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Genki Japanese & Culture School – Kyoto

Genki Japanese & Culture School – Kyoto



Hayashi Building 2F, 454-1 Shimizuchō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto 600-8025
Closest Station
Kawaramachi Station, Kiyomizu Gojo Station
Evan Tamerlane Kirby


Student Capacity (2019)
Grand Opening
JULY 2019!



Don't Just Learn Japanese, Learn Japan!

Genki Japanese School is a study abroad school for foreigners who want to learn Japanese in Japan. We have locations in Fukuoka City, in southern Japan, in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, and in the famous historical Gion district of Kyoto. We specialize in teaching communicative Japanese, and unlike most Japanese language schools, our courses are aimed at speakers of non-kanji languages (mainly, European languages). You can start on any Monday throughout the year, and study for as many weeks as you like. We're the most flexible, fun and rewarding Japanese school in Japan!

All of our Japanese teachers are graduates of a 420-hour Japanese teacher training course at a recognized study institution and have extensive experience teaching to foreigners. That is why we have students from more than 50 different countries who come to learn Japanese with us every year.

We offer also combined Japanese language programs for our three schools in order to offer our students the possibility of experiencing all three cities and have the best and most complete Japanese Language and Culture learning.

Oscar San Jose
Sales & Marketing Team Leader

Why this school?

  1. POINT1

    【Small and Well-Rounded Classes】
    Thanks to our small classes with a maximum of 8 students per class, we can offer more personalized and intensive learning than regular schools. Students get different teachers every day so as not get too used to one accent or way of speaking. This strengthens their listening abilities faster. Teachers write daily reports of each student in order for each teacher to know their students well even while continuously changing classes.
    Our classes are 100% in Japanese from the complete beginner level and our extra special cultural activities are available on Saturdays in order for students to get more immersed in the culture.
    Our teachers love teaching this beautiful language and students are able to feel the Genki passion from the first day. Students do not only learn the language though us, they learn Japan.

  2. POINT2

    【Conversation-Oriented Learning】
    Our specialized teaching method focuses on communicative Japanese, and unlike most Japanese language schools, our courses are aimed at speakers of non-kanji languages (mainly, European languages). This makes us a good choice for everybody. Our students learn to speak quickly. This provides them with incentive and the willingness to learn more difficult grammar and writing without losing faith along the way. This is different than what usually happens in traditional language schools in Japan that are more focused on grammar and writing.
    We are a language school in Japan that lives up to the high quality standards of Japan but also has the flexibility of a European school and this makes us a unique.
    We also do not spend too much time on learning hiragana at school. This makes it possible for students who only in Japan for a couple of weeks or are complete beginners to jump into the content and get the most out of their short stay.

  3. POINT3

    【A Place to Call Home】
    Our schools have a unique at-home atmosphere with very friendly multi-lingual staff that are always willing to help. We aim to be a second home to our students so that they do not feel lonely when they are far from their countries. Teachers continuously support students and have the flexibility to adapt their classes to suit the levels and needs of their students.
    Our flexible starting dates allow people with previous experience to start on any Monday of the month. Our school is only closed for official bank holidays making it possible for students to study with us over the Christmas period as well. We aim to offer the best to our students, always listen to them, and care for them not as clients but as family.

Students / Teachers Voice

Genki Japanese & Culture School – Kyoto

Cian (Ireland)

Genki JACS is a wonderful school, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. I know this because in my class of five people, all of us are returning students. For me, what I love about the school is how warm and friendly all of the people who work there are. There are also many opportunities to socialise at Genki JACS. Every Friday, the student lifestyle coordinator organises a party where you have opportunities to meet students from all over the world, as well as discover interesting places and events in Fukuoka. Genki JACS also has ways of facilitating you meeting Japanese people so you can make local friends and practice your Japanese with natives. You could attend the Language Exchange Lounge twice a week where you get to meet people of all English and Japanese levels. I love Genki JACS and I would recommend it to anyone who has any interest in learning Japanese or about Japanese culture.

Genki Japanese & Culture School – Kyoto

Chloe (UK)

I would fully recommend studying at Genki, it combines Japanese language with a European teaching environment. Genki JACs hosts international students from all over the world, with the requirement that everyone speaks Japanese in class - which makes learning a lot faster. Any problems or difficulties faced are handled by the friendly staff, be it in or out of class, in or out of the building - the staff are always willing and hoping to be helpful and available. Other ways Genki JACs works to improve the students learning experience is by hosting trips, events and language exchanges. It’s easy to find a school to study in, or buy a text book to study from - but finding a place that encourages and motivates experience, education and comfort is hard to find.

