Picture of Japanese lessons in San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA Japanese Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Japanese lessons? Our San Diego teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Our teachers have taught

2 , 1 0 1 , 6 3 8

lessons and counting!

Popular Japanese Instructors near San Diego, CA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near San Diego, CA including Coronado, National City, Chula Vista, San Ysidro and Lincoln Acres.

Showing 9 of 40 results View More

Japanese Lessons in San Diego: Your Guide to History and Culture

Are you taking Japanese lessons in San Diego? If you’re learning the Japanese language, you’re probably also interested in the history and culture. San Diego is home to a number of groups and organizations that promote Japanese language and culture. These places are fantastic resources for anyone taking Japanese lessons in San Diego.

The San Diego Japanese Meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/SanDiegoJapanese) meets weekly, and attendees can practice both English and Japanese. This group is like an ongoing language exchange. Everyone is welcome, and the group has about 20 to 40 members at each event.

The Japanese Tea Garden in Balboa Park (http://www.niwa.org) is a great place to walk around and see Japanese plants and landscaping. The Japanese Tea Garden hosts regular exhibitions on Japanese history and culture. Check out some of the featured events like tea ceremonies, crafts, Ikebana classes (Japanese flower arranging), and meditation and yoga sessions.

The Japan Society (http://www.japan-society.org) organizes homestays, an annual festival, and a few other cultural and educational programs to promote friendship between Japan and the United States.

The San Diego Bonsai Society (http://www.sandiegobonsaiclub.com) preserves Japanese gardening traditions through education, meetings, and local events. Bonsai gardeners grow miniature, realistic versions of larger plants.

The Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego preserves artifacts, photographs, taped interviews, and other information about the contributions Japanese Americans have made to the San Diego region. You can see this historical collection at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park.

When you’re taking Japanese lessons in San Diego, you have lots of unique opportunities to explore Japanese culture and history. Visiting these places will help you have a more fun, well-rounded learning experience, so make sure you take advantage of all of the great Japanese resources right here in San Diego!

About Hiromi S.

Close
Profile_48960_pi_DSC_7815
Louisville, KY
View Full Profile

I am a native Japanese speaker from Tokyo. Currently, I am an instructor at the Greater Louisville Regional Japanese Saturday School, which provides courses entirely in Japanese. Whether you want to improve your reading or writing skills, or you are simply looking for a conversation partner, let me know!

About Hiromi
I am a student at Ball State University, pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Robert Palmer. As a teaching assistant throughout my graduate studies, I have worked as an accompanist and taught ear training, group piano, and private piano lessons. Prior to Ball State University, I studied at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University where I earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance, respectively. To expand my expertise in music, I have attended summer music festivals and conferences including Adamant Music School and “Musical Summer at the Mill” International Masterclasses & Festival in Moulin d’Ande, France. Recently, I presented my lecture recital on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau at College Music Society regional conferences in North Dakota, Montana,
and New York. I was an recipient of the outstanding student presentation award at the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, 2014.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Hao December 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Just the first leson but i love the way she explained and teached
Silhouette-80
Noah October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Hiromi is wonderful. This was my 13 year old son's first lesson on piano, and Hiromi tailor made the lesson to fit his level of experience. He was able to improv and experiment with the keyboard, and Hiromi guided him through perfectly, while then following up with structure. Thanks to Hiromi and a wonderful first lesson. :)
Silhouette-80
Noah October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Hiromi is wonderful. This was my 13 year old son's first lesson on piano, and Hiromi tailor made the lesson to fit his level of experience. He was able to improv and experiment with the keyboard, and Hiromi guided h
View Details
View Profile
Hiromi S.

Hiromi S.

Online
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Kenji Luis T.

Close
Profile_61779_pi_IMG_2658
Indianapolis, IN

View Full Profile

Initially I like to evaluate the student's current comprehension level (regardless of years studied) to better select the appropriate starting point. From there, if there is a specific subject matter or course work/syllabus for a class that needs to be followed, I can tailor lessons to fit those needs. Throughout lessons, I like to bring in elements such as cartoons, newspapers, movie clips, etc. to aid in understanding everyday usage & make learning practical and pertinent to the student.

