- LIVING IN SHIBUYA
Children and Education
Kindergartens are educational facilities for pre-elementary school children. There are five city kindergartens in Shibuya for children four and five years of age (two of which are operated as integrated kindergarten and nursery school facilities). Applications for admission to kindergarten are accepted at each kindergarten. For more information, please call the particular kindergarten of your choice.
Municipal Kindergartens: School Affairs Division, School Affairs Section
Integrated Kindergarten and Nursery School Facilities:
Nursery Division, Day Nursery Admissions Section
Assistance for private kindergarten enrollment and tuition fees
The city provides enrollment and tuition fee assistance to the parents or guardians of children who attend private kindergartens. Eligible guardians must be registered residents of Shibuya, however, the school need not be located in Shibuya. Please contact your kindergarten directly for details.
Child and Youth Affairs Division, Chief of Private School Guidance
Joint kindergarten and nursery facilities
These facilities offer a combination of education and childcare programs for preschool children. There are twelve such facilities in Shibuya City.
Nursery Division, Facility Operation Section
The Japanese education system is comprised of six years of elementary school, three years of junior high school, three years of senior high school and four years of college and university, with elementary and junior high school education being compulsory. The academic year begins in April and finishes the following March.
Elementary and junior high schools
Shibuya City has 18 municipal elementary schools and 8 municipal junior high schools. If you would like to enroll or transfer your child into a municipal elementary or junior high school, please consult the School Affairs Division.
School Affairs Division, School Administration Section
○ Educational expenses
During elementary and junior high school there are no fees for registration, tuition and textbooks. However, parents and legal guardians are required to pay for educational materials other than textbooks, school supplies that children use, school lunches, field day trips and educational trips. If you have difficulty paying for the supplies, lunches, trips or other materials, consult your child’s homeroom teacher or the School Affairs Division.
○ School lunches
School lunches are provided for all students at all city elementary and junior high schools. Of the expenses related to the school lunch program, children’s parents or guardians are assessed the costs of the ingredients in school lunches. Lunches brought from home are not permitted.
Senior high schools and universities
To qualify to take public and private high school entrance examinations in Japan one must have completed nine years of education abroad or graduated from a Japanese junior high school. Those who have graduated from a Japanese senior high school or senior high school abroad and people 18 years of age or older who possess an international baccalaureate degree are qualified to enroll in a Japanese university.
○ Scholastic loan program
Scholastic loans are available for students who find it difficult to continue in school or graduate for financial reasons. Note that these are limited to students who have resided in Shibuya for six months or more.
Municipal elementary schools offer safe and enriching programs after school for all children enrolled there, regardless of the parent’s employment status. Please call for an application or if you need more information.
Community School Support Division, After-school Club Section
Scholastic counseling services
Counseling services are offered for children from preschool age to high school age and their parents/guardians.
Address: 5-6 Udagawacho
First-time consultation phone number: 3463-3798
Continued consultation phone number: 3463-3492
Facilities for children
School Children and Youth Center – Friends Honmachi
School Children and Youth Center – Friends Honmachi This facility opened in April 2016 as a place where schoolage children and youths could play, sports, develop intellectually and creatively, and participate in cultural/artistic activities.
The building complex also includes Community Exchange Center Honmachi and the authorized kodomoen Honmachi Soyokaze Kodomoen.
Address: 6-6-2 Honmachi
Daikanyama Teens Creative
This center supports the wholesome development of youth through group activities and exchanges. Soundproof rooms at the facility can be used for music and dance activities. The center also puts on various types of lectures and events.
Address: 7-9 Daikanyamacho
Children’s Science Center – HachiLabo
Closed: 1) Mondays (or the following day if Monday is aholiday)
Note: Excluding long school holidays.2) During the year-end/New Year’s holidays (December 29through January 3)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: Shibuya City Cultural Center Owada 3F, 23-21 Sakuragaokacho, 150-0031
Kageoka no Ie
This facility is a place where everyone from babies to the elderly can gather. In addition, Kageoka no Ie offers table space for children and encourages activities as the headquarters of Children’s Table.
Shibuya City Children’s Table is a “third home” program in which adults in the community provide children with meals, support, new knowledge and experiences through learning and workshops.
Address: 4-5-15 Ebisu
Family Atelier (Children/Family Support Center)
This community salon is a venue designed to nurture a child’s deep sensitivity and creativity through contact with art, and where parents can rear their children among fellow parents. It can be used by children from infants/toddlers to elementary school-age children and their parents.
Address: 2-32-5 Yoyogi
Shibuya Sports Mutual Education Plaza & Lab “Spot”
This facility’s theme is “More Sports for Everyone,” and offers a space where parents and guardians can grow together with their children. Families can enjoy sports and other events together, and there are seminars geared for parents and instructors.
Note: There are no babysitting services available.
Address: Agri Square Shinjuku 1F, 5-27-11 Sendagaya
For the Future (Children's Lives and Learning for All)
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