The juku jungle: an annotated directory of cramschools

By Watanabe Reiko

Academic jukus or cram schools can be roughly divided into the five categories below:

A.Yobikos or big cram schools specializing in entrance exams

B.General academic cram schools:

1.Cram Schools which prepare for the Daigaku-Kentei

2.Locally-based middle- or small-sized cram schools

3.Schools for salvaging dropouts or avoiding school children (free schools,etc.)

4.Franchising cram schools

5.Other miscellaneous types of cram schools

AWell-known Yobikos (Big prep schools for entrance examinations)

The yobikos vie with one another to show up the number of students they can push through the thresholds of prestigious universities, high schools or junior high schools. There are many branch schools all over the nation, offering a variety of classes from math classes specially geared towards the School of Science of Tokyo University, to special English classes towards Sophia university. Such yobikos usually give lectures in big classrooms using their own original publications and textbooks. These schools not only give lectures but analyze entrance examinations and offer lots of information on them. They also conduct mock tests through the year for Center Shiken, examination of the National Center for University Entrance Examinations conducted by Monbusho (for details see the June issue of the newsletter) and for individual examinations conducted by each university.

Some of these yobikos have dormitories.

Yoyogi Seminar

Yoyogi Seminar has about 30 branch schools and 7 affiliated cram schools such as Yozemi Medical School, (towards medical and vet schools) (Address: 1-22-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 Phone:   03-3404-4561  ), or Bypass School, specialist for Daiken and returnees’ entrance exams,
(Tokyo School: Address:1-1-12 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0051, Phone:   03-3497-5411  , Fax: 03-3497-5392 E-mail

Osaka School: 11-32 Hiroshiba-cho, Suita-city, Osaka 564-0052, Phone:   06-6330-8111  , Fax: 06-6330-3471).

Yozemi TV Net Phone: 0120-345-859. One course that might appeal to home-schoolers is Yozemi TV Net, by which students study at home using a satellite TV, SKY PerfecTV. It offers wide range of lectures from supporting regular school studies to ones especially towards Tokyo University’s entrance exam

A similar one is Flex Sateline course, broadcasting lectures in this school’s classrooms to its branch schools and students watch it in a special booth individually Phone:   03-3379-5221   Nine out of Yoyogi Seminar’s branch schools have classes for junior high school students now. Contact the head office for junior high classes. Phone   03-3404-4561  

Yoyogi Seminar also conducts mock exams around the year and supply analysis and information on entrance examination. Another service called DO dispatches tutors for grade 4 students to adults in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama. Tuition rates are from 3,600 to 4,200 per hour with 20,000 yen for the entrance fee ( Phone: 0120-81-5910 (Toll-free)).

Head School: 1-27 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8559
Phone:   03-3379-5221   See Web site


Kawaijuku has some 30 branch schools in areas from Kanto to Kyushu. It has special courses for students who wish to enter art universities Kawaijuku Art Institute: Tokyo School
Address: 2-1-7 Nakamachi, Musashino-city, Tokyo 180-0006 Phone:   0422-51-2581  ,

Nagoya School: 2-1-10 Imaike, Tikusa-ku,
Nagoya-city 464-8610
Phone:  052-735-1596  

Or for those seeking to study at universities in the U.S. and other foreign countries. Contact Kokusai Kyoiku Jigyo-bu: Phone:   03-3204-7581  .

It also has special courses for professional qualification exams such as financial planners or stock analysts: Kawaijuku License School Phone:0120-395949

This juku’s newly developed program is “Kawai-juku Success TV”, a satellite TV course. Students study at home with watching the programs by Kawaijuku and getting information on TV (8,000 yen for two subjects, 15,000 yen for 5 subjects per month). Students receive monthly magazine and Q & A service (Phone: 0120-598-554).

They sell CD-ROM Maths series (4,700 yen each) as well as various textbooks.

