About Us   |   International Preschool, Childcare and Afterschool


Since 2002, Nishinomiya International School has been committed to providing children an opportunity to explore and learn in a loving and nurturing multi-cultural environment.

 Children come first at our school, where our dedicated and professional staff make getting to know the individual child a priority so that we can provide the learning experiences and opportunities each child uniquely craves.

Our current operating hours are 7:30 to 19:00. We provide a variety of programs to fit you and your child's needs and schedule.


Our program is based on the educational theory of multiple intelligences put forward by Dr. Howard Gardner, Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Rather than approaching education from a singular position aimed at all children, we have devised a varied and engaging program that takes into consideration the individuality of children and the different intelligences used in learning.

Yearly Schedule

Our school year begins in April. Admissions are on a rolling basis and applications are accepted year round depending on space availability.

We host a variety of school events throughout the year, plus each class has their own event schedule. For more information about events and daily class activities, please check out our blog.

Playschool Program  |  Classes for ages 0-3

Our Playschool Programs give young children, ages 0-3, a gentle introduction to a school environment that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning. We accept applications for new students year round and offer a 50% expat discount on tuition for qualifying Playschool students. For more information, give us a call at (0798) 75-6660 or use our contact form.




Monday through Friday

Short: 10:00 to 14:00

Long: 9:00 to 17:00

(longer childcare options available)

Two to five days a week



Playschool is our full day program for children ages 1.4 to 3. Our program is designed to foster independence and celebrate each child’s uniqueness, providing a balance between the conflicting needs of security and self-confidence.


Children are encouraged to explore their environment, develop self-help skills, cooperation and the ability to share. They will make great developmental strides during this time as they mature socially, cognitively and emotionally.  Activities are planned in accordance with each child's developmental stage, with older and younger children participating in separate activities in the morning.


Many of our students will also begin their first steps towards toilet-training in our supportive, nurturing environment. Parents and teachers work together to provide the best possible foundation for success. "I can do it!" is the motto for our classes.



Preplay Class



Tuesday through Friday

9:30 to 11:30

Once or twice a week



Preplay is our class for children ages 1 to 2 who are ready to be introduced to a classroom environment away from their parents. Age appropriate activities and supervised free play with classmates and teachers encourage children to relax and enjoy school.  Preplay is combined in the same classroom as younger Playschool students so that when they are ready to move on to the  longer school day of Playschool, they will already know their classmates and teachers!

Mothership Class



Tuesday through Friday

9:00 to 9:45

Once a week or free (up to 4 times a week)



Mothership is our class for children ages 0 to 3 and their mothers or fathers. It is the perfect opportunity for young children to be introduced to an English classroom environment through a variety of fun and age appropriate activities with a parent nearby. Parents will have a chance to interact with their child in English under the guidance of our experienced teachers while enjoying the opportunity to mingle with other parents and children in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.


Nishinomiya International School operating hours are from 7:30 to 19:00, Monday through Friday and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Saturday. We offer childcare at a reasonable hourly rate. For children enrolled in our Playschool Long program, we offer a special monthly childcare package that allows you to drop off your child on class days anytime from 7:30 and extends the pick up time to 19:00.


Preschool Program | Full Day Classes for Ages 3-6

Our preschool program provide children, ages 3-6; a safe, engaging, and collaborative place of learning where children can develop to the best of their potential. A variety of optional classes and programs are also offered to fit the needs of children and parents.  We accept applications for new students year round and offer a 50% expat discount on tuition for qualifying students. For more information, give us a call at (0798) 75-6660 or use our contact form.

Junior Kinder



Monday through Friday

Junior Kinder Short: 9:30 to 14:30

Junior Kinder Long:  9:00 to 19:00

(longer childcare options available)

Four or five times a week



Junior Kinder is our preschool class for children ages 3~4.


We meet children's differing needs and learning styles by maintaining a flexible, comfortable classroom arrangement that encourages play and exploration through the use of interest centers. You will also see individual, small, and whole group instruction.  We believe in the ‘whole-child’ approach to learning which allows children to develop at their own individualized pace.  This forms the foundation for a lifetime love of learning.


 Our experienced and dedicated teachers continue to nurture and encourage the children as they provide a variety of activities that will strengthen their social, cognitive and motor skills as well as their creativity and independence.





Monday through Friday

Kinder Short: 9:30 to 14:30

KInder Long:  9:00 to 19:00

(longer childcare options available)

Five days a week




Kinder is for students ages 4-6 who are ready for a more focused learning experience. Children are expected to have a basic command of the English language before being accepted.


