Shinwa Foreign Academy Tokyo

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2-14-30 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku 169-0075 Tokyo Japan

The Shinwa Foreign Academy is a fabulous Japanese school located in the Takadanobaba district of Tokyo's Shinjuku-ku district. With a capacity of 1080 students, it welcomes a wide cosmopolitan audience. One quarter of the students are French, the remaining three quarters are mainly Australians, Canadians, Filipinos, British, Spanish and Portuguese. In order to learn the Japanese language, the school provides courses based on the personalized follow-up of each student.

Presentation of the Shinwa Foreign Academy

The Shinwa School was founded in April 1963, and then created its foreign language academy annex in 1990. The quality of his teaching is no longer to be proven.

For more than 20 years, it has been recognized as a good Japanese school by the Tokyo Immigration Bureau.

In order to meet growing societal and international expectations, the Shinwa Foreign Academy wishes to instill in its students its educational philosophy of combining the learning of the Japanese language with an understanding of Japanese culture in its entirety.

Students will be able to choose between short courses, from 1 to 6 months, or long courses, from 12 to 24 months. However, it should be noted that a diploma will only be awarded to students who have enrolled in courses lasting more than 15 months.

Short-term courses are for students who come to Japan on a working holiday visa, or who are only temporary visitors of 3 months or more.

There is no prior knowledge of Japanese language, the school welcomes beginners.

The mission of the Shinwa Foreign Academy

The Shinwa Foreign Academy's learning style is based on a highly pedagogical method in order to keep its students motivated and perfectly educated.

Thus, every day, a mini-test is carried out to verify that the lesson learned the day before is well assimilated. This allows the teaching staff to detect the abilities and shortcomings of their students and to be able to modify courses accordingly.

The school has developed a mixed language learning plan: Minna no Nihongo learning method, exclusive school courses and courses based on the JPLT, the Japanese language aptitude test.

The school makes it a point to provide detailed information and advice as soon as its students arrive, so that they can quickly familiarize themselves with Japanese life. An opening ceremony is also held with native speakers in order to answer all the students' questions.

Shinwa School offers an entrance test to assess the Japanese language skills of each future student. Thus, the student is placed in a course that corresponds to his or her real level of competence.

Teachers at the Japanese school

The 60 professors of the Shinwa Foreign Academy are fully trained and experienced. The large number of teachers allows for individual follow-up of each student. More personalised advice and individual reviews are therefore highlighted. The teachers provide comprehensive courses in a friendly and social environment.

The teachers give advice in Japanese to the students. And for further questions, multilingual office staff are available to speak to students in their native languages.

Short-term courses are composed of classes of less than 18 students, long-term courses are composed of a number of students ranging from 10 to 20.


Why choose the Shinwa Foreign Academy?   

  • Immediate support outside the school:
    As soon as students arrive in Japan, the Academy's staff provides administrative support to its students so that they can settle in the country easily: registration at the town hall, obtaining health insurance, bank accounts, student grants and scholarships, a train pass, etc.
  • Regular individual support:
    The Shinwa school's courses are based on personalised support that allows excellent learning of the Japanese language. The student is therefore perfectly followed throughout his or her career.
  • Support after graduation:
    In addition, staff and teachers fully accompany each student, in order to prepare for their future life in Japan after graduation. Pursuing higher education, or looking for a job, the school is there to support them.
  • Reasonable academic pace: Classes are held Monday to Friday, in the morning from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and/or in the afternoon from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Structure, activities and district of the Shinwa Foreign Academy

The school consists of three buildings, twenty-nine air-conditioned and heated classrooms, a computer room, a study room and two consultation rooms. Three academic offices, a secretarial office, toilets on each floor, a dormitory with 100 places and seven vending machines for hot and cold drinks complete it.

The Takadanobaba district has public libraries, restaurants, cafés, sports centres, shopping areas, and many other treasures to discover. The heart of Tokyo is only 3 minutes away by train.

Every season of the year, cultural events are organized: visits to museums and amusement parks, programming of school parties and friendly barbecues...
Immersions in Japanese culture are also evident with visits to temples, palaces, Imperial Oil, the kimono port, festivals, etc.

School Facilities


  • Reception Desk

Media and technology

  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Free Wifi


  • Self-study area
  • Student lounge

Food and Drink

  • Vending machine

Language courses

Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels.

Short-term Japanese course (1 to 6 months) working holiday or temporary visitors

Japanese 16 - 99 years old

This is the same regular course as the long-term courses. But the short-term courses are for those who come to Japan with a working holiday visa, or as temporary visitors (3 months or more).

4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place in the following possible time intervals. The exact time schedule will be provided on the first day of class depending on your level:
Morning: 9:00 am - 12:25 pm
Afternoon: 1:00 pm - 4:25 pm
Starting dates of the courses

Starting dates in 2020:
- 06.Jan.2020
- 06.Apr.2020
- 01.Jul.2020
- 08.oct.2020

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

Shared apartment in Tokyo

Shared Apartment 16 - 99 years old

You can stay in one of our shared apartments and and cook for yourself

We offer several apartments in the Tokyo area to meet the needs of students during their studies in Shinwa. Each apartment is equipped with everything students need for their daily life in Japan.

❖ Washing machine
❖ Storage space
❖ Microwave
❖ Refrigerator
❖ Gas stove / IH cooker
❖ Furniture
❖ Bedding
❖ Internet access

Most student apartments are located close to the school or a short train ride away.
(They are usually located within a 5 minute walk from the school school)

Example of Costs

2DK (4 person shared rooms)

Initial deposit for first 3 months: 173,000 JPY. 

  • Rent: ¥40,000 per month
  • Security Deposit: ¥10,000 
  • Entrance Fee: ¥40,000
  • Wi-Fi Fee: ¥3,000 (First 3 months only)

Select type of room and meal

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