Kawaijuku Komaba-kou: 3-28-18 Uehara, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 151-0064
Phone:   03-3465-3581

Sundai Yobiko

It offers various types of classes for grade 4 to Ronin. A unique course of this school is VIDEO lecture course. In this course, students study English or Maths by watching videos with textbooks and answer tests and send them to the school. They receive graded answering sheets later. Each course costs from between 55,100 to 84,000 yen (including 10 to 18 video tapes)
Phone:   03-5259-3425  .

Sundai Linden School is for primary and junior high school students. There are 13 branch schools in Kanto area. Ochanomizu-kou: 2-1 Kanda-surugadai,Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0062
Phone:   03-5259-3131

Head Office: 1-5-8 Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0062
Phone:   03-5259-3425

Toshin Yobiko

This school broadcasts lectures to its 800 satellite schools all over Japan and supports students via telephone, fax and the Internet. Students can take math training menu and other drills on the Internet through a service called Toshin Home Lesson. They can choose from one series of lectures to a whole package. Phone: 0120-104-531.

Students can also choose home-schooling course, Toshin D School. In this course, students study via a satellite TV, SKY PerfecTV. The tuition of a standard course for high school students is 120,000 yen per year plus 30,000 for entrance fee. There are other special courses for Center Shiken and individual university entrance examinations. Head Office: Address: 1-29-2 Kichijoji Minami-cho, Musashino-city, Tokyo 180-0003
Phone: 0120-531-104

Eikoh Seminar (from grade 3 to Ronin)

This is the one that runs Eikoh Internet School. It offers special classes towards famous junior high schools, high schools and universities. Its selling point is its rather small class size. It also has private teaching courses.
Phone: 0120-302-162

As for cram schools specializing in junior high school’s entrance examinations, Yotsuya-Otsuka and Nichino-ken are among the more well known ones.


The biggest cram school specializing in junior high entrance examinations.

It has 84 branch schools (61 of them are in the Metropolitan area) and they have classes for from grade 3 to 6. It boasts a large number of students who have successfully passed the entrance examinations of prestigious junior highs like Gosanke or the top three junior highs (mentioned above) and high level junior highs in Kanagawa. It also has private teaching courses called “Julius” geared for grade 1 to high school students
Phone: 0120-355-194 and Tutoring services
Phone: 0120-612-764 Phone:   045-473-2311   Website


This is a special cram school towards the entrance examinations of prestigious private or national junior high schools. This school has 13 branch schools in Kanto area. Classes for grade 1 to 3 are called Little School. Children in Grade 1 & 2 go to the class once a week and ones in Grade 3 go to twice a week. This school has correspondence courses too. As for Grade 4 to 6, students go to the classes four or five days a week. There are special courses for the children who want to enter the so called top three junior highs: Kaisei, Azabu and Musashi for boys, and Ouin, Joshigakuin and Futaba for girls.

Nakano School: address: 3-49-1 Nakkano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001
Phone:   02-3382-5111   Website

B.General academic cram schools

1.Cram Schools which prepare for the Daigaku-Kentei

Note: The Daigaku-Kentei is a test sanctioned by the Education Ministry as a prerequisite for entering university where applicants do not have a formal high school diploma from a local public or private school. Some of the schools under this section have “free schools” attached to their titles but they are have a more academically oriented curriculum than the commonly understood type of “free schools”.

Hokkaido Daiken Academy (post junior high)
25 Kita 3 Jou-Nishi, Chuo-ku,
Sapporo-city, Hokkaido 064-0823
Phone:   011-631-8809   Fax: 011-613-0099

Daiichi Koutougakuin Sapporo school (post junior high)
3F Norute Plaza, 3-19-1Kita 9 Jou-Nishi, Kita-ku,
Sapporo-city, Hokkaido 060-0009

Tokyo Academy Sendai School (post junior high)
2F Beruza Sendai, 4-7-17 Chuo, Aoba-ku,
Sendai-city, Miyagi 980-0021
Phone:   022-263-0731  

