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International Schools In Japan
Compiled and maintained by Cornelia [last updated 8 March 2021; first published 21 February 2000]

school books This listing is of all the schools in Japan with curriculums in English that I have thus far found. The body of international schools is continuously in flux. Some schools have closed and more are starting up every year. Thus this list may not be complete. Some of these schools do not fit everyone's definition of an "international school", but I will leave that sort of judgement up to you. Placement in this list does not mean endorsement of the school. I highly recommend that in a search for a school suitable for an individual child, the family search out other parents for references and general networking.

Our heartfelt thanks goes to those schools which have donated something to support this website. Contributors and financial sponsors are thanked on our sponsors page.

A note to those researching from outside Japan: The country code when dialing Japan is 81. Then drop the zero at the start of the area code. For example, a number listed as 03-1234-5678 would be dialed as 81-3-1234-5678 from abroad.

We have also included those schools that we found teaching in German, French, Chinese, Korean and other languages, since many of our readers are made up of multi-cultural couples that may wish their children schooled in a language other than English or Japanese for whatever reasons.

This list is subdivided into the following sub-headings:

Tokyo: Preschool & Kindergarten Only - English
Tokyo: Schools with Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary &, in some cases, High School Programs - English
Tokyo: Tutoring and Special Education for Children with Learning Differences
Yokohama, Kawasaki and Kanagawa - English
Elementary school students Tokyo: Non-English International Schools
Yokohama: Non-English International Schools
Tsukuba: University town northeast of Tokyo - English
Tokyo: College and University - English

Other Parts of Japan (organized from North to South):
Nagoya / Aichi
Fukuoka / Kyushu

What to look for when visiting a school - This article was provided by TIS (Tokyo International School). It is a list of helpful points to aid the parent of very young students in choosing a school.

Related links:

Japan With Kids - Forums: Education in Japan
Which includes, for example, the subtopic discussion:
Elementary Aged Foreign Students in Japanese Public Schools
Japan With Kids - Forums: Playgroups
Japan With Kids - Forums: Classifieds: Tutoring/playmates: wanted/available

Tokyo Association of International Preschools:
Homeschooling / Afterschooling in Japan The site started by Kat and Aileen!
East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools

Japan With Kids - Feature articles:
Positive Experience at Local Public School: A Group Effort
The Lottery Schools! (National or "kokuritsu" schools)

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Tokyo: Preschool & Kindergarten Only - English

ABC International School
Katsu Court #101, 2-7-25 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0046
Tel/Fax: 03-5793-1359
Email: abcintl[at]
- Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten: 15 months to 5 years old
- Low Student/Teacher ratios; Safe, bright classrooms full of fun and educational resources
- At ABC, children will: explore their own creative style, celebrate friendships, develop into confident life long learners, explore, discover, and express themselves, and successfully master school readiness skills
- Summer School

Acorn International School
Celine MotoAzabu #301, 2-1-21 MotoAzabu, Minatoku, Tokyo, 106-0046
Tel: 03-5798-3907, Fax: 03-5798-3908
Email: admin[at]
- Preschool & Pre-K, ages 18 months - 5 years
- free trial lesson
- summer school

Ai International Preschool (Preschool and Kindergarten opened 1986)
Office: Master's Annex Mita, 5-4-4 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
School: 2-21-8 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Eri Ohashi, School Director
Tel: 03-3769-3372, Fax: 03-3456-0488
Email: aioffice[at]
- ages 18 months to 6 years
- Preschool, Kinder, ESL programs
- extended dismissal time until 18:00 available

American Lycetuff International Preschool (Opened 2015)

American World International Pre-school and Kindergarten (5 locations)
3-16-2 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Tel: 03-5464-6966, Fax: 03-5464-6955
Bobbie Buntin, Headmistress
Email: admissions[at]
- Morning preschool for toddlers
- Morning and full-day kindergarten programs
- All nationalities welcome
- All instruction in English, hands-on learning from native English speakers
- after school English classes available for older children
- 5 locations between Tokyo and Yokohama (Okurayama, Okurayama Branch, Saginuma, Setagaya, Shibuya)

Amici International Preschool - CLOSED
4-3-50 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0041
Tel: 03-5454-9066, Fax: 03-5454-9067
-Age: 18 month-5 yrs
-Located in the Yoyogi Uehara/Shoto Area

Aoba-Japan International School (Meguro campus - opened in 1976)
2-11-5 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0042
Tel: 03-5428-4488 Fax: 03-5456-1800
Email: info[at]
Elizabeth de Souza, Principal
- Ages 1.5-6, coeducational
- Emphasis on Japanese language studies as well as a complete English mainstream curriculum
- Full and half-day programs
- sister campus is the "Japan International School" in Nerima-ku for children aged 4 to grade 9 listed further below.

Ayla International School (Opened June 2003)
Shirokanedai Heights 102, 5-13-28 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071
Tel: 03-3448-2585, Mobile: 090-8024-9014
E-mail: aylaistokyo[at]
Puteri Zailan, Principal and Founder
- Our curriculum focuses on music, art and nature
- Literacy, science and math through art
- Monthly field trips and special art program
- Friday is Japanese Language day
- All staff are certified and experienced
- ages 18 months to 6 years old (nursery, preschool and kidergarten age)
- curricular choices include 2-day, 3-day or 5-day programs, morning and afternoon sessions and culture school for kindergarten age children.
- 20% discount for siblings
- Japanese and Western lunches are available daily (separate charge)
- All nationalities welcome

Azabu International School (name changed from Hiroo International Kindergarten)
3-10-12-302 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
Tel: 03-3451-8477, Fax: 03-3451-8476
Email: info[at]
- Ages 18 months to 5 years

Bilingual Kids International (Preschool)
5-12-7 Sakai, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-0022 (Musashisakai, Mitaka, Kichijoji area)
Tel/fax: 0422-54-1898 (Japanese and English OK, please call between 15-18:00)
Rob Mathews, Educational Director
Email: robandkumi[at]
- Full day preschool 9:00 - 14:00, for children aged 18 months to 6yrs
- 2, 3, 4 or 5 day week options, very reasonable tuition
- 5:1 student-teacher ratio
- Target group: Bilingual/Multilingual children with one English speaking parent in the home
- Reggio Emilia method: Highly creative, child originated curriculum focusing on the whole child and their ability to self express
- Standard kindergarten practices (all areas) are built upon, expanded and refined using extensive documentation of each child's daily experiences. Childrens' current interests are then focused on to determine a progressive curriculum
- Outdoor educational component focuses on nature studies and physical skills
- After school English support class for children attending a Japanese kindergarten ages 3-6
- 10 minute walk from Musashisakai Station (JR Chuo line), short term parking available for drop off and pick up

Children's Garden International Preschool (opened May 7, 2002, CLOSED ?)
3-12-9 Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Tel: 0422-20-5055 (Japanese and English OK)
Ellen Motohashi, Educational Director
- Full day preschool 9:30 - 14:30, for children aged 3 - 4 (April 1 cut-off date)
- 7 minute walk from Kichijoji Station, short term parking available for drop off and pick up

Child's Play
18-8 Motoyoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0062
Tel: 03-3460-8841, Fax: 03-5709-0552
Naomi Fujita, Director
Email: childs-p[at]
- Children ages 2-4 (younger children may be considered)
- Indoor and outdoor play time
- Afternoon academic program teaches pre-reading, pre-writing and recognition of numbers and quantity through art activities, songs and games

Classic Montessori International School [CLOSED June 2002]
2-10-18 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Tel/Fax: 03-5468-6456
Mr. Gerd Oberlin
- Preschool and kindergarten for 2.5 to 6 year olds
- close dedication to Maria Montessori's legacy of considerate child education

Discovery Montessori School [CLOSED June 2003. Moved to Seoul, Korea.]
4-6-18 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0063
Tel/Fax: 03-3710-9377
Sue Flynt, Director
Email: dmsmeguro[at]
- Children ages 2 through 5; two to five days per week options

DoReMi Garden Preschool, International
2-15-5-3F Takamatsu, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0042
Tel: 03-3554-3664, Fax: 03-3958-5444
Email: tia[at]
- 100% English curriculum program, all nationalities accepted
- Afternoon session includes a Japanese lesson option
- every day includes one outside teacher for a special activity such as dance, music, etc.
- multi-age day every Friday
- Kanamecho station on the Yurakucho line (one stop from Ikebukuro)

Evergreen Home International Pre-School
1-8-17 Nagayama, Tama City, Tokyo 206-0025
Tel: 042-373-8166, Fax: 042-373-8339
Ms. Kuwabara, head teacher and manager
Email: evergreenhome[at]
- Ages 2-6
- All nationalities welcome

First Steps International School
4-6-3-2F Komatsu Building, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5911-6657, Fax: 5911-6658
Peter Kjoss, Principal
Email: info[at]
Website: (no English)
- Nursery and preschool full time
- Elementary after school program
- 2005 Summer School 19th July - 20th August, ages 3-10

Grace International Learning Center
2-13-11 Seta, Setagaya-ku,Tokyo 158-0095
Tel/fax: 03-5716-3100
School Director: Cheryl Ann Cabusor
Email: admin.GILC[at]
- Preschool and kindergarten from 28 months to 6 years old
- choice of 3-day, 4-day or 5-day programs
- extended hours available until 18:00
- ESL classes available in the afternoons
- Program is guided by the Educational Principles of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) U.S.A. of which the school Director is a member.

Gregg International School
1-14-16 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0035
Tel: 03-3725-8000, Fax: 03-5701-2554
General Manager: Kathleen Gay Yoshioka
Email: balloon[at]
- Preschool (age 2) through grade 2
- 6:1 student/teacher ratio
- 17 nationalities; instruction in English
- after school care until 17:00 available

International Center for Education (ICE)
Three locations in Tokyo and Kanagawa: Sakura-shinmachi, Tama-Plaza, Kohoku New Town
Tel: 0120-044-844 (toll free) and 044-888-1811
Director, Nancy Ito (English OK)
Website: (in Japanese only)
- This is not an international school per se, but it might be useful, so I've included it.
- Newborns OK! Ages 0 - 6.
- They also have after school home tutoring program for international students. Copy/past this link:

International Kinder House - (Opened August 2009)
Summit Moto Azabu 2-14-4-3/4F Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Tel/fax: 03-3455-5437
Director: Tomoko Nohrenberg
Email: info[at]
- Ages 2 to 5 years
- Musically oriented together with standard academics.
- Individual musical instrument lessons available also to all ages.

