Updated March 1, 2020


(For the listing of international preschools & kindergartens please click here)

*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 / SMILEY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(nursery 1 year old – grade 8)

Alternative 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 began 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.

AGAPE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Preschool through high school)

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

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!


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

The AIS elementary program follows a hybrid Japanese-North American curriculum, and is currently seeking accreditation from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Subjects include English language, Japanese language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Physical Education, Life Skill, and Moral Education. All subjects, with the exception of Japanese language and Social Studies, are taught in English. Focused on gaining accreditation from the MEXT, AIS uses government-approved textbooks that have been translated into English. In addition, these texts are supplemented with textbooks form overseas. The AIS curriculum is challenging. In addition to the two language classes (English & Japanese) the 9-year curriculum has been condensed to 7 years, to allow Junior High students to put their energy into focused subjects, cross-subject studies and SAT preparation. The AIS kindergarten program draws on Montessori techniques to help foster independence and self –confidence and primary focuses on immersing the children in English and surrounding them with a large variety of stimulating activities filled with music, movement, stories, show-and-tell, art, math, observation, experimentation, and some introduction to reading and writing). Although the school was designed for Japanese students it has roughly 30% of its student body from overseas. 

AICJ (Academy for International Community) JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Asaminami-ku, Gion, Hiroshima, 〒731-0138
Phone: 082-832-5037 | Fax: 082-875-5364 Contact:

AICJ Junior & Senior High School is a bilingual private Japanese school that offers the IB Diploma Programme taught in English. It has been an authorized IB World School since June 2009.

The junior high school follows a tailor-made curriculum which satisfies Japanese MOE requirements. Most subjects in grades 7 and 8 are taught in English and in Japanese, and lead students to an immersion English programme in grade 9. This programme benefits students who wish to pursue their further studies overseas.

The school’s junior high school staff are licensed teachers from Japan and overseas, teaching Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Design Technology, Physical Education as well as English.

AICJ stands for “Academy for the International Community in Japan” – the school aims to provide an educational environment in which students become contributing members of the global community, equipped with English communication skills, critical thinking, creativity, and inter-cultural understanding.  The IB Diploma course raises students to become global leaders. AICJ’s offers students the IB diploma course option and IB students are required to study two languages. The school also has a dormitory called English House where native English-speaking staff are on hand to create an English immersion environment.

The school logo was designed from symbols in Japan and New Zealand. A triangle roof with respect refers to the home of the New Zealand indigenous tribe, the Maori. The silver fern also refers to New Zealand. Dragonflies used to be called akitsu, and have long been popular in Japan. In ancient times, the Japanese mainland was called Akitsu-shima; therefore, dragonflies were used as icons representing Japan.

“Contribution” and “Independence” – these are the two principles which those who join AICJ must achieve. Students are expected to develop not only their higher academic skills but also leadership, independence, and a spirit of volunteering which is required in the global community.

AICJ’s teaching philosophy is “independence” and “contribution”. An ‘elite’ person must be an ‘individual who can contribute to society’. AIJ’s goal is to raise ‘elite’ who can contribute in the global community’.

AICJ values Japanese identity and strives for academic excellence. Two pathways are available from grade 9 depending on the goals of the student. Tokyo, Waseda, Keio Course (Todai-sokei course). AICJ aims for its students to go to elite public and private universities (Toyko, Kyoto, Osaka, Hitotsubashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, National Medical school, Waseda, Keio and Sophia Universities) straight from High School. Students begin the High School curriculum in grade 9, a year earlier so that in their final school year (grade 12) they can prepare for the National center test; study past papers in preparation for elite private universities; and second stage entrance exams for National Universities.



Location: 4-16-11, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya city 453-0801
Phone: 052-433-5644 Fax :052-433-6776

The American International Elementary School (A.I.E.S.) program offers:

  • English immersion
  • Early education by right-brain development
  • Semester system
  • Violin instruction through Suzuki Method
  • Swimming instruction at inddor pool
  • Instruction in a 3rd language
  • Computer instruction including blind-touch typing skills
  • Morals and love taugh through Bible reading


1-5-12, Tateishi-cho, Akashi-shi
Phone: 078-927-6750


Nisitachibana-cho 4-5-17, Amagasaki-shi
Phone: 06-6419-3681


Kinrakuji 2-2-14, Amagasaki-shi
Phone: 06-6401-0213

AMERASIAN SCHOOL IN OKINAWA (for all ages, K – High School)
Related website

3-13-16 Ohyama, Ginowan-shi, Okinawa 901-2223
Phone: 098-892-8283 Fax: 098-892-0116 Email

With a new building at the AmerAsian School in the city of Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture in April 2003, a ‘Returnee school’ was established mainly to provide a Japanese and English education for children 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. For all age groups. 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


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

AMERICAN WORLD INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN (English school 3 – 18 yrs / alternative schooling elementary) at Shibuya/Kamata/Saginuma/Okurayama Campuses)


Various locations:
Okurayama Campus
609 Futo, Kohoku, Yokohama 222-0031
Phone: 045-546-4664
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

Although mainly known as a preschool, it is listed here because it also runs an English school for students aged 3 – 18 years or 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.

