Top 20 Best International Schools in Tokyo Japan

Top 20 Best International Schools in Tokyo Japan

Tokyo International Schools

Tokyo has almost 50 international schools, the most popular are IB schools, then British schools followed by American schools with an almost equal mix between them. Fees range from as little as $7,000 per year right up to $28,000 for the more exclusive schools.

Education in Japan

The education system in Japan ranks as one of the best in the world, focussing on more than just passing exams; children learn about morals and ethics as standard. However, pupils often are under enormous pressure to compete which leads to one of the highest teenage suicide rates in the world. This may be enough of a reason to want to put your children into a different type of school system that you may be more familiar with.

For most expats in Tokyo, language will be a barrier to entering the Japanese school system unless you are planning to remain for the long term. International schools offer the opportunity to be taught in English and easily be able to move other parts the world and continue the same system of education. Tokyo offers a wide range of options and prices to choose from.

About Tokyo

Tokyo is without doubt one of the most important cities in the world. There are over 13 million people living in the greater Tokyo area so be prepared to cope with space being at a premium. Because of this Tokyo property is expensive, especially if you want to live close to the centre but public transport is great (if a little crowded at peak times) so living further out can still be practical if you need more space.

Tokyo is also one of the safest cities in the world with crime rates incredibly low for such a hight population. For a more indepth overview of Tokyo, the BBC have a great article covering many of the most important points for expats.

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Best international schools in Tokyo

Best International Schools in Tokyo - Rankings

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Tokyo school should be in the top 20, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they research their next school. You can find your school in the full List of International Schools in Tokyo, or search by name here.


Daizawa International School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

Japanese

Primary Language

English

Ages

1 to 6

Description

Daizawa International School (DIS) believes all children are capable and exceptional. By respect and encouraging each one's personality, strengths, and interests they are allowed to shine in their own way each child's own way to understand their potential and develop their confidence future success.The aim of the school is the children of the world who have become aware of the world's children who have become involved in the world. A true world citizen is someone who can make friends and be trusted anywhere in the world.

It sounds easy for children to become bilingual or even trilingual, but there is much more to communication than just speaking a language. An exceptional early childhood setting does make possible for children to gain these skills. Who is caring, courageous, respectful, and culturally literate.Our mission at DIS is to help children to be happy and confident in themselves so that they may be successful no matter where we have a wide range of experiences in each home's atmosphere where each child's personality can shine.

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The American School in Japan 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

The American School in Japan (ASIJ) offers an American-style college preparatory education for the children of international families. The American School in Japan (ASIJ) is an independent, co-educational day school serving students of all nationalities. Founded in 1902, ASIJ offers an American-style college preparatory education for the children of international families, including those on temporary assignment, as well as families who make Tokyo their permanent home. The school offers a standards-based curriculum culminating in an American high school diploma. ASIJ’s program develops the necessary skills for a student to be successful in their future academic endeavors, including in Advanced Placement courses and other advanced topic courses.

Complementing its academic program, ASIJ encourages students to engage in a wide variety of co-curricular experiences, including fine arts, athletics, and service-related clubs, which we believe contribute to the development of the whole child. ASIJ further draws on its unique presence in Japan by incorporating language and cultural studies that celebrate its host country. ASIJ is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

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KAIS International School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

14 to 18

Description

KAIS International School is one of Japan’s most innovative and academically distinguished international schools. Conveniently located in central Tokyo, we have been serving the international community since 2006. At KAIS, our students learn in small classes in a family-like atmosphere, where they develop their connectedness to others while exploring who they are as individuals. We believe self-awareness, curiosity, and empathy are vital in the development of the adults who will shape the future, and everything we do aims to support this.

Small class sizes allow more opportunities for our students to engage in hands-on projects, receive individual attention from instructors, present their work to their peers, and participate in discussions. Our dedicated team of teachers is focused on engaging our students in the optimal high school experience both in and out of the classroom.

While most of our students go on to study at top universities in the United States, we present our curriculum to our diverse student body from a global perspective. We invite you to come see our unique and vibrant school for yourself!

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Tokyo Bay International School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English, Montessori

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 11

Description

Tokyo Bay International School (TBIS) would primarily emphasize on building creative minds and lead the students to succeed in an uber challenging world. The amalgamation of diverse cultures and backgrounds will make the school and its students truly global by shaping the young minds to be more accommodating, knowledgeable and understanding towards each other’s race and cultures’ etiquette and manners.

Our objective is also to instil qualities like leadership, self-confidence; compassion and warmth for fellow beings which will help the students become good lifelong learners and healthy global citizens of the future.

