and one primary Montessori classroom, for children three to six years old.

CHILD’S PLAY SCHOOL (1.5 – 4 yrs)

18-8 Motoyoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0062
Phone: 3460-8841 Fax: 5709-0552 Email

The school motto being, “School is Fun,” the pre-school tries to achieve a balance between creative and structured activities. A bright, creative environment.


3-14-7, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3411-0932 Email

There are 2 branches, for info on the other Shibuya branch phone: 03-3264-4006


1-2-14 Shinkawacho, Higashi Kurume City
Phone: 0424-71-0022 Fax:0424-76-2200 Email

CAIJ offers an accredited college prep Christian education program. Programs for ESL and a resource room for special needs children are also available. CAJ has a popular support services (resources and consulting) program for homeschooled students or students who attend Japanese schools.

2 chome 1-3 Aichi-gun Togo-cho Hyogo, Aichi 470-0166
Phone/fax: 0561-37-0388 Email:

Chubu International Preschool was founded in September 2004 in Togo-cho, Aichi. The preschool program operates classes from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The school offers a warm nurturing place with a program that emphasizes English although Japanese and Chinese are featured in the curriculum as well.  A 50% discount applies to preschool tuition fee if your child’s first language is English (good for up to 3 children in a class).


School website
2-11-5 Koda, Ikeda city. Osaka 563-0043
Phone/Fax 072-751-5181 Email:
Established since 2004 April, Church of Praise is a church-based Christian school with its own special curriculum and program for students K through jr high school, featuring the following:
– A biblically based, integrated curriculum providing opportunities for children to explore concepts and absorb information by learning in ways that suit their different learning styles. The school recognizes that each child has their own type of intelligence and therefore, offers music, art, movement, math, social studies, nature explorations and science experiments as integral parts of the day. The curriculum is designed to meet the ways that different children learn, and provide opportunities for all types of intelligences to succeed.
– A curriculum based on Christian principles that will teach children social and moral skills for life.
– An integrated curriculum designed to ensure that each child develops both Japanese and English languages. Through studying various themes students will engage in activities where they will speak, listen, and write in both Japanese and English. Within the school’s daily program there are specific times for only speaking Japanese or only speaking English. The school program provides native speaking Japanese teachers as well as native speaking English teachers who will instruct in their native language.
– A physical activities program is designed to be fun, promote physical fitness, promote neuromotor skills, as well as, perceptual motor skills. Specialized physical activity has many benefits including health, brain stimulation that develops and improves the child’s attention span and thinking capabilities. The school program includes specific physical activities that are not only fun, but prepare children for higher forms of learning too.
– Learning centers that are designed to provide hands-on learning that coordinates with the theme being studied. Learning centers have many benefits. They allow children to have autonomy to explore their interests in a positive manner. Learning centers foster self-esteem, decision making abilities, individual and group


2-10-18 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, 150-0012 Tokyo
Phone / Fax:03-5468-6456 Email

Preschool for 2 1/2 to 7-year-olds of all nationalities who communicate and are guided in English as the school’s primary language. Run by Mr. Gerd Oberlin for 2.5 to 6 year olds. In an aesthetic, Swedish style environment the children are challenged by a broad spectrum of genuine, natural wooden Montessori materials that help them develop fundamental motor and technical skills, acquire self-discipline and enhance their creativity. They gain basic understanding and abilities in the areas of aesthetic perception, communication, reading, writing, calculating, rhythm and drawing. Linked up by a semester long theme, creative activities in drama, art and music complement the individual work and daily conversational circle. If the child’s first language is not English he will learn it by immersion. This approach follows current programs as practised in Japan and everywhere else in the world. It owes its success to the fact that children do not think it strange if people in school speak differently from people at home. Apart from becoming bilingual they construct and appreciate their own cultural identity.


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3F ,   Higashi Sumiyoshi [sic. 山坂 Ward mountain slope] 3-3-16-3F Osaka City
1F, Doragu Segami Bldg
Phone:      06-6622-3831      Email:

TEL:06-6609-9608 FAX:06-6609-9607

An international school in Osaka that offers right and left brain special education. Comprehensive bilingual preschool and kindergarten courses that offer instruction on reading, speaking and writing in both English and Japanese. (French and Chinese time are also offered) Academic instruction is advanced by Japanese preschool standards, academics taught include kanji learning, phonics learning and science studies at kindergarten level.


Location: 153 Matsugo, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0027

Phone: 04-2946-1911 | Fax: 04-2946-1955

Columbia is an overseas accredited Canadian school, with accreditations from Ontario Ministry of Education and WASC (U.S.) and Japan M of Ed.

Columbia delivers an Ontario curriculum while focusing on English, mathematics and computers at the same time supporting local language acquisition with daily classes in Japanese. The school follows the whole child approach to education so students can be successful in a safe, positive learning environment with ample opportunities for co-curricular activities. Columbia prepares children for the challenges of Western University and readies young adults to lead successful lives in eastern or western cultures. Columbia has a boarding program.



Address: 8-22-26 Hisagi, Zushi (Access: From bus stop #6 at JR Zushi bus terminal take the #22 bus to Highland.
Get off the bus at the Yuhidai Koen bus stop. The fare will be \210.)
Phone: 046-870-5468

Younger than preschool students begin with the Headstart program by beginning to print the letters of the alphabet,
learning the names of colors and everyday objects, learning to speak simple sentences in English.

The preschool English Immersion Program consists of a 30-hour week in which students are instructed in English. In the morning, students take lessons in subjects such as science and geography using colorful, beautifully illustrated English-language textbooks.

The afternoons are dedicated to music, crafts, and playing outdoors in the local parks and sports field. These activities stimulate the five senses and develop creativity while encouraging students to think on their own. We also have yearly events from both Japanese and International traditions, such as Setsubun, Hina Matsuri, Halloween and Presentations.

Afterschool classes, French classes and spring and summer camps are also organized by the school.



Daizawa Sprout campus: 1-27-12 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku 1-27-12 Daizawa Setagaya-ku Tokyo 155-0032 Phone: 03-6676-5206 / Fax: 03-6676-5206 E-mail:

Oyama Campus (Maple – Oak): 39-20 Oyama-chou Shibuya-ku Tokyo 151-0065
Phone:  +81(0)3-6887-0841 / Fax: +81(0)3-6887-0841

Established in 2010, Daizawa school caters to children aged 18 months-6 years / grades Pre-K – K (coed) and runs a program using the remarkably maverick European (Italian) educational approach called Reggio Emilia philosophy which offers a home-like environment and project-based or thematic learning. The preschool program is a flexible attendance program

“At DIS we are strongly influenced by the style of teaching born in Reggio Emilia, Italy. We believe that all children, even our youngest learners are intelligent and capable individuals with the power to express themselves in many ways and the ability to shape much of their own educational path. We provide children with as many experiences as possible and encourage children to think creatively, solve problems, and develop their own interests. Children who grow inside of this educational environment experience a wide variety of activities and gain the skills they need to be confident and creative individuals, who can solve problems, communicate their needs, and pursue their interests. We believe that through documentation of learning and exploration a complete picture of each child’s development takes shape.”

The school also believes strongly in the Theory of Multiple Intelligence which states that there is not just one cognitive area which can be measured and evaluated, but 8 different intelligences and each child has a unique combination of all of them.

Read more about the school curriculum here.

The school offers full Japanese language support with bilingual teachers, as well as certified Japanese education coordinators to assist children who face language barriers.

The school is located 8 min. from Ikenoue Station (Keio Inokashira Line)on foot

Read about this school at the Cloudysuperstar blog in Japanese here and at Kids Life Guide

To know more about the Reggio Emilia approach to education, see Does method matter? Traditional vs. non-traditional (MI theory, Reggio Emilia, Project method, etc.)


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Mifune, Kumamoto
Phone: 096-282-7548 Email:

A co-educational school K through high school that is situated in an excellent natural environment. The school emphasizes bilingual education centering on English, with Japanese language and culture classes for foreign pupils. Aims to prepare its students to be productive members of society but to enable them to envision a better world. Opened since 1998 with 8 teachers, 27 pupils from four countries (As of Mar. 1998). It appears to have closed as the website and email addresses not working.

DEUTSCHE SCHULE TOKYO YOKOHAMA(K, elementary, junior high, senior high) / EUROPEAN SCHOOL

DS Yokohama:
Address 2-4-1 Chigasaki-minami, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama
Phone/Fax: 045-941-4841
DS Kobe (K – Grade 9):
3-22 Sowa-cho, 1-chome, Nada-ku, Kobe 657, Japan
Phone: 081-788-516414 Fax: 081-788-516684

Standard German curriculum, but takes advantage of context by teaching Japanese geography, history and literature. It is a realscule; or hauptschule with grade levels that prep students for the university. DSTY has recently started its EUROPEAN SCHOOL which provides a less German curriculum and a more mixed European continental one, incorporating English as its mainstream language in addition to other second and third language options. See Daily Yomiuri article


2-1415 Chohai,
Nagakute-cho, Aichi-gun, Aichi-ken 480-1114 Aichi-gun
Phone: 0561-63-1222 Fax: 0561-62-7150 Contact via online form.

Located on the eastern border Nagakute Town of Nagoya, DIS offers a Reggio Emilia inspired, research supported, play-based English education to children of preschool and kindergarten age.

DIS also operates afternoon programs for children of kindergarten and elementary school age who attend Japanese day schools.

DISCOVERY MONTESSORI SCHOOL (ages 2 through 5) CLOSED from June 2003.

4-6-18 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0063
Phone/Fax: 03-3710-9377 Email:
Montessori pedagogy with a small class-size – 4:1 student / teacher ratio


2-15-5, 3F Takamatsu, Toshima-ku Tokyo 171-0042
Phone : 03-3554-3664 Fax : 03-3958-5444 Email:

An international preschool that focuses on nurturing children’s hearts and minds in a warm and loving bilingual environment


DREAM KIDS NETWORK (from 0 years to K)

2-9-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku,
Phone: 03-3403-6612 Fax: 03-3403-6614 Email

A nursery, run by a working mother, offering a fun bilingual environment for kids from age zero up. A flexible schedule between 8am-8pm with total care (milk, baby food, lunch, diapers, etc.) provided. Daily trips to nearby Jingu-Gaien Park. Dream Kids also offers from September a kindergarten program for 3-year-olds in Dream Kids Annex, a new building in Minami-Aoyama. Busy parents can combine Dream Kids・kindergarten program with the day care service (8am-8pm) before and after Kindergarten hours.



GS Plaza 703 Tsurumichuo 1-2-4, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama city. Kanagawa 230-0051  (JR Tsurumi East Exit. 1 minute walk from Tokyu Tsurumi) stn

Phone: 045-504-0374

Catering for Japanese kids, the preschool operates in a fully English-speaking environment with one native English-speaking teacher and bilingual Japanese staff.


Address: 5F. Takekikaku Building II, 6-2-9, Higashi Kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 134-0084
Phone:03-3686-8681 Fax:03-5605-3089 Email:

At Eagle International School, students acquire English skills in a completely natural manner. Exposed to a solely English environment, students spend each day speaking English with native English teachers and among themselves. Eagle International School has developed an early childhood education program that uses everyday situations in a child’s life to teach English and about English-speaking cultures and people. By using songs, dances, arts and crafts, reading, writing, and audio and video tapes to fulfill children’s curiosity, the school ensures that children learn without knowing that they are being taught because they’re having fun. The English curriculum at Eagle International School applies the best in childhood developmental methods from European and North American child care systems. Underpinning those methods is the desire to allow each child’s spirit and creative energy to shine. Those methods are based on mental and physical activities that help your children to become tomorrow’s leaders.

At Eagle International School, a host of toys and other educational resources are employed to fulfill and develop the child’s natural curiosity about the world. Each resource has passed stringent U.S. and Japanese standards of safety for children’s products. School hours: 9 am – 6 pm (Mon – Fri.) however, 3-4 year olds attend till 2 pm only. See school schedule:


School Website:

Location: 465-2 Ihei, Chatan-Cho, Okinawa, 904-0102

Phone: +81(0)98 83-7303 Fax: +81 (0)98 983 7373

EWMS East West Montessori School is the oldest English-speaking Montessori School on Okinawa. It was originally founded in 1986 by Victory Christ Church.

East West Montessori offers Montessori programs from children 2 to 6 years of age.The school population offers a nice blend of American students as well as Japanese students. While all of the classrooms are conducted in English,  Japanese and Okinawa culture are also included in the curriculum, as well as some Japanese Language.

With Montessori Trained and Certified teachers, EWMS strives to meet the needs of all of its students, while adhering to the Montessori Philosophy and Method of Education.  EWMS has two Primary Classrooms for ages 3 to 6. Each classroom has a Head Teacher and two assistant teachers, with 30 students. EWMS has one Toddler Classroom for ages 2 to 31/2. This classroom has a Head Teacher and two assistant teachers, with 20 students.

East-West Montessori School believes that all children are unique, have their own style of learning, learn at their own pace and spontaneously, thrive in a positive environment, and are inquisitive, curious, and creative. Since 1986, EWMS has created a strong Montessori environment, which allows the school to build positive attitudes towards learning and life.


536-1 Warayamachi, Kuromon Higashi Iru, Marutamachi Dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto (Former Taiken Elementary School)

Phone: 075-812-7015


3-1-1 Mikageishi-cho, Higashinada-ku, Kobe (Mikage Elementary School)
Phone: 078-441-9586

(Japanese returnees are admitted)
Lessons are provided every Wednesday, 4:00pm-6:00pm


website: (in Filipino)

or (Japanese site)

Address: 366 Nestor Puno, Nagoya, Japan, Aichi prefecture
Phone: 0561-53-8937

Established in 1998 in Aichi prefecture, as a school catering for children from Japanese-Filipino families. (More info is sought on this school featured in the Yomiuri Shimbun Ethnic Schools Unite to Resolve Problems which says that The Ecumenical Learning Center for Children (ELCC) is a school in Aichi Prefecture that is helping children who have fallen through the cracks, such as children born to illegal overstayers who lack official status.

EFFECT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (varied locations in Yokohama, Chiba and Tokyo)
Tama Plaza school:   KY Building 2F, Tama plaza, Utsukushigaoka,2-1-20 Aoba-ku, Yokohama-shi Contact
Shin-Urayasu school: “My Stays” Shin-Urayasu Conference Center 2-1-4, Akemi, Urayasu-shi, Chiba Contact
Ikejiri Ohashi School:  Ohashi Hall, 3-7-11, Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo Contact
Phone: 0120-20-5688 Contact
The school’s goals are to get the students proficient enough to get entry into British schools using their Diplomax (elementary through middle school graders) and Diplomax Jr. (preschool-elementary 2nd graders) program course materials. They offer IELTS testing prep support. Their immersion program does not only teach English, but also math and science.
The school caters primarily to returnee kids with native or high levels of English ability, and that According to the staff of the school, “Effect is a school that caters to the needs of foreign-educated students who are living in Japan. These students speak a second language, often as well as, or better than, their primary language.” Another teacher says, “At Effects school students come with a good background in English language ability (according to their grade level). As a teacher, my job is to help the students to continue to improve their reading, comprehension and speaking ability. It is important in any language to be able to express oneself and to read and understand a variety of information. During the class the students complete the textbook materials. But more importantly students discuss their ideas, ask questions and share their opinions about the topics. Teaching means encouraging students to think by themselves. I try to get students interested in what they are learning by relating the information to their own lives and how they are affected. I find that students are quite enjoying their classes at Effects School.”
8-10 persons per class. 60-90 minute classes twice a week are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They also operate as a Cambridge ESOL examination centre.
NOTE!!! Tokyo Musashikoyama International School in Japan has changed its name to Embrey International School of Performing Arts.
21-19 Koyama Shinagawa-ku Tokyo 142-0062 Japan)
Phone: 03-5724-3228
The school provides a nurturing environment with native English speakers where English is spoken daily. The school emphasizes learning and appreciating cultures and customs from around the world.
The 2- 6 year olds’ kindergarten class offers Music & Movement (Mondays & Thursdays) and a Headstart Program (Wednesdays) and ESL (Tuesdays & Fridays). Phonics and reading activities are incorporated from the preschool classes which operated between 9 – 2 pm for the 2-6 year olds.
Elementary school activities aim to provide children many firsthand experiences with real things, such as science experiments, constructions, art projects, etc. (instruction is in English.)
Keeping the same academic classes, the school has added training in salsa dance, acting, and music, including classical piano and guitar, electric guitar and bass guitar, and African drum. Vocal training and violin classes will start from June. Accomplished professionals teach all classes, and a monthly art class commences in May, taught by a local artist.
Regular daytime students may take advantage of these special classes at no additional charge. In addition, classes are now made available after school for adults, as well as other children. Below is a message from the school’s principal:

“Our school is a place where your kid’s curiosity and creativity can be nurtured. What separate us from other is our unique curriculum that couples fun age appropriate academics with performing arts classes that kids can’t wait to come to school and do, which include; musical instruments, acting, dance and vocal training. Besides our daytime program we offer extra-curricular/enrichment after school programs. We even have a scholarship program.

Many of EISPA ‘s graduates go on to attend local international elementary schools such as The American School in Japan, St Mary’s, Sacred Heart, K- International etc.

I look forward to meeting you and you wonderful children and hope you consider joining our creative community. ”

— Principal, Embrey RamonWilliams

(THE) ENGLISH CLUB (Japanese Only)

Sportsplex 2F, 5-30-17 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0051
Phone: 03-5335-2813

The English Club operates several programmes including an international preschool: Mommy’s Knee 6 mths – 2 years; First Steps 1.5 – 2 years (English play); International Preschool 2 ・years through Kindergarten; ABC XYZ for Lower elementary kids; Daycare services; After school & daycare by hour services are also available available.


Center North School, Utsukushigaoka 5-24-48 Aoba-ku, Yokohama City
Phone: 045-479-6544 Fax: 045-479-6546
Sharity Center North 2F, Chuo 1-4-2 Nakagawa, Tsuzuki ku Yokohama 224-0003
Phone: 045-914-8301 Fax: 045-914-8302 Email:

関口ビル2階、3階、屋上 高津区末長1-23-21 Kawasaki city〒213-0013, Phone:044-872-8890

At English Express various English courses including Pre-school,Kindergarten and Afterschool are offered. Some of the subjects taught in Pre-School and Kindergarten are phonics, reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. Children are fully immersed in English as all teachers are Native English speakers and only English is spoken in the classroom. At English Express, the curriculum is constructed according to the English level of the class. Children are expected to learn things that are normallytaught in Pre-School and Kindergartens in the US, probably more.

As a basic guide, refer to the recommended courses below:

Baby Class For children aged from 8 months until 2 years old. The class is focused on English Pronunciation, which will be a good start for yourchild’s English education; PreSchool For children aged from 2 until 5 years old. There are two courses available, 3 days or 5 days a week; Kindergarten For children aged from 3 to 6 years old, it is a 5 day a week course;

Pre-AfterSchool for beginner aged from 3 to 8 years old. There are three courses available, 1, 2, or 3 days a week;

AfterSchool For children aged from 5 to 10 years old. There are three courses available, 1, 2, or 3 days ab week. AfterSchool (Advanced) For children aged from 7 to 12 years old. There are two courses available, 1 or 2 days a week”

For more info, contact them at


International Preschool in Tsutsujigaoka, 20 minutes from Shinjuku (Keio Line) with experienced native English teachers.
Phone: 077-543-9700 Email Contact:

6-16-14 Okusawa Setagaya-ku Tokyo 158-0083
Phone:03-5758-2491 Fax: 03-5758-2492 Email
English Studio is described as an English immersion international kindergarten, see Tokyo Weekender. English Studio has traditionally had a very strong elementary school program. In 2004 the school decided to start reviewing the types of classes that were offered to kindergarten aged students and to work on creating a more comprehensive program for 3 and 4 year old students. This project was completed in 2004 and in 2005 English Studio started 2 and 3 hour Pre-kinder classes using this new curriculum.
The move ultimately resulted in the establishment of a full time English Immersion Kindergarten based at its Meguro school at the beginning of April 2006.
The International Kindergarten is a three year English Immersion and Enquiry Based Learning course.  Language arts, social studies, nature walks, science, Maths, storytime, music and Physical education are all part of the curriculum (For comprehensive overview of the curriculum see this page).
The first year of the program is a 5 hour a day, 5 days a week program where the children interact entirely in English.
Enquiry Based Learning
In the second year of the program, students are taught to enquire about the world around them through English. Students are encouraged to build their creative skills, imagination, logical thinking, reasoning and decision making.  Enquiry based learning encourages the children to ask questions about set themes and then together explore the answers.
First year course (Foundation Year) is an immersion English course for students with little or no exposure to English.
Through play and hands on activities, students learn a variety of different subjects through English. Emphasis is based on building confidence in communication as well as listening, pre-writing and pre-reading. Each unit lasts one month and cover a wide variety of themes relating to Math, Science, Personal and Social Education, Art and Social Studies.
Second Year course is an enquiry based learning curriculum. Taking the skills that were learnt in the foundation year, students gain a deeper understanding of the topics through asking questions and hands on activities. Each semester consists of two units. These units cover a variety of topics relating to Social Studies, Math, Science and Technology and Personal and Social Education.
Third Year is a consolidation year. Students take the lead in choosing what and how they learn, building on their knowledge and language skills form the previous year the students will be able to explore new themes and familiar favourites more independently and articulate their thoughts and opinions more expressively. Each topic is studied for one term, allowing the students to really get involved in a theme and to take the lead in their education, by planning form the start- what do I know already, what do I want to learn, how can I learn about this?
Founded in 1985, English Studio consists of three unique schools in Mita, Meguro, and Setagaya, part of the JIEC group. These schools operate their programs during these hours: Tues – Fri 12:00~20:00 / Saturday 9:30~16:30
Locations of three schools:
4-17-26 Mita Minato-ku Tokyo  〒108-0073
Phone: 03-3798-5829 Fax: 03-3769-9397
3-18-16 Meguro Honcho Meguro-ku Tokyo  〒152-0002
Phone: 03-3712-3313 Fax: 03-3712-3386
6-16-14 Okusawa Setagaya-ku Tokyo 〒158-0083
Phone: 03-5758-2491  Fax: 03-5758-2492


Maison Douce Minami-Azabu no. 308
3-5-13 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Toky0 106-0047
Phone: 03-3440-3361 Email:

14:30から16:00(After school care 学童保育)
16:00から17:00(Terakoya Class 寺子屋クラス)
17:00から18:00(Daily Lesson 日替わりレッスン/Algo Club/Science/Cooking Craft)

The kindergarten, located in Hiroo, operates classes taught in English using creative and fun activities. Kindergarten schedule includes half-day, full-day or afternoon “Terakoya classes” Afterschool care available.

The newly opened English Terakoya International School, located in Hiroo, offers English-language instruction in math, science, geography and other key subjects. Kindergarteners can take half-day, full-day and afternoon classes using the Algo method, a system developed in Japan that focuses on improving mathematical ability and logic skills. After-school programs are open to students aged 3-11 from any school, offering lessons in science, cooking, arts & crafts,  abacus and Indian style math, and Japanese language and culture; there is also an after-school ALGO CLUB.
ENGLISH TERAKOYA INTERNATIONAL has a sister school in Futako-Tamagawa called the Algo Club in English, which emphasizes mathematical ability. The school’s curriculum incorporates games and puzzles developed by the International Mathematical Olympiad, an annual tournament for pre-college students from around the world.
ALGO CLUB IN ENGLISH is located at:
Ishii building 2F East side room, 2-12211 Seijo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3415-0711 Email:


Address: 9-2-16 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo [東京都港区赤坂 9-2-16] See access map
Phone: 03-6804-3322 Fax: 03-6804-3323 Email:

EtonHouse currently operates over 40 international schools and pre-schools in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.  EtonHouse International Pre-School Tokyo opened its doors on August 2010 and is the first EtonHouse school to be opened in Japan.  EtonHouse International Pre-School Tokyo is located in the Akasaka area of Minato-ku, next to Hinokicho Park and Tokyo Midtown.  The school offers a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum for pre-nursery to kindergarten levels (ages 1.5 – 6) with instruction in English and an outstanding second language immersion programme in Chinese-Mandarin.

About the school

The Eton House offers an inquiry based curriculum that is focused on research-based best practice. The Eton House curriculum follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy of inquiry based learning and the Literacy and Numeracy strategies from the United Kingdom for the primary children in Singapore. For the Early Years Programme (Nursery to Kindergarten), a child-responsive, play-based, “inquire, think, learn” EtonHouse pedagogy is followed. The early childhood curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational project of northern Italy.

