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Moving is stressful enough. Moving to a different country with young children can be even more difficult. Where will they go to school? Who will they play with? What can we do on the weekends?

Several of our interns, staff members, and freelancers have attended international schools in Tokyo. Check out our picks for the top Tokyo international schools.

International Schools in Tokyo - Top 5

NameTuition (Full Academical Year)Number of StudentsGrade/ Age RangeIB Certification **
The British School in Tokyo¥2,360,000 - ¥2,495,000
Over 1,000Nursery to year 13 (0 to 18 years old)No
The American School in Japan¥2,565,000 -
¥2,616,000
1,715Nursery to Year 12 (0 to 18 years old)No
Tokyo International School¥1,870,000 - ¥2,415,000Approximately 350Kindergarten to Year 8 (5 to 15 years old)Yes
Nishimachi International School¥2,302,000470Kindergarten to Year 9 - 5 to 16 years oldNo
International School of the Sacred Heart¥1,890,000 -
¥2,160,000

530Kindergarten to Year 12 (3 to 18 years old)No
St. Mary’s International School¥2,300,000296Kindergarten to Year 12 (5 to 18 years old)Yes

International Schools in Tokyo

Name
Tuition (Full year)Number of StudentsGrade/ Age RangeIB Certification**
Aoba-Japan International School¥1,641,000 - ¥2,359,000300Kindergarten through Year 12 (3 to 18 years old)Yes
Canadian International School of Tokyo¥1,600,000 -
¥2,000,000
250Kindergarten through year 12 (3 to 18 years old)Yes
German School Tokyo Yokohama ¥1,415,000 -
¥1,685,000
Around 500Kindergarten through Year 12 (5 to 18 years old)No
Happy Days International Preschool¥742,350 -
¥1,419,600
Not AvailablePreschool (15 months old to 6 years old)No
India International School in Japan¥600,000 -
¥1,200,000
Around 300Kindergarten through Year 12 (2.5 to 18 years old)Yes
K International School Tokyo ¥1,900,000 -
¥1,950,000
Around 660Kindergarten to Year 12 (3 to 18 years old)Yes
KAIS International School¥1,999,000 -
¥1,815,430
Around 52Year 1 through 12 (6 to 18 years old)No
Kanto International Senior High SchoolNot Available1380Year 10 to Year 12 (15 to 18 years old)No
Kspace International Preschool and Kindergarten¥1,320,000 -
¥3,300,000
Around 85 dailyPreschool to year 6 (3 months to 11 years old)No
Lycee Francais International de TokyoNot AvailableAround 1301Kindergarten through Year 12 (5 to 18 years old)No
Montessori School of Tokyo¥2,350,000 -
¥2,450,000
160Kindergarten through year 8 (2 to 15 years old)No
Poppins Active Learning International School¥842,400 -
¥1,466,400
70Preschool (11 months to 6 years old)No
Sesame International PreschoolNot Available60Preschool (12 months to 6 years old)No
Shinagawa International School¥1,750,000150Preschool to Year 6 (3 to 12 years old)Yes
Summerhill International SchoolNot Available95Day care and Preschool (3 months old to 6 years old)No
United School of Tokyo¥1,100,000 -
¥1,300,000
Not AvailableKindergarten through year 6 (3 to 12 years old)No
Willowbrook International School¥1,471,000 -
¥2,292,000

140Preschool (15 months to 5 years old)Yes
Yokohama International School¥1,520,000 -
¥2,830,000
690Preschool through Year 12 (3 to 18 years old)Yes

** IB Certification is acquired from a Swiss organization called International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The certification is given to schools who follow the same teaching method and share the same values as the organization, always aiming to enhance the quality of our children’s education. The school receives the name of “IB world School” and along with it the school receives several materials to work the kids critical thinking abilities, multi-language activities and research skill. Learn more on their website.

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Top Tokyo International Schools : The Top 6

The British School in Tokyo

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The best international school in Tokyo. The British School accepts students of any nationality, so long as they speak English well enough to access the curriculum.

The British School has two campuses. Students up to Year 3 will attend the Shibuya campus. High-level students will attend the Showa campus.

Students are from: Students from 65 nationalities (mainly from UK and commonwealth countries).

