About Us

We began in 2000 as a group of volunteer Japanese language teachers with a goal to help international residents have a smoother transition to living in Japan.

We wanted to teach Japanese for daily life that you wouldn’t learn from studying a textbook.


Since then, we’ve grown rapidly and opened three more school locations. In 2009, we published our first Japanese learning textbook Nihongo Fun and Easy.


But our mission stays the same: to help our students by teaching them “real” Japanese. It is our hope that with their new Japanese abilities, our students can lead barrier-free lives in Japan.


You can learn more about the Coto Story at our Corporate Website.



Fast Facts About Coto


Our Mission


We want to help international residents fulfill their life dreams in Japan.  We want to make living in Japan an enjoyable and fun experience where they can live freely as their true selves and be uninhibited by the language barrier.


In order to fulfill this we try to make sure that our staff, teachers, and our students all work together to try to make the learning experience fun and fulfilling so that they can keep the motivation that they need to continue progressing in their Japanese.


If you are looking for a Japanese language school that truly cares about your progress and your life in Japan – we are that school.


  • Four volunteer Japanese teachers who met through the Japanese language volunteer group WAIWAI opened the “Iidabashi Japanese Language School” to provide professional Japanese language education for daily life.
  • Started offering private lessons in an apartment in Iidabashi, focusing on private lessons.
  • Published the Japanese textbook for survival use - “Nihongo Fun & Easy”
  • The three-week intensive course started
  • Incorporated as Be Unique Co., Ltd.
  • Started creating an original teaching material series for practical conversation
  • Started offering flexible group lessons “Japanese Plus”
  • Expanded and relocated to the current school building
  • Rebranded to Coto Language Academy
  • Started a recruitment business called CotoWork
  • Opened a sister brand in Azabu Juban called Coto Japanese Club
  • Started Coto Online Japanese Academy
  • Coto Japanese Academy expanded in Yokohama
  • Coto Japanese Academy expanded in Shibuya