About Kenji Luis
I grew up speaking English, Portuguese & Japanese in a multilingual family and from a young age developed a strong affinity & penchant for languages. I attended an English-Portuguese Bilingual school through 6th grade and studied Japanese 4 years in high school, along with weekend Japanese school classes. In college I went on to major in International Relations & Diplomacy with a concentration in French studies, also honing my Spanish that I had picked up along the way (with Romance Languages, I have a very easy time of language absorption). I've gone on to work for international companies wherein my language skills have been highly sought after, translating & communicating often in all my language strengths.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Bob August 11, 2017
· Portuguese · Online
Silhouette-80
Dillon April 13, 2017
· Portuguese · Online
Silhouette-80
David March 21, 2017
· Portuguese · Online
View Details
View Profile
Kenji Luis T.

Kenji Luis T.

Online
(39)
starting at
$30 / 45-min

About Erika M.

Close
Profile_107231_pi_IMG_1923
San Diego, CA

View Full Profile

I am a Japanese teacher specializing in teaching intermediate and advanced levels. Although all levels are welcome, usually my students are highly motivated college students or adults who wish to study or work in Japan. I look forward to working with you!

[Academic Japanese, Business Japanese, Conversational Japanese, Japanese Writing, JLPT preparation]

About Erika
Minasan konnichiwa! My name is Erika. I was born and grew up in Saitama Pref., Japan. For those of you who don’t know where it is, Saitama is Tokyo’s neighbor to the north. The movie “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” directed by Hayao Miyazaki is actually based on hills in my hometown!

I moved to San Diego, CA in 2013 after I received my first MA in Literature. I went to San Diego State University and earned my second MA in Applied Linguistics in 2015. I also earned Advanced Certificate in TESL/TEFL from SDSU, which helped me reassess my perspectives on teaching and learning. I have been teaching Japanese both in Japan and the US for almost 10 years, and currently teach at SDSU and UC San Diego Extension besides private lessons as well as business/medical translating. I always enjoy teaching and love helping my students learn new
culture!

***Lesson Details***

All levels are welcome, though many of my students are intermediate-advanced levels. I assess your proficiency level based on my experience as a teacher and a linguist. According to your learning goals, I tailor a teaching plan so it meets your needs and objectives of studying Japanese. What would you like to learn, the language itself or the culture as well? Here are the main lessons I offer to students:

- Conversational Japanese (business, academic)
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparation
- Writing support (business, academic, or personal)

Conversational Japanese lessons are aimed at improving your listening and speaking skills while working on increasing your vocabulary. We also review grammar points if necessary. This will help you pick up cultural and social cues in everyday conversation. The JLPT preparation and writing support courses are mainly for advanced students, who wish to achieve higher goals. The test is taken not only by students who want to study in Japan but also by people who want to measure their progress in Japanese. It’s very useful for you to set a learning goal, so you have direction in your studies, motivation to continue, and measurable results that you can check to review your progress.

For all lessons, I choose teaching materials that students would be interested such as Japanese News websites or short videos. If you have a textbook you’ve been working on and are going to learn with me regularly, I would make lesson plans based on it too. Basically each student receives their own lesson plans.

***PLEASE READ!!***
- 48 hours notice for cancellations and reschedule.
- If you would like to have a lesson outside of the listed hours, please let me know. I will try to accommodate your schedule.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
David July 4, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Erika is an amazing teacher who always gives 100% to the lesson. She prepares for each individual lesson, makes it interesting and fun. You can tell she has an extensive experience in teaching, enjoys helping you and wants you to improve. I like how patient she is as well.
Silhouette-80
Perry June 8, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Erika is a great teacher, very personable and easy to talk with.
Silhouette-80
Kristin R. April 4, 2016
· Japanese · In studio
Erika has been a really great tutor. She listened to what I hoped to gain from these lessons and has been working with me to meet those goals. She makes the lessons fun while keeping us on track.
View Details
View Profile
Erika M.

Erika M.

San Diego, CA 92103
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Yoojin K.

Close
Profile_91561_pi_20160608_003512
New York, NY
View Full Profile

Hajimemashite!
My name is Yoojin. I lived in Japan for 7 years. The Japanese language is very interesting, and I understand how badly you want to learn it! I'd be happy to show you all the secrets of the Japanese language. Let's learn together!

