You may study Japanese for a short term (maximum 6 months) with a short-stay visa. Requirements for obtaining a short-stay visa vary depending on your nationality. Please contact the Japanese embassy in your country for details.
If you wish to learn Japanese for a longer period of time (3 months to 2 years), you need to obtain a College Student Visa.
If you are from the countries listed below, you may apply for a working holiday visa. With a working holiday visa, you can study Japanese during your stay in Japan.
★ New Zealand
★ Hong Kong (from January 2010)