Adult Classes

ADULT PROGRAM: Ages 18 and over

Once a week in a small group.
Individual attention but relaxed atmosphere
Affordable tuition, no driving to class. Zoom link will be shared once student is fully enrolled.
Beginner Conversation classes without learning writing
Separate Reading/Writing classes offered when enough interest
Cultural lessons and activity
Experienced bilingual teachers who are native Japanese speakers.  Most of our teachers hold Teaching Credentials from the Japanese Government and/or State of California.
If you know some Japanese, you can join an ongoing class at any time.

Register online to join an on-going Spring Semester Class

Spring semester – January 23, 2023 – May 22, 2023.

Click Here to Register Online

   Please check textbooks below to find which class to take. You must pay tuition to secure your space in a class.  We place first come, first served basis.

1. After registering online, mail your tuition check payable to “Sakura Gakuen”.  Please write “Adult Class” on memo line.  Write your name on the check, if it is not on the check. (For example, your parent is paying for you.)   Do not send cash.   We are not responsible for slow delivery, or a lost mail.

   One semester class is $220 per class.   The Buddhist Church of Sacramento member’s tuition is $150 per semester class.  (Add $20 late fee after 12/31/2022)

“Japanese for Travelers” may be offered in June or July 2023.  Tuition will be $60 for four sessions.  Contact Mrs. Thomas for student guidelines. 

If you decided to take both Monday conversation class and Tuesday Kanji class, you get $10 discount for the second class, total $430.  (The church members’ tuition is $300 for two classes.)

2. Mail (United State Postal Service) tuition check to following address only:

Sakura Gakuen  Adult Class
C/o North American Food Dist. Co. Inc.
3969 Industrial Blvd.
West Sacramento, Ca. 95691
* Do not mail to church, nor bring the payment to church.  We are not there, as we are on Zoom this year. 
We will notify you when we receive your tuition, and the student guidelines will be sent to you.
Please keep an eye on your spam box, too, as our email maybe new to you.
We will send you Zoom class information a week before the class starts.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Thomas by email

Adult Semester Tuition (2022-2023 School Year)

Tuition per Semester class

Tuition for SBC church member

Tuition does not include textbook. See textbook chart.  Tuition check must be received by mail on or before Monday 1/9/2023 in order to have your check processed, and to get Zoom information before the fall class starts.  Late fee applies after 12/31/2022. We recommend you send a bank check for late registration.

Returned check fee
Late payment fee after 12/31/2022.
Class observation fee – Contact Adult Class Dean first.  We recommend you send a Bank check, so you can observe the class right after we receive your payment.   Class observation is available for classes that have openings.  If the class is full, students may observe for future registration for the next term. If you decide to take the class, it will be applied toward your tuition for the current semester, or the one immediately following. Please hold on to the original receipt, or email notice. $20.00

* Tuition is due in-full at registration. Tuition does not include the cost of a textbook. There is no refund for No-Show.  There may be an additional charge for Kanji class. *Tomodachi discount deal: Recommend our school to your family and friends and get $10 discount!  When your friend/family member registers and pays as a new student to Sakura Gakuen Adult or Youth program, you will get $10 discount.   If you introduce us to two new students, you will get $20, and so on.

Class Schedule for Spring 2023

  • New Special Short program “Japanese for Travelers” (7:35 pm on 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, and 3/28/2023) Four sessions for $60. This one is not a semester course.
  • Beginner 4
  • Refresher (Monday 6:00 PM)
  • Kanji JLPT N4 level (Tuesday 6:00 PM)

Contact Thomas Sensei about class level, after you check textbooks below.

Class Size

Minimum 8 students to open a new class. First come (register and pay), first served. We will notify you if the class did not have enough enrollment two weeks before the first day of the class. If a class cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, we would suggest you take a different class instead, or we will refund the tuition. There will be no refund for “no-show” or dropping a class.

If you know some Japanese, don’t wait for next semester. You can join an ongoing class any time as long as there is room.


Textbook information
Check this website to find out your level up to Pre-advanced level.
  • Beginner   all levels – Japanese for Busy People 3rd Edition, vol. I by Kodansha International, ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-1568363844 (Romanized version) – learn speaking without learning how to read Kana writings at the level 1 class. 
  • Intermediate all levels – Japanese for Busy People 3rd Edition, vol. II by Kodansha International  ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1568363868
  • Pre-Advanced Class – Japanese for Busy People 3rd Edition, vol. III by Kodansha International  ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-4770030115
  • Refresher – An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese Revised Edition (with 2 CDs) by The Japan Times   ISBN-978-4-7890-1307-9
  • Advanced class – Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese by Korosio Publisher ISBN978-4-87424-447-0
  • Kanji: Basic Kanji Book Vol. 1 and Vol 2 by Bonjinsha Co. Ltd.  ISBN978-4-89358-882-1 and ISBN978-4-89358-883-8

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