J's International School
1-16-2, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Tel: 03-3452-2078, Fax: 03-3452-2092
Director: Young-ja Yang
Email: office[at]
- 2.5 years old to 6 years old (pre-first grade)
- House setting with children's cooking room, library and area to play outside
- 9:30-14:30, extended care until 16:30
- For children who are wishing to continue to attend International Schools in Tokyo
- Professional music teacher and qualified kindergarten teachers with CPR, CPI and first aid licensed
- Supports multilingualism and is developing English/Japanese dual-curriculum
- Serves lunch and includes nap time

Joy to the World Preschool
5-3-2 2F. Koishikawa, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 112-0002
Tel/fax: 03-5684-0247
Email: jh-english[at]
- American international pre-school
- 2 day, 3 day and full week programs

Jun International Preschool
4-22-11 Kugayama, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-0082
Tel/fax: 070-2616-0720, 03-3334-8326
Mrs. Miyako Nakama, Owner
Email: jun385[at] or info[at]
- 18 months to 6 years old in morning class
- different programs available in the morning class, 2, 3 or 5 days a week
- 3 to 6 years old accepted for the afternoon session ending at 18:00, with some younger elementary students (6-8 years old) coming after school
- enrollment: 60; 22 children in the morning class and about 40 children in the afternoon class (they only come once or twice a week)
- capacity is no more than about 12 children at one time.
- 10 staff: 8 native English teachers, owner and secretary

K Space, Baby and Toddler Play Gym, Music and Movement Classes
3-8-8 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Tel: 03-5774-6059, Fax: 03-5774-6089
Juliet Rogove, Owner/Principal
Email : juliet[at]
Website :
- FOR babies and toddlers 0 to 4 years old.
- FOR mothers looking for opportunities to meet new friends in 'the big city'
- FOR Working Mothers, seeking a play centre, where they can be assured that their child will learn and develop, whilst their carer has fun too!
- FOR Dads to come and enjoy parent-child interactive classes on weekends.
- TSPACE for pre-school/play groups, and nursery facilities

Keiki Intercultural Preschool
Nakamachi 4-5-8, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0091
Tel/fax: 03-3703-8778
Email: admin[at]
- multiple nationalities
- located between Seisen and St Mary's International Schools

Kids Talk (Opened March 1999)
1-1-2 Akabane minami, Kita-ku, Tokyo 115-0044
Tel/fax: 03-3901-2116
Claire Blandford and Kaori Nagasaki, Directors
- Preschool ages 3 - 6
- Akabane station East side south exist (direction Jujo) walk past JEXAR sports club, turn left, opposite an empty Nissan showroom next to DNP.

Kids World
Kanda Yuraku Building 5F, 1-34-1 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda ku, Tokyo 101-0041
Tel: 03-3252-1162, Toll free 0120-00-1537, Fax: 03-3252-4166
Email: pkw000[at]
- Creative play (day care program), ages 1 through 8
- Preschool ages 2 through 3
- Fun and fitness ages 1 through 8
- Campuses (about 30 at this time) located throughout Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba and Niigata
- Subsidiary company of Pigeon Inc.

Kidzstation International Preschool / Homework Station (CLOSED?)
Manoa Tamagawa Building, 3-20-5-206 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
2-27-5 Denenchofu, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3700-1313
- Futakotamagawa: 5minutes walk from Tokyu ToyokoLine Tamagawa Station
- starting from 1 year old
- trial classes every Thursday
- homework station is a support faciilty for international school students in grades K-12

Komazawa Park International School
2-12-16 Fukasawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0081
Tel: 03-5707-0979, Fax: 03-5707-3970
Email: contact[at]
- ages 2 through 6
- 5 minute walk from the Komazawa Olympic Park, 2 hours outdoor activity planned daily, except in bad weather

Little Minds International School
1-23-6-103 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3706-1119, Fax: 03-3706-2229
Email: info[at]
- near Kamimachi station

Little People Montessori School
[Closed September 2003 -- combined into the The Montessori School of Tokyo (see listing below)]

Manabiba Bilingual Preschool
Keystone Building, 6-1F Rokubancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0085
Tel: 03-3511-5071, Fax: 03-3511-5072
Email: information[at]
- Preschool/kindergarten (2 - 6 years old)

Maria's Babies' Society
3-36-20 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3404-3468, Fax: 03-3404-3625
Email: contact[at]
- Preschool/kindergarten

Merry International School
7-26-5 Shinozakicho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 133-0061
tel: 03-5636-5875, fax: 03-5636-5876
E-mail: info[at]
Website:, (Japanese)
- Pre School 1.5 years to 5 years old, 10:00 - 14:00
- After School 2 years to 5 years old, 15:30 - 17:30
- English School 6 years to 12 years old, 17:45 - 18:45

Mitsui Gardens International Preschool (Was previously called "EWA Children's Garden Preschool")
2-1-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Director: Pamela Wasilewski
Tel: 03-3224-6796, Fax: 03-3224-6487
Email: preschool[at]
- located in the 11-acre park-like grounds of the US Embassy Housing Compound
- spacious facilities, including gym, two swimming pools, playground, and a grassy field for outdoor activities
- Preschool from 18 month - 4/5 years old
- Afternoon Playgroup Classes available (12:15 - 15:15)
- Summer Camp Adventure Program (9 weeks) for 3 - 12 years old
- US Embassy employee's children are given priority in enrollment; non-embassy children are welcome on a space available basis (currently about 60%).
- US style curriculum with guidelines from NAEYC

Montessori Friends International School
3-8-8 Midorigaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0034
Tel/fax: 03-3726-9386
Email: jeannes[at]
- 18 months to 6 years

Morey English Academy (Founded 2001, 2006 moved and name changed from original Rivendale Montessori School)
YODA Bld. 3-15-13-4F Minato-ku, Shiba, Tokyo, Japan 105-0014
Tel: 03-5765-6607
Beverly Morey, Principal
Email: gabe[at]
- Founded in 2001 to provide a positive and nurturing environment for children 18 months to 9 years old.
- Strong foundation in the areas of math language and reading, while incorporating history, music, art, grammar, geography, and science.
- English and Japanese bilingual program. All children study Japanese daily.
- The high academic standard allows the child to excel and reach his or her full potential. Each child is a unique individual and it is our goal for each child to have a highly successful learning experience.
- Connected with the Tokyo Gifted Academy, later re-named Tokyo Children’s Academy.

Mz International Preschool (CLOSED)
Maxim Building 3F, 2-13-5 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
Tel: 03-5730-9767, Fax: 03-5730-9796
Yuka Ohinata, Administrator
Email: azabu[at]

Nakano International School (Opened April 16 2007, CLOSED)
2F Sun City Nakano Bldg, 5-2-6 Yayoi-cho, Nakano-ku,Tokyo
Tel: 03-5340-8911, Fax: 03-5340-8912
Ai Morizane, Director
- 15 minutes walk from Nakano Fujimicho station on the Marunouchi line, 2 minutes walk from Keio Bus Stop called MinamiDaiChiikiCenter

New Hope International Preschool and Kindergarten
5-1-2 Narimasu, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 175-0094
Jeremy Seminoff, Director
Tel/Fax: 03-5383-0421 (English and Japanese OK), Fax: 03-6915-6767
Email: info[at]
- Full day preschool thru age 12
- Children from all backgrounds are welcome; the classroom language is English with native English-speaking teachers
- 1 to 5 days per week
- Oyako Club (Parent and Child) on Wednesday mornings for 2 to 5 year -old children
- Afternoon classes for three- to six-year-old children
- Monthly Saturday preschool class
- A few minutes walk from Narimasu station (Tobu Tojo line) and Chikatetsu Narimasu station (Yurakucho line)
- Christian school.

Nido International Preschool [CLOSED February 1998.]
Miyamae Village A-101, 2-10-42, Miyamae, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Oak English Academy American Preschool
3-5-13 Kashiwa, Kashiwa City, Chiba 277-0005
Tel: 0471-67-5521, Fax: 0471-67-2066
- 2 to 6 years old

Ohana International School [Opened December 2009]
3-12-36 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Director/Owner/Teacher: Shelley Sacks
Tel/Fax: 03-3408-8888
Email: office.ohana[at]
2nd Website:
- Preschool with children aged 15 months to 5.5 years old
- Before school care from 7.30am/Regular programme 8.30 to 2pm/After School classes 2.30 to 3.30pm/After school care till 5pm
- Multi-age classes all with experienced qualified Early Childhood Educators
- Multicultural staff and student body with over 22 countries represented
- Emphasis on the Ohana child Map, focusing on values, social skills and emotional development and community
- English is the language of instruction together with a focus on Japanese culture through music
- Rich selection of After School Classes: Karate, Ballet, Music, Phonics and Literacy, Drama, Piano, Violin, Art, Numeracy, Choir, Japanese and Chinesem, which are open to Non-Ohana students too.

PAL International School
3-5-38 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
Tel: 03-5770-8166, Fax: 03-5770-8167
Email: info[at]
- Pre-kindergarten ages 18 months to 5
- Bilingual, native English-speaking teachers
- After-school programs
- PAL = Play and Learning
- Hiroo station on Hibiya subway line (10 minutes walk)

Paradise English Kindergarten [Opened Spring 2013: CLOSED?]
Yamato-cho 1-13-3, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0034
Tel: 090-6013-0119 (English), 042-477-1576 (Japanese)

Poppins International Preschool [Opened September 2008]
4-20-2-1F Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013
Tel: 03-5791-2105, Fax: 03-5791-2106
Email: pips[at]
- Pre-kindergarten ages 12 to 47 months (3 years)
- Located in the heart of Ebisu Garden Place
- Babysitting and afterschool care available.

PTC Pacific International School
5-11-5 Shimouna, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0002
Tel/fax: 03-5481-9425
Email: fwiv8158[at] or fwiv8158[at]
- Preschool/kindergarten, ages 2.5 through 6
- 8:45am-2:30pm Mon-Fri (full session)

Rainbow International Montessori School (3 locations, change of owner 2011?)
Daikanyama: 12-11 Nampedai, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
Tel/fax: 3-5771-3668
Ebisu: 4-19-19 Ebisu, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
Tel/fax: 3-5771-3668
Omotesando: 6-7-8 Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
Tel/fax: 3-5771-3668
Email: info[at]
- Montessori method
- Ages 18 months to 6
- Introduction to Japanese language
- Before and after-school care available
- after school care from 14:30-18:00 available to non-school members as well, by the hour
- Tokyo Montessori Training Center! We are dedicated to providing quality Montessori Educational training to members of the international community living in Tokyo, Japan. This includes teachers, parents, caregivers, etc.

RLC Preschool - Roppongi Lutheran Church (was RLC Playgroup)
6-16-44 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel: 03-5913-8272, 090-3007-1097 (Aliy Lickfold, parent coordinator as of August 2009)
Email: info[at]
- a cooperative run by the parents
- 18 months to 4.5 years old

St. Alban's Nursery Program
3-6-25 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
Tel: 03-3431-8534, Fax: 03-5472-4766
Gilma Yamamoto, Director
Email: gilma.yam[at]
- Preschool / Kindergarten (2 - 4.5 years old)
- Access from Kamiyacho or Akebonobashi

St. Bell Kindergarten International
33-2 Namikicho, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0831
Tel: 0426-61-2619, Fax: 0426-64-8669
Email: lui_suzuki[at]
- enrollment 215 of which 210 are Japanese, curriculum in Japanese with a native English teacher teaching a weekly English class
- staff has limited English abilities
- This is basically a private Japanese Kindergarten (yochien) for children ages 3-5, which aspires to attract students from as many countries as possible.
- The name reflects the founder's Catholicism and his wish that the school be international.

