Top 20 Japanese Tutors in Melbourne, Victoria [2021]

If you are looking for Japanese tutors in Melbourne, then you have come to the right place! We have compiled a list of the best Japanese tutors that we know. 

They all offer different prices and teaching styles, so it is important to research them before making your final decision. Good luck with finding the perfect tutor for you!

Ultimate List of Japanese Tutors in Melbourne

Japanese Tutor Melbourne Pty Ltd (Nunawading Japanese School)

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Address: 8A Wood Street, Nunawading Vic 3131

Contact Number: 0421 234 951


Japanese Tutor Melbourne Pty Ltd (trading as Nunawading Japanese School) was established in 2013. Since then our Japanese tutors have taught 1000's of students in Melbourne and across Australia in person and online. Our Japanese tutors are bilingual, 'native' Japanese and live and teach in Melbourne. Over the years our Japanese school has grown to become one of the largest adult Japanese course providers in Australia. We specialise in private Japanese tutoring and group classes for adults. Our Japanese tutors also provide corporate Japanese classes for company employees. Currently providing Japanese lessons for students in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Japan.

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iJapanese Tutors Melbourne

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0401 886 620

Study Japanese in Melbourne with iJapanese

In the Japanese language, the word for “I” has the same pronunciation as the word for “love”. At iJapanese Language & Culture School, our Japanese tutors promote a love for this ancient culture through their teachings, ensuring you’ll leave our classes with a passion for the country we love so much. We pride ourselves on being the best Japanese language school for Melbourne students looking for a well-rounded experience. With us, you don’t just learn to speak Japanese – you also learn about the country’s culture, history and way of life. And because we have classes available for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, you can be sure that we’ll cater for you. IT’S NOT AS HARD AS YOU THINK!

Our Courses  

At iJapanese, you will learn from trained and skilled native Japanese tutors with many years of experience teaching in schools throughout Japan and Australia. Whatever your reasons for studying this language, our mission is to ensure you gain the maximum enjoyment and benefit from all of your lessons. Our Melbourne Japanese school offers language and culture courses in:

  • General language skills
  • VCE exam preparation
  • Language Proficiency Test preparation
  • Travel survival
  • Business

Our students can study Japanese in groups or private lessons, and there is even room to tailor your study timetable to suit your schedule and your needs. Just ask about this when you get in touch.

What Will You Learn?

Depending on the course you select, your Japanese tutor will cover:

  • Reading and writing skills
  • Spelling and grammar skills
  • Listening
  • Speaking and conversation
  • Exam preparation strategies

Our friendly Japanese school tutors strive to make each class fun as well as educational, creating a supportive environment where you can learn to speak Japanese with like-minded people who share the same goal as you. Who knows, you may even find the perfect travelling partner!

Whether you’re planning a trip to Japan, you’re fascinated by the country’s unique culture, or you’re just interested in learning a new language, iJapanese is the best Japanese language school for your needs. Our tutors work hard to make every class a valuable experience. If you would like to learn to speak Japanese, our Melbourne CBD office is waiting to take your call. We look forward to meeting you!

JAPANEASY Japanese Tutors Melbourne

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0422 266 303

Konnichiwa! Welcome to JAPANEASY, where once you step in, you can feel Japan in Melbourne.

JAPANEASY was born in 2008 with a very tiny room (just 6 square metres!) and about 50 students. Since then, we have created a school of laughter, love and passion, supported by so many wonderful teachers and countless generous students.

Our aim is to be the world’s happiest school. We are always here to listen to all of your voices to help your dreams come true.

We believe that both languages as well as culture are important to discover the country and learn. We hope that through our activities, we will contribute to creating good relations between Japan and Australia, as well as between Japan and yourself.

We welcome you to become a part of the JAPANEASY family and have a whole lot of fun with us.

Arigato! We look forward to meeting you.

Minako Fujita Jones

Japanese Australia 

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Learning Japanese with Japanese Australia means you’re in control.  You dictate the time, frequency, teacher, even the location. 

Let us bring quality Japanese learning to you.  Try out a single 50-minute lesson for $30. We will deduct it from your full fee if you decide to continue after the trial lesson. 

We provide online Japanese lessons across all levels - beginner, intermediate to advanced, JLPT preparations, Year 11 & 12 courses (HSC, VCE, ATAR), and more. 

Learn Japanese online, Our lessons are available 6 days a week. 

Why learn Japanese online with us?

