Learn Japanese in Okazaki
Our students enjoy living in the historic castle town of Okazaki, in the center of central Japan. This historic city is ideally placed to enable you to easily visit ALL of the most famous places in Japan. Located halfway between Tokyo and Osaka (convenient to both), halfway between Shizuoka and Kyoto, the city has played a key role in the history of Japan and remains a key center for high tech commerce and knowledge based industries.
It is a safer and quieter city - an easier place in which to live and study. While Tokyo has a daytime population of 30 million people, Okazaki has only 330,000 and has a small town feel. However the city is part of Aichi Prefecture, the population of which is now just over 7 million in an area approximately the same size as greater London, Sydney or Los Angeles.
The city is prosperous with high tech industries, universities and research institutes and yet it has retained its festivals and traditional crafts. Despite being part of Aichi Prefecture and just 30 minutes from central Nagoya, the city has always has a strong independent identity. An outline of why the city has remained so unique is located the Okazaki City Introduction section.
For students it is worth noting that many Japanese cities such as Tokyo and Osaka were almost completely destroyed during WWII, but here you can visit dozens of temples and shrines dating back hundreds of years, participate in the festivals and explore the historic castle and town by bicycle or on foot.
In short it is safer, cheaper and quieter than crowded cities like Tokyo or Osaka, and more suited for study and a taste of the traditional Japan. Okazaki is a low-cost city. It is very important for students that rents are less than half that of Tokyo and this is reflected in everything from the cost of accommodation to groceries, entertainment and of course our tuition fees. One look at our programs will quickly dispel any notion that studying in Japan has to be expensive. There is absolutely no need to spend Tokyo or Osaka prices in order to study Japanese in Japan.
The Short Intensive Language Acquisition Courses (SILAC) are taught by the Yamasa Institute's Extension (Continuing Education). SILAC programs are offered all year round with Summer, Autumn (Fall), Winter and Spring Inter-sessions. The courses offer the most flexible intensive environment for learning Japanese available in Japan. You can study for 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks in duration.
Yamasa's SILAC programs concentrates on spoken Japanese, listening and communication. During your vacation you can experience a quick improvement in your Japanese proficiency. The program does not concentrate much on reading and writing. If you prefer a short course that will cover these skills, please read through the Acceleration Program.
No previous study of Japanese is required for participation. Students are able to start at their own level between absolute beginner and intermediate and quickly improve their skills at the lowest possible cost a quality program can provide.
Classes are taught in Japanese only. All students have the opportunity to use Japanese language software and send/receive email in Japanese. Internet access is free and unlimited. Yamasa's faculty members work as a team to provide considerable variety, although one faculty member will be designated as your academic advisor.
The program starts every 2 weeks and there are 130 options in total. Each study option is designed so that it can be completed using either a tourist visa - this provides more flexibility for a wider range of short term students.
The program is delivered in 2 formats. These are called Standard Format and Seminar Format.
a) Standard Format: This has 23 classes per week. The maximum class size is 15 students (5 less than the APJLE regulations require). There are 5 classes per day from Monday to Thursdays 9:00am to 2:30pm. This format is used for all of the beginner level classes (Textbooks - Minna no Nihongo I and II). For intermediate level classes, it is used whenever there are 7 or more students at the same level of proficiency.
b) Seminar Format: This has 15 classes per week. The maximum class size is only 6 students. There are 3 classes per day from 9:00am to 11:50am. This format is used whenever there are 6 students or less at the same level. It is only used for intermediate levels or higher. (ie students who have mastered the widely used textbooks - Minna no Nihongo I and II).
Why are there 2 formats? We use 2 formats because it enables us to provide classes with a smaller range of proficiency test scores and no composite level classes. This enables you to learn faster. The seminar format is slightly more intensive than the standard format. This is partly because of the amount of self-study and homework required, and partly because there is nowhere to hide in the classroom. All classes are 50 minutes long.
The program starts every 2 weeks. Please contact us for the full schedule.
The low cost location, non-profit status and long-term financial support provided by the Hattori Foundation enables Yamasa to provide the SILAC programs at cost price to international students.
There are no application fees for students enrolling in SILAC programs.
Program fees if paid in advance:
NOTE 1: The cost of the text books used in your classes is included in the SILAC program fees.
You will need to provide your own dictionaries and stationery.
The Acceleration Program is taught from at beginner level only (at Yamasa, the beginner curriculum includes several levels ranging from absolute beginner to Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 3) to pre-intermediate level (Japanese language proficiency test level 3)
There are multiple start dates per year and several options. You can study in this program with either a student visa or a tourist visa - this provides more flexibility for a wider range of students. This is the most intensive program offered in Japan, and yet we can still provide the same low at-cost tuition rates.
Format: There are 28 classes per week. The maximum class size is 15 students (5 less than the APJLE regulations require). From Mondays to Thursdays there are 6 classes per day from 9:00am to 3:30pm. On Fridays there are 4 classes from 9:00am to 1:30pm. Each class is 50 minutes long with 10 minute breaks between classes and a lunch break from 11:50am to 12:40pm.
The low cost location, non-profit status and long-term financial support provided by the Hattori Foundation enables Yamasa to provide the Acceleration Program at cost price to international students.
There is no application fee if you are enrolling for 3 months or less, or if you
do not require a student visa.
Program Dates and Tuition Fees:
NOTE: Acceleration program students are required to arrive in Okazaki at least 1 day prior to commencement. If you will be traveling across 6 time zones or more (ie there is a time difference of 6 hours or more between your location and Japan) then we advise you to arrive 2 days early.
Students who need to arrive earlier than 3 days prior to the program commencement should also contact our offices as early as possible so that your accommodation can be confirmed. Students arriving at Nagoya International Airport can arrange to be met by our
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me and I will give you all the details you require.