Japanese school in Tokyo: Kudan Institute of Japanese Language & Culture

From 52000.- JPY
approx 359.- GBP
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Key points

  • Located in the centre of Tokyo, near the main attractions
  • School experienced in teaching international students
  • Provides not only Japanese language education but also traditional cultural experience
  • A variety of courses for all levels

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
XL
Accommodation
Host family
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
22 years
Nationality mix
Taiwan, Sweden, United States, etc..
ratings
181 authentic opinions

Occupying three floors of a modern building in the centre of Tokyo, the language school is easily reachable by metro (Kudanshita, Jimbocho or Suidobashi stations). It has 11 bright, spacious classrooms on the lower floors, while the 8th floor conveys a traditional, peaceful atmosphere full of plants with a Japanese tea ceremony room and calligraphy room. It is open for students to have lunch or study. The school is located in a business district which is home to numerous universities, shops and restaurants that you can visit in the company of your international classmates from over 35 different countries. Enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the school as well as 8 computers, a small library, drinks machine and a hot/cold water dispenser. The Kudan Institute also offers events such as a graduation ceremony, speech contest and cultural exchange.

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Hiragana/Katakana course (special beginners)

Beginner to Beginner, 4 week(s)
4 week(s) - From JPY 84000.-
(about GBP 580.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
4 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Beginner
Students/class
max. 20
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:40

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
This course is for complete beginners and offers hiragana/katakana writing and reading lessons, as well as basic grammar lessons. It may be combined with the other courses and is suitable as an introduction course.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
4
84000
178000
All prices are in JPY.   JPY 1 ≈ GBP 0.01   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 4 wk
04.03 / 10.06 / 02.09 / 25.11.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 14.01 / 11.02 / 21.03 / 15.07 / 12.08 / 16.09 / 23.09 / 14.10 / 04.11 / 23.11 / 23.12.2019
Holidays
28.04.2019 - 06.05.2019

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Note: Holidays vary depending on the course. Please check the course information for more details.

Conversation course

Beginner to Advanced, 2 - 23 week(s)
2 week(s) - From JPY 52000.-
(about GBP 359.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
2 - 23 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 20
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:40

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
It focuses on basic grammar, vocabulary, and Japanese culture and customs in order to improve your fluency. This course will enable you to speak with confidence. You can combine modules and parts of modules to suit your desired length of study.

Holidays - Conversation course:
01.07.19 - 05.07.19
23.12.19 - 31.12.19
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
2
52000
104000
3
68000
141000
4
84000
178000
6
116000
252000
8
148000
326000
10
180000
400000
12
212000
474000
23
388000
881000
All prices are in JPY.   JPY 1 ≈ GBP 0.01   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates (new session)
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates
15.01 / 21.01 / 28.01 / 04.02 / 12.02 / 18.02 / 25.02 / 04.03 / 11.03 / 18.03 / 08.04 / 15.04 / 22.04 / 07.05 / 13.05 / 20.05 / 27.05 / 03.06 / 10.06 / 17.06 / 16.07 / 22.07 / 29.07 / 05.08 / 13.08 / 19.08 / 26.08 / 02.09 / 09.09 / 17.09 / 07.10 / 15.10 / 21.10 / 28.10 / 05.11 / 11.11 / 18.11 / 25.11 / 02.12 / 09.12.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 14.01 / 11.02 / 21.03 / 15.07 / 12.08 / 16.09 / 23.09 / 14.10 / 04.11 / 23.11 / 23.12.2019
Holidays
28.04.2019 - 06.05.2019

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Note: Holidays vary depending on the course. Please check the course information for more details.

Conversation course 23+

Beginner to Advanced, 24 / 36 / 48 week(s)
24 week(s) - From JPY 524000.-
(about GBP 3616.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
24 / 36 / 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 20
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:40

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
It focuses on basic grammar, vocabulary, and Japanese culture and customs in order to improve your fluency. This course will enable you to speak with confidence. You can combine modules and parts of modules to suit your desired length of study.

