ISI Takadanobaba

Situated in the bustling student district of Takadanobaba, this is the ISI group's largest and most international campus.

School Highlights

  • Great variety of elective classes tailored to your needs

  • Provide guidance to enter Japan's top Universities

  • Excellent location in Tokyo's animated student district

  • Small class size (maximum 15 students)

"@Gaijinpot: ISI is the right choice for students who want to make fast progress and aim to attend a university or get a job in Japan. The school supports the students with admission procedures or in job applications, and checks the language progress on a regular basis.—Manuela, Germany"




COVID-19 Information  What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are planning to study at ISI Takadanobaba from April 2020
All ISI Japanese language schools will hold classes as planned from the April term. If you are unable to travel on time to attend school from the first day of class in April, the school will provide supplementary classes after your admission. You will receive more details after your arrival.

ISI Takadanobaba and ISI Ikebukuro will hold live online classes until early May, provided the authorities declare safe to reopen schools.

October 2020 applications are open normally.

ISI Takadanobaba is the largest school within the ISI group. With over 1,300 students from around the world, students choose from a range of classes of more than 40 levels.

Located in the lively student district of Takadanobaba surrounded by Waseda and Gakushuin Universities, the campus offers great access to all of the major areas of Tokyo. Still, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in this neighborhood—home of manga hero Astro Boy, the world’s 9th busiest train station and some of the capital’s best ramen.

Manga fans should take note that Astro Boy’s legendary creator, Osamu Tezuka (a.k.a the father of manga), was born and lived almost his whole life in Takadanobaba. His animation studio Tezuka Productions is also headquartered here.


The school offers a large variety of elective classes that focus on things such as planning for graduate school, university, and employment in Japan. Whether you are looking to build a solid foundation in Japanese, to pursue your education, or start a career in Japan ISI Takadanobaba can help you get there.


Standard Japanese Course

In this course, students develop their skills in the 4 core aspects of the language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll be able to reach a foundation of Japanese that will prepare you to function in Japanese society and discover your potential.

Upon reaching the higher intermediate levels, students can decide to specialize in their Japanese to match their goals.


  • Business Japanese: Best for those who want to work in Japan. Not only will you learn expressions and language appropriate for business, you will also learn the skills that Japanese companies are looking for, such as giving presentations and interviewing techniques. There are also opportunities to meet with Japanese companies and also foreign students who work there.  This course also includes one-to-one career counseling, and the school staff will guide you through every step to maximize your chances to get offers from jobs that you are interested in!
  • JLPT Preparation: This course focuses on the skills needed to pass either the JLPT N2 or N1 test.
  • Conversation: Best for those who want a more casual study experience, this class is more about group discussion and pair-work for a variety of topics. There are opportunities to interact with Japanese college students, and there are activities on a regular basis.
  • University Preparation: Focuses heavily on preparing for entrance to Japanese universities, learning more academic language and skills needed to pass entrance exams.  There are also special classes for those who want to go to the top universities.
  • College Preparation: For those who want to go to trade schools, this course allows students to experience a wide variety of schools and options. The school will also set a plan so that you can apply and get accepted to the schools that you are interested in.

Enrollment Period: January, April, July, October
Class Schedule: 4 x 45-minute lessons per day
Class Duration: 8:50 ~ 12:00 or 13:00 ~ 16:10


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Short-Term Course

The curriculum is equivalent to the full-time course and ideally suited for foreign university students or anyone working in Japan looking to improve their skills.

Enrollment Period: January, April, July, October*
Class Schedule: 4 x 45-minute lessons per day
Class Duration: 8:50 ~ 12:00 or 13:00 ~ 16:10

*If you have studied Japanese, you can enroll at any time after a level check.


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*Students who have never studied Japanese can enroll in the elementary course starting every month.
*Minimum course length is 2 weeks.




ISI Takadanobaba, Tokyo

2 Chome-14-19 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 169-0075

Phone Number: 03-5155-6886


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