About AJB

About AJB

About AJB

Aoba-Japan Bilingual Preschool, Nakano, is part of an accredited International Baccalaureate school group. AJB is based in four locations in Tokyo. Two of them are, at present, International Baccalaureate candidate schools. The Aoba-Japan International School Group was established in 1976 and has over 40 years of experience in the field of education. The bilingual program began in 2007 and has been running for ten years. Today, it is run at three campuses.


AJB Nakano will seek to gain an official accreditation for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP), and it aims to achieve this by 2022.


Company Name Aoba-Japan Bilingual Preschool Nakano Campus
Address 3-6-17-2F, Minamidai, Nakano-ku,Tokyo 164-0014
Phone No.


Establishment April 2020
Group Schools

Aoba-Japan International School
Hikarigaoka / Meguro campus
(International Baccalaureate accredited school. International certification body CIS, NEASC accredited school)
Aoba-Japan Bilingual Preschool
Harumi Campus (International Baccalaureate accredited/authorized school)
Shibaura Campus (same as above)
Waseda Campus (same as above)
Mitaka Campus (same as above)
Shimomeguro Campus(candidate school)
Summer Hill International School(Motoazabu Minato-ku, IB PYP authorized school)
Little Angels International School (Cambridge International accredited school)

Open Days Monday~Friday(The Saturday School Program takes place every Saturday)
Open Hours

8:10am – 6pm*Details of the after school program will be updates on our website
–     Regular school time hours 8:10am-2:30pm
–     Extended day-care hours 2:30pm-6pm
–     Arrival time 8:10am – 8:30am, Send-off time 2:10pm-2:30pm
–     After school programs will be held after regular school hours

*Details of the after school program will be updates on our website

Holidays Regular Holidays: Saturday, Sunday, & National Holidays.
Other Holidays: Golden Week (+/- 1 week), Summer Holidays (2 weeks in August), Winter Holidays (Mid-December to the beginning of January), the final week of March, and other seasonal and professional events throughout the year (see school calendar).

*In addition: the Aoba-Japan English Holiday Programs are held for 2 weeks in August, 1 week at the end of the year, and during the last week of March (Separate fees/Discount applicable for internal students).

Vision We are dedicated to developing global-minded, compassionate, collaborative students who are inspired to learn, take risks, and lead changes in the world.


Our Team

Board Chairman


Board Chairman


Iwao Shibata


We put the safety and well-being of your child foremost in every aspect of our program, from the nutrition we provide to their physical and intellectual education. We provide a world-class curriculum that meets the needs of a quickly globalizing society. We prepare children to be competent in both Japanese and English to guide them towards an abundant life and confidently contribute to the betterment of society.


Kyoto University (MEng), London School of Economics (MSc), Kellogg Graduate School of Management (MBA). After founding a consulting firm, he went on to establish an internet industry business called EveryD.com in 1998. He also served as Representative Director of Orange Life, Shunkoubou and other companies. Currently, he serves as a board member at Business Breakthrough and as a professor at the Business Breakthrough University Graduate School. He is the Administrative Director of Aoba-Japan International School and JCQ Bilingual Preschool.


Board Member


Board Member


Reiichiro Uno


The world that kindergartners will experience in the next 80 years of their lives will be vastly different from the world that we adults have known for the past several decades. The world is sure to become a place in which answers are increasingly difficult to find. The tools and skills children will need in order to live happy lives are different from the tools and skills we needed, and each and every child is sure to have his or her unique needs. How can we best design our school so that each and every unique child can confidently clear a path to his or her dream? This is an ongoing question we all share at Aoba, and one which grounds our mission to continuously improve our schools.


Master of Science in Instructional Systems from the Kumamoto University Graduate School, MBA from McGill University Management School, and a graduate from Keio University School of Economics. Board Member of Aoba-Japan International School, Executive Officer of Business Breakthrough Inc., and lecturer (part-time) for Graduate School of Instructional Systems at Kumamoto University. After joining the Bank of Tokyo (currently the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ), Mr. Uno became involved in investment projects both in Japan and across Asia. In 2009 he joined BBT to establish BBT University as a Director, and later from 2013 was involved with Aoba. He worked as a joint translator for the book Motivational Design for Learning and Performance: The ARCS Model Approach by John Keller (Kitaohji Publications), and co-authored Global ni Tsuyou Suru Inou Wo Kaika Suru (Business Breakthrough Publications).


Support Structure

Support Structure

Mr. Ken Sell, Aoba-Japan International School (Head of School)

Originally from Australia, Mr. Sell graduated from The University of Queensland’s Department of Education. Since then he has been the Head of School for International Baccalaureate accredited international schools in Trondheim, Norway and Shen Wai, China. He was appointed as Head of School in August 2014 for Aoba-Japan International School.