Tohoku Daiken Senmon Yobiko (post junior high)
4F Forest Sendai Building, 1-2-45 Kasiwagi, Aoba-ku, Sendai-city, Miyagi, 980-0021
Phone:   022-263-9771   Fax: 022-247-7642

Mito Koutougakuin (post junior high)
2-1-19 San-no-Maru,
Mito-city, Ibaraki, 310-0011
Phone:   029-225-3598   Fax: 029-225-3598

Kibougaoka Gakuin (15 – 20 year olds)
204 Baredo-ru Kuki, 6-1-53
Kuki-city, 340-0016
Phone:   0480-25-0785  

Kawai Juku ECosmo (15 years old – )
4-20-3 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 151-0051
Phone:   03-3402-4614   Fax: 03-3402-4765

Shingakukai Yobiko (13 years old – )
2-23-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 151-0053
Phone:   03-3370-5195   Fax: 03-5454-2748

Yotsuya Gakuin Yotsuya School (15 years old – )
Yotsuya Gakuin Building, 1-10 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo 160-0004
Phone:   03-3357-8081   Fax: 03-3357-8999

Nichii Gakkan, Daiken Kouza (15 years old – )
2-9 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0062
Phone 03-3291- 2121 Fax: 03-3291-6886

Daiken ESundai Open School
3-28-12 Kanda Ogawa cho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0052
Phone:   03-5259-3444   Fax: 03-5259-3080

Asahi Koutou Gakuin (after finishing junior high)
7-13-6 Ueno, Taito-ku,
Tokyo 110-0005
Phone:   03-3843-0541   Fax 03-3843-0728)

Gakuryoku Kai
2F Sekiguchi Building, 1-29-7 Itabashi, Itabashi-ku,
Tokyo 173-0004
Phone:   03-3961-7511   Fax: 03-3961-4588

Chuo Koutou Gakuin
2-21-8 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-city,
Tokyo 180-0004
Phone:   0422-22-7787   Fax: 0422-22-7731

Daiichi Koutou Gakuin Headquarters
3-2-20 Hongo, bunkyo-ku,
Tokyo 113-0033
Phone:   03-3818-3001   Fax: 03-5804-7950

Yoyogi Seminar Sendagaya Bypass School (post junior high)
1-1-12 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 151-0051
Phone   03-3497-0393  

Daiichi Koutou Gakuin Tachikawa School (post junior high)
3-6-14 Shibasaki-cho,
Tachikawa-city, Tokyo 190-0023
Phone:   0425-26-0292  

Yokohama Sougou College
7-15 Kinkou-cho, Kanagawa-ku,
Yokohama-city, Kanagawa 221-0835
Phone:   045-450-5191   Fax: 045-450-5192

Daiichi Koutou Gakuin Yokohama School (post junior high)
1F Niho building, 1-1 Daimachi, Kanagawa-ku,
Yokohama-city, Kanagawa 221-0834
Phone:   045-316-8401   Fax: 045-412-3365

Daiken Junbikou Weds (post junior high school)
103-103 Hirata-cho,
Hamatatsu-city, Shizuoka 432-8031
Phone: 0120-213-032 Fax: 053-451-6100 email

Kawai Juku Cosmo Chubu-chiku Cosmo Course (15 years old – )
2-1-10 Imaike, Chikusa-ku,
Nagoya-city, Aichi 464-0850
Phone:   052-735-1677   Fax: 052-735-1768

Goal Free Kobetsu Kyouiku Yobiko G.I.P. (junior high – )
Gurintorando Building, 406 Shimo Maruya cho, kawara-cho Sanjou Noboru, Tyuukyou-ku,
Kyoto-city, Kyoto 604-8006
Phone:   075-255-7272   Fax: 075-255-6128 Email

Kyoto Kokusai Yobiko (KIPS)
573 Uoya-cho, Fushimi-ku,
Kyoto-city, Kyoto 612-8041
Phone:   075-602-1700   Fax: 075-602-0534