About Yoojin
Hi guys! My name is YooJin. I'm from South Korea and I came to America 2 years ago. Before I came to America, I lived in Japan for 7 years. I like to study language and teach. When I studied in Japan, I taught Korean to Japanese people, which was a very valuable experience for me. I was able to meet many wonderful people and make many new friends.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing the Korean and/or Japanese languages with you. If you're looking for enjoyable language study to meet your goals, you've found the right person!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Rick August 8, 2017
· Korean · Online
Yoojin, is an excellent instructor! She is always in a good mood, promoting a great learning atmosphere. She presents the material in such a way that makes learning fun. One of the best instructors I have ever had.
Silhouette-80
Meredith August 4, 2017
· Korean · Online
She is very nice and easy to learn from. She explains everything so great and if I have any questions or need her to slow down she adjusts to fit my needs! She's the best!!! I've only had one lesson from her so far and I can't wait for my next lesson. She makes a difficult language to learn simple and clear.
Silhouette-80
Nina July 11, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Yoojin is a fabulous teacher! Very thorough and makes learning fun!
View Details
View Profile
Yoojin K.

Yoojin K.

Online
(20)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

About Young-Ju K.

Close

Students will find that learning Japanese will be fun and engaging, and will excel at learning and memorizing the Japanese alphabet, sentence structure and proper pronunciation.

I use many different teaching methods to keep you fully involved and engaged in learning Korean such has:
1) J-Pop Songs (Lyrically meanings)
2) J Drama (Conversational context)

About Young-Ju
I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I graduated with a degree in Japanese and English literature. After I graduated college, I went to take TESOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. Since then, I have spent several years teaching English, Korean and Japanese and being a supervisor to several other teachers. I have an outgoing type of personality, and enjoy teaching others to improve their knowledge of either Japanese, Korean or the English language. I also enjoy doing yoga, cooking, traveling, staying active, hiking, and also enjoy trying new things.

I like to help people learn languages faster in a fun way. So I use many different materials to boost learning faster. With my my extensive knowledge of the Korean and Japanese language, and Korean and Japanese culture I will be able to teach you an
ything and everything about Korea and Japan. I look forward to teaching you and to help you learn and improve on your goals.
Thank you!!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Morgan H. August 21, 2017
· Korean · Online
My experience was amazing! Young-Ju is very patient and makes sure you understand everything before moving on. It's only been my first lesson and I can already tell I will learn a lot! :)
Silhouette-80
Jimmy June 19, 2017
· Korean · Online
Fantastic instructor! Had some technical problems going into the lesson which kinda deterred. But Ms. Young-Ju made the lesson very interesting. I am a complete beginner but she was always patient with me and we had many good laughs. Looking forward to plenty more!
Silhouette-80
Shankeria April 22, 2017
· Japanese · Online
My lessons with Ms. Young-Ju are/were amazing! She actually takes the time to teach and make sure you understand what the lesson is about and what is going on. There is also a good flow of communication, no stiffness or awkwardness. And most importantly, the lesson actually feels like a lesson and not as though I'm simply being read a dictionary or reading a book.

A great instructor and I highly recommend her.
View Details
View Profile
Young-Ju K.

Young-Ju K.

Online
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Shane C.

Close
Profile_104085_pi_me%20smiling
Jacksonville, FL
View Full Profile

Over the years I've spent studying and mastering the language, something that I've learned is that the student is only as good as the resources he has available. I've tried every commercially available method for learning Japanese: classes, programs, textbooks, applications, self study guides and more, but I have found that there is no replacement for one-on-one learning with someone knowledgeable and passionate about Japanese. That sort of personalized teaching is what my lessons will provide!

About Shane
I am currently a Junior at Harvard University majoring in East Asian Studies with a specific focus on Japan and Japanese media. On campus I am also Co-President of the Harvard College Japan Initiative, a student-run organization that hosts an annual Japanese career fair. I also work at the Yenching Library on campus in the Japanese Collection. In my spare time I like to consume Japanese media (games, novels, movies) that I buy on my trips there, act, and practice martial arts.

I have been tutoring in a variety of subjects for over 10 years and am extremely passionate about teaching and education. Sometimes students need assistance tailored to their specific needs and situations that regular classes cannot provide, and so one of my greatest joys tutoring is being able to give one-on-one, specialized help and the little extra push that c
an help them shine. My mother is a former teacher and so from a very young age I've always been drawn to education.

I have taken the equivalent of five years of intensive Japanese classes at Harvard University during my three years here, earning top scores in each class, for which I was awarded Harvard's Tazuko Ajiro-Monane Prize by the Japanese Language Department. The classes I've taken include both traditional language classes as well as the advanced classes which focus on academic writing, Business Japanese, and academic debate on issues in the social sciences. In addition, I have taken intensive Japanese classes in Japan, both at the Ishikawa Prefecture International Exchange Center and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies, the latter of which offers the most advanced intensive Japanese courses available and is primarily aimed at graduate and post-graduate students.