Age Range: Nursery School through Sixth Form (ages 3-19)

Area: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Nursery to Year 3) and Showa (Year 4 to Year 13) (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: Two campuses-

-10 min. walk from Shibuya Station west exit in Shibuya Ward, centrally located (Nursery to year 3)

-6 min. walk from Sangen-jaya Station in Setagaya Ward, relatively centrally located (Year 4 to Year 13)

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The American School in Japan

A popular choice for international couples. This large school is located in Chofu and offers a bus service from central Tokyo. They place an emphasis is on individuals rather than groups in their education curriculum. They also have an Early Learning Center, located in Roppongi.

*Most expensive international school due to the high bus fees.

Students are from: Students from 37 nationalities.

Age Range: Nursery School to High School (ages 3-18). Offers an English Immersion program.

Area: Roppongi and Chofu, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting).

Access: At least 30 min. by bus from central Tokyo (Yoyogi-Uehara and Kamiyamacho), 10 min. walk from Tama Station. Chofu-shi is outside of central Tokyo but is a commutable distance.

Roppongi Campus (Early Learning Center)-8 min. walk from Roppongi Station, 10 min. walk from Azabu-juban Station.

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Tokyo International School

Tokyo International School is another top school in the city that offers a kindergarten, elementary and middle school. They are seen as equal to the British School in regards to academics.

TIS is hard to get into. They have strict entry criteria that ensures that only the best students are enrolled. Their small campus is located in Minato.

Students are from: Japanese, American, Swedish, Australian, Korean are the most common nationalities (International School database)

Age Range: Kindergarten through 8th Grade (ages 5-15)

Area: Minami-Azabu, Tokyo (maps and contact information available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 10 min. walk from Shirokane-takanawa Station (Minato Ward) (bus routes available from other areas in Tokyo). On the outskirts of central Tokyo, easily commutable from major hubs.

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Nishimachi International School

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This is a top school for producing bilingual students up to the middle school level. All homework is given both in English and Japanese. Although they have a small campus, their longstanding commitment to bilingual education makes them a desirable school. The student body has a high percentage of Japanese mothers.

Students are from: 30 nationalities, 35% Japanese, 39% American, 26% other/50% Japanese, 45% American student body (school website)

Age Range: Kindergarten through 9th Grade (ages 5-16)

Area: Minami-Azabu, Tokyo (maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 10 min. walk from Azabu-juban station, 10-15 min. walk from Hiroo station (Minato Ward) centrally located

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International School of the Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart is one of the top Tokyo international schools for girls. Boys can attend the kindergarten program.

Age Range: Kindergarten through High School (ages 5-18)

Area: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 4 min. walk from Hiroo station (Minato Ward) centrally located near the Shibuya area

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St. Mary’s International School

One of the top Tokyo International schools for boys. There is a high percentage of Japanese students, and a focus on Japanese culture and language.

Students are from: Students from over 60 countries

Age Range: Kindergarten to 12th grade (ages 5-18)

Area: Setagaya-ku (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 10 min. from Kaminoge station, 15 min. from Futako-tamagawa station, easily accessible from Shibuya station. School bus services are offered.

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Other Top Tokyo International Schools

Aoba-Japan International School

AOBA International school has two campuses –  one in Meguro Ward, near Daikanyama and One in Nerima Ward. While Meguro campus is very small (two houses converted to school), the Nerima campus has large area, as it was converted from a regular Japanese elementary school.

Students are from: 63.7% from Japan, 14% dual, 13.8% from Asia, 3.1% from the Middle East, 2.0% from North America

Age Range: Kindergarten through High School (ages 5-18)

Area: Hikarigaoka and Meguro, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: Two campuses–

-10 min. walk from Nakameguro Station (Meguro Ward), close to Shibuya and Ebisu neighborhoods

-13 min. walk from Hikarigaoka Station (Nerima Ward), easily accessible from Ikebukuro Station in the northern area of Tokyo.

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Canadian International School of Tokyo

Canadian International School is a perfect fit for people who would like to receive a Canadian education in Tokyo. They have an extensive student council program and use various programs to support their students’ academic growth.

Students are from: 35% from Japan, 30% from Korea, remainder from a variety of countries (from Wikipedia), 48:52 ratio of local and international students (international school database)

Age Range: Preschool through High School (K3 – 12th grade)

Area: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 10 min. walk from Osaki Station (Shinagawa Ward), easy to access from central areas of Tokyo via the Yamanote Line.

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Christian Academy in Japan

Christian Academy in Japan offers a North American curriculum to a multicultural community. In addition to a day school, CAJ also offers assistance and guidance to those who wish to homeschool their children in English, as well as programs for Japanese speaking children who wish to supplement their learning of English.