Our Kinder program is based on the same encouraging and nurturing, active learning approach as our Playschool and Junior Kinder programs. Along with our own unique curriculum, standardized curricula is also  introduced in a way that children can succeed at their own pace and level. Children are given a solid foundation for a successful experience at their choice of Elementary school.


Responsibility and leadership are important skills that are encouraged as students engage in developing thinking, reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Large and small group activities, both teacher and student led, provide students the opportunities to develop communication and social skills. We ask children to speak about their feelings and emotions and to take responsibility for their actions.


Optional Programs


Nishinomiya International School operating hours are from 7:30 to 19:00, Monday through Saturday. We offer childcare at a reasonable hourly rate. For children enrolled in our Preschool program, we offer special monthly childcare packages to fit the needs of busy parents.

Daruma Class

As an international school based in Japan, we feel it is important that children have the opportunity to explore and learn about the culture and language of Japan. Our Daruma Class is for students enrolled in our Preschool program and provides the opportunity for both native speakers of Japanese and non-native speakers a chance to immerse themselves in a Japanese environment.

Konami Swimming Class

Optional weekly swimming lessons at Konami Sports Center are available for our Preschool students. Lessons are directed by Konami Sports Center coaches with our staff in attendance. Lessons are in Japanese, but our teachers are there to translate and assist non Japanese speaking students.

Discovery Kids

Discovery Kids  is for curious children who are interested in trying new things as they explore the world around them. Using cooking, arts, and science; students are given the opportunity to discover new things with friends. This class is available for both enrolled students and non-enrolled students ages 3 and up. Check out our school blog for the current schedule and class themes.

Afterschool Program  |  English Language Classes for ages 3-12

Learning doesn't stop after school hours. That's why Nishinomiya International School offers enriching, English immersion after-school programs designed for children ages three through twelve years old. Children learn English naturally, rather than through drill and repetition, helping them to not only learn the language, but to also love it. Optional  classes are also available for those students who enjoy challenging themselves. For more information, give us a call at (0798) 75-6660 or use our contact form. We are looking forward to hearing from you!




Monday through Friday

16:00 to 18:00


10:00 to 12:00



Afterschool is our program for students ages 3-6 who would like to learn English in a natural manner using songs, games, crafts and play. Reading readiness skills, including basic phonics, are also introduced in this class.

Afterschool Plus




9:30 to 14:30



Afterschool Plus is our full day Saturday program for children ages 3-6. This class follows our regular Afterschool curriculum, but is held for five hours so that children can have a longer English immersion experience.





Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

16:30 to 18:00


10:00 to 11:30



Elementary is our program for children ages 6 and up. In this class, a relaxed English environment using games, crafts, and role playing encourages students to confidently express their thoughts and opinions in English. Children are also introduced to the study of phonics, reading, and grammar to round out their English language acquisition.

Advanced Elementary



Monday or Thursday

16:30 to 18:00



Advanced Elementary is our program for children ages 6 and up who have graduated from an English speaking kindergarten or have a good command of the basics of the English language. In this class, children practice conversation, advanced reading and grammar. Children are encouraged to form their own opinions and share it with others. Games and other fun activities are used as motivation and to support natural language development.





13:30 to 17:30



Our Intensive classes are for children ages 5 and up who have previously studied English and are interested in improving their fluency through a more concentrated and in-depth study of English than our regular Afterschool classes. Classes are divided into 3 levels; Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced. Entrance into the program requires a level test.

Private/Semi-Private Classes

Private and semi-private lessons are available for elementary age students. We will create an individual program of study to fit  your child's needs; be it focused conversation skills, support for International School students, preparation for moving abroad, or help with lagging reading or writing skills. We are happy to customize your child's course of study.


EIKEN Classes

This class is for elementary age students interested in taking the EIKEN tests, levels 5 through pre 2. Lessons are private and tailored to the students skills. Special interview lessons are also offered.

English Gakudo /Childcare

Nishinomiya International School operating hours are from 7:30 to 19:00, Monday through Saturday. We offer childcare at a reasonable hourly rate. For Elementary school children ages 6 through 10, we also have an English Gakudo program from 14:30 to 19:00 Monday through Friday and from 10:00 to 17:30 on Saturdays.

Contact/ Access  | Get in touch with us

Tel.  (0798) 75-6660

Fax. (0798) 75-6661

Our school is just a three minute walk from the Kurakuenguchi station on the Hankyu-Koyo line or a quick one minute walk from Kurakuenguchi Hankyu bus stop. Feel free to drop by any time (check out our map for clear directions) or get in touch with us through our contact form. We would love to hear from you!

Kurakuen Exel Bldg. 2F

11-6 Minami-Koshikiiwa-cho

Nishinomiya-shi 662-0075



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