Why Akira's Online Private Lessons?

  • Reason 1
    Strategic Curriculum

    Strategic Curriculum

    The most important point of learning Japanese is to clarify your goals and plan a strategy. After interview, level check and free trial we suggest a personalized curriculum. Let us know what you' d like to be able to do and by when.

  • Reason 2
    SLA-based lessons

    SLA-based lessons

    Through Akira’s Scientific Method based on Second Language Acquisition Research (SLA), we help coordinate your Japanese language learning while ensuring your efficient acquisition of Japanese communication skills.

  • Reason 3
    Over 90% Output

    Flipped learning

    At Akira, we practice a new style of learning known as “flipped learning”. By understanding the sentence patterns and grammar beforehand, you are then able to focus on practising your conversational skills during class.

What is SLA?

SLA(Second Language Acquisition Research)is the science of clarifying the mechanism of how one acquires knowledge of a language other than one's mother tongue through neuroscience, psychology, and linguistics. At Akira, we explain to you what your problem is and how we solve it according to SLA to effectively develop your Japanese skills. It' s important for learners to understand why we choose this training method.

  • The Mechanism of Listening
  • The Mechanism of Speaking

Learning Style

Hanna’s Case

  • Step 1


    Understanding sentence patterns and grammar beforehand using exercises coupled with the English version of the “Minna no Nihongo” textbook.

  • Step 2

    1 on 1 Practice

    Focused training on conversational skills through composition and speech practice, and dialog practice in pairs.

  • Step 3


    Establishing conversational skills through the recorded lessons.

  • Step 4

    Hands-on practice

    Putting the conversational skills learned to use in the workplace.

  • Step 5

    Socializing in Japanese

    Experiencing the effects of SLA-based training first hand through conversations in Japanese.

Online Lesson Videos

Cory’s Case

Cory-san who is a beginning learner is taking lessons with Rena-sensei. Today's goal is to be able to request someone to do something. Let's improve your Japanese efficiently with Akira!

Certified Native Teachers

All teachers at Akira are certified Japanese language teachers who, through Akira’s original teaching method, have acquired the coordination skills required in SLA-based Japanese language teaching. First off, do try our free trial with any of our teachers.

  • Hiroyuki ISHIMOTO

    Hiroyuki ISHIMOTO

    Certified teacher

    Hi, I’m Hiroyuki. In addition to teaching Japanese, I have 25 years of business experience in IT industry ranging from engineering to biz mgmt. I’m here to assist you to get equipped with robust Japanese by re-focusing on basic so you can make the communication with your Japanese peers more active and trustworthy.

  • Masazumi ISHIGURO

    Masazumi ISHIGURO

    Certified teacher

    Hi, I’m Masa! Worked 18 yrs in international trade and 3 yrs in teaching Japanese. Lived outside Japan (9 yrs) and I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds. Each learner has own challenges, which can be hard to overcome by oneself. I’m here to assist you to do that and be a good independent learner afterward! 

  • Yoko HATTORI

    Yoko HATTORI

    Certified teacher

    I graduated with a B.A. in Hindi and Area studies from university, and since then, I have worked in the field of English education. So, I am well aware of the obstacles one may encounter when learning a second language. I hope to help you overcome them and achieve your goal of enjoying Japan to the fullest!

  • Tomone ENOKIDO

    Tomone ENOKIDO

    Certified teacher

    Hello, I'm Tomone. I have been a certified Japanese teacher for 3 years, and taught students from various backgrounds and levels. Due to my experience, I have the answer to almost any question that you might have about Japanese. Whatever your goals are, let me help you to achieve them faster and more effectively.

  • Daigo FUJINAMI

    Daigo FUJINAMI

    Certified teacher

    Hi, I'm Daigo Fujinami. I've been teaching Japanese to foreigners from various backgrounds and levels since 2008 in UK, west Africa and Japan. I can introduce you the best way to acquire Japanese language along with your purpose. I will be happy if I can support your Japanese learning and achieving your goal.

Monthly Plan


  • Number of lessons 4
  • Total price (With tax) 19,200 JPY (21,120 JPY)
  • Price per lesson (With tax) 4,800 JPY (5,280 JPY)



  • Number of lessons 8
  • Total price (With tax) 37,400 JPY (41,140 JPY)
  • Price per lesson (With tax) 4,675 JPY (5,143 JPY)


  • Number of lessons 12
  • Total price (With tax) 54,600 JPY (60,060 JPY)
  • Price per lesson (With tax) 4,550 JPY (5,005 JPY)

*Material fees not included

Hours Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 10 pm (Tokyo Time GMT+9)
Lesson length 50 minutes / 1 lesson
Cancellation Available until 6 pm (GMT+9) of the day before the lesson
Method of communication Zoom
Method of payment PayPal
Recording Video recording of the lesson allowed


Q Are the lessons conducted in Japanese?
The lessons are conducted in English. Don’t worry about that.
Q Can I attend lessons without preparing for them?
For efficient learning, beforehand preparation is required in order to follow the lessons. The preparatory materials are explained in English for easy understanding, so please go through them before attending lessons.
Q How do I book my lessons?
When interviewing for the free trial lessons, please tell us your preferred days and times for lessons so we can assign an available teacher. Once the course starts, you can arrange your schedule with your teacher after the lesson.
Q Can I cancel a lesson I already booked if I am unable to attend?
Yes, but please notify us by email until 6 pm of the day before the lesson. Should you notify us later than that, we reserve the right to treat that lesson as taken.
Q Can I choose my teachers?
You may choose up to 2 teachers for the free trial lessons. (e.g.) Lesson1:Ms. A, Lesson2:Ms. B. When applying for the full course, please tell us which teacher you prefer.
Q Can I change teachers?
Yes, you can.
Q When should I pay my tuition fees?
Payment is done in advance. We will send you an invoice should you wish to continue taking the course after the free trial lessons.
Q Can I pay in installments?
After paying via PayPal, you may request that your credit card company pay by installments.

Free Trial

You may take up to 2 trial lessons, so take this chance to experience Akira’s lessons for yourself.

  • Step 1

    Interview (30 min)

    After understanding your requests and conducting a quick level check of your Japanese, we will explain the points of learning.

  • Step 2

    Free trial (2 lessons)

    Through the cycle of “SLA-based preparation → lesson → review”, you should be able to experience the effects of learning.

  • Step 3


    After sorting the results from the free trial, we will suggest a learning strategy formulated especially for you.


Japanese Level

Preferred Schedule for Interview

We offer interview & level check between 8 am to 10 pm everyday (Tokyo Time GMT+9).

Schedule 1
anytime between
Schedule 2
anytime between



Our brand name, "Akira", carries the meaning of “sunlight” in Japanese.
Therefore, like our namesake, we’d like to brighten your life in TOKYO
by helping you with your conversations in Japanese.

CEO, Akira Fujisaki


I graduated of the University of Tokyo, majoring in education.
Upon graduation, I initially pursued a career in marketing.

However, nine years ago,
I came across "education in Japanese" and
decided to focus once more on education.

I hope to support you in learning Japanese.


Tokyo Weekender


Akira Online Japanese School TOKYO is located in Minato-ku, Central Tokyo.
It’s only a one-minute walk away from Azabu-Juban Station.

  • Akira Online Japanese School TOKYO

    Operating Company Fujisaki, LLC
    Venue 1-2-7-701, Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045
    Email info@akiraojs.tokyo
    (Hours : Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm)