• Japan
    • Tokyo
2 to 22 weeks

Program Details

Immersion Level
JLPT (Japanese)
Specialized Courses
Specific Purposes
Weekly Classroom Hours
Apartment Host Family Hotel
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
Accommodations with a screened local host family and a meal plan are included in the course price. You can upgrade to the EF Residence. Contact the US Based Admissions Team for a personalized price quote.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
What's Not Included
Oct 31, 2023
Apr 19, 2024
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About Program

Learn Japanese among Tokyo’s soaring skyline and fast-paced culture. EF's interactive, participation based courses will ensure that you are not just learning the language, but living it too! Practice your with locals in the trendy shops and sushi bars of the Shibuya District – where our course center is located.

At EF, can decide when you want to study, how long you'll stay, and what you'd like to focus on. You can personalize your course with Special Interest Classes like Japanese Calligraphy, Music, Manga, and Exam Preparation (JLPT). Earn transferable college credit for any course 4 weeks or longer, allowing you to make the most of your time abroad.

Our Japanese courses are recognized by The University of Montana, our partner in education.

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Program Highlights

  • Study from 2 weeks up to a full year, start any Monday.
  • Located in the most famous intersection in the world - Shibuya Tower.
  • Top activities include Anime & Manga Tours, picnics under the Cherry Blossoms in Yoyogi Park, karaoke parties, visits to the Meiji Shrine, and weekend trips to Korea.

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Make maximum progress during your stay abroad. Highly recommended for students who need to learn a language as quickly as possible for academic or professional reasons.

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This carefully composed course of 26 weekly lessons (total tuition time of 17 hours and 20 minutes), held in the morning and afternoon, is designed to help you move up one course level every six weeks.

EF Basic Course

Combine plenty of free time abroad with 20 morning and afternoon language lessons a week (total tuition time of 13 hours and 20 minutes) – combining General Language Lessons, Project Sessions and Lecture Sessions.

Program Reviews

4.60 Rating
based on 20 reviews
  • 5 rating 80%
  • 4 rating 10%
  • 3 rating 5%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 5%
  • Housing 4.9
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.75
  • Value 4.95
  • Safety 4.95
  • Instruction 3.2
  • Support 3.4
  • Fun 4
  • Housing 3.2
  • Value 2.6
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No, I don't recommend this program

Once they got my money...

My teenage daughter arrived in Tokyo and walked around FOR THREE HOURS lost and scared. We called the Tokyo school and spoke to staff, no one bothered to help her. This set the tone for the entire trip.

In my opinion, very expensive (I paid approximately $6000) and very disorganized. Also in my opinion, classes were sub par.
I paid several hundred dollars for an airport transfer that was never used. For the return, they were notified of the airport change approximately four weeks in advance and a limo still showed up to take the student to the wrong airport. We had to pay for this ourselves, despite paying several hundred dollars for the transfer.

I totally got the run around regarding a refund for the unused airport transfer. After emailing the customer service rep for assistance, I was advised to schedule a meeting with the "student experience coordinator." The "student experience coordinator" did not show up for the Zoom meeting and did not respond to my emails to reschedule. (I had sent several emails, previously, explaining this simple issue and no idea why a meeting was even necessary.)

As an aside, if you send your kid thinking they will be supervised after hours, they are not, in our experience. Also in our experience, a lot of the time students are unsupervised and going to bars. As I see it, you should not send your kid if you are expecting them to be supervised after hours.

In my opinion, once this company has your money, they care about nothing else.