Students are from: 23% Japanese, 34% dual passport, 13% North American, 20% Korean, 10% other. 35 nationalities represented. (International school database)

Access: 6 min. walk from Higashi-kurume station (Higashi-kurume-shi). Easily accessible from Ikebukuro station, commutable from central Tokyo.

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German School Tokyo Yokohama

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Located in Yokohama, a spacious suburb of Tokyo, German School Tokyo Yokohama is the only school in the greater Tokyo area that offers an education entirely in German. The school offers German seminars and also has a sports team.

Students are from: 20 nationalities, mostly from a Central European/mixed background (from International School database, directly interviewed the school)

Age Range: Kindergarten through High School (ages 3-18)

Area: Yokohama (Maps available)

Access: 13 min. walk from Nakamachidai Station. Located in Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama (a suburb of Tokyo), Approx. 1 hour by regular train from Tokyo Station, 40 min. by bullet train. Offers school bus service from Minato ward area to the school.

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India International School in Japan

This international school was created by Indian expats who wanted an education for their children that met their standards. They are accredited by the Central Board of Secondary Education in India, and it is possible to choose from three “streams” or courses of study in high school.

Age Range: Kindergarten through High School (ages 5-18)

Area: Tokyo and Yokohama (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: Tokyo campus: 6 min. walk from Nishi-ojima station (Koto Ward) located eastward of central Tokyo, near Chiba prefecture. Bus service offered to both Tokyo and Yokohama campuses.

Yokohama campus: 20 min. walk from Toka-ichiba station, located in Midori-ku, Yokohama (suburb of Tokyo), Approx 1h20min by regular train, 50 min by bullet train

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K International School Tokyo

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Age Range: Kindergarten through High School (K1-12th grade)

Area: Koto, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

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KAIS International School

KAIS International School was founded by former tutors at Kikokushijo Academy, and the school is located in a residential area. It is known for its small class sizes and places a high emphasis on individuality.

Students are from: 1:1 ratio of Japanese students and international students (International School database)

Age Range: Elementary through High School (1st-12th grade)

Area: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

Access: 5 min. walk from Meguro Station (Meguro ward). Central, and easily accessible from areas such as Shibuya and Shinjuku.

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Kanto International Senior High School

This school has three departments: the Department of Education Studies, the Department of Foreign Studies and the Department of Performing Arts. It also gives many opportunities to students to study abroad during their time in high school.

Students are from: From Japan and other places around the world (school website)

Age Range: Senior High School (9th-12th grade)

Area: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 8 min. walk from Nishi-shinjuku-gochome station, 11 min. walk from Hatsudai station (Shibuya-ku). Easily accessible from central hubs of Shibuya and Shinjuku.

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Kspace International Preschool and Kindergarten

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Kspace is a school that offers an extensive range of extracurricular activities for their students. In addition, they offer Saturday school and after school programs for a more rigorous education.

Age Range: 14 months – 6 years old. Also offers after-school programs (14 months – 10 years old) and private music tuition, and academic tuition programs (ages 3-11).

Area: Shirokanedai, Minato-ku (Map available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 8 min. walk from Shirokanedai station (Minato-ku). Easily accessible from central locations.

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Lycee Francais International de Tokyo

This international school is one of the few schools in the greater Tokyo area that offers education in French. However, there are many tracks that students can choose from, such as a French-English bilingual course, as well as a track that is just in French.

Students are from: 55 nationalities around the world (school website)

Age Range: Kindergarten through High School (ages 5-18)

Area: Takinogawa, Kita-ku (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 6 min. walk from Shin-Itabashi Station (Kita-ku). Located to the north of central Tokyo, commutable. Bus services offered from various points in central Tokyo.

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Makuhari International School

Located in the spacious suburb of Chiba, Makuhari International School focuses on providing a balanced bilingual education while achieving the Japanese national learning objectives.

Access: 12 min. walk from Keihin-makuhari station (Minami Ward, Chiba City, Chiba). Commutable from central Tokyo.

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Montessori School of Tokyo

This international school for young students is run by a couple who is committed to providing a Montessori education for children of the international community in Tokyo.

Students are from: 33 nationalities, 23% local students, 77% international (international school database)

Age Range: Preschool to Middle School (2-14 years old).

