- Fukuoka, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
- Program Type:
- Intensive Language
- Degree Level:
- 1-2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 7-11 months, 1 year
- Program Description:
Genki Japanese School is a study abroad school for foreigners who want to learn Japanese in Japan. We have locations in Fukuoka City, in southern Japan, and in Tokyo. We specialize in teaching communicative Japanese, and unlike most Japanese language schools, our courses are aimed at speakers of non-kanji languages (mainly, European languages). You can start any Monday throughout the year, and study for as many weeks as you like. We're the most flexible, fun and rewarding Japanese school in Japan!
We offer the following Japanese language courses: Standard Japanese Course, Japanese Plus Conversation Course, Japanese Plus Traditional Culture Course, Japanese Plus Pop Culture Course.
All courses have the same core component of ten 50-minute grammar classes per week, and ten 4-skill “application” classes, where you practice what you learned in communicative situations. Plus courses have these classes, plus additional classes in the specific Plus subject.
We also offer long-term study courses as the perfect way to start your life in Japan! Study with GenkiJACS for 6-12 months. If you don't need a student visa, you can take this course at either our Tokyo or Fukuoka branch. Student visas are available in Fukuoka, and only valid for study of 12 months.
Schedule: 10 weeks of classes, then 3 weeks of holiday, repeating.
Course available: Start dates on the first Mondays in January, April, July and October.
Student visas only available for start dates in April and October.
Additional Program Information
Based on 12 Reviews
- Great experience in Fukuoka04/05/20
I studied at Genki Jacs in Fukuoka for 6 months, from July to December 2019, attending the Standard Japanese course. This was my first time in Japan, so I didn't know the city, but it was a nice surprise. Fukuoka is a Japanese big city, but not a metropolis;
you would get used to it after a month, while still benefitting from all the comfort you could search for. Time is nice, people are friendly and prices are generally cheaper than other Japanese big cities, so it's a very welcoming place to stay. Before coming to Japan I had already studied Japanese, but in a very academic way and I always lacked the necessary fluency to have a conversation smoothly. Classes were mostly focused on conversations, which ranges from asking your Japanese friends out to ordering food in a restaurant and lots of other similar situations.Teachers were well prepared to deal with foreigners and to make lessons enjoyable and interesting. It was easy to have fun while studying! Another good point was that classes were generally small, the average size was of 5 people, but the number was flexible. This is due also to the fact that teachers will often check your level, and you can change your class depending on the results. Even if it's actually up to the length of your stay in the school, I saw that the amount of new things learnt everyday was great; on the other side, teachers won't charge you with tons of homework, so it's up to you to do a lot of self-study when coming back home in order not to forget what you studied in class. Anyway, they are very helpful in case you asked for extra-exercises. Staff was very nice as well, they provide you all the necessary help you can need while living in another country. At the end of my stay in Japan I realized how much I've improved my level- initially it was hard also to chat with a Japanese, towards December I could understand most of the things I was said. I would definitely recommend this school to everyone who is looking for a school in a friendly atmosphere to become fluent in Japanese.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My first Japan Experience10/01/19
My best friend came to this school with not much japanese experience and he could learn so much in 3 weeks about japanese that I though that this is a very big help for learnong japanese and i thought to come here and live ina host family would be very
difficult, but it was one of the best experiences i could have. I could learn in 2 weeks more than i learned on my own in 1 year. My guestfgamily was very nice and they showed some things around the city Fukuoka. The other students were nice and the teachers lesseons were very easy to undertsand. I wish you can have this experience too.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Great if you want to improve your speaking skills in a short period!06/24/19
I had a great time studying at Genki JACS in Tokyo for three weeks. I'm an intermediate-level student of Japanese, but my speaking skills are very lacking. I chose this school for its focus on conversation and I don't regret it one bit! Every class had
us interacting with each other and the sensei and we got lots of listening practice as well. Now I feel confident speaking Japanese in my daily life.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Like at home05/06/19
every morning I woke up with the desire to go and always learn new things. we had fun in the classroom and the teachers have always been understanding and funny. also the guys who work in the secretariat were vere helpful: every problem was already solved
before even asking. Thank you for all!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Perfect choice in Tokyo05/06/19
I had never been studied Japanese before, I joined my GF who got a degree in Italy and decided to have some classes in Japan. We choose GENKI JACS because of many good reviews online. After 6 weeks I can confirm this school is amazing, you feel like at
home, the teachers are deeply communicative and efficient, the support for administrative infos were always great (thanks Eri-san). I decided to study Japanese but I was sure it might have been an impossible challenge, right now I am so happy to say they help you to approach the language with unexpected benefit. I’d go back for sure. Thanks to Mary, Hideo, Yu, Nozomi, Hajaki and all the wonderful teachers for providing this nice experience. Fabrizio, 51 yo, Italy.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Totally worth your money and time07/07/18