Starter Kit.

We will send out a Beginner Starter kit to all beginners. It’ll help with studying during the lessons at home. Non-Australian residents will receive a digital version. 

Quality Assurance.  

Our teachers have gone through at least 420 hours of Japanese government accredited training or passed a Japanese Teaching Competency Test, or an equivalent degree. 

Personalised Feedback.

Our experienced teachers will analyse your strengths and weaknesses and tailor-make a unique study plan for you to help improve your knowledge of the Japanese language.

Save time, save money. 

Our admin team will help organise your lessons, send extra materials if needed for all your studying needs outside of lesson time, so you’re all ready to go. 

Experienced students start now. 

If you’ve learnt Japanese before, we’ll provide a free level assessment, so you can start at the right level immediately. 


Who would have thought long distance could be a selling point? However, we still recommend washing your hands often and wear a mask when you leave home.  

About JA

It all started with an IKEA table.

In 2006, our first classroom was the storeroom of a manga cafe, just enough to fit a white LACK table, four stools, a whiteboard with wobbly wheels, and a closet to store textbooks. 

Fifteen years later, we now occupy the top level of a building with eleven classrooms, smack bang in the middle of Melbourne CBD. 

We have taught families and students, Apple geniuses, ATO managers, council members, and even a Channel Nine news anchor. We are well-versed in engaging students from all backgrounds, culturally and geographically. 

Thanks to (no sarcasm here) COVID-19, we moved our Japanese lessons online, and to our surprise, many students enjoyed it. 

Particularly those who had to travel long and far. The students who hated coming into the city, the lack of parking, the introverts. Some even get to learn with their friends/families from different countries. Students who prefer to learn in their pyjamas, in the comfort of their own home. 

And then we thought, hang on, if we can teach remotely to outer Melbourne, we can also teach to the whole of Australia. 

Even the world.

And thus, Japanese Australia was born. 

Our goal is to be the bridge between Japan, Australia, and the rest of the world. 

Vocational Language Learning Centre Japanese Tutors Melbourne

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03 9602 1606

What does VLLC do?

VLLC has been a language school since 1989. We specialise in teaching 12 languages for personal and professional purposes all around Australia.

Why is the VLLC method unique?

It is a structured program based on visualisation and association where you learn to ‘think’ in your new language rather than translate. Your course is tailored for you. It is a combination of up to 3 deliveries, including online lessons and one to one tutorials with native speakers on a regular basis.  

Why is the VLLC method so successful?

Flexibility and monitored lessons are the keys to enjoying your language journey and reaching your language goals. You will be speaking from day one. ​With a success rate amongst the best in Australia, 97% of our students have successfully completed their Certificates and gladly recommend VLLC.

Learn to speak Japanese

Japan has one of the biggest economies in the world and is your gateway to the Asian culture. Enjoy the experience of learning about new cultures, new foods and life styles.

What will I learn?

All Japanese courses are designed to develop your competency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Courses are delivered by blended learning and can be a combination of: 

- online learning with individual tuition, 

- regular chats with the Tutor and Student Coordinator,

- homework tasks.

What Japanese courses are available?

VLLC has:

- a Certificate II in Applied Language,

​- a Certificate III in Applied Language,

- a Certificate in Social Proficiency,

- a Certificate in Intermediate Proficiency and

- a Certificate in Vocational Proficiency.

Available both online and in our schools.

​Whatever your capabilities, there is a learning style available to suit you, and our course co-coordinators will tailor the course to meet your personal requirements.

​Contact Us to find out about YOUR program.

Listen & Learn Australia Japanese Tutors 

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(03) 8652 1381


Stay inside and entertained with our online courses in more than 100 languages! Reach out to us, and we will prepare a fun and interactive programme.



Our Japanese speakers, fully qualified to teach their native tongue, can train you and, if need be, the rest of your group at a time that is suitable to you, at your home or place of work. Sessions can take place on the day of your choosing—even weekends—whenever you want, whether it be morning, afternoon or evening. If circumstances arise where your home or office is not available, the classes can be held at your trainer’s office. Resources for the lesson are provided for you.


Listen & Learn is a multinational company that specialises in tailor-made one-to-one and small group language courses for individuals and corporate clients alike. We offer a wide variety of language courses designed to fulfil the needs of every client.

Our mission is to be one of the leading providers of tailor-made language courses customised to satisfy the specific needs and requirements of each client.

