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If you dream of an expat experience that involves bustling city streets, some of the best cuisines in the world and cultures where togetherness is key, Asia is the place to be. And if you want world-leading technology and a rapid fire pace of life on top of that, Tokyo is the top choice. You won’t just find everything you need to set up life easily as an expat in Japan’s capital - you’ll find multiple choices for everything you need! This is especially true of international schools.

While international education in Japan does not come cheap, you may be surprised to hear that it’s not the most expensive destination in Asia. China, South Korea and Singapore all come before Japan in the pecking order. So if you were planning on setting up life as an expat in Asia, Tokyo could be one of the more affordable choices (comparatively speaking, of course).

You can find international schools in almost all districts of Tokyo. However, there are higher concentrations in certain areas. Shibuya - the major commercial and business centre of Tokyo - has a large selection of schools. Nearby Minato is home to many embassies and household name companies, and also has its fair share. Over in Sumida, a rapidly gentrifying district with lots of residential areas, there is an ever-growing number of international schools too.

English dominates as the language of instruction in Tokyo’s international schools, and the International Baccalaureate dominates as the most common curriculum. The IB is closely followed by the British curriculum, but there is still a wide choice available in a city as big as Tokyo.

State of the art technology is a key feature of Tokyo’s international schools, as you might expect. iPads, laptops, apps, and more will all be part and parcel of your child’s day-to-day schooling. This doesn’t just give your child a great start on using the latest and best technology in the world; it also makes their learning environment even more interactive and engaging.

Japan’s culture of respect and social contribution will also be an important part of their education. From kindergarten age, school children in Japan are encouraged to practice politeness and take part in activities that serve the common good. In international schools, this expands even further into the global good! It may come in the form of group activities like tidying shared spaces, community volunteering or team-building exercises.

If you’re in search of a future-proofed education for your child that emphasises not just academic learning but emotional and social learning too, Tokyo’s international schools could not be a better choice.

Below, we have compiled the top 10 international schools in Tokyo according to our users. However, there are another 44 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Tokyo based on your requirements.

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The Innovation Fellowship (TIF)

A new international high school for students who want to become successful in life by doing work that is meaningful to them.
Curriculum
American, International, Project Based Learning
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: ¥1,000,000
to: ¥1,000,000
Reviews
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Best 10 International Schools in Tokyo

Out of a total of 54 International Schools in Tokyo.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

United School of Tokyo

UST a unique school founded by teachers and parents to provide affordable, quality educational opportunities for families in Tokyo. UST is a popular choice for parents who are looking for a holistic, child-centric school community with good balance between a rigorous international curriculum and daily Japanese program, with great emphasis on creativity, outdoor education, community service and charity.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 14
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: ¥1,620,000
to: ¥1,930,000
Reviews
(3 reviews)

Kohana International School

The entire school curriculum is divided into 7 subsets
1. Academics
2. Performing Arts
3. Fine Arts
4. Club activities
5. Free Play
6. Intra-class competitions
7. External competitions
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: ¥784,000
to: ¥1,034,000

Axis International School

Students learn to be motivated and self disciplined from an early age so that they can become independent learners and thinkers.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: ¥1,795,000
to: ¥2,731,600

Clarence International School

Clarence International School offers a unique opportunity for a culturally rich international education in Tokyo. Founded on the British curriculum.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 6
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: ¥1,800,000
to: ¥1,800,000

Ivy Prep International School

Ivy Prep International School is a Multilingual, Multicultural, IMMERSION International School serving the educational needs of both the international and local communities
of Tokyo. We run our original IPIS Program based on the CAMBRIDGE Curriculum (EYFS for Kindergarten, Cambridge Primary for Primary and up) and prepare students for ”A”
level examinations for reputable Universities worldwide.
We aim to provide students with the fundamental principles required to be leaders, capable of dealing with societies undergoing rapid internationalization, and advanced information technology adoption. Our diversified program allows children to become truly international, successful and resourceful individuals in any given environment, prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 14
This school does not make their fees public.

