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Welcome to our database of Private Tutors of Japanese in the UK. Users can search for a tutor by clicking on the regions listed below. Tutors wishing to register their details on this database should submit a Private Japanese Tutor form. To allow us to keep our records as up to date as possible please inform us of any incorrect information or if any of your details change.

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Name: Joshua Gallagher
Location: Cambridge
Email: joshuajmgallagher[ at ]
Phone: 07979152946
Levels: Beginner to Advanced Japanese levels (N5-N1)

I am a PhD student at Cambridge University who is fluent in Japanese and has teaching experience at an undergraduate level. I have a Master's Degree from the University of Tokyo and a Master's Degree in Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford. 


Name: Ikuto Kubota
Location: Norwich / Online
Email: iktkbt28[ at ]
Phone: 7523772829
Levels: All levels

Worked as an English teacher in public schools in Japan for nine years / Completed the 420-hour Japanese language teacher training course / Researching Japanese studies and Japanese language as a postgraduate in the UK


Name: Yoko Graves
Location: St Albans and online from anywhere
Email: yamatojapaneselesson[ at ]
Levels: All levels

Trained and qualified (by UCLES) Japanese teacher with experience of teaching all levels and business experience. I can arrange your lessons for your interests and targets. Everyone has their own way to learn Japanese and I am happy to discuss what’s best for each learner to achieve their targets and feel comfortable and enjoy their lessons.


Name: Sukyi Chan
Location: Essex
Email: sukyichanuk[ at ]
Levels: All levels

I have a M.A in Japanese Language and Teaching and a Degree in Japanese Sudies. I have been teaching Japanese for different institutions for over 15 years, including Hong Kong Nihongo Kouza, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, JAL Japanese Training course, secondary schools. I also have over 12 years experience in teaching the Cambridge International AS Level Japanese Language (8281) with outstanding results (70% A grade, 100% D grade or above). Lessons will be held online in Japanese with support of English Cantonese or Chinese if necessary. Please feel free to contact me for further details. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Name: Daiki Hayashi
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Email: daiki.hayashi0[ at ]
Phone: 07751125629
Levels: All levels
Details: I am a native Japanese currently taking MA International Development and Education. I have two years of experience as a English-Japanese bilingual teacher at ECC corporate, a language school in Japan. I also worked for Goole projects for six months as the Japanese language analyst, moderating contents online. I am kneen on new theories of learning. You may ask me for any help or advice on learning Japanese before you decide to take my lesson.


Name: Mrs Noriko Mikawa
Location: Cambridge(Online tuition in any areas)
Email: nm.nihongo[ at ]
Levels: Any levels are welcome including GCSE and JLPT. Let’s study Japanese together to achieve your goal!

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from IIEL. I have experience teaching Japanese in classes for A level, GCSE and kids at IIEL in London. After 2019, I am teaching Japanese for JLPTN1N5, A level and GCSE online. My lesson plans and materials are well considered and effectively tailored to each level of students. 

Almost all of my GCSE students achieved A-stargrade 9 and 8 in the exam.

My JLPT students passed the exam on the first attempt.


Name: Ms Mariko Allen
Location: Norwich and surrounding area
Email: allenmariko[ at ]
Levels: From beginners to intermediate level. Able to customise teaching materials to suit client's needs.
Details: Former Adjunct Japanese Language Lecturer in Singapore, recently moved to UK. Able to offer a class from children to adults, for individual, small to large group or corporate clients. Over 8 years teaching experience in Singapore and Malaysia. BA in Tourism and Planning.


Name: Mr Alan Gross
Location: Ipswich and surrounding area.
Email: alanhgross[ at ]
Levels: Beginners up to and including GCSE (children also).
Details: Two years' teaching of Japanese language and culture at local education institutions.


Name: Dr Keiko Kato
Location: Basildon and surrounding towns
Email: JapaneseLanguage [at]
Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Details: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, PhD & MA in Cultural Anthropology and BA in International Relations. Have experience in teaching in university and private tutoring. Currently working as a translator and interpreter. Willing to meet people who are interested in Japanese language and culture.


Name: Mariko Miki
Location: Bedford and the surrounding area
Email: mariko.miki[ at ]
Levels: From beginner to advanced. From children to adults. Business Japanese lessons, with experience in the fields of automotive manufacturing, security/defence, etc.
Details: Hi, my name is Mariko. I am a certified Japanese language teacher and passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test in 2005. I am always pleased to meet people who are interested in the Japanese language. I will ensure that your lessons are tailored to your needs, whether you are a beginner or an advanced student of Japanese, and I can also introduce you to Japanese culture and customs.


Name: Nadia Ali
Location: Norwich
Email: Nadia.Ali__[ at ]
Phone: 07534093384
Levels: Up to A-level Japanese
Details: GCSE Japanese: A* A-level Japanese: A Have prior experience teaching high school students Japanese, as well as private tutoring experience. Currently studying a BA in Japanese at the University of East Anglia Will be able to start from September onwards


Name: Masahito Kawamura
Location: Hereford
Email: kawamurajp[ at ]
Phone: +16503368570
Levels: entry level
Details: Volunteer level of teaching Japanese. upper intermediate level of English.


