Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School

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Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School
  • Recommended for Westerners

    The school’s curriculum has accounted for students who need more time and support to learn Kanji, etc.

  • Flexible Class Schedule

    You are able to request an AM or PM class schedule based on your needs.

  • Wifi Available

    Rest assured that this school has wifi available.

  • Dormitories Available

    This school introduces affordable shared living spaces.

  • Apartments Available

    This school introduces private apartments.

  • Homestay Available

    This school introduces local Japanese families where students can live while studying.

  • In-School Activities

    This school organizes regular interactive & cultural activities in the school.

  • Out-of-School Activities

    This school organizes out-of-school day-trips, excursions and events throughout the year.

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School Introduction

The Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School, located in a historic area 10 minutes from the center of Kyoto city, is a cultural center with a lot of international students and Japanese people studying here as well as in the surrounding area which includes the Kyoto language college-university, Kyoto Women's University, some elementary schools, and the Nishikyogoku General Exercise Park. The staff and teachers have knowledge & expertise in a vast number of fields and are dedicated to quality education. For example, many employees used to be technical construction experts, former national athletes, or are professionals of traditional Kyoto culture and calligraphy, tea ceremony, table tennis, musical instruments, and biology. In addition, the school has reception staff who can speak Chinese, English, Vietnamese and Thai, providing smooth coordination so that students can fully concentrate & enjoy learning.

Total Number of Students: 180-220
Class Size: 20 students max
School Staff Support Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Russian, Thai
Enrolment Terms: April, July, October, January
Minimum Course Duration: Short Term: 2 weeksLong Term: 1 year 3 months

Main Features

Enriched activities
The school is located in heart of Kyoto’s cultural cooridor, where many festivals are held all year round, providing a perfect opportunity for students to participate in such famous festivals as the Aoi Matsuri, Gion Matsuri, Gozan no Okuribi, Jidai Matsuri, and Arashiyama Flower Festival. In addition, students can participate in tours of various temples & shrines where they can experience Japanese tea, and join other activities that only be enjoyed in Kyoto, which has the largest number of temples in all of Japan. The school also actively organizes many activities for students to learn about various aspects of traditional Japanese culture.
Supporting academic life
Introduction sessions are held regularly, providing students with useful and essential information about a number of post-secondary institutions. Every year, more than 90% of students transfer to professional schools, colleges and universities. The school can also arrange accommodation for all students attending the school, so students can be assured of a comfortable & secure place to stay while studying abroad in Japan. The staff of the school are culturally sensitive and understand the various challenges that international students face when in Japan and conscientiously consult students to ensure a comfortable and happy experience.
Support for Employment

The school is affiliated with local hotels and can introduce students interested in working there. This is especially attractive for students on a working holiday visa as they are able to take advantage of working while learning Japanese. The school has also introduced many other jobs opportunities in the area around the school to its students.

Scholarships for diligent students
Students who have studied at least 6 months in the school can apply for one of the four scholarships available to help them financially during their studies.

School Location

Tenjingawa School

Tenjingawa is the location of the main school of Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School and this is where the long-term courses take place. The school is located on the banks of the Tenjin River where you can see the sakura blossoms in spring, and near the Nishikyogoku Athletic Park, another nice place for hanami, sports, or relaxing with your classmates after class. Nearest stations: Nishikyogoku station (12-minutes walk) Tenjingawa station RANDEN (20-minutes walk)

Nishioji School

Nishioji-school is where the short-term courses are taught. This is a pleasant and convenient area with a supermarket, drugstore or a bookstore nearby and accessible by not less than 3 subway stations. Nearest stations: Nishioji Oike station (2-minutes walk) Nishioji Sanjo station (2-minutes walk) Saiin station (10-minutes walk) 17 Nishinokyo Sanjobo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-8435

Available Courses

  • Long-term Course (Tenjingawa)
  • Short-term Course (Nishioji)

Long-term Course (Tenjingawa)

Course Description

Academic course: The Academic courses are designed for students who wish to achieve higher education by enrolling in graduate, vocational schools or universities. Every student will have to choose specialized courses to follow their own individual path. Additionally, they will be rigorously prepared for JLPT exams while being deeply immersed into Japanese culture with all the activities the school has to offer.