Osaka YMCA Free School (Post junior high)
3-14-15 Nishi 9 Jou, Konohana-ku,
Osaka-city, Osaka 554-0012
Phone:   06-6466-1166   Fax: 06-6468-3014

Kansai Koutou Gakuen (15 years old – )
203 Aoyama Building Honkan, 6-9-10, Kami Hon-cho, Tennouji-ku, Osaka-city,
Osaka 543-0001
Phone:   06-6773-1505   Fax: 06-6773-5425

Rivasu Academy Shiyu-juku, Osaka School (12 years old- )
Nakajima 2 Building, 5-2-5 Nishi-Nakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka 532-0011
Phone:   06-6308-5512   Fax: 06-6301-1220

Rivasu Academy Siyu-juku, Kobe School (12 years old -)
1447-1 Jounomae, Mikage-cho, Higashi Nada-ku,
Kobe-city, Hyogo 658-0056
Phone:   078-841-5285   Fax: 078-822-3226

Daiei Daiken Juken Center (post junior high)
New Ootemachi Building, 1-1-20 Ootemachi, naka-ku, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima 730-0051
Phone:   082-246-1411   Fax:082-248-7677

Hihon Career Up Seminar Yamaguchi School
2F Akimoto Building, 8-11 Takasago-cho, Ogori-cho, Yoshiki-gun, Yamgaguchi 754-0014
Phone:   0839-73-7660   Fax: 0839-73-7660

Utsunomiya Study Room (15 years old – )
1-2-29 Miyawaki-cho,
Takamatsu-city, Kagawa 760-0005
Phone:   0878-35-5277   Fax: 0878-22-7314

Daiken Seminar (16 years old – )
655-5 Midoro-cho,
Matsuyama-city, Ehime 791-0244
Phone:   089-976-2837  

2. Local medium and small-sized cram schools

They usually help children to keep up with classes at school. This type of cram schools tends to have strong colours and policies of their owners and they pay careful individual attention to each student, providing opportunities for personal communication. Some of them offer face to face teaching or small group teaching. You could find info on these types of jukus from the Yellow pages or brochures. The following site will also be helpful:

Zenkoku Juku Kyoukai (The Japan Juku Association):

The website offers juku information all over Japan and gives some form of assessments on the jukus.

3. Cram Schools for salvaging dropout students or avoiding school children

Many of free-schools listed can be categorized in this group. They are usually small-sized and have a more child-friendly and less academic atmosphere.

4. Franchising cram schools

The strong selling point of the cram schools in this category is their original published materials. Among them, the most famous one is Kumon.


Kumon schools are not only well-established in Japan but have gained a foothold in foreign countries such as the US, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. They have a highly standardized system and systematized materials. Children usually go to the classroom twice a week and do some homework on the other days. Children study according to their own pace and at their own level regardless of their grade. Every child in a Kumon classroom is studying different materials. Each child mainly studies by oneself and will ask instructors when he or she cannot really understand the questions. Kumon not only emphasizes speed and accuracy in mathematical calculations but also encourages students to read good books too. Kumon itself has a publishing section and has produced quite a number of books. They have curricula ranging from 2 or 3 years of age to university entrance examination level.

They have courses for the Japanese language, English and math. The tuition is 6,300 yen per subject per month for primary students, 7,350 yen for junior high students and 8,400 yen for high school students. They have published various drill exercise worksheets, dictionaries and other materials such as a machine for English study and number skills. An English website is available

Tokyo head office: (phone)  03-3234-4401
Osaka head office: (phone)06-304-2611

Gakken Kyoushitsu

Gakken’s materials look more attractive than Kumon’s for small children; these may be good as supplementary work for school studies. Tuition: 8,000 yen for math and Japanese per month. Classes for preschool to grade 6 children. Head Office: Phone: 0120-889-100 Website

5. Other types of cram schools

Besides cram schools mentioned above, there are specialty type schools offering science-curricula as well as services for supporting students by correspondence course. In this category, there are two famous companies: Z Kai and Shinken Zemi.

