About Coto Japanese Academy

The  Coto Story

We began in 2000 as a group of volunteer Japanese language teachers with a mission to help international residents in Japan.  We wanted to teach Japanese for daily life that you wouldn’t learn from studying a textbook.
Along the way we grew, and in 2009 published our first Japanese learning textbook Nihongo Fun and Easy.
Since 2018 – we’ve grown rapidly and have and opened two more school locations meeting many students and developing life-long friendships with them.
Our mission has always been 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.


What our Staff & Teachers say about Coto



What our students say about studying at Coto


Coto takes great pride in being the most reviewed Japanese language school on the internet.  If you want to see what our students are saying about us you can visit our Google Reviews Page

Jennifer J

As a language school owner myself, I can safely recommend Coto Japanese Academy. Both their 101 lessons AND intensive courses are first-rate, their teachers are kind and highly professional and their facilities are comfy and conducive to studying (common areas are greatly appreciated). I intend to repeat the experience when I go back, that’s a no-brainer! Link to this student’s full review on Google.

Joseph Tame

I have been coming to Coto Academy for group and then private lessons for over 7 years now – highly recommended. All teachers and staff are extremely professional, passionate about what they’re doing, and caring. Link to this student’s full review on Google.

Lorraine C.

I didn’t know any Japanese while living in Japan and my speaking, reading, and comprehension of the language grew so much while taking classes at Coto Japanese Academy. I liked that it was a flexible schedule as I worked full time and I was still able to grow and develop as a student here.
The receptionist staff are so kind, helpful and so kawaii (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵).
Coto Academy、本当にありがとうございます😊 Link to student’s full review on Google.


I have nothing but good things to say about Coto.  Taking their business course helped me in my daily work in Japan. It has allowed me to live my life more fully in Tokyo.

What makes Coto Japanese Lessons different?


 Inside the classroom:

  • Each student gets many Speaking Practice Opportunities
  • Small Class Sizes Maximum of 8 People allow for relational learning and personalized attention
  • Industry leading in-house developed course materials (Nihongo Fun & Easy) teaches practical and fun Japanese you can use in your daily life.

Outside the classroom:

  • Flexible Scheduling allows you to study on any schedule
  • Free Course Consultation and Level Check ensures you a lesson plan that matches your needs
  • Multiple locations and Online Lessons allow you to keep studying even if you move

Joining Coto as a Student 

At Coto Japanese Academy - we know it's important to understand our students.
That is why we offer a free course consultation and level assessment before you join.
If you are interested in Studying at Coto Japanese Academy
  1. Contact us at https://www.cotoacademy.com/contact - Tell us about your needs and which location you would like to study at.
  2. We will invite you to the school for a level check and interview
  3. After checking your level and learning more about your goals - we will match you with an appropriate lesson plan.
Please arrange a free level check and interview at www.cotoacademy.com/contact
We are looking forward to meeting you!

    Hours and Schedule:

    Tokyo and Yokohama
    : 9:00 - 21:00 JST

    Coto Online: 24 hours per day

    Due to the covid-19 pandemic. All lessons offered at our Tokyo and Yokohama locations can be taken remotely.
    The schools are still offering in-person lessons, but remote lessons for in-school students are available by request.
    Coto Online lessons are one-to-one online lessons, and they are different from remote lessons which are also conducted online.

    Which school location would you like to study at?

    What lessons are you interested in?

    What is your current Japanese level?

    What time would you like to have lessons?

    Do you live in Japan?

    If NO, What country do you live in?

    Note: If for some reason you do not receive a reply from us within 48 hours - please check your spam folder or send us an email directly at info (at) cotoacademy.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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