Hokkaido JaLS – Hokkaido Japanese Language School

Hokkaido JaLS

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Since its inception in 2012, JaLS GROUP has gained international acclaim for its focused approach to language education. Specializing in short-term programs, JaLS offers an intimate learning environment, uniquely blending classroom studies with real-life opportunities to practice Japanese with locals. This approach is particularly beneficial for those looking to make the most of brief stays in Japan. Students can immerse themselves in language studies during the morning and then explore the rich cultural landscape of Japan in the afternoon. JaLS schools are highly recommended for anyone seeking an efficient and immersive educational experience in the heart of Japanese culture.

EnrollmentEvery Monday
Visa TypeTourist Visa. Working Holiday Visa.
AddressTakesato Bldg. 2F, Kita 2 Nishi 3 1-29, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 060-0002


Quality Education and Supportive Environment

Our school prides itself on having qualified teachers and small class sizes, ensuring personalized attention and a proven curriculum tailored to achieve your learning goals. Coupled with a nurturing family-like atmosphere, our dedicated staff and teachers provide a supportive and comfortable environment, making you feel at home.

Cultural Immersion and Modern Facilities

We offer a year-round program of cultural lessons and activities, providing an immersive learning experience that extends beyond the classroom. Our state-of-the-art facilities, including lounges, study rooms, and cafés, are designed for your comfort and conducive to academic success.

Flexibility and Community Building

Our flexible course options allow you to start on any Monday, catering to your individual needs and schedule. The school fosters a vibrant community, enabling you to form connections with a diverse group of international students and engage with local Japanese residents, enriching your cultural experience.




Standard Course

Hokkaido Japanese Language School (Hokkaido JaLS) offers a versatile Standard Course, designed to cater to learners at all levels, from complete beginners to advanced students. This course is structured to enhance Japanese language proficiency in a short period, focusing on practical application and encouraging active use of Japanese both in and out of the classroom. The curriculum is well-balanced, with morning lessons devoted to structured learning, followed by free afternoons. This schedule allows students to engage in self-study, participate in local activities, or attend events, thereby complementing their classroom learning with real-world experiences. The Standard Course at Hokkaido JaLS is an ideal choice for those looking to improve their Japanese language skills in a practical, immersive environment.

FEE(Japanese Yen)

Registration Fee22,000
Materials Fee4,000
Tuition Fee: Up to 4 weeks36,000 / week
Tuition Fee: 5 weeks or more32,400 / week
Seasonal Course – Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter

Hokkaido Japanese Language School (Hokkaido JaLS) offers a variety of seasonal courses, each designed to provide an immersive learning experience in the distinct beauty of Hokkaido’s changing seasons.

The Summer Course capitalizes on Hokkaido’s pleasant summer climate, offering students the opportunity to study Japanese while engaging in various cultural activities that showcase the season’s charm. It’s an ideal time for those looking for a fun and educational summer program.

Conversely, the Winter Course highlights the uniqueness of Hokkaido’s winter, featuring heavy snowfall and a range of winter activities. After morning Japanese classes, students can enjoy diverse cultural experiences and embrace the winter wonders of Sapporo, alongside classmates from around the globe.

Additionally, Hokkaido JaLS provides Spring and Autumn Courses, each tailored to exploit the unique characteristics of these seasons in Hokkaido. These courses blend Japanese language study with seasonal activities and cultural experiences, offering a comprehensive and enjoyable approach to language learning.

Each course at Hokkaido JaLS, be it Summer, Winter, Spring, or Autumn, is crafted to not just improve language skills but also to provide a deep dive into the rich cultural tapestry of Japan, particularly that of Hokkaido.

FEE(Japanese Yen)

Registration Fee22,000
Materials Fee4,000
Tuition Fee: Up to 4 weeks44,800 / week
Tuition Fee: 5 weeks or more40,320 / week
Standard Course + Private Lessons

Hokkaido Japanese Language School (Hokkaido JaLS) offers an engaging Standard Course complemented with Private Lessons, focusing on practical speaking opportunities in Japanese. This program is designed for learners at any level, whether they are beginners or have some experience with the language. The key objective is to enhance proficiency in Japanese rapidly, with a strong emphasis on real-world conversational skills. The course encourages students to actively think and formulate responses in various situations, moving beyond mere repetition of phrases. With the addition of private lessons, students receive tailored one-on-one attention, ensuring an even more effective and personalized learning experience. This combination is ideal for those looking to quickly improve their spoken Japanese in a supportive, immersive environment.

FEE(Japanese Yen)

Registration Fee22,000
Materials Fee4,000
Tuition Fee: Up to 4 weeks62,400 / week
Tuition Fee: 5 weeks or more56,160 / week
JLPT Preparation Course

Hokkaido Japanese Language School (Hokkaido JaLS) offers a focused JLPT Preparation Course, specifically designed to help students achieve proficiency levels N2 or N3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). This course is particularly beneficial for students from countries where kanji is not commonly used. Over a four-week period, students will engage in intensive study covering kanji, grammar, reading, and listening comprehension.

