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Average Cost of Online Japanese Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute online Japanese lessons is $49. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $150 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$29 average
$80
45-min $17
 
$38 average
$114
60-min $20
 
$49 average
$150

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute online 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, 45-minute online Japanese lessons are 23% less expensive at $38, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $29.

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

Japanese Lesson Reviews from Students

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Popular Online Japanese instructors

Toshi M.


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Mona S.

Kenmore, WA

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Seiko D.

Saratoga, CA

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About Toshi M.

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I don't just teach the Japanese language, I also teach the true meaning of Japanese spirit and soul! 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 One on One online lessons or Group 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 ...

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Alexa June 18, 2019
· Japanese · Online
My son has has 2 Japanese lessons from Toshi and wishes he had started sooner. He looks forward to his class every week and practices daily at home. Toshi is patient and encouraging. My son is confident that his lessons with Toshi are leading him to his goal of speaking and writing Japanese.
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Jahara June 17, 2019
· Japanese · Online
I found Toshi luckily and he was the best person for what I was looking for. I needed to get “don't overthink it” translated to Japanese and he gave me more knowledge than I imagined. He has such knowledge and passion for the language that it was such a great experience. I know it might not seem like a big deal but those words mean a lot to me and he taught me different ways and meanings to write it and Japanese is such a complex and beautiful language that I felt like staying longer and learning so much more. Thank you so much Toshi! Totally recommend, 100%.
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Eleanor June 15, 2019
· Japanese · Online
I had been looking for a tutor to help me learn Japanese over the long term, and Soo's resume seemed great! During our first lesson, he quickly assessed my (relatively basic) skill level and dove right in. He is friendly, encouraging, and very knowledgeable, and I was confident enough in his skills that I immediately purchased a couple books from which we can continue lessons. Recommended!

About Mona S.

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Kenmore, WA

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I grew up speaking both Japanese and English at home and understand the difficulty of trying to juggle both languages! Whether you want to learn a new language, or simply want to brush up on your Japanese skills, I am always happy to be of help! Lessons will include reading, writing, listening, and speaking (both formal and colloquial styles). I typically use the Genki and Tobira books and also like to introduce students to classic and modern Japanese literature as a way to enhance the students’ cultural knowledge. I welcome beginning and intermediate Japanese students!

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Lynette H. June 2, 2019
· Japanese · Online
I truly enjoyed my lesson with Mona! She is very patient and excellent at communicating. I look forward to continuing my lessons with her.
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Mickey May 30, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Mona was very professional and well prepared for our first lesson. We got right to the meat of the subject and I learned a lot in only a single session. She adapted the pace and the content of the lesson to match my pace of learning which is very much appreciated. I look forward to learning more!
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Arwen V. May 21, 2019
· Japanese · Online

About Seiko D.

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Saratoga, CA
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Hi My name is Seiko. I am an experienced Japanese tutor teaching locally in Silicon vally/Bay area, CA. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements and goals. You would most likely use textbooks during sessions. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also strengthening your communication skills in understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays as well as AP/JLPT test preparations.

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Tony V. April 2, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Seiko-San was very cooperative and encouraging during my first online lesson. I believe it was her first time teaching online and she did well. I am really happy today with my experience, she gave me some nice compliments. I look forward to the next lesson.
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Nikolaos August 29, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Seiko walks with me every lesson through the "Japanese for busy people" book and I like how she asks me to go through exercises in japanese so I can get used to listening. We also spend time enriching vocabulary.
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Javier January 25, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was a fantastic lesson! I learned a lot (: Arigatou Gozaimasu

Jessie N.

Los Angeles, CA

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Clare K.

Granby, MA

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Chieko N.


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About Jessie N.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis.
I believe when we learn other languages, it is important to learn their culture, history, etc. for better understanding. I’ve learned Japanese drums, how to wear Kimono, Tea and flower ceremonies so that we can explore Japanese culture more than just learning the language!

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Nick P. June 6, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Very sweet and makes lessons easy to understand.
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Tucker May 19, 2019
· Japanese · Online
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Travis April 9, 2019
· Japanese · Online
The best instructor I have ever had in my life.

As it states on her profile, she is well-versed in all levels of Japanese language and culture. She is extremely good at developing a lesson plan specific to each student's needs, and can use a wide variety of media to help each student - again, depending on what each student would like to do. Whether you want to learn how to speak for a trip, or how to navigate the Japanese business environment at a fluent and competent level, she will have the best instruction. To say that she is adaptive is an understatement. You will absolutely come out of every class feeling that you have learned something meaningful and useful towards your language goals. Jessie will work with you to develop a schedule that will work with your life outside of class, and is extremely easy to work with regarding schedule changes.

Jessie managed to get me from a beginner level, to just starting on N2 material, in a shorter time than I could have imagined. She has an extremely high level of motivation and excitement that shows through in every lesson.

I highly recommend Jessie for any level due to her adaptability, high skill level, and wide span of knowledge.

About Clare K.

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Granby, MA

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I am a private tutor of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to middle-age. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I have a lot of experience teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, and I've lived there off and on since then. My students receive the benefit of my life experiences there, including preparation for the realities of daily life in Japan--from how to use the public transit, to what to do during a natural disaster.

Along with my on-the-ground experience working in Japan as a translator/interpreter in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese ...

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Diana M. June 13, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Really helpful to gauge skill level at the first lesson and provide guidance from there. Very accommodating and patient! Excited to learn more from her.
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Raul R. April 9, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Overall awesome experience I did not feel over whelmed at all. Overall very polite and noticeable amazing teaching experience.
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Desmond B. April 9, 2019
· Japanese · Online

About Chieko N.

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Hi, I'm Chieko. I'm Japanese and living in California but go back and forth between here and Tokyo. So I know the trend of Japan well. Furthermore, I have long working experience as manager in some major international companies in Japan. So I can help you communicate with Japanese workers using natural and effective language. I know the business custom is very different between countries and Japan's one is a little complicated.. So, if you'd like to get along with Japanese, please ask me what to do in a situation you encounter.
I have successfully passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test authorized by the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language in October 2016.

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Nicole June 7, 2019
· Japanese · Online
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Noah May 24, 2019
· Japanese · Online
My son is really enjoying his lessons!
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Shannon April 22, 2019
· Japanese · Online
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Chieko-sensei. She went at a fairly easy-to-follow pace, she was friendly and kind when I made mistakes, and she was eager to help with my grammar questions. I’m looking forward to the next lesson!

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