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

Meguro Campus (3-6 yrs):
2-10-34 Aobadai, Meguro-Ku Tokyo 153-042, Japan
Phone: 81-3-3461-1442/1677 Fax: 81-3-3463-9873 Email
Aoba-Japan International School Meguro Campus offers a four-year, nursery through pre-first grade program accommodating children from ages 1 plus to 6.
Suginami Campus:
2-10-7 Miyamae, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-0081, Japan
Phone: 81-3-3335-6620/6720 Fax: 81-3-3332-6930/6850 Email

Aoba-Japan International School Suginami Campus accommodates children from pre-kindergarten (age 4) through Grade 9. It occupies a beautiful, modern facility in Suginami Ward, Tokyo. Mainstream program is an English-based accelerated US and European-based curriculum but the school also has an intensive English Program and ESL support for non-native students. Children who are already proficient in academic English are mainstreamed from the time of entry. All children in the mainstream program study Japanese one period a day in addition to the full English curriculum. Abacus lessons are part of the math program from pre-first grade through Grade 6. Accredited by the European Council of International Schools; New England Association of schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) and East Asian Regional Council of International Schools (EARCOS). Graduates attend other international schools in Japan or boarding schools all over the world.

AOMORI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL in Rakkosho village, Aomori Prefecture
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. The school is to operate using the International Baccalaureate system is to be established by the Aomori Prefectural government with the help of Aoba International and Senri International Schools and also Katoh Gakuen, Details here. The name is tentative and is subject to change.

ASHIYA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(currently 2 – 6 years, grades 1 and 2 begun in 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 in the Kobe-Osaka city in Hyogo prefecture. The programme is based on Christian principles. The school invests in students to 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.


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

Utilizes a U.S. curriculum through Home Study International which issues diplomas approved by the Maryland State Education Department, U.S.A. Small classes and individual, personal attention are provided.

(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

The curriculum comprises the UK 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. See British School BST Showa Campus (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo) |The British School introduces a new FT pre-A-level course

BST Showa Campus – (Year 4 to Year 13)

Address: Showa Women’s University 5th Bldg.

1-7-57 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-8533

Phone: 03 3411 4211

Scroll down to bottom of page to see history of the Showa campus.

Announcement from the school website:

The school has begun offering a from September 2013 BST will offer a challenging, premium, one-year foundation course (F1) in preparation for A Level.   *The modular nature of the course means that students may join at any point during the year, providing places are available and that they can demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge to make A Level study accessible by the end of the year.

This unique programme will be open to ambitious, self-motivated students who:

  • can demonstrate flair, creativity and an outstanding work ethic
  • wish to transfer to BST at the start of Y11 (for example, students who complete their studies at another international school at the end of BST Y10, or who transfer to Tokyo at the age of 15+)
  • wish to transfer to BST after the start of the A Level courses
  • require further academic preparation before starting their A Level courses

The course may also be suitable for very able students who will be working in their second language and wish to improve their spoken and written English before starting A Level courses.


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 6-8th 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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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


10-5 Yamanohana-cho, Shugakuin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075-724-3145

COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (Tokorozawa, Saitama-ken) (Grades 1-6; 7-9; 10-12)

153 Matsugo, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0027 JAPAN
Phone: 042-946-1911 Fax: 042-946-1955 Email

Columbia is an overseas accredited Canadian school, with accreditations from Ontario, Canada, 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.

Coeducational Grade 7-12 boarding and day university-preparatory school  -Students are housed in single-sex dormitories (Girl’s dormitory is setting 8 minutes from school by walk. Boy’s dormitory is setting 40 minutes from school by walk and train.) 1-acre campus with 2 buildings. Nearest station is Higashi-tokorozawa, JR Musashino-line.   For details of its boarding program, see this page.


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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)

Alternative URL

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. Prep for the university; realscule; or hauptschule. DSTY has recently started its EUROPEAN SCHOOL which provides a less German curriculum and a more mixed European one, incorporating English as its mainstream language in addition to other second and third language options.


7-31-1 Kizugawadai, Kizugawa City, Kyoto, Japan, 619-0225

Phone: (81) 0774-71-0810

Doshisha International School, Kyoto (DISK) opened its new purpose-built campus to the world September 2011.  DISK offers a reputed international curriculum for students Grades 1-12 and is currently a candidate school to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. Location: southern Kyoto, central to the Kansai business centers of Nara, Kyoto and Osaka.

In addition to the above update, see earlier information from the Doshisha International School website: and (general HP)

“In order to achieve founder Joseph Niishima’s vision of “Nurturing people of a common
conscience,” Doshisha* was founded in 1875 based on Christian ideals. Doshisha International Senior High School in 1980 and Doshisha International Junior High School in 1988 were established, endeavoring to carry on this tradition while answering the demands of an increasingly internationalizing Japan.

DISK was set up to accept returnees (students who have spent some of their lives abroad with their parents), and, utilizing the wide range of experiences they have accumulated abroad, yet respecting their cosmopolitan minds, we train them in the Japanese language, to assist them to become academically stronger and to become familiar with Japanese culture and customs, while preparing them academically to fit into the educational and employment framework of Japan.