EtonHouse offers an outstanding second language programme. The school prides itself on providing a well-rounded curriculum that allows children to be exposed to a bilingual education in English and Mandarin. It offers an integrated Mandarin program whereby its English and Mandarin staff work in collaboration to support children’s language development. However, the school does not offer the Japanese language as part of its curriculum. It does however celebrate certain aspects of Japanese culture.

EtonHouse’ Inquire・Think・Learn curriculum framework, is based on 7 pedagogical principles of teaching and learning (excerpted below from the EtonHouse website):

1. An image of the child as competent: We respect all children as strong and competent learners, curious and interested in their world. Our curriculum is generated through ongoing observation of individual children’s skills, ideas and interest. In this way, we demonstrate the pedagogy of listening (Rinaldi 2006 p 65), valuing the individual child and their unique characteristics and learning styles to create a responsive curriculum based on inquiry and play.

2. Acknowledging children as sophisticated thinkers and communicators. Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the schools of Reggio Emilia, proposed that children have 100 languages with which to communicate their ideas and thinking, e.g. children draw, paint, compose, write, sculpt, design, model, sing and dance…

3. Focusing on seeing children as participants within a socio-cultural context where knowledge is constructed through reciprocal and responsive interactions with others (Curtis & Carter 2008). Children construct understandings and develop critical and creative thinking capacities as they engage with physical and interpersonal world.

4. Play and conversation are the central modes of learning for young children. Play serves as an integrative device which provides a context for social interaction, the development of new skills and the sharing of knowledge. Learning occurs when the adult takes an active role within the play, focusing the child’s awareness, extending and complicating their thinking and guiding and supporting their engagement.

5. Ensuring our curriculum has intellectual and pedagogical integrity. We engage in research based teaching, drawing principally on social constructivist theory and the work of Vygotsky and Gardner.

6. Creating alliances with parents as the child’s first educators. We believe that to best support children, we must work closely with the parents to establish shared goals and expectations about the child’s learning.

7. As educators, we demonstrate our accountability to children, parents and the wider community through our commitment to pedagogical documentation. Through our documentation we make our learning and teaching visible to others and create a context for self reflection (both children and adults)

The pre-school’s learning goals are help children maximise their opportunities by providing many diverse educational experiences and an environment in which children grow in independence and take responsibility for their own learning. Excellent staff- to-child ratio.

For information on tuition fees, see this page and for admission, go to their contact page

History of the EtonHouse Pre-school chain

The first of the EtonHouse Pre-Schools was established by founder Mrs Ng Gim Choo, who was so impressed by the operation and management methods of a small pre-school in London that her own children had attended in London, that established a similar school on returning to Singapore. Much research, care and planning had gone into the creating of a similar ambiance and to replicate the curriculum and learning methods of the British.  system. The EtonHouse group now run nine campuses in Singapore including two Japanese Pre-Schools and seven EtonHouse Schools in China. It has 24 schools in the Asia Pacific region.

Read more about the school from the GaijinPot’s feature on the school.


Utsukushigaoka 5-24-48 Aoba-ku, Yokohama City横浜市青葉区美しが丘5丁目24-48 Phone:045(479)6544 FAX 045(479)6546

Center North School Chuo 1-4-2 Nakagawa, Tsuzuki ku Yokohama 224-0003 センター北校 〒224-0003 横浜市都筑区中川中央1丁目4-2 シャリテ・センター北2階  Phone: 045(914)8301 FAX 045(914)8302

“At our school we offer various English courses including Pre-school, Kindergarten and Afterschool. Your child will learn things that are normally taught in Pre-School and Kindergartens in the US, probably more. Some of the subjects taught in Pre-School and Kindergarten are phonics, reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. At our school your child will be fully immersed in English as all our teachers are Native English speakers and only English is spoken in the classroom. Here at English Express International School we are dedicated to giving your child the best education possible.

At English Express, curriculum is constructed according to the English level of the class. As a basic guide, please refer to the recommended courses below:

Baby Class For children aged from 8 months until 2 years old. The class is focused on English Pronunciation, which will be a good start for yourchild’s English education; PreSchool For children aged from 2 until 5 years old. There are two courses available, 3 days or 5 days a week; Kindergarten For children aged from 3 to 6 years old, it is a 5 day a week course.; Pre-AfterSchool for beginner aged from 3 to 8 years old. There are three courses available, 1, 2, or 3 days a week; AfterSchoolFor children aged from 5 to 10 years old. There are three courses available, 1, 2, or 3 days ab week. AfterSchool (Advanced) For children aged from 7 to 12 years old. There are two courses available, 1 or 2 days a week”

For more info, contact them at


Website: or

Grade Nursery classes to Grade 2 are at Asagaya building which is located at:
Tokyo To, Suginami Ku, Asagaya Minami 3-34-16, Ikegawa Building (166-0004)

Grade 3 to Grade 6 at Ogikubo building which is located at::
Tokyo To, Suginami Ku, Momoi 1-1-17 (167-0034)

Phone/Fax: 03-5335-7379 Email:

The school caters for Japan-based Nepalese children and currently operates a Montessori style pre-school and elementary school classes to grade 4. Details of the school:

“Everest International School, Japan (EISJ) is  a first of its kind established to cater to the educational needs of children’s of Nepalese Diaspora in Japan. Driven by an altruistic motivation to provide affordable and qualitatively relevant education to Japan based Nepalese children, EISJ  is fully committed to facilitate optimal educational and personal development of our students in concert with the parents, Nepal Embassy and the Nepalese community at large. For the first year that started from April 2013, we are running classes from pre-school to grade 3 of primary level. For the academic year 2014-2015, we will run classes until grade 4. Our goal is to upgrade classes every year, eventually expanding EISJ to High School level. Curriculum Studies at EISJ is based on the curriculum prescribed by Curriculum De­velopment Centre, Nepal. Major courses taught at EISJ are English, Nepalese, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies and Computer. Taking into account the needs of the students and the desire of the parents, principal language of studies is English. Nepalese language is taught on a priority basis. We expect that this mode of teaching-learning will enhance our children’s understanding of Nepalese language, society and culture while immersing them in English, the language of globalization. We also offer Japanese language studies to our youngsters in order to facilitate their integration into Japanese society and culture. Grape Seed English for Children Program In addition to regular English studies under CDC curriculum, EISJ has adopted Grape Seed English Curriculum to enhance English communication skills of our students. Developed at the Meysen Academy in Sendai and currently being used at schools in different countries, including Japan and the US, Grape­ Seed is a proven, comprehensive English language curriculum for children. With the understanding that children learn languages better under the supervision of a native teacher, Grape Seed curriculum is taught to our students by a native English teacher.”…..

Everest International 1st school in Japan for Nepalese kids (May 9, 2013 Asahi Shimbun)


The beginning of the school year always finds classrooms full of the happy laughter and smiling faces of eager schoolchildren anxious for what lies ahead.

The smiles were even broader this April at Tokyo’s Everest International School Japan in Suginami Ward, where the long-cherished hopes of Nepalese citizens living in Japan finally came to fruition.

It was one of the first days of classes in the inaugural semester at EISJ, a school that teaches Nepalese culture and language for Nepalese children from preschool to primary levels of education.

Located near the JR Asagaya Station, EISJ currently has about 30 students enrolled. Named after the world’s highest mountain in Nepal, the school’s main language of study is English. It also teaches classes in Japanese.

According to the Embassy of Nepal in Japan, the number of Nepalese in Japan has sharply increased over the last decade or so. In 2012, there were 20,383 Nepalese in Japan, a more than fivefold increase from the 3,649 in 2000….

Bhupal Man Shrestha, managing editor of the Nepali Samachar newspaper and chairman of the Nepal Education Center in Japan, which oversees the school, was a key organizer for the school. Shrestha canvassed the views of 500 or so Nepalese parents with school age children. They gave overwhelming support for such a school.

“We had really felt the need for a school where children can learn the Nepalese language, history and culture at an affordable tuition,” Shrestha said in Japanese.

Shrestha got advice and support from other international school operators in Japan and quickly won pledges of funding from Nepalese business operators in Japan.

Opening April 1, Everest International School Japan is the first Nepalese school in Japan, according to the Embassy of Nepal.


#203 Bonuru 1-8-17 Nagayama Tama-shi Tokyo 〒206-0025
Tel: 042-373-8166 Fax: 042-373-8339 Email

Accepts all nationalities from 2 to 6 years old


2-1-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
(inside the US Embassy Residential Compound)
Phone: 3224-6796 Fax: 3224-6788 Email

The U.S. Embassy EWA Children’s Garden Preschool is located in a park-like setting in the U.S. Embassy Housing Compound. The preschool has been serving embassy and non-embassy families for over 30 years.

The Employees Welfare Association is affiliated with the American Embassy in Tokyo. The Children’s Garden was established in the 1970’s and is located in the eleven-acre park-like grounds of the American Embassy Housing Compound in Minato-ku, Tokyo. Within the compound there is a large grassy field, a playground, swimming pool, wading pool and a gym. The school is housed in three spacious classrooms on the ground level, each facing a beautiful Japanese garden with ponds, waterfalls and small bridges and islands where one can observe birds and fish. The classrooms are air-conditioned and have private toileting facilities.

The EWA Children’s Garden exists for the benefit of American Embassy employees who are given priority on spaces available. Remaining openings are made available for other children, regardless of nationality.

FAIRYLAND  Link is down, currently tracking down broken link

An international daycare and preschool located in Himonya on Meguro Dori on the opposite corner to the large Daiei store on about the 5th/6th floor.


Website: (in English) (in Japanese)

2-8 IQS-Kawasaki 2F, Omiya-cho, Saiwai-ku,
Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
Phone: 044-555-7473 E-mail:

Fine Kids International began operation in 2004. It is an international preschool (cultural child care establishment), English conversational school and day care center which is located in Kawasaki city, It’s about a 3 minutes walk from the JR Kawasaki Train Station.

The name of our school represents some of the children that go there. Not only Japanese children (some who have lived abroad) from India, America, etc. Different cultures and customs are respected in our school.
Not only do the children study, they also have playtime both inside and outside. The children are expected to have an open mind towards other cultures. Japanese and foreign countries traditional events are celebrated. Opening hours: from 8:30 to 19:30, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.
Fine Kids International proudly supports the continuation of education in the English language for children from native English speaking nations. To ease the difficulty of foreign families with children enrolled in our school, a modified course plan is offered. Piano and aerobic lessons are also part of the curriculum.


Forest Bldg., 1-1-11, Todaijima, Urayasu-city, Chiba Prefecture 279-0001
Phone: 047-305-0874 Fax: 047-305-0874

The school curriculum includes Right Brain Training, Left Brain Training, Walking & Physical Education, Arts & Crafts, Music, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Story Time. A warm, creative and stimulating environment where children can choose their own activities with a focus on process rather than on product. Racial and socioeconomic diversity are valued

FIRST STEPS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(nursery, preschool and elementary)

4-6-3 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0013
Phone: 03-3905-8621 / 03-3905-8628 Email:

First Steps provides an accelerated academic programme with a strong focus on each child’s social and personal development. Nursery, preschool and elementary and after school programmes available.


〒520-2141 滋賀県大津市大江4丁目16-3 Phone: 077-543-9700 Email

Details of the classroom lessons may be found here (in Japanese only)

FUJINO STEINER GAKUEN Sagamihara, Kanagawa

Fujino Steiner School
2805-1 Fujinocho-Nagura
Sagamihara, Kanagawa, 229-0207
Tel.: +81-42-686-6011, Fax.: +81-42-686-6030


Read about Sarahbear’s experience studying at the Freie Fujino Steiner Waldorf Schule there from the Sarahbear is Gaijin blog. You can also read about Sarah Burke’s write up on her experience at the school entitled of My Semester in Japanfor the Honolulu Waldorf School ‘Ohana newsletter (March 2009 copy).

At another blog – Alicia’s Blog page, you get a glimpse of what is often reputed to be Waldorf education’s stamp of individuality on its students.

See also a picture of the dome house built by high school students 4 years ago (ds one of them):

FUKUI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (3 – 5 years) Fukui city, Fukui

3-514 Funabashi, Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan 910-0808
Phone: 0776-57-0039(in Japan) Fax:81-776-50-1820 (0776-50-1820) Email:

The first of its kind in Fukui prefecture to provide a full English immersion environment. Lessons are conducted in small classes with 10-15 kids for 3 – 5 years old. The curriculum for each program includes art & music, gym, language and natural science.

English afterschool programmes are also available. The curriculum is designed to accommodate each individual child’s physical, social learning and emotional level and needs while respecting their desire to know or to try.  The curriculum for each program includes:
(1)art & music, (2) gym, (3) language, (4) natural science

In order to urge the students to have an interest in farming and the sources of our food, they are given the experience of growing rice and vegetables on the school’s own farm. The instruction is made by a professional farmer in Japanese language.


18-50 Momochi 3-chome Sawara-ku, Fukuoka 814-0006, Japan
Phone: 81-92-841-7601 Fax: 81-92-841-7602 Email

FIS is a private, coeducational day and boarding school which offers an integrated educational program from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 for English-speaking students of all nationalities. There are English-as-a-Second-Language classes available throughout the grades. It offers a basic college-preparatory U.S. curriculum with the offering of the Advanced Placement Program with courses at the college preparatory level, as well as English-as-a-Second-Language, multi-cultural aspects, Japanese, and information technology are used extensively. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits FIS. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $7,895; Kdg.-Grades 6: $8,596; Grades 7-8: $9386; and Grades 9-12: $10,088.
Note: If you do a search on the internet, you are likely to find another listing of Fukuoka International School which is a language-culture school, not an international school as categorized on this page: FUKUOKA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (4-24-14 Kenpaku, Hakata Ward Fukuoka City, Fukuoka / Phone: 81 92 441 1032 Fax: 092-441-1028)

Opened September 3, 1990 20 teachers, 159 pupils from 22 countries (As of Mar. 1998) Fukuoka International School was established in 1990 with the support of the business community and public administration to improve educational opportunities for foreign children, whose number was increasing along with the international development of the regional economy of Kyushu. Its graduates are deemed to have completed the regular American high school course.


3-23-8 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Phone: 03-6912-6912 Contact form

Founded in 2-10, Funshine is an international preschool and after school where children learn English and Japanese. The emphasis is on learning through play, and exposing kids to new experiences. lt provides English programs for children aged between 1 and 12. With a mix of both native English speakers and bilingual staff, the school aims to make a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for the children at FunShine Academy, whilst encouraging them to speak, listen, and interact in English.


Location: 2-9-7, Futaba-cho, Hamura-shi, Tokyo 205-0022

Phone: 042-513-3459

Fussa Heritage International Preschool Programs  Nurture Confident, Open-Minded, Independently Thinking, Well-Balanced Inquirers for Global Responsibility. FHIS’ goals are to daily work with children and be totally authentic and purposeful.  FHIS’ Preschool Education develops the speaking, listening and pre-writing skills of young children through various engaging activities like art and craft, music and movement, Alphabet and phonics work, FHIS also provides afterschool program. Read more here


1F Ueda Bldg, 3-2-17 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tokyo
Tel: 03-5786-2250 Email

A branch of the Zoo-phonics Academy, the Gingertree school features the kinesthetic method of phonetic learning and 26 Animal Friends. Its comprehensive language program is taught by experienced, native English-speaking teachers in a warm and interesting learning environment with the goal of encouraging the development of academic abilities, self-esteem, creativity, and social skills in their children. In addition, Gingertree provides arts and crafts, music, rhythmics, mathematics, science, computer skills, and physical education. Located in Aoyama.

3-20-6, Minami-Shinozakicho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo (Mizue Station on Toei-Shinjuku Line)
Phone: 03-6202-7639 Fax: 03-6202-7676 Email
‘Currently, 134 children, are studying at the school currently K-8) where every lesson is given in English. “Our school’s selling point is not English but that we have adopted the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) currciulum, a tough and modern curriculum that is indisnesable in acaquiring the scholastic abilit y required to pass the competitive entrance examinations in my country,” (Niyanta) Deshpande (Director of GISS) said. //He said that as this was the major curriculum in India, children who studied under this curriculum overseas could easily adapt to local schools when they returned to India. “Not only Indian children, children from other countries can get the benefit from this curriculum to pass the examinations of international univerrsities,” he said. //”As it is quite difficult to enter a prestigious university in India, Indian parents want their children to have high academic ability and competitiveness,” Deshpande said. “In our school, students will learn three languages-English, Hindi or French, and Japanese. Lessons are conducted in Englsh, but we need to learn Hindi to live in India.”//Compared with other international schools, the tuition is quite resonably priced-¥600,000-800,000 a year. The curriculum is the same inevery school-they have adopted the Montessori kindergarten approach for very young children while using the CBSE curriculum and International Baccalaureate system, which is recognized at many universities around the world, for older students”‘-excerpts from Dialy Yomiuri article Sep 21. The GIIS in Singapore was selected as one of the best international schools in Singapore by the 2005 and 2006 Newsweek magazine surveys. Annual Schedule July to March. Curriculum features: Global Montessori Plus Programme, CBSE, CBSEi for grade 1 to grade 5

GLOBAL KIDS, a large chain of childcare centers, nurseries

Many locations, see this page



102, 3F Espowarl, 4-12-12 Shinsaku, Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki-shi.
Phone: 044-852-8990 Fax: 044-853 Email:

A childcare with a difference. Fun daily programmes focus on creativity through ars and crafts, outdoor activities (inclduing harvesting sweet potatoes in the fall), dance, and playful Japanese and English instruction. Holiday-related events give a twist to learning with lessons about Japanese holidays and American observances like Valentine’s Day and Halloween. Kids also enjoy exotic field trips, including skiing in Nagano and a summer excursion to the US. Available for children 3-12, Global Kids has convenient opening hours and a Mizonokuchi location that make it perfect for working families. Parents can also take advantage of Global Kids’ Junior STEP Test (Jidou Eiken) prep program. Global Kids aims to instill a sense of friendship and cooperation, and to teach children the value of life and nature.

GLOBAL KIDS ACADEMY (2 – 12 years)

2F., Townhouse Moto-Azabu, 1-5-24 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5447-1913 Fax: 03-5447-1914 Email:

Provides various after school bilingual immersion programmes for kids between 2-12 years.


Takatsuki-Ibaraki school: 3-4-10 Miyata cho Takatsuki city Osaka,〒569-1142
Phone: 072-694-6000 Fax: 050-3644-9893 Email:
7-4 Tsukumodai Suita city, Osaka  565-0862 〒565-0816  See access map
Phone: 06-6878-6874 Fax: 06-6878-6925 Email:
The largest international preschool in the northern area of Osaka prefecture, catering for 280 children between two and six years old in three different locations (plus around 160 after school students)
“Global Village International Preschool was founded in 2001 in northern Osaka to accommodate a lack of quality English education for preschool students of all nationalities.
At Global Village, children learn and play in an English-speaking environment.
While children are taught in English our curriculum incorporates a wide range of learning experiences that provide exposure to various cultures. Children engage in a variety of activities that bring out strong points of both Western and Japanese cultures such as performing Kamishibai like “Momotaro” and “Kachi-kachi Yama” as well as giving speeches and performances to develop the confidence necessary to speak and act in front of others.
Our professional instructors are experienced in the demands and expectations of modern education and committed to the continued development of our students’ social and academic needs.
At present, nearly 250 students are divided into five class levels based on their age and English ability in three convenient locations. We also accommodate more than 150 After-School students ranging in age from Kindergarten to the 5th-grade of elementary school.
General description:
Global Village International Preschool caters for children between two and six years old in three convenient locations in the northern area of Osaka. Schools offer facilities with spacious classrooms, playground, gym, music room, library and computer lab. While children are taught in English, curriculum is based on the demands and expectations of modern education incorporating the best points of both western and Japanese cultures. Focus is on building students’ self esteem and confidence as primary skills to create learning experiences that will last. Besides studying basic concepts such as reading, writing and social studies, children progressively develop their fine and large motor skills in art and gymnastic classes and take part in hands on science experiments. Specialist teachers provide music and jazz-dance classes as part of the regular curriculum.


7-5-8 Kabemachi, Ome-shi, Tokyo Japan 198-0036
Phones: Church 0428-30-1604 Fax 0428-30-1571 Email:

Founded in 2004, Grace Christian International School, located on the campus of Grace Christian Fellowship in Ome, Tokyo, about one hour west of Shinjuku station.
It is still a very young school helping Christian and missionary families in the western Tokyo area meet their educational needs. GICS offers a 5-day school week from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and encourages families to use either Saturday as a home-school day.
GICS offers a core curriculum of English, Math, Bible, History and Science supplemented with Japanese, Art, Music, and Physical Education. In addition children are exposed to Japanese culture and history through field trips, and have opportunities to take part in missions, drama, and Christian outreach in the community. Every class day is begun with chapel where children, teachers and parents worship Christ through music, prayer and God’s word.

Grace Christian International School is hosted by, and is a ministry of Grace Christian Fellowship. All teachers and staff are committed Christians and the curriculum is based on a Christian world-view.

GRACE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING CENTER (2.5 – 6 years) (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)


2-13-11 Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 158-0095
Phone/Fax:03-5716-3100 Email:

Preschool located at Setagaya-ku, Tokyo for children between 2.5-6 years of age. Offers ESL programmes. Offers a developmentally appropriate programme that allows children to learn through play, active exploration, concrete experiences and interaction with learning materials, peers and adults.


Musashiurawa school: 6-5-1, Bessho, Minami-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 336-0021

Phone: 048-844-6363  Fax: 048-844-6366 Email:

Yono School: 6-18-7, Shimoochiai, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 338-0002Phone: 048-829-8288 Fax: 048-829-8289

Green Bear provides a safe and educational environment where children are encouraged to learn, explore and express themselves. Preschool lessons are conducted almost completely in English using “Immersion Style” teaching methods in an “At Home Style” environment, by fully trained native English teachers and Japanese staff, during a 4 hour – 4 1/2 hour lesson each day.

  • The preschool’s program goals are:
  • To teach native conversational English but also developing personal and social skills, general education, and daily life skills.
  • To Promote self confidence and reliance, manners, teamwork and curiosity about the world around them, are taught through various activities such as games, role-plays music (song and dance), arts, and crafts, computer, books, classroom discussion sessions, video/DVD and outside classroom activities to name a few.
  • To raise globally oriented Japanese children with an interest and tolerance for different cultures focusing on creativity and individuality.
2F 1-11-19 Mouri, Koto-ku,
Tokyo 135-0001 Japan
Phone: 03-3635-2303 Email:
See this page for location & directions
An independent preschool located in Koto-ku, Tokyo, with a curriculum that is designed to be an asset for various ages of children (2-5 years old) to grow up in the environment with diverse ages. All its programs are based on Dual Immersion. Every class is conducted in English with the exception of a scheduled period in Japanese for each day. Multiple-age group environment, with an emphasis on values of life, creativity, interpersonal skills and multi-cultural cognizance with English-Japanese dual immersion in Early Childhood Education.
Dual Immersion English-Japanese: A clear boundary – this is the primary factor for bilingual education. The Green Hill curriculum clearly determines the point of alternation of the 2 languages in terms of Time and Place. The bilingual lead teacher switches languages.
Green Hill’s curriculum is based upon continuing research and fundamental studies at institutions of higher education in various countries.

The school has been opened for locals with affordable programs.


1-14-6 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0035

Phone: 3725-8000 Fax: 3724-0577 Email

Bright classrooms and a large outside play area surrounded by trees that provides ample space for children to develop motor skills and to interact freely. Based on American models, the emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills as well as strong personal values in a cooperative learning atmosphere that fosters international awareness and cross-cultural understanding. 1:7 teacher- student ratio. Preschool, kindergarten, and primary and summer school programs are available. New middle school just opened. Although pre-school children generally study in the morning and older children extend into the afternoon, extended daycare options are available to parents on a flexible, ticket-based system.

GRIFFON ACADEMY (Yokohama, Kanagawa)


J-Plaza Motomachi 3F, 2-99, Motomachi, Nakaku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0861

Phone: 045 6631143 Fax: 045 6636066 Email:

A preschool and kindergarten that offers English immersion education. There is the regular preschool class for 2.5 – 5 yr olds; afternoon class for 2.5 to 12 yr olds.

From their website:

The Primary Educational Philosophy of Griffon Academy, which guides all their lessons and curriculum, is to teach children to love learning itself.