St. Maria International Nursery School
1-16-12 Ebisu Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0021
Tel: 03-3461-1022, 03-3461-1050, Fax: 03-3461-1021
Email: s-maria[at]
- Children from 46 days to age 6, about 10% international
- private Japanese hoikuen
- Foreign and Japanese teachers
- JR Ebisu station or Daikanyama station on the Toyoko line
- Open from 8:00 to 19:00, Mondays through Saturdays (extended hours available for extra fee)

Sesame International Preschool
1-5-14 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Tel: 03-5485-1197 (Office), 03-5485-1199, Fax: 03-5485-1219
Ms. Kazuko Fujii, Administrator
Email: sesame[at]
- English pre-school, all nationalities welcome, ages 1 - 6
- Japanese & English class (J&E), ages 3 - 6
- For Baby: "Mommy and Me" classes for starting English 6 - 12 months
- ESL course "Advantage" for children up to 12 years old
- Daycare program available for Age 1 - 6
- September through June school year
- Summer, Winter & Spring Camp
- 5 minutes walk from Ebisu station

Seta International Preschool
2-19-21 Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0095
Tel: 03-5717-6769, Fax: 03-5717-6769
E-mail: iga[at]
- Ages: 3 years - 6 years

Shikahama English Adventures
6-23-3 Shikahama, Adachi-ku Tokyo 123-0864
Tel: 03-3897-3828, Fax: 03-5837-2105
English Contact: Trisha Shikahama
Email: info[at]
- SEA has several English language programs.
- Preschool M-F for children age 2-6.
- After School Program (ASP) for children 3-6 that runs from 3:00-5:15 M, T, TH, F. (Ideal for after a Japanese language preschool)
- Elementary School Program (ESL) for graduates of our preschool program.

Shirogane International School[Closed]
Shirogane-en 102, 5-5-2 Shiroganedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071
Tel: 03-3442-1941, Fax: 03-3442-1942
James Bottari, Director
Email: sis[at]

Smiley Kids International School (Closed)
Nishi-funabashi (Head location):
Nishi-funabashi Building 3F, 5-2-6 Nishi-funa, Funabashi-shi, Chiba 273-0031
Tel: 047-333-6969, Fax: 047-333-6968
River Ai Building 1F, 7-12-12 Nishi-kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 134-0088
Tel/Fax: 03-5658-6181
Princess Miyoshi Building 1F, 3-8-23 Yawata, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba, 272-0021
Tel/Fax: 047-324-2442
Garden Kinshi Building 3F,b 5-21-3 Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 132-0035
Tel/Fax: 03-3610-8080
David, Director
Email: info[at]

Summerhill International School (In 2006 changed name from J.A.C. or JAC, and moved)
2-13-8 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Tel: 03-31, Fax: 03-3453-0820
Monique Keller, Director
Email: info[at]
- 16 months to 5.5 years old
- Scholarship program for native English speakers.
- Ballet classes.

Sunshine Kids Academy (Preschool) (Opened in July 2014)
Kuni Building, 1-5-5-2F Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0045
Tel: 03-6228-4412
Shazia Kitahara, Owner & Director
Email: info[at]
- Bi-lingual web site (English/Japanese)
- Accepts students from 8 months to 5.5 years old
- Scholarship program
- Piano & Ballet classes
- Open throughout the year
- Low student to teacher ratio
- Preschool, Afterschool Playgroup and Summer Camp

Sunshine International School
Shoshin Building 6-24-8-4F Nishi Kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 134-0088
Tel: 03-5979-2425, Fax: 03-5979-2426
- Ages 18 months to 6 years
- More school days throughout the year
- Monthly based tuition system
- Low student to teacher ratio

Sunshine Montessori School
Closed September 2003 -- combined into the The Montessori School of Tokyo (see listing below)

Tamagawa International Preschool / Kindergarten (changed name Sep. 2007 from Apple House International Preschool)
3-28-4 Shinmachi, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0014
Tel: 03-3439-8685
- Located near Seisen International School and St. Mary's International School.
- 5 minutes walk from Sakura-Shinmachi Station on the Denentoshi Line
- 18 months to 6 years)
- 9:00 to 14:30

The Learning Tree
3-27-30-2F Toyo, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0016
Tel: 03-5690-8690, Fax: 020-4664-9962
Email: learning[at]
- after school, summer and winter sessions also available

Tokyo American Club Pre-school (for club members only) CLOSED May 2000
2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041
Tel: 03-3224-3240 ext. 334, Fax: 03-3583-2662

Tokyo Dalton School Children's University
3-28-18 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0064
Tel: 03-3465-4301, toll-free 0120-304301, Fax: 03-3465-6581
Email: info[at]
Website: in Japanese only
- Preschool ages 2 to 5
- A Japanese preschool with an English class every day taught by a North American teacher
- Higashi Kitazawa station on the Odakyu line.
- This is not strictly an international school, but they have some students enrolled who have one or both foreign parents. This might be an alternative for families whose children are too young for Japanese Kindergarten (yochien) and who want their children to start learning Japanese.
- The preschool is part of a larger facility that teaches English to Japanese elementary, junior high and high school students in the afternoons.
- Kawaijuku Educational Institution

Tokyo International School's Preschool
No longer separate from the rest of the school. See listing below.

Tokyo Hikarigaoka International Pre-School
3-30-9 Akatsukashinmachi, Itabashi-ku,Tokyo 175-0093
Tel: 03-5968-5255, Fax: 03-5968-5256
- located on Tobu-tojo, Fukutoshin and Yurakucho train lines north of Ikebukuro

Tokyo Union Church Early Learning Center (closed a number of years ago)
5-7-7 Jingumai, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Tel/fax: 03-3400-1579
The Early Learning Center ended, but TUC does host an open gathering for parents with small children 0-3 years old on Friday mornings. More information can be found here:

Twinkle Star International Preschool & Learning Center
3F, 1-19-4 Nerima, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
Tel/fax: 03-3994-1947
Email: twinkle[at]
- School year runs from September to July. Summer program starts in July.
- Preschool program is for 2-4 years old (full day program).
- There is also a program for 4-7 years old (afternoon program).
- Accepts children of all nationalities.
- English is the primary medium of instruction. Teacher is a native English speaker. Assistant teachers are also fluent in English.

Unida International School (2 locations: Ebisu and Hiroo)
3-25-2 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013
Tel: 03-3443-6850, Fax: 03-3443-7867
3-9-16 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Tel: 03-5466-1170, Fax: 03-5466-1167
Email: info[at]
- Preschool/kindergarten ages 2-6
- Bilingual program
- Creative arts, international events
- Community awareness activities
- located between Yamanote JR Ebisu station and Hibiya subway Hiroo station

Victoria International School
SK Building 5F, 2-16-4 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Tel/fax: 03-5979-5721
Dane Gillettt, head of curriculum
Email: info[at]
- 1 to 5 years old
- after school program for Japanese kindergarten and elementary students
- babies and mother class (0 years old, 40 minutes a week)

West Tokyo Preschool
2-5-5 Tama-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-0002
Tel/fax: 0423-63-8419
Stephanie Kadowaki, Administrator and Assistant Teacher (speaks Japanese)
Email: westtokyopreschool[at]
- Preschool ages 3, 4 and 5
- enrollment 27
- morning program 9 to 13:00 for everyone
- 4 and 5 year olds stay until 15:00 during which time a more Advanced Academic Program takes place
- preparatory for ASIJ and other English schools, so all instruction is in English
- high parent involvement

Willowbrook International School (new location January 2006)
2-14-28 Moto-azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Tel/fax: 03-5474-8334
Director/Owner: Ikuyo Maeda
Email: wis[at]
- Ages 18 months - 6 yrs, 8:15-17:00
- Multicultural staff and student body
- Emphasis on interpersonal communications
- New dual-language immersion program begun September 2002 (50% of class time taught in English and 50% taught in Japanese)
- After school "Sky class" from 14:00 to 17:00 with openings for non-Willowbrook students

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Tokyo: Schools with Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary
and, in some cases, High School Programs - English

American School in Japan (K-12: Chofu campus)
1-1-1 Nomizu, Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-0031
Tel: 0422-34-5300, ext. 721, or 0422-34-5310, Fax: 0422-34-5308
Mr. Timothy Carr, Headmaster; Ms. Laura Lyons, Director of Admissions
American School in Japan Early Learning Center (Preschool-Kindergarten: Roppongi campus)
6-16-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel: 03-5771-4344, Fax: 03-5771-4341
Ms. Judy Beneventi, ELC Director
Email: enroll[at], info[at]
- Coeducational preschool through grade 12 split between two locations
- Extensive Japanese language and culture program
- Progressive athletic and fine arts programs
- Science and technology curriculum
- College preparatory, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- 1500 students
- 23 buses make 140 stops throughout Tokyo

Aoba-Japan International School - Hikarigaoka Campus (moved from Suginamiku in 2012)
7-5-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 179-0072
Tel: 03-6904-3127, Fax: 03-5997-0091
Founding director: Ms. Regina M. Doi
Email: hikarigaoka.admissions[at]
Royce Jacobs / Headmaster
- Kindergarten to grade 12 (starting age 3)
- Coeducational, multicultural
- Complete English curriculum; integrated Japanese language program
- enrollment 320
- Hikarigaoka Station, Oedo Line
- Founded 1980 as the Japan International School (JIS), now combined with Aoba-Japan school in Meguro.

Axis Kichijoji International
Kichijoji Nanai Building, 1-35-14 Kichijoji Hon-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo, 180-0004
Tel/fax: 04-2220-3626
Headmaster: Daniel Mahr
Email: admissions[at]
- ages 3 through grade 12
- Start any time.
- Small classes.
- Bible study is included but religious affiliation is not compulsory.
- Everyone speaks English.
- All nationalities welcome provided English ability is proven.
- Christian principles practiced.

