Find Private Japanese Lessons

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

Use your current location

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.

Connect Locally or Online


Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.


Online Lessons

What if your dream teacher is on the other side of the country? No problem. You can meet with your teacher online using a webcam on your computer.

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
1 , 1 0 0 , 7 7 0
lessons and counting!

Popular Japanese Teachers

Shelby S.

Henderson, NV
Learn More

Rosita R.

Los Angeles, CA
Learn More

Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA
Learn More
Shelby S. Henderson, NV

I have been studying Japanese for 3 years at my university and use the Genki textbooks for teaching (the orange and green ones). These are college level textbooks, but I find them just as useful so long as the material is handled at the correct pace depending on the student’s age and grade level. For my Japanese students, I create my own lesson plans (addressing grammar and vocabulary) and do plenty of review with Hiragana and Katakana. I've found that my students do better when given ample review of Japanese due to the language’s difficulty. I often make copies of the important pages in the Genki textbooks to give to my students so they can study on their own if they like, and need not purchase the book.

About Shelby

I've been studying French for 7 years and Japanese for 4 and have tutored in both subjects. I even received the language department award in my senior year of high school. I'm also majoring in English at the moment, and can answer any questions regarding that subject, including essay writing, reading, grammar, ect. Many of my friends ask me to edit their essays and it's something I really enjoy doing. I have also been a math tutor for a few years and feel most comfortable tutoring Pre-Algebra. *** Lesson Details *** I'm a laid back, patient tutor, and I like to go over concepts a few times with my students. I find it's best to provide plenty of examples and really take the problems step by step, especially for math. It's also very important to me to go over past quizzes and see ...


Linda D. November 13, 2013
Verified Student
Excellent Tutor

I had 5 French lessons with my tutor, Shelby S

Shelby is an excellent teacher and very personable. She is professional and has fulfilled all my expectations in brushing up my conversational French.

I highly recommend Shelby as a tutor
Lisa B. October 31, 2013
Verified Student
Extremely helpful

My son has been working with Shelby for a few weeks now and I can already tell there is a difference. He was not thrilled when using an in home tutor but he really likes the online aspect. Shelby tutors him in English and French and I'm looking to see some great scores on homework and tests in the near future.
Gilbert M. July 17, 2013
Verified Student
Algebra / Japanese

It's been a god send to have such a wonderful instructor such as Shelby helping Aidan with her Algebra and Teaching her Japanese. They get along so well that I recommend her to anyone needing extra help in Math or a Foreign Language.
Rosita R. Los Angeles, CA

Learning Japanese?! Japanese may seem difficult but with my courses I will break it down. I have worked with Japanese companies for many years, so I can also introduce you to the lifestyle and the Japanese culture including it's fascinating history.

About Rosita

Born in the United States, she found her calling in music at an early age. Her hunger for knowledge and quest for vocal excellence and the ability to sing in multiple languages ( English, Spanish, Japanese and Italian), led her to Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Ca. Here is where she then attained her Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance after graduating from American Musical Dramatic Academy also in Hollywood, Ca and now pursuing her Bachelors in Music. Her passion for multiple languages and love of music is the desire driving her to share her gifts for teaching young children to open the door to their own musical abilities and hidden artistic desires. She is currently working on her debut album consisting of multiple languages. She is also currently directing a brand new musical ...


Wanda W. November 20, 2012
Verified Student
Voicing my voice lessons

I am enjoying my voice lessons as a firstimer! Using your company has been a very poitive experience, and your website is very helpful and trustworthy. My vocal teacher is great too!
TamarR December 6, 2011
very talented woman, but doesnt seem to be a match for my daughter
Jesse M. Palo Alto, CA

Learn to speak and read Japanese, have fun, and get considerably better results than you would in a class.

Or use this as a supplement to an existing class and completely surpass it's standards.

Explore the methods that make it possible to be conversational within a year.

About Jesse

My Background I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in ...


