Coto Language Academy

About Coto Academy

Founded in 2000 by a group of volunteer Japanese language teachers with a mission to help international residents in Japan, Coto Academy aims to teach "real" Japanese that students wouldn't learn from studying a textbook. With a huge emphasis on practical conversational skills, Coto ensures that each student gets as many speaking practice opportunities as possible. To help their students gain new Japanese abilities for leading barrier-free lives in Japan, Coto published its first Japanese learning textbook Nihongo Fun and Easy in 2009.

Inside the classroom, Coto keeps small class sizes with a maximum of 8 people, which allows for relational learning and personalized attention for students. Outside the classroom, Coto’s flexible scheduling allows students to study on any schedule. Free course consultation and level check is also provided to ensure students a lesson plan that matches their needs. Coto’s multiple locations(Tokyo&Yokohama) and online lessons also allow students to keep studying even if they move.

Information updated on 2020/7/14

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This is the ideal school if you are looking for

  • Location

    Three locations, Iidabashi and Azabu Juban in Tokyo and one in Yokohama

  • Variety of Levels

    Beginners, intermediate & advance

  • Flexible Scheduling

    Flexible and even customized study scheduling system for busy students

  • Class Size

    Small class sizes - maximum of 8 people allows for relational learning and personalized attention

  • Welcoming

    Accepts students no matter their proficiency or background

"I took courses at Coto Japanese Academy for more than a year (both group and private). You simply can’t go wrong with them. The classes are taught in very small group and clearly focuses on interactivity. Private lessons are flexible and adapted to your needs. All the teachers are great. Really one of the best Japanese language school in Tokyo." -Satisfied student

Specifics

Japanese Course Style

Focus is on helping students acquire practical conversational skills, so more lessons are focused on speaking.

Lesson Focus

70% of lesson time is focused on speaking.

30% of lesson time is focused on JLPT preparation and grammar revision.

Location

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Coto Language Academy Tokyo

3F, Iidabashi Building 4-9-4, Iidabashi,

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 9AM-9PM

03-6261-4515

 

Coto Japanese Academy Yokohama

8F, Tanigawa buidling, 2-24-1 Tsuruya cho,

Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi

Opening Hours: 9AM-9PM

045-594-8271

 

CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 

Iidabashi Station

  • JR Chuo-Sobu Line
  • JR Namboku Line
  • JR Oedo Line
  • JR Tozai Line
  • JR Yurakucho Line

KANAGAWA-KU, YOKOHAMA 

Yokohama Station

  • Tokaido Main Line
  • Yokosuka Line
  • Yokohama Line
  • Shonan-Shinjuku Line
  • Keihin-Tohoku Line 
  • Negishi Line

Course Information

Long-term Study
Short-Term Study

Coto provides a solid intensive course that is longer than 3 months, but are unable to provide student visas. A great choice for residents who want a well-rounded education.

 

Intensive Japanese Courses

 

 

Flexible Study

In addition to long-term study and short-term study, Coto also offers courses with flexible duration and schedules.

 

Part-Time Japanese Lessons

 

JLPT Preparation Courses

 

Private Lessons

 

Part-Time Japanese Courses+JLPT Prep Courses(Yokohama School)

 

Online Lessons

 

 

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Long-Term Study Courses

Intensive Japanese Courses

This course in Coto consists of 3-hour small-group Japanese lessons with a focus on improving conversation skills.This is a high intensive course, meaning that students improve their Japanese at a faster rate than the average.

6 months - 576,000 ¥ 

Flexible enrollment

Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays)

Mornings - 9:30-12:30 or Afternoon - 14:10 - 17:00

Course hours: 15h/week

Location: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo or Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama

Short-Term Study Courses

Intensive Japanese Courses

This course in Coto consists of 3-hour small-group Japanese lessons with a focus on improving conversation skills.This is a high intensive course, meaning that students improve their Japanese at a faster rate than the average.

1 week - 35,000 ¥

4 weeks - 120,000 ¥

3 months - 324,000 ¥

Flexible enrollment

Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays)

Mornings - 9:30-12:30 or Afternoon - 14:10 - 17:00

Course hours:15h/week

Location: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo or Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama

Business Japanese Courses

This course in Coto consists of career development assistance that helps students reach Japanese business fluency with an eye towards career advancement. This is a high intensive course, meaning that students improve their Japanese at a faster rate than the average.

2 weeks - 70,000 ¥

4 weeks - 120,000 ¥

8 weeks - 240,000 ¥

One time ¥10,000 registration fee for new students.

Flexible date

Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays)

Afternoon - 14:10 - 17:00

Course hours: 15h/week

Location: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Flexible Study Courses

Part-Time Japanese Lessons

This course in Coto consists of general course that focuses on expanding students’ conversation level and JLPT preparation. This is a medium intensive course, meaning that students improve their Japanese at a normal pace.

