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Sightseeing and Japanese Study in Otaru

Short your stay in Japan might be, you must want to have a completely unique experience while staying here. After all, language plays an important role not only for communication purposes, but also for allowing us to cross a divide and share culture. Japanese lessons for travelers are currently available in this hostel. I’m looking forward to sharing Nihongo with you!
Japanese lessons available from a licensed Japanese Teacher in Otaru, Hokkaido!

Japanese Class in Otaru

J-class “morinoki”
  • We organize Japanese classes for travelers in “The Otaornai Backpackers’ Hostel MorinoKi,” and offer unique accommodations.
    Various classes for Beginner to Advanced are offered covering material such as
    • Conversations for Travel and Business
    • Grammar and Vocabulary
    • Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Japanese Proficiency Test (JLPT) Preparation
    • We can arrange Japanese lessons for you.
  • J-class morinoki is a Japanese private class for studying in a relaxed environment. J-Class is conducted within The Otaornai Backpackers’ Hostel MorinoKi.

Exclusive Japanese Teacher
  • Masa Harada
    I received my teaching license in 1998 and taught at a Japanese school in Sapporo for 4 years. I currently teach private lessons, but also offer group lessons for those who are interested.

After Lesson
  • Otaru Canal and Museum, Aquarium, Glass Art Museum is recommended. Looking around souvenir stores such as glass or Music box … Shopping in markets and malls as well.
  • At night enjoy a variety of restaurants and bars, such as jazz clubs with live music. Bowling and karaoke, movie theaters are also in Otaru.
  • You can go to the mountains and the sea. In summer you can swim in the sea. Day-walking is refreshing. In winter skiing and snowboarding is also fun.
  • For Sapporo or Yoichi, it takes about 40 minutes by train. For Niseko or Shakotan Peninsula, it takes about 120 minutes by bus.
    So anytime during or after lesson you can go there.
  • Or It’s fun to relax at the hostel and try cooking Japanese food.
  • Use a lot of the Japanese you have learned.

J-class Lesson Course

J-Camp Course [1 Week]
  • Japanese study and Sightseeing. This style is 1 week staying. After lesson, you can go to the wonderful sights of Otaru. Good for Working Holiday.
    • Course Term: 6 nights 7 days
    • Lesson: Total of 15 hours.
    • Tuition: Total: 25,800YEN15,000YEN (until 2021 MAY)/ Lessons & Lodgment (6 nights)
    • Extension: This lesson can be extended.
      • [Lesson] Only Lesson: 1,000YEN/h (You can take lessons up to 5 hours a day.)
      • [Lesson + Lodgment] 1 day (2 hours Lesson & Lodgment) : 5,000YEN3,000YEN (until 2021 MAY)
      • [Lesson + Lodgment] 1 week (15 hours Lesson & 7nights Lodgment) : 25,800YEN15,000YEN (until 2021 MAY)
      • [No Lesson] Only Lodgment: 2,500YEN /night
    • Schedule (Sample):
      • Day 1: Interview after check-in, No Lesson
      • Day 2 – 6: Morning Lesson (3h) 9:30-12:30
      • Day 7: Check-out
    • [Special Long Term Course] One month lesson
      • Lodgment: 30 nights Lodgment
      • Lesson: 21days 42h
      • Tuition: Total: 87,000YEN 54,000YEN (until 2021 MAY)
    • N.B.
      1. Room: Dormitory room
      2. Private or Small class.
      3. You can take day off (No lesson day).
      4. I’ll do my best to do in line with what you want to know.
      5. It is necessary to reserve this course by 1 week before the start date of the lesson.
      6. During the busy season on the hostel, any lesson might not be offered.

