Learn Japanese in Tokyo with EF

Video and Photos

A Metro car on the Ginza line sported Disney banners.
Assorted Fish Rice bowl at a small take-a-ticket type counter restaurant. Very cheap, and extremely delicious!
Morning light in EF Tokyo Language School
At a bar called, Izakaya! It was located in Shibuya, right outside the station you use to enter the area where you get to the Cross Towers.
EF Tokyo is located in the popular Shibuya area
EF Tokyo is located in the popular Shibuya area
Exploring the city
Exploring the city
EF Tokyo
EF Tokyo

About

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.

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.

Popular Programs

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.

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.

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.

Questions & Answers

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!

Hi Rihanna! Thanks for your interest in EF! You will actually take class at EF Tokyo, our language immersion school, located in the amazing Shibuya Tower. You can take a tour here: https://youtu.be/UC_Kygz4yEw Our classes are taught by native language speaking teachers trained in our teaching methodology, which means the classes are interactive and completely immersive - no English in school...

You can be an absolute beginner or you can come into the program knowing Japanese. You take a placement test online and in person at the Tokyo School. When you do your in person placement test, you talk with a teacher about your answers. At that time you can tell the teacher how long you have studied Japanese or that you are an absolute beginner.

Reviews

94%
based on 18 reviews
  • Housing 9.3
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 9.7
  • Safety 9.7
  • Instruction 7
  • Support 7
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 6
  • Value 4.7
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Kyla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun in the Shibuya Sun

My experience with EF was an amazing one. Both centers I communicated with (USA and Japan) were extremely helpful. No matter how many questions I had along the way (trust me, I had many) were answered in a courteous and timely manner.
Once I went abroad, I found EF to be very organized. My homestay was amazing, and the experience of being in Tokyo has given me memories I will keep forever.

What would you improve about this program?
I would include more immersive class time. I signed up for the Intensive course because I thought I would have more time for core classwork, but General and Intensive (steps up from Basic) both just include SPIN classes which are supplementary material classes. These classes could be helpful, but they could also be things like touring around Shibuya or (very) repetitive vocabulary classes.

I would recommend the Intensive course, but I wish EF's website was more clear about this distinction.
Amber
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed it

After staying in Japan for 2 weeks with EF, I was able to make a lot of friends from all over the world. I really enjoyed the different varieties of activities that were offered (ranging from festivals, and yukata experiences)

One thing I didn't like was how we had to somehow manage our classes with the activities, but other than that. I loved the freedom I had in Japan, yet I knew I was safe because of EF.

I would totally go back to EF Tokyo if I was given the opportunity.

What would you improve about this program?
I would change the class structure. It's too confusing for new students to be suddenly put into an old class without having any reviews. We manage to catch up (because the teacher's are so amazing), but it's really confusing and frustrating at first.
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Timika
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EF Tokyo - A wonderful experience for our daughter.

My 17 year old daughter just returned to the U.S. 3 days ago from her one month stay in Japan. She was enrolled in EF’s Japanese Language Intensive Course in Tokyo. She was a beginner and there were others in her class at the same level. She found the classes to be quite personalized and enjoyable. She learned quite a bit in 4 weeks. And she made friends with classmates from, Norway, German, Switzerland and many other places around the world. She also met many students who were taking EF’s Japanese Language Intensive Course for 4 weeks or more.

My daughter chose to live on her own, in the EF Residence called Comfort Tama Plaza, instead staying with a host family. She had a single room with a small balcony that overlooked the courtyard. She felt safe in the residence and in the neighborhood. She commuted every back and forth to class in Tokyo. The train station was only a 5-7 minute walk and the commute was approximately 20 minutes.

This is the first time that my daughter has been out of the country, and I must say, the EF travel coordinators were excellent when helping us plan her EF experience. They answered all of my questions the months leading up to her trip. They helped with transportation. (They picked her up from the airport and took her to the airport.) They even offered to book her flight. Also, they have an EF portal for students to meet one another and make connections before they arrive to Tokyo.
I highly recommend EF. It was a wonderful experience for my daughter.