Adult Registration Now Available Online for Spring Semester

Now, you can attend our class from anywhere using Zoom.  Here are the requirements:

  • You must have a computer/digital device with internet connection. 
  • You must access to class by both video and audio to have interaction with the teacher and classmates face to face virtually. 

Register online now for spring semester 2021.   See Adult Class page for instruction to mail (USPS) tuition check separately.



Saturday Youth Classes are Now Enrolling

It’s time to enroll, everyone.

Our Fall Term is now open for registration.  We will be doing our usual, 17 week term; but because our host institution The Buddhist Church of Sacramento is currently closed, our classes will be online for the Fall.  As usual, we will be providing a variety of classes for young students (roughly 9 years old) to high school students who have little or no prior knowledge of the Japanese language.

The Sakura Gakuen Youth Program will be doing Zoom! classes starting on Saturday, September 14, 2020.  Classes will be taught by our native Japanese Sensei and will be based on having two periods each week.  One class will be focused primarily on Japanese as a second language, while the second will be focused more on Japanese cultural information.  Unlike other conversational Japanese classes, Japanese alphabets (Hiragana and Katakana) and Kanji will be taught to the students.  Students will be instructed how to speak Japanese, as well as how to read and write it.

Class Schedule:

1st period 9:00 am – 9:55 am
2nd period 10:05 am – 11:00 am

Tuition and Payment:

Semester Tuition: 

$250 for the first student $225 for the second student $200 for the third and successive students.  Tuition and fees are due in full by the first day of classes.  Unfortunately, we are only accepting payments by check at this time.

Payment can be sent to:

Sakura Gakuen Japanese Language School Youth Program

c/o North American Food Dist. Co. Inc.

3969 Industrial Blvd.

West Sacramento, CA 95691


Please contact the school at: (916) 542-0557 or


Monday Adult Classes – Spring 2021

Begin/Continue Learning Japanese Online

Now is the good time to start.  You can attend our class from anywhere using Zoom.  Here are the requirements:

  • You must have a computer/digital device with internet connection. 
  • You must access to class by both video and audio to have interaction with the teacher and classmates face to face virtually. 

Registration for spring semester is now open via our convenient Online Form.  Please check Adult Class section for mailing direction.

There will be a new Introductory beginner class for novices.  The spring semester is from February 1, 2021 to June 7, 2021.  Register early to secure your space.   Contact Mrs. Thomas if you have a question.

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Sakura Gakuen Spring Term: COVID-19 Update

Sakura Gakuen Announcement:

Dear Sakura Gakuen Students, Sensei, and Friends,

We hope you are doing well during these remarkable times.   As you know, in response to health concerns, our March classes had to be suddenly cancelled and all our classes began the transition to online, distance learning using email, Zoom, and Google Classrooms as our Sensei scrambled to change their curriculum to match.

We had hoped to re-open Sakura Gakuen for in-person classes at our host institution The Buddhist Church of Sacramento in April 2020, but as you know the COVID 19 situation continues to evolve.  The BCS made the decision to remain closed through June, as well as cancel their annual Bazaar and Obon festivities.

In light of this, the Sakura Gakuen Board of Trustees has made the following decisions that we hope will best serve our Community during this period of social, academic, and economic challenges.

  • All in-person adult and youth classes for the Sakura Gakuen 2020 Spring Term have been cancelled. Classes will continue to be available through the end of term for weekly, online distance learning taught by the students’ current Sensei.  This is not ideal.  And in recognition of this and understanding the economic impact shelter in place edicts have placed on our Community, we will extend full tuition reimbursement for the 2020 Spring Term to any student / parent that makes a request.
  • All Sensei will be paid for classes and online training through the end of the term.
  • Sensei will be provided training to encourage a variety of different medium (e.g. Zoom, Google Classroom, email, etc.) for class.
  • All volunteer requirements for the Spring Term will be considered fulfilled for Youth classes.

Fall Term 2021 classes will be finalized in the upcoming months.  Please stay tuned to our website and FB pages for more information.  Thanks to everyone for your patience and consideration during this very difficult time.  We appreciate the strength of our community and look forward to seeing you all back in school when classes resume.

