Let’s create a foundation for learning Japanese and understanding Japanese culture. Kinmon Gakuen, located in San Francisco’s Japantown, is a prestigious school founded in 1911. We offer classes from beginner to advanced levels, tailored to your child’s age and Japanese proficiency. Please consider joining us.

At Kinmon Gakuen, we provide an opportunity to nurture your children’s Japanese language skills and deepen their understanding of Japanese culture through education. We invite you to our Open House, starting on August 19th, by appointment only. During the event, our staff will explain our educational approach to parents in detail.

Families considering enrollment are encouraged to participate. The Open House will be guided by the school principal. If you are interested in becoming a teacher or a volunteer, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

For inquiries regarding enrollment and the Open House, please email us at kinmonSF@hotmail.com. To apply for enrollment, click the link below for the registration form, Liability and Photo Permission form fill them out, and send them via email.

Registration Fee $50

Fall Tuition $450, Spring Tuition $450

We accept payment by check only. Please write the student’s name in the Memo section of the check and mail it to the address below:

Kinmon Gakuen
2031 Bush St, San Francisco CA 94115





ご入学、オープンハウスのお問い合わせは、Eメール:kinmonSF@hotmail.com までお願いします。

入学申し込み 下記フォームよりお申し込みください。


Fall AUG 24 2023 – JAN 4 2025

Spring JAN 11 2025 – MAY 17 2025

Saturday Program

**Class Schedule**

– Homeroom: 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

– 1. 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

  – Recess

– 2. 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

  – Recess

– 3. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Available classes are below. 日本語はこちら

Beginning 1

In Beginning I, no previous knowledge about Japanese is required. Students learn some basic verbs and simple phrases including how to read and write Hiragana [i.e., the cursive form of the Japanese syllabary]. The school provides an environment where students are encouraged to be creative by using visual arts, such as music and art, to support their Japanese language studies.

  • Textbooks: Yasashī Nihongo (Introductory Japanese),  Hiragana

Beginning 2

In Beginning II, students learn all the basics, including how to read and write Hiragana [i.e., the cursive form of the Japanese syllabary]and Katakana [i.e., the square form of the Japanese syllabary]. They are also introduced to Japanese manners and etiquette. The school continues to use creative arts and music to support their Japanese language studies. The students master all Hiragana and Katakana at the completion of this level.

  • Textbook: Ohisama


The Intermediate class is designed for students who can proficiently read and write Hiragana [i.e., the cursive form of the Japanese syllabary]and Katakana [i.e., the square form of the Japanese syllabary]and have already mastered basic expressions. students learn more complex expressions to develop their writing and conversation skills.

  • Textbook: Kodomo no Nihongo(1)


In Pre-Advanced, class sessions are held mostly in Japanese. Students expand their comprehension capacity and increase their vocabulary to improve their conversation skills. They also learn Kanji [i.e., Chinese characters used in the writing of Japanese], while mastering everyday conversation and being introduced to formal conversation.

  • Textbooks: Kodomo no Nihongo(2)


In Advanced, students further improve their comprehension skills and increase their vocabulary and Kanji knowledge. They are expected to express opinions in Japanese and have highly structured discussions with their classmates.

  • Textbook: Genki,

*In addition to registration and tuition fees, each student must purchase a textbook (cost depends on the class level and book being used).

*Enrollment in the middle of a semester is possible. Please schedule an appointment with us, so that we can determine what course might be best for your child.

Kinmon Gakuen

2031 Bush St, San Francisco CA 94115