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Find a Japanese Class

Here we introduce various Japanese language classes in Hamamatsu City. For further information, please contact the school directly.

Japanese Language Education Policy of the Government and Hamamatsu City

Fluency in Japanese for Day to Day Life

The common language of the region is Japanese. However, Japanese is a language that is difficult to learn on your own, as it uses three different scripts – hiragana, katakana and kanji – and honorific expressions depending on the person or situation.

Hamamatsu City provides free Japanese language learning opportunities at introductory to intermediate levels for foreign residents living in Hamamatsu City and those who wish to re-learn Japanese. We believe that it is important for foreign residents to learn Japanese so that they can feel more secure in their lives in Japan.

About the Hamamatsu Foreign Resident Study Support Center (U-ToC)

Hamamatsu City is working to create a city where Japanese and foreigners can live together in peace. In January 2010, Hamamatsu City opened U-ToC, a facility that provides comprehensive learning support for children and adults. U-ToC is the only public facility of its kind where foreign residents can learn Japanese.

At the Center, we provide classes aimed for first-time learner of Japanese that cover everything up until intermediate level. The Center is also putting effort into their reading and writing classes so that it can support foreigners living in Japan from the start.

There are also many volunteers at U-ToC who contribute to classes and exchange events. Learn Japanese at U-ToC and live your best life in Japan.

U-ToC offers the following Japanese classes. There is no tuition fee for any of the classes, but you will need to purchase your own textbook.

A childcare service is also available. This service is available for children from 2 months to 6 years old (before entering elementary school). It must be booked in advance.

Beginners Class (In-Person Classes)【Weekdays: U-ToC】

Learn introductory to elementary level Japanese for free. You will study for 3 hours on weekdays for 6 months intensively. This course is open to foreigners (“spouses of Japanese nationals”, “permanent residents”, “spouses of permanent residents” and “permanent residents”) who live or work in Hamamatsu City.

Schedule 5 times a week (Total 107 classes per term)

<First Term>
Period: April 11th – September 28th
Day and time: Mondays – Fridays 9:30 – 12:30

<Second Term>
Period: October 3th – March 23th
Day and time: Mondays – Fridays 9:30 – 12:30
Enrollment Limit 20 people (First come first served)
◆We will check your Japanese levels during reception hours.
Students are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Applications will close when the class limit has been reached.
ForForeign Residents with the following Status of Residence: Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Permanent Resident, Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident or Long-Term Resident.
Contents<First Term>
April 11th – September 28th Beginner Textbook , JLPT N4 and PW (Mon – Fri)

<Second Term>
October 3th – March 23th Beginner Textbook , JLPT N4 and PW (Mon – Fri)

Intermediate Classes (In-Person Classes)【Weekdays: U-ToC】

Schedule3 times a week (Total 48 classes per term)

<First Term>
Period: April 18th – August 26th
Day and time: Mondays , Wednesday and Fridays 13:30 – 15:30

<Second Term>
Period: October 12th – February 20th
Day and time: Mondays , Wednesday and Fridays 13:30 – 15:30
Enrollment Limit20 people (First come first served)
◆We will check your Japanese levels during reception hours.
Students are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Applications will close when the class limit has been reached.
ForForeign Residents with the following Status of Residence: Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Permanent Resident, Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident or Long-Term Resident.
ContentIntermediate Level Classes will be available for those who have finished the beginner’s class (N4).

<First Term>
Period: April 18th – August 26th Intermediate textbook (Mon , Wed & Fri)

<Second Term>
Period: October 12th – February 20th Intermediate textbook (Mon , Wed & Fri)

Reading & Writing Class【Weekdays: U-ToC】

You can learn hiragana, katakana, kanji, etc. for free. Volunteers are on hand to help with learning. It is also possible to interact with the volunteers through learning to read and write.

Schedule 2 time per week (Total 40 times/Term)

<First Term>
Period: April 19th – September 22th
Day and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 13:30 -15:00

<Second Term>
Period: October 11th – March 16th
Day and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 13:30 -15:00
Enrollment Limit 20 people (First come first served)
◆We will check your Japanese levels during reception hours.
Students are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Applications will close when the class limit has been reached.
ForForeign Residents with the following Status of Residence (Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Permanent Resident, Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident or Long-Term Resident)
ContentsStudents work in groups to learn how to read and write Japanese.
①Hiragana and Katakana ②Writing in Kana ③Kanji Orientation ④Kanji in Daily Life ⑤Kentei Kanji ⑥Extensive Reading ⑦Reading Comprehension

Hiragana, Katakana and Daily Use Kanji Online Night Class (Online via Zoom)

This is an intensive hiragana, katakana and daily use kanji online class.