Mr.Kevin Page International School of Berne, Switzerland (Director Emeritus)

Originally from New Zealand, Mr. Page has taught at international schools in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia and Germany. He has been deeply involved in the development and growth of the International Baccalaureate’s PYP Programme for international infant & primary education, a curriculum not prescribed by any specific country.


Hirokazu Osako, Aoba-Japan・International School (Advisor)

Born in Ota ward, Tokyo, Mr. Ota has lived his life in Yokohama. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he lived in the UK from 1987 to 1991. His professional experiences include: Principal for Senri International School of Kwansei Gakuin Chisato International Academy, Principal for Doshisha International School Kyoto, Advisory Committee Member for IB Japan, and Committee Member for Tokyo English Education Strategy Council. He is currently the Principal of Linden Hall Middle School (IB accredited), Professor at Tsuru University of Science, Visiting Professor at Hiroshima Jogakuin University, Director of the International Baccalaureate Research Bureau, and Visiting Professor at Kobe Shinwa Women’s University. His publications include: “In order for knowing the International Baccalaureate,” (2014, Suiohsha); “Introduction to the International Baccalaureate, Education Innovation,” (2013, Gakugei Miraisha); “School,” (2012, Kamakura Shunjusha); “The International Baccalaureate For Active Learning, ‘You Remember to You learn’” (2016, Nippon Hyojun).


Address: 2F Imasu Nakano Minamidai, Crystal Court 88

 3-6-17 Minamidai, Nakano-ku,Tokyo 164-0014

Phone No.: +81(0)3-6380-3218




School bus service is available.

The bus has two routes (East route, West Route) operating one morning shuttle and two afternoon shuttles, daily.  Areas of each route are as listed below:

East Route: Yoyogi Uehara, Hatsudai, Nishi Shinjuku, Nakano Sakaue, Higashi Nakano, Nakano, Shin Nakano, etc.

West Route: Asagayam Hamadayama, Takaido Higashi, Eifukucho (along Inogashira Street), Nishi Eifuku, Hounancho, etc.

On Foot

From Nakano-fujimicho Station Exit, go out to Nakano-dori and then go straight towards south and turn right at the “Minamidai” intersection. It is a 11 minute walk from Nakano Fujimicho Station.

By Public Bus

You can access the campus using “Keiou Bus” from each major station.
Please refer to the bus route map below, and get off at “Minamidai Intersection” bus stop, which is in the center of this route map. A minute walk to the campus from “Minamidai Intersection” bus stop.

Keio Bus Route Map
Timetable for Minamidai Kousaten Bus Stop


From Nakano Station Bus Stop:
Take one of the buses below and get off at ‘Minamidai Kosaten’ Bus stop. (13min. ride)
Naka83(For Nakano Station South Exit)、Shibu63(For Shibuya Station)、Juku45(For Shinjuku Station West Exit)
Bus Schedule for Nakano Station Bus Stop:渋63 宿45
Between 8am-9am, a total of 18 busses are in service every 3-5 minutes.

From Shinjuku Station West Exit:
Take one of the buses below and get off at ‘Minamidai Kosaten’ Bus stop.(15min. ride)
Juku32(For Kosei-kai Seidou Mae)、Juku33(For Eifukucho Station)、Juku35(For Kosei Hospital)、Juku45(For Nakano Station South Exit)

Bus Schedule for Shinjuku Station West Exit Bus Stop:宿32 宿33 宿35 宿45
Between 8am-9am, a total of 29 busses are in service every 2-5 minutesminutes.

From Shibuya Station:
Take one of the buses below and get off at ‘Minamidai Kosaten’ Bus stop. (32min. ride)
Shibu63 (For Nakano Station South Exit)、Shibu63(For Nakano Shako)
Bus Schedule for Shibuya Station Bus Stop:渋63
Between 8am-9am, a total of 6 busses are in service every 10 minutes.

From Yoyogi-Hachiman Statin Bus Stop:
Take one of the buses below and get off at ‘Minamidai Kosaten’ Bus stop. (22min. ride)
Shibu63(For Nakano Station South Exit)、Shibu63 (For Nakano Shako)
Bus Schedule for Yoyogi-Hachiman Station Bus Stop:渋63
Between 8am-9am, a total of 7 busses are in service every 8-10 minutes.

From Eifukucho Statin Bus Stop:
Take the bus below and get off at ‘Minamidai Kosaten’ Bus stop. (15min. ride)
Juku33 (For Shinjuku Station West Exit)
Bus Schedule for Eifukucho Station Bus Stop:宿33
Between 8am-9am, a total of 7 busses are in service every 8-10 minutes.