2014 Japanese Summer Programs in Sapporo, Hokkaido
See more, learn more, do more! Summer in Hokkaido is a wonderful place to study Japanese. All applications can be completed online. We are also able to offer a wider range of choices, including single room accommodations, homestays, additional private lessons for customized needs, and the chance to learn Japanese while seeing more of Japan than previously possible. And all at very affordable costs.
Start: July 23rd – Finish: August 14th
The Sapporo component has 20 classes taught per standard week, each of 45 minutes length. Classes begin each weekday morning at 9am and finish at 12.25pm with 5 minute breaks between classes. In Sapporo you have the opportunity to participate in up to 4 afternoon cultural classes. The result is a program that is much more laid back, giving you plenty of time to explore Sapporo and its environs. If you are looking to enjoy Hokkaido, learn a little bit of Japanese and only have about 4 weeks available to spend in Japan, then the Sapporo only options are very suitable. If you wish to see Sapporo and Hokkaido but also want to significantly improve your Japanese, then options including the eco-tour are worth consideration. We are also able to liaise with schools in other parts of the country if you would like to do a customized program.
The Sapporo Summer Festival will be held from late July with most events centered on Odori Park. There are plenty of beer gardens, live music, and other attractions to keep you busy. The Toyohira River Fireworks Festival is held at this time, and there is also the Kappa festival at Jozankei Onsen in early August. Summers in Sapporo are not as hot or humid as in Okazaki or Tokyo, which is one of the main reasons tourists from elsewhere in Japan flock to Hokkaido around this time.
Since you are in Hokkaido, it is worth travelling as much as possible. Jozankei Onsen and Otaru are good day trips from Sapporo. The historic treaty port of Hakodate would require at least an overnight stay as it is about 3 hours from Sapporo by train. Hokkaido also has some wonderful national parks such as Daisetsuzan and Shikotsu-Toya (complete with new volcanic craters), plus there are many other outdoor activities you can try such as rafting in Niseko etc. These can be a little expensive due to the peak season. If you need outdoor equipment (hiking boots, climbing gear etc), Shugakuso is a very good shop near Kita-12-jou (north street #12) station on the Nanboku (north south) subway line. They also have an excellent indoor climbing wall on the top floor and the management of Shugakuso also run the Patagonia outlet just down the street.
Internet access is limited on the Sapporo campus, with several internet enabled PCs available for student use, but no wireless network as yet. Internet access is limited (and in some cases unavailable) in the accommodations, so you may need to use the local internet cafes. Copying facilities are available. The tuition fees include free transfer from airport/train station and includes your text books.
Please choose a program that suits your needs and schedule – we hope you can join us and enjoy summer in Japan. If you are unsure of which program to choose, please contact us. All of the summer programs are extremely popular – so apply early – well before the various deadlines. If you are on the JET program, please read the Study Leave for Jet Program participants file.
1) Program Outline:
Class size in Sapporo is approximately 15 students per level. There is no maximum class size, but because Japanese language background/prior studies are taken into consideration with the application process, classes at any particular level rarely exceed 18 students. Each lesson is 45 minutes in duration commencing from 9am and finishing at 12:25pm. Daily class times are 9:00 to 9:45, 9:50 to 10:35, 10:50 to 11:35 and 11:40 to 12:25. All classes are taught in Japanese only by qualified and experienced JFL teachers, all are native speakers. On the first day of the program (Monday July 22nd), there is class placement confirmation and an orientation.
As classes are taught from the first day, please arrive in Sapporo no later than 2pm on July 22nd. If traveling across more than 6 time zones, or for a journey of more than 20 hours in total elapsed time, we advise arriving on July 21st. This will give you time to recover from your travels, and become familiar with the local area. Moving into the accommodation on the 20th is usually not a problem, but prior notice needs to be received. Please ensure that you register your arrival details no later than July 1st.
The focus of the curriculum is on conversation. We teach only modern contemporary Japanese grammar (you will not for example be exposed to classical texts) with an emphasis on speaking and listening skills. The classes are taught in Japanese only and Romaji is not used in instruction. If you are a complete beginner please note that prior knowledge of hiragana and katakana is useful. We strongly recommend learning hiragana and katakana prior to arrival.
All students entering the programs are graded via a placement procedure. This ensures that faculty can place you in a class with students who have attained a similar score in the placement test and are of similar ability.
Depending on the number of students in the class above or below your initial placement and the difference in the proficiency level, it is usually possible to change classes after consultation and re-assessment with your academic advisor.
Classes are usually offered from:
Foundation (absolute beginner) through
Classes are held on weekdays (Monday to Friday) in the mornings from 9am, finishing at 12:25pm). There are some optional cultural activities held in the afternoon. You need to be at the campus by 8:30am on July 23rd.
