Learn Japanese with Japanese friends!

At Blue House Okinawa Japanese School

Welcome to your Japanese language learning community!

At Blue House Okinawa, we promote learning through our interactive community of Japanese & English speakers as well as our variety of language learning courses to suit your goals!

Japanese Learning Tips

Language Exchange

FAQs

Study Exchange

Japanese Classes

Make the Most of Your Time in Okinawa!

Experience authentic Japanese culture firsthand!
In our interactive classes, you’ll not only learn Japanese but also practice speaking it with local Japanese friends who are eager to learn English.
It’s a unique exchange that enriches your language skills and helps you forge lasting friendships.

Join us and immerse yourself in a truly collaborative learning environment!

More Speaking Practice

We’re incredibly lucky to host local Japanese students who are eager to learn English at Blue House Okinawa .
This sets the stage for our Language Exchange program, an integral part of what we offer. 

Dive into our Language Exchange program, where language learning springs to life!
Here, you’ll engage in lively conversations with native Japanese speakers.
This two-way street of language exchange not only boosts your speaking confidence but also enriches your understanding of Japanese culture.

Why wait to perfect your Japanese?
Jump right in—whether you’re stringing together a sentence or communicating through friendly gestures.
Your native-speaking peers are here to help fine-tune your skills, making every interaction a step towards fluency.

Ask questions, exchange cultural tidbits, and offer mutual feedback.
This program is more than just learning; it’s about connecting, sharing, and growing together.
By participating, you’ll transform textbook knowledge into real-world proficiency, making genuine connections that extend beyond the classroom.

It’s the perfect blend of practical learning and cultural immersion, ensuring you not only learn Japanese but live it.
Join us and turn your language learning journey into an unforgettable adventure!

Blue House Okinawa Japanese:English School-Speaking Skill

Language Exchange

Our in-class Language Exchange program will let you be able to learn Japanese in a practical way and practice what you have learned right away.

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Meet the Locals

We are a close-knit community of Japanese and English learners!
You'll meet local Japanese who are studying English at school through our Language Exchange.

Make Friends

You'll make friends with local Japanese through in-class Language Exchange.
With a mutual respect and interest in each others' cultures, we teach and learn from each other.

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Ask the Locals

Have you wondered where is the best Sushi restaurant that local Japanese go? Then ask them!

We'll learn how to live in Okinawa like a local.

What Students Say

From students learning Japanese at our school!

I remember my first class at Blue House Okinawa! I was brand new to Okinawa and the Japanese language. I was able to have basic exchanges, and it made me so happy to practice with native speakers and have such a fun community to learn in. I’m two years into studying now and am so glad I found Blue House Okinawa from the beginning — it introduced me to some of my favorite people in Okinawa and is such a special place ❤️

Ms. Sara Wray

I had spent about 8 months using online based methods to learn Japanese. Blue House Okinawa gave me the opportunity to learn Japanese face-to-face with native Japanese speakers. The language exchanges forced me to step outside of my shell and speak among our Japanese peers, which was exactly what I needed to do to gain confidence to apply my classroom learning to the real world. Most importantly, it has been an incredibly fun experience to learn Japanese while helping others to learn English!

Mr. Tom Nelson

Blue House Okinawa is my family! We are leaving island soon and Blue House Okinawa was really the best part of my Okinawa experience. It’s worth every penny. Learning Japanese at Blue House Okinawa is fun and very. I have made friends here and Monica sensei is kind and patient. My classmates are also kind. Japanese is hard and I get shy when I talk in Japanese but Blue House Okinawa helps me learning.

Ms. Janice Blanchard

I recommend Blue House Okinawa to anybody that wishes to learn Japanese. I learned that Japanese is difficult at Blue House Okinawa but students here are motivated to learn, Japanese people are kind and helpful.
Blue House Okinawa is like a family where everyone is welcomed. 

Mr. Garion Hallmon

I love Blue House Okinawa. It works with my busy schedule and is extremely flexible. My favorite aspect is that you are learning Japanese and practicing alongside students who are attempting to learn English.

Mr. Renie

Who We Are

More Than a Language School

We are a close-knit community of Japanese and English learners! We teach each other and learn from each other.

Authentic Language Practice

Because we have both English classes and Japanese classes, there are endless opportunities to practice with native speakers.

Relaxed & Community-Centered

We believe in a community-oriented approach to learning. We support each other, grow, and laugh together.

Have a question?

Come and visit our school for a trial lesson!

Conversation Classes

Our conversation class are more casual version of our language classes. No pre-study is required. We’ll study together in class.