Area: Minato-ku, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 13 min. walk from Azabu-juban station, 11 min. walk from Hiroo station (Minato-ku). Close to Shibuya neighborhood. Bus service offered to nearby areas such as Nakameguro and Shirokane-Takanawa.

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Poppins Active Learning International School

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This school is based on their unique philosophy of educare, which means that they strive to combine education with care in order to help nurture their students. In order to do this, they offer a wide range of active learning activities, such as art, music and personal development.

Age Range: Preschool (11 months to 6 years)

Area: Ebisu, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 10 min. walk from Ebisu station (Shibuya-ku). Close to Shibuya neighborhood.

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Saint Maur International School

St. Maur is the oldest international school in Asia, and has been offering a rigorous education for nearly 150 years. It is located in the pristine residential area of Yamate in Yokohama, a bustling suburb of Tokyo.

Students are from: 22% have dual passports. Most common nationalities are Japan, US, France, South Korea, UK, Canada (International school database). 40 nationalities represented (school website)

Access: 16 min. walk from Ishikawacho station, 10 min. walk from Motomachi-chukagai station (Naka ward, Yokohama). Located in Yokohama, a suburb of Tokyo. It is relatively commutable from central Tokyo.

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Seisen International School

Seisen is a Catholic school for girls that puts an emphasis on social justice and spiritual growth. Its campus in the Setagaya ward is easy to commute to from many central hubs in Tokyo.

Students are from: 60 different nationalities (school website), 35% Japanese, 64% international students (International school database)

Access: 11 min. walk from Yoga station (Setagaya ward). Easily accessible from Shibuya station.

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Sesame International Preschool

Sesame International Preschool emphasizes the children’s’ comfort, making this preschool the optimal environment for students who are getting started to be exposed to the international community.

Age Range: Preschool (6 months to 6 years old)

Area: Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 7 min. walk from Ebisu station (Shibuya-ku). Walkable from Shibuya neighborhood.

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Shinagawa International School

Previously called Jingumae International Exchange School, Shinagawa International School is an international school that places emphasis on learning more about Japanese culture. Shinagawa International School also offers a summer school program.

Students are from: 22 nationalities represented, Americans, Germans, Turkish, Koreans are most represented

Age Range: Kindergarten through 6th Grade (ages 5-11)

Area: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 7 min. walk from Shinagawa Seaside station (Shinagawa Ward), accessible distance from central Tokyo.

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Summerhill International School

Summerhill is a preschool that caters to many different needs and offers a wide array of activities, including ballet classes, Japanese, and yoga.

Age Range: Preschool (15 months to 6 years old), daycare for babies 3 months to 12 months old. Conducts Japanese classes daily.

Area: Minato-ku, Tokyo (Map available; please make an appointment before visiting)

Access: 11 min. walk from Azabu-juban station (centrally located)

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United School of Tokyo

UST was founded by parents and teachers and focuses on a child-centric educational approach. They offer daily learning support and organic lunch services.

Students are from: 25 nationalities, American is the most common nationality (international school database)

Age Range: Preschool to year 6 (3-12 years old).. Offers both an English program and a dual immersion (bilingual) program.

Area: Minato-ku, Tokyo (Maps available; please make an appointment before visiting).

Access: 13 min. walk from Komaba-Todai mae station, 11 min. walk from Shinsen station (Minato-ku), very close to Shibuya area.

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Willowbrook International School

This preschool offers an immersion program for budding bilinguals, as well as a regular English program. They also offer camps three times a year where both students and non-students are able to interact.

Students are from: Families from over 30 countries (school website)

Age Range: Preschool (15 months to 5 years old). Offers both an English program and a dual immersion (bilingual) program.

Area: Minato-ku, Tokyo (Map available; please make an appointment before visiting).

Access: 14 min. walk from Azabu-juban Station, 10 min. walk from Hiroo station (Minato Ward). Centrally located, near Shibuya neighborhood.

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Yokohama International School

Yokohama International School is one of the many international schools in Yokohama, a bustling suburb of Tokyo. With its large and diverse student body, YIS offers an enriching educational experience through the use of laptops and tablets.

Students are from: from over 50 countries around the world (school website)

Age Range: Early Learning, Elementary through High School (ages 3-18).

Area: Yokohama (35 minutes from Shinagawa station in Tokyo (Map available; please make an appointment before visiting).

Access: 5 min. walk from Motomachi-chukagai tation. Located in Naka-ku, Yokohama (a suburb of Tokyo) near Yokohama’s Chinatown and Yokohama’s central districts.

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