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JLI Sapporo


JLI, the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo, is the number one Japanese Language Institute in Hokkaido and has the most student enrollments. Its history and achievements have paved the way for a trusted Japanese learning environment. It is also continuing its development in providing education based on students’ needs.

Since 1990, the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo has been recognized by Sapporo Immigration Bureau as meeting the standards for a “Proper Japanese Education Facility.”


Japanese Language Institute is a seven-minute walk from Maruyama Koen Station which is on the Tozai Subway Line. Sapporo is only few hours away from top tourist spots of Hokkaido. Only 2.5 hours away via JR line to Niseko which is located under the highest mountain in Hokkaido and 3 hours away to Hakodate. 



  1. Lessons “using” Japanese : Taking advantage of a multinational class, there are many opportunities to speak with each other in Japanese during class time.
  2. Lessons incorporate interaction with Japanese people : There is also the opportunity to learn together with the students from the Japanese Teacher Training Department.
  3. Further study support : In intermediate and higher level classes, Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JPLT) specialized exam preparation will be offered as EJU and JLPT are necessary for further studies.


1. Long-term courses (12 months and more)

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JLI provides two Japanese language programs: for higher education course and General Japanese language course.

Japanese language for higher education course
For those who want to further their study in vocational schools, universities or graduate schools.
Course completion occurs in March every year, further study from April.

General Japanese Language Course
For those who do not wish to further their study after graduation.

Start Date January, April, July, October
Duration (for higher education) 1 year, 1 year and 3 months, 1 year and 6 months, 1 year and 9 months, 2 years
Schedule Mon-Fri 9:00-12:25 or 13:00-16:25
Number of Lessons 20 lessons/week
Number of students in a class Ave. 10-20
Required Japanese skills Contact us to know more
Tuition fee 594,000 yen/year

2. Short-term courses (1 to 6 months)

You can take the short-term course from one week to 12 weeks. This is for those who have temporary visas.

Start Date Anytime (depends on student language level).
Duration 1 weeks – 12 weeks
Schedule Mon-Fri 9:00-12:25 or 13:00-16:25
Number of Lessons 20 lessons/week
Number of students in a class Ave. 10-20
Required Japanese skills From beginner


Duration Tuition fee Duration Teaching material fee
1 week 22,700yen 2 weeks 42,100yen
3 weeks 60,700yen 4 weeks 72,300yen
5 weeks 84,800yen 6 weeks 97,400yen
7 weeks 113,600yen 8 weeks 129,800yen
9 weeks 146,100yen 10 weeks 162,300yen
11 weeks 178,500yen 12 weeks 194,600yen

Fees listed include the tuition fee and admission fee.


There are many ways to enjoy the beauty and diverse seasons in Sapporo. Students from both the Japanese Language Department and the Japanese Teacher Training Department can join in the activities of the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo.
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Students of Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo benefit from a wide choice of accommodation including dormitories and homestay.

Private Dormitory
Dormitory Maruyama : Women-only dormitory with meals
Dormitory Kotoni II : Men-only dormitory with meals
Lyceene Sapporo : Co-op dormitory with meals
Le Parc 24 : Men-only dormitory with optional meals
DK HOUSE : Co-op dormitory without meals with kitchen
The school can introduce kind and reliable host families to students.
The purpose is to increase Japanese ability, incorporating use inside and outside of the school. Compared to Tokyo and Osaka, Sapporo hosts more families, with a larger residential environment and a high quality homestay experience. Please understand there are only a limited number of homestay options available in each period of time so it is possible that you may not stay with a host family.



Long-term Course (Japanese yen)
Admission fee 77,000 ¥
Tuition Cost 605,000 ¥
Materials 26,400 ¥
Activities 11,000 ¥
Operation cost 8,800 ¥
Administrative cost 5,400 ¥
Dormitory 360,000 ¥
Total 1,093,600¥

If you’re looking for other Japanese Language Schools, you might also want to check out Aiwa Language Institute and Hokkaido Japanese Language Academy Sapporo (HJLA).