For those who have limited time to study but still want to learn basic Japanese, we offer casual conversation classes to help you learn how to communicate with simple phrases and basic understanding.

In this class, we emphasize pronunciation and common phrases for interacting with Japanese people while traveling or living in Japan.

The class includes language exchange with our Japanese students learning English, and access to our exclusive online community of learners!

If you’re interested in learning how to speak basic Japanese (but not read, write, or learn grammar), then these classes are the perfect fit for you.

Blue House Okinawa Japanese:English School-Language Exchange in 1

70 Minutes x 1 Lesson / Week

Schedule
*Wed 6:20pm - 7:30pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)

15,400 yen / Month

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)

18,480 yen / Month

Register today!

Blue House Okinawa Japanese /English School - Language Exchange in 2

70 Minutes x 2 Lesson / Week

Schedule
*Tue/Thu 3:05pm - 4:15pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)

27,720 yen / Month

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)

33,270 yen / Month

Register today!

Beginners & Advanced Japanese Classes

If you’re interested in learning Japanese speaking, reading, writing, and grammar, our Japanese language classes are for you!

Following our blended learning approach, all classes incorporate a variety of study tools, including traditional study materials in addition to plenty of speaking practice during class, as well as access to our exclusive online community! 

Self-Paced

Self-paced classes allow students of different levels to learn together.

Class consists of a short group activity involving speaking & listening practice, followed by self study time while the teacher answers individual questions as needed.

When a student feels ready, he/she can take an individual oral exam with the teacher to determine whether he/she is ready to progress to the next lesson. 

The last part of class are language exchange with Japanese-speaking students, divided equally between English practice and Japanese practice.

Unique Approach with the
Blue House Okinawa School App!

With the Blue House Okinawa app, students can use what they’ve learned to build new habits.
With electronic flashcards, virtual quizzes, and social interaction with native Japanese speakers, our app gives students the practice they need to succeed.

Our app is divided into two sections: 

Our Study Room for watching lecture videos, reviewing flashcards / vocabulary, taking virtual quizzes, and playing study games.

With these study tools consolidated and easily accessible, students can study at work, at home, or on the go.

There is also a Living Room for using and practicing what you've learned through interaction in a social community of language learners.

Are you wondering where to get the best ramen on the island? Or where the locals shop? Ask your native Japanese peers on the Living Room.

Placement Test

If you have experience with studying Japanese and you’re wondering what class to take, then take our placement test to see what class fits you the best!

Blue House Okinawa Japanese /English School - Language Exchange in 3

Beginners 1

To begin, you will learn pronunciation, counting, and essential phrases and greetings.

Next, we will cover sentence structure and you will start creating basic sentences using colors, adjectives, question words, and expressions of likes and dislikes.

You'll also expand your vocabulary significantly and learn to write the first half of the Japanese Hiragana alphabet.

Textbook: Japanese From Zero 1

Schedule: Pick one from below
*Tue/Thu 1:15pm-2:25pm
*Tue/Thu 6:25pm-7:35pm
*Tue/Thu 8:10pm-9:20pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
55,440 yen / 2 Months

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
66,530 yen / 2 Months

New Student Registration Fee:
11,000 yen

Beginner 1  Class Materials:
7,700 yen

Register today!

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Beginners 2

You will learn how to express what you want and don't want, discuss locations, and talk about dates (days, months, years) and time.

Additionally, we'll practice asking for items, counting objects—which is a significant aspect of Japanese—and using verbs as we explore verb conjugation and the past tense.

By the end of the course, you will be able to write the entire Japanese language in Hiragana.

Textbook: Japanese From Zero 1

Schedule: Pick one from below
*Tue/Thu 1:15pm-2:25pm
*Tue/Thu 6:25pm-7:35pm
*Tue/Thu 8:10pm-9:20pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
55,440 yen / 2 Months

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
66,530 yen / 2 Months

New Student Registration Fee:
11,000 yen

Beginner 2  Class Materials:
7,700 yen

Register today!

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Beginners 3

Learn how to use two essential verbs (ある, いる), discuss specific objects and their locations, count living things, and gain confidence with particles and other key grammatical elements.

You’ll also master the first half of the Katakana alphabet and expand your vocabulary along the way.

Textbook: Japanese From Zero 2

Schedule: Pick one from below
*Tue/Thu 1:15pm-2:25pm
*Tue/Thu 6:25pm-7:35pm
*Tue/Thu 8:10pm-9:20pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
55,440 yen / 2 Months

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
66,530 yen / 2 Months

New Student Registration Fee:
11,000 yen

Beginner 3  Class Materials:
7,700 yen

Register today!