Holidays - Conversation course: 29.04.19 - 06.05.19
01.07.19 - 05.07.19
23.12.19 - 31.12.19
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
24
524000
1038000
36
738500
1504500
48
953000
1971000
All prices are in JPY.   JPY 1 ≈ GBP 0.01   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates Beginner
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates (new session)
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates
15.01 / 21.01 / 28.01 / 04.02 / 12.02 / 18.02 / 25.02 / 04.03 / 11.03 / 18.03 / 08.04 / 15.04 / 22.04 / 07.05 / 13.05 / 20.05 / 27.05 / 03.06 / 10.06 / 17.06 / 16.07 / 22.07 / 29.07 / 05.08 / 13.08 / 19.08 / 26.08 / 02.09 / 09.09 / 17.09 / 07.10 / 15.10 / 21.10 / 28.10 / 05.11 / 11.11 / 18.11 / 25.11 / 02.12 / 09.12.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 14.01 / 11.02 / 21.03 / 15.07 / 12.08 / 16.09 / 23.09 / 14.10 / 04.11 / 23.11 / 23.12.2019
Holidays
28.04.2019 - 06.05.2019

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Note: Holidays vary depending on the course. Please check the course information for more details.

Intensive course

Elementary to Advanced, 2 - 19 week(s)
2 week(s) - From JPY 52000.-
(about GBP 359.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
(16 general + 4 Kanji)
Course duration
2 - 19 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 20
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
13:30-17:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
The focus is placed on the 4 main language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – allowing you to better interact with Japanese speakers. You can combine modules and parts of modules to suit your desired length of study.

Holidays - Intensive course:
18.03.19 - 29.03.19
29.04.19 - 06.05.19
17.06.19 - 05.07.19
16.09.19 - 27.09.19
09.12.19 - 31.12.19
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
2
52000
104000
3
68000
141000
4
84000
178000
6
116000
252000
8
148000
326000
10
180000
400000
12
212000
474000
19
324000
733000
All prices are in JPY.   JPY 1 ≈ GBP 0.01   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates Elementary
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates (new session)
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates
15.01 / 21.01 / 28.01 / 04.02 / 12.02 / 18.02 / 25.02 / 04.03 / 08.04 / 15.04 / 22.04 / 07.05 / 13.05 / 20.05 / 27.05 / 03.06 / 16.07 / 22.07 / 29.07 / 05.08 / 13.08 / 19.08 / 26.08 / 02.09 / 07.10 / 15.10 / 21.10 / 28.10 / 05.11 / 11.11 / 18.11 / 25.11.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 14.01 / 11.02 / 21.03 / 15.07 / 12.08 / 16.09 / 23.09 / 14.10 / 04.11 / 23.11 / 23.12.2019
Holidays
28.04.2019 - 06.05.2019

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Note: Holidays vary depending on the course. Please check the course information for more details.

Intensive course 19+

Elementary to Advanced, 20 / 30 / 40 week(s)
20 week(s) - From JPY 460000.-
(about GBP 3174.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
(16 general + 4 Kanji)
Course duration
20 / 30 / 40 week(s)
Levels
Elementary to Advanced
Students/class
max. 20
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
13:30-17:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
The focus is placed on the 4 main language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – allowing you to better interact with Japanese speakers. You can combine modules and parts of modules to suit your desired length of study.

Holidays - Intensive course:
18.03.19 - 29.03.19
29.04.19 - 06.05.19
17.06.19 - 05.07.19
16.09.19 - 27.09.19
09.12.19 - 31.12.19
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
20
415000
845000
30
620000
1260000
40
802500
1652500
All prices are in JPY.   JPY 1 ≈ GBP 0.01   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates Elementary
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates (new session)
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates
15.01 / 21.01 / 28.01 / 04.02 / 12.02 / 18.02 / 25.02 / 04.03 / 08.04 / 15.04 / 22.04 / 07.05 / 13.05 / 20.05 / 27.05 / 03.06 / 16.07 / 22.07 / 29.07 / 05.08 / 13.08 / 19.08 / 26.08 / 02.09 / 07.10 / 15.10 / 21.10 / 28.10 / 05.11 / 11.11 / 18.11 / 25.11.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 14.01 / 11.02 / 21.03 / 15.07 / 12.08 / 16.09 / 23.09 / 14.10 / 04.11 / 23.11 / 23.12.2019
Holidays
28.04.2019 - 06.05.2019

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Note: Holidays vary depending on the course. Please check the course information for more details.

Course + culture (summer)

Beginner to Advanced, 3 / 4 / 7 week(s)
3 week(s) - From JPY 241200.-
(about GBP 1664.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes + Activities and excursions programme
Course duration
3 / 4 / 7 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 20
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:40

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
This summer course, which focuses mainly on listening and speaking, is ideal for students who only have a few weeks at their disposal. It is an opportunity to discover Japanese culture, society and traditions through various activities included in the programme.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
3
241200
310000
4
238600
327000
7
397800
545000
All prices are in JPY.   JPY 1 ≈ GBP 0.01   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 3 wk
05.08.2019
Starting dates 4 wk
08.07.2019
Starting dates 7 wk
08.07.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 14.01 / 11.02 / 21.03 / 15.07 / 12.08 / 16.09 / 23.09 / 14.10 / 04.11 / 23.11 / 23.12.2019
Holidays
28.04.2019 - 06.05.2019

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Note: Holidays vary depending on the course. Please check the course information for more details.

