Study Japanese reasonably in Kyoto/ 日本語レッスンが受けられる場所

There are lots of Japanese language schools in Kyoto but here, we would like to introduce some institutions or volunteer groups which are offering Japanese classes reasonable joining costs.


Since the coronavirus is going on some institutions have different opening hours and classes have been suspended. Please check their website before you go there.

Kyoto City International Foundation / 公益社団法人京都市国際交流協会

They are having several types of Japanese classes.
We would like to recommend  Volunteer’s Room Japanese that they are offering.


  • Join the session for 100yen /per time.
  • No need to make a reservation to join a session.
  • Any level of Japanese language skills can join.
  • Children in elementary school and above can join the special Japanese class on Sunday.
Time Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Special JP class
Facility information
  • Web Site:
  • Open Hours:9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Closed:Mondays, New Year Holidays (Closed Tuesday and open Monday if Monday is a National Holiday)
  • TEL:075-752-1166(Interpretation and Counseling Service for Non-Japanese)
  • Address:2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8536 JAPAN

Kyoto Prefectural International Center / 公益社団法人京都府国際センター

KPIC is offering Japanese courses mainly to international residences who live in Japan for the long term.

Not only Japanese studying, they are also providing some cultural experiences classes such as Calligraphy Class,Kimono-dressing,Ikebana Class and so on. If you are interested in those experiences check here for more details.



Regular Japanese classes

Day Monday and Thursday
Period May 14th to July 20th
Time 10:30 – 12:45
Cost 6000yen (20 days )

Conversation Japanese class

Day Saturday
Period May 16th to July 18th
Time 10:30 – 12:45
Cost 4000yen (10 days )

Kyoto International Cultural Association / 一般財団法人京都国際文化協会

KICA are offering two types of Japanese classes. Volunteer Japanese Lesson is likely to care more about your popups like for your daily life, to enter university or to pass JLPT, and so on and Yasashii(Easy) Nihongo lessons for people who live in Kyoto for a long- period.

They have been developing textbooks and as well as Japanese teachers for over 20 years and you can actually download them in free.

KICAでは、目的に合わせてコースを紹介してくれる様ですね。また、授業で使用しているテキストをセンターで作成しており、無料でダウンロード/ Downloadできるようです。ありがたいですね。

Volunteer Japanese Lesson

They have volunteer Japanese teachers who support your learning through private lessons or small group lessons.

Cost Registration fee 1000yen
500yen / per lesson ( 90mins)
Content They will consult with you first and decide what to study and schedule your lesson day.

Yasashii Japanese / やさしい日本語 I and II

This course is divided into 4 terms in a year and normally starts in April, July, October, and January. Each term has 12 sessions.

Schedule 1st  Term: April – June
2nd Term: July – August
3rd  Term: October – December
4th  Term: January – March
Time & Level Every Friday
Elementary: 13:30 – 15:30  / 18:30  – 20:30
Beginner: 18:30  – 20:30
Cost 7000yen (12times)
Content They will consult with you first and decide what to study and schedule your lesson day.
Contact  / 075-752-3511
Facility information
  • Web Site:
  • Open Hours: 10:00-18:00
  • Closed: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, National holidays, 12/29-1/3)
  • TEL: 075-342-5000
  • Address: B1F Mielparque Kyoto building, Shiokoji Sagaru, Higashinotoin dori,Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216, Japan

Fushimi Youth Action Center / 京都市伏見青少年活動センター

伏見市青少年センターでは、でも、多文化共生の一環として「にほんご」のレッスンや会話を楽しめるクラスを提供しています。気軽に参加できておすすめですね。They are offering 「Ninongo」lesson throughout communication class. To join the session is 100yen for per time, so you can feel easy to join.



にほんご会話教室/ Japanese Talking Lesson

Day 火曜日 / Tuesday
Time 19:00 – 20:30
Cost 100 Yen
To Join Call to 075-611-4901 or E-mail to
Facility information
  • Web Site:
  • Open Hours:Weekdays 10:00 am – 9:00 pm / Weekends & Holiday 10:00am – 6:00 pm
  • Closed:Wednesdays, New Year Holidays (12/29-1/3)
  • TEL:075-611-4910
  • Address:〒612-8511 Kyoto, Fushimi Ward, Takajocho, 39−2 Fushimi Ward Office 4th floor

ににほんご教室(きょうしつ)洛楽(らくらく)/ 公益財団法人京都YWCA

1995年から始まったににほんご教室(きょうしつ)洛楽(らくらく) では、入門、初級、中級、上級の4つのレベルで日本語のレッスンを行っています。クラス人数も最大5人、少人数で丁寧に教えてもらえそうですね。

They have established their movements in 1995. Now they have Nihongo classes Monday throughout Saturday. They have 4 levels and you can decide which class to join depending on your level and schedule.

★育児 / Child care サポート★お子さんと一緒の方は、レッスン中に預かってくれるサービスがあります。安心してレッスンを受けられますね。1回 の利用は、400円 / per time for child care is 400yen.

Day&Time Mondays to Saturdays  (once a week).
1 class is 90min.
You can choose a class depending on your schedule and level.
Level Beginners class:
You can learn to read and write Hiragana and Katakana. Also you can learn greetings.

Elementary class:
You can learn to read and write easy Kanji characters.

Intermediate class:
You can learn to read and write slightly more difficult Kanji characters. Also you can learn to write easy sentences.

Advanced class:
The contents of N1 and N2 levels of the Japanese language proficiency tests(JLPT) are studied.

・There are 1-5 students in a class.

Cost 2,600 yen per month ( 4 classes per month /  not including text book fee)
※Classes are for people who are interested in studying for a minimum of at least 6 months.
Contact  TEL:075-431-0351 or
Facility information
  • Web Site:
  • Open Hours:10:00am – 7:30pm (Saturday / 5:30pm)
  • Closed:Sunday and Holidays
  • TEL:075-431-0351
  • Address:44, Konoecho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-8019, Japan

Japanese Space Kyoto / にほんご空間・京都

JSK is one of the non-profit organizations running by volunteers who would like to support improving the non-native of Japanese people in Kyoto. They have started their activity since 1995.


Recently, They have started online lessons using Skype and Zoom! It’s a great support, isn’t it! コロナ状況を踏まえて、オンラインレッスンも対応しているようです!こういう対応はありがたいですね。More information for Online lesson.
  • 1500yen /per lesson (90mins) or 6000yen for 5 times.
  • You can join classes at any time.
  • You just need to send an e-mail to jskkyoto* with your preferable day and time.
Day Time Level Details
Mon 13:00 – 14:30 Intermediate JLPT N2
Tue 14:00 – 15:30 Upper-Intermediate JLPT N1
Wed 9:45 – 11:15 Beginner Words & Kanji
11:30 – 13:00 Beginner Minna no Nihongo II
13:30 – 15:00 Beginner
Never studied before
Minna no Nihongo I
Thurs 18:00 – 19:30 Pre-Intermediate JLPT N2
Facility information