British School in Tokyo
1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Tel: 03-5467-4321, Fax: 03-5467-4322
Mr. Peter Derby-Crook, Headmaster
Email: admin[at]
- Preschool to Year 8 (3 to 13 years of age)
- 400 students, coeducational

Canadian International School
5-8-20 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0001
Tel: 03-5793-1392, Fax: 03-5793-3559
Thomas R. Lock, Principal
Email: study[at]
- Grades 7-11 since 2000 with plan to expand to grade 12.
- Kindergarten to grade 4 added as of April 2003. Grades 5-6 will be added September 2004.
- Closest train station: Osaki on the YR Yamanote line
- enrollment 50
- accredited by the Department of Education of Province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) in Canada
- the sister campus in Osaka has been dismantled since 2003

Christian Academy in Japan
1-2-14 Shinkawa-cho, Higashi Kurume City, Tokyo 203-0013
Tel: 0424-71-0022
Fax: 0424-76-2200 (in Japan), 530-466-2208 (in North America)
Mr. John Nelson, Headmaster
Email: infodesk[at]
- Kindergarten to grade 12
- Coeducational, over 400 students
- Higashi Kurume station on the Seibu Ikebukuro line

Columbia International School
153 Matsugo, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0027
- Multiage classes up to grade 9
- Grades 9-12 on credit System
- not technically in Tokyo but within commuting distance

Everest International School (Opened April 2013)
Nursery to grade 3: 3-34-16 Asagaya Minami, Ikegawa Building, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0004 (Asagaya station)
Grade 4 - grade 6: 1-1-17 Momoi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0034 (Ogikubo station)
Tel/Fax: 03-5335-7379
Principal: Mr. Pradip Thapa
- nursery to 7th grade
- Standard Nepalese curriculum plus English and Japanese
- classes are taught in English, Nepalese and Japanese
- Grape-Seed Curriculum used for English learning

India International School In Japan (IISJ) (Opened 2004)
1-20-20 Ojima, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0072 (Tokyo Campus)
3-23 Kirigaoka, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Yokohama campus April 2009)
Tel: 03-5875-5435, Fax: 03-5875-5436(Tokyo)
Tel: 03-5875-5435, Fax: 045-444-9265 (Yokohama)
Ms. Nirmal Jain, Director, mobile: 080-3505-2247
Email: iisjtokyo[at]
Website new:
- 2.5 years old through grade 12
- Tokyo: Nishi-Ojima station, Yokohama: JR Tokaichiba + bus
- curriculum in English is based on that of India's CBSE guidelines
- authorized IB World School

International School of the Sacred Heart
4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Tel: 03-3400-3951, Fax: 03-3400-3496
Sr. Masako Egawa, Headmistress
Email: info[at]
- kindergarten to grade 12, ages 3-18
- Catholic education
- kindergarten is coeducational, grades 1 through 12 is girls only
- teachers come from 13 different countries

Jingumae International Exchange School Opened in 2007.
4-20-12 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Tel: 03-5413-6090, Fax: 03-5413-2020
Mr. Kenan Ulu, Principal
Email: shibuya[at]
- Ages 3 - 11 (end of elementary school)
- located in and coordinating together with a Japanese Public Elementary school
- application as an IB World School underway

K. International School (since 1979)
1-5-15 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0021
Tel: 03-3642-9993 (English), 03-3642-9992 (Japanese)
Fax: 03-3642-9994
Anne Grahame, Vice-Principal
Mrs. Sasha Marshall, Principal
Email: info[at]
- Coeducational
- Kindergarten through 12th grade
- Emphasis on creativity, leadership and communication skills
- 350 students from 30 countries
- 6 bus routes and after school clubs with late buses

Keimei Gakuen Elementary, Junior and Senior High School
5-11-15 Haijina-cho, Akishima-shi, Tokyo 196-0002
Tel: 042-541-1003
Fax: 042-542-5881
Email: kubo[at]
Mr. Kazutomo Oyama, Director of the International Education Center
- Christian, coeducational, kindergarten (age 3) through high school
- over sixty years experience in educating returning students from abroad.
- School year: Trimester System, April - b, no application deadline.
- Student Faculty Ratio = 15 : 1
- Total Enrollment: 1,100 students
- Student Population: 45% of the Junior & Senior High School are "Returnees" or foreign students; "Returnees" represent 50 different countries; Foreign nationality students represent 20 countries.
- College preparation: Emphasis on Social Sciences, Natural Science, Humanities and Languages
- sanctioned by the Japan Ministry of Education to provide individually based education to Japanese students who have studied abroad
- Over 90% of Keimei graduates have gone on to attend universities or colleges such as Tokyo U., Keio U., International Christian U., Sophia U., Chuo U., Brown U., Amherst, McGill U., and many other fine universities and Colleges.
- the International Division offers students individualized instruction by native speakers in Japanese (JSL 1-3), as well as advanced courses in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Hangul. Included is a special Japanese language and culture program for foreign exchange students.
- opportunities for learning English in the evenings for both children and adults are also provided

Independent comment from an educator working in Tokyo for over 20 years:
Keimei Gakuen [has an] outstanding Japanese program in high school for Japanese students who are behind in their native language, usually by virtue of having lived abroad for a number of years or having spent too much time in an international school.

KAIS International School (formerly Kikokushijo Academy International School) [Opened September 2006]
2-7-16 Kami-Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021
Tel: 03-5421-0127, Fax: 03-5421-0127
Jonathan Yaffe, Principal
Charles Knudsen, Headmaster
Email: info[at]
- KAIS now stands for Knowledge, Academia, Inspiration, Spirit, which are the foundation of our educational philosophy.
- Provides an intensive, creative, and personalized education to international students and "returnees" aiming for top international universities.
- Coeducational, accepting students from Grade 5 up to Grade 12
- Small, creative, and very personalized; grants American high school diplomas
- Maximum class size of 10 students allows experienced KAIS teachers to work with students' individual learning styles.
- Laurel Springs High School and Stanford University affiliation

(This dedicated team also operates "the after school International school":
Kikokushijo Academy: After school Juku for English only [Opened September 2004]
Pastel 202, 2-25-5 Ohara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0041
Tel/Fax: 03-3324-9903

New International School (NewIS) [Opened in September 2001]
3-18-32 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022
Tel: 03-3980-1057, Fax: 03-3980-1154
Steve Parr, Director (English or Japanese)
E-mail: info[at]
- coeducational Pre-K (2 years 8 months old) through Grade 12
- 140 students
- this school will exist to serve the children, multi-age classes
- English immersion. Mandatory daily Japanese instruction. Chinese optional.
- the first school year opened September 2001 with full enrollment of 80 students
- 4 minute walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station on the Yurakucho subway line or the Arakawa tramline.
Note from Mr. Parr: "This is a progressive school intended to help fill an enormous need for educational opportunities for long term international residents in Japan and other parents who wish their children to master Japanese as well as English. The multiage system, too, is in great contrast to the fixed age-grade system prevalent at most of the schools in Japan."

Nishimachi International School
2-14-7 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Tel: 03-3451-5520, Fax: 03-3456-0197
Terence Christian, Headmaster; Kiki Jiang-Yamaguchi, Admissions Officer
Email: info[at], admissions[at]
- Coeducational classes, kindergarten to grade 9
- International curriculum in English; daily Japanese language for all students
- Accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- K through 9, enrollment: 360

Santa Maria International School
2-2-4 Minami Tanaka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 177-0035
Tel: 03-3904-0517
Fax: 03-3904-0552
Sister Mary Ann Nomura, Principal
Email: smaria[at]
- Coeducational Catholic school offering an education to students of all nationalities
- Preparing for final closure, no longer accepting students in the lower grades
- Ages 6-12: grades 1-6
- between Iogi Station, Shimoigusa Station, and Fujimidai Station

St. Mary's International School
1-6-19 Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-8668
Tel: 03-3709-3411, Fax: 03-3707-1950
Br. Michel Jutras, Headmaster
Email: jutras[at]
- Kindergarten to grade 12
- 930 students
- Boys only, all nationalities welcome
- 5 year olds can enter what they call "RP" (readiness program)
- Futakotamagawa station on Tokyu Shin-tamagawa line or Kaminogei station on Tokyu Oimachi line

SDA Learning Center CLOSED April 2005
3-17-3 Amanuma, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0032
Tel/fax: 03-3392-0419
Email: ogisda[at]
Daniel Mahr, Assistant Director
- American curriculum in English, Seventh Day Adventist developed and accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education
- Start curriculum any time, no fixed start date
- multiage classes
- homeschooling program available
- includes bible study, but religious affiliation is not required
- 7 minutes walk from Okikubo station on the Chuo and Marunouchi lines

Seisen International School (not related to St. Mary's though they share many activities)
1-12-15 Yoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0097
Tel: 03-3704-2661, Fax: 03-3701-1033
Ms. Virginia Villegas, School Head
Email: sisinfo[at]
- Preschool to grade 12
- Girls only except for coeducational Montessori kindergarten
- enrollment 680
- International Baccalaureate in High School
- Accredited by ECIS and New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the European Council of International Schools
- "Hiring of Staff: only through recruiting fairs. Current teachers: mainly US and UK but others as well. Requirements: Education degree, at least 2 years experience"

The Montessori School of Tokyo (opened September 2003)
3-5-13 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Tel: 03-5449-7067, Fax: 03-5449-0087
Mr. Pete Juds, Principal
email: mst[at]
- Formerly the Sunshine and Little People Montessori Schools
- 18 months to 12 years old
- The first Montessori elementary school in Japan
- Middle School education also available
- Mission statement: "Stimulating curiosity while developing independence in thought and action."
- School Ideals "Confidence, Respect, Compassion"
- It's not about teachers teaching. It's about children learning.

Tokyo Children's Academy (opened 2009) Also known as the Tokyo Gifted Academy.
Yoda Building 2~5 floors, 3-15-13 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0014
Tel: 03-5765-6697 Fax: 03-5765-6698
email: admin[at]
- multiage classrooms from ages 3-14

Tokyo International School (TIS) Opened in 1997.
3-4-22 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Tel: 03-5484-1160, Fax: 03-5484-1139
Mr. Darren Laverick, Principal
Email: tis[at]
- Preschool through Middle School
- Co-educational, over 350 children from over 40 countries and staff from 12 countries
- 16:1 regular classroom student/teacher ratio
- Accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges & Council of International Schools
- Authorized IBO Primary Years Programme & Middle Years Programme (inquiry-based integrated international curriculum)
- IT Apple Wireless School with a computer lab in each grade in the elementary school and each student receiving a laptop in the middle school
- Extensive facilities and after-school programs
- Ten school bus routes running throughout Tokyo
- School founded by parents

Tokyo YMCA International School
2-2-20 Toyo, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0016
Tel: 03-3615-5632, Fax: 03-5635-1023
Email: tyis[at]
Marsha Nishiwaki, Administration
- Kindergarten/elementary ages 4 to about 13
- coeducational, 120 enrolled, curriculum in English, Japanese class once a week
- school year runs from last week of August to June
- summer school and summer camps are open to everyone (not just to regular enrollment)
- Tozai subway line, Toyocho station, 5 minute walk
- annual fall and winter camps (2 nights/3 days) every year

Waseda International School [Opened March 2012]
Chiyoda Dai-Ni Bldg, 1-14-8 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-6385-2818, Fax: 03-6318-2633
Email: admission[at] and, general: info[at]
- Kindergarten/elementary ages 4 to about 13
- private school level American curriculum
- strong Japanese program
- extensive Afterschool and Saturday School programs

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Tutoring and Special Education for Children with Learning Differences

Harvey and MacLaurin's School
3-19-20-102 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3473-6896
Mrs. Toku Nagashima
Email: meg9maclaurin[at]
- a small school specialized in students ages 3-20 with needs not met by other schools and/or disabilities
- international enrollment is about 15-20 including 3 or so home-schooled, total enrollment includes Japanese students as well as international students in languages other then English
- can assist in applying for Japanese government aid (financial or/and educational depending) available to children and adults with certain types of disabilities such as seeing and hearing handicaps
- will help find and apply for participation in special schools provided by the government for certain types of handicaps such as Down's syndrome, autism, blindness and so on.
- initial counseling available for free, don't hesitate to call or make time for a conference
"Japanese facilities have many very conscientious staff members who are pleased to work with non-Japanese and who speak languages other than Japanese. I will do what I can to help a child's parents find these opportunities."