Our promise to you is guaranteed through:

  • Hiring only professional and experienced trainers
  • Providing exceptional customer care and treating each client individually
  • Offering the most competitive prices for your tailor-made course
  • Appreciation and recognition of our trainers and staff

Our trainers are all fully-qualified native speaking professionals who are hired not only for their qualifications but also for their experience and passion for teaching. Lessons are structured around you, taking into consideration your current level and motivation, your individual needs (or that of your business) and any particular requirements you might have from learning the language. Lessons are taught in a teaching style most productive for the student’s level.

Avivo Australia Japanese Tutors

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0499 999 819

Tailored Tutoring to Enhance Your Learning

  • Outstanding results are only part of our tutoring success
  • Mindfulness, study strategies and balancing mental and physical wellbeing
  • Working smarter, not harder, and reducing information overload

We Work With You

We work with you to create a personalised learning programme by understanding the way you learn best.

In 2021, weekly sessions are delivered one on one by subject specialist tutors on premises and via our dedicated virtual classroom platform.

Tutors are handpicked and trained by our Directors.

We help you choose the most relatable, engaging and vibrant tutor for you. Your tutor will help you decide on your learning goals; gaining confidence in your ability, improving your grade or attaining a high study score. Personal achievement is celebrated.

If you have an urgent question, a looming assessment deadline or an important test tomorrow…… don’t stress we can always help you via AirTutor for one off tutoring sessions. AirTutor is ideal when you need a tutor last minute.


Avivo is a division of the Australian Institute of Elite Education and a member of the Australian Tutoring Association. It is a preferred tutoring centre for the Ronald McDonald Learning Program, enhancing the learning of children with serious illnesses.

We also provide tutoring scholarships for disadvantaged students and rural families facing financial hardship.

About Us

Avivo Australia is dedicated to tailored and vibrant tutoring. We engage students with a relatable tutor to deliver information in an easy to understand way.

Our vision is to create an exceptional learning experience. We do this by listening to our students and working with them to achieve individual outcomes.

We use innovative methods to understand each student’s learning style and goals. This allows tutors to engage students with techniques to either improve or strengthen core competencies or consolidate and extend developed technical skills. The use of mindfulness, study planning and effective time management are also encouraged for achieving peak learning performance.

We work closely with education and health professionals to refine our service to deliver what matters.

Avivo’s elite tutoring team constantly keeps up to date with a new curriculum, current issues confronting young people, monitoring student and parent expectations, implementing improvements and innovating the way we deliver our service.

Avivo believes in working smarter, not harder and focuses on rewarding personal achievement rather than simply measuring academic success.

JIC Language School Japanese Tutors Melbourne

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(03) 9654 5120

JIC Language School was established in Melbourne, Victoria, in May 2002 with an aim to create an effective and enjoyable learning environment along with a high level of support for all our students. We provide a professional service that will increase your understanding of different cultures and communication in different languages. 

Language Courses

Japanese Classes

Japanese is available as Group and Private Lessons. Group Lessons are conducted using ‘the direct method’ (immersion) by which students are fully immersed in the Japanese language and culture. At JIC, classes are conducted entirely in Japanese. Learn the language using our original textbook and other valuable resources. Our unique textbook contains numerous practical expressions which you may apply immediately in daily life. Courses encompass all levels for general classes. VCE, JLPT support, and Kids classes are also available. This applies to our online classes as well.

Learn Japanese 

Our Chinese Language classes are available as Group and Private Lessons. Courses offered are Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, as well as support classes for people interested in taking the HSK Exam. Off-campus lessons and courses are also available. Private Lessons are offered to students who wish to study specific areas and can be tailored to students’ needs. If you cannot attend lessons onsite, try our online classes.

Learn Chinese 

We offer General English language classes as well as IELTS Preparation classes. Please note that the minimum class time is 2 hours for IELTS enrolments. Our teachers have more than 15 years’ experience.

Why our school is different

Learning Quality

We provide various language programs, and as far as we can, we endeavour to tailor-make lessons to suit individual learning needs. We assure all of our teachers are qualified, native speakers. The enthusiasm and professionalism of our teachers will support you throughout your language learning experience.

On-Site Class

We believe in small groups (3-10 students per class), flexible class times and friendly teachers. The benefit of small classes is you get a lot of opportunities to ask questions and get to know your classmates quickly to promote a relaxed but vibrant environment.