Blue House Okinawa Japanese:English School-Learn in a Practical Way

Beginners 4

Explore the Japanese family structure, adjectives, informal verb forms and conjugations, and how to connect sentences, along with other essential grammar concepts.

You'll learn the crucial verb する and how to apply it with your expanding vocabulary to create additional verbs.

By the end of the course, you will be able to write the entire Katakana alphabet, and you'll be amazed at how much you've learned so far!

Textbook: Japanese From Zero 2

Schedule: Pick one from below
*Tue/Thu 1:15pm-2:25pm
*Tue/Thu 6:25pm-7:35pm
*Tue/Thu 8:10pm-9:20pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
55,440 yen / 2 Months

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
66,530 yen / 2 Months

New Student Registration Fee:
11,000 yen

Beginner 1  Class Materials:
7,700 yen

Register today!

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Pre-Intermediate 1

Practice discussing your family and relatives, hobbies, nature, seasons, weather, and your town while learning related vocabulary and kanji.

Additionally, you will learn and practice important grammar concepts, including the ている form, normalizing verbs and adjectives, describing when actions occur using とき, expressing changes in state with なる (become), and connecting adjectives and verbs to form more complex sentences.

Textbook: Marugoto A2-1

Schedule: Pick one from below
*Tue/Thu 1:15pm-2:25pm
*Tue/Thu 6:25pm-7:35pm
*Tue/Thu 8:10pm-9:20pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
55,440 yen / 2 Months

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
66,530 yen / 2 Months

New Student Registration Fee:
11,000 yen

Pre-Intermediate 1 Class Materials:
6,600 yen

Register today!

Blue House Okinawa Japanese / English School - Language Exchange in 8

Pre-Intermediate 2

Practice communicating about meeting up with a friend, planning an evening out, discussing food and meal plans, and sharing your experiences with language study and culture.

You will do all this while learning related vocabulary and kanji, and practicing grammar concepts such as connecting verbs to form complex sentences, asking if something is okay, expressing intentions to go, want, or try to do something, understanding relative time (before/after), and exploring the various nuances of もう/まだ (already/not yet/still).

Textbook: Marugoto A2-1

Schedule: Pick one from below
*Tue/Thu 1:15pm-2:25pm
*Tue/Thu 6:25pm-7:35pm
*Tue/Thu 8:10pm-9:20pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
55,440 yen / 2 Months

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
66,530 yen / 2 Months

New Student Registration Fee:
11,000 yen

Pre-Intermediate 2 Class Materials:
6,600 yen

Register today!

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Pre-Intermediate 3

Practice talking about business trips and an office environment, health and exercise, celebrations, and your feelings while you learn related vocabulary and kanji.

In addition, you will learn and practice grammar concepts including: past experiences, doing too much of something, doing something for the purpose of, new ways to form complex sentences, and expressing your thoughts or what you heard someone say. 

Textbook: Marugoto A2-1

Schedule: Pick one from below!
*Tue/Thu 1:15pm-2:25pm
*Tue/Thu 6:25pm-7:35pm
*Tue/Thu 8:10pm-9:20pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
55,440 yen / 2 Months

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
66,530 yen / 2 Months

New Student Registration Fee:
11,000 yen

Pre-Intermediate 3 Class Materials:
6,600 yen

Register today!

Blue House Okinawa Japanese /English School - Learn in a Practical Way

JLPT Prep for N5, N4, N2

This class requires a placement test. Please take our online placement test above and take a screenshot of your test result.

Contact us and send us the screenshot.

For JLPT N5 prep, it's a 2 days/week, 5 months class.

For JLPT N4 prep, it's a 2 days/week, 9 months class.

For JLPT N3 prep, it's a 2 days/week, 12 months class.

Schedule: Pick one from below!
*Tue/Thu 1:15pm-2:25pm
*Tue/Thu 6:25pm-7:35pm
*Tue/Thu 8:10pm-9:20pm

Tuition:

Early Bird Price
(before the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
55,440 yen / 2 Months

Regular price
(after the 20th of the month preceding class start date)
66,530 yen / 2 Months

New Student Registration Fee:
11,000 yen

Class Materials:

N5 - 6,600 yen
N4 - 8,800 yen
N3 - 11,00 yen

Have a question?

Come and visit our school for a trial lesson!

FAQs

How much time do I need to spend studying outside of class?

It depends on which class you’re taking. Our language classes (especially the intensive courses) require some studying outside of class to prepare and participate in the classroom. If you’re looking for classes with minimal studying outside of the classroom, we’d recommend you take our Conversation Class, Oki Life 101 Class, or Cultural Understanding Class!

