Kyoto International Students Information Site

If you are an international student new to Kyoto, the first thing you should do is sign up to the Kyoto International Students Information Site!
By doing so, you can receive invitations to free events such as classical concerts and "Kyogen" for example. You can also gain access to other useful information. We also recommend you to enrich your study abroad experience through using the “Ryugakusei Okoshiyasu Pass”, which gives you free access to Nijo Castle, Kyoto Tower, Kyoto Zoo and many other places!

Latest Information

Information on free events, etc. *To apply, you will need a “kokoka Member Site” ID.

Day The name of event Time Place Application period Who can participate Notes Application
Apr. 4 (Tue)~May 30(Tue), 2023 An introduction to the way of Tea Time:

kokoka Kyoto International Community House Annex(The closest station: Keage Station(City Subway Tozai Line) Mar.1 (Wed)~Apr. 11(Tue), within capacity

Non Japanese, Japanese

12 participants(first apply, first basis)

8 classes

Fee: 10,000 yen for Non-Japanese, \20,000 yen for Japanese. Please pay on the first day you attend.(acceptable only in cash)

Apr. 14 (Fri), 2023 The 677th Subscription Concert "Friday Night Special" Opening Time:19:30pm
Admission time:18:30
Kyoto Concert Hall, Main Hall (The closest station: Kitayama Station(Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line) Application is closed Designated schools International Students 100 people one person can apply for up to 2 tickets
If there are many applications, the participants will be chosen in a draw.
Please check your schedule carefully before you apply.
In case you have chosen, but cannot participate, please inform us immediately.
Apr.23(Sun) Welcome Party and Seminar for Foreigners 2:00pm~
(13:30 admission starts)
kokoka Kyoto International Community House
(Closest station:Kyoto City Subway Keage Station(Tozai Line)
March 31(Fri)~ Seminar:Foreigners 70 ppl、Exchange Meeting:everyone is welcome
Registration required. First come, first served.

Please check you schedule before you apply.
If you need to cancel, please let know the organizers

For those who participate in the Exchange Meeting only, the participation fee is 500yen


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From the “kokoka Member Site” you can sign up for the “Kyoto International Students Information Site”, apply for the “PICNIK” (Program for InterCultural Nexus In Kyoto), and kokoka’s email newsletter.

kokoka Family Program

The "kokoka Family Program" involves matching Kyoto families with international students to support their life in Kyoto.

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PICNIK (Program for InterCultural Nexus in Kyoto)

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Ryugakusei Okoshiyasu Pass

What is the Ryugakusei Okoshiyasu Pass?

If you are an international student in Kyoto, in order to enrich your experience here you are able to enter various locations free of charge. When you visit a given location, you will need to show the “Ryugakusei Okoshiyasu Pass” (provided here) and your student ID card.

EligibilityDesignated Schools (Please check if you belong to a designated school to confirm eligibility)
Usable Period July - August,January - February
Locations able to visit throughout the year: Kyoto Tower (~2023/3/31, except 8/16 and 1/1), Garden Museum Hiei (4/23 (Saturday) - 12/4 (Sunday), closed on Thursday. Please contact directly for further information)
Number of times it can be usedUnlimited
FacilitiesList of facilities you can enter

Ryugakusei Okoshiyasu Pass for Japanese Students

If a Japanese student is with an international student and both belong to designated schools, then they too can gain free access to various locations free of charge. Please note that the number of Japanese students should be the same as, or less than the number of international students. At the entrance of the venue, the Japanese student will need to show their student ID card and display the Ryugakusei Okoshiyasu Pass (for Japanese students) to staff.

Facilities you can enter with the Ryugakusei Okoshiyasu Pass

  • 1. Nijo Castle
  • 2. Murin-an
  • 3. Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art (only the collection room)
  • 4. Kyoto City Zoo
  • 5. Kyoto International Manga Museum
  • 6. Kyotomangekyo Museum
  • 7. Kyoto Municipal Science Center For Youth
  • 8. Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History
  • 9. Otani University Museum
  • 10. Kyoto Institute of Technology Museum and Archives
  • 11. Kyoto University Museum
  • 12. Kyoto Museum for World Peace (temporarily closed for renovations)
  • 13. Forest of Life
  • 14. Ryukoku Museum(series exhibition only)
  • 15. Kyoto Botanical Gardens
  • 16. Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa
  • 17. Tomomi Iwakura former secluded residence
  • 18. Kyoto Tower
  • 19. Garden Museum Hiei