J. Z Kai

It was a very popular correspondence course for high school students. Recently it has started correspondence courses for junior high and primary school students too. Now it has also in-school classes. In fact, 57.8% of successful candidates of Tokyo University and 51.7% of those of Kyoto University last year used this correspondence course. As for junior high school course, it has started so called S Net Plus service using the Internet. Students can take mock tests on the internet and ask questions via e-mail. Such mock tests are marked and graded instantly and questions are answered within two days. If you are interested in this service, try this website.
Head office Phone:   0559-73-7337

Juku on the Net covers the basics in Japanese and we found it very helpful when the kids took long absences from school. It costs about 4,000 yen a month, but you have access to little mini lectures, abput 5 to 10 mins long. Even my 5 year will sit and watch the 1st grade video. is the link, hope it works. It’s all in Japanese, so if you are like me you might need some help. – reviewed by J.

Shinken Zemi

It is also a well known correspondence course. Now it offers courses from 1 year old to high school students. In spite of its low tuition, its materials are quite good, visual and well-balanced including video tapes, science experiment kits and so on. Students can take a course which corresponds to their school textbooks.Tuition: 18,396 yen per year for pre-school children, 28,752 to 56,880 yen for primary school children, and 56,880 yen for junior high students. As for high school students course, students can choose subject by subject; one subject 43,548 yen and 103,260 yen for 5 subject per year.

Phone: pre-school course:
Primary school course: 0070-800-00-7777

Science-oriented cram schools:

Leaders School Monolith, Higashi-Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture Website

The franchised cram schools of Monolith Inc., a Nagoya-based company, have introduced a full year’s worth of experiment-based programs for primary school students called “Kids Lab”. The aim is to help children cultivate an ability to think by themselves through experiments in physics, chemistry, biology and geoscience, helping make up for the decrease in science-related class hours at schools. Cost: 10,000 yen per month. Groups of up to 8 students: 1 instructor ratio. Source: Daily Yomiuri

Eikoh Seminar, Website

The cram school is offering at 17 of its 250 schools, a Crefus course, a 1 year course for primary students that has children build a robot using a special kit codeveloped by toymaker Lego and the MIT. Monthly fee is 12,600-14,700 yen plus 31,500 yen for the kit.

Waseda Academy – has recently introduced a “Super Science Program” for high schoolers which allows students to study life science under a special program taught by teachers of Keio University and Waseda prep schools. Enrolled students attend study camps conducted at Keio Institute for Advanced Biosciences and get to participate in lectures and graduate school experimental programs. 

Yoru Supe (Night Special)

A new type opening Saturday in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, is causing a stir among educators. The school, offers a one-year course designed to help top achievers in their second year at Wada Junior High School better prepare for high school entrance exams. a volunteer group based at the school, runs the Night Special classes on the school’s campus. The group is made up of parents whose children graduated from the school and university students planning to become teachers. Teachers from Sapix, a chain of cram schools operated by Sapience Research Institute Co., teach mathematics and Japanese on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights and English on Saturday afternoons, holding three 45-minute classes a day. Tuition for the course is ¥18,000 to ¥24,000 monthly or ¥500 per 45-minute study period, depending on the number of subjects students take. So far only 19 out of 127 second-year students at Wada Junior High plan to take part in Night Special. (Source: Japan Times, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008)



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12 thoughts on “The juku jungle: an annotated directory of cramschools”

  1. Gakken MOOK, some of you might be interested to know this month contained a writeup ranking jukus in East and West Japan backed up by numbers. It has details on individual jukus, and comparing merits and costs of each. Just FYI,
    Eastern Japan: No. 1 Nichinoken No. 2 Eikoh Seminar No. 3 Waseda Academy No. 4 Yotsuya-Otsuka
    Western Japan: No. 1 Nichinoken No. 2 Hama Gakuen No. 3 Sekigakuen (I’m not familiar with this one, I may have the wrong “on-yomi” for the kanji) No. 4 Nozomi

    Also be Warned: Your kids’ chances are not equal – some of the top cramschools that prepare students for admission exams to elite schools, have one or two top rate classes to which only certain students are admitted. The rest of the participants are called “guests” or “customers” by the general public (outside of the school). Students who are mediocre and do not have any great chances to get into the best places, but who are paying customers may get into simpler, less demanding lessons designed
    for them, where they can work their way up to be at least average.

