International Preschools and Kindergartens in Japan

A Comprehensive Directory

Japan is a diverse country with a rich culture, and there are many outstanding international preschools and kindergartens to choose from. To help you find the best school for your child, we have organized our directory by region.

School Directory

Regions are listed from north to south, and prefectures are in alphabetical order.

Hokkaido & Tohoku

Hokkaido is Japan's largest and northernmost island and the country's premier dairy region.


Kanto is Japan's most populous and industrialized region, home to the iconic Tokyo Tower.


Chubu is a central region and home to the Fukuiraptor, a small, feathered dinosaur of the Early Cretaceous.


Kansai is home to some of Japan's most famous Buddha statues, including the Nara Daibutsu.

Chugoku & Shikoku

Chuugoku & Shikoku, you can find a seafood delicacy called Fugu, or pufferfish. Make sure a trained chef prepares it.

Kyushu & Okinawa

Kyushu and Okinawa are known for their subtropical climates. And Okinawa is also known for its popular folk art lion-dog dolls called Shisa.

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Choosing the Right International Preschool or Kindergarten in Japan

Choosing the right international preschool or kindergarten for your child is a big decision. At PreK.World, we understand the importance of this choice and are here to help you explore your options.

International Schools in Japan

International schools in Japan are diverse in their size, history, and focus. Some are affiliated with larger institutions and have a strong online presence. In contrast, others may be less visible online despite providing excellent care and education due to language barriers or other factors.

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The All-Important School Visit

Why Visit a School?

When choosing a school for your child, visiting the school in person is essential. The visit will allow you to see the school's facilities, meet the staff, and observe the students.

Here are some of the things you can do when visiting a school:

  • Tour the school: This will allow you to see the classrooms, neighborhood, playground, nearby parks, and other facilities.
  • Meet the staff: This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions about the school's curriculum, teaching methods, and extracurricular activities.
  • Observe the students: This will give you a sense of the school's culture and climate.

Be sure to ask the school's staff if you have any questions. They are there to help you make the best decision for your child.

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