While students and scholars can reside on campus comfortably without much Japanese language proficiency, it is key to making the most of your time at NAIST and in Japan. We encourage new NAIST members to begin studying Japanese before they come to NAIST to help them settle into their new surroundings. In addition to Japanese classes offered in the curriculum, there are the following options to improve their Japanese communication skills.

Volunteer Japanese Classes (On-campus)

Network Ikoma, a citizen's group, provides Japanese classes for international students, scholars and their families on a volunteer basis at NAIST. Classes are held twice a week on campus and are for beginner to advanced level students. There are no tuition fees required for these classes. You may contact the International Affairs Division for more information.

Ikoma City Japanese Classes

Japanese language classes are also offered free of charge (you are responsible for actual text expenses) by Ikoma city hall at the following locations

Habataki Class


Kita Community Center ISTA Habataki
(From Kintetsu Gakken Kita Ikoma Station it is a 10 minute walk (Or take the bus for Tomio Station and get off at Mayumibashi))

Day and Time

Every Thursday from 18:30 to 20:00

Library Hall Class


Ikoma City Library Hall

Day and Time

Every Saturday from 15:00 to 16:30

See the following Ikoma city page for details and registration information for both classes.

  Ikoma City Japanese Language Class

*Please note that these classes are quite popular and you may be put on a waiting list after you register.