Kimberly W. March 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jesse gave me a great run-down on what he was working with my son on his lessons and my son was quite pleased with his lessons. Unfortunately even this short period of time, his workload at school prevented him from practicing enough.
Nima A. November 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a great experience with Jesse so far. He clearly knows what he is doing. My learning experience as an adult has been a lot of fun so far.
Kia G. October 8, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jess is dedicated, patient, and confident teacher!!!

I am so happy that I have found Jesse as the ukulele teacher of my 7 years old son. You can tell that he lives for music and it's not just a job for him teaching students. He is determined but patient with the kid and really has educational skills.

Toshi M.

Mission Hills, CA
Learn More

Mary D.

San Pedro, CA
Learn More

Jun O.

Norman, OK
Learn More
Toshi M. Mission Hills, CA

Do you want to take a trip to Japan with your family? Is your business or company involved with Japanese customers or suppliers? Is it your dream to work for a Japanese company in the future? Do you want to understand Japanese animé or movies? Interest in the Japanese language and culture? Do you want to speak, read and write Japanese? I can offer you my online lessons by Skype! Are you a beginner -- or an advanced student -- or you want to learn Japanese from zero?? Whatever your level, I can help! You will be able to learn in your spare time, on coffee break, at the beach, or at any public cafe! You will be able to learn wearing your pajamas during your day off in your home or even when you on your vacation! I can be with you everywhere by Skype! You will be able to learn from anywhere and from any country! I have ten years of experience in tutoring Japanese, teaching Japanese to many students of all ages during these years.

I teach basic through advanced Japanese.


About Toshi

**Please read my entire page including the Cancellation and late Policy carefully before purchasing lessons!! My name is Toshi M. I was born in Hiroshima City and raised in Tokyo, Japan. In 2014, I am currently working with a new project through Google called, "Ok Glass." It's a data collection project that leads to the betterment of Google products for voice search capabilities in their Google search engine, Chrome software and Google Glass. Google has chosen me to record, translate and transcribe for these projects within the Japanese division! My tutoring policy is not just simply to teach the Japanese language as a Japanese. No, I always want to teach students more than the language. If you are interested in the Japanese traditions as well as the language and ...


Brandon B. January 30, 2015
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
Toshi-sensei is a very kind-hearted teacher who is very supportive of learning Japanese, helps with any goals you want to accomplish with the language and culture, is clear on making sure your pronunciations are correct, and is able to answer any questions one might have. What I like most is how supportive he is, so if you're struggling with a certain area he makes sure you don't feel discouraged and works with you to constantly improve. I really enjoy lessons with him and would recommend to anyone interested in learning Japanese.
Hector N. January 28, 2015
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
Toshi is a very good Japanese teacher. He makes the lessons a fun and enjoyable experience as well as teaching cultural and societal norms as they relate to Japan. Very satisfied with him, If you're in the market for a Japanese teacher I HIGHLY recommend Toshi.
Samantha B. January 14, 2015
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Toshi every week for the last few months. I feel like I've learned more Japanese in this short time frame than the amount of French I've learned in the five years I took in high school and college. Really personable and fun to take lessons with and teaches you not only the language, but the culture too. Hope to keep taking lessons for much longer!
Mary D. San Pedro, CA

Teach what YOU want to learn. Focus on your weakness and improve it. Outline your strengths and highlight them. To teach at my home studio be alert I have a cat and a dog - so allergies are considered. Also must be able to walk up stairs to my apt. Very nice area and free curbside parking.

About Mary

I have been teaching since I was 15 years old! Started with peer to peer tutoring to summer lifeguard and swim lessons for all ages in pool and the ocean! Today, after years of singing back up and performing as a keyboardist or drummer for STOMP, Celtic Celebration, Olivia Newton John, Lou Reed, Rod Stewart and musical theater tour productions of GREASE, No No Nannette, XANADU; I continue teaching to keep me sharing my joy of music and learning!


Lauran O. April 19, 2014
Great teacher of all things!