CGK International School

An international school located in Yokohama, CGK is providing a curriculum of high quality, inquiry-based learning as an IB PYP candidate school.
We provide consistent childcare and education from 2 years old in preschool through elementary, middle and high school.
We support families who want an international education for their students as long as one parent speaks either English or Japanese.
Our philosophy is to raise real global kids by helping them develop a balance of self-expression, acute cognitive abilities, and a spirit of inquiry.
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 11
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: ¥1,801,800
to: ¥1,940,400

Aoba-Japan International School

As an international school in Japan, we aim to develop:
Global Leaders
Global leadership is a mindset that enables us to initiate, lead, and participate in socially responsible actions. Global leaders take action through a holistic, balanced, and reflective framework. They lead with an understanding of multiple perspectives related to physical, managerial, psychological, political, cultural, and spiritual domains
Entrepreneurs and Innovators
Entrepreneurship and innovation are core to social responsibility. They involve the discovery and application of knowledge and ideas to improve the human condition. Entrepreneurs innovate by generating and applying new ideas designed to impact the world in positive ways.
Effective Communicators
Effective communication involves both imparting and exchanging ideas in a clear and concise way to produce desired results. Effective communicators are active thinkers and attentive listeners who offer ideas openly and weigh them against the thoughts and ideas of others with their integrity maintained.
Wise Risk Takers
Wise risk takers have the courage to attempt new and untested things in order to achieve their goals. They use discerning and analytical thinking to identify potential and manage risk. They see solutions instead of problems, possibilities instead of obstacles, and probabilities instead of futility.
Effective Problem Solvers
Effective problem solvers are open-minded and see problems from multiple perspectives. They can analyze problems in order to understand, assess, and identify possible solutions. They act on solutions that are designed to make the world a better place to live.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2024/2025
from: ¥2,120,500
to: ¥2,862,500

The French-Japanese International School of Tokyo

The French-Japanese International School of Tokyo (established in 2019), is a primary (2019), secondary school (2022), and a French International nursery, with a total capacity of 250 places, International Baccalaureate PYP accreditation candidate* and a Tokyo Metropolitan Government supported school, with the aim of becoming member of the French accredited international schools' network.
Remaining open during holidays, promoting an education of excellence in classes with a satisfactory teachers-students ratio, our team of certified teachers offers the following programs:
French, English, Japanese or bi/trilingual nursery program (ages 1~3)
Bilingual French-English, French-Japanese or 100% French Preschool, Elementary & Middle School programs (French Ministry of Education)
100% English, Japanese, or bilingual English-Japanese Preschool, Elementary & Middle School (project & inquiry based)
After-school activities for ages 2 to 18
Language courses for adults
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*Ecole Internationale Franco-Japonaise is a candidate school** for the PYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
**Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.
Curriculum
French, Project & Inquiry-Based
Languages of instruction
English, French, Japanese
Ages
1 to 15
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: ¥1,100,000
to: ¥1,240,800

Yoyogi International School

Yoyogi International School provides a first-class education with a totally unique curriculum for international students from around the world age 1 1/2 to 11 years old.
Yoyogi International School was founded in 1999 with the vision of providing the children of the international community in Tokyo with a high-quality early childhood education. The School quickly earned a reputation of providing excellent international education, and proudly became one of the most prestigious early learning centers in Tokyo. Yoyogi International School has since extended its' high-quality, enriching program to primary education.
YIS embraces the needs of every child by providing a warm, secure and nurturing environment where children gain independence, motivation, develop critical thinking skills and integrity that are essential for the global society in the 21st century.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 14
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: ¥2,607,000
to: ¥2,717,000
Reviews
(2 reviews)

Tokyo International School

TIS strives to successfully combine contemporary, yet rigorous teaching, learning and assessment practices, with important, family-like relationships which exist between teachers, students and parents.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 16
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: ¥2,810,000
to: ¥2,860,000

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