The old capital, KAMAKURA, surrounded by spectacular mountains and the sea, once thrived during the Kamakura Era (1185-1333) as the political center of Japan. Here, you will find a great number of historical temples and shrines featuring gardens adorned with flowers from all seasons. Particularly impressive are the picturesque scenes which can be witnessed during the hydrangea flowering season in June, and the magnificent red leaves in autumn.
Kamakura is counted as one of Japan’s “Old Cities” together with Kyoto and Kanazawa, but its appearance is somewhat different from that of the other cities. Fascinating contrasts can be seen between the two historical capital cities of Kamakura and Kyoto; Kamakura has traces of Samurai culture, while an aristocratic atmosphere remains in Kyoto. As Samurai practiced Zen Buddhism, Japan’s first Zen temple, Kencho-ji temple, was built in Kamakura. This majestic temple, along with many other locations in Kamakura, features the distinctly Japanese sense of beauty called “wabi-sabi” (austere beauty and elegant simplicity).
Kamakura is also a city with deep and rich culture. Scenes from many well-know Japanese literature are based in Kamakura. The city is featured in “Spring Snow” by Yukio Mishima and “Kokoro” by Soseki Natsume. Numerous other writers such as Yasunari Kawabata, Ryunosuke Akutagawa and Seishu Tachihara have roots in this ancient city.
Also, many of today’s TV series, movies and animations are based in Kamakura. If you are an anime lover, an “anime pilgrimage” is recommended. Many big names from the anime industry live in Kamakura. The house of Hideaki Anno, famous for “Evangelion”, was once opened to the public. Writer, Eiko Kadono, of “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (animated by Studio Ghibli), works energetically in Kamakura city, regularly making appearances at the “Book Carnival in Kamakura” which is held annually. The Lantern Festival is held every summer. Hundreds of lanterns gently light up the way to the shrine Tsurugaoka Hachimangū including paper lanterns hand written by celebrities.
Kamakura is recognized as a major tourist destination, but it is also ranked highly as a place of residence due to its pleasant weather, low crime rate and convenience. It only takes around an hour to the center of Tokyo on one railway line (Yokosuka Line). It is easy to become envious of the lifestyle of those who live in Kamakura as it is a place where residents can enjoy an early morning swim in the ocean before heading for work.
◎From Narita airport (TYO/NRT)
-Take JR line Narita Express to Ofuna station. Transfer to JR Yokosuka line to Kamakura station. (approx. 2h)
-Take direct JR line (Narita line / Sobu line / Yokosuka line) to Kamakura station. (approx. 2h 30min)
-Highway Bus by Keisei
Take Highway Express Bus (Tokyo Shuttle) to Tokyo station. Transfer to JR Yokosuka line to Kamakura station. (2hrs ~ 3hrs depending on the traffic)
-Limousine Bus by Airport Transport Service
Take Limousine Bus to YCAT(Yokohama City Air Terminal). Transfer at Yokohama station to JR Yokosuka line to Kamakura station. (2hrs ~ 3hrs depending on the traffic)
◎From Haneda airport (TYO/HND)
-Take Keikyu line to Yokohama station. Transfer to JR Yokosuka line to Kamakura station. (approx. 55min)
-Take Keikyu bus to Ofuna station. Transfer to JR Yokosuka line to Kamakura station. (approx. 1h 25min)
We’d like to share Kamakura stroll map that Little Asia staff recommends.
Our school was founded in Kanagawa prefecture in 2005 to help students learn French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. Opened in 2014 right in fromt of th JR Kamakura station, the Japanese Division of Little Asia Kamakura School is now making a fresh new start in 2020 as a short-term-course school for Japanese language. Enjoy learning Japanese in an ancient city rich in history, surrounded by beautiful nature. We welcome you all and look forward to seeing you at our school.
*1 Depending on the number of students, class might be held in our sister school (Ofuna School: 4min walk from Ofuna station in Kamakura city)
*2 Group courses from upper intermediate to advanced level are now in preparation. (Only private courses are actually available for students with these levels)
Little Asia Kamakura School Japanese Division
【Address】Shimamori Bld. 2F, Komachi 1-9-3, Kamakura, Kanagawa Pref., 248-0006 JAPAN
(JR Yokosuka line)
Kamakura station [East gate] 2 minutes’ walk
Kamakura station [Principal gate] 5 minutes’ walk
At Little Asia, we aim to acquire realistic Japanese skills that can be use in everyday life situation. All our classes are conducted by professional who are using the communicative approach method where students can naturally acquire grammar in conversation in a friendly environment.