The DISK curriculum has been designed so that returnees and non-returnees can study
together, drawing on each others’ talents and experiences for a heightening of mutual
understanding so that each student may become a truly cosmopolitan individual. Stress is
placed on individual initiative and responsibility in their student life. Because of the diversity of the student body, the curriculum has been designed to accommodate this diversity. A variety of classes, for example, has been incorporated to conform to the needs of all our students. In order to bridge the knowledge gap, especially in the Japanese language that the students bring back with them from abroad, the academic departments shown below also pay particular attention to specializing their curriculum. In addition to individualized, small classes in various departments, DISK also offer special instruction in the Japanese language. Departments providing specialized instruction in small classes are:
Japanese English Mathematics Social Studies Foreign Language Bible Study Science. More here.


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

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


566 Shinmen-cho, Kamitanakami, Otsu
Phone: 0775-49-1555

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.


3-18-50, Momochi, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-shi 814, Japan
Phone: 092-841-7601 Fax: 042-373-8339 Email

Run by headmaster Barry L. Clough, the school conducts all instruction is in English culminating in high school certification modeled after US high school diploma. Comprehensive ESL admission and exiting policy. More info here


3-22 Sowa-cho 1-chome Nada-ku, Kobe 657
Phone: 078-851-6414

The school offers small class sized groups for effective teaching using a German curriculum and project-oriented learning approach. German is spoken but the school is open for children of all nationalities.

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

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.


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.


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.


69-1 Nishi Hon-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma 373-0033.
Phone: 0276-33-7711 Fax: 0276-33-7710 Email

Private Japanese elementary school (1st grade to 6th grade) with English Immersion Education. (Its goals are mapped out here)

Read about the school in news reports here and here


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 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

A Weekday Program comprising two weekday sessions offering the same program as on Saturday for families for whom weekdays are more amenable than Saturday. Finally there are Special Programs which operate as small-group classes on weekday afternoons and evenings for students and community members seeking language instruction (presently, in English or Japanese) or extracurricular enrichment learning (e.g., yoga lessons held in English)


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.


6-1, Wakihama-chou 1-choume,Chou-ku, Kobe 651
Phone: 078-251-1104

Goal of the school is to instil pride in its students in their Korean identities.

HIROO GAKUEN’s International Programme (Jr & Sr High School) previously Junshin Girl’s School (Minato-ku, Tokyo)
5-1-14 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Phone: 03-3444-7181 Fax: 03-3444-7283 Email:
Access: 3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hiroo Station, Hibiya Line
Description: Surrounded by various embassies in the heart of Minato ward, Hiroo Gakuen is the preferred school of many returnee students seeking a comprehensive education. Hiroo Gakuen strives to nurture inquiring minds and to develop confident, self-reliant, life-long learners. The school aims to promote the personal growth of its students by offering interesting, contemporary, and above all, challenging programs of study — in particular, Hiroo Gakuen’s International Programme offers an IB Middle Years Program that provides high quality English language programmes. English is the first language of this course, the course is an academically rigorous, challenging program that helps students to reach their full potential. The course is taught by highly qualified international faculty team (see this page). The course is taught in small sized classes allowing for individual attention.
Note: The school does not call its programme a bilingual one. English instruction is primary, but the programme incorporates “the study of the Japanese language and culture”. It is designated as SELHI (Super English Language High School) and while the International Programme is approved as a candidate for Diploma Programme of International Baccalaureate, the school curriculum is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the programme fulfills the Japanese Ministry of Education’s requirements. A high-school diploma equivalent to that conferred by Japanese high schools will be awarded upon successful completion of the International Program. With this diploma, students will be qualified to take entrance examinations for Japanese universities. They will also be in excellent position to apply for admission to universities in many countries where English is the language of instruction. To apply to the school, you’ll have to take written tests of English and mathematics as well as sit an interview conducted in English. Unique character of school: Unlike many other international schools, Hiroo Gakuen also satisfies the entry requirements for Japanese universities.
Background: Located in one of the most internationalized areas in Tokyo, Hiroo has a long history of hosting international exchange students. In 1973, MEXT appointed Hiroo Gakuen as one of the first designated schools for returning students who have studied abroad. This appointment was granted due to the school’s ability to provide a Japanese language program for students who lacked in their studies abroad. The school is so confident it seems the school motto is “100% satisfaction after the admission, 200% satisfaction after the graduation” and it holds itself out as providing “the most efficient ways to educate the students to be promising persons”. JSL (Japanese as a Second Language) classes are offered not only to exchange students but also to students who had education in the non-Japanese language environment. The school also provides special classes on Saturdays for students to improve their study skills for 3 major subjects; Japanese, English and Mathematics – a key selling point since one of the criticisms of public schools is that the decrease of schooling hours due to the yutori policy of giving more leisure time to kids to encourage creativity has resulted in declining literacy standards and international rankings.


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 Grade 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.


19-1-55, Hiragishi 5-jo, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo Hokkaido 062-0935
Phone: 011-816-5000 Fax: 011-816-2500 Email

Hokkaido International School is a private (secular), coeducational day/boarding school offering an American-style education from early years to high school for students of all nationalities. HIS was founded in 1958 and remains the only international and English-medium school on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) and the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS). English is the language of instruction.

