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Japan With Kids - Forums: Day Care in Japan: .English Daycare
By Ben2 on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 10:28 pm:

Can any one please suggest a daycare near Ichigaya for a 3 year old girl. Their contact details, ph/add. Thanks

By Bethan Hutton on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 11:00 pm:

There is a branch of Kids Plaza Asc (a chain of private, Tokyo government authorised hoikuen) in Iidabashi, more or less on top of Iidabashi station - the third floor of the Central Plaza building. They cater for children from 0 to 6 years old, on a regular or casual basis. This is the website:

In case you can't read Japanese, the phone number is 03-3260-5697, and the map here shows you where it is:

Depending on which end of Ichigaya you are, the Takadanobaba one might also be of interest:

By Ben2 on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 11:07 pm:

Many thanks Bethan, I forgot to write that I am looking for a English Day care near Ichigaya, as my daughter don't speak any Japanese, then she will not be happy in Japanese day care. Otherwise I would have loved to send her in a local Japanese day care. Any more help please?

By Bethan Hutton on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 12:01 am:

You'd be surprised at how fast a three-year-old can pick up Japanese, and how happily children can play together without a common language to start with. Plenty of foreign children go into the Japanese daycares and kindergartens speaking no Japanese and adapt very well. Maybe you could try her for a month or two and see how it goes?

If you are set on finding English-language full-time daycare, you may have trouble.

The nearest option might be one of the international pre-schools in the Ikebukuro area (Doremi Garden, New International School - look at the list on this site for some ideas:, but preschools usually offer limited hours, so not good if you are working full time. Fees are also very high.

There may be more options if you look in the more expat areas like Hiroo and Shibuya, but again that's mainly preschools, not full-time, English-language daycares.

The chain of preschool/daycares called Kids World has a few branches on that side of town, but I think they work out very expensive if you try to use them as full time daycare. This is their website:
It's all in Japanese (English button just takes you to corporate information), but there seem to be branches in Hiroo, Shirogane, Shibuya, Sangenjaya etc. Nothing very close to Ichigaya.

Good luck in your search.

By Cornelia on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 10:41 am:

Yes, there is no English immersion daycare in Ichigaya, nor as far as I know, anywhere in Japan except on the American Military bases, though I think there would be a market for it! Daycare is tough enough to find without the additional requirement of having it in one particular language. Ichigaya is also near the French school, and there is a pre-school close by in French, but it only goes to age 3? I think.

I think that the only thing even close might be the early learning center at Tokyo Union Church though their age cut-off is 24 months by December 31, and probably the hours are short compared to hoikuen. Even a lot of the pre-schools, though having some or all English speaking staff, will have multiple nationalities and languages spoken among the kids. Some of the preschools do offer extended care hours though!

Bethann is quite right. At 3 years old language is not an issue for the kid, but rather for the parents! It wasn't until my daughter started daycare here in Tokyo that I finally started learning Japanese, though purely toddler related vocabulary.

By Trupti Gandhi on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 4:21 pm:

there is a pre-school/afterschool in toyocho on tozai line... it is conducted in english... the kids from there goto international schools later... the owner's son is in my son's class... and his english is really good... the owners are japanese... they let the child be in the premises upto (i think) 6pm... it starts at 9 or 9:30 am... if u r intrested i can get you the contact info... so if no other choice you can treat this like a day care... might be too expensive though..!!!

By Joanna Bennett on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 4:41 pm:

Trupti Gandhi,
it sounds very interesting. Could you send me the details for this place?

Jo Bennett

By Trupti Gandhi on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 6:06 pm:

the website is {}

if you happen to talk to them the owner's name is Fumii Masaki... tell me later if it worked out or not...

cornelia, do we have this place listed on they do good stuff... and they do deserve mention... i let my kids go there for summer school while i was working... it was a good experience for me and kids...

hope this helps all the parties concerned...

By Marmstrong on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 5:16 pm:

Sesame International Preschool will be opening a daycare center in addition to our international school programs. So please watch our web site at Now you can make the most of the time your child spends in day care, by not only getting exceptional care but also making the most of the educational opportunity!

By Multiage on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 1:02 pm:

We are a new international school located 3 minutes from Makuharihongo Station on the sobu line.

Our daytime classes cater to students from age 1.5 to 8 years old, while after school classes cater to students from 4 years old.

We provide multiage aducation in English by native English teachers. Having classes with the same age students can cause pressure to perform, we eliminate this stress by grouping our students based on their English abilities rather than their age. Multiage education Academy provides an educational system that is suitable for individual growth and understanding.

We also have begun our role in a sister school relationship with a preschool in Sydney, Australia. We feel that having an overseas school to communicate with will be a great way for our students to learn and respect other cultures and open many doors to our student's futures.

If you would like to know more about Multiage education Academy please visit our website at

or feel free to call us on


Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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