Nursery and Elementary Schools for Family of International Students/Researchers

Nursery School

Nursery schools are child welfare facilities that aim to provide daycare for babies and children aged 0 to 5 years who cannot be looked after at home during the day for reasons such as the parents working or attending school. The decision to admit a child to a nursery school is made based on an assessment of the family’s need for the service. The fees are determined according to the guardians’ income.

How to enroll

Apply at the local City/Ward office or directly to a nursery school
Resident registration in advance is required.

(ref.)Kyoto City Official Website
Pamphlet about application for a nursery school in Kyoto City

Prior to entering elementary school, children between the ages of 4 to 6 can attend kindergarten (some kindergartens also accept 3 year-olds) There are public and private kindergartens in Japan.

Inquiries Public Kindergartens

Kyoto City Public Kindergartens (Japanese only)

Kyoto City Board of Education School Guidance Division
TEL: 075-222-3806

Private Kindergartens

The Federation of Kyoto Prefecture Private Kindergartens Association
TEL: 075-344-0771

Temporary Child Care

Temporary child-care services, provided Kyoto City nursery schools and non-profit organizations, are available for parents who require child-care services prior to their children’s enrollment in a nursery school or kindergarten, or who require child-care services on only one or two days per week.
Service hours, fees, and the age of eligibility varies depending on the facility. Please contact the facilities directly for further details. Advance reservation is required.

Baba Service Pinocchio (provided by Kyoto City Senior Citizen Job Bank)

All year around (closed December 31 to January 3)
Office Hours: 8:00 – 21:00


(reservations can be made from 8:30 to 17:00 on weekdays only)

Remarks *A call-out service is also available on request (a staff member will take care of your children in your own home).
Child day-care services provided by Kyoto City nursery schools
List of nursery schools that provide child day-care services
Certified Childcare Centers (Nintei Kodomoen)

Certified childcare centers are part of a new child-rearing support system launched to improve early childhood education and care and reduce the number of children on waiting lists for nursery schools, etc. The centers offer the services of both kindergartens and nursery schools.

Inquiries Kyoto City Health and Welfare Bureau
New Child and Child-rearing Support System:
Elementary/Junior high school

While attendance at elementary and junior high school is compulsory for Japanese children, foreign children have no legal obligation to attend. However, foreign children can enroll in public schools by going through the necessary application procedures.

How to enroll When registering the place of residence at the City/Ward office,
please complete the procedures for transfer.

Ref.: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Guidbook for starting School for Foreign Students

Other Information about Nursery Facilities
Kyoto University Gender Equality Promotion Center
Day Care Room for Infants on Nursery School Waiting Lists (Registration in advance is required)
Eligibility Healthy infants aged from 9 weeks to 14 months (until the end of the month preceding the month in which the child turns 15 months old)
Inquiry Kyoto University Gender Equality Promotion Center
KOMOMO: Nursery Room for Sick Children (Registration in advance is required)
Eligibility Eligible children: Ill or convalescent children of Kyoto University faculty/staff members and students
Eligible ages: From 6 months old to children in their 3rd year of elementary school
Maximum capacity of the facility: Five children (including children in the isolation room)
Inquiry Kyoto University Gender Equality Promotion Center
Links (Note: all websites are available in Japanese only)
Kyoto City International Foundation 「Child-rearing Handbook in Kyoto」
Kyoto City Child Care Website “Hagukumi”
Non-Registered Nursery Schools in Kyoto City (Kyoto City Official Website)
Uji City Official Website: Parenting & Nurseries
Otsu City (Shiga Prefecture) Official Website: Childcare and Education
International School

There are several international schools in Kyoto.

Kyoto International School
Address 317 Kitatawara-cho, Nakadachiuri-sagaru, Yoshiyamachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL 075-451-1022
URL (English only)
Lycée Français de Kyoto (French International School of Kyoto)
Address 411 Motoshinmeicho Tominokojidōri Gojo agaru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto
TEL 075-354-5240
KIU Academy
Address 1-1 Ichinotsubo, Kusauchi, Kyotanabe, Kyoto
TEL 0774-64-0804
Doshisha International Academy Elementary School
Address 7-31-1 Kizugawadai, Kizugawa City, Kyoto
TEL 0774-71-0810