Arrival & Check In: Due to accommodation shortages in Sapporo, please schedule your arrival to be either 1 or 2 days prior to program commencement. Participants crossing 6 or more time zones are advised to arrive 2 days prior, due to the effects of jet lag. Please note that earlier arrivals may need to initially stay in hotel accommodation, which may be expensive.
Check out: You are required to check out of the accommodation no later than 12 noon, 1 and a half days after program completion. For example with Option A, check out is by noon on August 15th. In some accommodations, it may be possible to extend by a few days. This requires early notice (June) and may involve additional fee payment. If you need to extend your stay, please contact us as soon as possible.
4) Program Fee/Costs:
This program fee includes all tuition and accommodation.
Most accommodations (guest house, dormitory, apartment) are within walking distance or 3 subway stops, commuting fares are not included, but would be up to 240 yen each way per day for guest house, dormitory or apartment accommodations.
Homestays will usually require a commute, with usual fares of up to 800 yen per day.
You would also need to budget spending money for sightseeing, entertainment and so on. Please note that airfares to and from Sapporo are not included. Please note that early bird discounts are available (see below).
a. Guest House: For guest house accommodation, the program fee is 203,800 Japanese yen
The guesthouse is quite modern, 24 hour access (no curfew), with good security. Meals are not included, but there is a shared kitchen for self-catering (please note that you have your own refrigerator in your private room). Accommodations include private room with desk, chair, (but shared bathroom etc). There is wireless internet available in the lounge. The walk to the Institute is about 15 minutes. Riding a bicycle to classes is not recommended. Convenience stores, supermarket and post office (for international ATM) etc are close by.
b. Dormitory: For dormitory accommodation, the program fee is 213,800 Japanese yen
There are several dormitories in use. Most have an 11pm curfew (some exceptions, usually only available to early applicants), good security, catered cooking (cafeteria style – do not choose this option if you are vegetarian or vegan etc), private room with desk, chair (but shared bathroom etc). Internet is frequently limited, and usually only available to early applicants, common room with TV etc is available. All dormitories are either within walking distance or within 3 subway stops. All dormitories have convenience stores, supermarket and post office (for international ATM), and public transport etc close by.
c. Homestay: For a homestay, the program fee is 223,800 Japanese yen
Homestays offer additional language learning and culture learning opportunities, however please note that there are rules, and that you will need to return to the homestay each evening before the evening meal, and may have fewer opportunities for socializing. We strongly advise that you do not choose this option as your first preference if you are vegetarian or vegan etc. In some homestays, the family are able to provide a private room, however in many cases the room in which a student sleeps each night is the family’s washitsu (tatami mat) room, which by day is an area used by the family, and at night the place where a student can sleep on a futon. In many cases (more common in houses than in apartments) this room is where the family altar is located. For this and other reasons please remember that your sleeping area needs to be kept clean and tidy, a homestay in Japan is not like a bed-and-breakfast or hotel arrangement. If you are one of the lucky few students who receive your own bedroom, please keep it clean and orderly. Internet is frequently unavailable. Homestays are not necessarily close to the Institute, so you will need to budget for train and/or subway fares of up to 1000 yen per day. For homestays breakfast and dinner is included. All homestays are within 1 hour of the campus.
d. Apartment: For self contained furnished apartment accommodation, the program fee is 253,800 Japanese yen
Apartments offer privacy and comfort. All are fully furnished (bed, bedding, mirror, vacuum cleaner, clothes hangers, washing machine, private bathroom & toilet, TV, desk or table, chair or cushions). Meals are not included, but the apartment includes a private kitchen for self-catering including a microwave oven, refrigerator, hot water pot, rice cooker, dishes, bowls, gas or electric cooker, sink etc.
The apartments have good facilities, and good security. Most apartments are located on or near the Tozai subway line, and are convenient for commuting to school or for exploring Sapporo. Internet is usually unavailable, however if early request and payment is made, we can usually arrange for the installation of internet access for a small fee. This is the recommended accommodation for couples, mature age students, and for those with special dietary requirements. In the case of couples, it is usually possible for a discount to be obtained if the duration of residence is the same for both. If applying as a couple, please send an email to Admissions after your complete your application forms.
5) Application Forms and Enrolment Procedure:
Click here to apply online
After application, you should receive an answer within 24 hours as to whether you can be accepted, are on a waiting list, or are unable to join the Sapporo program. Early application is advised as places are limited and fill up quickly.
If you are accepted into the Sapporo program, we will email you further instructions on how to complete your application.
6) Payment Methods:
Payment of the program fee can be made by:
a. Bank Transfer or
b. Genkin Kakitome (only for applicants already in Japan)
All successful applicants will receive an invoice upon (PDF format).
After your payment is made, it is possible to receive a refund if you cancel before May 31st. The refund is in full with the exception of a 25,000 yen transaction fee. After this date, it is not possible to receive a refund for the program.