Griffon English School also has a number of Secondary Aims, which we believe we must strive for to be the best school and education possible for our students.
These Secondary Aims are:

  • To achieve exceptional standards in the Primary Subjects.
  • To achieve native levels of spoken ability.
  • To achieve higher than native levels of English reading and writing.
  • To prepare the child for entry to the Primary School system



1-2F, Matsui Building 3-5-4 Fujigaoka, Fujiidera-shi, Osaka 583-0017
Phone: 072-939-2011 Access & contact

An American School, founded in 1997, is a small, private, English immersion preschool offering a mostly American-based curriculum for preschoolers in the mornings, and ESL classes for kindergarten and elementary age students who attend regular Japanese schools. Students generally complete the preschool program with reading, writing and math ability equal to that of a 1st grader or above. All instruction is in English.

Total school enrollment is near 150, with up to 35 in the preschool program. Children from a handful of countries attend, with most coming from Japan. The sister school is A.I.E.S. Originally started in 1997 as a school to give local children a taste of western culture, the American School grew from a single classroom in a rented office space, to a multi classroom facility built to the school’s needs. In 2002, a 5 classroom facility was completed and filled to capacity in only two years. In the spring of 2006, an additional building with over 4 times as much space was completed and began operation.

This marked the beginning of our sister-school, A.I.E.S., (American International Elementary School), with classes for high level students. Facilities: American School and its sister school, A.I.E.S. are well equipped schools. Both facilities are set up to make good use of multimedia with highspeed internet access. Many of our classrooms are also equipped with a projector and sound systems to present materials easily.
There is an exercise area at A.I.E.S. that provides for a variety of activities including basketball, dodgeball and other sports.


2 locations in Meito ward:


Bauhaus 1F, Meitohondouri 5-42, Meito-ku, Nagoya 465-0087


Marine Building, Makinohara 1-1005-1, Meito-ku, Nagoya 465-0072

Phone: 052-734-6442 Contact:

The school caters to bilingual and Japanese students aged 6 months ~11 years old, coming from areas such as Meito, Chikusa, Nishin, Nagakute and Tempaku wards.   Grow is owned by a Canadian / Japanese couple and is located in Meit0-ward, Nagoya – an area of Nagoya that is renowned for providing quality educational options for students as well as great amenities.  A quick 5 minute bus ride from Hoshigaoka station on the Higashiyama line.  The school offers a variety of classes including preschool, Baby & Mama, afterschool and Saturday lessons. All lessons are 100% in English with an emphasis on having learning be fun.


GIK Website:

4-2-20, Koshu, Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture

Affiliation: Gyosei International School (Gyosei Kokusai Gakuen) has opened its international kindergarten, now making its international school comprehensive from K-secondary.

GYOSEI KOKUSAI GAKUEN (or St. Johon’s School – Yohane experimental school) Kisarazu, Chiba


1083 Yana, Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture 292-8565
Phone: 0438-52-3291

Gyosei International Primary School (a.k.a. Morning Star High School) which is located in Yana, Kisarazu, Chiba, Prefecture is an accredited private Japanese Catholic Elementary, Junior and High School. The school is a comprehensive primary and secondary educational system, with 6 years for elementary, 3 for junior high, and 3 for high school. Note that despite its name “international school” it is not an international school according to the Japanese education ministry.  The school however provides a comprehensive education program in three languages (Japanese, English, and French) and is all coeducational. It started from Kudan’s Gyosei Gakuen’s sister school. The main school has two integrated departments, one section conducted predominantly in English, with supplementary French and Japanese instruction, and the other conducted entirely in Japanese.  The school program includes an international course where English is the main medium of instruction in the course. From junior high onwards, students are put into their English classes based on proficiency levels not grade level.

Parallel to the two departments is the Yohane program which is an experimental school where the students study at their own pace and choose their own courses of study. Teachers for this department are employed as counselors for the students, rather than conducting conventional classes. The school also operates a boarding school (see Over 80% of the junior and senior high school Gyosei students live in the dormitories. The school is located in the hills of Kisarazu City 8 kilometers from Kisarazu Station on the JR Line or a 20-minute taxi ride. Kisarazu is on Tokyo Bay about 70 kilometers from Tokyo Station and is at one end of the Aqua Line, the bridge and tunnel which connects to Haneda Airport and the Kawasaki-Yokohama area.  It is also located in natural surroundings right next to a large park with paths for walking and are surrounded by rice paddies and traditional farm houses.

HAPPY DAYS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(1 – 5 years) (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

2F., Ebisu Garden East Bldg., 9-20, Ebisu 3-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3446-1540 Fax: 03-3446-1540 Email

Emphasizes the importance of providing ‘holistic’ education in order to develop the ‘whole’ child.  Preschool for kids aged 1-5 years old that offers developmentally appropriate, theme based curriculum which focuses on the ‘whole’ child. The school’s curriculum is based upon the Primary Years Program and the British Foundation Stage.

The school seeks to provide children with ‘real’ learning contexts in which to build upon current knowledge and understanding. Indoor and outdoor play is part of  the regular routine and educational excursions and outings are built into the program. Regular school hours are from 8:30 to 2.30 with daycare services available from 2.30 till 7.00.· All classes have a maximum teacher: child ratio of 6:1.


3-6-5 Yamato-Higashi, Yamato City, Kanagawa 242-0017
Phone: 046-264-6160 Fax: 046-264-6170 Email: Access map

Happy Wonders International School’s exclusive educational programs run by the IEC (International Education Center) provide unlimited opportunities for the development of the whole child in a secure and loving environment. We provide high quality personalized education and child-care programs to toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners and ESL (English as a second language) from 8 months to 8 years of age.
The school offers a Baby Wonders once a week program for babies 8 months to 2 years old; a Big Happy Wonders 1-5 times a week program for kids 2-4 years; 1-5 times a week Little Happy Wonders program for 1.8 year – 3 year olds, and a Full Day (9 am – 6 pm) program.

The Full Day Wonders (18 months – kindergarten) program is considered the school’s optimal program for a bilingual education. Learning English, art and craft, singling and dancing are ways to foster communication and cooperative skills as well as self-reliance. The classes are conducted by foreign teachers and Japanese assistant teachers.

HWIP seeks to provide quality developmentally age-appropriate programs and activities that cover the following 9 goals: innovation; intelligence; independence; education; excellence; experience; communication; confidence; competence. The programs focus on ccreative potential and social skills promoting these qualities through sensory exploration and fun.  The school aims to develop in its students a strong sense of self-confidence, individual thinking and leadership skills in its students.

ESL and afternoon and weekend preschool classes are also offered. The Weekend Wonders (WW) program which is a special program designed for children who are already attending kindergarten or school on weekdays and have little or no access to learning in an English speaking environment. Children learn concentration, interest, and a love of learning through cooking, dancing, singing, art , story time, and other activities.


Address: Ho-147-1 Sono-machi, Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture 923-0801
Phone: (0761)22-8951 Email:

The school opened in April of 2005, building on a Saturday School program that began the year before. The school offers full-time, part-time, and special programs for students aged 5 to 15. The school operates an International School Program which offers a full course of study for Kindergarten as well as higher levels through Grade 9, five days a week, for families seeking world-focused education in English. A Saturday School Program is also available, which is a half-day program providing an English-language environment for families seeking to complement the local school experience or prepare for admission to the International School Program.


2-3-13 Oriono, Sumiyoshi- ku, Osaka City Osaka 588-0032
Phone: 06-6691-1231 Fax: 06-6606-4808 Email

A comprehensive Korean international School in Osaka catering for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students.


2-99 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0861 JAPAN
Phone: 045-228-8090

Hand in Hand International School offers preschool, kindergarten, ESL, enrichment and after school programs for children from ages 1.5 through 6th grade and has created an age-appropriate curriculum that allows children to learn through purposeful play, while fostering a balance of their key elements of development. . It also offers a unique blend of education and daycare year-round programs. HIH teachers, trained in the best practices of early education, are devoted to providing a safe and engaging environment for every child. Teachers guide learning through a variety of hands-on activities, learning materials and exploration that are both stimulating and satisfying to children’s expanding interests.

The school is conveniently located in Motomachi Yokohama, to cater to early educational and child care needs of both the foreign and Japanese families


7-20-26, 6 Minami Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture 249-0008 (The school has moved recently to this new location)
Phone / Fax: 046-855-5112 / 046-855-5113 (School) / Phone: 0467-61-3301 / Fax: 0467-61-3302 (Office) Email:

This is a preschool for 2 – 5 year olds that states as its goals: globalization, creativity, self-motivation and its methods, PLAY-THINK-LEARN. It also operates after school and weekend programmes for elementary students and adults. See the website for pictures of its beautiful spacious facilities!


4359-94 Kanamari, Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture
Phone: 0470-28-0776 Fax: 0470-28-0729 Email Lori Yamaguchi

Children learn at their own pace using homeschooling programs (Mennonite Christian Light and ACE programs). The basis of the school is Christian – mainly children of missionaries & character & vocational training are also stressed, so students study scholastics & vocational skills on alternate days.

Editor: Is this a different 21st Century International School or is this the infamous cult re-education facility???

** Excerpted from: XFamily an online encyclopedic resource on The Family International, a Christian cult formerly known as the Children of God.

“The largest and most famous Family International center in Japan. Located in Tateyama, Chiba prefecture, it is officially called the 21st Century International School, but is known to group members as the Heavenly City School (HCS). At various times, it has been headquarters for numerous Family projects, including the production of audio/visual products, and operating as a re-education center for teens. In years past there were up to 300 or more Family members living at the HCS complex (comprised of “The School” and several surrounding, smaller buildings) at any given time. However, in recent years the importance of its role has diminished, and its current occupancy stands around 40 to 60 residents.

In November 1987, David Berg, Karen Zerby and their entourage left the Philippines and headed to Japan to oversee the HCS, where Berg began writing a series of  Mo Letters pushing  education, including “The School Vision!” (ML 2430), saying “It’s Japan’s hour!”, and a stream of other Letters about Japan such as “It’s Up to Japan!” (ML 2404)”

HELLO KIDS ENGLISH PRESCHOOL (4 schools all in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)
4 schools:
Blue School and Yellow School/Main office: 2-60-7 Ootaka Bldg, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0012 /
Red School: 4-29-11 1F Komazawa, Setagaya-ku Tokyo /
Pink School: 2-41-2 Komazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 0-541-0411 Fax: 0-541-0416
At Hello Kids we teach children how to stand on their own two feet. Using children’s natural curiosity combined with positive reinforcement, children’s confidence overflows. Teachers focus on basic living skills necessary in life. In addition we believe in teaching children at their own pace, with enjoyment and fun at the core of everyday. Read more about this school here.

School website:

1-14-3 Izumi, Hasegawa Building 4F Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, 461-0001

See access map: three minute walk north from the Hisaya-oodori 1A exit on the Meijo or Sakura-doori subway lines

Phone: 052-962-0366

Hisaya International Preschool provides a quality early developmental experience where children will have the opportunity to learn, grow and socialize in a safe, 100% English speaking environment.

Conveniently located in downtown Nagoya, 1 minute from Hisaya-oodori subway station and a 5 minute walk from Sakae subway station and the Oasis bus terminal. The school’s mission is to offer children a fun, safe, friendly English speaking environment where they can learn and develop to their full potential. The school’s program is based on a preschool curriculum developed by Pam Schiller, Ph. D. (Vice President of Professional Development for the Early Childhood Division at McGraw-Hill Publishers) and Kay Hastings, Ph. D. (Executive Director of Clear Lake Community Lab School in Texas). The curriculum is designed to develop basic concepts, attitudes, and skills that children will need to be academically successful. For more details on the curriculum see this page.

Location: 112-6 Kashiwa-cho, Asahi-ku Yokohama, Kanagawa 241-0835
Phone: 045-363-3356; Fax: 045-489-3130 Email at
HYIS is an international Preschool and Kindergarten located in central Yokohama, dedicated to serving the needs of the local foreign and Japanese community. HYIS celebrates the child’s development in a nurturing and safe learning environment. The school values the significance of play in acquiring a language. HYIS programs are based on the theories of Piaget and Vygotsky’s that through social interaction, the child’s
cognitive development and learning of a language is acquired.
We accept children of all nationalities, from ages 2 to 6 years old. We also offer other educational programs like Saturday School, Mom and Me and Summer School Sessions from ages 2 to 15 years old. HYIS offers Extended Care.


Location: 3-12-1 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Phone: 03-6416-0238 Contact form at

Based out of the school’s new Nakameguro location, close to Sugekari Park, Honey Tree Tots Cooperative Preschool is a parent-run, parent-taught, and parent-staffed preschool for children ages 2 to 5. The school’s goal is to develop confidence and independence in its chidren as well as that of the parents as they teach and learn alongside them. The school uses the Montessori home school curriculum from the North American Montessori Center, and supplementing with a fun classical music curriculum, crafts activities, and lots of outdoor play. A cooperative preschool that seeks to create a supportive community for parents and for children, where children can be children in the security of a trusted adult. For children in the preschool years, and arguably beyond, learning does not need to take place in a conventional classroom, and it happens in all of the many activities that the school does with them as parents. Honey Tree Tots preschool will be an inspiring place where parents can come together to share their talents with the children.

Hiroo International Kindergarten has undergone a name change from April to Azabu International School. The new name will reflect commitment to preschool children as well as to the Azabu area.

302-3-10-12 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
Phone: 3451-8477 Fax: 3451-8477 Email
English curriculum with 1:2 teacher to student ratio.



3-49-1 Kurakake, Asakita-ku Hiroshima, 739-17 Japan
Phone: 082-843-4111 Fax: 082-843-6399 Email

HIS offers an international style curriculum. The core curriculum areas, accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) are covered in self-contained, multiage classrooms for preschool through Gr 8. The 9-12 High School program consists of ore components (Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Japanese) and may be supplemented by distance learning courses.


Preschool & Kindergarten:
1-33-6 Higashi Terao, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-0077

Primary/Secondary Schools
1-38-27 Higashi Terao, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-0077

For Sendai campus see 
Phone: 045-584-1945 Fax: 045-584-1946 Email

Opened in April 2003, HIS is one of three international schools in Yokohama that is accredited by the Kanagawa prefectural government. Co-ed, pre-K to 6 international curriculum that is taught in English. An afterschool program is available. With an affordable fee structure, HJIS caters for members of the foreign community who are planning to reside long term in Japan. The school is also open to Japanese families who want to send their children to international schools.



502 Royal Plaza  Kotobuki-cho 1-4-3, Fuchu city, Tokyo
Phone: 090-9808-5237

A preschool (for 2 – 6 yos) with options for 2, 3, 4 or 5 day week programmes and a choice of hours: 9.30 am – 12.30 or 9.30 – 2.30 p.m. Largely catered to Japanese children who aim to develop English proficiency. The school offers an English preschool program with the following activities: play time with free choice activities (involving lessons on Counting numbers, Tracing , Coloring, Puzzles, Shapes, etc…); circle time (learning day of the week, month, date, weather, and seasons using songs and word actions); , Alphabet game, Spelling game, What am I doing games, Snack time and story time and Language activities involving Alphabet and Numbers and Science. Afterschool programs are available too

Location: 2-2-25 Inaba, Higashiosaka, Osaka
Phone: 81 729 61 8333

Humming Montessori School is a private school in Osaka offering a Montessori kindergarten (2.5~6yrs.) program based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Humming Montessori School provides a prepared classroom environment with a beautiful garden to promote self-discipline and responsibility with respect for oneself and others. AMI certified teachers care for the children fostering independence and love learning.
English conversation classes are also available for preschool-elementary students.

IEC INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(Toddler – Kindergarten) (Aomori-ken)

1-15-17 Sengari, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture 038-0015
Phone: 017-782-7860 Online contact form

International School is a private preschool and kindergarten that provides a well-rounded bilingual program and a nurturing start and an engaging after-school experience mainly for Japanese children. Located near Aomori City (Japan).

Founded in 1996, the guiding principle is to help each child master the skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Day school is a structured day with stimulating activities; music, books, movement, and creative projects that provide learning group interaction.

The curriculum for preschoolers gradually introduces key concepts that build literacy, using flash cards, stories, and daily activities. Monthly themes, weekly topics, and daily activities keep the curriculum focused and fun. The curriculum follows a traditional American program with instruction conducted in English. Founded in 1996, the guiding principle is to help each child master the skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Day school is a structured day with stimulating activities; music, books, movement, and creative projects that provide learning group interaction. The curriculum for preschoolers gradually introduces key concepts that build literacy, using flash cards, stories, and daily activities. Monthly themes, weekly topics, and daily activities keep the curriculum focused and fun.


2-6-5 Tuttle Bldg 3F, Asabu, Minami-ku Tokyo 106-0044
Phone: 03-3586-5211

Morning preschool classes are held for 2- 4 year olds while afternoon classes are held for 4 – 6 year olds.

An English native speaking teacher is given charge of the morning classes for smaller kids and all lessons and activities are conducted in English. However, the teacher is supported by a Japanese assistant who has majored in childcare education or who has experience with childcare and early childhood education. (There are no Japanese assistants for the afternoon classes.

The programme aims to promote linguistic skills and expose children to the benefits of an immersion program in the most crucial years for language learning. This allwos communications skills to develop at a rapid pace.

The school also seeks to enhance the physical strength of the children through various sports and the game activities corresponding to child’s body developmental stage. Creativity and curiosity are encouraged and multicultural understanding, cooperation, independence are emphasized

IKOMA MONTESSORI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (Kindergarten – Elementary) in the Kansai area. Proposed New School (No new info on this, still updating this)

Location: Mt Ikoma, Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture (Kasumigaoka station on the cable car route from Ikoma Station a commuting distance from Osaka/Kyoto/Nara).
Phone: 0743-73-2909. Please contact Sada-Anand S. KHALSA Email or Mary Ohdai at for more info. (It would be great if any and all parents even remotely considering an international kindergarten (or elementary school) for their children could attend a meeting, or contact us, to air your concerns, wishes, dreams, and desires for the school. Volunteers and leaders always welcome! A dual-language curriculum Montessori primary school is being considered.)

The proposed school site is on Mt Ikoma near the amusement park, several buildings in a spacious yard and a forested mountain setting. There is only one house at Kasumigaoka with spectacular views, wild woods and hiking trails–and a mere minutes from downtown Osaka!! Spectacular view! to establish a branch of the Khalsa Montessori school (Arizona, USA) in Ikoma with a dual-language curriculum


13F Yokohama Landmark Tower, 2-2-1-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-Ku, Yokohama.
Phone:045-224-2121, fax: 045-224-2122 Email

Imagine has adapted the Project Approach a child-care methodology developed under the guidance of a professor at Harvard University. This system emphasizes acquisition of fluency in English and Japanese in a natural manner while developing a sense of creativity. Its two-pronged approach is to: build cross-cultural communication skills in a familiar environment, through contact with native speakers from a young age; and to turn questions and curiosity into creativity through the Project Approach. Numerous services provided including extended day care, temporary care, and classroom lessons, in addition to the child care and preschool classes that are the core of their program.


Address: Yokohama Landmark Tower 13F
Minato-mirai 2-2-1, Nishi-ku
Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 220-811

Phone: 045-224-2121 Fax: 045-224-2122

International preschool in Yokohama
Preschool classes are offered international as well as Japanese students, from 1yr 6m – 6-year-olds as well as special classes for children age 6 months – 10 years

Imagine’s regular classes and programs are in English, but international students who wish to learn Japanese are offered “Japanese time” in addition. Kids Planetclasses are also available for 5-8 year-olds in both English and Japanese.

The school has some renown having been featured on TV news networks, its use of the Project Approach through which the children learn many useful skills like mathematics, reading, writing, scientific method, and presentation by studying something in which they already have interest. The school believes that the Project Approach helps children reach their full capacity by letting them focus on what interests them. Teachers help them transform their questions and curiosity into creativity and a preparedness to independently find answers to their questions.

In addition to projects about the world around them, the preschoolers enjoy science, sensory, and dynamic art activities. They learn to read with the help of phonics games and other emerging literacy play in an international environment.

N.B. The branch in  Aoyama(Tokyo)at the location below has closed

Imagine International Preschool (Aoyama, Tokyo)

Aoyama 1chome Tower #102, Minami-Aoyama 1-3-2, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

Phone: 03-5771-5790 Fax: 03-5771-5791

INDIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(3 – 5 years; Grades 1 – 5)

See also Japan Times article here (you will need to register first for a free account)

Amica Building 1-5-4 Morishita, Koto-ku,Tokyo 135-0004
Phone: 03-3635-7850 Email

The school operates a Montessori kindergarten and an elementary school that adopts the CBSE and ICSE curriculum that aims at devising student friendly and student focused learning and teaching paradigms. The syllabus is skill and knowledge oriented and not just content and memory based. The goals of the programme are: To provide knowledge and develop logical thinking and scientific aptitude; To facilitate creativity and excellence; To appreciate, nurture and inculcate aesthetic sense; To strengthen value-based approach to life; To meet emerging global challenges. A middle school is in the works.

IISJ see press articles about the school here and here


Kibutake Building
(Office, Library, 7th – 1 2th grade)
Villa Yuzan 1 F, 205 Kibutake, Nagakute City,
Aichi Prefecture, 480-1 1 1 7

1 507 Kuboyama Building
(Kinder – 4th grade)
1 507 Kuboyama, Nagakute City,
Aichi Prefecture, 480 – 1 1 5 1
1 508 Kuboyama Building
(5th – 6th grade)
1 508 Kuboyama, Nagakute City,
Aichi Prefecture, 480 – 1 1 5 1

Phone / fax: 056-162-4196 Email
The school’s goal is to provide an English curriculum based on a Christian philosophy to international and Japanese students. A partner school of the Network of International Christian Schools with headquarters near Memphis, Tenessee and dually accredited by both the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) the school now caters to students from K-12, the students get to experience relating to students younger and older than themselves and receive increased individual attention from their teachers.

A growing international school located on the outskirts of Nagoya, Japan.  ICAN-kids at Seasons SunPlaza near Fujigaoka offers classes for students who are two to four years-old.  Students who are in kindergarten through eighth grades are at ICAN campuses in Nagakute.

Instruction is in English.  ICAN accepts both Christian and non-Christian students. ICAN is a small school where students can receive increased individual attention from their teachers.


405-1 Gokanmachi, Maebashi, Gunma prefecture, Japan 371-0813
Phone: 027-265-3922 Email

International Community School is a new trilingual school in Gunma offering a full-time and part-time English, Portuguese and Japanese kindergarten for 3-5 year olds, and part-time home language and second language classes for older children up to 8 years old. A project of the non-profit Multilingual Education Research Institute NPO. For more, see article in The Japan Times here


3-19-20-103 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0074
Phone: 03-5791-1435 Fax: 03-5423-7410

The school is located in a traditionally-styled imperial grounds with parks that will allow the children to be surrounded not only by a truly Japanese atmosphere but also by abundant, healthy, greenery so scarce in an urban setting. The school is also has use of the spacious halls of the local Shogenji Temple for their movement classes, sensory integration therapy, and other activities. The school emphasizes its classroom setups and tools since these are especially important in a Waldorf schools with the hallmark Steiner belief is that children need a constant connection with natural materials and thrive best in a gentle atmosphere with subdue tones and lighting. Waldorf teachers use specially designed multi-purpose objects that encourage divergent thinking. Storybooks are selected for their inherent moral and cultural lessons. A lyre and simple flutes are standard musical equipment along with the more traditional supplies needed for arts, handiwork and movement. Waldorf education is about teaching all subjects creatively and artistically. The many new and often challenging ideas put before students are presented in an imaginative, rhythmic, and always cheerful way. This will emotionally engage the student and facilitate learning. Art and music are interwoven throughout the curriculum in a Waldorf school in order to develop the imagination, creativity and joy in learning. After reading, the children might draw pictures of the story with bright beeswax crayons, metamorphosing newly learned letters into colorful beings. They might try experimenting with self-made music inspired by the tales, which may then become the class play that semester. The school curriculum can be viewed at URL:

INTERNATIONAL KIDS ACADEMY Website:  (in English & Japanese)

TSK BLD.,Koubai-cho 3-8-4, Showa-ku, Nagoya-shi (Access map
Phone:  052-858-3933  Fax: 052-858-3934 Email:
Kawana-cho 2-9-9, Showa-ku Nagoya-shi (Access map
Phone:  052-799-5999  Fax: 052-799-5990 Email:
International Kids Academy is not your typical international school. It offers small kids, preschool and kindergarten classes taught by select, native-level English speaking teachers and equally skilled, personable Japanese co-teachers.
The school’s teachers encourage students to learn through exploration and positive-motivation (and not by coercion), as well as through team-oriented ideals that teach students to identify and value the strengths found in them and their fellow students. The school uses TPR (total person response) and pair teaching methods.
The curriculum is focused towards phased, progressive English immersion. Students in our program learn as if they were attending school in an English speaking country but with the facility of Japanese teaching assistance.
The school’s phonics system helps students connect alphabet letters to their respective phonic pronunciations, so that from an early age, they will be able to read and enunciate familiar as well as new words they encounter. This phonics system consistently helps students realize higher achievements in class and reduces the need for secondary, remedial assistance.
A variety of programmes are available beginning with the small kids classes for kids aged 1.5 -2 years; the preschool and kindergarten day (10-3 pm) programmes as well as a number of afterschool programmes for local elementary school-attending children.