How fast can I learn Japanese?

According to the United States Foreign Service Institute, Japanese is considered one of the five most difficult languages for a native English speaker to learn, along with Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), and Korean.  These languages require an average of 2200 hours of dedicated practice to achieve “professional working proficiency,” compared to a language like Spanish which averages about one quarter of this time.  So what does this mean?  Probably not a whole lot.  Language learning varies a lot based on the individual, previous language experience, dedication, interest, and countless other factors.  In addition, most Japanese learners don’t need to achieve “professional working proficiency.”  Your best bet is to talk to some of our current students and ask about their experiences and progress.  We think you’ll find that most students are absolutely amazed at how much they have learned in a short period of time!  It is incredibly rewarding when, after a few short months, you can walk out your front door and immediately apply what you’ve learned to your daily interactions with Japanese speakers.

I've already studied Japanese. Do I still have take the beginner classes? Which class should I take?

No, you can join whichever class is most appropriate for your skill level.  You can even join a class mid-term; no need to wait until a new class begins.  To achieve the best fit, check out our course descriptions, and take our placement test, and of course, talk to us during your trial lesson at Blue House Okinawa.  We will work with you to ensure you’re placed in the best class for your skill level, which may even include sitting in on a class or two to gauge your comfort level with the material.  We recommend selecting your skill level based on your speaking ability, as this is usually hardest to master.

What if I miss some classes?

Unfortunately, we are not able to refund or make-up individual classes that you may miss after registering.  Please review our school policies for further information.

Do you offer a military discount?

Unfortunately we do not offer a military discount.   Please review our school policies for more information on our discount program.

Do you support a student visa?

Unfortunately our school is too small to support a student visa.  However, many of our classes are only two to three months long, so you can complete one on a tourist visa!

Do you offer private classes or private tutoring?

Unfortunately not.  

We find that a community approach to language learning (practicing with classmates and native speakers) is most effective, and one-on-one instruction does not provide this same opportunity.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept online payment only. 

School Policies

  1. PAYMENT AND CLASS REGISTRATION 

Students are required to use the Blue House Okinawa app or website to register for your class. This guarantees your place in class.

If you are signing up for Beginners 1, please register at least 1 day prior to the 1st day of class. If a class is already in session, please wait until the next term starts to register.

For current students enrolling in the next term, please register by the 20th of the preceding month of your next class. 

Payment before 21st will get an early bird discount as follows:  

Up to 20th – 20% off discount: 55,440 yen / term

After 20th – Regular price: 66,530 yen / term

*Tuition fees cover one term regardless of your attendance. 



  1. CANCELLATION POLICY

In order to keep class sizes small, we strictly limit the number of students enrolled per class.

If you have to drop out of a class for any reason, we unfortunately cannot enroll another student to replace your spot in a class.

For this reason, our cancellation schedule is as follows:

90% refund for cancellation greater than 7 days prior to the 1st day of class

50% refund for cancellation 1-7 days prior to 1st day of class

NO refunds for cancellation after the 1st day of class



  1. CLASS CANCELLATION

Currently we are operating classes only if a minimum of 6 students are enrolled in the class.

If a class does not have at least 6 students enrolled, we apologize, but we will have to cancel the class.

If your class is canceled due to this, you can: 

1) retake a class that is open; or, 

2) wait until your class has 6 enrollees.

Let us know what your preference is, and we will do our best to accommodate you!

 

  1. DELAYS / ABSENCES / VACATIONS

*Delays – If you are running late, please send a message to your instructor via the Blue House Okinawa app. 

*Absences – Please let your instructor know ahead of time via the Blue House Okinawa app that you are going to miss a class.  

*Vacations – Please notify your instructor via the Blue House Okinawa app and remember to register online for the term when you return to save your place in class if you choose to continue with Blue House Okinawa.



  1. ACCESS TO ONLINE CLASS MATERIALS 

The Blue House Okinawa app is for tuition-paying students.

Your access starts from the first day of the term through the last day of the term. 

If your tuition is not paid for the next term before the last day of the term, your access ends. 

Once tuition is paid, it will then be restored.

*If you are taking time off from class but intend to return and need access to online class materials to continue your studies, you have the option of paying a ¥3,000 usage fee per month for up to 3 months maximum. Please ask your instructor.



  1. MAKING FRIENDS

Blue House Okinawa is a wonderful school to learn from and make new friends. 

We encourage students to work together and use their new language skills with each other.  We offer events to encourage intercultural learning and experiences.