Language Instructors

JIC’s instructors are all approachable and well prepared before the classes. They are always willing to assist if you encounter any problems. 

Japanese Melbourne Language School 

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04 30 103 669


Japanese Melbourne Language School offers face-to-face and online Japanese lessons across all levels – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Conversational, JLPT or VCE preparation, even the chance to study and work in Japan.

The average size of our group lessons is five students. 

We provide Japanese lessons 6 days a week.

Click here for our lesson timetable.

If you have experience in learning Japanese, we encourage you to book an online level assessment with one of our experienced staff here, free of charge.

Our Japanese language lessons go for 50 minutes, 80 minutes, or 100 minutes, once or twice a week, both group and private.

Our past students include ATO managers, television newscasters, local artists, town council members, Apple Geniuses, families planning their first trip to Japan, software engineers, photographers, primary school teachers, art directors, Santa Claus, architects, manga-addicts, students from Saudi Arabia, and more.

About Japanese Melbourne Language School

JM has been operating as a Japanese language school in Melbourne for 10 years.

We are an Australian school with a Japanese heart.

All of our teachers are native Japanese.

The school started with an Ikea LACK table in a storeroom from 2007 to now occupying the top level of a building in CBD with 11 classrooms.

We are the first school to populate the ‘direct teaching’ method to Melbourne.

The direct-teaching method immerses the students in a full Japanese environment.

As most Japanese don’t speak English in Japan, our students will learn to adapt easier and improve faster.

Different people learn Japanese for different reasons: to prepare for a personal or business trip to Japan, to impress your Japanese father-in-law, to pick up another language as a hobby, to understand manga and anime, or simply to find out what exactly is an Oyako-don.

Rest assured, we have the right course to get you on track.


FAQs About Learning Japanese

It depends on how much time you’re able to put into your studies, how often you practise using the language, and the degree to which you are immersed in it.

It is possible to acquire basic conversational fluency, i.e. the ability to understand and participate in ordinary conversations, in 6-12 months or even more quickly if you are immersed in the language and focus on speaking it. To acquire native-like fluency in a language is likely to take longer.

If you aim to read a new language, you could learn to do so within a few months, if you are able to do plenty of regular studies and practise. However, acquiring the ability to read the new language as comfortably as your own will probably take quite a while longer. Learning to read Chinese or Japanese takes considerably longer than other languages as there are many more symbols to memorise.

To acquire native-like abilities in understanding, speaking, reading and writing a language, as well as an understanding of the culture of those who speak it, could take anything from five years to a lifetime.

Japanese is certainly a challenging language, but it’s far from impossible.

Learning Japanese is mostly about smart study habits, regularly challenging yourself, and keeping a good routine.

Japanese borrows many loanwords from English, so you’ll be surprised at how many words are already available to you once you get into the language.

Realistically speaking, the average English speaker will take about 2-3 years with full-time study to become ‘fluent in Japanese. It all depends on how much time you devote to studying daily.

It takes quite a bit of time compared to, say, French or German, which can be picked up by an English speaker quite well within 6-8 months of dedicated study.

That said, the reason Japanese fluency takes a bit longer is simply that there’s a lot to learn.

It’s important to remember that it’s not necessarily HARD to learn.

Once you get past the initial hurdles, you’ll realise that learning Japanese is quite fun and not all that difficult. It’s just that there is a massive amount of information to learn and this, naturally, takes time!

This is why regular and efficient study habits are especially important for Japanese: you need to always be making a little bit of progress every day—because there’s a lot of progress to make!

Try to stay focused and make sure your study is carefully directed, so you don’t end up losing motivation.

Additionally, you’ll find that while learning Japanese presents different challenges than most Western languages do, Japanese also has some points that are easier than Western languages, for example:

  • There are only two verb tenses
  • There is no word genders to learn
  • It has simple pronunciation rules
  • There are very few irregular verbs

Yet, despite all this, there are some persistent myths about the difficulty of Japanese, which can be intimidating for beginners and those considering taking up the language. But in truth, most of these myths are not true. Let’s take a closer look at a few of them.

Japanese belongs to its own language family, known as Japonic.

Within this family, there are many dialects of Japanese that are spoken all over Japan. These dialects generally amount to small differences in grammar and the conjugation of verbs.

It’s unknown when or where the original ‘Japanese’ language came from thousands of years ago. The Japanese people had no written language before they were introduced to the Chinese language in the 5th Century.