Given my academic experience and awards, extensive experience living and working in Japan and Japanese environments, and my familiarity with the language, I can be of great assistance for Japanese tutoring of all varieties--whether it be help with test prep, high school or university classes, or business, academic, or casual Japanese. I own most commercially available and reputable Japanese textbooks and learning resources (including those written in Japanese), so I'd love to incorporate them into our lessons as well.

I'm very available and approachable, so if you have any questions please do reach out to me at any time! I would love to talk to you more and get to know you on an individual basis.
...
View Details
View Profile
Shane C.

Shane C.

Online
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Maxmillion B.

Close
Profile_106274_pi_headshot3
Renton, WA
View Full Profile

Hello, my name is Maxmillion. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Guam, and my parents are both from Okinawa, Japan. I grew up speaking both English and Japanese, and spent many summers attending school in Okinawa. I am comfortable teaching conversational Japanese, hiragana, katakana, basic kanji, and I can also help with proper pronunciation. I currently offer online lessons and in home lessons, but can also meet up locally at a coffee shop, library, etc. よろしくお願いします!

About Maxmillion
I am very proud to have been born and raised on the lovely island of Guam! I have been playing guitar, bass, and drums since I was 15, and have had a passion for music since I can remember. In 2007, I earned my associates degree in music from Musicians Institute Hollywood. I have had my music placed in popular television shows, such as “The Real World” and “Road Rules," as well as the film “The Tested.”

I previously played guitar in a project called Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind. We were featured as the musical guest on the popular late night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in January 2014. We were also featured on the local television programs "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy" and "New Day Northwest." We are also featured on YouTube as sponsored artists on EMGtv and Blue Microphones. I also have had the opportunity to share the stage with
Crosby Stills and Nash, John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, Russell Ferrante, Travis Carlton, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Guitar is my main focus, but I am also comfortable teaching bass and ukulele. I love all styles, and specialize in rock, blues, funk, pop, reggae, metal, and acid jazz. I have experience teaching students of all ages (as young as 4 years old) and am currently an active teacher. I am also fluent in Japanese.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Alex Aldana June 17, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Max is very knowledgable about music and it's theories. However, he also understands where his students are and what they need. He made lessons in guitar applicable at my level. He is very patient and works well with kids. You can tell he genuinely cares for people and wants them to improve!
Silhouette-80
Kevin Mizuta June 16, 2016
· Bass Guitar ·
Max is a great bass guitar teacher. You can tell that he has a deep fundamental understanding of music and he presents lessons very clearly and at a manageable pace. My bass playing, music theory, and music appreciation have improved dramatically under his instruction.
View Details
View Profile
Maxmillion B.

Maxmillion B.

Online
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Toru H.

Close
Profile_106797_pi_15625905_361795637503967_249548820892290286_o
Edmond, OK
View Full Profile

By having a natural conversation with students, I will make sure that students are understanding what we are covering. I listen/pay attention to students needs. After the first lesson, I'll know what you need and we'll go from there!

About Toru
I grew up in Japan until I came to the U.S. for college. I earned my bachelor's degree on TEFL (Teaching English as a Second Language) in 2016 Winter. I've taught many Japanese students English and I thought I would try teaching Japanese. I'm very friendly and very Japanese (some Americanized). I married my American husband last year and we've just moved to Edmond, OK. I'm looking forward to talking to you!
...
View Details
View Profile
Toru H.

Toru H.

Online
starting at
$17 / 30-min

About Kazumasa U.

Close
Profile_109567_pi_14484854_1437414959620039_6401886882369873897_n
San Diego, CA
View Full Profile

I have my own teaching method based on my past experience and research, and I incorporate the use of a textbook into my teachings only as a form of review. Students are able to learn all the basic knowledge and information that they need before even opening up a textbook.