At the elementary level the core of the curriculum is defined by the International Primary Curriculum. The middle school follows the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). At the high school level, HIS offers a Western-style, college-preparatory curriculum culminating in AP offerings in Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, European History, US History, Comparative Government, Studio Art, English Language and Literature, and Japanese. From 2012-2013 HIS is offering outdoor education as an option in its high school program

Formerly founded as the “American School” in 1958, HIS moved into its new building in Hiragishi, five-minute-walk from Sumikawa station and 14 minutes from downtown on the Nanboku subway line. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); member of the Japan Council of International Schools, the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools, American Overseas Schools, and the Japan-America Society. Registered by Monbusho under gakko hojin status.


1-33-6 Higashi Terao, Tsurumi-ku Yokohama 230-0077 Japan
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.

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

See also Japan Times article at this URL (you may need to sign in for an 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.


A private high school that assists Japanese junior high school graduates in preparing to complete their senior high school education in the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. Its office is in Mitaka, western Tokyo. The school’s programme offers ESL-based core courses in reading, grammar, creative writing, introductory algebra II / trigonometry, world history, chemistry, and biology. Students also ar, Japanese bokusai, Japanese Dance, physical education, Japanese and cross cultural studies.


157 Kuboyama Nagakute-Cho, Aichi Prefecture Japan 480-1150
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 a member of the Association of Christian Schools, International. Being a small school with 13 faculty members and staff with approximately 90 students in grades K-9, the students get to experience relating to students younger and older than themselves and receive increased individual attention from their teachers.


405-1 Gokanmachi, Maebashi, Gunma, 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.


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

The school is located in 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 here

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL KITAKYUSHU (currently updating this info)

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


4-17-26 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Phone: 03-5730-1331 Fax: 3710-1193 Email

International Secondary School founders recognized the need to provide flexible learning options for students with a variety of learning needs. The school prides itself on having created a positive and stimulating learning environment for international students in Tokyo. International Secondary School is a private 6-12 co-educational scool providing an American Style accredited international education for secondary school students. International Secondary School is underpinned by the ‘small school’ philosophy and instills in students communication skills, achievement, respect and empowerment. For many students, small class sizes, quality instructional practices and a supportive and ‘success’ oriented environment prepares them for a lifetime of learning. The school invites you to visit and experience first-hand the quality education that centers on student learning and student achievement. For the history and story on ISS, see Japan Times article. (ISS formerly called INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES)

Parent’s testimonial: My oldest son went to ISS last year and that was his first time to go to school as we had homeschooled prior to that. This year my younger son also attended – again his first school experience. ISS is a very small school of about 50 students in Mita with students from grade 6 through 12. They have about 6 teachers and sometimes bring in teachers for specific needs for specific students. It is like other international schools, very expensive so is not an option for everyone. I have liked the school becuase they have been very flexible about meeting my sons’ needs. I haven’t chosen to get formal credit for the classes the boys have taken but they offer credits through distance learning programs in the U.S. They are moving to a program in conjunction with Laurel Springs. I like that ISS offers quite a few special interest project type coures including theater, IT, sports, producing magazines, animation, band, gardening, woodwork. What they offer depends a bit on what the students are interested in. Any programs they offer after school are open to the public and as they are very flexible I think they would allow students to attend specific classes if that was what you wanted. The principal is very approachable. My oldest son has loved attending ISS and thinks I made a great decision to send him there and my youngest son has enjoyed it too. I would certainly recommend ISS if you want a more individual approach to learning as the class size is usually around 5 students. They offer study periods where students can get additional help if needed. The student mix is very diverse. It is also very supportive of students who learn differently. — Jill


4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Phone: 3400-5549 Fax: 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.


Kuwazu 1-4-7, Itami-shi,
Phone: 072-782-5367

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

Meguro Campus (3-6 yrs):
2-10-34 Aobadai, Meguro-Ku Tokyo 153-042, Japan
Phone: 81-3-3461-1442/1677 Fax: 81-3-3463-9873 Email
Aoba-Japan International School Meguro Campus offers a four-year, nursery through pre-first grade program accommodating children from ages 1 plus to 6.
Suginami Campus:
2-10-7 Miyamae, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-0081, Japan
Phone: 81-3-3335-6620/6720 Fax: 81-3-3332-6930/6850 Email

(Aoba-) Japan International School Suginami Campus accommodates children from pre-kindergarten (age 4) through Grade 9. It occupies a beautiful, modern facility in Suginami Ward, Tokyo. Mainstream program is an English-based accelerated US and European-based curriculum but the school also has an intensive English Program and ESL support for non-native students. Children who are already proficient in academic English are mainstreamed from the time of entry. All children in the mainstream program study Japanese one period a day in addition to the full English curriculum. Abacus lessons are part of the math program from pre-first grade through Grade 6. Accredited by the European Council of International Schools; New England Association of schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) and East Asian Regional Council of International Schools (EARCOS). Graduates attend other international schools in Japan or boarding schools all over the world.


Founded in 2007, Jingumae International Exchange School is now Shinagawa International 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.


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


Primary/Secondary Schools’ locations:
1-38-27 Higashi Terao, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-0077
Preschool & Kindergarten location:
1-33-6 Higashi Terao, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-0077

For Sendai campus see


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.