Designated Schools

Universities etc.1.Ikenobo College
2.Otani University
3.Kyoto Kacho University and Kacho Junior College
4.Kyoto University
5.Kyoto University of foreign Studies・Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Languages
6.Kyoto University of Education
7.Kyoto College Of Economics
8.Kyoto Institute of Technology
9.Kyoto Sangyo University
10.Kyoto Women's University
11.Kyoto City University of Arts
12.Kyoto Seika University
13.Kyoto University of Arts and Design
14.Kyoto Tachibana University
15.Kyoto Prefectual University
16.Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
17.Kyoto Pharmaceutical University
18.Kyoto Koka Women's University
19.Kyoto Saga University of Arts
20.Shuchiin University
21.Doshisha University
22.Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts
23.Kyoto Notre Dame University
24.Hanazono University
25.Bukkyo University
26.Ritsumeikan University
27.Ryukoku University
28.Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics
29.Heian Jogakuin College
30.Kyoto University of Advanced Science
31.Kyoto Seizan College
32.Kyoto Arts and Crafts University
33.Kyoto Bunkyo University
34.Seian University of Art and Design
35.Fukuchiyama University
36.Kyoto College of Medical Science
37.Meiji University of Integrative Medicine
38.Osaka Medical and Pharamaceutial University
39.Kyoto Study Center, the Open University of Japan
Japanese Language Schools1.ARC Academy Kyoto
2.Kyoshin Language Academy Kyoto Central
3.Academy of Kansai Language School
4.Kyoto International Academy of Japanese Language
5.Kyoto Japanese Language Training Center
6.KJLS Kyoto Japanese Language School
7.Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language
8.Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School
9.Kyoto Reigaku International Academy
10.Kyoto YMCA Kokusai Fukushi Training School
11.JCL Foreign Language School
12.Nihongo Center
13.Kyoto Shugetsu Gakuen
14.Katugaku Shoin
15.SCG Japan Language School
16.Japan International Language Academy Kyoto
17.YIC Kyoto Japanese Academy
18.ISI Language School, Kyoto
19.Kamei Gakuen Japanese Language School Kyoto School
20.Kyoto Asuka Academia
21.Kyoto Gengo Bunka Gakuin
Kyoto Prefecture Advanced Vocational Schools1.Kyoto Architectural College
2.Kyoto School of Architecture
3.College YIC Kyoto Institute of Technology University
4.Kyoto Computer Gakuin Kamogawa Campus
5.Kyoto Computer Gakuin Kyoto Ekimae Campus
6.Kyoto Computer Gakuin Rakuhoku Campus
7.Kyoto Institute of Automobile Technology
8.Kyoto Piano Technology College
9.Nissan Automobile Technical College
10.Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto
11.Kyoto Butsugen Medical College of Accupuncture
12.Kyoto Butsugen Medical College of Accupuncture
13.Kyoto Barber & Beauty College
14.Amuse Hair Beauty College
15.Kyoto Beauty College
16.YIC Kyoto Beauty College
17.Kyoto Culinary Institute
18.Kyoto Pastary & Bakery Art College
19.Kyoto College of Nutritional & Medical Sciences
20.Kyoto College of Social Welfare
21.Kyoto Medical Welfare College
22.Kyoto YMCA Kokusai Fukushi Training School
23.Kyoto College of Welfare
24.Kyoto Animal College
25.Kyoto Institute of Design
26.Kyoto College of Hotel, Tourism & Bridal Management
27.Ohara College of Business and Bookkeeping
28.Kyoto Public Official & IT Accounting College
29.Yukiwasai Japanese Dressmaking College
30.Academie de Ballet de Kyoto
31.Urasenke Konnichian
32.Sundai Preparatory School Kyoto School
33.Kyoto Career College of Foreign Languages
34.Ayabe Motor Driving School
35.Fukuchiyama Driving School
36.Otani Senshu Gakuin
37.Gion Girls Crafts School
38.Higashiyama Girls Crafts School
39.Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin
40.Knitted Fashion College
41.Butsuryu College
42.Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daini School of Nursing
43.Kyoto College of Health and Hygiene
44.Kinki Technical College of Nursing
45.Kyoto College of Dental Hygienists & Technicians
46.Kyoto Culture College
47.Japanese Red Cross Kyoto Daiichi School of Nursing
48.Kyoto Prefectural School of Nursing
49.Rakuwakai Kyoto Health School
50.Kyoto Medical Association Nursing School
51.Kyoto Chuo Nursing and Insurance College
52.Kyoto Katsura Nursing School
53.National Hospital Organization Kyoto Medical Center School of Nursing and Midwifery
54.Fukuchiyama College of Medical Association
55.Maizuru Medical Center's Nursing School
56.Maizuru YMCA International Welfare College
57.Nantan School of Nursing
58.Fukuchiyama Municipal Hospital Nursing School
59.Seiwa High School
60.Gojo Dressmaking Girls College
61.Kyoto 3D Design School
62.Kyoto Prefecture Driving School
63.Sonobe Driving School
64.Kyoto Maizuru Driving School
65.Fuji Gakuen
66.Kamo Rapid Calculation School
67.Chosokabe Hamako Ballet School
68.Kamogawa Gakuen
69.Miyakokado School
70.Yasumoto Music School
71.Kyoto-Koku Gakuin
72.Honmonhokkeshu School
73.Chisan Professional College
74.Daigoyama School of Buddhism
75.Kyoto Korean Elementary School
76.Kyoto International School
77.Kyoto Korean Junior High-High School
78.Kyotochosen Daini Shokyu School
79.Kinyobi Ishin
80.Research Campus
81.Kawaijuku Kyoto School
82.Sundaiyobigakko Kyoto Minami School
83.Shinzemi Kyoto
84.Labor Academy (Kyoto Worker Academy)
85.Kyoto Shinmei School
86.Kyoto International University
87.Doshisha International Academy
88.YIC Kyoto General Pet College
89.Kyoto College of Dental Hygiene
90.Kyoto Iken Professional School
91.Kyoto Kinki Joho Upper Secondary Specialized Training School