International School Support Services
[25 Feb 2002 from Allan Tsuda, Director of ISS:] The distance learning program of the International School Support Services is now known as International Secondary School (ISS). International School Support Services (ISSS) is no longer in operation.
- Tutoring service with over 30 teachers for all ages
- English intensive programs
- Psycho-educational evaluations
- Junior and high school correspondence courses
- services include bilingual psychological testing

International Secondary School (ISS)
3-18-16 Megurohoncho, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0002
Tel: 03-6894-0055, Fax: 03-6894-0056
Joint Heads of School: Richard Tighe and Kent MacLeod
Email: iss[at]
- small classes and personal attention for middle and high school students from a variety of backgrounds, including students with special needs: "Special Needs Services provide for the education needs of individuals with exceptional needs. Support offered by the school is designed to accommodate the learning styles and abilities of students who have Individual Education Programs."
- accreditation is achieved through distance learning courses
- since 2000, currently (2018) 40 students
- for a more complete description read this article in The Japan Times
- Name change scheduled for August 2018: Tokyo International Progressive School

Kaplan Yotsuya-Kojimachi Center
8-2 Niban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0084
Tel: 03-3238-0171, Fax: 03-3238-0173
Email: kap-info[at]
Website (in English):
- SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc. test preparation supplementary learning
- preparation for American High School as well as college and graduate school, and also Medical School (USMLE, NCLEX)

Maximizing Potential in Japan (MPIJ) - Opened December 2008
Ai IS Building: 5-4-4-4F Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 152-0035
Tel: 090-9349-2058, Fax: 03-3224-0916
Bill Ward, Principal
Email: bward[at]
- Focus on Special Education and/or students with learning differences from age 5 to 14.

Musashino Higashi Gakuen [not an "international school"]
3-25-3 Nishikubo, Musashino-city, Tokyo 180-0013
Phone: 0422-54-8611
Fax: 0422-51-0267
Email: kenkyujo[at] (Michiko Okubo of their research institute also taught at the Boston school and is fluent in English.)
Website (in English):
- kindergarten through high school
- private school which, from its beginnings, has included children with autism in classes with more typically developing peers to the fullest extent possible, for the benefit of both
- the Tokyo campus, the first, is one of several throughout the world (see also "Boston Higashi School":
- the language of instruction in Tokyo is Japanese

Tokyo International Learning Community
2-51-7 Tama-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo, 183-0002
Tel: 042-401-0585, Fax: 042-401-0588
Dennis McKibben, School Head
Email: tilc[at]
- A school for children with special needs
- Offers home visits

Yamato International School
5-15-15 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073 (old)
2-1-18 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047 (new)
Tel: 03-5488-7888, Fax: 03-3446-1286
Email: info[at]
- preschool through grade 8, English curriculum
- after school activities optional from 15:00 - 18:30
- fully inclusive school encouraging the enrollment of kids of all abilities
- certified teachers trained to work with children with autism, cerebral palsy and other special needs
- Hug Club for newborns up to two years old
- Sister school is Murasaki Primary School has a 50/50 dual language English/Japanese program. The lesson plans adhere to the Japanese "Mombusho" requirements.
- school buses routes from Bunkyo-ku, Yokohama, and Setagaya/DenEnChofu

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Yokohama, Kawasaki and Kanagawa - English

Hand in Hand International School [Opened early 2011]
2-99-1F Motomachi Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0861
Tel: 045-228-8090, Fax: 045-228-8091
Directress/Owner: Kristina Jin
Email: info[at]
- ages 1.5 - 6
- after school programs
- all staff speak English (combination of native English speakers and bi-lingual staff)
- full-day / year round scheduling to fit the needs of working families
- tuition is payable by the month instead of an entire year in advance

Hitokoe Yokohama Intnernational School (HYIS) - OPENED April 2011
112-6 Kashiwa-cho, Asahi-ku, Yokohama 241-0835
Tel: 045-363-3356, Fax: 045-489-3130
Patricia Aldana, Directress
E-mail: contact[at]
- fulltime for 2-6 year olds
- after school English school for first grade up through high school
- strong early childhood program
- 5 minute walk from the west exit of Minami Makigahara Station

Horizon Japan International School (HJIS) - OPENED April 2003
1-38-27 Higashi Terao, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-0077
Tel: 045-584-1945, Fax: 045-584-1946, Free-dial: 0120-466-695
Mustafa Kara, Principal
E-mail: hjis[at]
- Accredited by Kanagawa Prefectural Government (Kakushu Gakko Hojin)
- Member of ECIS and CIS
- Kindergarten through High School (2.5 - 17yrs coed)
- Cambridge International Curriculum (in English) with intensive Japanese language instruction
- IGCSE, A/AS Level GCSE and IB Diploma choices
- Third language instruction optional for students to maintain a mother tongue other than English or Japanese
- enrollment 152

Little Treehouse International School - (OPENED Dec. 2020)
5-37 Edakita, Aoba-ku, Yokohama 225-0015
Tel: 070-4391-5635
Geraldine Constant, Director
Email: contactlittletreehouse[at]
- Open 8am (early bird). Close 18:00 (extended care)
- Access: between Ichigao and Eda stations
- All nationalities welcome
- Inspired by the Reggio-Emilia Approach
- From 18 months to 6 years old
- After school programs in English and Spanish
- All staff speak English
- Full day year round scheduling to fit the needs of working families

St. Joseph International School - CLOSED June 2000
85 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0862
Tel: 045-641-0065 Fax: 045-641-6572
- officially closed 31 March 2001 (notice printed in the Daily Yomiuri English newspaper 14 March 2001)
- for transcripts, etc. contact
Gyosei Gakuen Jimukyoku
1-2-5 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0071
Tel: 03-3262-3291
Fax: 03-3222-0269

Saint Maur International School Established in 1872.
Jeanette K. Thomas, Head of School
83 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-8654
Tel: 045-641-5751
Fax: 045-641-6688
Sr. Carmel O'Keeffe, Board chairperson
Email: office[at]
- Montessori kindergarten 2.5 to 5+; elementary, middle and high school
- UK/US/international curriculum
- Accreditation: US (WASC), European (ECIS), Council of International Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Registered as Gakko-Hojin by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
- 500+ students, coeducational

Santa Maria International School [CLOSED]
41 Karasawa, Minami-ku, Yokohama
- Elementary school
- Closed (9 March 2000 - verified by Suzuki-san at Nerima-ku campus)

Smile International Preschool
3011-7 Nogawa, Miyamai-ku, Kawasaki-shi 216-0001
Tel/fax: 044-777-5542
Owner: Suzumi Harue
- English native language teachers (3)
- full day or half day program, flexible programming
- all nationalities welcome
- access: between Miyazakidai and Saginuma stations plus bus (new station to open next year on line coming from Yokohama that will be 20 minutes walk to the school)

tinyHappy Garden OPENED July 2014
Katsuradai 1-2-26, Aobaku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken 227-0034
Tel: 045-878-6271
Founder/Director: Sybrina Ignatieva-Wada
Email: contacttinyhappy[at]
- 0 years~6 years old
- An English-immersion preschool & kindergarten
- Inspired by the Reggio-Emilia Approach & Montessori Method
- nearest train Aobadai station on Den-en-toshi line (15 minutes walk), from Bus Stop 3 minutes
- free entry Mum's Tea on Wednesdays and Thursdays 15:30 - 17:30

Whitehorse Montessori School
19-7 Mihanayama, Tsuduki-ku, Yokohama 224-0066
Tel/fax: 045-944-1009
Email: info[at]
- Whitehorse Montessori School welcomes children from 2.5 to 6 yrs old of all nationalities.
- We only hire qualified Montessori teachers.
- All instruction is in English, but we speak French and Japanese as well if needed.

Yokohama International Christian Academy (YICA)
Chuo YMCA Bldg. 5F 1-7 Tokiwacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama Japan 231-8458
Tel: 045-226-2071, Fax: 045-226-2072
Early Childhood Education / After School
HS Oebashi Building, 6-90 Onoecho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan 232-0015
Email: info[at], after_school[at]
- Bible-based K-12 education
- Diagnostic testing places child at level of academic ability
- located in the Chuo YMCA Building, across from Yokohama Stadium, only a 2-minute walk from both JR Kannai Station on the Keihin /Negishi Lines and Kannai Subway Station

Yokohama International School (YIS)
258 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0862
Tel: 045-622-0084, Fax: 045-621-0379
Mr. Neil Richards, Headmaster; Susan Chen, Admistrative Officer
Email: yis[at]
- Coeducational, preschool to grade 12, enrollment 680
- exams: International Baccalaureate (IB), International General Certificate of Secondary Education
- Advanced Placement
- easiest access is with bus number 20 which stops right in front of the school. It can be boarded at Yamate station JR Keihin Tohoku line (also called the Negishi line) and also at Sakuragicho Station (Toyoko line also intersects at this station). Bus 11 from Sakuragicho station also stops in front of the school. One can also walk up the hill from Ishikawacho station (also on the JR Keihin Tohoku line).

Yokohama Union Church International Preschool
66 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0862
Tel: 045-651-5177
Rev. Linda Schmidt, Director
Email: preschool[at]
- 2, 3, 5 day programs and afternoon classes available
- low staff/child ratio
- 2-5 year olds
- a Christian based program

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Tokyo: Non-English International Schools

Au Pays Des Sakuras: Atelier maternel francophone
Tel: 080 5414-1518
- 2 and 3 years old. All nationalities are welcome.
- Class held in French.
- Emphasis on language, motor skills and community awareness activities.
- 15 minutes from the French school in Iidabashi.