ScheduleTotal of 16 Classes – Every Tuesday

<First Term>
Runs from May 10th(Tuesday) ~ August 30th(Tuesday), 19:00~20:30 Applications are Closed

<Second Term>
Runs from October 4th(Tuesday) ~ January 31st 2023(Tuesday), 19:00~20:30

※You may join the class starting with the Kanji Classes, Pleases call U-ToC to arrange this.
Enrollment Limit 20 people (First come first served)
◆We will check your Japanese levels during reception hours.
Students are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Applications will close when the class limit has been reached.
ForForeign residents living or working in Hamamatsu who have one of the following statuses of residence: Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Permanent Resident, Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident, or Long Term Resident
ContentYou can learn about Hiragana, Katakana and Daily Use Kanji online (via Zoom)

<First Term> Applications are Closed
Hiragana Classes : May 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
Katakana Classes : June 7th, 14th, 21th and 28th
Kanji Classes : July 5th ~ August 30th (Break on August 9th)

<Second Term>
Hiragana Classes : October 4th, 11th, 18th and 25st
Katakana Classes : November 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
Kanji Classes : November 29th ~ January 31st (Break on December 27th and January 3rd)

Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji Class (In-person Classes) Hamakita Ward (Hamakita-ku)

This is an intensive hiragana, katakana and kanji class. Learn hiragana, katakana and kanji in Hamakita-ku for free.

ScheduleTotal of 12 Classes – Every Saturday

Runs from May 21st(Saturday) ~ August 6th(Saturday)
①13:00 -14:30  ②14:30 -16:00

※You may join the class starting with the Kanji Classes, Pleases call U-ToC to arrange this.
WhereHamamatsu Hamana Community Collaboration Center
(2789 Komatsu, Hamakita-ku, Hamamatsu-shi)
EnrollmentApplications are Closed
20 people (First come first served)
◆We will check your Japanese levels during reception hours.
ForForeign residents living or working in Hamamatsu who have one of the following statuses of residence:
Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Permanent Resident, Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident,
or Long Term Resident
ContentLearn to read and write Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.

Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji Class (In-person Classes) Minami Ward (Minami-ku)

This is an intensive hiragana and katakana class. Learn hiragana and katakana in Minami-ku for free, in one month of intensive study.

ScheduleTotal of 12 Classes – Every Saturday

Runs from August 20th(Saturday) ~ November 5th(Saturday)
①13:00 -14:30  ②14:30 -16:00

※You may join the class starting with the Kanji Classes, Pleases call U-ToC to arrange this.
WhereHamamatsu Shirawaki Community Collaboration Center
(241 Terawaki-cho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu-shi)
Enrollment LimitApplications are Closed
20 people (First come first served)
◆We will check your Japanese levels during reception hours.
Students are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Applications will close when the class limit has been reached.
For Foreign residents living or working in Hamamatsu who have one of the following statuses of residence: Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Permanent Resident, Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident, or Long Term Resident
ContentLearn to read and write Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.

Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji Class (In-person Classes) Higashi Ward (Higashi-ku)

This is an intensive hiragana and katakana class. Learn hiragana and katakana in Higashi-ku for free, in one month of intensive study.

ScheduleTotal of 12 Classes – Every Saturday

Runs from November 12th(Saturday) ~ Februari 11th(Saturday)
①13:00 -14:30  ②14:30 -16:00

※You may join the class starting with the Kanji Classes, Pleases call U-ToC to arrange this.
WhereHamamatsu Kaba Community Collaboration Center
(309-1 Koyasu-cho, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu-shi)
Enrollment Limit 20 people (First come first served)
◆We will check your Japanese levels during reception hours.
Students are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Applications will close when the class limit has been reached.
ForForeign residents living or working in Hamamatsu who have one of the following statuses of residence: Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Permanent Resident, Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident, or Long Term Resident
ContentLearn to read and write Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.

Japanese Language Classes Offered by NPOs

In addition to the above, various NPOs offer Japanese language classes in Hamamatsu City.