Name: Ryuko Oldfield
Location: Suffolk (Yoxford)
Email: ryuko.oldfield[ at ]
Levels: GCSE AS A2 JLPT (N5 to N1) (I generally teach to these specifications, but if you don't want to take the exams that's absolutely fine.)
Details: Post Grad Teaching Certificate 30+ years experience teaching from zero to A level in: several State and Independent Schools in Suffolk, a Business Language School in London, plus tailored courses to individuals for business and pleasure. Many students have achieved the highest grades in exams (and a few have gone on to study Japanese at University). Some students prefer to learn purely for fun and not sit exams.


Name: Junko Grant
Location: Around Cambridge
Email: lovelyrubbish[ at ]
Levels: All levels of JAPANESE as a second language / All levels of JAPANESE as mother language (KOKUGO) GCSE JAPANESE / As and A level JAPANESE/ IB Deproma JAPANESE A / JAPANESE B/ JAPANESE Abinitio/ JPANESE for HOSHUKO/ General JAPANESE from age 3 to 18 years
Details: Qualification : BA for JAPANESE Culture and history/ MEd Education/ Teaching JAPANESE Certificate(SOAS) Experiences: Teaching at JAPANESE at schools (Japanese schoo and international school) for more than 10 years / Teaching as a tutor GCSE, As and A levelsJAPANESE for over 10 years/ Teaching JAPANESE for small children. for over 10 years


Name: Mimi Dexter
Location: Norwich
Email: hiromimi2011[ at ]
Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Details: Postgraduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy, BA in International Economics. Worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for over ten years in Japan. After I moved to Norwich, I started to teach Japanese as a private tutor. One-to-one or small groups. Skype lessons are available.


Name: Aki Moritani
Location: Cambridge
Email: moritani-aki[ at ]
Levels: From Beginners to Mid-level Students
Details: CERTIFICATIONS: • National Teaching Certification: Social Study at Junior High School • National Teaching Certification: Geography and History at High School • National Teaching Certification: English at Junior High School • Cambridge University CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) • The 420 hour Advanced Japanese Teacher Training Course EXPERIENCE: • Japanese Teacher Assistant in Sand Lake Elementary School Alaska, USA


Name: Claire O'Shea
Location: Luton (and also London)
Phone: 01582 -732305
Levels: Beginners, intermediate
Details: B.A., PGCE. Lived & studied in Japan for more than 10 years. Teaches Japanese for the University of the Third Age Luton since 2014.


Name: Miki Kurisu
Location: Norwich
Email: mmmkurisu[ at ]
Phone: +44 (0)7741 675 514
Levels: Any level
Details: Certified in the Advanced Skills of Teaching in Japanese language. I am currently MA student at UEA, specialized in art history and cultural anthropology, and interested in teaching Japanese culture in general.


Name: Hitomi Kerr
Location: Cambridge
Email: hitomi.kerr[ at ]
Levels: Beginner to advanced
Details: BA in English literature and teaching degree in English. Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from the Institute of International Education in London. Experience providing one on one private tuition from beginner to intimidate last 9 years in Cambridge area. Experienced teaching GCSEs and IB ab initio.


Name: Yoshimi Nakane Berrecloth
Location: Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire
Email: yorinberry[ at ]
Levels: Beginner, intermediate (Adult/children)
Details: Certificate in Japanese Teacher Training at SOAS, University of London


Name: Megumi De Fanis
Location: Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire
Email: megumi.defanis[ at ]
Levels: Any level, both classes and one-to-one tutoring
Details: Japanese Language Teaching Competency test in 2000. Teaching in Japan and UK since 1998.


Name: Chieko Kuribara
Location: South East, East and East of London (The areas along the One railway line between London Liverpool Street station and Cambridge, and also Ware and Hertford)
Email: ckuribara[ at ]
Levels: Beginner to Intermediate levels
Details: BA in English & American Literature and Linguistics, MA in Linguistics, Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition. Fluent in both Japanese and English. Teaching experience at the level of secondary and higher education, as well as in the private tuition context. I also offer online lessons via Skype.


Name: Yukiko Isono
Location: South East Cambridge
Email: yukiko.isono[ at ]
Phone: 01223 242430
Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Details: 30 years teaching in UK. Author : BBC \"\"TALK JAPANESE\"\" BA Japanese language and literature.Teaching qualification in Japanese modern and classical for high school


Name: Kazuko Gibson Koike
Location: London: NW, N, SE, SW, W London, HA8, HA9 and Herts, Bucks (within 30 min drive)
Email: info[ at ]
Phone: 0208-958-9166
Levels: All levels, GCSE, A-level, JLPT 1-4, intensive course for 1-3 weeks
Details: Qualifications: Cambridge UCLES Japanese Teaching Diploma, Practical English Test 1st grade Experience: 20 years Japanese teaching/tutoring for business people, Adult Education, GCSE/A-level and special interests in Japan. All lessons are tailor-made. Web-site:


Name: Katsuko Ishiguro
Location: London, Herts
Email: katsukois30[ at ]
Phone: 07835 120797
Levels: All levels
Details: UCLES Certificate. Taught Japanese and music at Palmers Green High School, Farrington and Stratford House Senior School, Salcombe Primary School, Sumner Primary School Hampstead Hill School and Institute of International Education in London.