Tokyo Indonesian School
4-6-6 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0063
Mr. Yukon Putra, Principal
Tel: 03-3711-8842, Fax: 03-3719-1786
- ages 4 to 18, kindergarten through high school - Indonesian curriculum taught in the Indonesian language.
- enrollment 72, founded in 1962
- extra-curricular activities such as playing gamelan, traditional music, Pencaksilat (a traditional Indonesian sport) and traditional dancing are open to children not enrolled in the regular curriculum on a case by case basis
- Teachers are Japanese, Native English and Native Indonesian speakers
- Meguro station on the Yamanote line

L'Ecole Internationale Franco-Japonaise De Tokyo (EIFJ) OPENED March 2019
(Tokyo's French-Japanese International School)
Original Name: L'Ecole du Juste Milieu, creche et maternelle francaise internationale de Tokyo (Tokyo's French International Nursery & Preschool)
4-2-19 Nishigahara Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0024
Mr. Fabien Levet, Founder and Principal
Tel: 03-5944-5929
Email: info[at]
(in French, English and Japanese)
- ages 3-6 French-English & French-Japanese bilingual preschool & kindergarten classes;
- ages 2-6 Only English class
- ages 0-2 trilingual English-French-Japanese nursery
- ages 1-18 after-school activities and adults' language courses;
- holiday school, free exchange and co-working space for parents, entrepreneurs & mentors on the rooftop

Lycee Francais International de Tokyo (was Lycee Franco-Japonais de Tokyo)
NEW CAMPUS from May 2012 (the Fujimi campus and Ryohoku campus no longer exist):
5-57-37 Takinogawa, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0023
Tel: 03-6823-6580, Bureau de la vie scolaire: 03-6823-6587
Email: contact[at]
- Mita subway line Shinitabashi station and Tobu Tojo line Itabashi station
- enrollment about 750

Polish Szkota Sobotnia - Saturday School at the Polish Embassy
Embassy of the Republic of Poland, 2-13-5 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0062
Tel: 03-5794-7022 (9:00-17:00)
Email: malgorzata.wasylczyszyn[at]

Tokyo Chinese School
14 Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0076
Tel: 03-3261-4992 (teacher's office), 3261-5894 (main office)
Fax: 03-3261-1981
- grades 1 to 12

Tokyo Korean School
2-1 Wakamatsucho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0056
Tel: 03-3357-2233
Fax: 03-3357-2236
- grades 1-12, about 600 students
- has an English immersion program since about 2003

Yokohama: Non-English International Schools

Deutsche Schule Tokyo Yokohama
2-4-1 Chigasaki Minami, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama 224-0037
Tel: 045-941-4841/2, Fax: 045-941-4481
Email: dsty[at]
- Kindergarten (ages 3-6 for German speaking children only) through high school, coeducational
- education in German
- Specials acitivities, e.g. swimming class, are held for the kindergarten children during the year before they enter school.

Ecole Française de Saint Maur EYokohama
Jeanette K. Thomas, Proviseur
83 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-8654
Tel: 045-641-5751, Fax: 045-641-6688
Soeur Carmel O'Keeffe, Directrice de la fondation
Email: office[at]
- Classes Eeffectifs réduits et pédagogie differenciée pour une scolarisation de la maternelle au CM2
- Programmes de l'Education nationale française
- Professeurs des écoles qualifiés et expérimentés
- Maternelle en anglais selon la méthode Montessori, avec séance quotidienne de langage en français
- Elémentaire en français avec certaines disciplines et activités en anglais
- Un cadre familial et attentif au service d'une éducation de qualitE
- Dans le même esprit de qualitEet de rigueur qu'elle exerce pour l'enseignement international depuis maintenant 135 ans, l'Ecole garantit le recrutement de professeurs qualifiés pour assurer les cours et met Edisposition ses ressources et ses infrastructures (auditorium, bibliothèque, laboratoire de sciences, installations sportives en salle et en extérieur, etc.).

Tsurumi Korean Kindergarten and Elementary School
10, Ono-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230
Tel: 045-501-4269

Yokohama Korean Kindergarten and Elementary School
21, Sawawatari, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221
Tel: 045-311-4966

Kanagawa Korean Junior and Senior High School
21, Sawawatari, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221
Tel: 045-311-0689

Yokohama Yamate Chinese School (kindergarten, elementary and junior high school)
43-2, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231
Tel: 045-641-0393

Yokohama Overseas Chinese School
142 Banchi, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0023
Tel: 045-681-3608, Fax: 045-671-1070
- kindergarten, elementary school, junior and senior high school

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Tsukuba - University town northeast of Tokyo

Liberty International School - founded 1998
342-16 Shimo-Hiratsuka, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-0813
Tel/fax: 029-855-0177
Mrs. Kinoshita, Director
Email: info[at]
- pre-school through junior high, all English curriculum
- largest number of non-Japanese kids enrolled among Tsukuba options
- some kids are commuting from Chiba and Tokyo prefectures since TX opened
- very international environment, 80 full time enrollees, another 120 after school program enrollees

Nursery School - founded 2003
1047-1 Onigakubo Shimoyama, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 300-2651
Tel: 029-848-0708
Email: info[at]
- falls in category of "daycares that teach English conversation"
- car necessary for access, very far from any train or bus.
- long term plan is to develop a school going all the way through high school

Tsukuba International Preschool
Kamigo 7846-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 300-2645
Tel/fax: 029-886-5447
- ages 3, 4, and 5
- see Tsukuba International School below for more details

Tsukuba International School - founded 1992
Kamigo 7846-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 300-2645
Tel/fax: 029-886-5447
Shaney Crawford, Principal (Tim Boyle left in 2006)
Email: email[at] (school inquiries)
- elementary school (grades 1-6), all English curriculum, co-educational
- middle school (grades 7, 8 & 9) opened from September 2010
- November 2011: now an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP:
- this is the original Tsukuba international school designed to meet the needs of the kids of expat researchers and is a sort of cooperative
- because of the relatively short durations of research assignments, turnover has been high
- morning and afternoon shuttle from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station (TX), and plans to start shuttle from Tsukuba Station

Meikei Junior and Senior High Schools
Website: (only in Japanese)
- This school is a private Japanese school, however, it is
- Known for accepting returnees (kikokishijo) and foreigners
- Selective and no guarantee that siblings from the same family will all be allowed to attend

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Tokyo: College and University

International Christian University
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8585
Tel: 0422-33-3038
Fax: 0422-33-3635
Email: cabe[at]
- Japanese and English are the common languages in use at ICU, in both casual and formal situations and also the languages of instruction. Degree-seeking students undergo intensive study in the language they are lacking, so that they will be able to take courses and do assignments in both languages.
- College students from abroad interested in studying for a year in Japan may enroll as one-year-regular students, taking a variety of courses taught in English as well as Japanese language courses.
- Chuo JR line: Mitaka station, exit south side & take bus #51 for ICU, or, Musashi-sakai station, exit south side & take bus #93 or taxi for ICU. Buses also run from Chofu station on the Keio Line.

Keio University International Division
2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345
Tel: 03-3453-4511

Lakeland College Japan
6-27-45 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
Tel: 03-5285-5571, Fax: 03-5285-5570, Toll-free: 0120-30-5571
Andrew Conning, Academic Coordinator
Email: admin2f[at]
-all English curriculum including English only texts and library resources
-currently offering only the 2-year college program
-a branch campus of main Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
-300 enrolled
-accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges (USA)

McGill University (on the Yotsuya Campus of Sophia University)
Room 327, Building 11, Sophia University, 7-1 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
Tel/Fax: 03-5215-1383
Email: mcgill[at]
Program Director: Scott Maltby
- offers an Executive MBA called the MBA Japan Program

SHOBI Tokyo Music & Media Arts (Founded 1926)
4-15-9 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033
tel: 03-3813-9326
Email: iec[at]
- SHOBI Music College, Tokyo, is one of the premier institutions for the study of music and entertainment in Japan.
- state-of-the-art facilities
- courses include music, performing arts, sound and visual production, Internet music, and music business
- located in the center of Tokyo near Tokyo Dome
- curriculum is in Japanese, but foreign student enrollment is encouraged
- SHOBI net TV produced by SHOBI students:

Sophia University International College (Ichigaya Campus)
4 Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0081
Tel: 03-3238-3179; 03-3238-4000

Temple University
Minami Azabu 2-8-12, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Tel: 03-5441-9800 Toll-free: 0120-86-1026
Temple University Japan is located in Tokyo. Originally founded to offer an American university education to Japanese students, Temple University Japan offers instruction to American students as well, and is the largest American university in Japan. Courses in Japanese language and Asian Studies are conducted in English by Temple faculty from Philadelphia, visiting professors from other universities, and Japanese faculty.

Waseda University International Division
1-6-1 Nishi Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050
Tel: 03-3207-1454, Center for International Education
Fax: 03-3202-8638
Email: cie[at] (International Programs)
-College level students coming from overseas universities can enter a one year program. Some Japanese ability is required.
-Graduate School of Asian-Pacific Studies. (A combination of business and politics Masters Degree - two years - can be completed in Japanese or English.)
-A graduate degree in English or Japanese for Information Technology is being developed now (opening date April 2000).

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Other Parts of Japan (organized from North to South):


Hokkaido International School
1-55, 5 jo 19 chome, Hiragishi, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo 062-0935
Tel: 011-816-5000 Fax: 011-816-2500
Mr. Rick Branson, Headmaster
Email: his[at]
- Preschool - 12
- 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. HIS is registered by the Japanese Ministry of Education under gakko hojin status.
- enrollment 200
- boarding facilities available for boys and girls from 7th through 12th grades.

