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Japanese Language Courses

Learn Japanese with our Japanese language courses, which are delivered using a proven learning method. Our Japanese lessons will give you the confidence to write and speak Japanese from day one. You will learn Japanese with a continued sense of progression and achievement.

  • Learn to speak and write in Japanese
  • Experienced and qualified teachers
  • Choose a course that suits you

Learn Japanese your way


Learn from anywhere in the world

Class size: average 6, maximum 10

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Japanese teachers


Located in central London

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Japanese teachers


Located in central Brighton

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Japanese teachers


Located in central Brighton

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Japanese teachers


Located in central Edinburgh

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

11-week courses available

Taught by qualified Japanese teachers


Located in central Leeds

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Japanese teachers


Located in central Manchester

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Japanese teachers

Private Classes

Learn anywhere in the world

Face-to-face and online classes

Corporate and professional lessons

For individuals and companies

About our Japanese courses


General Courses

  20 hours in total
  1h 50min / 2 hour classes
  1 lesson per week (6:00-7:50pm or 6:30-8:30pm)
  Start dates: January, April, July & October
  10-week or 11-week courses
  In-person or online Japanese lessons
  • Average of 5 students per group
  • Qualified Japanese tutors
  • Interactive & engaging lessons
  • Learn Japanese online and in locations across the UK
  • End of course certificate on completion

Learn Japanese with Cactus

Cactus group Japanese language courses will help you learn through small group classes. Native-speaking, experienced and qualified Japanese teachers use the communicative approach. Students will be focusing on developing speaking and listening Japanese skills. Your writing and reading Japanese skills will be stimulated as well.

Lessons will cover the three writing systems – kanji, hiragana and katakana. You will be starting by hiragana and katana and then learning kanji. You will engage in pair-work and group-work during the course. This will support you to maximise your opportunities to use Japanese during class time.

Cactus also offers you the opportunity to keep up the momentum by progressing through the levels. Lessons are offered from Beginners (A1) through to Advanced (C1).

How to Learn Japanese

If you are looking to learn Japanese, Cactus is the place to start. With Cactus you can study face-to-face or online with the help of a native-speaking teacher.

There are many levels but if you have no knowledge you can join our beginners lessons. Teachers will be able to support you on your language journey.

The first step is to understand if you prefer to join an online group language class or prefer to attend a face-to-face course.

Japanese Classes Levels

If you are not at beginner levels you can study Japanese from elementary through to proficient. At lower level such as elementary Japanese you will cover the basics. A great option if you have basic knowledge.

At mid levels as intermediate and upper-intermediate Japanese, you will gain a solid understanding. If you are looking to progress to a higher level it’s the perfect option. You must have completed A2 or B1 level (CEFR levels) to attend these levels.

At advanced and proficient Japanese level you will be able to express yourself fluently. Enhance your Japanese pronunciation and conversation skills. Your language skills will reach a new height.

You can take our level test and check the course content before taking a Japanese class with Cactus.

Meet our Japanese teachers

Our experienced native-speaking Japanese teachers are carefully assessed. Teachers can guide you to speak the language from the very beginning. Find out more about a few of our Japanese teachers.


Originally from:Niigata, Japan
Teaching experience:20+ years
Years with Cactus:3 years
Education:BA in Japanese Literature

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How to book with Cactus

Select language

Simply select which language you would like to learn and from the box below and click lets go.

Take level test

This is a quick test to help you find the right course for your current level of knowledge.

Book your course

Use our simple online booking system to select your course.

Frequently asked questions

What will I learn?

Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.

How do I know what level I am?

Are you unsure where to start or progress to? Then take our level test and read our level descriptions for guidance.

Do I receive a qualification or certificate?

At the end of your course you receive a certificate of participation. You will be able to be download it from your MyCactus account. This confirms the language and level of course you have taken. Our course levels are based on two internationally recognised systems. You will have a universally accepted reference for your studies. (Important: Please note that you must complete the end of course questionnaire sent to you to be able to get your certificate! You will receive the course questionnaire by e-mail at the end of your course.)

Do I need a course book?

You will need a course book to attend your course. Course books are not included in the course fees. We recommend that you buy your own course book separately before your course starts. We will let you know which course book you will require and advise where you can purchase this. Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may not necessarily need to buy a new book. Again, we will advise you of this at the time. The course book is chosen by our teachers and academic team. This is based on which book is most suitable for the level of the class whilst offering the most communicative approach.

Still have questions?

Start Learning Japanese

Japanese is a popular language if you are interested in manga, anime, judo, pop music, karaoke and more. Learning will enhance your travel experience to Japan. You will be able to enjoy the rich and fascinating culture. Whether you love Japanese culture or you feel it will open new career opportunities, learning it is a rewarding experience.

With so many learning options available ranging it is often difficult to know where to start. From Japanese intensive classes to online lessons there are many options. It’s important to assess which type of course or combination is the most appropriate for you.

You should also take into account different aspects when learning the language. Studying standardised Japanese will enable you to speak with people from everywhere. Attending Japanese speaking lessons will help develop your conversation skills. You will improve your vocabulary, accent and pronunciation in Japanese.

The easiest way to learn Japanese is to speak it from day one. You can learn it faster by full immersion. You will study in a classroom environment and practise everything in the real world. The best way to learn Japanese fast. So what are the best ways to start learning Japanese?

Why Learn Japanese?

Japanese is spoken by over 130 million people across the world and one of the most popular Asian languages. Spoken in Japan and it’s the country’s official language. Japan is a land of sushi and sumo, karate and karaoke, bullet trains and bonsai. Learn Japanese and you will experience a different perspective of the world.

Why do you want to learn Japanese? It could be to gain a window onto one of the word’s most fascinating and unique cultures. It could be to improve your career prospects. Whatever the reason why you want to take a Japanese language course, our classes will help you connect with Japanese speakers.

There are many benefits of learning Japanese. You will be able to immerse in its rich culture and appreciate it’s uniqueness. You will also enhance your business Japanese skills for work purposes. Ultimately, you can move abroad to Japan.

Learning Japanese will equip you with the skills you need to to meet Japanese people, have a conversation or become proficient.

Beginners Japanese Lessons

Are you a beginner? If so, we have a comprehensive range of Japanese language lessons for beginners. Whether you are a complete beginner or a false beginner. Find out which level to choose and what to expect with our beginner level language learner page.

Other Japanese Course Options

For those who prefer individual tuition we offer one-to-one Japanese classes. More information on our Private Japanese Classes division. Cactus also offers Japanese language holidays in Japan.

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