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Private Japanese Lessons in Yokohama

I provide private Japanese lessons for foreign residents of Yokohama and areas close to Yokohama.
I may be a good solution for you if you answer "Yes" to the following questions:

If you answered "Yes" to the above, then please check the following details.
If they meet your goals, then please contact me (in English or Japanese) by email, phone, or fax (details below).


Teacher Ms. Harumi Sakurai (see below for more details about me)
Lesson style
Use of graphics and manga
To add interest and focus, I use my own graphics and manga extensively, especially in beginning classes.
Even when using textbooks, I usually prepare graphics and manga as supplementary teaching aids.
Learning a foreign language is hard work, but visual aids help to make this process enjoyable.
With a huge number of examples at my fingertips, I can answer questions quickly and accurately. My lessons will not waste your time.
Flexible approach
I often prepare lessons and courses to match individual client needs or requests.
Hours/levels The Japanese languange proficiency exam site lists the number of lesson hours often needed to reach the various proficiency levels (elementary to advanced).
But note that you will progress faster in my private lessons than at a school. For example, if you are a beginner, we will be able to cover the widely-used textbook Japanese for Busy People I in about 50-60 lesson hours.
TimesWe can set times convenient for you, depending on our schedules.
However, I do not teach on Sundays.
Cancellation There is no fee for lessons cancelled 3 hours before the lesson.
If you cancel less than 3 hours before a lesson, half the lesson fee is required.
  • Email: Contact email
    (You will have to type the above email address into your email program, you cannot simply copy and paste it. If you could copy and paste it, lots of spam programs could do the same and I'd drown in junk email.)
  • Phone and Fax: 045-562-7910

I usually teach clients at their office or home.
However, I can also teach at my home office.

Lessons at client office or home:

Cost5,000 yen (includes transport) for 60 minutes
6,500 yen (includes transport) for 90 minutes
LocationMost locations in the Yokohama area or Tokyo areas near Yokohama.

Lessons at my home office:

Cost 2,800 yen for 60 minutes
4,000 yen for 90 minutes
LocationAt Hiyoshi, near Keio University on the Tokyu Toyoko line.
This train line runs between Shibuya and Yokohama.
By express train, Hiyoshi is about 11 minutes from Yokohama, and 18 minutes from Shibuya.
My home office is a 5 min bus ride from Hiyoshi station (or an 18 min walk).

Who am I?

My name is Harumi Sakurai. I'm a native of Tokyo and have been teaching Japanese for over 30 years, even before there was a Japanese-teaching boom! I've written multiple textbooks, which have been very well received by teachers and students alike. Two of my out-of-prints books were so popular they had the dubious honor of having pirate versions published in Korea, Taiwan, and China.

Currenly available books include the following:

I helped establish one of the first Japanese schools in Tokyo, but have worked exclusively with private clients for some years. My clients have included journalists, bankers, trading company staff, doctors, lawyers, university teachers, models, English teachers, and others.