Course + Manga

Beginner to Advanced, 4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
4 week(s) - From JPY 154000.-
(about GBP 1063.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
+ 5 Manga (4 weeks course) / + 10 Manga (8 weeks course) / + 16 Manga (12 weeks course)
Course duration
4 / 8 / 12 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 20
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
To be defined
For a completely unique and exciting gap experience, there’s nothing like Tokyo. A long-term stay is the perfect way to develop or solidify your Japanese language skills, and living in full immersion will really accelerate the learning process. For all the artists out there, a Japanese + Manga course could be a dream come true. Spend several afternoons a week learning the basics, from drawing a background and faces, to the various genres of Manga and even how to do a Manga-style self-portrait. Your portfolio will speak for itself!

Manga lessons take place in another location.

Find out more about this programme
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
4
154000
248000
8
268000
446000
12
392000
654000
All prices are in JPY.   JPY 1 ≈ GBP 0.01   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 4 wk
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates 8 wk
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Starting dates 12 wk
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 14.01 / 11.02 / 21.03 / 15.07 / 12.08 / 16.09 / 23.09 / 14.10 / 04.11 / 23.11 / 23.12.2019
Holidays
28.04.2019 - 06.05.2019

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Note: Holidays vary depending on the course. Please check the course information for more details.

Course + Cooking

Beginner to Advanced, 4 week(s)
4 week(s) - From JPY 164000.-
(about GBP 1132.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
+ 2 x 120 min matlagning
Course duration
4 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 20
Cooking: max 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:10-12:40 (Mon-Fri) + 14:30-16:30 (Wed+Fri)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Take your Japanese language lessons to the next level with the rich cultural experience of a Japanese cooking course! Over eight classes, your professional sushi instructor and sake sommelier will teach you how to prepare dishes such as miso soup, udon noodles, delicate Japanese sweets, bento boxes and, of course, elaborately hand-rolled sushi. You’ll also go on supermarket tours and learn the history behind sushi as well as which tools are needed to prepare it. The special skills you learn in this class will provide you with a lifetime of incredible, homemade Japanese food!

Cooking lessons take place in a culinary studio 20 minutes from the language school by public transport.

More information about this programme
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
4
164000
258000
All prices are in JPY.   JPY 1 ≈ GBP 0.01   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates 4 wk
07.01 / 01.04 / 08.07 / 30.09.2019
Bank holidays
01.01 / 14.01 / 11.02 / 21.03 / 15.07 / 12.08 / 16.09 / 23.09 / 14.10 / 04.11 / 23.11 / 23.12.2019
Holidays
28.04.2019 - 06.05.2019

Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Note: Holidays vary depending on the course. Please check the course information for more details.

Options/Extras

Course material (per trimester) (Compulsory except for Student Visa holders)
Trimester periods:
Conversation course: 07.01-29.03 / 01.04-28.06 / 08.07-27.09 / 30.09-20.12.2019
Intensive course: 07.01-15.03 / 01.04-14.06 / 08.07-13.09 / 30.09-06.12.2019
10000 JPY
Insurance (conversation course, 23+)
Insurance (intensive course, 20+)
Insurance (NHI, per month (approximately), to be paid on site) 1500 JPY
Airport transfer (on arrival) (Saturday 9:00-18:00) (Public transport)
course + culture: compulsory
15000 JPY
Airport transfer (on arrival) (other, 9:00-18:00) 30000 JPY

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4.5/5
Overall rating

94% of students recommending this school

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181 students gave their opinion about this school