J-Camp Light Course [4 Days]
  • This course gives priority to conversation. You can learn conversations that are useful for travel and daily life. Good for traveler.
    • Course Term: 3 nights 4 days
    • Lesson: Total of 5 hours.
    • Tuition: Total: 11,600YEN7,000YEN (until 2021 MAY)/ Lessons & Lodgment (3 nights)
    • Extension: This lesson can be extended.
      • [Lesson] Only Lesson: 1,000YEN/h (You can take lessons up to 5 hours a day.)
      • [Lesson] 1 day (2 hours Lesson & Lodgment) : 4,200YEN3,000YEN (until 2021 MAY)
      • [No Lesson] Only Lodgment: 2,500YEN / per night
    • Schedule (Sample):
      • Day 1: Interview after check-in, No Lesson
      • Day 2 – 3: Morning Lesson (2.5h) 10:00-12:30
      • Day 4: Check-out
    • N.B.
      1. Room: Dormitory room
      2. Private or Small class.
      3. I’ll do my best to do in line with what you want to know.
      4. It is necessary to reserve this course by 1 week before the start date of the lesson.
      5. During the busy season on the hostel, any lesson might not be offered.

Weekly Private Lesson
  • For the foreigner in Otaru and the vicinity. Good for the Japanese Proficiency Test or to brush-up on their Japanese. We prepare a curriculum to meet your objectives. We design a private lesson schedule with times and dates that suit you.
    • Course Term: Normaly once a week
    • Lesson: 90 minutes/ time
    • Tuition: 2,000YEN/lesson [1,500YEN (after 10 Lessons)]
    • N.B.
      1. Year-round course
      2. For person living in the city and nearby. No Lodgment.
      3. Private or Small class
      4. It is necessary to continue the lesson for at least three months or more.
      5. Before starting lessons, I offer an interview to assess the best course of study for you.
Private at-home Japanese lesson
  • Would you rather have a group or private lesson at your designated location? J-class morinoki provides Japanese lesson to your convenient location in Otaru and the vicinity. Please contact us.

J-class morinoki Application

  • J-class Application can be made 3 months prior to check-in day.
  • It is necessary to submit the Application Form up to 1 week before start date of lesson.
  • J-class Application Procedure.
    1. Fill in this “J-class Application Form” and click the submit.
    2. A “J-class Tentative Application Email” will be sent automatically to your e-mail address. But Your application is not complete yet by this mail.
    3. We will send you a “J-class Confirmation Email” again within 48 hours after check your application.
    4. If your application is accepted, then check “J-class Confirmation Email” and please reply us follow the instructions.
    5. With that, your reservation will be completed. After that we might send you emails.

J-class Application Form

    * Required

    • Lesson Course*: J-Camp Course (1 week)J-Camp Special Long Term Course (1 month)J-Camp Light Course (4 days)Weekly Private Lesson Course
      • Lesson Start (Check-in) Date*:
      • Lesson Finish (Check-out) Date:
      • How long will you be staying?:
        • In the case of "Weekly Private Lesson Course", you don't need to check the finish date and Nights.

    • Your Name*:
      • Gender*:FemaleMale
      • Nationality*:
      • Age*: under 1818-2120-2526-3031-3536-4041-50over 50
      • Email*:
      • Telephone:
      • Address:

    • Lodgment:
      • Type of Dormitory Room*: Female DormitoryMixed DormitoryUnnecessary
      • Parking Lot: NOCarMotorcycleBicycle
        • Up to 2 cars only. No bike bicycle parking lot.
      • Have you ever been stayed at MorinoKi before?: NoYes (within 2 years)Yes (more than 2 years ago)
      • Dog and Cat?: I like both.I am not good with both.I am not good with dog.I am not good with cat.I am allergic to animals.

    • Confirmation of your Japanese Ability
      • Have you ever studied Japanese?*:
      • Do you know some Japanese phrases?*
      • Can you read Japanese?*
      • Did you passed the JLPT?
      • What is your purpose in studying Japanese?
    • Comments:

    All correct? yes!


    • Notes ⚠︎
      • If the J-class Tentative Application Email by automatically transmits does not reach you, your email address may be wrong. Please contact us again.
      • Your reservation for J-class will be canceled if you can not reply us “J-class Confirmation Emaill” within 3 days.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel your booking of J-class for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible for the sake of other travelers who have not found accommodation yet.
    Please note that a cancellation fee will be demanded if you cancel ALL your reservation as the following cases.
    On arrival date or No Show: A 100% of total accommodation fee.

    Kindly show your cooperation in this matter. Thank you.