Icon lifeFor Family of International Students/Researchers

Legal Procedures –when a child was born-
(to be completed within fourteen days after birth)

Required Procedure
  • Birth Registration
  • Resident Registration
  • National Health Insurance *1
  • Discounted Medical Treatment for Children *2
  • Child Allowance *3
Place to ApplyThe City/Ward Office
Items Required
  1. The Mother-Child Health Handbook
  2. The birth certificate issued by the hospital
  3. The Residence Card of the mother or the father living with the child
  4. The passport of the mother or the father living in with the child
  5. The personal seal (inkan) of the mother or the father living with the child
    (A signature may be acceptable as a substitute for the inkan)

*1 National Health Insurance
In cases where the parent is enrolled in Japan’s National Health Insurance

*2 Discounted Medical Treatment for Children
Japanese National/Employee’s Health Insurance subscribers are eligible for discounts on medical expenses for hospitalization and check-ups for children. The qualifying age of the child and the amount of the allowance vary depending on the municipal government concerned.

*3 Child Allowance
Those who have registered their place of residence at the local City/Ward office and who are raising a third grade junior high school child or younger will qualify for child allowance.

Acquiring Nationality (within thirty days after birth)

Please contact your home country’s embassy/consulate in Japan to obtain a passport for the child within thirty days after birth.

Acquiring the status of residence of “Dependent” (within thirty days after birth)

If your child will reside in Japan for more than sixty days after birth,
you are required to apply for the status of residence of “Dependent” for the child at the immigration bureau within thirty days after birth.

Documents Required
  1. Birth certificate (Certificate of Acceptance of Notification of Birth)
  2. Copy of the residence certificate listing all members of the household, including the new-born child
  3. Parents’ passports
  4. Parents’ Residence Cards
  5. Application forms:
    “Application for Permission to Acquire Status of Residence” [Excel, PDF]


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 enrollApply 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.

InquiriesPublic KindergartensKyoto City Public Kindergartens
http://www.edu.city.kyoto.jp/hp/yochien/(Japanese only)
Kyoto City Board of Education School Guidance Division
TEL: 075-222-3806
Private KindergartensThe 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)
OpenAll 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.

InquiriesKyoto 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 enrollWhen 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)
EligibilityHealthy 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)
InquiryKyoto University Gender Equality Promotion Center
KOMOMO: Nursery Room for Sick Children (Registration in advance is required)
EligibilityEligible 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)
InquiryKyoto 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
Address317 Kitatawara-cho, Nakadachiuri-sagaru, Yoshiyamachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
URLhttp://www.kis.ac.jp/(English only)
Ecole Française du Kansai (APEK-EFK) Lycée Français de Kyoto
Address536-1 Waraya-cho, Marutamachi-dori Kuromon Higashi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
KIU Academy
Address1-1 Ichinotsubo, Kusauchi, Kyotanabe, Kyoto
Doshisha International Academy Elementary School
Address7-31-1 Kizugawadai, Kizugawa City, Kyoto