Genki Tokyo Japanese and Culture

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Hanazono Bldg 3F Shinjuku 5-17-6, Shinjuku-ku 160-0022 Tokyo Japan


Genki Japanese and Culture School is located in Tokyo, Japan. The school not only focuses on teaching basic Japanese grammar, but also on the art of living in Japan and communicating with real Japanese people.

GenkiJACS school has multiple accreditations and awards because it is one of the best language schools in the world. Qualitative education is what the school offers.

Presentation of Genki Japanese and Culture School

The school is one of only two Japanese schools accredited by IALC, the International Association of Language Centres. It has nine classrooms and accommodates a maximum of 90 students simultaneously.

Students must be at least 16 years old to access it. For adolescents under 18 years of age and without parental presence, a stay with a foster family is mandatory.

The school welcomes profiles of students of all levels. However, it requires its future learners to memorize the reading of the "hiragana" phonetic alphabet before they arrive at school. The academy can provide manuals to learn hiraganas before arriving in Japan.

Twelve levels are available, from beginner to upper intermediate level. The school operates on a rotating system: every Monday, the student joins the class that corresponds to his level according to his evolution.

All students benefit from standard Japanese language courses to which various additional modules can be added.

The mission of Genki Japanese and Culture School

Genki Academy believes that it is not possible to learn a language using only a textbook. It is necessary to "feel it, use it, live it" in order to be able to reap all its benefits.

GenkiJACS school does not focus on the JLPT and other written tests. She considers that communicating with Japanese people in an intelligible and fluid way is more important.

Courses can take place for a minimum of one week, even if the minimum recommended duration is two weeks for the provision of accommodation. The maximum duration of the courses has no limit, it depends only on the student's visa.

The student may choose to stay:

  • In a host family with a Japanese family
  • In a shared room in the dormitory
  • In a private room in a guest house
  • In a private apartment
  • In supervised, private or shared residence

The school's teachers and their unique teaching

Most teachers speak English and Japanese. Teachers can thus intervene in English when the situation requires it, especially for beginner students, by linking Japanese grammar to English grammar.

Genki Japanese and Culture School favours the use of the Japanese language to communicate with its students. Constant oral and listening practice is imperative.

The teachers have developed special and innovative techniques to learn the Japanese language. They use original, playful and modern methods with real-life situations to be able to adapt easily to daily life in Japan.

The school certifies that thanks to its methods, its students learn Japanese in record time.

The school has about eight students per classroom. Nine students exceptionally in high season and an average of five to six students in low season.

Why choose Genki Japanese and Culture School?

GenkiJACS stands out from other Japanese schools and is to be preferred for its linguistic stay in Japan for :


  • The level of excellence in Japanese language of its students:
     Students have the highest scores among all Japanese schools, on all school exam websites combined.
  • Flexibility :
    Students can arrive at any time of the year and start their classes on any Monday for the desired duration.
  • The friendly and complicit approach of the school:
    Thanks to the organization of various activities in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
  • Its small school with a small number of students per class:
    For a better individual follow-up of each student and a better accompaniment in his daily life.
  • The adaptability of the school to the student's native language:
    The courses are adapted for European language students. The needs and approach techniques of European students are not the same as those of Asian students.
  • Access for people with disabilities and special supports:
    The school is adapted and accessible for students with physical disabilities. In low season, it also offers special support for students with difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHD, autism, etc.

Presentation of Tokyo, activities and the school district

Genki Japanese and Culture School overlooks the peaceful Hanazono Sanctuary. Every morning, students pass through the giant red torii doors to get to school.

GenkiJACS is located a few steps from Shinjuku Station, the busiest station in the world.

Tokyo is full of thousands of restaurants, bars and entertaining places for young and old. The city is in constant motion, the students are never bored.

The school organizes an average of 4 to 7 extracurricular activities per week: a discovery of the local hot springs called Onsen, restaurants where you can catch your own fish, cinema evenings, Japanese evenings of traditional games, etc.

The most: GenkiJACS school has branches in Japan

Genki Japanese and Culture School has three schools located in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Kyoto.

Language courses

Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels.

Core Japanese course

Japanese 16 - 99 years old

You won't go far in Japan without knowing how to speak the language, but using the special techniques their teachers have developed, you will be surprised how easy it is to learn to speak Japanese, and you will be fluent before you know it!

The standard course uses interesting and modern materials and activities to focus on improving your ability to speak Japanese in a way that gives you the flexibility to adapt to new situations, until one day you won't even need a teacher!

Small group classes are taught both inside and outside the classroom - you will learn essential communication skills in structured lessons with the teacher, and then practice them in real-life situations.

This course will form the basis of any study plan you choose to take at GenkiJACS. It consists of ten 50-minute grammar lessons per week and ten application lessons of four skills, where you apply what you have learned in communication situations.

You will have 20 class hours per week, 4 classes per day. 2 classes will focus on grammar and 2 classes will focus on the application of the 4 key skills – Speaking, Listening, Writing and Reading.

  • 20 lessons lessons/week
  • Each class is 50 minutes long
  • Held on weekdays (Monday-Friday)
  • Starts every Monday, all year long*
  • Available to all levels
  • Possible to add modules/add-ons 
  • *Complete beginners start on the first Monday of the month (or the 1st & 3rd Mondays of June, July & August)

You can add  5 additional lessons/week
Up to five additional lessons of one-on-one tuition per week allow you to study whatever you want!
Set your own pace and adapt the content of your lessons to your personal needs.