8 people found this review helpful.
Response from EF International Language Campuses

Dear Beth,

Thank you for your feedback on your daughter’s program with EF. We’re sorry to hear that your daughter did not have the experience we all hoped for in Tokyo. Regarding the return airport transfer we apologize for the miscommunication about your last minute change of her departure airport. Thankfully, her host was able to drive her to the correct airport for an on time departure and the transfer cost was applied towards this transportation.
While navigating any new place for the first time can be challenging, we do encourage students in predeparture meetings and welcome emails to call the school emergency phone if lost. Her host did take her to school and our school staff did make sure she understood the route to school and gave her an individualized orientation the following day.
The activities team also reached out to encourage her to participate in school-organized activities, which she did. While these activities are run by EF staff, our students ages 18 and older (like your daughter) are considered legal adults and are not fully supervised and have the freedom to explore the city independently. We apologize if that expectation was not correctly set during the admissions project.
Again, thank you sincerely for your feedback. If you would like to discuss further, please don’t hesitate to reach out at +1 800 992 1892 or ils@ef.com.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Ef Tokyo

I am 16 years old and my trip with Ef Tokyo was my first trip abroad alone.This trip was my favorite vacation ever and I have made so many friends from Japan and other countries. I was only with Ef Tokyo for two weeks but I learned a decent amount of Japanese while I was there. While in Tokyo you have a lot of free time and you can go wherever you would like. You can go throughout the country independently which was something surprising but definitely something I enjoyed. I took trips to Akihabara, Kyoto, Harujuku, Shinjuku, and so many other places. My residence was 1 hour by train away from the school which is in the heart of Shibuya which is an awesome location. One thing I didn’t like about the school was the time of the classes because some days they were at 9 while others were at 18:00. I loved meeting new people while I was in Japan especially Japanese people because it gave me a new perspective of life in Japan. I made a Japanese friend that
took me too his home town’s festival. If you go to Ef Tokyo you will have so much fun and make so many friends no matter how long you go. I really recommend Tokyo even if you are like me and knew 0 Japanese when you arrived. I’ll be honest it is sometimes hard to get around without being able to speak Japanese but I could always rely on google translate so I’m the end it was okay. I also really enjoyed the activities the school provided. My favorite one was my trip to Kyoto where I bought a model katana and learned about Japan’s history. If you like the city or the country side Ef Tokyo is great because in 1 hour from the residence is the heart fi Tokyo and 1 hour the other way you can visit beaches and mountains. I am so glad I did Ef Tokyo even though I was super nervous in the beginning. The staff was great and everyone there is super nice I really do recommend visiting Ef Tokyo! Oh one more thing the food! I loved the food you can get such good food for so cheap. Japan is the most beautiful country I have visited and I hope everyone can experience Japan once in their lives!

  • The school is in the heart of Tokyo
  • Students have freedom to travel anywhere in the Country
  • I made so many friends from Japan and other countries
  • Classes can be long and at awkward times
  • Many people don’t speak English in Japan so it can sometimes be hard
  • Residence is a little far from the school and transportation can add up.
59 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Good experience overall

I studied at EF Tokyo over the summer for three weeks. Compared to other language schools in Tokyo, EF is egregiously overpriced. For the price you pay for a month at EF, you could get 2-3 months at another school of equal or better quality.

Riisa-sensei, my teacher for two weeks, was fantastic. Some other teachers seemed inexperienced, but teaching quality for the most part was good. My class moved through material at an extremely slow pace, however, so don't come to EF if your goal is to learn as much Japanese as you can.

Activities were alright. Most of them are not free. You pay for them using "activity credits" that you purchase. These activities range from museum visits to weekend trips, and are usually quite pricey.

I stayed in the "EF Residence" in Tama-plaza. Please be aware that EF does not own this building -- it's a share-house with rooms that can be rented by anyone. The quality of the accommodation was quite poor. I stayed in a bunk bed room that only had one tiny desk and one dresser for both my roommate and I. When I arrived, my bed was dirty and had food scraps on it. Thankfully, I didn't spend much time in my room.

The best part of EF was the people I met -- I made great friends with like-minded people from all over the world, some of which I still keep in contact with. With the friends I made from EF, I went on a weekend trip to Kyoto and climbed Mt. Fuji. I will forever cherish the memories I made in Tokyo last summer.