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United School of Tokyo 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 12

Max Class Size

16

Description

United School of Tokyo was established by educators and parents devoted to providing best educational choices to our students. Here are some of the key points about the school:

- Academic school with child-centric approach to education built upon the principles of experiential learning and creativity
- Inquiry-based curriculum designed to better serve the academic and social-emotional needs of students
- Focused on hands-on learning and experiential education, including frequent field trips, events and outdoor education
- Value-based education that includes weekly Guidance classes and promotes community service and charitability
- Multinational and multicultural students from more than 25 different countries
- Small classes; family-like atmosphere
- Ability-based Japanese classes taught daily
- Diverse physical education program that includes weekly swimming classes
- Affordable tuition
- Daily learning support and tutoring services
- Located in Shibuya with access to great facilities
- Wide variety of extra-curricular activities; daily extended care service
- Organic lunch service
- Bus service

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Phoenix House International School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

5 to 11

Description

It is with huge pride that Phoenix House International School opened in August 2021 in Tokyo. Phoenix House International School offers a creative and innovative British independent school-style education within the rich international culture of Japan. Our curriculum and house system prepares pupils with the fundamental skills and self confidence needed to successfully navigate life and contribute to society. In the East and in the West, the Phoenix is a legendary bird, both beautiful and unique in its kind. According to legend, it has lived in the desert for 500 or 600 years rising again and again to better itself and become stronger.

We seek such qualities in each and every pupil under our care. Our core mission is to foster young people who can work collaboratively, ask and answer deep questions, think critically, research and present, using a thematic approach which naturally incorporates and develops inquiry skills. We seek to deliver both academic excellence and personal growth, helping our students grow as individuals with both integrity and a strong moral compass.

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Gregg International School 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

International

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 12

Description

Gregg International School (GiS), a part of Gregg school, was started in 1986. It is exciting to now see Gregg alumni returning to GiS as parents of some of our students. It is our pride and joy that several of our teachers have been Gregg faculty for decades.We do not compare students at GiS. Each student is respected and treasured because he or she is unique. Students are expected to do their best. They blossom at GiS because they feel they are loved and accepted here.

The original Gregg school was founded in Tokyo in 1964 as an English language school, one of only a few of its kind at that time. The English school was so popular among the business community that it soon outgrew the small facility in Yoyogi. To accommodate the growing student body, the school then moved to a larger space in Jiyugaoka. The present property in Jiyugaoka was acquired in 1972 and has been home to Gregg ever since.

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KAIS Elementary & Middle School 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

International

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 14

Description

Since opening KAIS Elementary & Middle School in 2014, we have welcomed students and families from over 20 countries. We are dedicated to providing a unique learning experience that fosters your child’s natural inclination towards curiosity, self-discovery, personal excellence, and joy. At KAIS Elementary & Middle School, each student is an individual who gets the special care that every child deserves and thrives on.

Our approach is simple; we try to blend established goals with progressive methods through a variety of pedagogical approaches in the classroom in the hopes of striking that perfect balance between the traditional and the novel, the old and the new. We are honored to have you browse our website, and encourage prospective parents and students to inquire further without hesitation.

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Camelot International School 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 15

Description

The transformative learning experiences at Camelot International School are designed to help our students grow both in and out of the classroom. Founded in 2014, Camelot International School is located in Itabashi-ku. With more than 75 students and a 17 dedicated and passionate teachers & staff, we are here to help our students make an impact on the world.

At Camelot International School we respect our students and understand that each of them have individual wants and needs. We believe that learning can only be fostered from a feeling of mutual respect, guidance, and direction, and do our very best to maintain those values in everything we do. Our unique approach supplies our students with the proper support system that will help lead them down the path to success.

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MEES International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

International

Primary Language

English

Ages

1 to 9

Description

What makes MEES International School different from Japanese education is the focus on independence, creativity, problem solving and confidence-building. We want the children to enjoy coming to a fun and comfortable environment. By planting the seed for a love of learning, we hope that your child will stay curious and able to face new challenges.

With small steps we give responsibility to the child, as we believe that when a child chooses an activity him/herself, that child more likely learns faster, as it comes from his or her own initiative.

Through peer interaction, developing social skills is an important part of a young child’s life. At MEES we think that every child is different. Therefore we avoid competition between children. We like to teach the children to respect the differences in each other and praise what is done well. This is how we build confidence at an early stage in a young child. A confident child will excel in what he/she is good at, and will do better in what is more challenging.

We believe that a young child should enjoy going to school, free from the pressure to perform or the fear of failure, and not in competition with peers. Confidence and the ability to challenge difficult situations are far more important than test results.

The acquisition of knowledge is far more effective when driven by interest rather than forced onto a child. A young child is never wrong, but rather, exploring the possibilities.