INTERNATIONAL KIDS’ CASTLE Higashikurume-shi, Tokyo

Wise Emeriel U 2 Floor 1-3-11 Hon-cho, Higashikurume-shi, Tokyo 〒203-0053

Phone: 042-477-3310 Email

The preschool program caters to kids from 1 to 3 years old  – this is an English full-immersion daycare program class. The kindergarten program is for kids 3-5 yo. This is not only an English speaking program but includes learning how to write and read in English.


1-4-2 Sowa-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Phone: 0120-860236 Fax: 078-821-54515427
For info on other branch location in Nishinomiya, phone: 078-843-8101

A Preschool and flexible childcare facility for Japanese or English members of the international community. It offers a fun, healthy and safe early childhood educational environment in which children can develop their potential. Currently children from several different countries attend Roly-Poly. Roly believes that play is an essential component of children’s development. At Roly-Poly, through play children learn independence, creativity and cooperation and children’s play transcends the barriers of language and they easily gain a sense of international awareness. Licensed Japanese childcare providers and foreign staff with extensive experience in childrearing and educational instruction bring devotion, confidence and a sense of responsibility to teaching children social boundaries, the joy of play and the value of nature.


Yahata Higashi-ku Takami 2-chome Shinnittetsu, Shijo Kaikan Kitakyushu, Japan
Phone: 093-652-0682 Fax: 093-651-1257

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE SACRED HEART (K – 12 – boys allowed in K only)

4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Phone: +81 3 3400 3951 |  Fax:+81 3 3400 3496 Email:

A Catholic school for girls from Kindergarten through Grade 12; and boys are accepted into the school’s co-educational Kindergarten program. ISSH is a college-prep programme that helps its students work towards entry into universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and other countries. The International School of the Sacred Heart is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Junior school curriculum is an integrated one throughout; materials from the US and UK are used. There are specialists for Japanese, art and music instruction. In the Middle school program, students are given a Study Skills Guide and a Homework Notebook to help them become organized. Students take 12 subjects and can choose three options each year from jazz dance, calligraphy, photography and drama.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TREE HOUSE(K dayschool-afterschool elementary)

10-21 Shukugawa KS Building 3F Hagoromo-cho, Nishinomiya-city, Hyogo Prefecture, 662-0051
Phone: 079-838-4322 Email

Tree House is a learning environment that nurtures physical and intellectual development. While focusing on English, the goal is to create an atmosphere that encourages children to develop independence and empathy for other cultures and a sense of responsibility for their own actions. The program is unique, structured, and varied. Children take part in activities such as music, stories, arts, drama, language learning, games, song and free play. Children in the Pre-school and Kindergarten program will have outdoor activities, weather permitting.


15, Yamanote 2 Jo 3 Chome, Nishi-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido, 063-0002
Phone: 011-641-2191 Fax: 011-644-2004 Email

Established since the sixties as a Japanese school, the school changed its emphasis on instilling the idea of “internationalization” into the minds of kindergarten children with the hope that they would be able to take on a leadership role in their communities. It offers practical English classes by a full time native speaker who also uses it throughout the day to create an environment where practical English can be acquired naturally.


Location: 3-11-4, Minamiazabu, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-6337-6612 Email

IPIA (Ivy Prep International Academy) is a new style Afterschool Enrichment Program offering extra curriculum program to children aged from Kindergarten to Elementary. IPIA provides hands-on-fun multilingual environment where children explore to learn and to build up a wider perspective on worldview.

We provide three different types of extracurricular program, where students can choose different languages( English, Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin and French) to fit their desired education

IPIS provides an Immersion experience for students with a Multilingual, Multicultural approach following the Cambridge Program through Montessori & Reggio.

Daytime English International Pre-K to Kindergarten programs re offered, utilizing an original curriculum based on the Cambridge international standard of education (Cambridge EYFS and Cambridge Primary), along with a mix of Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches. Students and their families can choose an Immersion Language of their choice (Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish) to best fit their educational needs.

MULTILINGUAL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS for Pre-K / Kindergarten and Primary (GAKUDO) students, HOMEWORK HELP and TUTORING for students from K3 – G9, as well as EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, like Boarding School Application Consulting and College Application Guidance are also offered.


2-12-14 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Phone: 03-3452-2078 Fax: 03-3452-2092 Email

J’s Playhouse at J’s International School is a preschool for children between the ages of 2 to 6 years. Set in a home, with warm atmosphere, the ratio between teacher to student is high and all teachers have experience with teaching as well as raising children.

J’s is an international school focused on academic growth that provides a high level bilingual education (classes in both English and Japanese taught by qualified teachers). The school also provides an educational and exciting curriculum for our students throughout the year with seasonal themes. (Traditional Japanese New Year, Valentines Day, Ocean Week, Christmas around the globe, etc.) We hold and impressive track record of our students being accepted into prominent International Schools and prestigious Private Japanese Schools

The curriculum is based on a “hands on” approach in which children learn mainly by touching, creating and experiencing. J’s features a cooking room and utilizes videos in play and instruction. School program involves both English and Japanese as well as original curriculum to strengthen children’s knowledge. J’s teachers are multi-cultural who are all bilingual to help the children. Extended hours care available. Veteran educator Irene Koyasu and her partner have established the school in Minami Azabu (read about the school’s history here). J’s believes children should develop in all five domains: socio-emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and intellectual. J’s believes they are all interrelated and are all equally important when it comes to child development. That being said, we take planning our curriculum and classes very seriously so we can encourage development in all 5 domains. Our school believes in a balanced curriculum where both play-based learning and teacher-lead classes should be used. The teacher lead classes are usually during academics where literacy and numeracy are taught; play-based learnings are usually during centre time and free play.


5-27-5, 4F., Okusawa, Setagayaku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3724-5515

Very small preschool, mostly Japanese children although instruction medium is English. Fun and stimulating learning for children through music, movement, art, crafts and games. (JACE means Japan-Australia Cultural Exchange – the founder of JACE says she likes Australians and Australian culture)

JELLY BEAN ENGLISH PRESCHOOL (Kumamoto)/ JELLY BEANS(Kagoshima)(Ages 3 – 6 / K – 12)

1-1-5 Kuhonji, Kumamoto-shi 862-0976
Phone / fax: 096-362-2505 Email

16-816 Shinyashiki cho, Kagoshima, Fukuoka-Kyushu 8892-0838 (K-12)
Phone: 81- 90- 2511-9733 Email

Mainly for children ages 4-6. The operating language is English and emphasizes cooperative play, art, dance, music and lots of playing. The student/caregiver ratio is 7:1. Contact Kyoko Cairns, Director, or Jeff Cairns (Kumamoto) and Cynthia Keith (Kagoshima) at the above addresses. Afterschool and Saturday programmes are available besides the week-day ones.


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5-3-2 2F. Koishikawa, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 112-0002
Phone: 03-5684-0247 Fax: 03-5684-0247 Email

Operates a bilingual preschool from 9.20-1.30 pm; 1.30-3 pm extended care program and afterschool program from 3 – 5 pm. Aims to provide children with a unique bilingual programme in a fun and safe environment equipped with a buffet of learning materials; to encourage imagination, experimentation, creativity, socialization, and expression through art and music.


Location: 7-26-5 Shinozaki Edogawa-ku Tokyo Zip:133-0061 (access is 30 seconds away from Shinozaki station in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo.)
Phone: 081-3-3670-8545 Email:

An international school that offers a preschool and kindergarten in English (and an afterschool for children up to 15 years) that was established in Sept 1 2004. The preschool curriculum  (18 months to 4 years old / 9:30 to 14:00 Mon-Fri)is designed to nurture the full range of development areas of pre-school and kindergarten kids, help children build their confidence, learn how to share and develop social skills and to foster creativity and problem solving ability. The curriculum includes story-telling, eurhythmics, arts & crafts that develop their imagination, and other various activities such as reading, writing, calculations, French lessons and cooking to help their concentration. All classes are in English (except French & Japanese) taught by native speakers.

Through the kindergarten program (3 to 6 years old / 9:30 to 15:00 Mon-Fri), the children develop the ability to think and express themselves through studying, and building confidence, independence, and self-expression. The curriculum includes reading, writing, listening, pronunciation, mathematics, computer, music, and French. There are also classes for Japanese, arts & crafts, and cooking.


4-25-9 Kugayama, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-0082
Phone/Fax: 03-3334-8326

Elective morning class options for 2, 3 or 5 days a week for 18 months to 6 years old. Afternoon sessions for 3 to 6 years olds also available as well as afterschool classes for early elementary students (6-8 years old). Maximum class size: 12. 8 native English-speaking teachers


Sakamoto Bldg. 2F, 2-1-17 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Phone: 3445-6326 Fax: 3445-5676 Email

Bilingual learning for children from 2 to 5 years old participate in a variety of specially designed programs such as senior and junior classes for older kids, exercise, arts and crafts (both Western and Japanese), as well as Japanese culture, music and dance. J.A.C. focuses on developing both academic and creative skills, as well as musical talents. There are three music teachers on staff. Part of an educational group that has 23 locations in Japan but the Hiroo, J.A.C. School is however, the only international one in the group. School director Monique Keller, a long-time Tokyo resident is very aware of the needs to children who attend international schools says “I attended Sacred Heart and put my children through St. Mary’s, so I know the challenges involved.”

K. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(K – junior high school)

3-31-5 Higashisuna, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0074
Phone: 5632-8714 Fax: 5632-8715 Email

K. International School Tokyo (KIST) is a pre K – Grade 12 secular coeducational school and is located in the east of Tokyo on the banks of the Ara River in Koto Ward. Established in 1997, the campus is comprised of 2 nine-story buildings. After school, a uniquely styled ESL program is offered to students deemed as requiring ESL support, a Japanese language program and after school clubs. The school provides a modern learning environment, comprising computer, music, science, physical education facilities and a heated indoor pool. Playgrounds have been designed around the age requirements of students, with one designed for the youngest children and one for the upper primary students. The library has been set up in consultation with a specialist library consultancy firm from the United States. It is a well-resourced facility where children’s interest in learning and researching for themselves is stimulated. KIST is an IB world school and an associate member of the Council of International Schools. Membership of these bodies guaranteeing the school is quality oriented and offers an excellent educational program to its students. KIST has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in Geneva to offer the Diploma Programme which complements KIST’s PYP (Primary Years Programme) and the MYP (Middle Year Programme). This demanding pre-university inquiry-based course of study leads to examinations and has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB Diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities in more than 102 countries worldwide. KIST was and is the first and only school in the greater Tokyo area authorized to offer all the IB programmes.


K Space, 2-10-9 Shibuya, Hiroo, Tokyo 150-0012
Phone: 5632-8714 Fax: 5632-8715 Email

Offers K Space mother and child music-and-movement sessions and T space is a unique kindergarten program with hybrid activities that emphasize music and movement and the teaching of life skills. Accepts kids from 18 mths to 4 yrs.


Location: 1-6-8 Nakane, Meguro-ku, Tokyo Japan 152-0031
Phone: 03-6459-5777 | Fax: 090-5558-4849

KAIS EMS considers education to be a form of IT, an information technology that evolves and improves as the world changes. KAIS EMS takes full advantage of the progress modern education has to offer. KAIS classes are flipped(see What is flipped learning?), blended, differentiated, and collaborative. They are dynamic and constantly changing. Most of all, they are student-centered. The teachers act as mentors, coaches, friends, and guides that help the students achieve their goals in ways that best suit their learning capabilities. Working together with families, the teachers at KAIS EMS come up with individualized plans to help each student realize his or her potential.


2-15-16 Maebara-nishi, Funabashi-shi, Chiba

Phone/ fax: 047-479-7272 Email:

A fairly recently opened (since 2010), Kailua IS offers a preschool program based on the Ontario-Canadian educational system. It takes children from 1 year-olds onwards. Kailua in Hawaiian means two ocean currents. At Kailua International School, the two ocean currents symbolize two roads that a child has to take. A child has to make a choice as to which road he has to tread in his educational journey. Whichever road he chooses, he has to take the risk of the unknown, ready to explore and tackle the challenges he encounters along the road. The term Kailua denotes two mystic ocean currents that are inviting to an inquisitive child and waiting to be explored. Saturday school and afterschool programs also offered.


12-7 Uearata-cho Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima 8900055
Phone: 099-285-0990 or 099-285-0700 Fax: 099-285-8008 Email here or here


3-4-1 Himeike dori, Chikusa, Nagoya, Aichi, 464-0055
Phone& Fax:  052-751-0725
“At Kakuozan International Preschool, your son or daughter will channel his or her natural curiosity and love of learning into well thought out lessons, activities and experiments. In addition to developing English fluency, he or she will become aware of the cultural variety of our world. Our curriculum is based on North American preschool models, and our staff are well trained in current Early Childhood Education (ECE) best practices.” — Stephen Geisler, Principal


141 Totsuka-cho, Totsuka-ku Yokohama
Phone: 045-841-3928 Email


Location: 141 Totsuka-cho, Totsuka-ku, Yokohama shi, Kanagawa

Phone: 045-841-3928

The school offers an exciting program, which puts emphasis on the development, of each student’s individuality. As the result of this program, students are able to establish one’s identity, and enhance their self-organization skills. The school aims to educate the students into persons who have the capability to work in any community of the world. Inside the classrooms, students are expected to speak in English. Conversations held in other languages will not be permitted, as English is the common language worldwide and therefore should be spoken in the classrooms.

Readiness Program is a system to extend each student’s abilities up to the level where they are able to proceed their education in an international school. The teachers are trained to guide the students through English conversations, reading & writing, arithmetic, comprehension skills, ways to perceive given information and ways to appeal their senses. We follow the best-suited education system and have thoughtfully selected the textbooks. See more on curriculum goals at

The school offers programs for  Preschool (From age 2 up to 6 years old and Elementary Class (From age 6 to 9 yrs)


1979 Jiyugaoka, Ooka, Numazu, Shizuoka 410-0022
Phone: (055) 921-4805 Email 1 / Email 2

Each class has both a native English speaking teacher as well as a Japanese native speaker. English immersion programme children will interact with Japanese programme children. After noon programme also available for working parents, offering soccer, rhythmic gymnastics and violin classes. Its bilingual immersion programme is explained here


Mosaic Box 3F, 11-1 Sakaemachi,
Kawanishi-shi, Hyogo
(Take the Hankyu Takarazuka Line to Kawanishi Noseguchi Station )
Phone: 0727-40-2505

A Montessori method bilingual classroom. Morning classes for 2-3 and 3-4 year olds. Afternoon classes for 5-6 year olds. Most of instruction is in English, with 20 minutes of Japanese instruction including songs and games.



Nakamachi 4-5-8, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0091
Phone: 03-3703-8778 Fax: 03-3703-8778 Email:

The preschool seeks to provide a setting for children from different backgrounds to share their culture, tradition, religion and language. Guided by developmentally appropriate principles in child development, as specified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), foreign students stationed in Tokyo are expected to be able to bring back a piece of Japan with them when they return to their respective country.


47-1, Kanate, Nakatsu city, Oita prefecture, Kyushu 871-0024
Phone: 0979-24-7477 Fax: 0979-24-7762 Email:
Phone school for details about the other location in Oita Prefecture, 879-0455
Phone: 0978-33-3223 Email

Creative curriculum (e.g. drawing pictures, singing songs, play musical instruments, dance) and classes for children (3 to 12), ranging from pre-school, elementary school students to youths (junior, senior high school students, junior college students). School located in an old world Japanese city with a long history and beautiful environs that include many shrines and temples, and the Nakatsu castle.


House 151, 261 Kitamae, Chatan-Cho, Nakagami Gun, Okinawa

Phone: 098-936-4713 Fax: 098-936-4714


KIDS Campus
1-5-1 Dai-ni-Tonyacho
Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture
030-0113 JAPAN

Established in 2003, KIDS Campus has two schools in Aomori Prefecture – Aomori City and Hirosaki City. KIDS Campus offers preschool (4-6 years) and afterschool classes  for children aged 7-12 years courses in English conversation.  Children explore, learn and create meaningful interactions with classmates and teachers (both Japanese English speaking teachers and native English speaking teachers). Children are encouraged to explore the world of communication and cultural difference to help them create their own dreams and their own future.  Children learn English words and phrases as well as how to interact in English via texts, materials and activities that are designed with the 4 skills in mind – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. We aim to design lessons that allow your child to enjoy learning how to communicate what they think and feel.



108 Motoyama, Dokinoshinden, Shinkawa-cho, Nishi-Kasugai-gun, Nagoya, Japan
Phone: 052-401-8001 Fax: 052-401-8002 Email:

Programmes for babies and preschoolers (3-6 years). Saturday programmes and summer school available. English is used as the medium of instruction and the programme seeks to provide an effective and safe environment for young children to enhance their academic skills and develop their social and emotional abilities.

KIDS INTERNATIONAL (0 – through elementary school years)

Various locations:
KI Gotanda, Pola Bldg #3 B1F 8-9-5 Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa, Tokyo 141-0031
Phone 03-3491-4195 Fax: 03-3491-4196
KI Hinomiya, T&A Bldg. 6F 5-2-5 Himonya Meguro-Ku Tokyo 152-0003
Phone: 03-5720-5601 Fax: 03-5720-5602
KI Nakagawa, 1-20-18-2F Nakagawa Tsuzuki-Ku Yokohama-Shi, Kanagawa 224-0001
Phone: 045-911-8300 Fax: 045-911-8441
KI Nishi-Kasai, MM Bldg. 7F 6-10-12 Nishi-Kasai Edogawa-Ku, Tokyo 134-0088
Phone: 03-5679-5571 Fax: 03-5679-5572
KI Makuhari, Patios. 16 2-9 Utase Mihama-Ku Chiba 261-0013
Phone: 043-211-8285 Fax: 043-211-8286
KI Shin Urayasu, 0-1 Akemi Urayasu-shi Chiba 279-0014
Phone: 047-390-6666 Fax: 047-390-6660
Nouvelle Villages Hibarigaoka
2-8-27 Yato-cho, Nishitokyo-shi 188-0001
Phone: 0424-38-9530 Fax: 0424-38-9531
Baby Station O-izumigakuen, SK Bldg. 2F, 6-34-30, Higashi o-izumi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 178-0068
Phone: 03-5387-3780 Fax: 03-5387-3784

An international child-care center chain that pursues as its goal internationalization. It seeks to promote global awareness; self-esteem and communication as its core values and goals. Apart from regular English classes, a special programme for returnees is also available. Particularly interesting is the Kubota Music Academy that is attached to the programme.

KIDS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(2 years – elementary)

Address c/o Education Network Co., Ltd.
15-2, Nagaosa, Yazako, Nagakute-cho, Aichi-gun, Aichi 490-1103
Phone: (0561) 62-7488 Fax: (0561) 62-7488 Email

An English Immersion preschool located in Nagakute-cho, Aichi (eastern Nagoya) its program stresses child-centered, developmentally appropriate activities while developing for international awareness at an early age. The school emphasizes an accepting environment that nurtures your child’s first steps in math, science, social studies, and language skills through art, creative movement, dramatic play, music and English Immersion. KIS is staffed by university certified teachers who are highly qualified in the field of child development. Hours: 9.30 am-2.30 pm. The school is affiliated to the KTP Kids English Club which provides English classes for local Japanese kids, link here

KIDS PARADISE(nursery childcare, preschool – K)

2F, (above Jolly Pasta on the 1F) Setagaya, 8-10-14, Tokyo 158
Phone & Fax: 03-5706-1230 Email

Kids Paradise believes that how to think, how to learn, how to create and how to develop balanced physical abilities necessary for the international information society depends on good environments and experiences in the early childhood. “Kids Paradise” seeks to provide that good environment with high quality programs, caring for children with the strong support and network with the child care organizations in the United States. All of “Kids Paradise”‘s staff are professionals trained through American Early Childhood training programs. “Kids Paradise” respects other people, appreciates and values differences. “Kids Paradise” helps children develop self-esteem. Children develop their abilities through appropriate toys and plays. “Kids Paradise”‘s Playroom is equipped with developmentally appropriate teaching materials in planned environment and has such interest areas as dramatic play, blocks, toys, arts & crafts, sand & water, library and music & movement. Childcare, preschool or K and computer programmes available. Summer school available.

KIDS WORLD(1 – 8 years)

Various locations in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba and Niigata:
Kanda Yuraku Building 5F, 1-34-1, Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0041
Phone: 03-3252-1162; Fax: 03-3252-4166; Email:
KIDS WORLD CO. LTD. (International Day-Care / Pre-School
5F Dobadhi Bldg., 3-17-8, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
107-0052 Phone: 03-3582-9432
Shirokane KIDS WORLD
International Day-Care / Pre-School
3F Shirokane-dai Central Bldg., 5-3-6, Shirokane-dai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071
Phone: 03-3444-6600
International Day-Care / Pre-School
2F 2nd Sano Bldg., 5-10-24, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3448-9081
Futagotamagawa KIDS WORLD International Day-Care / Pre-School
1F The Sports Connection Annex, Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0095
Phone: 03-3708-3472
Fun and fitness classes for ages 1 through 8; Day care (ages 1 through 8) program; and Preschool activities for kids aged 2 through 3.


10-14 Shinkawa-dori, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone: 044-233-3970 Fax: 044-233-3970 Email

The school has as its goal and mission the fostering of the truly cosmopolitan child. Its preschool curriculum includes music and movement and gymnastics exercises, arts and crafts, the developing English language skills and the fostering of an understanding of the cultures of both Japan and other countries in the English world. Preparation for elementary school entrance examinations is also provided. Full-day or half-day courses. With full-day course running from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Caters for Japanese families who desire to develop English proficiency in their kids.


Locations in Ashiya, Higashi Osaka, Nishinomiya, Osaka, Toyonaka, and Yao
Phone: 06-6242-6500 for information and locations.

Kinder Kids is a completely English-speaking preschool and kindergarten with flexi-schedules and optional full-time daycare. The program is year-round with an emphasis on early education using a theme-based curriculum. The monthly themes include weekly mini-themes with daily crafts and vocabulary-supported reading materials. Australian- and British-based curriculum including Britain’s famous “Letter land” curriculum for reading and literacy skills. The music is even designed to include new vocabulary word to the tunes of familiar songs. Most of the locations include a gymnastics class and an outdoor play area. For the kinder ages, there are computers in the classrooms. Besides the educational software, there are future plans to link up through the internet to preschools in Australia. You can even choose between a catered lunch, or bring your own lunch from home. Each location, with the exception of one, was established to accommodate family members, children and each location is truly part of the Kinder Kids family. Kinder Kids’ aim is to provide quality, inclusive education in a warm and caring environment to children from all nationalities. The ultimate goal is to ready the children for the local international schools or prepare them to return to schools in western countries; academically being either at the appropriate age/grade level, or even slightly advanced.

KOALA INTERNATIONAL KINDERGARTEN(seeking more info on this school)

Email Janine Boyd

KOMAZAWA PARK INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL(2 – 6 years; elementary-jr high evening program)

2-12-16 Fukasawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0081
Phone/Fax: 03-5707-0979 Email

Begun operating in September 2000, the school incorporates the spirit and positive elements of the 3 leading educationalists of early childhood education (Montessori, Steiner, Froebel). Teacher : student ratio is one teacher, one sports trainer and one music teacher: ten children. The Evening & Saturday Elementary Program and Evening Junior High Program is designed to maintain and improve the English level as well as to foster Western cultural awareness of Japanese returnees, children who want to continue learning English in Japan and half-Japanese children who attend Japanese schools. The program makes use of similar methods as many international schools when we teach students how to express their thoughts and conduct research; deliver an effective presentation; and discuss their ideas at age-appropriate levels at a high English calibre. The amount of course time devoted to doing research, creating and practicing presentations increases as children grow older and improve their language skills. Upon completing the Evening Junior High Program, students will have received the instruction and training to the point where they can conduct research presentations and give speeches with the persuasive power needed to convince anyone from any country, and they’ll be at the same level as, if not higher than, students who attend international schools.


