Bunka Language School

Specializes In Teaching Japanese Language Since 1985


Elementary 1 Mailing ListWhat Are Our Classes Like?

What’s New At Bunka?

Introducing The Course Video Programme!

At Bunka, we believe in learning language through fun and engaging manners. As such, we have made this part of our curriculum, so that you can experience Japanese learning the Bunka way.

Our courses at Bunka not only teach the language but also provide the opportunity for students to use it. How? Check out some of the videos that our students have made below!

We Focus On Getting You Conversationally Ready FAST!

Elementary 1 to Intermediate 4

Pre Advanced to Advanced

Business Japanese

Only our *in-person courses are SkillsFuture Eligible at the moment! Click on the button below to find out more about how you can use your SkillsFuture credits with Bunka.

*In-person Elementary 1 – Intermediate 4 are SkillsFuture eligible

Why Bunka?

Why Bunka? Because…

  • Our teachers are all native speakers of Japanese and registered with the Ministry of Education.
  • We have our very own textbook created by our team of teachers with over 35 years of teaching experience condensed into an interractive and contextualized curriculum that is most suited for Singaporeans.
  • The present polite form is introduced together with dictionary form.
  • Explanations of the grammar are in English
  • We have a small class size, with a maximum of 12 people in each class.
  • Hiragana is introduced in Elementary.
  • Students are engaged in role-playing real-life situations as the main character such that speaking, listening writing and reading are all covered.
  • Many visually attractive illustrations make the content easier to remember.
  • The language used closely adheres to daily life.

Hybrid Classroom Format

Ever since COVID-19 happened, the world has changed drastically and Bunka has adapted as well. We have adopted the use of ZOOM to conduct our classes both online and In-Person. This allows you to choose where and how you wish to study – Online or In-person!

Hear What They Say

In the beginning, I thought the online class would not be effective for me. So I thought I would only give it a try. However, as the class progress into the succeeding sessions, I feel that I am learning more and more. I was part of an actual classroom session before the Circuit Breaker and just left with about 4 classes to go because classes got suspended after the 6th class. So I tried to attend from the 1st sessions and I am surprised that I have learned more that what I learned during the classroom session. I can see sensei's writing better using my PC monitor (previously in the classroom, it was difficult to see the whiteboard notes if you are sitting at a bad angle from the whiteboard), I can also ask question to sensei impromptu and easier to hear each other too. On top of all these, I am at the comfort of my own home so I don't really need to travel. This also makes the lesson less stressful because you are not in the actual classroom. I am really interested to enrol in the Elementary 2 class (if you will offer online classes, I will take it as I am still not comfortable being in a group even if CB is lifted). The only feedback I have is that the sessions seem to be too compressed in 1 week -- 3 lessons (3 hours each) in 1 week seem a bit too much. Perhaps maximum of 2 sessions per week will work better. This will give students more time to study and do homework and really digest all the information. Overall, I have a very pleasant experience with our Elem 1 online class. Shinada sensei is also very patient and she makes sure that all her students understand the lesson. I appreciate having her as our sensei and would love to be in her class again for the next level.
Maria Evangeline Aguirre

Very good. Save time on travelling and I prefer to learn at the comfort of my home. Hope there will be online lessons for elementary 2 soon.
Karen Chua


16 fruitful weeks with Takatsuka-sensei. The PA1 class might have seemed difficult and intimidating at the beginning. Sometimes we did not even understand what sensei was asking. For example, he asked, “I am asking a question and you are…?”After quite a while then only we knew he wanted us to use the passive form and say “I am being asked a question.” But after a few weeks, we found ourselves on track and making progress. Sometimes when we could not answer a question sensei will use his method to help or “push” us while minimising the use of English. I would say a regular revision of intermediate-level grammar would be helpful. Overall, it was a great class!

Also, thank Ms Angelica and admin team. They are informative, helpful and efficient (much better than my previous school’s admin).

Devon Lu

I’ve been studying with Bunka for 2 years now and every lesson has always been fun for me. Japanese is not an easy language to learn but my 先生s never fail to make learning Japanese fun for me and evidently, my classmates too.

Recently, I’ve just joined Mizusaki 先生’s pre-advanced class and although I was intimidated at the start, the following lessons became much more enjoyable as I got used to her teaching style that was geared towards thinking out of the box and being transported to “Mizusaki World”, which I feel is a creative way to learn Japanese.

If you’re pondering over which school to choose out of several Japanese language schools in Singapore, Bunka focuses on conversational Japanese so if you’re seeking to use/ hope to improve your Japanese for communication purposes, Bunka’s the one for you!

Judging from past reviews, everyone has different experiences during their time with Bunka but one advice is to experience it yourself before basing your conclusion on those reviews 

Samantha Toh

I totally enjoyed and learned (although I need more practice 🙂 ongoing online class for elementary 1. Umeda san is a very patient teacher and helpful to students. We hope to have more online classes on weekdays but maybe you put an option of 5 pm onwards as some of us are working from home.
Grace Flores

I really enjoyed the class a lot and Umeda Sensei is a very good teacher. I can't wait to learn from him again.
Shanice Elizabeth Kwok

I wanted to start to learn Japanese as we love everything about Japan and travel there often. As I work from home I preferred a mid week day time course and it took a while for me to find one available.

I started with Elementary 1 in August 2017 and was very fortunate to get Mizusaki Sensei as the teacher. Usually, she only teaches much higher levels but was training some of the newer teachers at a lower level.

I was quite worried about going back to the classroom but I shouldn’t have been. Mizusaki Sensei has a wonderful teaching style, making the whole learning process so relaxed. I never once felt stupid even though at times I struggled and I love the way she cracks jokes which makes you feel so relaxed.

I was lucky that our classmates continued through and got to the end of Intermediary one with the same classmates which made the learning process much easier too.

Unfortunately, I had to leave Singapore at the end of Intermediary 1 but that’s in order to take a year travelling around Japan. With all of the knowledge I’ve learned from Bunka and Mizusaki Sensei, I will go to Japan with basic knowledge and much more confidence to help when I arrive.

I’ll forever be grateful to Bunka and Mizusaki Sensei for this great experience!

Natalie Hodgson

So far I’ve completed Elementary 1. I’m continuing till advanced. I feel the course pace is quite fast, you’ll need to study after every lesson. Also, their method used is highly effective. I can see the patterns in Japanese (especially grammar).


Bunka is a good school for people who focus on learning conversation which is really what I am looking for.

It does not have homework which is a pro and cons depending on people. I do not think we can really rely on once a week class to master a language which the school can give tips on how to study outside class.

Telly H Santika

Defo LEGIT as heck. The teachers BLEED Japan!

Winnie Song

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