Location:625-1 Tonbe, Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka-ken, 436-0224
Phone: (0537)24-3614 Email:

Kakegawa International Christian School is a church school established in 2008 that grew out of the homeschooling expertise of the Bostrom family who extended their experience in homeschooling their 13 children – to include other children. The school is laudably particularly welcoming and accepting of “futoko” children or “school refusers”. KICS also not surprisingly, offers homeschool support for families who homeschool.

The school offers a full Japanese, English, or bilingual school program, including K5 (kindergarten), elementary, junior high, and highschool courses. The curriculum combines public school textbooks with additional materials to broaden students’ outlooks on life. KICS is a member of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), which is officially recognized by the Japanese government.  As of 2008, there are 26 Christian schools in Japan that are members of ACSI.

The school goal:
*  To foster a love of learning in children and young people, and to strengthen parent/child relationships. KICSchool recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each student.
Teaching / learning style:
*  Students learn to follow their curiosity, to think creatively, and to work both independently and cooperatively with others. Students study at their own pace, with guidance from qualified teachers. They believe that a “one size fits all” education style does not suit all students.
* The benefits of a small class room (1 – 10 students) create personalized help for each student, and a comfortable, friendly environment for learning. Each child is given support and encouragement to become his or her own unique self
No entrance examination is required. Students may enroll anytime during year. The school is especially welcoming and accepting of futouko (school refuser/drop out) children.

Bob Jones University materials are used for the school. Japanese public school texts are used alongside of BJU ones.  KICS is unique in that it has both American and Japanese teachers, and offer either Japanese, English, or bilingual programs, grades kindergarten through 12th grade.  KICS or KICSchool also offers homeschool support through Kakegawa Homeschool Support.


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)


21, Sawawatari, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221
Phone: 045-311-0689


951 Tawaraguchi-cho, Ikoma-shi, Nara 630-0243
Phone/Fax: 0743-74-1781 Email

A member school of the Association of Christian Schools International, Kansai Christian School was established in 1970 to provide a general education in a Christian environment for children of the evangelical missionary community. KCS recognizes that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children, therefore KCS functions in cooperation with the Christian home. The curriculum adopts a biblical orientation. The curriculum thus serves to reaffirm the biblical view of the home. The students at KCS are able to study under Christian instruction and example in the context of high academic standards.


2-9-36 Matsuzaki-cho, Abeno-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Phone: 06-6621-8108 Fax: 06-6621-2003

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.

31-1 Ichinotsubo Kusauchi Kyotanabe Kyoto 610-0311 Japan
Phone: 0774-64-0804, Fax: 0774-64-0805 Email
A bilingual Christian elementary, junior and high school that serves as a stepping-stone into English language universities. KIU Academy was created to meet the needs of missionary children, returnees and the children of other internationally-minded people. It caters for missionary families, and Japanese who have lived overseas whose chidlren face a difficult and often traumatic re-entry into an alien aad often inhospitable culture upon returning to Japan. It boasts a well-rounded educational program that a blend of East and West – combining the Western emphasis on reasoning and logic, synthesis and self-expression with the Japanese penchant for detail. It operates on a credit system similar to American schools. English, Math, Science and Social Studies as core subjects but Japanese language and Japanese History are included in the program. The President is president of Kyoto International University hence the affiliation.

KOBE CHINESE SCHOOL a.k.a. KOBE CHUKA DOBUN SCHOOL (Primary – junior high / Grades 7 – 9)

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6-9-1 Nakayamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0004
Phone: 078-341-7885

Formerly known as Kobe Zhonghua Tongwen School, the Kobe Chinese School is the largest Chinese School in Japan and the largest full time overseas Chinese School in the world. It is composed of a primary department and a junior department. Totally, 620 students are in program, including 392 in the primary department and 228 in the junior department. In the primary department, the textbook for the language of Japanese are the same shared by Japanese schools. Other textbooks are all written in Chinese (textbook for mathematics is translated from the Japanese textbook. Others such as Social Science use Chinese teaching materials, with the Japanese textbook as reference.) In the Secondary Department, Japanese textbooks are adopted except for courses such as Language of Chinese, Geography of China and History of China. But courses are all given in Chinese and students kept their notes in Japanese. Textbooks for Language of Chinese, Geography of China and History of China are edited by the faculty on its own.


1-6-1 Wakihama-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi 251-1104
Phone: 078-251-1104


1-5-1 Kamitakamaru, Tarumi, Kobe-shi
Phone: 078-709-0255


317 Kitatawara-cho, Nakadachiuri-sagaru, Yoshiyamachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8247
Phone: 075-451-1022 Fax:075-451-1023 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 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. A wide range of extra curricular programs including cultural, musical, athletic and artistic activities. 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.

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’s 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.

Laurus International School of Science Primary School

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 a primary school, preschool and kindergarten 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.

LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (2 years – 5 years; elementary school) and Online contact form

342-16 Shimohiratsuka, Tsukuba, 302-0813
Phone / Fax:029-855-0177 Email

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 available.


4-3 Koyo-cho, Higashinada-ku, Kobe
Phone: 078-857-3751

The school’s educational goal is to offer a Norwegian education to Norwegian children in Japan. The school operates a dormitory for pupils who live outside of Kobe.