Integrated-studies course: The Integrated-studies course is designed for those who want to find a job related to Japan or to experiment a deep study of Japanese culture.The mandatory specialized course will guide the student to perform at their highest level in their future achievement and the extra activities will allow them to get deeply in touch with Japanese culture and traditions.

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 2 years Early September

Late November

July 1 year 9 months/2 years Early December

Late February

October 1 year 6 months/2 years Early March

Late May

January 1 Year 3 months/2 years Early June

Late August

Morning and afternoon classes:

  • Morning classes are held from 9:00 to 13:00 (Monday to Friday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 14:00 to 18:00 (Monday to Friday)

Course Features & Electives


    Deepen you knwowledge in the advanced academinc course, the advanced business course and the culture and art course


    Take optional elective subjects in English, Mathematics, Japan and the World and Exam preparation for entering university of arts


    Choose optional extra classes during your vacation for employment preparation, EJU preparation and Specified Skilled Worker test preparation

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Year 3 months ¥858,000
1 year 6 months ¥1,029,600
1 year 9 months ¥1,201,200
2 years ¥1,372,800


Other fees
Screening fee ¥22,000
Enrollment fee ¥55,000
JLPT Exam fee ¥13,000
Facilities ¥33,000 (1 year 3 months)
¥39,600 (1 year 6 months)
¥46,200 (1 year 9 months)
¥52,800 (2 years)
National Health Insurance ¥22,500 (1 year 3 months)
¥27,000 (1 year 6 months)
¥31,500 (1 year 9 months)
¥36,000 (2 years)
International Student Insurance ¥15,400 (1 year 3 months)
¥17,900 (1 year 6 months)
¥18,600 (1 year 9 months)
¥20,000 (2 years)
Textbooks ¥22,875 (1 year 3 months)
¥27,450 (1 year 6 months)
¥32,025 (1 year 9 months)
¥36,600 (2 years)

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Short-term Course (Nishioji)

Course Description

10-week course:

The longest of the Kyoto Minsai short term courses is perfect if you want to learn Japanese more meticulously.

  8-week course:

Study thoroughly and enjoy all that Kyoto has to offer by immersing yourself in Japanese culture in this 8-week course.

  4-week course:

Learn the fundamentals of the Japanese language in reading, writing or holding a conversation with this 4-week program.

  2-week course:

With this 2-week program, you would be able to enhance your Japanese skills or learn the basics of the language in no time while enjoying your stay in Kyoto.

Enrolment Periods & Duration


Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
April 2~10 weeks N/A

Early March

July 2~10 weeks N/A

Early June

October 2~10 weeks N/A

Mid September

January 2~10 weeks N/A

Early December

Morning and afternoon classes:

  • Morning classes are held from 08:50 to 12:00 (Monday to Thursday)
  • Afternoon classes are held from 13:30 to 16:40 (Monday to Thursday)
  • Weekly extra-curricular activities (every Friday)
  • Advanced-level students study at the Tenjingawa school and therefore have different class times

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
2 weeks ¥66,000
4 weeks ¥110,000
8 weeks ¥171,600
10 weeks ¥192,500


Other fees
Enrollment fee ¥11,000
Textbooks Included in the tuition

Because our counselling service is free,
the tuition fees listed here will be the same as the school’s original tuition fees.

Student Demographics

Long Term Course: Tenjingawa School

Southeast Asia


South Asia


East Asia


Central Asia




Middle East


North America


Other countries


Short Term Course: Nishioji School

East Asia




Southeast Asia


North America


Latin America




Central and South Asia




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For this reason, we provide all of these services at not cost to you.
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  • Free Japanese
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