Location: 6-3-1 Sunagawa-chou, Tachikawa-city, Tokyo, Japan 190-0031 [ See MAP ]
Phone: 042-534-9681 (English/日本語)    Email :  (English/日本語)

The school’s objective is to foster the growth of bilingual, bicultural children so they learn the importance of independence, teamwork and respect for others. This is accomplished through innovative programs in music, arts and crafts, Japanese, international culture, special events and especially sports. Sports not only build physical strength, but also promote learning languages naturally. The school offers soccer, tennis, gymnastics, swimming and dance with licensed instructors.The school has fully-equipped facilities, including seven classrooms, outdoor playground, gymnasium, heated swimming pool, music room, library and cafeteria, surrounded by nature.

The highly qualified teachers provide high quality learning based on the USA Standard Curriculum all delivered by public license holders of early childhood or kindergarten education with years of experience and The school has a rich, multi-cultural community, now welcoming more than 100 students from 14 different countries.


317 Kitatawara-cho, Nakadachiuri-sagaru, Yoshiyamachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8247
Phone: 075-451-1023 Fax:075-451-1024 Email

Kyoto International School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools (JCI) and the East Asian Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS). Currently, texbooks and currently textbooks and curriculum materials come from the US, England and various commonwealth countries. KIS is a candidate IBO Primary Years Program (PYP) school. Students take the ACER standardized tests for math and language. The Pegasus Program (middle school) includes integrated study trips each year. Past trips have been to Mongolia, Okinawa and NZ. English only policy in the classroom, although Japanese teachers provide instruction in written and spoken Japanese.


Location: 3-4-17 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5422-7375 Fax: 03-5422-7376

Opened April 2016, Laurus International School is ready to equip your children to become inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring global citizens. The school has  preschool and kindergarten as well as a primary school program that science program is designed to meet the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) standards that are so vitally important in our modern world. In addition, students also acquire the basics of programming. Starting from an introduction that serves as a foundation they gradually step up to making games and applications.  At Laurus, students’ critical thinking skills are nurtured through experiments and continuous observation which leads to building hypotheses and verifying them in everyday lessons. The science class is an engaging mixture of inquiry learning and hands on experiments. Extended care is also offered for full day students, students can join in lessons of swimming, piano, ballet, dance, and other fun activities at the sports club nearby. At Laurus, Language Arts instruction is the foundation of its curriculum. The school aims to develop the child’s ability to read fluently, synthesize the information and build a bank of knowledge that the students can call upon to make connections and develop a deeper understanding of all the subjects in the curriculum.  The Social Studies program works hand in hand with its Language Arts classes and the philosophy of the PYP program.

LCA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(preschool through elementary); LCA INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL (preschool page)

LCA International Preschool:
1-27-16 Yokoyamadai, Sagamihara-city, Kanagawa-prefecture 229-0039
Phone: 042-776-8570 / Fax: 042-776-8571 Email
LCA International School Elementary Division:
2-3-15 Yokoyamadai, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture 229-1121
Phone: 042-758-1921 Fax: 042-758-1931

Established 15 years ago as a cram school, this preschool features the exploration of nature as a vehicle for education and has as its goal to educate through teaching children about the joy of life. LCA痴 curriculum is geared toward a progressive mastery of functional English. All classes are taught in English by native speakers except for Japanese lessons which are based on the national curriculum. The school also strives to introduce aspects of different cultures into the learning experience. LCA now serves children below preschool age through elementary school as well as providing English conversation lessons to adults. LCA assures that their graduates will have the option of continuing onto a Japanese public or private junior high school, or attending an exchange program abroad. Tuition fees per year: 936,000 yen, can be paid monthly at 78,000 yen. Enrollment fee: 800,000 yen. Also deposit of 78,000 yen and 20,000 yen per term additional fee. Take a bus No.6 from the station and get off at the fourth stop “Hikanezawa Ue” You will get our school by 5-minute walk from there. School bus is available from Odakyuu Sagamiono Station, Machida, Fuchinobe, Hashimoto Stations (JR Yokohama Line) for preschool children. The fee for the bus is Y4,000 for Fuchinobe and Hashimoto and Y6,000 for Machida and Sagamiono respectively.

(THE) LEARNING TREE(preschool and afterschool for 4 -12 years)

Kiba|5-6-30 Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo | 03-5809-8900 | Phone: 03-5809-8900, Fax: 020-4664-9962

Nishikasai|6-12-4 Nishikasai, 1F/2F , Edogawa-ku, Tokyo | 03-6808-5656 |

Tsukishima|2-14-12 Tsukishima, 4F, Chuo-ku, Tokyo | 03-3536-7890 |


The morning preschool welcomes kids from all over the world but caters mainly to Japanese families seeking an English-speaking environment. It has an afterschool for kids up to age 12 which works on reading, writing and speaking skills for 3 hours.

Starting in April 2015, Learning Tree is starting an exciting new elementary education program designed to work alongside your child’s elementary school. The curriculum will be based around the new Common Core standards used by schools in the United States. At the conclusion of the Academic year, each student will be given an officially proctored exam that shows that they have achieved national standards for that grade level. Learning Tree will be using a standardized test that is commonly taken by American private school, public school, and even home schooled children.


Phone: 0120-699-022 Email

Kindergarten for children from the ages of 1.5 years to 6 years. Class sizes range from 4 – 14 and English teaching is conducted with a Japanese counter-part (pair-teaching). Keith Crotty is Director.


1-23-6-103 Setagaya Setagaya-ku Tokyo
Tel:   03-3706-1119    Fax:03-3706-2229
Day preschool from plus afterschool immersion school.

LITTLE PEOPLE MONTESSORI SCHOOL (18 months – 3 years; 3 – 6 years; 6 – 12 years) now merged with THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF TOKYO (see below)

3-5-13 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Phone: 03-5449-7067 Fax: 5449-0087 Email


1-9-3-501 Izumichuou, Izumi-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 981-3133 Japan
Phone / fax: 022-776-2355 Email

Preschool and kindergarten programmes for ages 2 – 6 years. Daily 50-minute music and movement classes are scheduled on Wednesdays for 1 – 3 year olds. The school offers a highly developed and age-appropriated (infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children) curriculum called “Creative Curriculum” (proven use throughout the USA), a curriculum has been developed and studied by two psychologists, Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson, as well as other specialists for child development for years and published by Teaching Strategies Inc. Diane Trister Dodge. Goal is to for children to get along well with others and become enthusiastic learners.

LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (2 years – 6 years; elementary school)

342-16 Shimohiratsuka, Tsukuba, 302-0813
Phone / Fax: 029-855-0177 Email or use their online contact form

Opened in 1998 as a community-based private school for both international students as well as Japanese students in Tsukuba Science City. Offers pre-school, kindergarten and primary programmes based on US curriculum. After school programme is available.


1-3-2, Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0012
Phone / Fax: 022-52-8381 Email

Little Angels International Kindergarten caters for kids bound American international schools while the English Academy is an afterschool for kids who go on to attend Japanese schools who wish to keep up their English proficiency after graduating from the international kindergarten.


236-4 Tainoshima Taemukaemachi Kumamoto-shi 862-0965
Phone / Fax: 0963341144 Email

A school with a broad-based and balanced curriculum with a range of academic activities in a safe environment started by Jon and Michiyo Bennett after finding local kindergartens unsatisfactory for their own children. Each class has a Western teacher and a supporting Japanese staff.


2-26-3 Kosugayacho, Sakae-ku, Yokohama City
Phone: 045-892-2366

LYCEE FRANCO-JAPONAIS(Preschool – Secondary)

1-2-43 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: 03-3261-0137 Fax: 03-3262-6780 Email

The lycee offers a course of higher education the completion of which results in the International Baccalaureate certification which is the qualifier for entrance to a French university. Soutien or atelier classes are given to students whose French skills are weak. All elementary students are required to study Japanese as a second foreign language. Junior and senior high students must study English and may elect to study German, Spanish, Japanese or Latin.


9-10 Kita Shirota, Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture 371-0055
Phone: 027-237-3400 and 027-230-9330 and Email

Opened April 2002, a school that features dual language Japanese/English Immersion Method. 2 head teachers: 1 Early Childhood specialist (MEd.) from New Zealand and 1 Japanese licensed preschool teachers; 1 Early Childhood Specialist teacher from Australia. Facilities: two rooms, the 3-6 year old room (K) and the 2-3 year old room (Prep) and a 2 year old room and 2 playgrounds. After school care is available.


3-2-9 Wakaba, Mihama-Ku, Chiba City 261-0014 Phone: 043-296-0277 Fax: 043-296-0186 Email:

Access: (30 minutes from JR Tokyo Station to Kaihimmakuhari)

Makuhari International School is a newly opened K-6 international school in Chiba Prefecture, JAPAN. It opened its doors to 150 boys and girls in 2009 and caters to Japanese Returnee, Dual Nationality and Foreign children. This is a government-run international school, actively supported by Chiba Government and the first and only international school in Japan with ‘Article One’ status. This means that students here may transfer easily into the Japanese education system at any time, or move on to other international schools of their choice after graduation. Currently in it’s third year of operation; enrollment is now close to 300 children from about 20 nationalities. It basically follows the Japanese Curriculum taught in English (except for Japanese Language and Culture subjects), and adding content and objectives from other curricula mainly from the UK.

Read more about the school here


6 Rokubancho, Keystone Bldg, First Floor, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0085

A bilingual preschool curricuum that emphasizes a multi-sensory developmental approach.

MAPLE EIKAIWA(K – elementary)

#105 Mutsumi Mansion, 4-93-1 Rokkodai, Matsudo
Phone: 047-311-2855 Fax: 047-311-2866 Email

Located in the Kashiwa city area, Chiba prefecture, the school will only cater to kindergarten and elementary school aged kids, teens and adults (daytime only), with possible plans to expand later. For further information please contact Anne. The school is located near Tobu-Noda line’s Mutsumi Station. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the station and very easy to find. There is a bus, but it probably takes just as long or longer as they are few. From Mutsumi station go to the main road, turn left. When you hit Hallo Mart turn right and go straight on that main road a few blocks, past Fujiya until you see the school on the right hand side.


Phone: 03-3707-5797 Email

A two-minute walk from Yoga station on Den-entoshi line in Tokyo. Canadian-owned international preschool applying the Montessori method for 2.5 to 6 year olds and after school programmes for elementary kids are being offered.


102-47 Tomino, Oshamambe-cho, Yamakoshi Gun, Hokkaido
Phone: 01377-2-2266


〒604-8363, 京都府京都市中京区猪熊通錦小路下ル錦猪熊町553
Phone: 075-812-7081
〒520-2152, 滋賀県大津市月輪一丁目13-2


553 Inokuma-dori-nishiki-koji-sagaru-nishiki-inokuma-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone: 075-812-7081

MARIA’S BABIES SCHOOL(Preschool/kindergarten)

Tommy’s House #101 3-36-20 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Phone: 03-3404-3468 Fax: 03-3404-3625 Admissions  Email

Maria’s Babies School provides a very homey atmosphere in a stand-alone house. School director Maria Matsuoka places an emphasis on a British-style curriculum and will accept pre-school children of various ages. The majority of students are in the walking 6 mo – 6-year-old ranges  (Eligibility for the group is not based so much on birthdays, but on emotional and developmental readiness) . The school emphasizes art with a full time art teacher as well as on having children learn to appreciate and play violin.Other The Society’s educational program is based on an extended and augmented Montessori method. For information on Montessori schools:


1-2-1 Chimori-cho Suma-ku, Kobe City
Phone: 078-732-6266 Fax (078) 732-6268 Email

Marist Brothers International School (MBIS) is a pre-K through 12th grade private, Catholic, international school located in Kobe, Japan. We are committed to excellence in education. Over the past 60 years, our students have consistently gone on to attend the top universities and colleges around the world. The school is also a college-preparatory school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), USA. Marist was founded in 1951 by Catholic missionaries and provides students from pre-Kindergarten until university entrance with an international education based upon American curriculum, in particular the New York State Learning Standards. Although the core of the Marist curriculum is basically American, it also uses supplementary materials from the United Kingdom and has a significant overlap with the British National Curriculum in a number of subject areas. The school is committed to excellence in education and its students have consistently gone on to attend the top universities and colleges around the world.


7-26-5 Shinozakicho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 133-0061
Phone: 03-5636-5875 Fax: 03-5636-5876 Email

A preschool programme as well as an after school programme is available for 2 – 5 year olds. An English curriculum school program operates for 6 – 12 year-olds between 17:45 – 18:45


Tokyo, Toshima ku, Sugamo, 2-7-8
Microcosmos Building
Phone: 03-3940-2522 Email

The pre-school’s aim is to introduce the English language and alphabet to kids by utilizing the Letterland breakthrough method of teaching by British educator, Lyn Wendon (a system approved by the Education Department of the USA Government). The system uses the ‘pictograph body shapes’ or pictograms that bridges the gap between the abstract print world and the real world. The pre-school also seeks to provide child-focused activities that use every learning channel: social interaction, movement, art, craft, drama and rhyme. Operating classroom hours are between 9.30 am -1.30 pm. After school care option is available.


1-18-2, Mikage Yamate, Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0065
Phone/Fax: 078-851-8502 Email:

The Mikage International Preschool provides an English speaking, reading, writing, and playing environment especially for two to five year old children who live in the Kobe-Osaka area. The activities of the Mikage International Preschool are directed by Mrs. Burke, BA Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, USA. The program provides for the physical, mental, spiritual, and social development of each child as he/she learns basic reading and writing skills, sings, dances, listens to stories, draws, colors, solves puzzles, recognizes number relationships, and plays so that he/she will be ready for elementary school. Mikage also began a new international school in April of 2003 in Ashiya, Ashiya International School (AIS), which is located between Kobe and Osaka city in Hyogo prefecture. AIS shares the same homepage as MIP.


Shirogane Bldg., Shimo-meguro 1-2-12, , Meguro-ku, Tokyo 〒153-0064 東京都目黒区下目黒1丁目2−12 白金ビル

Phone: 03-6431-8437

All-day 9:00 am-5:30 pm bilingual preschool courses are offered alongside shorter courses.


2-1-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
(inside the US Embassy Residential Compound)
Phone: 3224-6796 Fax: 3224-6788 Email

The U.S. Embassy EWA Children’s Garden Preschool is located in a park-like setting in the U.S. Embassy Housing Compound. The preschool has been serving embassy and non-embassy families for over 30 years.

The Employees Welfare Association is affiliated with the American Embassy in Tokyo. The Children’s Garden was established in the 1970’s and is located in the eleven-acre park-like grounds of the American Embassy Housing Compound in Minato-ku, Tokyo. Within the compound there is a large grassy field, a playground, swimming pool, wading pool and a gym. The school is housed in three spacious classrooms on the ground level, each facing a beautiful Japanese garden with ponds, waterfalls and small bridges and islands where one can observe birds and fish. The classrooms are air-conditioned and have private toileting facilities.

The EWA Children’s Garden exists for the benefit of American Embassy employees who are given priority on spaces available. Remaining openings are made available for other children, regardless of nationality.

For enquiries regarding addmissions, please contact the Mistui Gardens International Preschool office: (81) 3-3224-6796 – (81) 3-3224-6796 Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Download their school brochure here


Harajuku: 6-18-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150
Phone: 03-3499-544
Also at: Sumiregaoka: 42-10 Sumiregaoka, Tsuzuki-cho, Yokohama 224
Phone: 045-591-4688


3-8-8 Midorigaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0034
Phone: 03-3726-9386, Fax: 03-3726-9386 Email

Fully equipped with Montessori classroom and materials, with a spacious play area outside. School Director Jeanne Shimazaki, a veteran teacher with twelve years experience in Japan, opened the school to offer an affordable alternative for the parents of children seeking a strong English-based early education. “Some of the children will go on to international schools, while others will go into the regular Japanese school system,” she explained. Montessori Friends offers tea ceremony and pottery as part of the curriculum and instructors teach piano to the children on an individual basis.


10-10 Minami Matsumoto-machi, Yokkaichi 510-0838
Phone / Fax: 0593-21-6181 Email Miyoko Wordell

Japanese Montessori school with English immersion teaching. Pleasant environment, lovely timbered school building located between the Suzuka Mountain Range and Ise Bay and only 35 minutes by train from Nagoya (Japan’s 4th largest city). English conversation classes also held for grade & high schoolers.

THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF TOKYO (2 years – 14 years / elementary grades 1 – 6)

3-5-13 Minami Azabu, Minatoku, Tokyo 106-0047
Phone: 03 5449 7067; Fax: 03 5449 0087

Extended daycare hours are available. The school will use the proven Montessori method which enables children to understand the interrelatedness of language, mathematics, the arts, and science while learning at their own pace. Classes will be taught in English. The preschool has been expanded to include elementary levels for children aged 6-12, Mission statement: “Stimulating curiosity while developing independence in thought and action.” School Motto “Confidence, Respect, Compassion”. Established by the team that also founded Sunshine Montessori Pre-school, the school was the first school with an elementary school Montessori curriculum in all of Japan.


Zava holdings., Akasaka 2-18-12 Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan

Phone: 080-3084-6164

 Moomin International Kindergarten in Tokyo is the first Scandinavian School in Japan offering early childhood education and care in English using Finnish and Scandinavian learning traditions. The kindergarten is the world’s first official Moomin kindergarten. The kindergarten is part of the Scandinavian Center.

Moomin International Kindergarten provides world class early childhood education and care (ECEC) to families in Tokyo based on the Finnish early education and care principles, Scandinavian learning traditions, creative  thinking and a global mindset.

Moomin offers personalized early childhood learning and incorporate play with the most effective ideas in early education and care. The kindergarten offers programs for 1.5-3 year olds and a program for children 4-5 years old.  The programs are designed to nourish, support and engage the whole active learning child. Our inquiry based, exploratory and holistic learning approach provide children with a solid foundation to become critical thinkers and enjoy learning throughout their lives.

Professional multilingual educators provide opportunities for challenge, discovery and adventure where children learn the basic skills of how to think, how to communicate, how to adapt to any situation and how to collaborate. Together they do hands on activities that benefit healthy brain development, strong bodies, and useful habits to last a lifetime.

The kindergarten’s main language of instruction is English. All children learn and are supported in Finnish, Japanese and Spanish, particularly in the early years when children’s innate aptitude to learn languages is at its peak. Groups may be multiage, but no more than 7.

Find out more about the school and its programmes here and here.


Maxim Building 3F, 2-13-5 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
Phone: 03-5730-9767, Fax: 03-5730-9796 Email

The preschool seeks to provide a warm and bright environment through its circle times which comprise singing song, hand-play games, story-reading times, and Language and Musical Programmes. The school is also in the process of establishing a “mobile pre-school” called “Mz Little Stars” which will be available in Machida City, Chiba Prefecture.


7-120-19 Edogawa-ku, Tokyo (篠崎町7-20-19 (りそな銀行2F see map) Phone: 03-6658-4414

An English Pre-school in Mizue with native English teachers. The preschool program features Music&Movement, singing, dancing, art and craft.


2686 Minamihara, Nakashidami, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya 463-0002, Japan
Phone: 052-736-2025 Fax: 052-736-3883 Email

Preschool location: 1-704 Kamiyashiro, Meito-ku, Nagoya
Phone: 052-779-1152 or Fax 052-779-1151

Standard American curriculum is offered and graduates earn a US high school diploma.


An affordable quality Christian preschool and kindergarten in Tokyo. School hours are from 10 am-2.30 pm. The school does not have a fixed beginning and ending of the school-year but uses three terms. Orientation is held at the beginning of each term: April, January and September. Some of the school’s graduates enter elementary school in the spring (Japanese schools) while others enter schools in the fall (international schools). Language of instruction is in English. Children who attend other preschools are welcome to attend their weekday after school program, the summer program and Saturday events. Contact via email


3-18-32 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022
Phone 03-3980-1057 (Eng/Jap). Fax 03-3980-1154 Email

The school offers a developmentally based multiage school environment free from the pressures and rigidity of the fixed age-grade system prevalent at most of the schools in Japan. NewIS offers a child-centered, dual language and multiage education. Every child becomes bilingual or trilingual (Chinese currently being offered as third language). At New International School, the children learn bilingually in both English and Japanese through team-taught multiage classes; a resource and thematic-based curriculum; and a combination of whole group, individual, center-based and project-based activities. There are two full time homeroom teachers for fewer than 20 children in each exceptionally well-resourced classroom. Parents are assured of their child’s progress in both languages along developmentally based continuums, through parent seminars, student presentations, student-led conferences, anecdotal reports and portfolios. The school philosophy emphasizes non-discrimination on the basis of race, sex or country of origin. The school was accredited by Middle States at the end of their fourth year and received a Gakko Hojin in August from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, after its 5th year.


130 Akebono Cho, Kushikino Shi, Kagoshima Prefecture
Phone: 81-99 632 3181 Fax: 81- 99-633-3090


1-2-18 Sengawa-cho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-0002
Phone: 03-3305-0573 Email:
NWIS is an international preschool catering to children aged 2 – 6 years. NWIS believes that its children can learn when they are encouraged in a loving and fun environment.  NWIS teachers respect the unique qualities of your child and will use a variety of teaching methds to enhance their full potential.

History: A new multi-cultural school begun in September 2005 based in Sengawa, Tokyo strives to provide educational excellence for children, using the IGS Method based on the theory of Jean Piaget, the Swiss Developmental Psychologist. Its aim is to foster intellectual curiosity, physical prowess and an appreciation for society and the environment. The school also aims to encourage bilingualism and biliteracy by providing a multicultural context in a loving and nurturing environment that will allow its children to express themselves intellectually, physically and emotionally. The school is offering an extensive programme beginning with Mum & Todd classes for children aged 1 years old, moving onto the Pre-School programme for 2 – 3 year olds, then the Kindergarten program for 4 – 6 year olds, and also an extensive After School program catering for Kindergarten and Elementary aged children. From September 2005, the Special Needs Education Programme and Adult English Programme will begin. The former will cater for children with mental or developmental disorders, aged 3 – 12 years old and the latter will be for mums and adults who wish to improve their English communication ability.

NIDO INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL (18 months – 6 years) CLOSED since February 1998.

Miyamae Village A-101, 2-10-42, Miyamae, Suginami-ku
Phone/fax: 03-3334-7374

The school combines Montessori method with Jean Piaget’s philosophy.


2-14-7 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Phone: 3451-5520 Fax: 3456-0197 Email

Unique dual-language program in English and Japanese. All students study Japanese either as First language (plus Japanese Social Studies) or Second language and the rest of curriculum is taught in English. All Japanese as First Language students also spend 3 weeks in June studying math, science, social studies, art and drama in Japanese in preparation for national achievement tests.


3-5-13 Kashiwa, Kashiwa 277-0005
Phone 0471-67-5521 Fax: 0471-67-2066

Multiage classroom teaching (2-6 years), language rich, good learning centers, writing and phonics covered intensively. Teachers (Hawaiian-Japanese) with a long history of teaching experience. Fee schedule differs from that of local schools. Application fee is 20,000 yen (cheaper than local schools’ 100,000 yen average fee), general fees (paid at the beginning of the school year) vary between 25,000-51,000 yen but monthly tuition is higher than for local schools at 27,000-69,000 yen for 1 day-5 day options respectively. Holds afterschooling English classes on some weekdays and on Saturdays as well. Intensive English teaching leads to Eiken testing for all children with good success.


Location: R-mind Building 3-12-36 Motoazabu, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0046 JAPAN

Phone:+03-3408-8888 Email:

Ohana International School in Japan, one of the few Tokyo preschools in greater metro area where the owners are the actual teachers in the classroom. Ohana International School is an inclusive preschool with a difference, located in Azabu-juban, catering for children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Our students are a wonderful mix of nationalities, with 60% of the children being non-Japanese, 10% being bicultural (Japanese plus another), and 30% being Japanese.

Ohana International School in Tokyo aims to create a warm, caring environment that reflects its philosophy and at the same time provides an infinite number of opportunities for children to develop a “love of learning.” Ohana’s learning programme is designed to build on the strengths of each child, valuing families and their ethnicity as well as everyone’s contribution to its Tokyo preschool. It seeks to honor the uniqueness of each child and his or her faith, religion, family, and culture.