However, we are not a dating service and discourage the use of our school and events being used to that end.

Our expectation is that students interact respectfully and contribute to a healthy learning community.



  1. DISCOUNTS

We do offer some ongoing discounts on your tuition!  Below are our discount offers:
*Family & Friends discount – Sign up with your family member or friend and get 10% off your tuition! This can apply to each class you sign up with a family / friend.
*Review discount – Write us a review on Google and Facebook and receive 10% off your tuition! Applies only to your first class.
*Referral discount – Recommend us to your friends, family, coworkers, or anyone! If they sign up and mention that you referred them, you’ll get 2,700 yen off your tuition! 

 

  1. MILITARY CLAUSE POLICY

*Active Duty members (only) going on TDY/TAD or Deployment with Orders:

Please provide a copy of your Orders and you will receive a prorated refund of your current or future paid tuition.

*Active Duty Members and Family PCSing with Orders:

Please provide a copy of your order to receive a prorated refund of your current or future paid tuition.

 

  1. DAMAGE OR LOSS OF PERSONAL PROPERTY

Damage to or loss of personal property or injury on premises or off-site: 

We do not assume any responsibility, either real or imposed, for the loss of personal property or injury of any student.

Have you felt like...

Why Can't I Speak Japanese Yet?

One of the most common challenges reported to us is how much difficulty Japanese learners have in interacting in their target language. For example, despite perhaps years of dedicated study in Japanese, many learners feel paralyzed and defeated in interactions with native Japanese speakers.

This challenge is largely due to the fact that language-learning is multifaceted. Proficiency requires separate yet overlapping skills, such as reading, listening, writing, cultural awareness, speaking, pronunciation, etc. Schools often emphasize grammar, reading and writing over other aspects.

Thus, learners become discouraged and feel as if they don’t know anything after years of study, when in fact they just haven’t had sufficient practice in a particular skill to make them a balanced learner.

At Blue House Okinawa, students are given the opportunity to develop all areas of language to build towards proficiency. We provide practical listening and speaking practice with both peer learners and native speakers. Our goal is to build club students’ confidence and put their learning to use quickly and often.

Or do you feel like...

I'm nervous about speaking in Japanese....

We’ve seen learners struggling in Japanese conversation, as sometimes they’re unsure of how to say specific words or phrases.

This is a regular concern that is easy to overcome once you become a student of Blue House Okinawa.

You can prepare for conversational success by communicating in Japanese with native speakers in our class. These tools are most valuable because you learn:

1. It is ok to make mistakes, and

2. How to correct those mistakes.

You will soon find you know more than you think you do! The more you try and do, the better you will become.

Remember that for Japanese people, English is just as hard for them, as Japanese is for you. They appreciate your attempts to converse in their language and will try to find a way to communicate with you.

Just keep trying and you’ll do great!

Those are the reasons why we offer

More Speaking Practice

As we also have Japanese speakers who are learning English, we’re fortunate to have a wonderful Language Exchange program as a part of our curriculum.

In the Language Exchange, you can practice Japanese speaking with real Japanese people, native Japanese speakers. Here’s where the give-and-take of learning happens! It’s student-driven and set up as a mutually-beneficial learning program.

In the Language Exchange, don’t wait for perfection to speak Japanese — start with what you can, even if it turns into charades, and let your native speaking peers guide you to accuracy! Ask questions, share cultural insights, and provide feedback to each other while building your Japanese speaking confidence.

This Language Exchange program will let you be able to learn Japanese in a practical way and practice what you have learned right away. You will meet some of our Japanese friends and make real connections with them to learn the Japanese culture and deepen your intercultural understanding.

It’s a fantastic way to bridge the gap between textbook learning and communicating in the real world!

Beyond Language-Learning

We pride ourselves in our focus on building the ability to learn and succeed beyond learning language. We seek to nurture independent, lifelong learning.

Our goal is to get comfortable operating in Japanese in everyday, practical interactions. Much of successful language learning is going beyond your comfort zone and just going for it!

As many native English speakers are coming from cultures that greatly contrast that of Japan’s, Blue House Okinawa provides ample opportunity to learn about the values, history, and influences in Japanese society.

Japanese Learning Tips

Language Exchange

FAQs

Study Exchange

Japanese Classes

Who We Are

More Than a Language School

We are a close-knit community of Japanese and English learners! We teach each other and learn from each other.

Authentic Language Practice

Because we have both English classes and Japanese classes, there are endless opportunities to practice with native speakers.

Relaxed & Community-Centered

We believe in a community-oriented approach to learning. We support each other, grow, and laugh together.