Chefoo School of Japan [CLOSED in July 1998]
529 Aza Hon Cho, Nanae Machi, Kameda Gun, Hokkaido 041-11
Tel/fax: (0138) 65-2586
- Closed in July 1998 (confirm date: 1 March 2000, Ruth Page from Overseas Missionary Fellowship, fd-pa[at] )

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Tohoku International School
7-101-1 Yakata, Izumi-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 981-3214
Tel: 022-348-2468 Fax: 022-348-2467
James Steward, Headmaster, Mr. Matt Farwell, Vice Principal
Email: office [at]
- K4 thru 12 on two campuses, ages 4-18, independent international school, coeducational
- About 100 students from 20 countries
- International curriculum (based on US standards), taught in English
- Member of East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools, Japan Council of International Schools, Japan Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Pacific Basin Consortium, The Principals' Training Center
- Accredited by the Japanese Government (Kakushu Gakko Hojin) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (Initial visit 1997)
- Holidays: Summer, 9 weeks; Christmas, 3 weeks; spring, 1 week; and Japanese national holidays; school year runs mid August to mid-June
- founded: 1950's as Sendai American School, name changed to Tohoku International School in 1997
- Sponsored by Nanko Educational Corporation

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International University of Japan
777 Anaji Shinden, Yamato-machi, Minami Uonuma-gun, Niigata 949-7277
Tel: 0257-79-1439

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The World International Preschool [Opened in January 2013]
1-2-2 Minami-Matsumoto, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken 390-0832
Tel: 0263-87-5971, mobile: 080-4664-9426
- from age 2 up to, but not including, 1st grade
- from 7:30 to 19:00 Monday - Friday: full-day & half-day program options
- after school Japanese program
- early drop-off & late pick-up nursery care options

Karuizawa Christian Academy CLOSED
1001 Karuizawa-machi, Nagano-Ken 389-01
Tel/fax: 0267-42-4605
NO LONGER OPERATING (confirm date: 21 Feb 2000, Cynthia Snyder from TEAM)

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International Kindergarten
4-10-25 Iwai, Gifu-shi, Gifu-ken, 501-3101
Tel: 058-241-1000, Fax: 058-244-1006
Email: info[at]
Email (English): "Mitch Hughes" mitch[at]
- Gifu Sunnyside International Kindergarten is part of Watanabe Gakuin
- The Sunnyside International program was started at Nagara 2nd Kindergarten, Gifu City in 2001.
- Officially registered Japanese kindergarten meeting the guidelines set by Japan's Ministry of Education (MEXT) as a private kindergarten (shiritsu youchien).
- Ages 3-6 have a Monday through Friday curriculum. Two year olds are accepted into a once weekly class.
- Classes are team-taught by a Japanese teacher and a foreign native English teacher, about 50% of class time in each language.
- School bus transportation available (not mandatory).
- Large playground and grass area, swimming pool and a range of extra curricular classes such as soccer, English (in addition to daily immersion) and piano.

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Gyosei International School (officially: Gyosei Kokusai Gakuen & sometimes also known as St. Johanne's School)
1083 Yana, Kisarazu City, Chiba 292-8565
Tel: Primary School: 0438-52-3851, Junior and Senior High School: 0438-52-3291
Johanne Kenkyu no Mori: 0438-52-3296 (the experimental school)
- this is essentially a Japanese Catholic private school with an English immersion component
- primary through 12th grade
- French language available within the English component
- boarding school for junior and senior high students (80% of the students from 9th-12th grades are boarders)
- Applications for junior and senior high are accepted between Dec. 11-23, 2009
- the entrance exam for junior and senior high applications is on about Jan. 7, 2010
- fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
- The school has two sections. One has a curriculum teaching predominantly in English plus Japanese language and social studies requirements and the other section focuses on Japanese instruction (the MEXT curriculum). They prepare students for local entrance examinations as well as the SATs (USA).

Kidschool International Learning Center (Opened November 1, 2006)
344-1-2F Shimonagayoshi, Mobara-shi, Chiba 297-0035
Tel: 0475-26-6131
Anne Bergasse, Director
Email: info[at]
- Currently 55 students and growing
- New students accepted at any time
- Ages 0-8.

Makuhari International School (Opened April 2009)
3-2-9 Wakaba, Mihama-Ku, Chiba City. 261-0014
Tel: 043-296-0277, Fax: 043-296-0186
Mobile: 090 -4541-4559
Paul Rogers, Head of School
- age 3-12 (K - 6th grade)
- teaches the Japaense curriculum in English
- is the only "Article One" status English curriculum in Japan at this time

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ABC International School Active Learning Center
1-106-144 Minamigoya, Nasushiobara, Tochigi 329-2705
tel: 070-3823-3229
Email: alcminamigoya[at]
Website: none - for students aged 15 months to 11 years old

Sunnyside International Yashio Kindergarten
2153-1 Oaza Kamigamou, Kaminokawa, Kawachi-gun, Tochigi-ken 329-0617
Tel/Fax: 0285-56-6653
Email: "Naritaka Kuwahara" sunnyside-yashio[at]
Website: does not have it's own site, but many facilities are similar as at
- This is the second Sunnyside, under different ownership from the one in Gifu
- Officially registered Japanese kindergarten meeting the guidelines set by Japan's Ministry of Education (MEXT) as a private kindergarten (shiritsu youchien).
- Ages 3-6 have a Monday through Friday curriculum. Two year olds are accepted into a once weekly class.
- Classes are team-taught by a Japanese teacher and a foreign native English teacher, about 50% of class time in each language.
- School bus transportation available (not mandatory).
- Large playground and grass area, swimming pool and a range of extra curricular classes such as soccer, English (in addition to daily immersion) and piano.

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American Kinder (CLOSED April 2010 due to reduced enrollment. The economy... )
3-37-6 Nakai, Takasaki, Gunma 370-0852
Tel: 027-353-4664, Fax: 027-353-3670
- bilingual education (Japanese/English) for ages three to six
- the English curriculum is designed by Ted Myers, a Harvard-trained educator and teacher at the school.
- cultural classes include Kodaly-method music, Japanese drumming and dance, art and graphic design.
- physical education is offered in swimming, karate, ballroom dance and aerobics.
- all classes have a full-time native English speaker and bilingual (J-E) assistant teacher.
- the educational philosophy of the school focuses on right-brain education, as facilitated by an emphasis on communicative language, music and praise.

International Community School
405-1 Gokanmachi, Maebashi, Gunma-ken 371-0813 (in front of Hirose Junior High)
Tel/fax: 027-265-3922
Cheiron McMahill, Chair, Board of Directors
Email: ics[at]
- Enrollment ages 2-8 years old
- Multilingual program (currently English, Portuguese and Japanese)
- We are a project of the non-profit organization Multilingual Education Research Institute.
- Article in The Japan Times

Maebashi International Kindergarten
9-10 Kita Shirota-machi, Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture 371-0055
Tel/fax: 027-230-9330 and 027-237-3400
Jason Thomas, Principal
Email: jasongaijin[at]
- Opened April 2002
- Dual language Japanese/English immersion method
- Teachers: Early Childhood (MEd.) from New Zealand and yochien licenced from Japan
- Two rooms and two playgrounds, the 3-6 years old room (Kindy) and the 2-3 years old room (Prep) separate playground
- Hours 9:00-14:00 with optional extended hours program (additional 5000 yen/month)

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Columbia International School
153 Matsugo, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0027
Tel: 042-946-1911
Fax: 042-946-1955
Douglas Quarrington, Principal
Tetsuo Yosikawa & Natsuko Miora, administrative assistants
E-mail: principal[at]
Website: Japanese --
Website: English --
- Established in 1988
- Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools, coeducational, grades 1 to 12
- Bilingual (English/Japanese) and Englsih immersion programs
- Multiage classes up to grade 9
- Grades 9-12 on credit System
- Accredited Canadian Curriculum (Province of Ontario)
- WASC accreditation pending
- Diplomas: Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Columbia Honor Diploma, Columbia Diploma
- Certificates: Ontario Secondary School Certificate, Certificate of Accomplishment
- All teachers have undergraduate degrees and Bachelor or Master of Education Degrees.
- The school has wireless laptop capability.
- Brochures and Course Calendars available upon request.
- Ten minute walk from the Higashitokorozawa Station
- Dormitories - girls and boys
- Financial Aid available
- Summer programs
Principal's Comment: This program provides an educational opportunity for a bilingual education (English/Japanese) for students who are not native English speakers.

Pure English Kindergarten International School Opened in 2002.
1-16-12 Honcho, Toda, Saitama 335-0023
Tel/Fax: 048-444-3574
Principal: Mr. Barry Morris
Email: info[at]
- In Japanese:
- 2-6 years old
- Monday to Friday 9 - 17:00
- 2 minutes from Todakoen station (about 15 minutes from Ikebukuro)

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Angel's Kindergarten
252-3 Barazawa, Kosai-cho, Nakakoma-gun, Yamanashi-ken
Tel: 055-280-8095, Fax: 055-280-8096
Email: ciu78860[at]
- language of instruction is English

New Life International School (Opened April 2015)
5-4-16 Asahi, Kofu City, Yamanashi-ken 400-0025
Tel: 055-287-9577
Mrs. Suzy Brown, principal
Email: newlifekofu[at]
- Grades K, ages 4 & 5, through 8th grade. Every year we will add the next grade through high school.
- We provide a Christian education all in English.
- Japanese taught every day.
- Reasonable tuition rates.
- School year runs 185 days from early April to early March.


Kakegawa International Christian School (Opened in 2008)
660-1 Hosoya, Kakegawa City, Shizuoka 436-0112
Tel: 0537-29-7255
Email: kics[at]
Website: (in Japanese, English and Portuguese)
Grades : K3 through 12th Grade - Kindergarten 3 through 12th grade - English curriculum : BJU (Bob Jones University) - Japanese curriculum : Some BJU and public school textbooks - language of instruction is both English and Japanese

Katoh School (Katoh Gakuen) English Immersion Program
1979 Jiyugaoka, Ooka, Numazu City, Shizuoka 410-0022
Tel/fax: 0559-26-0522
Michael Bostwick, Ed.D
Email: bostwick[at] (English), info-im[at] (Japanese)
- private Japanese school (K-10) with an English immersion program which began in 1992 and is expanding one grade each year. Will eventually include up to grade 12.
- The junior high school is authorized by the International Baccalaureate for it's Middle Years Program
- 520 enrolled
- The program is based on the foreign language immersion model in which the local (Japanese) curriculum is taught through the student's foreign language (English). Between 50 to 75% of the curriculum is taught in English.
- The school year runs from April to March. - Japanese Ministry of Education (Mombusho) accredited.
- Students receive the same Japanese Language Arts (Kokugo) instruction that "regular" Japanese students receive. Non-Japanese students need to have a pretty strong background in Japanese in order to enter the program. We have quite a few returnees and children from 'bi-cultural" homes where one parent is Japanese. These parents want to bring up their children bilingual and biliterate. For 98% of our students, Japanese is their "first" or strongest language. The program is primarily designed to promote a high degree of English proficiency for Japanese-speaking students.

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Nagoya / Aichi

Centro Educacional Betel
3-7-9 Eguchi, Okazaki-shi, Aichi
Tel: 0564-65-1891, Fax: 0564-55-3349
Jose Carlos da Silva, Diretor
- taught in Brazilian Portuguese language

Colegio Pitagoras Brasil
64-2 Kamihama-cho, Handa-shi, Aichi 475-0804
Tel: 0569-32-2757, Fax: 0569-32-2758
Maria Helena Rodrigues, Coordenadora
email: pithanda[at]
- taught in Brazilian Portuguese language

Kids International School (Nagoya - east area)
15-2, Nagaosa, Yazako, Nagakute-cho, Aichi-gun, Aichi 480-1103
Tel: 0561-62-7488, Fax:0561-64-5065
Email: info[at] (Michiru Mitani)
- Ages 2-6 (pre-school and kindergarten
- school year runs from September to July
- Opened a new school building in April, 2001

Nagoya Dalton School Children's University
2-2-1 Imaike, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8610 (main)
1-25-16 Imaike, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8610 (annex)
Tel: "Main Building" 052-735-1611 and "Dalton II" 052-735-1712
Email: info[at]
Website: in Japanese only
- Kawaijuku Educational Institution

Nagoya International School
2686 Minamihara, Nakashidami, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya 463-0002
Tel: 052-736-2025 Fax: 052-736-3883
bb Mr. Charles Barton, Headmaster
Erik Olson-Kikuchi, Director of Development
Email: nisdev[at]
- preschool through 12
- enrollment 300

Nagoya International Junior and Senior High School
Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Administration
1-16 Hiroji-honmachi, Showa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 466-0841
Tel: 052-853-5151, Fax: 052-853-5155
Mr. George Pruitt, Headmaster
Email: senior[at]
"The school has recently switched from the Japanese general curriculum to an international liberal arts curriculum, with a view to introducing the International Baccalaureate in the future." Contact Nina Flavell, Executive Assistant to the President.