In the creation of Ohana International School in Tokyo’s curriculum the ideals and philosophies of many early childhood theorists have been included, as well as new up to date information about children and their potential and ability to learn in their early years – See more at: here


1835 Zakimi, Yomitan, Nakagami, Okinawa 904-0301
Mailing address: P.O. Box 6, Yomitan, Okinawa 904-0391
Phone: 098-958-3000 Fax: 098-958-6279 Email

Independent, coeducational, Christian school, run by Randy Hadley (HS Principal) and sponsored by Board of Local Missionaries from various denominations. The school follows a US curriculum. ESL, college prep and testing (PSAT and Stanford Benet) are offered. Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, Western Association of Schools and Colleges).


3-22-16 Kohagura, Naha, Okinawa 904-0024
Phone: 098-835-1851 Fax: 098-835-1852 Email

A preschool for children ages 2 to 6 years old in Naha, Okinawa, OIS emphasizes that its unique blended curriculum which adopts the manipulative and interactive method, and the whole language approach to learning English is why its students, the majority of whom are from Japanese monolingual families, are able to become bilingual.The immersion of English language in the OIS curriculum provides the opportunity for the students to learn a second language at a very early age. The curriculum also gives exposure to Japanese and foreign cultures.


Location: Pierwest square northwing 251(2F) Rivercity 21
1-11-8 Tsukuda, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0051, Japan
Phone:03-6225-0772 Email: info@orange-international.jpThe school strives to provide not only English language learning but also the culture that supports young families and their task of raising their children in the local community. The school believes all facets of preschool education should complement the learning a child gets at home. Its goal is to provide a high quality bilingual educational experience, a few steps from your home within the same local community.

School Policy

Orange IP has combined a bilingual education curriculum with a global education philosophy to establish its own unique Japanese International Preschool curriculum. English is just one tool used to reach its goals to help students to: 1) Think for themselves; 2) Express their thoughts; and 3) Respect differences (diversity).

The school believes its value is its discretional bilingual curriculum. Its curriculum is modeled on the IB PYP program, although it is not an IB authorised nor related school. In IB program there is a PYP which covers 3-12 years old students  Orange believes curriculum is not a fixed time table nor a calendar. It is important to stimulate the curiosity of our students effectively and connect the global philosophy with local practice.

OSAKA CHINESE SCHOOL (K, primary and junior departments)

1-8-13, Shikitsuhigasi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka,556-0012, Japan
Phone: 06-6649-3655 Fax: 06-6649-3654 Email:

Caters for children in the kindergarten, Primary and Junior Departments. Besides Chinese culture and Chinese language, the children also receive an education that will enable overseas Chinese children to go to higher school and obtain employment in Japan. From kindergarten onwards, the Chinese, Japanese and English language instruction is begun. In the Primary Department and the Junior Department, greater emphasis is laid on Chinese culture and the subjects required for entering senior school. Taiwanese textbooks are used in the Primary Department and Japanese textbooks are used in the Junior Department. More info here


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4-4-16 Onohara-nishi, Mino-shi, Osaka
Phone: 81-72-727-5084 Fax: 81- 72-727-5055 Email

A co-ed, English language-based K-12 college-prep institution located in a family-friendly suburb of North Osaka. The first International Baccalaureat (for grades 11-12) school in Japan. OIS shares its facility with Senri Intl School (420 students), a Japanese language-based prep school for Japanese returnees. Student body represents 30 nationalities. School facility includes 50,000 volume library, indoor pool, gym, multi-purpose field, martial arts room, theater, training room, planetarium, cafeteria, science labs, art studios, tennis courts, TV studio, health center, individual music practice rooms, and counseling center. ESL instruction is available. Japanese can take courses in either schools and go on to universities abroad as well as in Japan.


1-2-2-800 Benten, Minato-ku, Osaka 552-0007, 522-0007
Phone: 06-4395-1002 Fax: 06-4395-1004 Email

OYIS is situated in the heart of Kansai in Osaka (near Nara, Kobe and Kyoto) Japan. All classes are conducted in English. THe school provides a comprehensive English Support service (ESS) program that helps children of all nationalities and levels of English proficiency. The ESS teacher is sent to work with students in regular classes once a week or in English classes 4 times a week. For those needing more support, the school also offers specific English lessons to improve their reading and writing skills for one hours after class Monday through Thursday. The school aims to provide a friendly and supportive environment and lifelong learning in tune with the philosophy of YMCA.


3-5-15 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
Phone: 5770-8166 Fax: 5770-8167 Email

Being a ‘child’s home away from home’ has always been at the forefront of PAL International School’s brand. The close connection  between home and school is evident in the overall design of its new 3-story house. The bright, secured well-appointed rooms stimulate the children’s palying and learning experience. The house is smartly sectioned off into activity rooms, nap room, toilet, etc for 5 preschool classes and afternoon programs.


River Mall East, #703, 1-18 Koyo-cho, Naka, Higashi Nada-ku, Kobe | 神戸市東灘区向洋町中1-18リバーモールイースト703
Phone: 078-857-5144 Email

At Peter Pan, we not only help the child develop English skills and Knowledge, but we also nurture the mind and heart. We, therefore, feel that it is important in maintaining a balance within all aspects of the child’s education. The Peter Pan method has three significant cornerstones:

  1. Using the Montessori method, an educational approach of observing and supporting the natural development of Children. There is no fixed curriculum in Montessori method. The basis of Montessori practice is respected individual choice of work.
  2. Application of the Thinking Program designed to stretch children’s thinking.Building inventive stories in logical kinds of ways, translating problems situations into reasonable action solutions, analyzing issues, all of these are addressed in this program
  3. Strengthen 10 life skills that children need to develop or master.


Yebisu Garden Terrace Nibankan 1F., 20-2, Ebisu 4-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5791-2105 Fax: 03-5791-2106 Email

Poppins Active Learning International School is an international, comprehensive pre-school and kindergarten learning institute.PALIS has been built upon the strong foundation of Poppins International Pre-School, PIPS, which has been operating at the same bright location in Ebisu, Tokyo since 1997.

Poppins Corporation, established in 1987 by Noriko Nakamura, has earned a respected reputation in Japan for outstanding Nanny Training Programmes and Nursery School. After 28 years, Poppins continues to engage children in Active Learning carefully planned to nurture lifelong skills and abilities in an educational environment that is safe, positive, and intellectually stimulating. The educational experience offered at PALIS is a synthesis of high quality education and childcare,  termed as “Edu-care”, its Edu-care concept is clearly showcased in PALIS, where international teams of teachers nurture and facilitate educating children to their full potential by applying cutting edge educational theory into the day-to-day learning environment.


Ebisu-Minami 1-13-2 Shibuya, Tokyo. 1500022

Prime International School offers “Prime Junior,” an international preschool and kindergarten, as well as academic afternoon school for returnees, “Prime Academia”

Through Prime’s phonics and reading program, your child will attain native-level English ability before entering elementary school. Prime’s philosophy is to offer the kind of educational experience normally only afforded to children living in English-speaking countries. Prime’s curriculum, a combination of education and entertaining activities, will promote your child’s growth in and out of the classroom.
In addition to our standard preschool and kindergarten curriculum, we offer courses to help students prepare for rigorous entrance examinations to exclusive Tokyo-area international schools.

Prime Academia is Prime International School’s total culmination of its time-tested educational program targeted specifically toward returnee children. Prime Academia, an afternoon international school, aims to prepare children for the global arena by providing various academic classes, such as reading, writing, science, and more.


3-16-10 Shimoda cho, Kohoku ku, Yokohama 22300064
Phone/Fax: 81-45-561-1195 and Email

Located in a small campus suburban town, called Hiyoshi area in the ward of Kohoku in Yokohama, between big cities of Tokyo, Yokohama and Kawasaki, it is run by Pete M. Tanabe (Graduated Michigan State University1962) for over 35 years.

The kindergarten has smallish size classes (28 children in 4 and 5 years old classrooms), and its philosophy is geared to expanding activity and interest of the child through their natural behavior, their continuous experience of play and individual pursuit of curiosity. The Curriculum is named as ” Prince ASEEP Program”, an abbreviation of Ascending Spirally Educational Experience Program, the essence is that incremental learning is achieved upon a spiral continuum of educational experiences in an environment of prescribed step by step activities lined up from simple to sophisticated actions or experiences from early three years old till the end of five years old age. Each step is called a benchmark, and teachers utilize each experience and proceed through repetition, continuation, building upon such experiences sought or wanted by children, all the time watching the condition of their class, with a certain flexibility of timing. Teachers will resort to a collection of games with some scientific, mathematical, and physical activities, for example, through play or practice as black box game, tie the strings game, maze, tangram, grid pattern, gesture game with sheets and so on, to name a few.


5-11-5 Shimouma, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0002
Phone /Fax: 03-5481-9425 Email

Unique curriculum that focuses on a return to nature and ecology. Small classes in a cozy environment overseen by qualified teachers and music specialists. Principal Takatsuka Yoko’s methodology draws on her training in Japan, the Montessori technique in the US, and the Steiner (Waldorf) system in Germany.


2-44 Suwa Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture
Phone (mobile): 090–6369-9793 Email (or Contact Shelley Suzuki at email)

English immersion programmes for 2 year olds to kindergarteners, elementary to junior high. Additional programmes such as art courses, summer camp, seasonal parties, and summer day school.

RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL(Montessori 18 months – 6 years)

3 locations:
3-12-15 Denenchofu, Ota-ku, Tokyo 145-0071
Phone: 3722-0312 Fax: 3722-0312
3-17-4, Hiroo, Shibuya-ku,
16-5 Honmoku Makado, Nakada-ku, Yokohama 231-085 => The school at Honmoku has been renamed TREEHOUSE MONTESSORI SCHOOL (scroll further down for more info)
Phone/Fax:045-622-5804 / 045-622-5804
Email (for all 3 locations)

Founder and proprietor Eriko Salamack established the schools because she was seeking alternative education for her own children. The schools focus on math, practical, sensorial and language development. The Hiroo School offers a Montessori teacher-training course that is delivered in the evenings.


6-6, 4 Chome, Meguro, Meguro-ku Tokyo153-0063
Phone: (03) 3711-8842, Fax: (03) 3719-1786

Pursues the national curriculum taught in the Indonesian language and helps Indonesians who may wish to return to their native Indonesia in the future, however apart from native Indonesian teachers, there are also Japanese, Native English. Note that the children not enrolled in school may also apply to the school to participate in extra-curricular activities such as playing gamelan, traditional music, Pencaksilat (a traditional Indonesian sport) and traditional dancing.


Momon Roppongi Bldg. 3F., 2-19, Motoazabu 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5772-0079 Fax: 03-5772-0079 Email

Rivendale applies the Montessori hands-on approach to learning. Mixed aged classrooms equipped with Montessori supplies and materials. Summer school programme available.


Roppongi Lutheran Church, 6-16-44 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Phone: 080-2393-7788 Email

An international preschool in Roppongi Hills, that provides a first class early develpment experience where children aged 18 mths to 4.5 yo,  will have the opportunity to socialize with others and take part in a huge range of stimulating activities all in a safe and nurturing environment.  Teacher: child ratio is 1:1.5  Our curriculum encourages children to learn and develop through activity-based, creative play. Activity-based play improves a child’s competency in fine and gross motor skills with increasing levels of physical tasks, and helps develop problem-solving and cognitive skills.

Formerly known as the RLC PLAYGROUP History:

The RLC Preschool opened over 25 years ago, at a time when there were no English playgroups in the Roppongi / Azabu area; we are therefore one of the longest running centers in Tokyo.  We began as a small Mummy-Child group and have developed over the years into a preschool with a much wider scope, but we remain committed to working very closely with parents, and always welcome their input and feedback. Our home is the Roppongi Lutheran Church in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo – although we have no religious affiliation with the Church.


1304, Nozuki, Obuchi, Rokkasho, Aomori 039-3212

Phone: 0175-73-7280 Email

Rokkasho International School is focused on the development of independent and flexible learners, who are fully prepared for advanced study as well as life and work in the dynamic global society of the 21st century. All curricula at the school emphasize the acquisition of knowledge, useful skills, understanding, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities for all students attending our school. Students are continually encouraged to appreciate our diverse community and to care for others by becoming global citizens and develop a concern and active respect for the environment.

Classes may be taught in multi-level groupings. The school is divided into these three sections:

Preschool The preschool section has three levels and is for children three to five years of age.
Elementary School Elementary school is from grades 1 to 5.
Middle School Middle school is from grades 6 to 9.

The Preschool classes at the Rokkasho International School implement The Creative Curriculum™. The Creative Curriculum™ helps every early childhood program create a high-quality learning environment that enables every child to become a creative, confident thinker. Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum™ for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. The Creative Curriculum™ for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum designed to help educators at all levels of experience plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skill levels. The curriculum acknowledges different learning styles and exposes each child to a variety of learning techniques including audio, visual, and tactile methods.

The IPC is implemented on the Elementary School level. The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, and creative curriculum with a clear process of learning and specific goals for each academic content area while fostering development in international mindedness and individual personal learning. RIS’ Elementary School students also share classes and activities with local Japanese Schools


2-79 Boshimachi, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama City 240-0013
Phone: 045-331-3301 Fax: 045-331-4675 Email

Run by Nakamura Kazuko, this preschool was featured on NHK TV as a maverick new school in which creative learning is emphasized. The school delivers a educational pedagogy based on the most current brain research and educational methods internationally. Its other unique feature is that it emphasizes English learning from 0 years, has language immersion classes and foreign English language teachers to teach. The preschool hours are longer than most, but the children have an accelerated content-rich curriculum.


83 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0862
Phone: 045-641-5751 Fax: 045-641-6688 Email

The school offers quality educaiton within a caring environment. Pioneers since 1872. Small classes for maximum care. All the way from Nursery 2.5 years to grade 12, students always receive the optimum amount of care and attention. The Saint Maur academic programme is the highest standard for all ages, offering Montessori; International Primary Curriculum (IPC); International Baccalaureate (IB); International General Certficate of Secondary Education (IGSCSE). Advanced Placement (AP) Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I/ SAT II) Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) Lions-Quest international programme Trinity International Music Examination. A Saint Maur education includes the benefit of varied extracurricular programmes with outstanding fine-arts facilities and programmes. Language of instruction is English, with French, Spanish and Japanese as secondary languages. The school is accredited by: Council of International Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Registered Gakko-Hojin by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (Preschool 4 years – grade 6) Closed 2012 See Alumni mssg board or Facebook page.

2-2-4 Minami Tanaka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 177, Japan
Phone: 03-3904-0517 Fax: 03-3904-0552 Email 

A Catholic school offering an education to students of all nationalities for kids aged 4-12 


2-6-14, Tagawa Kita 2-chome, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka 532-0021
Phone:  06-6885-8006  Fax: 06-6885-3421 Email:

Kansai’s first Scottish nursery (established since 2001) for kids aged between 1 year and 6 yrs of age and is conveniently located in Osaka. From aged 5 years, the kids are taught as primary school students. Pupils are taught in British English to a British curriculum. As the name of the school suggests, the school promotes Scottish culture and conducts exchanges with Scotland. View timetable & subject schedule here.

Unique about the school is that it adopts a multi-aged family structure in housing and teaching the students. At Scottish Academy the teachers use the Montessori method but they also follow the Froebel method of devoting themselves to sensing the children’s needs.

‘Animals who need to learn more, play more. Those with fixed and inherited instincts play not at all.’

This famous quote is the base of Scottish Academy’s entire philosophy, as the school believes in the need for play. In order to learn they need to play, and so the idea of naming the school Scottish Academy, came from the gardens of Acadamae where Plato, arguably the greatest philosopher of all, taught his students. Scottish Academy’s education method is based on Froebel’s philosophy. Frederic Froebel was a German educator who founded the world’s first institution for very young children. He created the word “Kindergarten”.

Another interesting feature of the school is that it does not put children’s art work on the walls of the nursery. Any art work display is done by artists. This means that the children always have a high level of art in front of them. The walls are mainly decorated by life-size figures that the children clothe themselves by knitting, weaving, or sewing items of clothing. Each year one of these skills is concentrated upon. Boys too become proficient in knitting and weaving. Skill with the fingers aids development of the brain.

SDA LEARNING CENTER (grades 1 – 12)

3-17-3 Amanuma, Suginami-ku, Tokyo167-0032
Phone/Fax: 03-3392-0419 Email:

Features multiage classes with homeschooling programme available. Maryland State Department of Education accredited US curriculum developed by the Seventh Day Adventists.


1-12-15 Yoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0097
Phone: 3702-9291 Fax: 3701-1033 Email

Catholic orientation, all girls’ school. The High School is a college-prep program of studies incorporating Christian ethics. Seisen offers a program of study in grades 11 and 12 that can culminate in either a full International Baccalaureate diploma or in individual subject certificates. Advanced Placement courses are offered in 5 subjects and the IOWA Test of Basic Skills, the PSAT/national Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, the SAT, the TOEFL and the IGCSE are also offered.


1-5-14 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Phone/Fax: 03-5485-1199 Email

Preschool programme offers English immersion. Activities include common dialogues, written and oral practice, phonics and reading programmes.

27-12, Seta 1-chome, Setagaya-ku,
Tokyo 158-0095 (zip code)
(for international:81-3-5717-6769)

SETA  has an international preschool program for children aged 8 months to 5 yrs old
Balanced and complete toddler, preschool and kindergarten programs. School hours 9am – 2:30. Afternoon class available 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Experienced, friendly teachers with the latest fun materials from the US. Spacious classrooms equipped with Montessori materials.


Location TokyoTobari Bldg 1F., 1-17-6, Hamamatsucho, Tokyo

Phone:   03-3431-7141  Fax: 03-3431-7145 Email:

Second campus: SEVEN SEAS FUKUOKA Grand Maison, Momochihama, Ocean & Forest Tower, 1F., 3-9-33, Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-city

Phone:   03-3431-7141 Email:

Small English preschool for kids aged 2 -5 years and afterschool classes for older kids up to 11 years. Small sized classes of children 10:1 student-teacher ratio. Summer school programme available. School aims to provide high level of English instruction.


Shikahama 6-23-3, Adachi-ku, Tokyo 123-0864
Phone: 03-3897-3828 Fax: 03-5837-2105

A school with an English curriculum preschool programme in Tokyo for kids from 1.5 – 6 years old. Although the school is said to accept students from all linguistic backgrounds, it seems to cater more for the local community. Its philosophy is based on the 7 C’s of Confidence, Communication, Creativity, Consistency, Comprehension, Curiosity, Cooperation



Location: Kanaya 1268-1 Sumoto-shi, Hyogo  656-0046

Phone: 0799-45-1991 Contact via online form

Shin-Ai International Preschool is a church school offering a 3-5 year olds a preschool educational program from 9.30 am-3.30 pm. The school is run by a Canadian couple in a pleasant environment amidst a natural setting.  The classes offer up art and craft lessons, rhythmics, cooking, gardening and bug-observation activities and through these activities the children learn English in a natural way.

For photos of the school and classes, and a blog post (in Japanese) see this page.


5-5-2 Shiroganedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071
Phone: 3442-1941 Fax: 3442-1942 Email

An international preschool for children aged from 18 months to 5 years old, whose mission is to surround children in an enjoyable, creative, and loving environment where they are able to develop social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills through discovery and challenge. The curriculum that engages in a number of themes throughout the year, is designed to offer children personal challenges in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills for their precious futures. The daily play and activities continuously encourage children to become problem solvers, responsible for their actions, and creative thinkers.


935-5 Daigiri Fujisawa City, Kanagawa prefecture 251-0002
Phone: 0466-52-0241

Runs classes at preschool, K and elementary school grades 1-2 levels. The school is in the International Baccalaureate Program. The program incorporates world-class standards that actively involve students in the learning process. The school offers a bilingual program with English classes. The school is in the process of implementing the Primary Years Program(PYP) part of the as the second language and a Japanese program. The Japanese program is designed to create awareness of the Japanese culture.

SHOTO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (a.k.a. Life Little) Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

2-2-17 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0046
Phone: 0120-035-170  Contact the school via their online form

Shoto International School is an internationally staffed, well-equipped, modern school that offers a truly bilingual daily environment for young children. The school runs a developmentally appropriate, needs specific preschool programme. An internationally staffed, well-equipped, modern school that offers a truly bilingual daily environment for young children. After-school programs for slightly older children are also available. Excellent staff-student ratios also enable the staff to recognize and address the individual needs of each student.
By concentrating on emotional and physical growth, creativity, and a child’s constant need for knowledge, the daily programs combine these four essential elements required for exceptional learning.
All classes, group or individual, incorporate music, art, craft and play, in both the indoor and outdoor environments. You can choose from 2, 3 or 5-day programmes. Classes run from 10 am – 1 pm


1-5-18 Ushikubo Tsuzuki, Yokohama, Kanagawa Japan 224-0012
Phone / Fax 045-913-1135

Offers a developmentally appropriate and individualized English programme for native English-speaking and non-native English-speaking preschool age children and returnees. Half day programmes from 9.30 – 11.30 am and full-day programmes from 9 am-1.30 pm or 9.30 am -1.30-2 pm. Native speaking teachers use English through out the day.


See also this website
Yawata campus:
Princess Miyoshi Bldg. 1F, 3-8-23 Yawata, Ichikawa, Chiba 272-0021
Phone: 0120-444-645 / 324-2444 or Email:
New Hirai campus in Tokyo Edogawa from Feb 2005: Phone / Fax: 3610-8080
Nishi-Funabashi campus will begin operations in September 2005

Preschool classes are geared to the development of a child’s social and sensory skills. A fun and enjoyable curriculum is taught in an international environment with foreign teachers and bilingual staff. Well-equipped classrooms. Leading up to diplomas being accredited by the Maryland State Education Department, U.S.A.


4 F 1-19-10 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5958-4907 Fax: 03-5958-4905 Email

Sophia International School in Tokyo Ikebukuro offers a multi-age and bilingual (English and Japanese) immersion programme for kids aged 3 – 15 years. A third language is offered in the trilingual program for interested students.

ST. ALBAN’S NURSERY(2 – 5 years)

3-6-25 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
Phone: 03-3431-8534 Fax: 03-5472-4766 Email

The pre-school aims to provide purposeful and stimulating early childhood activities, to enhance each child’s growth and development. The Montessori programme offers an extensive range of materials and activities based on the well-established principles of the Montessori method. The first steps of reading, writing, number work and nature are introduced in a simple, creative and enjoyable way. Daily emphasis is placed on the creative arts; there are many opportunities for children to enjoy singing, dancing, storytelling, simple drama and artwork. The school has spacious indoor facilities, providing for each child an atmosphere of warmth, understanding and a place to develop, both as an individual and as part of a group.


Locatioon: 1-5-3 Tomigaya, shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0063

Phone: 03-6407-9221 / Fax: 03-6407-9238

Kindergarteners are eager to explore, investigate and discover the world around them and a Saint Annie education can make a difference in how much they learn and grow. The Saint Annie program introduces your child to a formal education while embracing the idea that every child is smart in his or her own way. Saint Annie strives to create a small, safe and secure environment that will provide your child with a real sense of belonging. The school Curriculum is aligned with the U.S. Department of Education’s Common-Core Standards, and exceeds the guidelines set forth by the US National Associations for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our Teaching method is based on the extensive research and theories of child development expert Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University.

For more info, see this page


33-2 Namikicho, Hachijoji City, Tokyo 193-0831
Phone:0426-61-2619; Fax: 0426-64-8669 Email/

Located in Hachioji. St Bell’s is really a private Japanese kindergarten catering to Japanese kids ages 3-5 with a native English teacher who teachers a once a week class. The kindergarten is open to foreign students and aspires to be international.

ST. FRANCIS ACADEMY UPDATE* Since 31 March, 2001 the school has been officially declared closed

4-2-37, Franciscan Chapel Center
Roppongi, Minato-ku


Shioya-cho, 7-chome, Tarumi-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture 655 Located on the grounds of James Yama – JR and Sanyo Railway stations are both a 5-10 minute walk away down the James Yama hill. (Exact address is currently being verified)
Phone: 81-78-752-3445

St. George’s is an international nursery, pre-school and kindergarten in the James Yama residential area with a unique teaching method that emphasizes the experience of children with all five senses the wonders of nature throughout the four seasons of the year amidst the beautiful natural environment. Most children are Japanese, but a few foreign children attend. Some English speaking teachers. The nursery offers a day care service three mornings/week for children ages 1-3. Baby sitting services are also available through the school. The kindergarten operates five days/week, and is for children ages 3-6. This school is very popular with James Yama residents. Jeemusu Yama, or James Mountain, was where missionaries had once built their spacious Western-style homes nestled in the forested hills above and away from the madding crowd of the coastal towns. The Kindergarten is the best way for families with small children to integrate really into Japan. All the foreign families with young children who lived in Shioya had their children attend there, and were thankful! [Air Liquide] – quote from the Shioyatochi website.