LYCEE FRANCO-JAPONAIS (Preschool – Secondary)

Secondary website

Primary (Primaire) Fujimi campus:
1-2-43 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: 03-3261-0137 Fax: 03-3262-6780 Email
Secondary (Secondaire) Ryohoku campus:
5-1-35 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0053
Phone: 03-3261-0137 Fax: 03-3863-3526 Email here or here

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. Location is between Iidabashi and Kudanshita train stations.


231 Isazu, Maizuru City, Kyoto
Phone: 0773-75-5413 Fax: 0773-75-5413

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 via email 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.

MAPLE LEAF MONTESSORI SCHOOL (2.5 – 6 years; afterschool for elementary)

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.


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

A private, Catholic, 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) MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF TOKYO (18 months – 12 years / elementary grades 1 – 6)

1-5-10 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Phone: 5765-7655 Fax: 5765-3178 Email

Established by the team that also founded Sunshine Montessori Pre-school, the school will be the first and only school with an elementary school Montessori curriculum in all of Japan. For children aged 6-12. 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. Mission statement: “Stimulating curiosity while developing independence in thought and action.” School Motto “Confidence, Respect, Compassion”.


31 Oroshihonnmachi, Hamamatsu
Phone: 053-441-4843

The first school of its kind in Japan catering for children of Latin American parents resident in Japan, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. The school has gained status as an educational institution officially accredited by the prefectural authorities and is entitled to assistance and subsidies. Mundo de Alegria offers classes in both Spanish and Portuguese for its 100 children, about half of whom are Peruvians, another half are Brazilians, and a few Argentines.


1-704 Kamiyashiro, Meito-ku, Nagoya
Phone:052-779-1152 or Fax 052-779-1151 Email
Grade school:
2686 Minamihara, Nakashidami, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya 463-0002, Japan
Phone: 052-736-2025 Fax: 052-736-3883 Email

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


Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Administration
1-16 Hiroji-honmachi, Showa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 466-0841
Phone: 052-853-5151 Fax: 052-853-5155 Email

Designed to educate citizens to thrive on the international stage, the school switched from the Japanese general curriculum to an international liberal arts curriculum, with a view to introducing the International Baccalaureate in the future.

NANZAN INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (Catholic/Christian orientation: Grades 7 – 12)

Address:13-45, Yatsukuchihora,Kamekubi-cho,Toyota, Aichi, 470-01 JAPAN
Phone: 81-565-46-5300 Fax: 81-565-46-5303 Email

The school began with special junior high classes in 1981 designed for children of Japanese employees to company branches dispatched on overseas assignments during the 1970s and 1980s (an educational problem often arose when the families returned to Japan for the children whose overseas experiences had exposed the children to new languages and to an international outlook making them different from their peers in Japan, and whose absence in Japan had caused them to fall behind their peers in Japanese literature and language) A year later Nanzan Senior High School followed suit. Each year the number of these students increased, and eventually special facilities had to be built. In 1993 independent facilities were put up in Toyota City, and Nanzan Kokusai High School was born with the first students arriving in April of that year. Since families return to Japan from work abroad at various times during the year, the school’s policy is to admit students as quickly as possible rather than to wait until the beginning of the semester. The classes are kept rather small to accommodate the various backgrounds of the students and to respond to their individual needs. The medium of education in the classrooms is Japanese, but in the Foreign Language classes, i.e., English, French, and Spanish, students are placed according to their language ability levels. Junior high and high school curriculum.


3-18-32 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022
Phone 03-3980-1057 (Eng/Japanese). 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. Every child becomes bilingual or trilingual (Chinese currently being offered). 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 our fourth year and has just received a Gakko Hojin in August from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, after our 5th year.

NEW TOKYO SCHOOL (pending update)

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


Annex II-101, Sengawa Avenue, 1-24-38 Sengawa-cho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-0002
Phone: 03-5317-3520 Fax: 03 – 3305 – 0573 Email

New World International School uses the IGS Method that is based on the theory of Jean Piaget, and developed by Toshiko Iwasaki, the school’s founder and principal. The school 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.


1-2-6 Hamazoe-dori, Nagata-ku, Kobe-shi.
Phone: 078-671-1963


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.


4-1 and 4-3 Koyo-cho Naka Higashi-nada-ku, Kobe 658,
Phone: 078-857-3751 Fax: 078-857-3761 Email
Dormitory is available.


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).

OOKAYAMA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(Grades 7 -12 / Ages 12 – 18 years)

The Learning Cooperative
3-13-16 Minami, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0013
Phone: 81-(0)3-3723-9399 Fax: 81-(0)3-3723-9399 Email (Dennis Morgan)

A small school that is committed to the importance of small class size along with one-on-one tutoring support. After working in the international education field in Tokyo for more than 5 years, the founders felt there was a need for an alternative school for children who did not enjoy a larger classroom environment or who did not succeed in the mainstream international schools available to them. The small size of the school enables us to give everyone a lot of individual attention and provide comprehensive support and guidance at all times. The school offers distance learning programs for grades 7-12 (Ages 12-18). Students may enroll at any time during the year, and if need be, set an individual pace for their work. Exceptional students are encouraged to take more challenging courses to better prepare them for post-secondary education. Courses are also available for part-time students and those who have taken a break from education. Older students can take classes outside normal school hours if they have other commitments. Graduation from OIS is not based on age or grade, but rather on credits earned. All students are provided with academic support when choosing courses, with a view to ensuring the student is well-equipped for post-graduation life. In the later years, emphasis is put on SAT preparation, with classes available for math, English and other SAT subjects. Graduating students are given extensive help with university applications to institutions in Japan, America, England, and throughout the world. Students are enrolled on distance learning programs at North Dakota Independent Study or at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School. These programs are fully accredited through the North Central Association Commission and School Improvement (NCACASI).

