since 1948

Naoe Naganuma (1894-1973) established The Institute for Research in Linguistic Culture in 1947 and the following year opened the Tokyo School of Japanese Language as an affiliated Japanese language school. The school was first located in Kanda Misaki-cho, Tokyo, but was relocated to the present address in Shibuya several years later. The school is widely known as "The Naganuma School " after the founder and continues to grow as a school with a world-wide reputation.


Kazuhiko Naganuma,Chairman

We, at Naganuma, provide Japanese language lessons that suit the objectives of our students in a most effective way, supported by a teaching staff rich in experience.

Our hope is that you will play an active role in the world as a true cosmopolitan with the Japanese that you learn at the School. Also, your friendships with people from over 50 countries worldwide and the network of more than 30 thousand graduates of the School are certain to become your valuable asset.

We are determined to continue our efforts to enrich and to brighten your life in the future.

Michiko Kojima,Managing Director & Principal

We, at Naganuma, are devoted to providing the best study environment for all the students who come to the school with high motivations to realize their individual purposes. We welcome you with varied courses, lessons that meet your needs, and above all we have teachers with great passion to teach. Having students of many different nationalities is also our advantage as the only language common to all is Japanese which they then must begin relying on to speak with each other. We are certain that you will acquire rich communications skills, based on understanding and respect for different cultures through your experiences in this multicultural environment.

School Profile

Name The Naganuma School - Tokyo School of Japanese Language
Established 1948
Founder Naoe Naganuma
Chairman Kazuhiko Naganuma
Principal Michiko Kojima
Teachers and Staff Approx. 100 teachers and 20 office staff
Students Approx. 600 students
National origin of Students Approx. 50 countries
Address 16-26, Nampeidai-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0036
Tel +81-3-3463-7261
Fax +81-3-3463-7599
  • School approved by the Governor of Tokyo
  • Preparatory Education Course accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Application Agent School for the Tokyo Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice
  • Member of the Metropolitan Tokyo Professional Institution Association
Award The School received The Japan Foundation Awards.
*This award is given to individuals and organizations that have contributed to the promotion of international mutual understanding. Nagamuma School is the only Japanese language school that has ever received this prestigious award.


Weekdays 9:00 - 17:00
(Japan time)

Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese languages.