  2. hi, if you don’t mind, do you know more details about the gakken mook mag on the juku ranking? Does tokyo have the highest ranked juku? Would really like to know more about that, please help. Thanks.

    1. What was in the magazine was translated and posted here already. Does Tokyo have the highest ranked juku? I don’t know, mostly likely. However, the top jukus already produce the largest numbers of top scoring students, and number of students who make it into the top ranking universities. The rankings are different obviously for Kanto and Kansai, because students aim to enter the different universities, also different jukus have different strengths in differing fields and differing unviersities that they aim for. It is best to look go to individual juku webpages and look at the scoring patterns of their students and the percentages of students who make it into the top universities. Most top jukus advertise those sorts of info.

  3. JOBA (cramschool for returnees) website:

    I was at JOBA more than a decade and a half ago. I can’t speak for the place now (it has expanded tremendously), but it was taught all in Japanese (which I had trouble understanding), the students talked English among themselves (and so taught me what was going on) and the teachers were very much on the ball (they can speak English after all,so would help me out one-on-one after class).
    I think it had a very good track record of sending returnees to their first choice schools (at that time the students were there to prepare for the returnee entrance exams).
    I have heard they had English programs as well but no one that I knew of attended.
    The school was very open to prospective students and they let parents and students sit in on their classes. I would suggest contacting them to see if you can arrange a visit. — K.

    1. hi,
      My sister really wants to enroll high school in japan. I live in osaka. Do you know information where to get a prepatory lesson for taking a japanese high school entrance exam?
      Please anyone help me, cos its really difficult to search info from internet

      1. Best to write in or call the specific high school you are interested in. I don’t know your sister’s academic background, but previous school records presumably would be looked at. Our juku directory lists various types of juku, some of them specialize in high school exams. Some private schools will take a student in if they have passed pre1 Eiken tests, regardless of academic records. There are some private schools that make it clear on their websites they welcome international students…and will waive Japanese academic records. So it all depends on the school. You can also check our private school directory. Sorry that’s all I can think of at the moment, I know it’s a lot of work ahead of you.

  4. Riso Kyoiku to double cram schools (Japan Times, Sep. 16, 2011)
    Bloomberg – Riso Kyoiku Co., a Japanese cram school operator targeting wealthy parents, plans to double its centers to about 250 in five years to spur revenue, Chairman Mitsugu Iwasa said.

    Riso Kyoiku aims to double the number of students to about 40,000 by adding schools mainly in Tokyo, and is considering expanding abroad, Iwasa said. Deutsche Bank AG will buy options from Riso Kyoiku to purchase as much as ¥4.2 billion in Treasury stock, according to a filing to the Tokyo Stock Exchange this week.

    “The firm is expanding its business in Japan and seeking to launch operations overseas,” Iwasa, 62, said. “We will also aggressively seek mergers and acquisitions with firms that enable us to work together for mutual benefit.”

    Riso Kyoiku has boosted revenue for 26 years in a row since its 1985 foundation, documents on its website show. Revenue climbed 8 percent to ¥18.8 billion in the year ended Feb. 28

    TOMAS Riso Kyoiku Co., Ltd. – English website

    Riso Kyoiku or TOMAS as it is more commonly known, is carving out a niche for itself by offering a more exclusive private education emphasizing the individuality of its students, distinguishing itself from mainstream juku that tend to emphasize entrance exam deviation values and academic performance. A newer juku, established since 1985, it is a niche player catering to wealthier parents.
    Its mission statement: “Riso Kyoiku Co., Ltd., which operates the “TOMAS” private study Jukus, has maintained the same basic philosophy since its establishment: “Students’ individuality, and individual differences, are infinite. True education – Ideal education – is capable of responding accurately and appropriately to those individual differences”.”

