Learning Japanese

Japanese Language Courses

We offer Japanese language courses to help residents learn Japanese for daily living. There are five levels, starting with introductory classes for those who speak no Japanese at all and continuing through different beginner levels (up to level N4 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test). The courses are offered over two terms, from April through September and from October through March, with 17 lessons per term. Classes are held once a week on Thursday or Saturday, and each class is two hours long. Please see our website for more details.

Bilingual flyers are available in Japanese and English and Japanese and Chinese.

I-PAL Children’s Japanese Classes

During spring and summer vacations, we offer Japanese language classes for children who are from other countries. Content includes Japanese for daily living and for studying school subjects. Children not only learn Japanese but can also make new friends.
Please see our website for more details.

A multilingual flyer is available in Japanese, English and Chinese.

Japanese Language Salon & Japanese Conversation Club

These are free services run by volunteers where anyone can come and enjoy having conversations in Japanese. The Japanese Language Salon is hosted by the Kagawa Prefecture International Exchange Association and the Japanese Conversation Club is hosted by the Takamatsu International Association. If you are interested, you can drop in anytime without an appointment. Please see the website of each association for more details.

A multilingual flyer is available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

🏢Japanese Classes in Other Areas of Kagawa

Japanese classes are offered in many other areas of Kagawa. For more information, please contact the person in charge directly.

A list showing where classes are held is available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Indonesian.

⑫Japanese language classes

Japanese Language Tutors

For people who cannot attend the Japanese courses offered at I-PAL Kagawa or who need a different level of instruction, we can introduce you to tutors who can provide private Japanese lessons at the level you need where and when you want. (Please note that tutors are not necessarily professional language instructors.) The fee is \1,000 per hour plus transportation to the lesson. Please see our website for more details.

Japanese tutor request forms are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Japanese Language Learning Materials

Our library has many textbooks to help you learn Japanese and prepare for the Japanese-proficiency exam. You will need an I-PAL Kagawa library card to borrow books, so please apply for one at the library. Users can borrow up to two books for a period of two weeks. Please see our website for more details.

💻Japanese-Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) holds the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) twice a year on the first Sunday in July and December. Applications must be submitted from mid-March through the end of April for the July test and from mid-August through the end of September for the December test. You can apply online. Please see the JEES website for more details ( in English or Japanese).