About Kazumasa
I am a Japanese national and have been living in the United States since 2001.
I studied at Shizuoka University in Japan and my major was education. My courses focused on international culture and the classes prepared me to teach the Japanese language and culture to foreigners.
I am currently teaching more than 20 classes a week including classes at a language school and private tutoring, So far, through the many years of being a tutor, l taught and am still currently teaching Americans, British, Chinese, Koreans, Philippinos and others, ranging from elementary students to retirees privately and tutored them in various aspects of Japanese depending on their individual needs through English instruction.
The thing I love most about tutoring is seeing the face and eyes of a student that has been having a difficult time with a lesson, w
hen he/she finally grasps what I have been trying to teach them. Another favorite thing about tutoring is watching the evolution of a student over time and knowing that I am solely responsible for that progression.
I am very thorough and patient when it comes to tutoring my students. I will go to any length to make sure that whatever it is that I am teaching them will be absorbed by them resulting in their betterment, thereby building a sound foundation from which to build.
Let's start broadening your Japanese conversation by talking about what interests you the most right now! Please feel free to contact me to help you achieve your goals!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Zach August 21, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Really great Sensei! Knowledgeable, Kind, Thoughtful & Polite. Mr. Kazumasa worked with me personally to design a curriculum and improve my Reading/Speaking/Listening&Understanding abilities drastically over 4 months in preparation for my language test. I had not used Japanese for more than 10 years, but with Mr. Kazumasa's patience, and dedication, I gained much needed confidence and performed very well. He goes above and beyond to ensure your success.
Silhouette-80
Daniel August 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
I've had several different tutors throughout college and I have to admit that Ueno sensei was the best tutor that I've ever had.
View Details
View Profile
Kazumasa U.

Kazumasa U.

San Diego, CA 92123
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in San Diego, CA?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Average Cost of Japanese Lessons in San Diego, CA

The average cost of 45-minute Japanese lessons in San Diego is $50. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $50 per hour.

30-min $20
 
$27 average
$35
45-min $50
 
$50 average
$50

For the best experience, we typically recommend 45-minute Japanese lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 30-minute Japanese lessons are 46% less expensive at $27.

Curious how much Japanese lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best Japanese teachers near San Diego.

Japanese Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Japanese instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 0 8 9 , 4 5 1

lessons and counting!

Recent Japanese Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Japanese articles on our blog.

It's All in the Past: Conjugating Past Tense Japanese Verbs

It's All in the Past: Conjugating Past Tense Japanese Verbs

Want to learn to describe past events in Japanese? Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some helpful hints to conjugate past tense Japanese verbs... Unfortunately, past tense verbs are not as easy to conjugate as present tense and future tense Japanese verbs. Past tense Japanese verbs are still surprisingly simple to conjugate, however, compared with verbs in many European languages. By breaking down the different verb endings and learning some memorization tips, you can give y … Read More

It's All in the Past: Conjugating Past Tense Japanese Verbs
Want to learn to describe past events in Japanese? Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some helpful hints to conjugate past tense Japanese verbs... Unfortunately, past tense verbs are not as easy to conjugate as present tense and future tense Japanese verbs. Past tense Japanese verbs are still surprisingly simple to conjugate, however, compared with verbs in many European languages. By breaking down the different verb endings and learning some memorization tips, you can give y
Back-to-School Vocabulary: 10 School Supplies in Japanese
Ready to go back to school? As you and your family prepare for the upcoming school year, continue your Japanese lessons and learn back-to-school vocabulary with language teacher Carol Beth L...  As the school year starts, it's time brush up on your vocabulary to talk about school supplies! Here are some Japanese vocabulary words that may prove useful as you head back to class. 1) Empitsu - Pencil Hiragana: ???? Kanji: ?? Because you'll definitely need a pencil when you go back to schoo
5 Simple Rules For Japanese Pronunciation
Japanese pronunciation can be difficult for beginners, but these tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. can help you understand some of the basic rules. My mother is Japanese, my father is American, and both of them are bilingual. As such, I grew up bilingual and became aware of accents at an early age. I could hear who had trouble with what, and as I started studying languages and diction, I began to understand why. Whether or not you speak Japanese, there are some quick adjustment
Quiz: What Country Were You Meant to Live In?
Do you ever get the feeling that you don’t REALLY belong in the land of big macs and slurpees? Sure, you love living in the land of opportunity and there are things in the U.S. that you couldn't imagine living without. That being said, you’re ready for a change. Don’t worry, there’s a country that perfectly matches your personality—no matter how quirky or eccentric you are. Take this fun and easy quiz to see where you should live. Before you pack your bags and board a plane to Ita
Japanese Vocabulary: 18 Words to Describe Your Family
Japanese vocabulary is part of the process when you learn how to speak Japanese. Here, San Francisco, CA language tutor Carol Beth L. shares the essential words you need to know to describe your family in Japanese... Family members are some of the most important people in life, so it's essential to be able to talk about them in Japanese. The Japanese language reflects the importance of family, and the hierarchy and respect that are so important in Japanese culture. When it comes to family,

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More