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"Your dream, begins in Sapporo"Established in 1986, our history and achievements has won the trust from students all over the world. 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.

At JLI your classmates come from around 25 countries & regions so Japanese will be the common language among students.

"I want to enjoy the diverse nature throughout the 4 seasons!""I want to be able to focus on my studies""I want to have comfortable living environment"All these wishes will come true in Sapporo.For those who love to be surrounded by nature, those who want to be able to focus in their studies, and have comfortable living environment, Sapporo is waiting for you.

Students from all over the world and future Japanese teachers come together to achieving their dreams, helping and encouraging each other to strive for their dreams.

Pie chart of students' countries/regions (2017)

Students can choose the most suitable course based on your goal and your period of stay from abundant courses JLI offers.

【Long-term Course】

Course duration :〜2years
Visa :College Visa
Tuition fee :About 750KJPY per year

【Summer Course】

Course duration :Mid July~ Early August, about 3 weeks
Tuition fee :About 170,000yen

※You can join many Japanese cultural activities
※Materials fee , accommodation fee and tax are included

【Short-term Course】

Course duration :from 1 week ~ 12 weeks
Visa :Temporary visa
Tuition fee :About 75KJPY per month

【VISA holder Course】

Course duration :4 weeks ~ 15 weeks
Visa :Spouse Visa, Working Holiday Visa, etc.
Tuition fee :About 75KJPY per month

※Fee listed included the estimated tuition fee and admission fee. Please contact [Japanese Language Department] for further details.

A secure, safe, convenient and economic environment.Dormitory, apartment, and home stay are available per request.


Rental Fee :About 30,000 ~ 70,000JPY/mth
※Single room. The rent varies if you choose meals included or not.


Rental Fee :About 25,000~35000JPY/mth

Because the rent in Sapporo is cheap, it is possible to focus on studies without worry of living expenses.


Rent :30,000JPY
Utilities :8,100JPY
Food :23,000JPY
Internet :3,500JPY
Mobile service :5,600JPY
Miscellaneous :10,000JPY

Total 80,200JPY

Our staff at JLI supports you to achieve your dream.


Our founder has never stopped his passion, working to create the best learning environment for students.

Founder Kazuo Motoi

Kazuo Motoi established the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo in 1986. He studied abroad in Australia and found that coming in contact with different cultures widens one's views, deepens the understanding of one's own culture, and fosters a global point of view. These are the values upon which the Japanese language institute of Sapporo has been founded upon.
Since 1990, the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo was recognized by Sapporo Immigration Bureau as meeting the standards for a "Proper Japanese Education Facility."
Nowadays, no matter within or outside Japan, people studying Japanese culture is increasing. Their age ranges not only from youngsters such as college students to high school and middle school students, but also broadening to middle-aged and elderly people learning Japanese culture as a part of their career education.
Students from about 25 countries and regions in the Japanese language department, and students, housewives, working or retired adults who are all future teachers at the Japanese Teacher Training Department, they are all fighting to achieve their goals.Even till now, all our staff has the same spirit from our founder Motoi deep in our hearts, to creating the best learning environment for our students of both departments.

【Our Principle】

We support everyone in fulfilling their dreams.

Mitsuko Miyamoto

Sapporo is a big city with population of 1.9Milliion. There are many places where you can enjoy this beautiful place, rich with nature with it's four distinct seasons. Especially in the Maruyama region, where the school is located, it is a quiet place for education and the center of Sapporo. In spring, cherry blossom petals dancing in the gentle breeze, in winter the snow-white path shining bright - many of our students had gained so much power from these wonderful environment of Sapporo travelling to school everyday. Our institute is setup with the Japanese Language Department and the Japanese Teacher Training Department.
In the Japanese Language Department, foreign students who dreams of broadening their future opportunities with Japanese gather here. In the Teaching Japanese as second language department, Japanese students who dream of teaching overseas are working hard to realize their dream. They all work hard together and giving each other motivation, lead to good improvement in their studies.
Our dream is that our students learn of various worlds through this valuable experience in Sapporo, to fulfill each of their hopes and dreams after graduation. From there, we wish our students will take the ideas and thoughts of dream come true brought about in Sapporo and share it with all over the world. For I believe that even the smallest desires of individuals can create strong bonds, thus contributing to world peace. As an institution which connects friendship between different countries, the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo will do all its might to support our students' challenge to explore the world.
As an institution which connects friendship between different countries, the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo will do all its might to support our students' challenge to explore the world.
How would you like to achieve your dreams with us together?

【Teachers of Japanese Language Department】


Studying in Japan, working in Japan, reading manga in Japanese .... Learning language spreads your world. What would you like to do in Japanese? We will help everyone's dreams!

【Teachers of Japanese Teachers Training Department】

Hiroki Miyanaga  (Japanese pronunciation, strategy course for the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test)

I have heard that some might think "It is easy to teach Japanese grammar and pronunciation". However, I would say this is not true. Teaching ones own language in general is difficult. As for Japanese people, the Japanese language is the most difficult to teach. It's easy to talk and listen in one's mother language, however, teaching it is totally different. This is because you will be required to think about how to use the language which you never needed to before in your every day life. For example, what is the difference in grammar between "ha" and "ga"? The difference in pronunciation between "hi" to "shi"? Being able to explain correctly about this knowledge is what it takes to become a Japanese teacher. It won't be an easy job. But you can say it is also why the job is worthwhile. Let's learn together.