I study Japanese in this school for 2 summers in a role. I took the standard Japanese class. 4 hours each day (09:30-13:10, 11:25-15:50, or 14:10-17:45, depending on the schedule of the week). You get different teachers everyday. They are very good at
explaining and unpacking the grammar usage and the nuance that foreigners tend to not understand or being used to. The lessons have a good balance of vocabulary, grammar, expression, kanji, conversation and topic-related knowledge. The school offers very good support to students. Detailed information is provided on the first day.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Excellent language school!04/22/18
I've studied at GenkiJACS Tokyo 3 times now, and I am sure there will be a fourth and fifth time too! The atmosphere at the school is great; the staff and teachers are very friendly and the teachers are very skilled. I also enjoy the fact that classes
are small, which allows everyone to practice their Japanese a lot in class. The school is also very easy to get to (central Shinjuku). I definitely recommend this school!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Great Japanese School in a Great Area07/13/17
I was fortunate to find this Japanese Language School in the heart of Shinjuku. Just a 5 minute walk from the Shinjuku station. The staff was friendly and sweet. The classes were small with less than 8 students in each class. I studied for 2 weeks for
30 hours each week. I had a great time and can't wait to return.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A Magical Experience07/01/17
I studied at the Genki JACS school in Fukuoka and it was absolutely wonderful. The school is located a few minutes away from Hakata Station and many malls, so there is quick and easy access to many restaurants, shops, and arcades. The classes were taught
purely in Japanese, which I found extremely effective because it forced me to figure things out myself and thus make more mental connections to the new things I learned. Genki JACS also offered many different cultural activities, which were very funny and interesting. There were also many opportunities to meet Japanese people and practice my new skills. In fact, I made several friends while I was there.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Genki JACS Tokyo05/17/17
The in Shinjuku based school is easy accessible with the train or subway. Close to the school area is a beautiful temple with some Sakura tree's around it. When during springtime these trees start to bloom, the scenery is absolutly amazing. The school
itself has only 9 classrooms which are relatively small. Despite the class size is max. 9 students, some rooms are even too small for this class size. But at least on upper-beginner levels and above, the class size is normaly around 4 to 5 people. The school has a lounge where the students are able to eat during lunchtime. There is also a TV and a Nintendo Wii for movienight's (every Wednesday) or spontanous Mario Kart battles. The students come mainly from different European countries. Overall there is a good mix of people from different countries with sometimes a hugh amount of Germanspeaking people. The school offers different courses such like conversation class, pop culture class or traditional culture class. It is also possible to book private lessons with a teacher. The school handles the requests for additional classes or changing classes very flexible. Most of the staff is able to speak or understand English which makes it a bit easier for complete beginners. The school can also organize the accommodation and the transfer from or to the airport if you wish. If you like, they also search a language exchange partner for you. A normal school day without additional classes usually contains 4 lessons à 55min. The teacher changes every 2 lessons which enables you to hear different voices and speaking styles (male/female) from native Japanese speakers. I went to the school for three months and had a really good time there. Personally I felt the standard courses a bit slow, but combined with some additional private lessons I could more or less reach my goals. Because of the flexibility and relatively small classes I can absolutly recommend this school. The only negative thing, compared to other language schools I went to, is that appart from the classes and the movienight's, there are no other activities offered. But in a city like Tokyo it is always easy to find something to do by yourself or find some people to do something. + well located and easily accessible + small classes + changing teachers on a daily basis + flexible in changing or adding classes + teachers are all 100% native speakers + good learning materials - activities appart from classes are quite rare - the standard course is sometimes a bit slowread moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Immersive language experience in Tokyo04/11/17
Of the many Japanese language schools attended while living and working in Japan, this was immersive. The most important aspects were: 1.small class sizes (4-7 people) 2.immersion japanese language, with little or no English. 3.great location in Tokyo
and flexible time periods for study from 2 weeks to 16 weeks.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- If you know what genki means,no needs for explanation04/06/17
Studie at the Shinjuku branch for 5 weeks in the Pop Culture Class. The program consists of normal classes, which are the ones every student take on their respective levels, and for the pop culture/traditional culture courses, 3 times a weak you go do
some culture related activity (check their website for more info on that). They also have a free movie day every week and if you want, every week an all you can eat party (varies from around 1500 to 2500 yen) many times with japanese students interested in knowing foreigners! The teachers and employees are really charismatic and definitely will make you feel welcome!!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend