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About Kinmon Gakuen

Kinmon Gakuen is a language school which teaches the language, culture and traditions of Japan

Language Classes

Kinmon Gakuen offers languages classes for children from 5 to 18 years old. Contact us for a free trial lesson.

Cultural Classes

Kinmon Gakuen hosts classes in Karate from our community members

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about our admissions process, calendar, and tuition

What’s New!

Kinmon Gakuen’s Fall 2022 in-person classes will start soon on August 13th!

After two years of remote learning, we envision a more typical fall on August 13, 2022. Specifically, we will resume face-to-face instruction this fall. We want to express our sincere gratitude to everyone involved in the reopening.

Let’s learn Japanese and build a foundation for understanding Japanese culture. With the relaxation of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Kinmon Gakuen, a traditional school founded in 1911 and located in San Francisco’s Japantown, will fully resume face-to-face instruction for three hours every Saturday morning in the fall semester that begins on August 13. We have several levels of classes to choose from, from beginner to intermediate to advanced, depending on the age of your children and their level of Japanese language proficiency.

For families interested in enrolling for the fall semester, we are currently hosting an Open House. The school principal is present at the Open House.

For both fall semester enrollment and open house inquiries, please call 415-567-4383 or email

Please consider this learning opportunity.

Click here for The Registration Form



秋学期に入学をお考えのご家庭は、現在、オープンハウスを開催しています。オープンハウスには学園長が在校するため、教員ご希望の方もアポイントメントのご連絡をいただければ幸いです。秋学期ご入学、オープンハウスのお問い合わせは、どちらも電話:415-567-4383、Eメール までお願いします。

Join us for an OPEN HOUSE: Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by appointment!

Let’s build a strong foundation for learning the Japanese language and understanding the culture of Japan. With the easing of Covid health orders, Kinmon Gakuen will soon resume in-person schooling. An in-person summer session started on Saturday, June 11 (you can still join), and an in-person fall session in full swing will begin on Saturday, August 13.

Before resuming in-person instructions in full swing, we will organize a series of open house sessions. The first open house was on Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. But we will continue open-house sessions every Saturday until August 6. (Closed July 2nd)

There is no set schedule for you to follow. Presentations and tours (walking through the school and providing basic information about it) are available every Saturday morning. So you can customize your day to your needs!

By appointment only! Pre-register today for Open House. Contact us at 415-567-4383 or by email at







お問い合わせは電話:415-567-4383、Eメール まで。

In-person Japanese Kaki Kōshū Summer Session 2022 For Ages 5-18

  • Beginning-Intermediate course: The summer beginning-intermediate class emphasizes basic Japanese skills. The goals of the class include the mastery of the two writing systems: hiragana and katakana. These writing systems are essential to basic Japanese proficiency. The goals of the class also include the mastery of a small number of kanji because kanji learning is essential for advanced Japanese proficiency.
    • Those currently enrolling in Kinmon Gakuen’s Beginning I & II are particularly recommended to participate in this course.
  • Intermediate-Advanced course: The summer intermediate-advanced class emphasizes conversation and grammar. The goals of the class also include the mastery of kanji because kanji learning is essential for advanced Japanese proficiency.
    • Those currently enrolling in Kinmon Gakuen’s Intermediate class are particularly recommended to participate in this course.
  • Starting & Ending Dates: June 11 – August 6 (no class on July 2)
  • Time: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Session Fee (Total): $250
    • Tuition: $225
    • Handouts printing cost: $25

Click here for The Registration Form

Please E-mail this form and mail the payment check by postal mail.


Payable to: Golden Gate institute or Kinmon Gakuen

Postal Mail Address: Kinmon Gakuen, 2031 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94115


Thank you Kinmon Gakuen!

Both our son (8) and daughter (5) have been enrolled in Kinmon Gakuen for several years.
Our kids have tri-lingual background (English/French/Japanese), and we see a perfect fit to the curriculum Kinmon Gakuen offers.
Kids are excited to participate in many Japanese cultural and seasonal activities that the school offers… from Mochi-tsuki (rice cake pounding) & New Year resolution using brush (Kaki-zome) in Jan, Girls day (Hina-matsuri) in March, Children’s day (Kodomono-hi) in May, Tea ceremony (Ocha-kai), and they also share the same building for after school program activities such as Karate class (Japanese martial arts).

Teachers and staff are very friendly and provide a sense of community based in Japan Town.

We highly recommend Kinmon Gakuen!

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My son is high school student, and started studying at Kinmon 3 years ago. He is fast learner and I know it is also owe to the school, teachers and quality lessons. The high school takes the hours of study at Kinmon as a credit of forgin language. After graduating from high school, we are thinking him to transfer to the adult lesson at Kinmon.


When my son showed his interests learning Japanese, I took him to Kinmon to have a trial lesson. Since then, he has been enjoying going to Kinmon every Saturday. Caring staff, excellent teachers, and lots of fun cultural activities. Class room and parents’ lounge have been upgraded. Very friendly atmosphere. I hope, when my son grows up, he will take me around Japan using Japanese language that he learns at Kinmon.