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85 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231
Phone: 045-641-0065 Fax: 045-641-6572
– for transcripts, etc. contact
Gyosei Gakuen Jimukyoku
1-2-5 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0071
Phone: 03-3262-3291 Fax: 03-3222-0269


1-16-12, Nishi Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3461-1022 Fax: 03-3461-1021 Email

(Boy’s only K – 12)

1-6-19, Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-8668
Phone: 3709-3411 Fax: 3707-1950 Email

A comprehensive boys-college prep school program. The High School offers the 4-year International Baccalaureate honors college course prep studies.

ST. MICHAEL’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (preschool 3 years onwards – primary 7 or age 12 years)

3-17-2 Nakayamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650, Japan
Phone: 078-231-8885 Fax: 078-221-8899 Email

The main programme is a Primary School programme. An Anglican church school catering for Kobe residents’ children aged from 3 to 11 years of age. It is situated in Kitano, conveniently close to Central Kobe. The school follows the National Curriculum for England, adapted for an Asian setting, and with the addition of Japanese language lessons. There is also a provision for native French speakers to receive additional French instruction. A warm, family atmosphere, with well-equipped classrooms, a computer suite, art room, library and a playground with equipment in addition to a roof top play area.

Location: 2-8-2, Shibakoen, Kogai Bldg 2F, minato-ku Tokyo
Phone: 03-6452-9470
Now offering places for 2016 a preschool with first Step 1.5-3 yo and 3-6 yo classes (in am, pm or all day) in brand new facilities, with a team of friendly experienced teachers teaching an IPC-based program.

SUKUSUKU WORLD (English) (5 months – 5 years) Japanese link here

2-34-6 Kosugi Building, 5F, Akebono-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0012
Phone: 042-528-6550 Email Caroline Li)

Newly opened unique free-time bi-lingual pre-school located in Tachikawa. Free-time meaning children can come whenever they want to. Bilingual staff including native English-speaking and native Japanese-speaking teachers. Curriculum includes art, cooking, music, and more. A place where children can learn through play and interaction, not lessons. A maximum of 15 children, ages 5 months -5 years old. Hourly or monthly charges.

SUMIRE KIDS’ACADEMY (Ichikawa-shi, Chiba)

Location: 1-10-21 Takara, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken 272-0122
Phone: 359-4972  Fax: 359-7211  E-mail:

An international preschool and kindergarten in Ishikawa city, Chiba prefecture, located near the Myoden station on Tozai line. This is a preschool designed to prepare kids before they enter kindergartens, and for kids before they enter elementary schools.

The school has particularly long hourse from 9 – 6 pm, designed to cater to workging career parents who wish to focus on their jobs. Sumire Kids have only few class vacations compared to normal pre-school and kindergarten enrollees. However, Sumire Kids can expand their time in learning and having fun more than their usual. Parents can also choose how long their child can stay everyday.

Established in 1998, SUMIRE KID’S ACADEMY is an International Preschool and Kindergarten School. It started as a Piano school, so with that background … until now, teaching piano lessons remains a core part of the program. Children are divided according to their age bracket; with three courses in Preschool and three levels in Kindergarten available.

The school focuses on various kinds of subject matters namely; Language Writing and Reading, Mathematics, Science and Health, Music, Arts and Physical Education for kids at their ages. In these subjects, teaching techniques are always accompanied by action songs, finger plays and nursery rhymes with the use of different kinds of visual aids and learning materials assuring the presence of fun and enjoyment. Children are encouraged to express themselves through arts, crafts and representations out of some recycled materials.

Kids learn with fun through educational and instructive toys and games in which children can express themselves and enjoy their childhood and broaden their minds and grow.

The school is also equiped with high-tech security facilities with video cameras placed in each classroom.

The school also offers exciting activities not only within the school premises but at other educational places exposing the mentality of the children to the changing world. Sumire kids go to the park once a month, celebrate Japanese and Western festivals like, Tanabatakai, Halloween, Christmas, and more.

(16 months – 5.5 yrs; Afterschool available)

2-13-8, Motoazabu, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-3453-0811 Fax: 03-3453-0820

The SUMMERHILL program (formerly JAC International School) features a curriculum that builds off the child’s knowledge and skill base, learning style, and interests. There is a clear emphasis on the development of strong language and math skills. We create a language-rich environment in which we encourage literacy development from the youngest age by incorporating reading and writing into daily activities. Math is taught by giving children concrete experiences with counting, sorting, patterning, and problem-solving. With the Readiness Program, important social skills for school such as listening carefully, following through on a sequence of tasks, and working cooperatively are reinforced as children engage in projects and daily activities. Environmentally-Sensitive Science: With a strong emphasis on the natural environment, this program makes science come alive and encourages children to experiment, observe, record, describe, question, and form explanations and conclusions. It stimulates a child’s sense of wonder and challenges a child’s problem-solving skills, allowing him/her to explore and communicate the mysteries of the forces, properties, and principles of the world around him/her. At Summerhill, we believe that the seed of environmental awareness should be planted at an early age, since it is in the present that we can better the future. With Environmentally-Sensitive Science, children have fun learning about all aspects of nature including the weather, plants, insects, and animals. Most Summerhill families are here on a short-term basis, Summerhill offers an all-rounded, cultural enrichment program involving a wide range of activities that enable children to experience Japanese culture to its fullest. Daily Japanese classes are part of the curriculum and Japanese holidays and hold cultural events are celebrated. For those who want the full dose, we even offer extra Japanese classes after school. Summerhill has on staff a professional gymnastics teacher who instructs basic gymnastics using equipment such as bars, balancing-beams, mats, hula-hoops, and the trampoline.


Location: 2-13-5 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
Phone: 03-5442-0899 Fax: 03-5730-9796 Email

Aims to provide a warm, bright and comfortable environment for a natural learning environment that will allow each child to attain the necessary educational foundation.


Riverside Hill 1F 37 Tomigaoka, Meito-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Japan 465-0031 (a few minutes from Fujigaoka stn)
Phone/ Fax: 052-777-2448

Sunbridge is an English school that operates a dayschool for preschoolers aged 2-4 years, afterschool (for ages 3-12 yr olds) as well as adult English conversation classes for all ages and backgrounds.
Its DaySchool (2-4 yr olds) combines quality, native English teaching of a PreSchool with the convenience and flexibility of a day centre! Sunbridge offers a set, weekly preschool learning curriculum with fun, interesting activities and crafts which ensure that its students continuously improve their NATURAL English skills, while having a lot of fun too!

The school name suggests its school environment: “Sun”: warm, bright, full of energy “Bridge”: connection to the news worlds.

It holds a “Fun First, English Naturally” philosophy: Sunbridge wants all their students to enjoy English, not fear it and always focuses on the FUN, NOT the STUDYING.
SunBridge’s aim is to encourage and motivate English learning through having loads of fun. No boring text books or repetitive phonics cards. Just interesting and varied activities that require everyday English to be used naturally and almost spontaneously.
With its simple, yet innovative “BridgeBuilder” study page as a guide to our weekly curriculum, students (aged anywhere between 3 and 12) are ensured a solid grounding in useful English, with an emphasis on EVERYDAY English, so there are many fun activities designed to use many key sentences learned. The “BridgeBuilder” study page, (which would only be used for 10-15 minutes of the 2 hour class), would focus on the phonics of that week (perhaps “S” vs “SH” for the sushi activity), and the phrase of that week, (perhaps “Can you pass the…please?”). That way, for the majority of the class, especially during the main activity, students have ample opportunity to practise using those phonics and phrases in a fun and natural way…no boring cards or drills here. (Source: The school website)

SUNNYSIDE INTERNATIONAL KINDERGARTEN (3 – 6 years) Gifu-ken, Tochigi-ken

4-10-25 Iwai, Gifu-city, Gifu-prefecture, 501-3101
Phone:     058-241-1000    , Fax: 058-244-1006 Email: / mitch[at] (in English)

Second location:
2153-1 Oaza Kamigamou, Kaminokawa, Kawachi-gun, Tochigi-ken 329-0617
Phone / Fax:     0285-56-6653     Email:
Facilities and program similar to the Sunnyside in Gifu prefecture.

Affiliated to Watanabe Gakuin, the international program was started at Nagara 2nd Kindergarten, Gifu City in 2001 and became officially registered Japanese kindergarten meeting the guidelines set by Japan’s Ministry of Education (MEXT) as a private kindergarten (shiritsu youchien).
A regular Monday through Friday preschool curriculum, as well a once a week class for two year olds. 50-50 English/Japanese bilingual immersion classes are team-taught by a Japanese teacher and a foreign native English teacher.
School bus available. The school offers large playground and grass area, swimming pool and a range of extra curricular classes such as soccer, English (in addition to daily immersion) and piano.


Location: 〒104-0045 Kuni Building, 1-5-5 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Phone: 03-6228-4412 | Email:

The focus at Sunshine Kids Academy is to provide your child with an enriched learning environment through our ABC’s: Active Learning, Bilingualism, Creativity, Discovery, and Experience. SKA approaches students’ education on an individual basis and adjusts its teaching to best fit each child’s learning style. The music and movement classes for our preschoolers combine the students’ natural love of songs, instruments, movement, and imaginative play with age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concept. In class, the children sing, listen, experiment, play, and dance on a daily basis.

SUNSHINE MONTESSORI(open to any child in the international community aged 2.5 – 6 yrs)

3-8-8 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Phone: 03-5706-4572 Fax: 03-5706-4572 Email

All instruction is given in English by 2 trained Montessori teachers (with UK and Canada experience) and one teaching assistant. Large outdoor play area where both structured activities and free play. Children staying for the afternoon session are offered a Japanese lesson once a week and a woodwork lesson once a week. The primary focus is on peace and conflict resolution in the Montessori spirit and on providing a supportive environment for students to develop an independent approach to life and learning.


Kosai-shi, Shizuoka-ken, 431-04 Japan. Email Charlotte Ingemansson Intern Teacher ’83 )

TAGAMI GAKUEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL a.k.a. Tagami Kindergarten  (永吉学園 インターナショナルスクール)

Tagami Youchien Immersion Program
Tagami4-13-15, Kagoshima-shi 890-0034
Phone: 099-259-1133 Fax:099-256-9876 Contact via web

The school operates a regular kindergarten (for children aged 2 -5 years) alongside with a kindergarten with a 50-50 bilingual immersion language programme. In Circle times, and in thematic lessons, English language is utilized and taught. Children use everyday English to communicate and express themselves in a whole and natural way



Location: Tama-Center School is located on the first floor in a shopping mall called Cross Garden Tama. It is conveniently located a 5 minute walk from Tama-Center

Tama Center. キンダーキッズ Tama Center. Address 2-33, Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo CROSS GARDEN TAMA 1F

Phone: 042-357-1235

The Kinder Kids school operates as a combined Nursery and Daycare system.

Traditionally, international schools were generally considered to be available for children of expatriates and returnees. There were not many choices for Japanese parents who wished to send their child to a school where they could grow up acquiring an international perspective. Kinder Kids fills this need in the Japanese community.

Classes are divided into different age groups and have a low teacher to student ratio in order to support children to become bilingual and have an international perspective and a broad view of the world.

The school uses materials and curriculum that are original and have been developed by professional staff, specifically for our students. Over the years Kinder Kids has developed its own phonics program, complete with original characters to help children with their first steps towards English literacy as well as a new Sight Words program introduced for K1 and K2 from 2013.

The school is offering a unique Spring School iikids program that features cooking, yoga, drama, art&craft, science activities, wallrock-climbing, gym and ball play and more. The classes one can opt for are on a flexi-schedule where you can choose from 3-10 day options and also from three blocks of time during a day (more than one time-block is possible).

Tama Center is a branch of Kinder Kids chain of schools around the nation.

TAMAGAWA ACADEMY K-12 & University (Machida, Tokyo)


Location: 6-1-1 Tamagawa Gakuen, Machida, Tokyo 194-8610 Japan

Phone: o42-739-8601 / 042-739-8588 E-mail

Tamagawa Academy provides an integrated K-12 educational and its goal of Tamagawa is to “impart an advanced education that will nurture a “Zenjinteki” (well-rounded) elite equipped to play a role in society.” The school believes its calling is to nurture well-rounded young people with open hearts harboring no prejudices. A holistic approach to shaping the human character, involving a balance among elements such as truth, goodness, beauty, holiness, soundness and wealth is necessary. Tamagawa will remain faithful to its traditions as it proceeds to implement an advanced educational program that meets the expectations of society.

Tamagawa aims to construct a new type of education and research environment for the twenty-first century. Its goal is for its community to guide learners through ideas, strategies and the intelligent innovations necessary for young people to solve life’s problems, live full lives and help all of humanity.

To meet the scholastic needs of our students in the twenty-first century and with the intention of having our students meet a world standard in education, Tamagawa Academy has embraced the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Middle Years Programme*1 . Tamagawa Academy K-12 & University has been an IB World School since March 2009. It was approved as a “candidate” school that offers the Middle Years Programme which complements and reinforces Tamagawa’s holistic educational philosophy: Zenjin education. The school is private. By offering the IB programme, it  now offers a dynamic, unique combination of subjects in Japanese and English preparing students to continue their post-secondary studies within Japan or abroad. Find out more about its IB programme here. Its college preparatory program sets a rigorous curriculum maintained by the most reputable private secondary schools worldwide. Tamagawa had from 2006 implemented reforms to introduce a K-12 integrated educational system that takes advantage of the fact that all of its divisions, from kindergarten to upper secondary, are located on the same campus. Because the traditional 6-3-3 system that has characterized Japanese education (consisting of six years of elementary school, three years of junior high school, and three years of senior high school) had earlier the school from fully exploiting this advantage. The school thus replaced the 6-3-3 system with a K-12 integrated educational program so that all of the school years starting with kindergarten, and ending in the twelfth grade (corresponding to the third year of senior high school), allowing for the implementation of a seamless educational program with solid continuities between grade levels.

Read about one student’s impressions of her first day at Tamagawa Academy.


Location: 1 Chome-17-5 Tsurumaki, Setagaya, Tokyo 154-0016, Japan

Phone/ fax: 03-3439-8685 | +81 3-3439-8685


Location & address:

4-1-1 Higashi-Komatsugawa, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 132-0033
Phone: 03-6808-9090

Regular School: The academic year is from 1-Apr to 31-Mar.:

For school year 2011-2012, Kindergarten to Grade 6 programs are being offered.
For school year 2012-2013, applications are open for admissions to classes up to Grade 8

For Kindgergarten, the school follows the International Preschool Curriculum, an outcome based curriculum that has modules with learning outcomes defined(see details here). The school has as of 7 May 2012,  opened a new facility for Kindergarten school  that adjacent to the current school.

For regular school,  Tathva International School is now officially a member of the Cambridge school Network and offers a program that will eventually lead up to the Cambridge – IGCSE certification, A/AS Levels that are recognized across the world. See this page for the school’s admission and tuition fee structure.

Read more about the school’s stated educational philosophy and goals are at theirschool webpage.

Old data pending verification/updates for changes:

Its K program is aligned with Jefferson county curriculum of US  (rated as one of the best curriculum in US).

After School Program:
English, Japanese, Mathematics, Science and Computer science for all grades(1-10).
From Grade 6 to Grade 10, programs from one of the best trainers in India for IIT-JEE , Olympiad etc in Science and Mathematics through Video conferencing are being offered. The reason for this is to address the concerns raised by many parents about lack of intensive training and lack of visibility about the standings of their children in comparision to children studying in top CBSE schools in India. This has led many parents to worry about future of their kids and sacrifice their careers.

Corporate Japanese Program:
Also being offered are corporate Japanese programs from JLPT:Level 5 to Level 2.

From JLPT Level 4, the programs will be customized to introduce domain specific  topics for the learners, which will help them to improve  customer interactions.


1-11-30 Nishiizumigaoka Toyonaka City Osaka Access map at
Phone: 06-6867-3055 Email

Preschool classes for 2-4 year olds, kindergarten 1&2 class and Jonathan’s School program for preschool through high school and university students and afterschool program for 8-15 year olds. The school curriculum emphasizes fostering creativity and small class size and offers the following:・Language (English Japanese French ) ・Arts & Crafts ・ Science   ・Music&Movement ・Mathematics  ・Social Studies
・Cooking  ・Outdoor Activities ・Gardening ・Creative Play

A summer program and study tour to Perth is organized for the school’s students. The school facilities have a cozy and homey feel.


Kikusui Building 101; Shin Ogawamachi 3-16; Shinjuku-Ku; Tokyo-To; 162-0814         Phone: 03-59468748; Fax: 03-5946-8749

Tesoro International School, which began operating on Jan 2016, aims to develop the minds and skills of young learners aged 3-12 years, so that they become people that can contribute in a positive manner to their community and world around them.

The school aims to engage in directed teaching so children are able to explore their capabilities and are able to form their own ideas and solutions to the world around them.

The school uses the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as their base curriculum to develop international-minded learning in children.

The school seeks to encourage children to progressively look at themselves, their family, their school, their community and their country from their own context.

The school aims to learn of children and people living in another part of the world, learning not only about the differences between people and cultures but also crucially the similarities.

The school uses Reggio Emilia method as a guide to play based-learning in class. More about their program and curriculum here. See also their daily schedule here.


1-22-17, Tezukayama, Abeno-ku, Osaka 545-0037
Phone: 06-6652-2511(Japanese) 06-6652-2615(English) Fax: 06-6652-2820 Email:
Tezukayama Montessori Int’l School offers instruction in English to children of all nationalities from 18 months old through 6 years old. The school adheres to the Montessori philosophy and principles, providing hands-on learning in a warm, stimulating environment.

Qualified and experienced teachers guide children through all subject areas.

Full day instruction(9:00~15:00) is available in the Children’s House. Toddler Program is from 9:00~13:00. Extended Care Program(~17:00) is available.

Large and safe facilities are conveniently located near train, bus, and subways in a nice area of Osaka.


Hara building, 2F, kuzugaya 6-36, Tsuzuki ku, Yokohama 224-0062   See access map here

Phone: 045-945-3877

The school offers a first STEP(2 yrs onwards), preschool, kindergarten and an afterschool elementary program with speaking-writing-listening courses for returnees in bright and colorful classrooms.


Katsuradai 1-2-26, Aoba-ku,  Yokohama, Kanagawa

Phone: 045-878-6271

A Montessori and Reggio-Emilia inspired English immersion preschool and kindergarten for children up to 6 years old

TOHOKU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (K – 12 plus correspondence courses)

Secondary website with more info here

Komatsushima campus (K-elementary):
4-8-1 Komatsushima Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 981-0905
Phone: 022-234-8567 Fax 022-272-7161 Email
Izumi Campus:(Middle/High School & Language Institute)
7-101-1 Yakata, Izumi-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 989-3214
Phone: 022-348-2468 Fax:022-348-2467 Email

A coed school with a US based international curriculum-preschool through Grade 12. Low student-teacher ratios, multi-levels within classroooms to assist and accelerate learning in a collaborative environment. Students use technology at all grade levels to demonstrate and extend their learning.



104 Royal Palace Shibuya, 15-10 Uguisudani-cho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0032

Phone: 03-6416-3371

This is a small and colorful preschool fostering big ideas, supporting creativity and innovative play, using the working thoughts and systems of the past and continuously developing the progressive education of the future.

An after-school and Saturday school program is also offered


3-28-18 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 7-101-1 (3 minute walk from Higashi Kitazawa station on the Odakyu line)
Phone / Free Dial:0120-3065-4301; Fax: 03-3465-6581

Located in Shibuya-ku. Preschool for ages 2-5. Not strictly an international school but a Japanese preschool with an English class every day taught by a North American teacher. Affiliated with a cramschool that is well-known as a stepping stone to prestigious private schools.


6-22-8 Shimo Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0002
Phone: (03) 03-5484-1160 Fax: 03-5484-1139 Email

A co-educational non-denominational school with 270 students from over 38 countries ranging from pre-school through middle school. The pre-school has a maximum 6:1 student/teacher ratio and our elementary school has a maximum 16:1 student/teacher ratio. The programme was developed using curriculums from the United States of America, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Students study through units of inquiry as the school program implements the rigorous International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) and Middle Years Program(IBMYP).

Denenchofu location:
158-0085 Tokyo-to, Setagaya-ku, Tamagawadenenchofu 2-10-20
Phone: 03-5755-5563 ;
Azabu location:
106-0044 Tokyo-to, Minato-ku Higashi Azabu 1-26-2 ,3F
Phone: 03-6441-545

TIK offers an integrated thematic curriculum for 18 mth-6yos, with a whole child approach in 12 mth school system. Summer school, ECAs also offered.


3-21-19 Koyama, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 142-0062
Phone: 0120-474-444 / 03-3786-9675 Email

Tokyo Musashikoyama International School employs certified Native English speaking teachers, along with certified Japanese teachers. Its aim is to provide a nurturing environment for developing creative and intellectual minds. Instruction is in English. Its preschool Headstart programme features phonics learning and learning about many other cultures, among other preschool activities. After school activities (music & movement, Headstart program, ESL from 2.30 – 3.30 pm) and extended daycare services (until 6 pm) are also available. Elementary school activities are said to incorporate various activities such as science experiments, but their nature is not clear from the website.



4-38-8, Hosoda, Katsushika ku, Tokyo (東京都葛飾区細田4丁目38−8) Access: Aoto station

Phone: 080-9412-2509

Tokyo Iqra International School is a standard English medium school with Islamic environment and values. It is a unique choice for guardians who want to provide their children high standard and globally competitive educational facilities integrated with Islamic morals. Tokyo Iqra offers top quality programs (Kindergarten to Grade 2 (3-8 year-olds)) guided by talented teachers to promote excellence among students.


See website

5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002 (Early Learning Center is located on the 4F of the TUC)
Phone: 3400-1579 Fax: 3400-1942 Email

A Christian preschool – K programme carefully designed to meet the individual physical, intellectual, social and spiritual needs of children aged 3-5 years old. The curriculum seeks to expose children many experiences that help to promote creativity, taking initiative, independence, respect, awareness and empathy, and the half-day or full-day classes are supplemented by a variety of enrichment activities which include Library, weekly Bible Stories, Kindermusik and Big bear Little Bear day.



185 Umetsubocho, Hachioji City, Tokyo, Japan 192-0013 [ MAP ]

Phone: 042-534-9681 Email

UPDATE!!! CFIS Sports and Music Kindergarten Tachikawa a school with resort-like learning and sports facilities opened APRIL 2014!!! [6-14-26 Shibasaki-chou, Tachikawa shi, Tokyo 190-0023 Facebook page Phone: 0042-512-8317]

The school offers instruction in all academic subjects is based on USA, UK, and Japanese National standards, including Language Arts (English), Japanese, Math, Science, Social Studies, Gymnastics, Swimming, Art and Music classes, taught by licensed teachers and professionals in their respective fields. English only will be the language of instruction for all classes except Japanese language as it is currently in the Kindergarten and Pre-School programs.

The school day has been extended to include eight classes in order to cover the instructional standards of USA, UK, and Japan. Thus learning time in our school is two classes per day more than the six classes typical in an American school day. Furthermore, the time scheduled per week for English, Math and Physical Education instruction is about fifty percent greater than the time at most American, Japanese, or other International Schools. Additionally, Japanese language instruction is designed to be as much or even more than that provided by Japanese Elementary Schools in Japan.

Japanese class will take place every day and will be customized to each individual student’s level. Physical Education classes will also take place every day and will utilize our on-site swimming pool, indoor gymnasium, and outdoor play area.

Note: Tokyo West International School is the elementary division of Kunitachi Kids International School


2-2-20 Toyo, Koto-ku, OTkyo 135-0016
Phone: 03-3615-5632 Fax: 03-3635-1023 Email

TYIS is a coed school ofering an international curriculum and an education based on acdemic excellence, honesty, respect, responsibility and importance of community. Through its multicultural learning environment, TYIS guides its students to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity and individual acceptance.


1-22-5 Sankeiei Bldg 4F  Toshima ward Higashi-Ikebukuro, Tokyo 170-0013
Phone: 03-3950-1111 Fax: 03-3981-1621 Email:

A.k.a. Tomu hoikuen is also basically an English (eikawa) conversation school, that also offers an all-immersion preschool programme from 10 am – 3 pm, see this page for 5- 6 days a week.