The known history of the modern Japanese language begins sometime before the 5th century AD, after the Chinese language was introduced to Japan.

Educated Japanese people learned to speak and write Chinese, and the Japanese later began using Chinese characters to express their own language in a written form. This can be considered the origin point of the Japanese that is in use today.

Because Japanese shares little in common with most other languages, it is common to think of it as an “isolated” language.

However, though Japanese has few direct linguistic connections, it has been influenced by other languages over hundreds of years, and it borrows many loanwords from them.

As an English speaker, you’ll quickly pick up on loanwords from English when you start learning! You might be surprised how many Japanese words you already know!

For example, you’re surely familiar with the word ‘pen.’ In Japanese, this is just ペン (pen)!

There are numerous other English loanwords in Japanese, so right from the start, you can easily begin building your vocabulary with words that are already familiar to you.

First, it’s important to get motivated to learn Japanese, and what better way than to talk about some of the big benefits of learning the language.

On your journey to learn how to speak Japanese, motivation is your fuel, and you’ll need plenty of it!

Learning Japanese will improve your memory, concentration and self-discipline

If you can conquer the Japanese language, then you can learn just about any other language. The learning skills and habits that you pick up while studying Japanese equip you with everything you need to tackle other foreign languages.

You’ll be learning one of the world’s most valuable languages, but you’ll also be training your self-discipline, memory, and ability to think logically.

Japan has a rich culture and a thriving economy.

Of course, learning Japanese also comes with more concrete benefits. Japan is one of the world’s cultural centres, with one of the largest economies as well. It’s commonly considered one of the safest places in the world to live, and the standard of living is very high.

If you wish to travel to Japan, a command of the language can enrich your experience and provide you access to cultural and historical knowledge that might not necessarily be available in English!

Japanese opens the door to other East Asian languages

With a mastery of Japanese under your belt, making the jump to Korean or Chinese is much easier because you’ll have a firm understanding of how these languages work and how to go about learning them. Korean grammar is very similar to Japanese, and Japanese uses kanji characters that are borrowed from Chinese.

While these languages are not related to Japanese, learning them presents many similar challenges. Your experience of overcoming those challenges while learning Japanese will make the task much easier if you study other languages afterwards.

There are over 130 million native Japanese speakers

Japanese boasts the #9 spot for most native speakers in the world— over 130 million, almost all of them in Japan. But did you know only around 1 million speak Japanese as a second language? Japanese-English bilingual speakers are in constant demand across various fields, making it a valuable skill to help advance your career or start a new one!

There’s a whole world of Japanese culture and media to explore!

Japanese media is often the way people are introduced to Japanese, as well as their primary frame of reference for it. Japan has one of the largest entertainment industries in the world, but not everything is translated into other languages. Knowing Japanese provides you with access to a huge library of Japanese-only media!

Study Every Day

Carve out some time to sit down and focus on Japanese for at least 20 minutes each day. If you can find more time, great! Don’t try to force yourself to study too much at once, or you might burn yourself out or become overwhelmed. Break your study goals down into reasonable chunks and work towards them a little each day. The writing system takes time to learn, but you’ll soon get the hang of it with consistent practice.

With Kanji, Learn The Radicals First

Kanji characters are made up of different elements. One of these elements is a set of characters called radicals. There are 214 radicals, and these are the base characters from which all other more advanced characters are built. So when you tackle kanji, learn these radicals first. It will then be much easier to go on and learn the other characters and the words themselves.

Engage in ACTIVE learning

Don’t let yourself get stuck in the same study routine. Regularly expose yourself to new materials and try different learning exercises. Some days you can practise writing the characters out on a page, other days you could mix things up by studying characters with flashcards or practising some reading. If you’re not putting yourself outside your comfort zone regularly, your progress will be much slower!

Beware Of Beginner And Intermediate Plateaus

There are two common plateau phases in Japanese, and both are closely tied to learning the writing system.

The first plateau is when you finish learning hiragana/katakana and suddenly feel that you are making much slower progress than before. This is one of the most critical phases for staying motivated. Your rate of progress will feel slower but stick with it, and you will quickly adjust.

The second plateau comes once you have mastered grammar and have to focus on mastering kanji and increasing your vocabulary. This second plateau isn’t something you’ll have to worry about for a long while; once you start to figure out a routine for learning kanji, you’re well on your way. But when you do reach this plateau, the important thing to do is to start consuming as much Japanese-language material as you can and learning new kanji.


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