I'm taking piano/voice privately from Mary. I wanted to learn opera and then she showed me how important music theory is to work on your voice. I'm in my mid 40s and thought I never could learn all this complicated stuff- but Mary makes it so fun and easy and motivates me. I and my friend took ballroom dancing from her too. She has great prices and spends alot of overtime . Very generous and experienced!
Kevin G. April 19, 2014
AP Exam Prep
Patience and Fun

My 15 yr old son has taken Algebra and now AP exam prep tutoring from Mary. Trey has some learning disabilities and Mary does so great with teaching him the math formulas and how they can be used in every day life so then he memorizes them alot better.
Jun O. Norman, OK

I have been teaching Japanese in a college, public library and home for eight years. I made my own textbook and CD. I am teaching people Japanese based on that text and CD. That text and CD is free. So even after my Japanese class, you can practice reading and listening Japanese. And if you are interested in Japanese culture, I will explain it in the class.

About Jun

I was born and raised in Japan. I have been in United States for twenty years. Now I am working in Norman, Ok. The following is the basic process of my Japanese class. 1st step We use online (Skype). Basically I teach you Japanese once a week. I will send textbook (excel format) and audio by e-mail. You read and listen to it. Even though you can't understand everything, that is ok. Before the class, if possible, please print print it out. 2nd step I explain the detail of the textbook which I sent at the class. And we practice listening and speaking based on the textbook. After the class, I will send textbook and audio for next lesson. Then continuously I keep teaching Japanese. Benefit of this class 1. After taking this Japanese class, you can print it out and use it as ...


Logan A. March 21, 2015
I started learning Japanese with Jun after a friend recommended him to me a few months ago. I've had lessons with him every week since. He's been very good at teaching and explaining things. He's a great teacher and I hope to continue learning with him well into the future.
Alec P. March 19, 2015
Japanese · Online
I've been learning Japanese with Jun now for well over a month, and I can say he knows what he's doing 100%. Great instructor and person.

Recent Japanese Articles from the Blog

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

8 Essential Japanese Greetings

Greetings are an important part of any language and allow you to connect and communicate. So whether you're learning the language or planning a trip to Japan, you can learn some of the most common Japanese greetings with language teacher Carol Beth L. Greetings are one of the first, most basic things you will learn when you study any new language. They are invaluable and necessary elements that allow you to connect with others. The way in which you address someone can also tell a lot abou … Read More
8 Essential Japanese Greetings
Greetings are an important part of any language and allow you to connect and communicate. So whether you're learning the language or planning a trip to Japan, you can learn some of the most common Japanese greetings with language teacher Carol Beth L. Greetings are one of the first, most basic things you will learn when you study any new language. They are invaluable and necessary elements that allow you to connect with others. The way in which you address someone can also tell a lot abou
5 Common Japanese Phrases You Should Know
  The Japanese culture consists of many interesting beliefs and myths, and Japanese people are full of life in their expression and communication, which makes the  language very fun and interesting to learn. The language has become globally accepted, so whether you're planning a trip to Japan or just looking to broaden your horizons, you can definitely benefit from learning the basics. Here are some common Japanese phrases to get you started. 1. Shitsurei shimasu "Shitsurei shimasu
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
Japanese Learning Hacks for Beginners
Want to learn Japanese but not sure where to start? As a beginner, it's essential to have effective strategies to help you make the most of your time. Try these learning hacks from language teacher Taro T... Learning any new language can be challenging, but one of the keys to success is how fast you can advance past the beginner stage. I say this from my experience learning English and Spanish. I was able to gain fluency in the two languages based on how fast I went from the beginner
Learn Japanese the Easy Way: 3 Study Tips for Beginners
While learning Japanese requires time and patience, you can boost your learning with these tips from teacher Willy M... I hate to break it to you, although it's not impossible to learn Japanese, it's also not necessarily easy. Japanese is a complicated language on many levels. First you need to learn how to converse, then you need to learn the specialized words. If you want to read in Japanese, then you need to learn Hiragana for indigenous words, Katakana for non-indigenous words, and t

Why TakeLessons?

Featured on


Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More