Best 10 International Schools in Tokyo

International Education in Tokyo

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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 our top 10 international schools in Tokyo. However, there are another 32 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.

Best 10 International Schools in Tokyo

Out of a total of 42 International Schools in Tokyo.

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

New International School of Japan

We are multiage and dual language by design, and we are free from the rigidity and standardization of the age-grade system. Our students are remarkably engaged as we provide a multitude of resources and a positive ethos that is hard to duplicate in traditional school settings. *Mastery* motivation is usual, as we do not make children feel good or bad by virtue of their comparison with others, instead respecting their readiness and timing for learning. The style largely breaks the so-called *cycle of predictability" as the children experience being younger or older, more proficient or less proficient, over time, in their classes. They develop social, communication, and presentation skills as well as academic skills as an inherent part of their school experience. Whereas one of the classroom teachers may communicate and *teach* in English and the other in Japanese, the children are welcome and encouraged to use and develop all of their language proficiencies. We view them all as emerging bilinguals or multilinguals. This is a *translanguaging* context-based approach as opposed to a fundamentally monolingual rule-oriented approach to language acquisition and use. Parents are advised to check the mission on our website, as it does describe what we do, and to attend an orientation and tour as part of the application process.
Curriculum
International, Japanese
Languages of instruction
English, Japanese
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ¥1,800,000
to: ¥2,100,000
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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 - 2019/2020
from: ¥1,350,000
to: ¥2,352,240
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Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ¥806,880
to: ¥806,880
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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 - 2018/2019
from: ¥1,800,000
to: ¥1,800,000
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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, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 12
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ¥1,365,000
to: ¥1,585,000
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L'École du Juste Milieu

The French-Japanese International School of Tokyo, welcoming students since January 2019 in its 3200 sqft space with rooftop, is a primary school & nursery licensed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (February 2019) and candidate for the French Ministry's accreditation (October 2019).
Open all year round with a Sanitation Protocol against Covid-19, we offer a trilingual nursery for 0-2 year olds (language decided by the parents), a bilingual French-English and French-Japanese primary education for 3-10 year olds, as well as a 100% English program for 2-6 year olds. We also offer after-school activities for 1-10 year olds, and language courses and more learning for adults. Tokyo's French-Japanese International School promotes top quality French-style education in bilingual small size classes, the economic activities, the well-being of children and parents.
Our school is the only French Japanese International primary school & nursery in Tokyo, and a remarkable one: we are licensed, are the first international school in Japan implementing a Sanitation protocol allowig parents' and business activities, we are French Ministry accreditation candidate, offer the only French-Japanese program in Japan, and offer a French-English program. We have an excellent capacity for students, reasonable tuition fees with government subsidies up to 37,000 yen per month, small size classes, are very attentive to parents, and can guarantee your child’s growth and progress. We are confident to state that we offer the best conditions for French-Japanese children available in Tokyo, so please visit us to find out more.
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Curriculum
French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
1 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ¥870,000
to: ¥960,000
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Laurus International School of Science

Our school is a STEM-based school with a strong focus on science, engineering and technology.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 12
This school does not make their fees public.
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Horizon Japan International School

Horizon Japan International School serves students from preschool through high school, and is an IB World School.
The school's mission is to develop each student by providing an outstanding international education for overall success in a caring and courageous environment from early years through to university entrance.
Curriculum
IB, British, Japanese
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ¥1,800,000
to: ¥2,100,000
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Tokyo Bay International School

Empowering Students to be Smart & Successful Global Citizens
Curriculum
British, Montessori
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: ¥708,000
to: ¥740,400
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Shinagawa International School

Shinagawa International School is committed to follow and further develop the International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Programme. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is followed from Preschool, Kindergarten to Grade 6. We are an IB PYP Authorized school. Other characteristics of our school are excellent multi-cultural environment, all native homeroom teachers, English, and Japanese Language Support, Low student-teacher ratio, Wide range of ASPs, Family-like atmosphere, Day Care.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 12
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ¥1,900,000
to: ¥1,900,000
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