The kindergartens and international schools of Tokyo

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Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is quite a remarkable city. It is right there at the top alongside other world cities like London, Paris and New York. What is incredible about this is the fact that unlike the other cities mentioned here which are in the West, Tokyo is in Asia. The tremendous success of Japan as a major economic and cultural power can be attributed to the intelligence, hard work and industriousness of the Japanese people.  It is not surprising that expats from all over the world flock to the city as students, business people, employees and tourists. Tokyo also has a sizable population of diplomats from around the world.


A very large number of the expats living in Tokyo, do so with their families including their children, as they know that the city boasts outstanding infrastructure and a large number of kindergarten and international schools. Let us look at some of the well known ones here-


Best Kindergartens and International Schools in Tokyo


  1. Global Indian International School

Global Indian International School is one of the leading international schools in Tokyo providing a world class education to children from kindergarten to grade 12. It boasts an outstanding campus replete with the best facilities as well as outstanding teachers. Offering the Global Montessori Plus, CBSE, Cambridge CLSP, Cambridge IGCSE and the IB program to its students, GIIS Tokyo is very highly regarded by expats living in Tokyo, especially, the Indian ones. 


The school has a fantastic track record, when it comes to academics and obtaining admission to some of the best colleges and universities anywhere.

  1. St. Mary’s International School

One of the best international schools in Tokyo, St. Mary’s International School provides a world class elementary, middle and high school education to its students. They not only have a brilliant academic track record, but also provide every conceivable facility to support an active extracurricular activity regime. This all boys catholic school believes in certain core values that help shape and strengthen the character of its students.


That includes an inspiring curriculum that caters to the diverse needs and requirements of the students. The way they teach their students makes them self sufficient and capable problem solvers who would be an asset to the world. The school has a sterling reputation both amongst the locals and the expats residing in Japan for its ability to shape the character of their boy students and help them grow into men of substance.


  1. Seisen International Schools

Seisen International School is a premier Catholic International School that provides its students an empowering and safe environment to grow, learn, develop and thrive. The school provides a thriving kindergarten, elementary, middle school and high school education that shapes the future of the students in the best possible manner.


The school has the unique distinction of being the only all girls IB continuum school in Japan as it offers the full suite of the IB program- Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB Diploma. There isn’t a more empowering girls’ school that encourages their students to aspire and dream unhindered and with the confidence to achieve it, regardless of what it is. 


  1. The British School in Tokyo

The British School in Tokyo is one of the most sought after international schools in Japan, because it provides a typical British education which is much valued for its ability to transform the lives of students. THe school was founded in 1989 and comprises the Setagaya campus for year 8 to 18 year old students and Shibuya for the 3 to 7 year olds. That means that the school provides a nursery to high school education. 


Because the school offers a British curriculum to its students, they get to pursue the IGCSE A level diploma making it possible for them to seek admission to some of the best colleges and universities around the world. It is not surprising that the school is extremely popular with the expat community, as evidenced by the fact that it has students from more than six countries on its rolls.




Japan has one of the finest educational systems in the world thanks to the Japanese tradition of according the highest importance to academics. Not just that, the culture amongst Japanese is one that believes in order, discipline and hard work. This is something that is quite apparent in the way that schools and colleges function in Japan. The Japanese way of doing things has had a very positive impact on the large number of Kindergartens and International schools present in the country who combine the best of western pedagogy with the best of what Japan’s eastern values offer. Receiving an education in Japan can not only be a life changing experience, but also a privilege. Students completing their education in Japan invariably do very well in their lives.