Ueda International Preschool and Nagoya English Primary School
1-608 Ueda-hommachi, Tempaku-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi 468-0007
Tel: 052-807-0556, Fax: 052-807-0586
Email: uip [at]

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Kansai Christian School (moved to new location in 2009)
282-2 Oaza Misato, Heguri-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara-ken 636-0904
Tel: 0745-45-6422
Mr. Sampo Sainio, Principal; Mrs. Rickie Clark, Executive Assistant
Email: office[at]
- Grades 1-12, enrollment: 35-40
- Member School: Association of Christian Schools International

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Osaka International School
4-4-16 Onohara-Nishi, Mino-shi, Osaka 562-0032
Tel: 0727-27-5050, Fax: 0727-27-5055
Mrs. Karin Caffin, Head of School, kcaffin[at]
Mr. Gwyn Underwood (Middle/High School Principal), Mr. Rod. Adam (Acting Elem. Principal
Email: oishead[at], admissions[at]
- ECP through grade 12, enrollment 230 (2002)
- Program: IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Program grades 11&12, and Candidate School for the IB Primary Years Program (ECP ~ Gd 5) and the IB Middle Years Program (Grades 6-10).
- OIS is part of a "two schools, one mission" educational program set up by the Senri International School Foundation in 1991. Facilities and some subjects (music, art, sports and some languages) are shared with Senri International School (approx. 400 students grades 7-12), a private Japanese High School catering primarily for returnee Japanese students who wish to attend Japanese Universities, while furthering their English and international understanding.
- Teachers are hired locally and from overseas recruiting fairs all over the world. Requirements: 2 years experience minimum; graduate degree preferred; teaching license essential.

Osaka YMCA International School
1-2-2-800 Benten, Minato-ku, Osaka 552-0007
Tel: (06) 4395-1002, Fax: (06) 4395-1004
E-mail: oyis[at]

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Doshisha International School

Ecole Francaise du Kansai (Kansai French School)
536-1 Waraya-cho, Marutamachi Dori, Kuromon Higashi Iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8144
Tel/fax: 075-812-7015
Christian Ray, Directeur
Email: efk.directeur[at]
- Maternelle, Primaire, et Tutorat CNED (college)
- Language: French

Kyoto International School
317 Kitawara-cho, Nakadachiuri-sagaru, Yoshiyamachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8247
Mr. Colin Duff and Ms. Annette Levy, Co-Principals
Tel: 075-451-1022, Fax: 075-451-1023
Email: kis[at]
- prechool through 8, enrollment: 90
- after school Englilsh Language School (ELS) starts at 16:30

Kyoto International University and KIU Academy
31-1 Ichinotsubo Kusauchi Kyotanabe Kyoto 610-0311 Japan
Peter N. Blocksom, President
Tel: 0774-64-0804, Fax: 0774-64-0805
Email: kiu[at]
- KIU Academy is an international, bilingual, Christian school (Grades 1-12) which is accredited with Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
- KIU is an educational arm of International Chapel Ministries, a non-Pentecostal, conservative Christian missionary organization recognized as a non-profit organization by the U.S.
- While KIU is a conservative mainstream evangelical Christian organization, it welcomes students and parents of any Christian or religious background.
- Although KIU respects one's choice of religious belief, those of different religious persuasions are not to practice their religion or evangelize their particular belief at school.

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Canadian Academy
4-1 Koyo-cho Naka, Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-0032
Tel: 078-857-0100 Fax: 078-857-3250
Registrar's Fax: 078-857-4095
David Ottaviano, Ed.D., Headmaster; Charles Kite, Assistant Headmaster
Email: admissions[at] , ckite[at] , hdmstr[at]
- preschool through highschool, ages 3 to 18, enrollment 790
- enrollment cut off date, Sept. 30 of the year entering

Kobe Bilingual School (Opened 2005; name changed in 2009)
7-1-25 Momoyamadai Tarumi, Kobe, Japan 655-0854
Tel: 078-742-7101
Janina Ueda Tubby, Founder/Head of School
Email: office[@]
- kindergarten from age 3-6
- afternoon care available for working parents
- Janina established EnglishDream in 2005 to provide English education for beginner children in the traditional Eikaiwa program and bilingual children in a longer literacy based program. Throughout the three years EnglishDream grew only by word of mouth and the bilingual program became the focus which the name change reflects.
- Larger location offers a bilingual education to more children!

Marist Brothers International School
1-2-1 Chimori-cho, Suma-ku, Kobe 654-0072
Tel: 078-732-6266 Fax: 078-732-6268
Sr. Mary Fyfe, Head of School
Email: info[at]
- Montessori preschool/kindergarten, ages 3-5 (enrollment 23)
- 1 through 12 grade (ages 6-18)
- total enrollment 265, coeducational

Mikage International Preschool
1-18-2 Mikageyamate, Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658
Tel: 078-851-8487, Toll free within Japan: 0120-85-8487
Fax: 078-856-3484
Mrs. Yoshiko Burke, Director
Email: mipburke[at]

St. Michael's International School
3-17-2 Nakayamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0004
Tel: 078-231-8885 Fax: 078-231-8899
Mr. Paul Rogers, Head of School
Email: head[at]
- Preschool through Grade 5
- enrollment 150, coeducational

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Hiroshima International School
3-49-1 Kurakake, Asakita-ku, Hiroshima 739-1743
Tel: 082-843-4111
Fax: 082-843-6399
Paul Ketko, Principal
Email: hisadmin[at]
- Preschool through grade 10
- enrollment 65, coeducational

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Fukuoka / Kyushu

Fukuoka International School
3-18-50 Momochi, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka 814-0006
Tel: 092-841-7601, Fax: 092-841-7602
Mr. Michael Saffarewich, Head of School
Email: adminfis[at]
- Preschool through grade 12
- enrollment 221
- dormitory houses a maximum of 24 students

Daystar International School of Kumamoto - CLOSED March 1999?
Mifune, Kumamoto
Tel: 096-282-7548
- Opened on April 1, 1990
Link for schools in Kyushu

Jelly Bean English Preschool
1-5-5-1F Kuhonji, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken, Kyushu 862-0976
Tel/fax: 096-362-2505
Kyoko Cairns, Director
Email: jelly_beaneps[at]
- weekday English immersion program from 8:30 to 17:00 for children 3 to 6
- Saturday immersion program from 9:00 to 16:00

E. J. King School
U.S. Navy Sasebo Base, Sasebo, Nagasaki Pref.
Tel: 09-5624-6111 (main switchboard, then ask to be put through to the school), Fax: 09-5623-6276
Email: Principal_*King_E/HS[at]
- Opened in 1979, pre-K to 12, 591 pupils (April 2003)
J.N. Darby Elementary School
U.S. Navy Sasebo Base, Sasebo, Nagasaki Pref.
Tel: 09-5624-6111
- Opened in 1988, pre-K to 6, 365 pupils (April 2003)
- both schools will accept non-military enrollment if space allows and tuition and academic requirements are filled

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Okinawa Christian School International
1835 Zakimi, Yomitan, Nakagami, Okinawa 904-0301
Mailing address: P.O. Box 6, Yomitan, Okinawa 904-0391
Tel: 098-958-3000
Fax: 098-958-6279
Cullen Ohashi, Superintendent
Randy Hadley, HS Principal, Donna S. Russell, ES Principal
Email: ocschool[at]
- K4 - 12 & ESL, ages 4-18
- over 400 students
- school year runs September to June
- 32 holidays (combination of US & Japanese holidays)
- sponsored by Board of Local Missionaries from various denominations
- independent Christian, coeducational, founded in 1957
- English, US curriculum, College preparatory, serving an international community with a priority goal of evangelizing the participating students. Tests offered are PSAT and Stanford Benet.
- Accreditations: Association of Christian Schools International, Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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What to look for when visiting a school - January 2000
This section is provided via TIS (Tokyo International School) by the Tokyo American Club Women's Group and reprinted. Applies primarily to kids under 6 years old.

A checklist for parents who are school shopping, compiled by Kirsten Sansom from the annual preschool information day every January at the Tokyo American Club.

1. Does the school provide a healthy and safe environment for children? Are children under adult supervision at all times? Does the building have good lighting and ventilation? Is playground equipment securely anchored and safe? Are all potentially hazardous chemicals and equipment kept in locked cupboards or placed beyond the reach of children?

2. Is there a wide variety of materials and equipment? Are they age-appropriate? Do they promote gross motor and fine motor skills, language development, social development and creative and expressive arts?

3. Does the school provide nutritious meals and/or snacks? If not, are there rules about what sorts of meals are to be sent from home? How does the school handle special nutritional needs such as food allergies?

4. Are there enough adults to respond to each child individually? What is the teacher-child ratio?

5. Are interactions between adults and children frequent, respectful, warm and caring?

6. Are the teachers specially trained in keeping with the school's particular philosophy? Can the staff adequately answer your questions about the program's specifics? What are the staff qualifications? What is the average number of years on staff? Are there trained specialists on staff for art, music, drama and language?

7. Are planned activities appropriate to a child's age and development? Does the program stimulate a child creatively, intellectually, physically, and socially with a balance of free play, outdoor play and group activities?

8. Does the school have a consistent discipline policy? Does the policy encourage positive behavior or is it punitive? What methods are used during the discipline process?

9. Is regular communication with parents encouraged? Are parents welcome visitors to the school? What mediums are used to communicate with the parents?

10. Are parent-teacher conferences scheduled at least once a year, and at other times when requested, to discuss a child's progress and accomplishments or any difficulties at home or at school?

11. Has the school developed a standard plan with regard to emergency procedures? If a child needs emergency medical treatment, where will he or she be taken? In the event of disaster (earthquake, fire, etc.) what is the proposed course of action? Does the school keep adequate equipment and supplies (food, water, first aid, tools) on hand?

12. Does the school have a toileting policy? Is there a specific age that a child must be toilet trained?

13. Are children taken off the school grounds on a regular basis? If so, what precautions are taken when children take walks outside the school grounds?

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