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The Montessori School of Tokyo 

4.8 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

Montessori

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 15

Description

Situated in the heart of Tokyo, The Montessori School of Tokyo (MST) is a well-established and internationally-minded Montessori school offering a vibrant vision of education for your child. MST was the first accredited Montessori school in Asia and is home to a diverse and highly qualified faculty and staff, drawn from all around the globe. Our facility comprises spacious classrooms, a beautiful garden and various other modern facilities that our community of learners call home.

At MST, learning is recognised as a natural ongoing process, unique to each person. Learning occurs in different ways and at a different pace for each individual and doesn’t fit anyone else’s pre­determined schedule or timeline. At MST, learning is seen as a process of individual development and self-­construction that leads to the fullest development of human potential. A successful MST student will discover their passions and their place in the world, while developing a love of peace and a deep respect for mankind and our planet.

As Maria Montessori herself said 'It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was'.

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Saint Maur International School 

4.8 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

IB, English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Since 1872, Saint Maur International School has functioned as a school community where moral values govern all that we do to help students, parents and staff reach their full potential. We support each member of our school community, and students receive unparalleled care in a safe, supportive, and diverse learning environment. One of the most valuable benefits of a Saint Maur education is preparation for the future.

Students are provided with a balanced, quality academic and extracurricular program which to date has resulted in a 100% matriculation rate into four-year universities and colleges.

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Seisen International School 

4.8 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

At Seisen International School we are passionate about international education to which we bring our commitment to Love in Action.Our belief is that international education helps to form caring young people and critical thinkers who can contribute to creating a better and more peaceful world. Our faculty members love their fields of expertise and they love young people. It is our conviction that every student has a unique potential that they can achieve with our care and guidance.

Seisen offers an educational program that prepares ‘today’s students for tomorrow’s world’. Our program spans preschool, elementary and high school years, K-12, and focuses on very high academic standards as well as social, physical, aesthetic, cultural and spiritual development.

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Columbia International School 

4.8 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

Canadian

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Columbia International School (CIS) offers motivated students a safe and healthy learning environment where in small classes each individual student is actively engaged in their learning process. In technology and resource rich classrooms, dynamic and highly qualified teachers support and challenge students to understand the changing world around them. Our teachers incorporate the healthy whole-child concept, recognizing that social and emotional development along with academic progress is essential for each child.

Columbia international School also provides students with opportunities to become involved in many aspects of school life, including social and cultural events, community events and extracurricular activities. These experiences will enable students to develop skills as responsible global citizens and as leaders within our school and our extended school community. I urge you to take full advantage of the many wonderful opportunities, experiences and advice that will be available to you at Columbia International School. Let Columbia International School’s 21st century learning open up the world for you. Columbia International School uses the curriculum of the Province of Ontario, Canada, one of the most advanced and respected educational systems in the world to explore the world around them. Our school effectiveness and improvement frameworks and our regular Canadian and WASC certification processes along with tremendous support from our parent’s organization ensure our ongoing development as a learning community.

All teachers are involved in continuous learning through Columbia International School’s professional learning circles. Our wireless one-to-one laptop environment allows both teachers and students to access the latest information and learning strategies. Our goal is to create a fun, challenging and supportive lifelong learning environment that allows our students to develop an appreciation of different cultures and perspectives as well as possess superior communication skills and an excellent command of the English language and to have the knowledge and skills to be successful global citizens in the 21st century.

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St. Mary's International School 

4.8 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

5 to 18

Description

St. Mary’s International School was founded in 1954. It moved to its current location in Setagaya ward in 1971. At St. Mary’s, we nurture the intellectual, physical, emotional and social development of each student. Our challenging array of core curricular and extra-curricular programs is designed to enable each student to achieve excellence and success. We provide a positive and safe learning environment, where a spirit of cooperation, friendship and mutual respect helps to maximize individual achievement.

The St. Mary’s experience goes from kindergarten to grade 12. We offer the International Baccalaureate course of studies, a globally recognized and rigorous pre-university program designed to give students the competitive edge they need for both university studies and their later careers. St. Mary’s is fully accredited by two agencies that provide standards and procedures for school improvement: the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).

WASC is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges and universities in the United States and East Asia. CIS is a membership organization of international schools around the world.

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Global Indian International School Japan 

4.7 from 36 reviews

Curriculum

IB, English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 17

Max Class Size

22

Description

At Global Indian International School (GIIS) Tokyo, we further our vision of becoming a global role model for teaching and learning by being committed to nurture lifelong learners and provide our students a balanced, holistic approach to education.

We are delighted that you are considering GIIS as a prospective school for your child. We’re committed to making the Admissions process as simple and comprehensible as possible. While admissions are open throughout the year, they are subject to availability.

New students can matriculate at any time during the academic year with sole exceptions for those seeking admission into CBSE & IB Diploma Programme 11 and 12. Because the academic year starts in April, this is typically our busiest period. As the Admissions Team begins reviewing applications for new admissions in January each year, we recommend that you plan and complete your admission materials before this time to avoid the rush.