Before arriving in Japan, students will take a Japanese level test to assess their current proficiency. This helps in tailoring the course content to their specific needs. Upon completion of the course, another test is conducted to evaluate progress and achievement of set goals after the four weeks of study.

Students interested in taking the JLPT in Sapporo can register at JLPT official website. Hokkaido JaLS allows the use of its school address for registration purposes, but students are advised to contact the school and complete their registration well in advance. This preparation course at Hokkaido JaLS is ideal for those aiming to significantly improve their Japanese language skills and succeed in the JLPT.

FEE(Japanese Yen)

Registration Fee22,000
Materials Fee4,000
Tuition Fee: 4 weeks144,000


Share House

Hokkaido Japanese Language School (Hokkaido JaLS) offers Share House accommodations, a trendy and communal living option popular among young Japanese adults and students. This arrangement is ideal for students eager to immerse themselves in a social environment and forge friendships in Japan. In a Share House, students will live alongside a diverse mix of Japanese and international housemates. While each student has their own private room, common facilities like the bathroom, kitchen, and living areas are shared, fostering a community atmosphere. The minimum stay in a Share House is one month, making it a flexible choice for students enrolled at Hokkaido JaLS who wish to experience a vibrant and interactive living situation.

FEE(Japanese Yen)

Arrangement Fee15,000
Rent: Up to 30 Nights63,000 / month
Rent: More Than 30 Nights2,100 / night
Airport Pickup Fee15,000

Hokkaido Japanese Language School (Hokkaido JaLS) offers a Homestay accommodation option, providing students with a warm and authentic living experience in Japan. Our homestay families are welcoming and eager to integrate students as part of their family. Each student is provided with a private room and shares daily meals, breakfast and dinner, with their host family.

To ensure the best match, we carefully consider each student’s preferences and needs, including dietary restrictions, when pairing them with a host family. This immersive experience is designed for students to engage in various activities and enjoy everyday life alongside their Japanese family.

For those opting for the homestay, Hokkaido JaLS requires the use of our airport pick-up service. Our driver ensures students are safely and promptly transported to their homestay location. Additionally, students under 17 years of age are required to stay with a host family, ensuring a supportive and safe environment during their time in Japan. This homestay option is ideal for students looking for a deep cultural immersion and a family-like atmosphere while studying at Hokkaido JaLS.

FEE(Japanese Yen)

Arrangement Fee15,000
Rent3,800 / night
22,800 / week / 6 nights
114,000 / month
Airport Pickup Fee15,000
Private Apartment

Hokkaido Japanese Language School (Hokkaido JaLS) offers Private Apartment accommodations, an excellent choice for students who value their privacy and tranquility. These apartments are fully furnished, providing a comfortable and self-contained living environment. They include basic kitchen facilities, making them ideal for those who prefer to cook their meals. The apartments are compact yet bright, clean, and tidy, ensuring a pleasant stay for all residents. Conveniently located near subway stations and within easy access to the city, these private apartments provide both comfort and convenience, making them a popular choice for students studying at Hokkaido JaLS.

FEE(Japanese Yen)

Arrangement Fee15,000
Rent36,400 / week / 7 nights
114,000 / month
Airport Pickup Fee15,000

Please inquire about other course and accommodation options.


Class TimeGroup Lesson
9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Private Lesson
13:30 PM – 15:20 PM
Hours/WeekGroup Lesson
15 Hours / Week
Group Lesson + Private Lesson
21 Hours / Week
Course LengthShort-Term
1 week – 12 weeks for Tourist Visa
12 weeks or more for Working Holiday Visa or Residency



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Welcome to Japan

Pack your bags and fly to Japan !!


At Hokkaido Japanese Language School (JaLS), our greatest joy is hearing students exclaim, “This was an incredibly fun experience!” Given the rarity of visiting Japan for many, we strive to maximize our students’ experiences. Our staff and teachers form tight-knit bonds with students, ensuring a comfortable and delightful stay.

We prioritize enhancing students’ Japanese language skills by providing ample opportunities to interact with locals through our unique programs. Our aspiration is for every learner at our school to enjoy a memorable time and forge friendships, not just with Japanese individuals but with people globally.

Hokkaido JaLS offers more than just language education; we also immerse students in Japanese culture through various in-class and outdoor activities. We focus on making Japanese learning both enjoyable and effective, including diverse activities and options for homestay experiences.

Rieko Nishio(Principal)


Hokkaido, Japan’s top northern region, is perfect for studying Japanese amidst stunning scenery. Known for exceptional snow, exquisite seafood, and unique culture, it’s easily reachable from Tokyo. With distinct seasons, including mild summers and snowy winters, Sapporo offers a blend of nature and culture for an enriching study experience.


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