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About Kinmon Gakuen

A nonprofit organization Japanese Language and Culture and Tradition School.

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Kinmon Gakuen’s Capital Campaign

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What’s New!

May 1, 2024: Kinmon Gakuen was honored with the APA Heritage Award. This prestigious award was presented in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Kinmon Gakuen’s incorporation in San Francisco. The celebratory awards ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5:30 PM at the Herbst Theater.


Kinmon Gakuen Summer Classes 2024

DATE/TIME :Every Saturday June 1st to 29th 10AM – 12PM (5 Lessons)

Tuition: $220

Application deadline: Monday, May 27th

Note: Registration will close once capacity is reached.


OPEN ENROLLMENT✏️ Fall 2024-Spring 2025

Ages 5-18 Saturday Classes
Registration Fee $50 Fall Tuition: $450 Spring Tuition $450
ご入学、オープンハウスのお問い合わせは、Eメール までお願いします。

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“Volunteer Chronicles: My Transformative Experience at Kinmon Gakuen”



先日、当地サンフランシスコで行われたAPEC の行事に、金門学園の生徒全員が参加しました。とってもたのしい体験でした。日本町を舞台にした日本文化の紹介のために、生徒全員で、折り紙で、来園者へのお土産を作りました。とてもかわいらしい鶴がたくさん並びました。来園されたお客様には、各教室での授業参観をして頂きました。そして、いっしょに、夕焼け小焼けを歌い、正岡子規の、柿食へば、金が鳴るなり法隆寺 この俳句を覚えていただきました。参加者のひとりの方は、南カリフォルニアからお出かけいただいた金門学園の古い卒業生でした。こんなに楽しい行事なら、毎月あってもいいな。金門学園 冨永明彦園長

We participated in APEC. The other day, all the students from Kinmon Gakuen participated in the APEC event held in San Francisco. It was a very enjoyable experience. To introduce Japanese culture in Japantown, all the students made origami souvenirs for the visitors. Lots of cute cranes were lined up. The visitors were invited to observe classes in each classroom. Together, we sang ‘Yuuyake Koyake’ and learned the haiku by Masaoka Shiki, ‘Kaki kueba, kane ga naru nari Houryuuji.’ One of the participants was an alumni of Kinmon Gakuen who came all the way from Southern California. If events like this are so enjoyable, it would be nice to have them every month. Kinmon Gakuen – Principal Akihiko Tominaga

#KinmonGakuenAPECExperience #OrigamiSouvenirs #APECinSanFrancisco #KinmonGakuenAlumni #languageschool #nihongo



⏰ 11AM – 12PM
🏫 Kinmon Gakuen – The Art of Haiku & History of Kinmon Gakuen
Come and explore one of the oldest Japanese language schools in the United States. Step into our classrooms, delve into its rich history in Japantown with Principal Rev. Akihiko Tominaga, and participate in a Haiku (Japanese short poetry) class.
Kinmon Gakuen (Golden Gate Institute)
2031 Bush Street, S.F., CA 94115
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金門学園 2023年秋祭り

金門学園では、2023年の秋祭りが開催されました。保護者の皆様のご観覧の中、生徒たちは日本の歌「村祭り」を合唱し、俳句を発表し、手作りのうちわを披露し、その才能を見せました。その後、富山直博先生率いる円心空手の皆様による迫力ある演舞が行われました。ボランティアの保護者の皆様が手がけたベイクセールも大盛況で、イベントは本当に楽しいものとなりました。🍂🎉 #金門学園 #秋祭り

Kanmon Gakuen Autumn Festival 2023

Kanmon Gakuen recently held its Autumn Festival. With parents watching, students performed the Japanese song “Muramatsuri,” presented haikus, and showcased beautifully crafted hand fans, demonstrating their remarkable talents. Following this, an exhilarating martial arts performance by the members of Enshin Karate, led by Sensei Naohiro Tomiyama, left everyone in awe. The volunteer parents also organized a successful bake sale, making the event a truly enjoyable experience. 🍂🎉 #KanmonGakuen #AutumnFestival

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始業式 2023年秋学期

さて、先の始業式において、サンフランシスコ在住の、小川早苗さんより、勝田幸男製作のセリグラフ版画、向日葵が寄贈されました。この花言葉は、君たちはすばらしい。この花言葉に相応しく成長する、金門学園でありたい。富永明彦 金門学園 園長


Thank you Kinmon Gakuen!

Both our son (8) and daughter (5) have been enrolled in Kinmon Gakuen for several years.
Our kids have tri-lingual background (English/French/Japanese), and we see a perfect fit to the curriculum Kinmon Gakuen offers.
Kids are excited to participate in many Japanese cultural and seasonal activities that the school offers… from Mochi-tsuki (rice cake pounding) & New Year resolution using brush (Kaki-zome) in Jan, Girls day (Hina-matsuri) in March, Children’s day (Kodomono-hi) in May, Tea ceremony (Ocha-kai), and they also share the same building for after school program activities such as Karate class (Japanese martial arts).

Teachers and staff are very friendly and provide a sense of community based in Japan Town.

We highly recommend Kinmon Gakuen!

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My son is high school student, and started studying at Kinmon 3 years ago. He is fast learner and I know it is also owe to the school, teachers and quality lessons. The high school takes the hours of study at Kinmon as a credit of forgin language. After graduating from high school, we are thinking him to transfer to the adult lesson at Kinmon.


When my son showed his interests learning Japanese, I took him to Kinmon to have a trial lesson. Since then, he has been enjoying going to Kinmon every Saturday. Caring staff, excellent teachers, and lots of fun cultural activities. Class room and parents’ lounge have been upgraded. Very friendly atmosphere. I hope, when my son grows up, he will take me around Japan using Japanese language that he learns at Kinmon.