Japanese Language and Culture Classes


Bushido Japanese language and culture school looks forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Japanese countryside.

By taking a Japanese language course with us, you will not only improve your Japanese skills, but you will also experience living in a friendly, rural community. You will also get the chance to learn about and try your hand at a number of traditional arts and crafts taught by local experts and skilled craftspeople. 

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Our new school base opened in May 2018 in the beautiful fishing village of Mikuriya, Daisen Town!

Our school building looks over a small fishing port and across the beautiful Miho Bay that links Tottori and Shimane Prefectures. A truly inspiring and delightful place to study.

Mt. Daisen, a sacred mountain and adventure sport lovers dream, overlooks the town. Enjoy hiking, cycling and even winter sports during your stay. 

Our school building overlooks a fishing harbour and stunning bay

We are at the heart of the local community and we are working hard to support this ancient fishing village.

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Both Misasa where we lived and Kurayoshi where we went to school are lovely quiet towns with friendly people. We have very fond memories of our two weeks at Bushido Language School and would love to go back one day.
— Marianne Haeni, Switzerland


Tomoko Kitaoka

Tomoko Kitaoka - Japanese Teacher 

After graduating from a junior college in Japan, Tomoko studied in the U.S. and acquired a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate at University of California, Riverside. Since then, Tomoko-sensei has long taught both English and Japanese for variety of age/level groups. She loves traveling in and out of Japan and is very interested in different cultures and languages. She is engaged in teaching, translations, interpreting, and tour guiding while enjoying the inaka (countryside) life in San’in Region with her husband and two little boys.

Yuri Noda - Cultural Instructor

After majoring in Graphic Design at Junior College, Yuri worked for three years in print design.

Since then, Noda-sensei has juggled bringing up four children with teaching Japanese arts and crafts and further study of a wide number of interests.

Yuri has been interested in Japanese culture, Kimono in particular, since she was a small girl.

Richard Pearce – School Director, Course Manager and Activity Guide

Richard majored in Environmental Management at University in the UK. His love of nature and wildlife saw him work as researcher in Tanzania and Madagascar and as a qualified Safari Guide in South Africa.

Richard has lived in the Tottori Prefecture for more than 10 years and  very much considers it home. After teaching English with the JET programme for a few years, he returned to his real passion of leading tours and nature guiding. Richard is now in his 6th year of leading tours to every corner of Japan.