Best wishes.

— The Sakura Gakuen School Board of 2019-20


UPDATE: Classes and events for the remainder of the Spring Semester through June 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
The Buddhist Church of Sacramento’s Obon (July 2020) and Bazaar (August 2020) are also cancelled. The church will be closed until further notice. 

Message from Nari Igawa, Board President:

Classes for the remainder of March are cancelled / suspended.
Please note: classes and events at Sakura Gakuen / Buddhist Church of Sacramento for the remainder of the month of March have been suspended / cancelled.  Youth classes on Saturday and Adult classes on Monday are both affected.  This includes any other events that were scheduled to be held at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento including, but not limited to: Sakura Matsuri Food and Vendor Bazaar (03/15/20) as well as the Youth Speech Contest (03/28/20.)  Classes are currently scheduled to resume on: Youth Classes (04/04/20 – SAT) and Adult Classes (04/06/20 – MON) and we are exploring what steps may be taking to ensure students have access to quality Japanese education to make up during this absence.
What should I do?
Please feel free to stay home and in addition to practicing good hygiene and safety guidelines, study Japanese.  Teachers should be reaching out with assignments that may be covered at home during the break.  The Sakura Gakuen School Board and PTC will work with the Deans of our programs to explore different options to make up classes, i.e. conference calls, make up classes, etc.  This is a new situation for us, so we likely will be trying new avenues to ensure our students can continue studying with our support.
Why was this decision made?
In response to the recent increase of COVID-19 exposure in the Western United States, as well as general advisory statements made by our government officials, the Buddhist Church of Sacramento Executive Council has made the decision that to best serve the members of the Temple and its affiliated and sponsored organizations, the extraordinary step of closing down the Temple in March would be best.  The announcement letter from the BCS (Buddhist Church of Sacramento) President Stuart Ito is attached for your review.
How do I keep up to date on what’s going on at Sakura Gakuen?
In addition to email contact, we will be updating our two respective Facebook pages — Sakura Gakuen Japanese Language School and Sakura Gakuen Adult Classes — as well as our webpage as information becomes available.
Additionally, Youth Class families can join the Sakura Gakuen Families page to help share study ideas.
We will continue to try to make sure everyone is up-to-date.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to either email ( or call (916-749-8131) the current school president Nari Igawa.
Thanks for your understanding with this.  Encourage your students to keep studying, keep washing their hands, and staying healthy — we’ll see you back in class soon.
Best wishes.
— Nari Igawa

2019 Youth Fall Semester Registration & Schedule

Spring Term 2019 Youth Classes Start Soon

Spring Term – Youth Japanese Language Classes


Our new, 17 week Saturday class schedule is just about to start on 1/26/2019.  The Spring Term is always a great place to start if you are either:

  • Looking to augment your current Japanese.  Studying on your own or at high school and looking for a little bit extra work?

Integrating into an existing, Japanese program at Sakura Gakuen’s Saturday class is a great way to add a little bit more to your student’s language base.  We typically can add high school students or students with a background in Japanese into our existing classes relatively easily.   

  • Trying to get cultural and language exposure for your kindergarten or pre-school aged child?

Our Kindergarten classes are a great way to get your child involved with Japanese cultural and language.  Sign up and get your kids valuable exposure.

First week of the new school year starts on 1/26/2019.

Youth Tuition

SG Spring 2019 Schedule

Youth Program, Fall 2018 – Class begins Saturday, 9/8

The fall semester begins on Saturday, September 9 from 9am – 11:30am. Join us in rooms #1 & #4 at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento. 

Classes are offered for grades Kindergarten through high school seniors, beginning to advanced Japanese language learners.
Fall 2018 classes will include: 
• Kindergarten (no preschool classes available at this time)
• Junior introductory
• Senior Introductory
• Beginner
• Intermediate
• Advanced

Please check with your school counselor for high school credit eligibility.  

Tuition Fee info can be found by clicking HERE

All registration forms, can be found HERE

Parent participation volunteer dates will be available for sign-up at pre-registration.

Questions regarding registration? Please contact Nari Igawa:

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