We take pride in our diversity at Global Indian International School Tokyo, and welcome applications from students of all nationalities. All of life’s adventures begin with a single first step, and we encourage you to take yours by scheduling an appointment with one of our admissions counselors, during which you’ll tour the campus while learning more about our school, curricula and extracurricular activities.

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Christian Academy in Japan 

4.7 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ) is a K-12 school established in 1950 to provide Christ-centered education to the children of evangelical missionaries. While continuing in this purpose, CAJ also serves other families who desire this type of education for their children. We serve approximately 450 students in our day school program and more than 300 students in our School Support Services program.

Our program uses English as the language of instruction and a North American curriculum. The school serves a student body that is composed of the dependents of missionaries (40%) and dependents of business and professional people (60%). Our students come from over 25 countries with many holding dual citizenship.

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Tokyo YMCA International School 

4.6 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 14

Description

Tokyo YMCA International School (TYIS) prides itself on being a school of opportunity and diversity. We are known for high quality education, attention to individual student needs and our welcoming family atmosphere, which is open to all. The TYIS school culture is guided by the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We guide our students to develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural acceptance and self-confidence.

At TYIS we understand that there is more to student experiences than test scores and report cards. Students value the small details of daily life that they encounter everyday. Details that are carried in experiences such as friendships, camps, library visits, service learning projects, science fair, after-school clubs and all other precious moments that make TYIS a comfortable and safe place to be. TYIS is very proud to serve our community and create opportunities for students to enrich their lives.

We look forward to welcoming your family and providing everything your child needs to succeed.

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Tamagawa Academy (K12) 

4.5 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

12 to 18

Description

Tamagawa Academy (K-12) was founded in 1929 as an elementary education organization. Later a secondary education division was added, and in 1947 Tamagawa University received approval for establishment as an ‘old system’ (pre-war) university. As an academy (gakuen) which encompasses all school grades, we currently provide education from kindergarten to graduate school level within a single campus.

With our primary educational principle of ‘Zenjin’ Education, and as a private school with definite individuality, we aim to build rich and harmonious human culture beginning with scholarship, morality, arts, religion, the body and everyday life. It is through education that we become better people. Education is an activity that improves a person - starting at the time of birth and continuing on throughout life.

Tamagawa founder Kuniyoshi Obara characterized human beings as having an unique individuality from birth, and also a commonality with everyone in the world. The mission of Tamagawa education is to progress towards a realization of this principle and to produce outstanding individuals who can contribute not only to Japanese society but to the world.

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Canadian International School Tokyo 

4.5 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

IB, Canadian

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Canadian International School Tokyo (CIS) was founded in 1999 by two of its present directors. Contact was established with the Department of Education of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island to adopt that province’s curriculum at Canadian International School Tokyo (CIS). CIS is accredited annually with an onsite inspection by officials from the Department of Education in Prince Edward Island. CIS is an accredited pre-kindergarten to grade twelve Canadian school. CIS received final authorization for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) in 2009.

In Japan CIS is recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Education, so that CIS high school graduation is recognized for those students who apply to enroll in Japanese universities. CIS is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools and the Tokyo Association of International Preschools.

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Other International Schools in Tokyo

There are 26 other international schools in Tokyo that didn't make it into our Top 20, either because they didn't have enough reviews or its review rating was too low. If your school is one of those and you think it should make the Top 20, make sure you add your review and tell your story via the school links below.

School Curriculum Rating
Tokyo Creators Kids Japanese 5.0 / 5
New World International School Japanese 5.0 / 5
Kohana International School English 5.0 / 5
Bunka Suginami Canadian International School Canadian 5.0 / 5
Aoba-Japan International School IB 4.4 / 5
Tokyo International School IB 4.2 / 5
UIA International School of Tokyo English 4.2 / 5
Makuhari International School International, Japanese 4.2 / 5
Shinagawa International School IB, PYP, MYP 4.0 / 5
Kspace International School Japanese 4.0 / 5
Laurus International School of Science English 4.0 / 5
Tokyo International Progressive School American, SEN 4.0 / 5
New International School of Japan International, Japanese 4.0 / 5
Yoyogi International School International 4.0 / 5
Musashi International School Tokyo English 4.0 / 5
Horizon Japan International School IB, American 3.8 / 5
The British School in Tokyo English 3.8 / 5
Nishimachi International School International 3.6 / 5
Axis International School American 3.5 / 5
Clarence International School English 3.4 / 5
K. International School Tokyo IB 3.0 / 5
Yokohama International School IB 3.0 / 5
India International School in Japan IB, Indian 2.6 / 5
Learning Tree International School Japanese 1.0 / 5
Yokohama Christian School American n/a
Safari Kids International School Japanese n/a

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