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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)

<Second Term>
Period: October 2nd – March 22nd
Day and time: Mondays – Fridays 9:30 – 12:30
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.
ContentsBeginner Textbook , JLPT N4 and PW (Mon – Fri)

Intermediate Classes (Online Classes)【Weekdays: Online】

Schedule5 times a week (Total 64 classes per term)

<Second Term>
Period: October 16th – January 30th
Day and time: Mondays – Fridays 13:30 – 16:30
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.
ContentsIntermediate Level Classes will be available for those who have finished the beginner’s class (N4).

Intermediate textbook (Mon – 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 times per week (Total 40 times/Term)

<Second Term>
Period: October 17th – March 19th
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

<Reception starts from March 6th>Hamamatsu Daily Life Japanese Course (In-person Classes)【Weekdays:U-ToC】

Schedule4 times a week (Total 150 classes)
1 year course

<Apr. start>
Period: 15 / Apr. – 14 / Mar.
Day and time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 – 13:20

<Oct. start>
Period: 17 / Oct. – Sep. 2025 (planned)
Day and time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 – 13:20
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 Want to learn Japanese and expand the scope of your daily life? In this course students can learn Japanese for different situations, like when shopping or at work!
Students will also have the opportunity to shop together at shopping malls, visit real Japanese homes, and improve their Japanese language skills through exchanges and practical opportunities.

<Reception starts from March 6th>Level 0 Class (In-person Classes)【Weekdays:U-ToC】

Schedule5 times a week (Total 20 classes / Term)

<First Term>
Period: 3 / Jun. – 28 / Jun.
Day and time: Mondays – Fridays 10:30 – 12:00

<Second Term>
Period: 6 / Jan. – 3 / Feb.
Day and time: Mondays – Fridays 10:30 – 12:00
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)
Contents Those with no knowledge of Japanese will study hiragana and katakana, whilst also practicing conversation using the “Hamamatsu Yaramaika” textbook. Upon completion, students will move on to the next course.

<Reception starts from March 6th>Reading & Writing Class 【Weekdays:U-ToC】

Schedule2 times per week (40・30 classes / Term)

<First Term>
Period: 7 / May – 26 / Sep.
Day and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 14:00 -15:30

<Second Term>
Period: 5 / Nov. – 4 / Mar.
Day and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 14:00 -15:30
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)
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

<Reception starts from March 6th>Situational Japanese Class (In-person Classes)【Weekdays:U-ToC】

Schedule1 time a week (Total 16 classes / Term)

<First Term>
Period: 8 / May – 28 / Aug.
Day and time: Wednesdays 13:30 – 15:00

<Second Term>
Period: 6 / Nov. – 5/ Mar.
Day and time: Wednesdays 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 will study a variety of situation-specific Japanese phrases, like invitations, apologies, and requests.

<Reception starts from March 6th>Japanese for Child-rearing Class (In-person Classes)【Weekdays:U-ToC】

Schedule1 time a week (Total 12 classes / Term)

<First Term>
Period: 3 / Jul. – 25 / Sep.
Day and time: Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:30

<Second Term>
Period: 4 / Dec. – 5 / Mar.
Day and time: Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:30
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)
ContentsStudents will learn about child-rearing and education in Japan.
Students will be provided with information about raising children in Japan, from pregnancy and childbirth to health management, childcare facilities, and school enrollment.

Japanese Language Classes Offered by NPOs

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