OSAKA CHINESE SCHOOL (K, primary and junior departments) and more info here

1-8-13, Shikitsuhigasi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0012
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.

OSAKA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (preK-12) see also this page

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

A co-ed, English language-based K-12 college-prep institution located in a family-friendly suburb of North Osaka. The first International Baccalaureat (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 onto universities abroad as well as in Japan.


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

An international school situated in the heart of Kansai in Osaka (near Nara, Kobe and Kyoto) Japan. All classes are conducted in English. 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.


6-6, 4 Chome, Meguro, Meguro-ku Tokyo 153-0063
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.


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

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

Registration: 100,000 yen; Preschool annual tuition:480,000 yen; Gr 1-6 annual tuition: 500,000 yen

SDA LEARNING CENTER (grade 1 – 12)

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

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


Tomami 60, Himeji-shi
Phone: 0792-93-1151


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.


4-8-8 Higashishinagawa, Shinkan Bldg. Shinagawa-ku
Tel: 03 6433 1531 / Fax: 03 6433 1532_  / Email:

The Nearest Stations: 5 min. from Shinagawa Seaside Sta. or Aomonoyokocho Sta.

Shinagawa International School is an IB PYP accredited school situated between Shinagawa Seaside and Aomonoyokochou stations (5 min walking distance from each of them). SIS campus has ​​preschool classes (Ages 3 and 4), a kindergarten and a primary School​ (G1-6). The school was established in 2007 in Shibuya Ward but moved to the current premises at the end of June 2018.

Educational Programs : Preschool / Kindergarten / Primary Gr.1-6 (coed) 3-12 yrs
School Buses: Available / Parking: None
Maximum Number of Students: 180

About Shinagawa International School

SIS offers a holistic and student-centered approach in an environment that embraces diversity and creativity.

As an IB World School, SIS aims to put students at the center of their own learning from an early age. By nurturing students’ curiosity and self-motivation, SIS provides the groundwork children need to become better learners at school and for the rest of their lives. The IB curriculum’s “programs of inquiry” tackle themes related to identity, expression and organization in society in a trans-disciplinary way – combining communication, creativity, and science. For example, a project about the self may involve a lesson on the parts of the human body. Creating a drawing or model of the body uses artistic skills while labeling the body and understanding its functions use language-based and science-based skills respectively.

Each student has a portfolio of their own work, and they have complete control over what they include in it. This portfolio acts as a physical reflection not only of the student’s academic work but also their personal accomplishments, which appear as memos attached to various pages. These accomplishments include doing well on tests, but can also be as simple as an improvement with regards to timekeeping or handwriting. Through this, students come to understand the value of hard work and their own potential for personal growth. Summer Program available


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 in the process of implementing the Primary Years Programme (PYP) part of International Baccalaureate Programme. The programme incorporates world-class standards that actively involve students in the learning process. The school offers a bilingual programme with English classes. It also offers a Japanese programme that is designed to create awareness of the Japanese culture.


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 multiage and bilingual (English and Japanese) immersion programme for kids age 3 – 15 years. A third language is offered in the trilingual program for interested students.

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

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

Related website:
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


1-6-19, 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.

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

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


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 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.

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 studnet-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.

TOKYO CHINESE SCHOOL(Primary, Education and Senior Departments / Grades 1 – 12)

5-14, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0076
Phone: 03-3261-4992 or 03-3261-4994 Fax 03-3261-1981

The school promotes a trilingual curriculum in Chinese, Japanese and English


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 is in the process of implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP).


2-1 Wakamatsucho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0056
Phone: 03-3357-2233 Fax: 03-3357-2236 Email for info in English or Email in Korean

The Tokyo Korean Elementary School has established an integrated (or Immersion) English Program for grades one and two, a Modified Immersion Program for grades three and four, and an Extensive English Study Program for grades five and six. The primary aim of the English program is to provide students with skills needed to communicate in English, and thereby enhance their ability to perform effectively and meet with success in a rapidly changing global environment. It aims as well to provide students with an understanding of the cultures of English-speaking societies by integrating cultural study into daily instruction. To provide the best environment possible to learn a foreign language, all classes are kept small and students are exposed to a variety of English texts, expected to write for a multitude of purposes, and required to listen to and speak English for extended periods of time.

“The Korean School in Tokyo now has a dual language program in Korean and English. A parent from there recently told me there are about 40 students per class, but with two homeroom teachers. I do not know if the school is open to non-Koreans. I believe they have two classes per grade and they are quite full at least in the early elementary grades.. Four or five years ago, parents were flocking from there to international schools because they wanted English so badly, which I think was one of the factors that prompted the school to make such a dual language program.” – Steve in Saitama


21-19 Koyama Shinagawa-ku Tokyo 142-0062 Japan)
Phone: 0120-47-4444 Fax: 03-3786-9675 Email

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. Phonics and reading activities are incorporated from the preschool classes which operated between 9 – 2 pm for the 2-6 year olds. 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.