Despite its shortcomings, EF Tokyo is a good way to get your first taste of Japan. However, I would look at other programs with better value is the cost is too high.

170 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Japanese in Japan

I have always been interested in Japan, both in the language and its culture. I discovered anime in elementary school and have been hooked ever since and I was able to take Japanese classes for four years at my highschool but I wanted to become fluent so I convinced my parents to let me study abraod in Japan in the summer of my Junior year. It was honestly the best summer of my life. I met so many people from all over the world who shared the same interest as me and I became so close with my roommate and a few other guys in the program and the four of us went around Tokyo together for the time we were there. The experience of being alone in a foreign country may be a bit scary and too much but it is honestly great once you get used to it. I went with knowledge on the language but my roommate and my other friends went with absolutely no knowledge, maybe a couple of words from anime but that's all and they were able to adapt just fine. This program also set me up with an extremely nice and welcoming family just outside of the city and I had an amazing experience there. The best part about Japan is the food, it was just amazing. Where I'm from, 7-11 is a cheap snack store that's usually always empty but in Japan, it is totally different. The 7-11s there have so much variety in their foods, they have boxed lunches that taste great and onigiri in so many different flavors and so many different types of ramen. I go to a 7-11 near my host family every morning to grab breakfast which usually consists of a bottled milk tea and one or two onigiris, usually salmon. I would often go to the Family Mart (another convenience store) for lunch at the EF campus. Restaurants in Japan are also so cool, there are conveyor belt sushis and it is super delicious and affordable. Japan also have amazing places filled with trendy fashion stores and sweets like Harajuku. It was amazingly crowded I literally got pushed around the street because the crowd was moving me forward. It was a very different but fun experience. Beware though, the trains during rush hour in the morning and in the evenings are crazy, I honestly was squished from all sides every morning when I go to class and every evening when I go home. This program is definitely worth it if you want to learn a language in a country you've never been to before.

What would you improve about this program?
I feel like it would be better if students were able to choose their host family or at least the location of their host family because I got placed in a place an hour away from the campus. I'm not complaining because the family was great and super nice compared to stories I've heard from my friends but it would just be nice to have a bit more knowledge and a little choice.
165 people found this review helpful.
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No, I don't recommend this program

Not Happy

I really wanted to study abroad and take the JLPT. I was told I would be placed in a class with other adults, I was not. I was told I would not be living far from the school, I was a 1hr and 20mins away. I was told I would be living with a Japanese family, I did not. I was told I would be able to take the JLPT and take prep courses for it, I wasn’t. The courses are fine I guess if you already know some japanese, don’t mind speed courses and are a college kid burning your school vacation. My teacher did not speak English well so answering her students questions was often difficult. Leaving many of us to change classes or be confused most of class. There are NO classes for adults at this location, only immature teens and young adults. So if you prefer to take classes with working professionals or atleast people 30 and older forget it. A lot of things weren’t explained to me upon signing up and I didn’t realize this until after a few weeks in so I wasn’t pleased with quite a few things. Not to mention once I was done with the program the administration and agents that signed me up seemed wash their hands of me and not respond to my questions.

What would you improve about this program?
Please be upfront with your students and their families about what can be provided and why can I be provided with the program. This program cost a lot of money to go halfway across the world and be disappointed.
172 people found this review helpful.
Response from EF International Language Campuses

Hello Dametria,

Thank you for your honest feedback. I know that it takes time to leave these reviews and I appreciate it. After more than 50 years of helping students travel the world, happiness and academic progress are among our top priorities.

EF's programs are complete immersion which does mean no English in school, even from the teacher. Our years of research have proven that this is the best and most effective way to learn a new language. I totally understand it can be challenging.

I would love the chance to talk to you more about your course and see if there is anything we can do to make it up to you. Would you mind emailing me at alexis.jungdahl@ef.com so we can set up a time to talk?

