I studied 1 year at Coto academy and loved it. The courses were very fun and personal, and they really helped improve my Japanese skills. The staff was kind and helpful whenever I had questions, and I especially enjoyed the extra events I was able to attend!
I took a 2 months beginner course here and i really enjoyed my experience overall . My teacher was very patient and kind when she taught us hiragana, katakana and kanji! Classes were small (about 7-8 of us) so I was able to speak and practice more during lessons. The staff were very friendly and they spoke English to us when we were struggling with our Japanese. Really had a good time there but I will miss my teachers and classmates when I leave Japan.
I studied at Itabashi Language school for about two years, taking private lessons twice a week. I can vouch for the quality of the lessons, particularly those of Ms. Sumtani and Ms. Suzuki. They were both very friendly and professional, and made the most out of the 50-minute period. They were well-prepared for every lesson, were able to quickly asses student needs, and adjusted their approach accordingly. They were able to provide simple, easy-to-understand explanations using practical examples, and never became impatient. They both pushed me to express myself, and were very adept at addressing my weak points. The lessons were a good balance of both grammar and fluency exercises, covering a wide variety of practical situations. The only weakness was a lack of practical listening skills. Listening skills were not specifically addressed, and were tested rather than taught. But all in all, I would highly recommend this school. The only reason I do not still attend is because I moved across town and it's impractical for me to travel so far.