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It goes without saying that learning Japanese will enhance your JET experience. There are many different kinds of classes offered throughout the prefecture, and international organizations have updated lists of what is available. Usually terms begin in September and April, and applications should be made in August or March. Also check with your contracting organization, as they may be able to recommend a school or tutor in your area.

Also note that CLAIR organizes Japanese language courses (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) by correspondence for JETs.


Language courses in Fukuoka City

  • Fukuoka Shiritsu Seinen Center 2-6-46 Daimyo, Chuo-ku 810. Tel 092-712-2947.
  • Fukuoka YWCA 8-15 Maizuru 2-chome, Chuo-ku 810. Tel 092-741-9251.
  • Mainichi Culture Center Mainichi Fukuoka Kaikan 5F, 16-1 Tenjin 1-chome, Chuo-ku, 810. Tel 092-781-5766.
  • Genki Japanese and Culture School (Genki JACS) is run by the wife of an ex-JET. It offers language and cultural classes at reasonable rates and on flexible schedules. Lessons focus on oral communication. Address: 1-16-23 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, Japan, 812-0013. Tel 092-472-0123
  • IRIS IMS 5F Chuo-ku 810. Tel 092-781-1031.
  • Community College Center Building 14F, 14-8 Tenjin 2-chome, Chuo-ku 810. Tel 092-781-1031.

An updated version of volunteer-taught Japanese classes can be found on Rainbow Plaza’s website, by scrolling down and clicking on “Nihongo (Japanese) Class Map”.

Language courses in Kitakyushu City


Kitakyushu YMCA Japanese Conversation class

2-3-9 Kajimachi Kokurakitaku, Kitakyushu YMCA [Map]

Phone: 093-531-1587

A 12-lesson course aimed at beginners. Meets Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:50 p.m. Costs 6,000 yen for 12 classes.

Toriaezu Nihongo

1-6-43. Daimon. Kokurakita-ku, Lifelong Education Centre [Map]

Phone: 080-2721-5216 (Ask for Mr Ikeda) E-Mail: t_ikumin@hotmail.com (Address to Ms. Otani)

Classes are held Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesdays by arrangement.

Costs 100 yen per session.


 Nihongo Danwashitsu

International Village Center, 1-1-1 Hirano, Yahatahigashi-ku [Map]

Phone: 093-533-3597 E-Mail: nobunobu22427@ybb.ne.jp

Ask for Mr. Masuo. Classes are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.



Wakamatsu Lifelong Education Center [Map]

Phone: 090-7922-7941 E-Mail: info@kappa-nihongo.com

Ask for Mr. Misumi. Classes held Sundays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Classes cost 100 yen per session.



7-20 Nakahonmachi, Tobataku, Tobata Lifelong Education Center [Map]

Phone: 080-2721-5216 (Ask for Mr. Ikeda) E-Mail: tourara66@yahoo.co.jp (Address to Ms. Shimizu)

Classes are held Fridays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.