• YMCA's mission for Japanese language education

    The YMCA Japanese Language Program promotes the global understanding and the development of a harmonious society by teaching Japanese language and culture.

  • Educational goals and policies

    1. 1) We develop people who can contribute to mutual understanding in international relationships as a member of global community through interactions with Japanese and cultural experiences
    2. 2) We develop people who can live independently in Japan by providing Japanese language education for the foreigners who wish to study and work in Japan
    3. 3) We develop people who achieve multicultural symbiosis in global society and create peaceful society

Programs for those who are not on student visa

We offer programs for those who are not on student visa


<General Japanese Course>

This course is designed for those who want to learn Japanese while working in Japan on the working holiday visa or staying in Japan for a short-term.
We offer classes in four different levels: beginner, intermediate, intermediate-advanced, and advanced

For more details(Short term 3 months or 6 months course)

<Japanese STEP Course>

This program is recommended for those who are busy with work and/or housework, but still want to learn Japanese. This will be a great fit for beginners and people who like to learn in a small class. We offer classes in three different levels: STEP 1 (introductory), STEP 2 (beginner-first half), STEP 3 (beginner-second half).

For more details

<Summer & Winter Intensive Courses>

These are intensive courses designed for people whose Japanese is at a beginner or higher level.In addition to Japanese class, students will engage in "free activity," where they can plan a programs of their interest. Also, they will enjoy sightseeing and visiting leisure facilities in Nagoya.

For more details

Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers that are interested in interacting with our students and supporting them.

<Japanese Volunteer Tutor>

We are looking for volunteer tutors who chat with our students for one hour once a week.

If you are interested, please contact us.

For more details

Download Documents

You can download necessary documents from the link below

General Japanese Course

(all the downloadable documents are in PDF format)

For those who will apply for student visa

1. Admission information (PDF)
2. Student visa application guide (PDF)
3. Application (WordPDF)
4. Purposes of Studying Japanese (WordPDF)
5. Letter of Financial Support ・Notes on filling out the form (WordPDF)

For those who are not on student visa

1. Admission information (PDF)
2. Application (WordPDF)

Location and Contact Information

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Take a look at school life at Nagoya YMCA Japanese Language School