Learning about different cultures is always a good thing, and the internet brings so many opportunities for exploring other countries and customs with your children. We have tried on this page to bring you a real mix of activities and links all about Japan for kids, from learning activities to easy Japanese-themed crafts, so that you can pick and choose and find something that is just right for your child.
Over 35m people live in Japan's capital city, Tokyo, and its outskirts!
|Miyake Elementary (Primary) School is situated in Kaminaka Town, near the Japan Sea directly north of Kyoto. There are 150 students in the school, with one class per year group. The average class size is 26 students (The maximum class size is 40 children in one class in elementary and junior high schools in Japan) Visit their Website|
The School Day
The school timetable looks like this:
8:25 - 8:35
|Classwork (4 lessons of 45 minutes with a 10 minute break in-between)|
|Classwork (2 lessons of 45 minutes with a 10 minute break in-between)|
|A short homeroom|
As most schools in Japan, children have to clean the school building. Children clean everywhere in the School, classrooms, teachers' room, floors, the school gate, and outside of the school.
The children study Japanese, arithmetic, social studies, science, music, fine arts, P.E., computers and English.
The School Year
In Japan they have 3 terms. The academic year starts in April.
First term: 6th April to 20th July.
Summer vacation - about 40 days.
Second term: 1st September to 24th December.
Winter vacation - two weeks.
Third term: 8th January to 24th March.
Spring vacation - about two weeks.
Schools in Japan
School Year in England
Types of Schools in Japan
Junior High school
|16 – 18||Senior High school|
Elementary school and junior high school are compulsory.