Takaai 3-3-16-3F Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-fu, Osaka City (near Nagai Park)
Phone / fax : 06-6696-7097

Toddler and preschool classes

TREEHOUSE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (day preschool- afterschool elementary)

1F Rainbow Aoyagi BUilding Imaike Minami Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 464-0851
Phone: 052-735-8958 Fax: 052-782-2464 Email

Children’s Advantage International Academy offers fulltime classes (9:30am-2:30 pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri) and the program is based on the Core Knowledge Sequence delivered in a Montessori inspired environment. Students are also welcome to join the Kids Club after school classes (2:30pm – 3:30 and 3:30-4:20 pm) and the Saturday International Montessori inspired approach is perfect for families that don’t want to compromise on their children’s education while living and working abroad. It is also an exceptionally balanced and complete program for host country families who want an all English program without sacrificing other areas of development. The school offers a preschool early childhood education program that uses the Core Knowledge Pre-school Sequnece. THe school also offers flexibly scheduled Kids Club after school programs are play-based learning (with a strong Montessori influence) allowing children to develop all of their communication and cognitive skills in fun imaginative ways.


16-5, Honmoku Makado, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0825
Phone: 045-622-5804 Fax: 045-622-2803 Email

A small independent Montessori school with children 18 months to 6 years of age (Preschool through Kindergarten) set in a warm, cozy house in the area of Honmoku in Yokohama. Features dedicated teaching staff in a home-like learning environment with quality education. Accedited by Montessori Centre International in London, U.K. TMS was formerly called Rainbow International Montessori School, Yokohama until February 28, 2006.


1047-1 Onigakubo Shimoyama, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture 300-2651
Phone: 81-29-848-0708 Fax: 81-29-8473305 Email

The school boasts of its new concept in nursery school. It features a gorgeous and spacious English style 2-story (steel frame) school-building with grounds measuring a luxurious 6600 square meters in the midst of an expansive forest – most uncharacteristic of Japan! Classes are taught by Japanese nursery school instructors and native English speakers who can speak Japanese so that there is no confusion and children can learn proper English pronunciation. To help pupils continue to learn English after graduation, the school is planning to offer after-school English courses for elementary, junior high and high school students. Students of any background or nationality are accepted in the order that the application is received.


10, Ono-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230
Phone: 045-501-4269


Nerima Main and Branch Schools:
4-29-11 Toyotamakita, Nerima, Nerima Ward, Tokyo 176-001
Phone:03-3994-1947 Email
Sakura dai-Branch School: Please call 03-5999-9184 or email for exact location of Sakura dai branch school.

Twinkle Star offers a safe, healthy environment where children can develop intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally through a variety of fun-filled activities designed to promote learning through interaction, doing so in the manner that is found to be most comfortable for the individual child.Twinkle Star’s curriculum is based on programs developed in western countries, and English is used as the primary medium for instruction. Preschool programme for children from 2 to 4 years of age. Fully qualified English-speaking teachers provide instruction to each class, with a 1:5 teacher-student ratio. Parents can choose to have their children attend 2, 3 or 5 days per Fully qualified English-speaking teachers provide instruction to each class, with a 1:6 teacher-student ratio. 5 day-week programme from 10am to 2pm. Extended care program options are also available for an additional charge. The school has a large playroom and rooftop


1-15-8-103 Yokohama shi, Tsuzuki ku, Nakagawa.
Phone / fax: 045-912-6655 Email

English immersion lessons, regular preschool activities such as morning circle and storytimes (kids divided into little-middle-or-big kids’ groups), playing games, singing songs plus daily park visits and or indoor gym activities on rainy days. Targeted at fully developing native Japanese kids’ English speaking ability. The school is aimed at combining the hitherto divided types of early childhood programmes being offered in Japan: kindergarten – playschool – academic institutions – gym and movement schools. Children under 5 years accepted. Apart from native English teachers, 3 native Japanese bilingual childcare professionals/cross-cultural communication specialists are always on hand. 9 am -5.30 pm full-day schedules; half-day programme also available. Saturday classes also conducted. Affiliated to Imagine Japan English School.


1-608 Uedahonmachi Tenpaku-ku, Nagoya city, Aichi prefecture
Phone: 052-807-0556 Fax: 052-807-0586 Email them through the website

The preschool program was established to meet the needs of foreign, dual national and returning English speaking Japanese families. Class is held in a renovated old schoolhouse with a well-equipped playground. The program focuses on the acquisition of essential early childhood skills. Children start off each morning with free play, follow by morning circle time. This special time is used to prepare the kids for the day’s activities, learn about the calendar, and perform wake up exercises to music. Morning classes consist of physical education, pre reading, art, and pre-math. Afternoon activities are more relaxed. Children get chances to sing along during music time and have a laugh during a puppet show game and the school day ends with story time which gets the kids settle down after a long day of learning fun.

From the UIP website: “UIP follows the British curriculum for primary school and the American curriculum for pre-school. Ueda Pre-School was originally established at the request of foreign parents who saw a need in the community for such a school. The school has a well equipped playground for children and a gymnasium. There are also many spacious classrooms, an art area and a library.”

Ueda International Preschool has recently established its affiliated primary school called Nagoya English Primary School currently operating its Year 1 classroom.

Nagoya English Primary School website
1-608  Uedahonmachi Tenpaku-ku Nagoya City, Aichi prefecture 468-0007
Phone: 052-807-0556 Email

The primary program follows the UK curriculum.

Nissan Kaikan Bld 1F 5-3-14 Toranomon Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001
Phone: 03-6721-5118
We are a new Cross-Cultural School in Kamiyacho that teaches children from toddlers to age 6. We feature a highly qualified and experienced staff that are eager to help children reach their full potential. We feature STEM education as a part of our curriculum and even offer STEM courses for Elementary aged children on Saturdays

UNIDA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(nursery – K / 2 – 6 yrs)

3-25-2 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013
Phone: 3443-6850 Fax: 3443-7867

3-9-16 Hiroo Shibuya-ku Tokyo, 150-0012

Morning or afternoon classes. Bilingual program. Founded by a mother, the early childhood programme allows young children to learn more about the world around them. Teachers focus each month on a new teaching theme. Based on these themes a variety of art, cooking, music & movement, gymnastic, and science related projects are organized for children

UNITED SCHOOL OF TOKYO (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

Location: 151-0063 Tokyo, Shibuya-ku,  Tomigaya, 2 −21−10 Kijima Bldg.
Phone: 03-5790-9405 | Fax: 03-5790-9406 | Email

United School of Tokyo is a unique international school serving children aged 3 to 12 years old, and that was founded by parents and teachers.  At UST families and educators have come together to provide affordable, quality educational choices for families in Tokyo.  The school is commited to creating a happy, family-like space with small classes, that aims at academic excellence fostered by warmth, acceptance, respect, flexibility and creativity. Some standout features of the school academics are:

  • Balanced curriculum designed to better serve the academic and social-emotional needs of our students 
  • Academic school with child-centric approach to education, built upon the principles of experiential learning and creativity 


Address: 2-13 Juichiban-cho, Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 454-0056
Phone: 052-661-3135/ Fax: 052-387-7780
Access: Rokuban-cho Station・Meiko Line

The preschool programs feature team-taught English-only Immersion classes, and applying the Integrated Theme-based Approach, Total Physical Response and the Upbeat Methods. Programs cater for 1.5 year-olds onwards.

VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (1 – 5 years / afterschool for elementary)

SK Building 5F, 2-16-4 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax: 03-5979-5721 Email:
Baby and mom weekly 40 minute-sessions from 0 year old. After school program for Japanese kindergarten and elementary students are available.

WAKU WAKU YOUCHI RANDO DUCK(Preschool 2 years – K)

Inbagun Shiraimachi Ne1987-17
Chiba-ken270-1431 Inbagun Shiraimachi Ne1987-17
Phone: 047-492-3877 (check with school for other location) Email

Hours from 9.30 am – 2 pm. The school has an International School Division Curriculum that includes singing and dancing, cooking, flashcards, computer, music and art and craft. Activities. Application fee 30,000 yen; Annual tuition: 540,000 yen


Location: Konfo Garden Institution Building C Kawada-chou, 3-16 Shinjuku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax:    03-3356-8080

The preschool offers programs based on Montessori educational system and English preschool and kindergarten education conducted by native English speakers. The school is run in an eco-friendly school environment with a spacious garden. Frontier Kids offers a comprehensive, child-adapted course that will make the learning experience a fun and rich journey through the world of a new language. (Est. 2004). to extend children’s capabilities and future. Previously opened as a nursery daycare center, Frontier Kids is now the fusion of childcare and preschool education.

The chain of nursery/daycare/preschool centers include:

Frontier Kids Shinjuku / フロンティアキッズ新宿

Frontier Kids Setagaya-ku. Kamimachi / フロンティアキッズ上町

Frontier Kids Kasai / フロンティアキッズ葛西

Frontier Kids Hyouban  / フロンティアキッズ評判

(Waseda) Frontier Kids Toda / フロンティアキッズ戸田

Frontier Kids Jouba Setagayaku / フロンティアキッズ上馬

Frontier Kids Kawada / フロンティアキッズ河田町


Location: 169-0075 Tokyo-to, Shinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 1-14-8, Chiyoda Dai-Ni Bldg
Phone: 03 6385 2818, Fax: 03 6318 2633

Waseda International School in Tokyo is a caring community, committed to providing each student with a high quality, holistic education that instills a conscientious worldview, a love and respect for all cultures, a zeal for lifelong learning, and a passion for personal excellence.  In addition to a strong English Literacy Program, the school is committed to helping our students build a strong foundation in the Japanese language, educating them to be international, multicultural and multilingual thinkers with a strong sense of community and social responsibility. At Waseda International School, Japanese Language and Culture are taught every day, using the Japanese Ministry of Education authorized textbooks within the guidelines of the Japanese National Curriculum. Students are grouped by ability, with levels ranging from Beginner, Japanese-as-a-Foreign Language (JFL) to Native-Japanese (NJ). The school also has an ESL programusing a curriculum that is taught entirely in English which is aimed at developing fluency in its students. Summer school and afterschool programs are also available.

What makes Waseda International School different

  • Private school level American education enriched with extra units of Second language, Art, Music and Sports
  • Strong Japanese program offered daily
  • Includes international Preschool and Kindergarten programs
  • High teacher to student ratio
  • Extensive After school and Saturday School programs complementing the curriculum
  • Truly affordable school: we offer the lowest tuition & fees amongst international schools in Tokyo
  • School calendar incorporating Japanese national holidays

The school is committed to these goals:

  • To provide a nurturing, stimulating and fun learning environment.
  • To provide a broad and well-balanced education, following and complementing an American curriculum with a dynamic international perspective.
  • To ensure that all children are provided with the resources and opportunities to learn and develop to the best of their ability, as well as encourage and support students’ efforts to excel beyond the curriculum expectations.
  • To help children explore their talents and find their passion in order to achieve to their highest potential.
  • To help students build a strong foundation in Japanese language and culture.
  • To promote the rules of mutual respect, cooperative behavior and tolerance for others in accordance with the School’s Core Values.
  • To keep classes to a low number to enable teachers to focus upon the children’s varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles.
  • To recognize and respect each student’s individuality and help students develop their unique abilities and talents.
  • To provide a comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities to assist with the learning, development and fulfillment of students.


1-19-3, Hiroshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone: 045-562-9258 Email

WEST TOKYO PRESCHOOL (Preschool only ages 3, 4 & 5)

2-5-5 Tama-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-0002
Phone / Fax: 0423-63-8419 Email

Morning program 9 to 12:45 for everyone, 4 and 5 year olds can stay until 14:00 during which time more advanced instruction takes place. All instruction is in English. Parents should expect to be involved. ESL program available 3 times a week.


19-7 Mihanayama, Tsuduki-ku, Yokohama 224-0066
Phone / Fax: 045-944-1009 Email

Montessori education in English by qualified Montessori teachers.


3-8-26 KS Flat 2F Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
Phone: 81-3-5474-8334 Fax: 81-3-3405-6484 Email

An independent preschool located in the heart of Tokyo that emphasizes “integrated learning through play” and the development of emotional intelligence and intrapersonal skills, creativity and multi-cultural awareness. The school, founded in 1998, offers an integrated educational curriculum with emphasis on human values. Established in 2002, WIS expanded to include two bilingual classes Take (Bamboo) / Takenoko (Bamboo Shoots) and Matsu(Pine trees) / Matsubokkuri (Pinecones). In its Dual Immersion Program for children aged three to five years old, two lead teachers, a native Japanese speaker and a native English speaker, alternate taking the lead on their language day. Willowbrook’s Dual Immersion Program believes in a curriculum that is taught in English half of the week and in Japanese the other half. This means that Japanese and English are used as the medium of instruction, and not taught as separate subjects. This school is known by some as a stepping stone school into the Nishimachi School. Parents at Willowbrook are very active in school activities, assisting with chores such as parenting seminars and the school newsletter.


Location: 1-2-2 Minami-Matsumoto, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken 390-0832

Phone: 0263-87-5971

The WORLD International Preschool (The WORLD) is an English-Japanese bilingual pre-school for children aged 1 to 5,  situated on a historical campus in Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken, Japan serving families in the Matsumoto region and surrounding communities.

With a great capacity in 6 classes with a good-size playroom, the school is open from 7:30 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday. The preschool offers both English and Japanese bilingual programs. The school opens at 7:30. Children are exposed to English activities from 8 am to 4 pm, after which, is run the program in Japanese. The elements of “The 6 areas of learning” are covered in each of the activities throughout the day’s program. The orange coloured activities indicate the main focus as they work on KUW (Knowledge and Understanding of the WORLD), where children work on projects in a large group, a small group or individually. *Gym: Water play in the pool, foundations of swimming, dance, gymnastics, etc (depending on the class) at a gym.

Please check for details at the school blog and/or contact the school.


2-1-18 Minami Azabu Minato-ku Tokyo
Phone: 03-5488-7888 Email:

Each month children study a foreign country learning about cultural differences and native cuisine. Yamato’s multicultural curriculum is supported by the multicultural background of its multilingual teachers, from Australia, England, France, Japan and the US. The school’s openness also extends to accommodating children with special physical and mental needs. Academic lessons like reading, math and writing are balanced by practical, real-life lessons that include how to safely ride buses and trains. Lessons are conducted not only via structured learning but also through song, dance and games. Working parents can take advantage of Early Bird Play Care and Extended Play Care, available for kids starting from 1-2 years old. Preschool through grade 8 middle school educational program. The school offer an integrated curriculum that reflects sound research and finding about young children and how they learn.



7-11 Hatchobori Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-8523
Phone: 0228-2657 Fax: 0228-3370 Email:

YIK features an eco-schoolhouse with the goal of providing a natural learning environment emphasizing “gentleness and warmth” with floors, wainscoting, chairs, desks and other furniture – all made of Japanese cypress (inoki). The finish is a mixture of linseed oil and beeswax, both environmentally friendly substances – this must be a boon for the many children who suffer from allergies these days. Physical activity is an integral part of the school philosophy : Teachers ofen take children out for a walk to commune with nature win the gorunds of the Hiroshima Castle Park, Hanover Garden and the neary city promenade. YIK has a jungle gym, sandbox and a large playground on the roof where the children can enjoy playing with ball and tag.

YMCA INTERNATIONAL OPEN-MINDED SCHOOL (Kindergarten- Elementary / 4 – 11 years)

2-2-20 Toyo, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 135-0016
Phone: 03-3615-5632 Fax: 03-5635-1023 Email: or

An international curriculum which emphasizes inquiry-based and theme-based learning. The school is currently pursuing accreditation and the establishment of a full primary school in the near future. The language arts and mathematics core subjects are integrated with science, health, Christian studies, computer, art and music. Japanese language and culture studies allow students take full advantage of their time in Japan, becoming effective communicators in Japanese and learning to appreciate the rich Japanese cultural heritage. Located in Koto-ku, in the eastern section of Tokyo, YIOS offers an affordable, convenient alternative for children who live in that part of the city. The center features excellent recreation facilities such as a swimming pool and exercise areas.

YOKOHAMA CHINESE ACADEMY aka the YOKOHAMA OVERSEAS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(nursery, kindergarten, elementary school, junior and senior high school)

142, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231 Kanagawa-Prefecture
Phone: 045-681-3608 Fax: 045-671-1070 Email
Its unique programme emphasizes mastery of three languages Chinese, Japanese and English in that order of priority.


Location: 66-2 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama,
Kanagawa 231-0862 JAPAN

Phone: 045-651-5177

YCS preschool believes that parents are primary educators of children and encourages parental particiaption in the various programs at the school. The Music and the Brain curriculum is taught weekly for each class. Lessons are designed around 150 songs of the world. Musical concepts are introduced at an age–appropriate level. The goal is for students to become familiar with musical concepts and reinforce strong listening skills.

The preschool classes are small between 5-8 students to one teacher. Class schedules are based on age appropriate standards – with a balance between learning times (large and small groups) and play times indoor and outdoor as weather permits. The school uses the Sycamore education system and a member of the ACSI. There is also a toddler’s group.

Read more here.


Yokohama Chuo YMCA Bldg. 8F, 1-7 Tokiwa-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-8458 JAPAN
Phone: (045) 226-2071 Fax: (045) 226-2072 Email:

Located in Yokohama, bible-based, grades K-12. Note: YICA formerly operated the School Of Tomorrow bible-based educational program from the US which has since been discontinued and replaced by the Alpha Omega Publications LifePac Gold and Switched-On Schoolhouse programs. YICA also operates Ark International, Inc. which provides educational materials for homeschools. Address is as above.


258 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231 Japan
Phone: 045-622-0084 Fax: 045-621-0379 Email

The Preschool and Elementary phase offers a Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation while the junior and senior high school in the 9 – 12 grades curriculum reflects the requirements of college prep courses. YIS also incorporates the Reggio Emilia experience within its early learning International Baccalaureate framework and curriculum. Students may take a variety of exams courses: International Baccalaureate Diploma; Advanced Placement; SAT I and II; IGCSE. Mainstream English curriculum.


21, Sawawatari, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221
Phone: 045-311-4966


More info here

142, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-City, Kanagawa-Prefecture 231-0023,Japan
Phone: 045-681-3608 Fax: 045-671-1070 Email

The school caters for newborns in its nursery, kindergarteners, and students in its primary, junior and senior departments. Its unique programme emphasizes mastery of three languages Chinese, Japanese and English in that order of priority.


66 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0862
Phone: 090-1202-9924 / 045-651-5177 Email

YOKAHAMA YAMATE CHINESE SCHOOL (Kindergarten, primary and junior departments)
More info is here
43-2, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231
Phone: 045-641-0393

Yokohama Yamate Chinese school separated from Yokohama Overseas Chinese School over the issue of the political conflict between the main land of China and Taiwan. The faculty and the students of the Yokohama Chinese School that left, continued their activities in private Huaqiaos’ houses and later, in their new school called “Yokohama Chinese School, Yamate Division” which was renamed in 1957 the Chinese School of Yamate. Aiming at language teaching and culture transmission, Yokohama Yamate Chinese School provide its students, including Huaqiao and their children, with scientific knowledge and help them in developing aesthetic sentiment and noble morals through the courses of Moral Education, Knowledge Education, Fine Art and Physical Education. Quite a lot of its graduates are making considerable contribution to the friendship between China and Japan, as bilinguals. In the kindergarten, nursing is carried on in the language of Japanese. In the primary and secondary department, different languages: Huaqiao or English, is used according to specific subject. Students are helped to cope with the Japanese entrance examinations, and at the same time, receive an education in the Chinese language and on Chinese culture. Language texts are by the staff from the Chinese Language Education Academy of Beijing. Japanese texts used in native Japanese schools are also used for learning Japanese. Besides Huaqiao teachers, native Japanese teachers and native Chinese teachers, coming from the Chinese Language Education Center in Beijing, work together in the program. The school introduced a student-based teaching style, simplifying teacher’s instruction and intensifying students’ output. Almost half of the students are Japanese nationals, and one fifth of the students are native Japanese.


Suzu Building 1-15-12 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0063
Phone: 5478-6714 Fax: 5478-6713 Email
Alshu Yoyogi 3F, 11-12, Tomigaya 1-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0063
Phone: 5478-6714 Fax: 5478-6713 Email

A preschool & kindergarten that follows a complete International Kindergarten curriculum with emphasis on developing creativity. Now located in three locations in close proximity to Yoyogi Park, the children will spend time each outdoors there or in the adjacent recreational park. The school emphasizes, “fun and creativity in a nice, bright environment. Summer programme available. Children learn the alphabet through phonics, counting and simple math, letter recognition, reading and writing in both English and Japanese and how to express themselves through art and music.


586-10 Kuwai, Chatan-Cho, Okinawa 901-0102

Phone: 098-936-9986 Fax: 098-926-0487 Contact via online form
Zion Christian Academy is a full service “Christian” school (from Kindergarden to 12th grade) with the emphasis on “Christianity. From a  100% focus on value and morale training that focuses on Biblical truth, to the adoption and adherence to the ABEKA Book curriculums, Zion is committed to a philosophy of excellence in education.
Zion was established by Rev. James & Gloria Whitaker in 1992 in Yomitan-son Okinawa in as a K-4 through 6th grade school.  Zion was moved to it present location in Chatan-cho in July 1995.  That same year we added our Jr. High and High School by way of video courses and also enrolled our first Japanese students.
With the help of a great teaching staff, a wonderful phonics based curriculum, and the grace of God we believe that Zion Christian Academy is simply “The best place to train up your child in the way he or she should go”.
Zion Academy as well as its fellowship (church) is very diverse in racial and cultural makeup with a mixture of about 30% local Japanese students that speaks English, about 10% Caucasians, 30-40% Black, about 20-30% others nationalities or Asian American mixed. Approximately 80% of Zion Christian Academy teaching staff is made up of full time missionaries.  The other 20% are locally hired from our host nation of Japan.  Occasionally military dependents are hired to supplement our staffing needs.


Toritsudai Mansion 2F, 1-32-16, Kakinokizaka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-0022
Phone: 03-5731-7850   Fax: 03-5731-7838

The school offers an International Preschool Program and curriculum for 2 to 6 year olds in an American-style classroom environment.

The program features its unique Zoo-phonics* method, with the entire curriculum, English, Arts and Crafts, Music, Math, and Science, and Physical Education, being taught in English.

Using the Zoo-phonics’ method and our original materials, the programs focus on developing children’s English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  All first start practice sounding and body-signaling from “a” to “z” to master phonemic awareness quickly.  The use of body signals connecting to the 26 animals is a kinesthetic method which brings fun and excitement into the classroom together with rapid progress, and motivates children to learn.

Age/level-appropriate classes follow academic targets and monthly themes in a full year comprehensive curriculum. Many hands-on activities and games included in its academic curriculum.

The school operates in small classroom sizes with qualified and experienced teaching staff, seeking to offer personalized guidance and warm and attentive care in a nurturing environment. No Japanese is used in the classroom as English-only environment promotes usage and language development.

* Zoo-phonics was developed by two elementary school teachers in California, U.S.A. in the early 1980s and is used in many preschools, kindergartens, and elementary schools around the world. In June, 2001, a non-profit organization called “Educators for Phonemic Awareness” chose Zoo-phonics as No.1 program in efficiency of learning, fullness of curriculum, and cost effectiveness, after spending two years to test 170 language arts programs in the U.S. In addition, in January, 2011, Zoo-phonics won a “Learning Magazine 2011 Teachers’ Choice for the Classroom Award” which is a very prestigious and very well recognized award in the educational market in the U.S.

AMAGASAKI INTERNATIONAL JAPANESE SCHOOL *** Note: This is NOT an international school but a language & culture school –

1-2-205 2-chome Hyogo Prefecture 661-0012
Phone: 81 06 6426 2311

Please contact if you would like to add your school information to the list

Note: This page was formerly published at the Education in Japan website, URL: The website has been closed, and its contents moved to this blog.



    Summer School with Seven Seas

    Seven Seas International School is an immersive, all English kindergarten with a wide range of after school programs for students of all ages. A rigorous English language curriculum of reading, writing and conversation prepares students to enter competitive international schools, study overseas or function in a global environment.

    The summer school at Seven Seas International School is one of Tokyo’s longest running, all-English summer programs.

    Each term includes an awesome field trip where kids have the time of their lives with activities and lessons geared toward the theme of that week’s “mystery” destination. The program features intensive teaching–all in English–that is usually found only in boarding schools and dormitory-style programs.

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