8 lessons - 20,000 ¥ (Trial for new students)

16 lessons - 40,000 ¥

32 lessons - 76,800 ¥

48 lessons - 110,400 ¥

96 lessons - 211,220 ¥

Monthly 16 lessons - 32,000 ¥/month

Flexible date

Vary by levels and classes. 

Visit here to check out detailed schedules of each class.

JLPT Preparation Courses

This course in Coto consists of preparation of JLPT from N3-N1. This is a high intensive course, meaning that students improve their Japanese at a faster rate than the average.

8 lessons - 20,800 ¥ (Trial for new students)

16 lessons - 40,000 ¥

32 lessons - 76,800 ¥

48 lessons - 110,400 ¥

96 lessons - 211,220 ¥

Monthly 16 lessons - 32,000 ¥/month

Flexible date

Vary by levels and classes. 

Visit here to check out detailed schedules of each class.

Private Lessons

This course in Coto consists of speaking-focused courses that match individuals' Japanese study experience, comprehension, and needs.This is a low intensive course, meaning that students improve at their own pace.

8 lessons - 38,400 ¥ 

16 lessons - 74,400 ¥

32 lessons - 144,000 ¥

48 lessons - 208,800 ¥

One time ¥10,000 registration fee for new students.

Flexible date

Weekdays: 09:50-21:30

Saturday: 10:50-17:50

Location: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo or Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama

Part-Time Japanese Courses+JLPT Prep Courses(Yokohama)

This course in Coto consists of conversation-focused general course that focuses on expanding students’ conversation level and JLPT preparation. This is a medium intensive course, meaning that students improve their Japanese at a normal pace.

16 lessons - 40,000 ¥ (valid for 6 months)

32 lessons - 76,800 ¥ (valid for 8 months)

48 lessons - 110,400 ¥ (valid for 12 months)

96 lessons - 211,220 ¥ (valid for 14 months)

One time ¥10,000 registration fee for new students.

Flexible date

Customized study schedule for individuals

Online Lessons

This course in Coto consists of private online Japanese lessons via Skype. Students can either choose speaking sessions where students can practice speaking Japanese with a native speaker or learning sessions where they can learn Japanese with a professional teacher. This is a low intensive course, meaning that students improve at their own pace.

One 50 minute lesson is normally around $38 USD or 4,200 JPY.

Flexible date

Flexible schedule based on students’ needs

Satisfied Student

"I have nothing but good things to say about Coto. Taking their business course helped me in my daily work in Japan. It has allowed me to live my life more fully in Tokyo."

Course Cost Breakdown

Intensive Japanese Courses (Long-Term)

6 months 576,000¥

Intensive Japanese Courses (Short-Term)

1 week 35,000¥
4 weeks 120,000 ¥
3 months 324,000 ¥

Business Japanese Courses

2 weeks 70,000¥
4 weeks 120,000 ¥
8 weeks 240,000 ¥

Part-Time Japanese Lessons

8 lessons 20,000¥
16 lessons 40,000 ¥
32 lessons 76,800 ¥
48 lessons 110,400 ¥
96 lessons 211,220 ¥

JLPT Preparation Lessons

8 lessons 20,000¥
16 lessons 40,000 ¥
32 lessons 76,800 ¥
48 lessons 110,400 ¥
96 lessons 211,220 ¥

Private Lessons

Part-Time Japanese Courses+JLPT Prep Courses(Yokohama)

8 lessons 38,400¥
16 lessons 74,400 ¥
32 lessons 144,000 ¥
48 lessons 208,800 ¥
8 lessons 20,000¥
16 lessons 40,000 ¥
32 lessons 76,800 ¥
48 lessons 110,400 ¥
96 lessons 211,220 ¥

Online Lessons

1 lesson(50-min) $38 USD or 4,200 ¥

Find more low cost, high reward schools on our Top 5 Cheapest Japanese Schools in Tokyo article

Reviews - Coto Academy

Google Review

"I have been coming to Coto Academy for group and then private lessons for over 7 years now – highly recommended. All teachers and staff are extremely professional, passionate about what they’re doing, and caring."

Facebook Review

"I just began studying at the Coto Language Academy about a week ago and already know almost all Hiragana. The rapid pace that you are able to learn at is extremely helpful and the instructors are highly knowledgeable. I highly recommend them."

Google Review

"As a language school owner myself, I can safely recommend Coto Japanese Academy. Both their 101 lessons AND intensive courses are first-rate, their teachers are kind and highly professional and their facilities are comfy and conducive to studying (common areas are greatly appreciated). I intend to repeat the experience when I go back, that’s a no-brainer!"

Want to apply to Coto?

You can apply directly through their website.

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