Held on weekdays (Monday-Friday)
Not available during June, July & August

Select type of lesson:


Usually the check-in is one or two days before the start of the course, and check out on the day of graduation. You can change the dates in the form.

I do not need accommodation

Homestay in Tokyo

Homestay 16 - 99 years old

Homestays in Tokyo can be located quite far from school, so you may have travel times of up to 90mins one-way. If location and convenience are important to you, you may want to consider a different accommodation instead.

Sharing a bedroom is not possible. You may share the homestay with other students.

We recommend this solution to our students, for a period of one to three months. In total immersion, living with a host family allows you to put your knowledge into practice at home.

  •  Bedroom:Private
  •  Room size: Around 10m²
  •  Facilities: Shared bathroom/common area
  •  Meals: Breakfast included
  •  Bedding: Included
  •  Toiletries: Toiletries/towels not included
  •  Sharing possible? No
  •  Min length of stay: 1 week
  •  Distance to school: 40-90min (by bus/train)

Select type of room and meal

Private residence in Tokyo

School residence 16 - 99 years old

The private residence is a cost-effective and fun way to make friends in Japan! You will the privacy of your own bedroom, while still getting to meet and mingle with the other residents of the house, and enjoy the freedom of life in the city. Add to that the fact that they are just a short train ride away from school, it's easy to see why these are our most popular accommodation option!

  • Bedroom: Private
  • Room size: Around 10m²
  • Facilities: Shared bathroom/kitchen
  • Internet: Wifi (sometimes LAN)
  • Meals: Not included
  • Bedding: Included
  • Toiletries: Toiletries/towels not included
  • Sharing possible: No
  • Min length of stay: 2 weeks
  • Distance to school: 25-50min (by bus/train)

Select type of room and meal

Video presentation of the school

School Facilities


  • Reception Desk

Media and technology

  • Interactive whiteboard


  • Self-study area
  • Student lounge

Food and Drink

  • Vending machine

School alumni reviews

Genki Japanese and Culture School Tokyo has been reviewed by 39 previous students on Google. Max five of the available reviews are included below.

profile of Selina Buser

2 months ago

by Selina Buser

I stumbled upon GenkiJacs by accident and I couldn't have wished for a better school experience. I was very well informed before I got there, all my question we're being answered in no time via email and I felt totally welcome. I made a lot of progress in the three weeks I spent in class and made new friends and acquaintances. Also the accommodation that they arranged for me was very nice. I will totally be back! Only thing maybe: the building where GenkiJacs in Tokyo have the schoolrooms is not the newest and was rather hard to find on the first day.

profile of EresTremulant

2 months ago

by EresTremulant

In 2015 I attended Genki for 3 weeks. While it is comparatively expensive, the classes are incredibly high quality. Small groups with a high focus on putting what you learn into practice. I was put into an advanced beginner course which was slightly above my ability but the classes were so fun and motivating that I managed to catch up in a very short time. The teachers were very pleased as well. I was so sad to leave, as it was without a doubt the best educational experience I've ever had, thanks in large part to the teachers. Incredibly friendly, motivated and approachable people. To be completely honest though, I wouldn't recommend going if you are starting Japanese from scratch. Definitely learn the basics beforehand and then go. You'll get so much more return on your investment. Anyone can learn Hiragana and Katakana on their own time in a couple of weeks. Don't need an expensive course for that. Also a word on the location, the school is located in the heart of Tokyo, a short walk from the busiest train station in the world, so in addition to the awesome school you will find yourself in one of the most amazing places on this planet.

profile of 데밀톨가

2 months ago

by 데밀톨가

The most expensive Japanese learning school I have ever seen. Staff is friendly, but the place isn't worth staying at. Too small and they don't give you an official license either. They also charge you 300 usd per week while other learning schools charge you about 600 ~ 1000 usd per 3 months. Be careful where you spend your money.

profile of Timothy Borsje

4 months ago

by Timothy Borsje

I studied at GenkiJACS Tokyo for six weeks in 2019, and it was a real highlight of my time abroad. I think that I learned more Japanese in those six weeks than I learned studying by myself in the previous year! The school itself is in a fantastic location, so close to great food, cafes to study in and bars to socialise with other students in. The courses were intense with daily homework, but it was always manageable and never stressful. The teaching emphasises conversation, which I appreciated. The teachers are a very fun set of characters, who bring their friendly personalities into their teaching style. I never thought that I'd laugh so much in a foreign language class. The other students were also a cool group of people. There's a good mix of people all ages there - I think that anyone would feel welcome here. Finally it's worth noting the school events. I attended a free sake festival in Ginza, a day out in Asakusa, and a visit to an open air folk house museum in Kawasaki. All were very fun and enjoyable!

profile of Jonas Spies

4 months ago

by Jonas Spies

I think this is a good school that I can definitely recommend going to. The staff is really nice and helpful, so I always felt like I could count on them if I had a problem. At the end of a chapter I could really use the grammar I learned, and during my eight weeks I went from chapter 10 to the end of chapter 16 (so slightly less than one chapter a week) I can definitely recommend this school to beginners, but do keep the following things mind: 1) this is a School for western people. That means that the pace is for people not at all used to Asian languages, who therefore take longer to understand the grammar and get used to vocabulary. 2) most classes are on a rather low level, at the point of me writing this review the highest class is at the end of the second book (~JLPT N4), which means that there are currently no classes for advanced people. Therefore, please think twice about going to this school if you are at an advanced level or if you are just a fast learner, maybe trying to study a lot by yourself, as you might be held back in that case (classes are made so that homework and the classes are more than enough practice to understand the grammar)