What to do on a rainy day - Nothing beats a warm hot bath

Posted on June 24, 2016 | evankirby

There are just too many great onsens (温泉) and sentos (銭湯) around in Tokyo that it’s almost impossible to give you a full list. But here are some of our top picks:

Oedo Onsen Monogatari
At: 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
By train: 2 minute walk from Tokyo Telecome Center Station
Hours: 11:00 to 9:00 (next day), 7 days a week Last entry: 7 a.m.
Adult: 2,480 Yen(Sat. & Sun. 2,680 Yen・Special Day 2,880 Yen)
Evening Discount Admission ¥1,980( Sat. & Sun. 2,180 Yen・ Special Day 2,380 Yen) ※Late Night Premium 2,000 Yen (after 2:00 am)
※Fee includes: Bath fee, Yukata robe fee, Towel fee, Facility usage fee.
****Point*** Immerse yourself in Japaense traditional Onsen culture at this themed facilities! You can stroll around the streets modeled after olden day Tokyo, enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine as well as try out some traditional Japanese games! Definitely something there for everyone!
More information here: http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/

Spa La Qua
At: Tokyo Dome
By train:
Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Metro Line/ Nanboku Metro Line
Suidobashi Station on JR Chuo Sobu Line
Kasuga Station on Toei Mita Line/ Toei Oedo Line
Hours: 11:00 to 9:00 next day
Fees: 2,634 Yen, Late night charge: 1,944 Yen
***Point*** Need a quick get-away to one of those resort islands but don’t have the time or money? Take your break at Sa La Qua and you can recharge yourself at this sanctuary right in the middle of Tokyo.
More information here: http://www.laqua.jp/pages/en/

Niwa no Yu
At: 3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima Ku, Tokyo
By train: 5 minute walk from Toshimaen Station
Hours: 10:00 to 23:00
Fees: 2,130 Yen (1,295 Yen for after 6pm entry).
***Point*** All natural spa where you can enjoy the view of beautiful Japanese garden as you indulge in the various pools.
More information here: http://www.niwanoyu.jp/

Saya no Yudokoro Onsen
At: 3-41-3 Maeno Cho, Itabashi Ku, Tokyo
8-minute walk from Exit A2 of Shimura-Sakaue Station on the Toei Mita Line
Hours: 10:00 am – 1:00 am (last check-in 12:00 am)
Fees: Monday to Friday 830 Yen / Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 1,030 Yen
***Point*** If you’re looking for privacy, this place has individual rooms you can rent for 2 hours at a time and even enjoy a meal there.
More information here: http://www.sayanoyudokoro.co.jp/english

Tennen Onsen Heiwajima
At: Big-Fun-Heiwajima, 1-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
By Train:
Five minutes from Heiwajima station (Keikyu line) by free shuttle bus
Fees: 1,800 Yen on weekdays, 2,100 Yen on weekends (up to 7 hours)
Near Haneda Airport with free shuttle bus access! Catch your last Japanese onsen experience before heading home:)
More information here: http://www.heiwajima-onsen.jp/en/

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Rainy days in Tokyo: Museums and Galleries

Posted on June 22, 2016 | evankirby

Don’t let the dreaded rainy season in Japan dampen your spirits! We’re putting together a list of things you can still enjoy on wet weather days.

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First up is our unusual museum listicle:

Tokyo Trick Art Musuem
At: Decks Tokyo Beach Island mall 4F, 1-6-1, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo,
By train:
YURIKAMOME Line 2-minute walk from Odaiba Kaihinkouen Station.
RINKAI Line 5-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station.
Fee: 900 Yen
More information here: http://www.trickart.info/

Cup Noodle Museum
At: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
By train:
8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Minatomirai Station
8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Bashamichi Station
12 minute walk from the JR/Shieichikatetsu Sakuragicho Station
Fee: 500 Yen
More information here: http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/index.html

Samurai Museum
At: 2-25-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku (It’s just 5 minutes from school on foot!)
Admission: 1,800 Yen
More information here: www.samuraimuseum.jp