    According to the TOMAS cramschool website (operated by Riso Kyoiku), here are some of the outstanding characteristics of its programs on offer:
    – TOMAS offers the “ideal education environment” for children – an environment in which they can express their individuality in the fields where they excel, such as music, art, or sports.
    – TOMAS, offers only “personal study classes”, with one student and one teacher to each classroom.
    This one-on-one instruction, in keeping with a personalized curriculum designed to meet the needs of each individual student, enables efficient studies that ensure the best possible results for each child.- TOMAS distinguishes itself from other jukus that “take a “cram school” approach, pressing students to focus only on entrance exams”, by its know-how in private instruction not found at other Juku schools and by striving “to offer an educational environment that enables students to pass entrance exams for the most demanding schools, while maintaining a healthy balance between studies and non-academic activities.”
    – TOMAS offers a unique and personalized curriculum is created in keeping with the student’s academic level and the requirements of the school that the student wants to attend.

    – TOMAS attracts the best instructors by offering the top benefits in the Juku industry and offers specialized instruction for each subject and each student taught exclusively by instructors specializing in that field with a thorough knowledge of entrance exam requirements in that subject
    – Full-time managers rigorously manage classes, and hold regular meetings with students, both alone and with the parents. This three-way collaboration – by the student, the school, and the family – makes it possible to quickly identify and resolve any issues that might arise
    – Parents and students can select the most appropriate teacher, based on preferences such as gender or teaching style (e.g., strict vs. friendly). Teachers can also be reassigned if necessary.
    – Apart from its exclusively private instruction, TOMAS uses three proven support systems to ensure that students are successful in passing entrance exams for the most demanding schools:
    1. Group instruction, including a single-day, 12-hour “Entrance exam training camp” and special courses where the curriculum is based on a thorough analysis of questions appearing on the most difficult entrance exams, help to increase motivation and competitive spirit, and to improve the students’ abilities
    2. ”Video Courses” that are useful in strengthening understanding of specified topics and reinforcing studies through additional private instruction; and “Hello e-Sensei”, a system through which students can receive private instruction from students at prominent universities such as Waseda or the University of Tokyo.
    3. Academic guidance seminar events – to help students decide which school to choose, and to let them know what to expect in the entrance examinations; to report on the latest analyses of exams, with presentations by Presidents and Principals from prominent educational institutions, and gatherings where representatives of as many as 300 well-known schools (e.g., Waseda Junior High and High School) come together to offer individual consultations with students wishing to attend those schools
    Riso Kyoiku Group, also operates four subsidiaries – Nihon Edunet, Meimonkai, Shingakai, and School Tour Ship

  5. I live in london . I will be visiting Tokyo to see my grandson who is five years old . I would like to take him to a kumon centre and introduce him to the system. perhaps for maths japanese and some reading in english. He speaks fluent japanese and english. He is familair with some hiragana and katakana.
    At presenty he goes to a houkoen. i would really appreciate your help. my grandson and my daughter live in sakurashimachi. twenty minutes to shibuya , yoga
    Any centres for five year olds ????
    Thanking you
    Manjit Bjorn

    1. I think taking English from Kumon will be a waste of time and money, if your grandson is already fluent in English, try a dedicated tutor, an international school’s Saturday school and afterschool classes instead.

  6. COCO Juku

    Nichi Gakkan incorporated in 1968 as medical services company, only Made GABA Corporation a wholly owned subsidiary and in 2011 and in 2012 opened the English school “COCO Juku” now said to be the fastest growing juku in Japan.

    Modern spacious schools, conveniently located in urban centers across the country.
    Schools and classrooms are fully equipped with the latest in educational technology.
    Student centered approach to teaching and learning.
    Team teaching with a Main Instructor and an Assistant Instructor for group lessons.
    Caters to Kids, Adults, Business English, General English, Medical English, and more.

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