Course Description
Learn how to communicate with Japanese people in daily situations. Gain the Japanese language skills necessary to travel on your own, order at restaurants, ask for directions, and buy what you need anywhere in Japan.
Special Features
Students may add plus modules to customize their learning experience. Modules include conversation, traditional culture, pop culture, and a "nextGen" (summer school for minors) module. Cultural activities are also available for students that want a more culturally immersive experience.
● Admission Periods:Every Monday
● Course Length:1week~6months
● Class Length:50mins/lesson
● Class Time:①9:30~13:10 /②11:25~15:50 /③14:05~17:45
※Complete beginners start on the first Monday of any month (3rd Monday of June, July, and August).

Course Price Chart

Total 54,000 JPY 86,500 JPY 11,9000 JPY 151,500 JPY 184,000 JPY
  1 Week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 5 weeks
Registration 10,750 JPY 10,750 JPY 10,750 JPY 10,750 JPY 10,750 JPY
Tuition 32,500 JPY 65,000 JPY 97,500 JPY 130,000 JPY 162,500 JPY
Other 10,750 JPY 10,750 JPY 10,750 JPY 10,750 JPY 10,750 JPY


Accommodation Price Chart

  1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 5 weeks
Guest House* 15,000 JPY 30,000 JPY 45,000 JPY 60,000 JPY 75,000 JPY
Homestay (Breakfast) 28,000 JPY 56,000 JPY 84,000 JPY 112,000 JPY 140,000 JPY
Homestay (Half Board) 31,780 JPY 63,560 JPY 95,340 JPY 127,120 JPY 158,900 JPY

*: Private room, shared common spaces.

Plus Modules Description
Modules are can be taken in addition to the standard course and provide opportunities for students to customize their learning experience. Modules may not be taken independent of the standard course.
< Plus Conversation >
This module focuses just on conversational topics such as dialects, slang, and modern Japanese. This option is aimed at students with previous experience.
● 5 extra hours of conversation classes per week are offered.
< Plus Traditional Culture >
This module offers students the opportunity to learn about the traditional culture while learning the language, and the chance to participate in it with practical activities.
● 6 extra hours of cultural experiences per week are offered.
● 4 Week Maximum. Held on Saturday
< Plus Pop-Culture >
This module teaches all the latest trends in Japanese pop culture, letting students experience the most fun activities Japan has to offer, from cosplaying as your favorite anime character to drawing your very own manga.
● 6 extra hours of cultural experiences per week are offered.
● 4 Week Maximum. Held on Saturday.
< Plus nextGen >
Students may go sightseeing, try on a kimono and experience tea ceremony, visit a manga school, practice martial arts, and more. This module combines the traditional and pop-culture modules and is designed for students ages 14-19.
● Only June /July /August

Plus Module Price Chart

  Price (per week)
Conversation 10,000 JPY
Course Description
A discounted long-term courses are available for a period of 6-months (24 weeks). Students will participate in the standard course.
● Admission Periods:Janurary /April /July /August
● Course Length:6months
● 6-month visa waiver required
● Class Length:50mins/lesson
● Class Time:①9:30~13:10 /②11:25~15:50 /③14:05~17:45

Course Price Chart

6 Months 590,000 JPY


  • Wi-Fi Wi-Fi

    Free internet access for all students studying at the school.

  • Lounge Lounge

    Student lounge for studying, relaxing, or passing the time.

  • Library Library

    A variety of reading materials available for study or leisure.

  • Activities Activities

    Experience Japanese culture with cultural experiences and activities.

  • Internships Internships

    Gain real-world work experience in a Japanese work environment.

  • Language Partners Language Partners

    Improve your communication skills with a language partner.

  • Accommodations Accommodations

    Assistance to find the room that is right for you.

  • Airport Pickup Airport Pickup

    Arrive directly at your accommodation after a long flight.


Genki JACS offers both short and long-term courses making it ideal for students who simply want to enjoy their time in Japan while studying a language or prepare to advance into the next chapter in their academic or professional careers. Students also have the ability to customize their study by adding special subject options to their courses. Genki JACS is internationally recognized and the first language school to receive the ST Magazine World Language School Star Award in 2016 and receiving it again in 2018. The school is also one of only two in Japan that is accredited by the International Association of Language Centers (IALC).


Having been the capitol of Japan for more than 1000 years, Kyoto is a great place to study Japanese language and experience the culture. There are also many Japanese language schools to choose from. Japanese history and culture have been preserved and protected over the years and traditional food, art, and customs thrive in this city. Kyoto is also known for it's beautiful nature and it's distinct seasons.


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