Space Museum TeNQ
At: 6F Yellow Bldg., Tokyo Dome City 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
By train:
JR Line/Toei Mita Line Suidobashi Station
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line/Namboku Line Korakuen Station
Toei Oedo Line Kasuga Station
More information here: http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/tenq/

Summer Music Festivals

Posted on June 20, 2016 | evankirby

Summer is all about rocking in the sun! Check out these cool music festivals in Japan :)

Fuji Rock

Dates: July 22 (Friday), July 23 (Saturday) and July 24 (Sunday)
Location: Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Pref.
One day ticket: 17,000 Yen ~ 19,000 Yen
Two day ticket: 32,000 Yen ~ 36,000 Yen
Three day ticket: 39,800 Yen ~ 43,000 Yen
*** Early bird and advance ticket discounts available***
More information at: http://fujirock-eng.com/

Summer sonic

Dates: August 20 (Saturday), August 21 (Sunday)
1 day ticket: 16,500 Yen
2 day ticket: 30,000 Yen
Platinum ticket: 30,000 Yen
More information at: http://www.summersonic.com/2016/english/

Rock in Japan

Dates: August 6 (Saturday), August 7 (Sunday), August 13 (Saturday), August 14 (Sunday)
More information at: http://rijfes.jp/

Rising Sun Rock Festival
Dates: August 12 (Friday), August 13 (Saturday)
18,500 Yen for 2 day ticket
9,300 Yen for August 12 (Friday) ticket
13,000 Yen for August 13 (Saturday) ticket
More information at: http://rsr.wess.co.jp/2016/

Japanese school attending NAFSA Conference

Posted on June 15, 2016 | evankirby

We were extremely happy to be the only Japanese language school accepted to attend the prestigious NAFSA Conference in Denver at the start of this month! This is possibly the world's biggest gathering of study abroad professionals, with more than 10,000 people attending over the week-long event. We had a booth beside the massive Study In Japan area. Our booth turned out quite nice - the new banners we had made are quite striking!

Genki Japanese School NAFSA booth

It was great to see so many of our university partners there, and to have the chance to meet many others. It's surprising how many of the attendees have some Japanese study already! We can't wait to attend next year too...

Skype lessons

Posted on June 14, 2016 | evankirby

Japanese Online Institute
As we do every summer, we've put Skype lessons on hold so that we can better deal with the rush of students coming to study at our Japanese schools in Tokyo and Fukuoka. This year, however, we've decided to stop offering Skype lessons ourselves, for the near future at least. This is partly because the ever-growing number of students at our schools themselves means we don't always have enough teachers available to teach Skype classes, and partly because our Skype lesson coordinator, Miki-sensei, has taken ill recently and will be out for a while. Where possible, we've arranged alternate online lessons for ongoing students. For students who still have outstanding Skype lesson credit, we're working with Japanese Online Institute (JOI), a Fukuoka-based provider with many years of experience in teaching Japanese online. We chose them because their lessons are high quality, their schedule is flexible, and the cost is not too high. We're happy to recommend them to all students who want to continue their study after going back home!
If you have online lesson credit with us that you would like to use up, email us and we'll tell you how to claim those lessons with JOI. Looking forward to a wonderful summer!

Summer Japanese class availability in Tokyo and Fukuoka

Posted on May 10, 2016 | evankirby

Every year, our summer courses are extremely popular, and we always have to disappoint some students who wanted to study with us. This year is no exception, and we've already had to limit new bookings. We currently cannot take new bookings as below:

Fukuoka: no bookings for less than 5 weeks between July 4 and August 12.
Tokyo: no bookings for less than 5 weeks during July

We sincerely apologize to everyone disappointed by this. We expanded capacity at both Tokyo and Fukuoka schools this year by approximately 20%, but the increase in student numbers is even higher. If at all possible, we recommend adjusting your study plans to come outside of the busy summer season, when the school will be quieter, and average class sizes smaller.

If you'd like to ask us a question, just send us an email and we'll do whatever we can to help!