Thanks again,
Alexis Jungdahl, Admissions Director

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Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a lifetime

EF and just Tokyo in general keep suprising me, I feel like I'm learning an extreme amount while I'm still able to keep up. the only complaint I have is ha the classes could use a break in between them cause 80 min x 2 is hard for your concentration level. Japan itself is wonderful and the people too, I would love to go again! All the friends I made are awesome and we allread have plans to meet up outside of Japan, If you want to learn japanese while having a great time. Absolutely go here!

What would you improve about this program?
Breaks between classes
169 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

After 6 weeks

I’m writing this review after going to ef-tokyo for 6 weeks. So far I’ve had a great time. Tokyo is such a huge city, so I’ve always had something to do. Everyday i’ve been here, I’ve gone to a different part of the city, or engaged in some kind of activity. The EF staff organize a lot of interesting and fun activities that I frequently joined, especially in the beginning. As I got more familiar with the city I started exploring more and more in my own and with friends. I’m staying with a host family, and the family lives rather far away, as it can take over an hour to get to school by train. However, the family is very friendly and talking Japanese with them is a good way to practice what we have learned in class. The classes are quiet good, with the general class covering most grammar and other classes that you can choose yourself covers more specific stuff. I currently have general classes, kanji, reading and shodo (calligraphy) classes. These classes suits me very well because one of my primary goals is to be able to read. I’m staying for 8 months total and I’m ver much looking forward to the rest of my stay here because I know that I won’t be bored and that I’ll learn a lot!

What would you improve about this program?
Most of the classes are well paced, but there are seemingly no good option for a more fast paced class. If you’re the type that learns quickly or spends a lot of time studying, you will rather easily find yourself ahead of the class. Meaning you’ll have to move classes quite often if your want to learn at your own pace. Also, depending on your classes, you might have quite short lunch brakes. The longest brake i have is 30 min which is barely enough time to go to the nearest food store (for this school it’s a regular conveniece store) and maybe eat I’ll have time to eat it if the line is not too long. Which is kind of a shame considering the schools very central location and all the good food options close by.
160 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

EF Tokyo experience

EF was a great experience during the three weeks I spent in Tokyo. I stayed in the residence and only had to take one train to get to the school. The staff was very welcoming and willing to set up activities, although I didn't participate in the majority of them. I was very lucky to find great friends during my stay who I still keep in contact with. However everyone was friendly so there's no problem making friends, which was one of my primary concerns when arriving my first day. The classes are engaging and in small numbers which I enjoyed. I was in the highest class in EF at the time but I wished there could've been a higher level class. The teachers are absolutely amazing and I keep in contact with my general teacher from the time. I absolutely loved the experience and I plan to come back to Japan next year.

What would you improve about this program?
have higher level classes, the highest was B-1-2 when the highest was C-3-3 so more challenging classes would be nice, however most students are beginners so it is understandable.
163 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Ethan! Pricing depends on which destination you are considering. All prices are on our website (ef.edu/year or ef.edu/language) under their respective destination tabs and we would be very happy to make you a price quote. Shoot us an email at ILS@ef.com and we can connect you with your Study Abroad Advisor.

Hey Gustav! At any EF school we use a mix of materials that includes books, worksheets, learning apps, and other digital material, unique to EF. Everything you need will be provided for you at school but we suggest bringing a laptop or iPad. Let us know if you have any more questions by emails ILS@ef.com.

Hi Ahmed! A monthly pass costs about 10,000 Yen per month ($90 USD) or less, depending on which neighborhood you live on. The metro is very efficient, reliable, and easy to use. The EF school staff will help you buy a pass at a student rate!

Hi! I will let our students share their own host family experiences but can take the commute question! The average EF host family is 60 minutes away from school. This is an average commuting time for residents of Tokyo. Our school is located in the popular Shibuya Crossing (that famous busy intersection) so the perfect jumping off point for exploring the city!