Location: 185 Umetsubo-machi, Hachioji city, Tokyo, Japan 192-0013

Phone: 042-691-1441  Email:

Note: TWIS moved its school grades 1-7 from Tachikawa to the new Umetsubo-machi campus at Hachioji, Tokyo

TWIS was founded in 2010 and has since acquired AdvancED accreditation, in the process of being accredited by WASC and have been granted a candidate status for the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program (MYP.) TWIS is using the International Primary Curriculum and will be implementing the International Middle Years Curriculum in the coming years. Tokyo West International School is a growing school that is incorporating new exciting ideas of education along with traditional values.

School Mission: Non-Japanese students who are living in Japan can learn all subjects through English. They will also learn the Japanese language at the same level as Japanese students during G1-G12. Through their experiences which are not only Japanese language but also Japanese culture, they will learn to understand and respect other cultures. Japanese students who graduate from International kindergartens will be eligible to enroll in the Elementary, middle and High School. Not only will the students learn to speak, read and write at the native level of English but also the ability to understand and respect cultures other than their native culture. This will give them the tools to be able to become great leaders of the world in future.


2-2-20 Toyo, Koto-ku, Tokyo 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. THrouhg its multicultural learning environment, TYIS guides its students to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity and individual acceptance.


151 Shimana, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture 300-2655
Phone / Fax: 0298-47-0330 (school) Email (school inquiries)

Founded in 1992 in response to the need for an English-based educational opportunity for English-speaking students in the Tsukuba area. The primary objectives of TIS are: to provide an English-based education, to provide a well-planned curriculum of an international nature designed to encourage higher thinking and sequential learning, to provide a sound academic environment, to provide a safe and caring atmosphere, and to instill within students a sense of responsibility as citizens of the world. TIS is a privately operated, non-profit, non-sectarian organization. Multinational student body from Belarus, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Russia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Korea, Lebanon, Poland, Philippines, England, Costa Rica, Mexico, Finland, the United States, and Germany. school year in order to enroll in TIS. The school year runs from the beginning of September until the middle of June for approximately 175 class days. In addition to winter break and spring break, TIS observes all Japanese national holidays. The school day starts at 8:45 am, ends at 3:15 pm and runs five days a week. In addition to core subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science and social studies; our program is enhanced by local professionals who have expertise in fields such as art, music, Japanese language, physics and engineering. Because of the location in Tsukuba Science City, TIS students have taken tours of NASDA, had opportunities to interview astronauts, enjoyed visits by international scientists and scholars, and have taken field trips to national research labs. We use a regular Elementary School Teaching approach as used in countries like the USA, Canada, England and New Zealand. The texts used are from the UK: READING : Oxford Reading Tree (UK); MATHEMATICS: Saxon Maths (USA)/ SCIENCE: Discovery / Silver Burdett (USA); WRITING: riters Express (USA); CORE: The Core Knowledge Series (USA). Member of Japan Council of International Schools. All full-time teachers are native English speakers, experienced teachers and are accredited with an elementary school teacher’s license from their home country. TIS offers financial aid in the form of a sliding-tuition fee scale so that tuition rates are lower than at international schools in Tokyo.


10, Ono-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230
Phone: 045-501-4269


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.

VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(1 to 5 years / afterschool 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 programme for Japanese kindergarten and elementary students are available.


6-1-12 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku. Tokyo
Tel: 03-5488-7888 Fax: 03-3466-1286 Email

Each month, children study a foreign country, learning about cultural differences and even 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 songs, dance and games. Working parents can take advantage of their Early Bird Play Care and Extended Play Care, available for kids starting from 1-2 years old.

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 contact online

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 also known as 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:

It offers a unique programme emphasizing the mastery of three languages Chinese, Japanese and English in that order of priority.


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. 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. Yokohama International Christian Academy’s comprehensive After School Program provides rich and rewarding after-school supervision for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade in a safe, educational, wholesome and friendly English-speaking environment. Activities include reading, assistance with homework, tutoring, art and science projects, structured free play, quiet study time, and enrichment activities.

YOKOHAMA INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL(that offers a Saturday elementary class programme)
141 Totsuka-cho, Totsuka-ku Yokohama
Phone: 045-841-3928 Email

Yokohama International Preschool’s Readiness Program is a system designed to extend each student’s abilities to the point where they are able to continue their education in an international school. Teachers are specially trained to guide the students in English conversations, reading and writing, arithmetic, comprehension skills, and information processing skills. A full-day preschool that also offers a Saturday elementary school class, 9 am-2 pm.


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. Students may take a variety of exams courses: International Baccalaureate Diploma; Advanced Placement; SAT I and II; IGCSE.


21, Sawawatari, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221
Phone: 045-311-4966

YOKOHAMA OVERSEAS CHINESE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (Newborn – preschool- Grade 12) and for more info on the school click 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.

YOKOHAMA YAMATE CHINESE SCHOOL (Kindergarten, primary and junior departments)and more info 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.


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.


Note: This page was formerly published at the EDUCATION IN JAPAN website, URL: which is now closed, and its contents have been shifted over to this blog.

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