25 years old - Italy
/ 5
3 weeks, November 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (4 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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21 years old - Austria
/ 5
3 weeks, September 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
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21 years old - Italy
/ 5
3 weeks, July – August 2018
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21 years old - France
/ 5
9 weeks, July – September 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
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19 years old - Italy
/ 5
3 weeks, August – September 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
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23 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Mon séjour linguistique s'est déroulé comme dans un rêve! J'aurais voulu ne jamais rentrer! Les professeurs étaient très gentils et prenaient le temps d'expliquer ce que les élèves ne comprenaient pas. L'école est juste à côté de la station de métro et se trouve située dans un quartier où il y a énormément de restaurants.
11 weeks, May – July 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
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« Les professeurs étaient très sympas et marrants. Ils avaient tous une méthode ludique pour nous enseigner ce qui rendait les cours plus vivants! »
18 years old - Italy
/ 5
3 weeks, August 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
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27 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
25 weeks, March – August 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
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20 years old - Italy
/ 5
Sono molto felice della famiglia da cui sono stato ospitato. Il clima era molto accogliente e mi sono sentito parte della famiglia stessa. Grazie alla famiglia ho avuto modo di immergermi nella cultura e nelle usanze giapponesi, prendendo anche parte a festival e altre iniziative della comunità giapponese. Spero di poter ritornare e soggiornare di nuovo da loro.
3 weeks, August 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
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23 years old - Italy
/ 5
4 weeks, July – August 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Testimonials

Tayfun Gür
Tayfun Gür

Kudan Institute was a really great experience for me. The school is located in the center of Tokyo and there are several metro stations close by. I like the atmosphere of the school and the staff and the teachers are funny and treat us really well. If you have any problems, they don’t hesitate to help you during class and the teachers are fun and dynamic so you almost never get bored. Your Japanese level will definitely increase very quickly. That’s why I chose to study Japanese at Kudan Institute. I’ve really enjoyed my time there and made a lot of good friends from all over the world, so you will not regret it!

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Cédric Léger
Cédric Léger

This language study trip was a complete change of scenery, exactly what I was looking for. Tokyo is a fascinating city where you discover something new every day. Without having any basis in Japanese when I left..I really headed into the unknown! I wasn't disappointed. The classes were interesting and adapted to all levels. The school was in a good location and the host family was very welcoming. If you really want to learn the language, you would need to stay for a minimum of 3 months, but I advise, above all, to go there without any hesitation, whatever the duration of your stay!

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Lise Ceresiat
Lise Ceresiat

For years my greatest dream has been to discover Japan. ESL gave me the opportunity to achieve this dream and even more! In addition to spending time listening to me and advising me, the ESL consultants answered all of my questions. Thus, I discovered that Japan is not a cold country, as many people think, but a wonderful country where smiling is a habit!

I decided to stay with a host family in order to get an insight into the culture. I can only recommend this option! The families are so welcoming and they are always ready to help you! It is also a great way to discover Japanese cooking! As my knowledge of English is pretty basic, the classes were difficult at first, I must admit. But thanks to the good-humoured teachers at the school, I am improving my Japanese skills every day!

To sum it up, it is a country into which you should not be afraid to immerse yourself!

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Host family
The school has carefully selected a network of host families ready to welcome international students. You will be hosted in a single room with half-board during the week and full-board at the weekend. Japanese culture places great importance on hospitality. When a family receives someone, they do it well and genuinely care about their guest’s well being. Therefore, don’t be surprised if you’re asked to return home at a specific time each evening! The families mainly live in the residential areas of Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama, around an hour's journey from the school, which is a good average considering Tokyo’s size. Please note: you will need to allow about 25,000 yen per month for public transport costs between your accommodation and the school.

Important: You will need to arrange your own accommodation for the first night if arriving to the airport after 18:00.

Guesthouse/Shared apartment
If you wish to be more independent, and for a minimum stay of one month, it is also possible to stay in a guesthouse or shared apartment in Tokyo, around 25-30 minutes from the school by train. The guesthouse is popular with international as well as Japanese students.

After classes, go out and discover Tokyo, the largest urban centre in the world, and allow yourself to be taken over by the magic of a city where everything is possible. Wander around Tokyo, from the Meiji Jingu shrine to the Ningyocho (Doll Town) district, passing by the Electric Town of Akihabara. Whether you're a fan of Japanese culture or thirsty for shopping and the latest gadgets, the city will be able to satisfy your every desire. Jimbocho, Tokyo’s most famous secondhand book district is within walking distance of the school, as is the entertainment hub of the Suidobashi Tokyo Dome and the Kudanshita Imperial Palace, famous for its cherry blossoms. In around 15 minutes, you can be in the fashionable districts of Shibuya or Shinjuku.

The school offers an excellent range of activities in the city and its surroundings, including hiking at Mt. Takao/Fuji, a sports festival and ski/snowboard trips in the fluffy Japanese powder snow. The nearby peaks are ideal for biking, hiking and climbing. And if you really want to learn the Japanese way of life, don't forget the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, cooking classes, calligraphy or going to see a sumo match. If you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo at the arrival of spring, Hanami is the very traditional cherry blossom picnics to celebrate with friends.

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