|Features||Level||Number of students||Duration||Lessons day and time||Courses start||Textbook|
|STANDARD GROUP COURSE||- Absolute Beginner
- Beginner 1
- Beginner 2
- Intermediate 1
- Intermediate 2※2
|Small group lessons
(Maximum of 10 students)
|Minimum 2 week||Monday to Friday
9:30 - 13:10
(4 lessons / 1 lesson = 50min)
* Extracurricular activities are organized in the afternoon (additional fees may be required)
of every month※1
|- “MARUGOTO” (Japan Foundation)
- Other reference books
Course content and time can be customized according to your needs and objectives.
|Any level||One-On-One lessons||Free
* Minimum 5 lessons for students taking only private lessons
(Lesson schedules are decided at the time of application)
Monday to Friday : 10:00 - 20:50
(latest start time is 19:30)
Saturday : 10:00 - 18:50
(latest start time is 17:30)
(1 lesson = 80 minutes)
(Lesson schedules are decided at the time of application)
|Decided according to your needs and objectives|
*1 There will be no lessons on national holidays. Some course may start on Thursdays due to national holidays. Please refer to the annual calendar (pdf) for details.
*2 Group courses from upper intermediate to advanced level are now in preparation. (Only private courses are actually available for students with these levels. Please contact us for details.)
|CLASS||LEVEL||TO THOSE WHO...||NOW YOU CAN|
|ABSOLUTE BEGINNER||N5||Never learned Japanese before.
Have not mastered Japanese letters (Hiragana/Katakana).
|BEGINNER 1||A1||N5〜N4||Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
|Introduce yourself and others.
Ask and answer questions about personal details
|BEGINNER 2||A2||N4||Can communicate in simple and routine tasks.
Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
|Describe your day-to-day life including personal and family information, shopping, and employment in simple terms.|
|INTERMEDIATE 1||B1||N3||Can understand the main points of clear standard input. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.||Describe your experience, hopes or events.
Express your opinions
|INTERMEDIATE 2||B2||N2||BE READY SOON||BE READY SOON|
|ADVANCED||C1||N1||BE READY SOON||BE READY SOON|
We can arrange or give you information about accommodations if needed.
Please ask for accommodations earlier since the number of accommodations are limited.
Please kindly note that there are cases the accommodation you preferred can not be arranged.
You can learn Japanese customs while living under the same roof with Japanese family.Practice freshly learned Japanese with host family!
Now under construction. Please ask for details.
You can also find homestay accommodation with the services we recommend. For details or inquiries please refer directly to the links below. (*Please be advised that links website below are not operated by Little Asia and therefore we cannot be held responsible for any trouble or false information found on it)
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Suitable for those who need some privacy.
Please make inquiries 2 months prior to your arrival (3 months prior between July and September).
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We offer Standard Group Courses (group lessons) and Private Courses (one-on-one).
Please find your preferred course through our online quotation.
Copy of your passport or residence card
A passport photo
Pre-placement online test
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・Feel free to make comments or ask questions in the “Message” field of the inquiry form.
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Within 3 working days, you will receive a confirmation of your registration, along with your quotation.
・Please apply at least 1 month before your first lesson. (Please check our calendar)
・If accommodation is needed, please contact us at least 2 months before your arrival
・For online applications via email, please attach the following documents:
1) Enrollment Form
2) Copy of your passport
You will receive your invoice via email after we confirm your application details.
Payments must be made by bank transfer.
*We will send you an email after we confirm your payment.
We will send you all the information concerning your accommodation 2 weeks before arrival.
Please get to your accommodation according to the instructions you receive. If you have any questions or need any support, please feel free to contact us. You will be provided with an emergency phone number upon enrollment, where you will be able to contact us if needed.
【Options】 A pickup service at the gate of the airport upon your arrival is available (reservations are required at least 1 month before arrival)
From Narita Airport to your accommodation*: ¥25,000
From Haneda Airport to your accommodation*: ¥15,000
Private chauffeur: please contact us for details
*Use of public transportation
＜Standard Group Course＞
Start dates are generally on Mondays. (Courses may start on a Tuesday due to national holidays.) Please refer to the calendar for starting days for complete beginner courses and national holidays. Lesson starts at 9:30am
You will be free to choose your starting day and time.
Please come to the school according to your lesson bookings.
You will be able to participate to extracurricular activities which are organized in the afternoons (additional fees may be required).
You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of your course. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan!
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