Earthquake in Kumamoto

Posted on April 15, 2016 | evankirby

The earthquake yesterday (April 14, 2016) in Kumamoto Prefecture in Southern Japan caused quite a bit of injury and damage, but thankfully there was no effect at our Fukuoka school. All students and staff are of course safe, and lessons are being held as normal.
If you'd like to make a donation to the victims of the earthquake, we recommend the Japanese Red Cross, who do great work.

Ohanami (お花見)!

Posted on April 03, 2016 | genkijacs

The temperature rose a couple of degrees in Tokyo this week and we’re seeing cherry blossoms blooming in various parts of the city! Take some time this week to visit the various hot spots in Tokyo for the yearly anticipated Ohanami (お花見)! Here are our top picks for cherry blossom spots in Tokyo:

Shinjuku Gyoen
About 15 minutes away from our Tokyo school by foot, this beautiful park features cherry blossoms of many varieties, so you’ll get to see many different types of cherry blossoms. Shinjuku park is also not as crowded compared to Yoyogi Park and Ueno Park.


Opening hours: 9am to 4:30pm
Fee: 200 Yen

Ueno Park
Just a couple of minutes from Ueno station, if you are looking for a location that is in full festive mood, then this is probably the best spot for you :)

Opening hours: 24 hours
Night illumination: 5:30pm to 10pm
No entrance fee

Yoyogi Park

Another spot for festive Ohanami:) If you fancy yourself some chilling out with music and beer, then this is the place for you.

If you’re looking for something slightly different from the parks, then this may be the place for you. Just a few minutes from Kudanshita Station, the Chidori ga Fuchi showcases its spectacular cherry blossoms from slopes narrowing down to a river.
Opening hours: 24 hours
Night illumination: 6:30pm to 10pm
No entrance fee





Another great spot by the river. Located near Asakusa, we recommend you to take a leisurely stroll along the river from the famous Asakusa shopping district all the way to Sky tree.
Opening hours: 24 hours
No entrance fee


Probably the most oshyare place in Tokyo, Nakameguro is famous for the many quaint and exquisite cafes and restaurants that line the river. The restaurants are usually fully booked out during the cherry blossom season, so we recommend you get your reservations early if you’re planning a dinner there.
Opening hours: 24 hours
No entrance fee

And finally for more updates on cherry blossoms, check out this link for updates and tips!

Interesting Vocational and Technical Colleges in Japan

Posted on March 13, 2016 | evankirby

GenkiJACS' new one-year Japanese course doesn't prepare you for entering a Japanese university. (You'll generally need 1.5 to 2 years of study for that.) But one year with us is enough for most vocational and technical two-year colleges in Japan! And a lot of these colleges have more interesting programs than are available at universities.

We've compiled a list of some of the most exciting programs at vocational colleges around Japan, that learning Japanese with GenkiJACS will prepare you for. We've divided the list by major. There are of course lots more schools teaching more traditional majors, but we've focused only on those that are especially interesting to foreigners studying in Japan, such as videogame design, anime/manga, and traditional Japanese culture. Whatever your reason for loving Japan is, you're sure to find something related in this list!

Genki Japanese and Culture School Government Accreditation Published

Posted on February 23, 2016 | evankirby

GenkiJACS proudly announced the government accreditation of the Fukuoka branch of our Japanese school last October. However, as people who have dealt with the government know, they often work quite slowly, so we didn't have any proof of our accreditation to show at that time. Now, finally, the government has published the list of newly accredited Japanese schools!
Two lists are available:
1) The full list of all accredited Japanese language schools nationwide (PDF only). For reasons we can only speculate at, this 45-page list of several hundred schools is not searchable, but they're in order of prefecture, from north to south, and then in order of date of accreditation. GenkiJACS is on page 23, as Genki Japanese and Culture School.
2) A short list of only newly accredited schools (also PDF only). This list seems to be a scan of a the relevant page, but at least it's short... There are about 25 new schools accredited this year, of which most are of course in Tokyo.

Congratulations and a massive お疲れ様です! to all the other schools who managed to complete the accreditation process. It's an exciting time for GenkiJACS, and while it won't cause many changes to the short-term courses you all know and love, it will enable us to improve our services, and offer entirely new services, in the future. We look forward to sharing this journey with you!