Awashima Kindergarten is built on the grounds of a Jodoshu temple. It is surrounded by flowers, gardens and many many trees, some of which are more than 400 years old. In addition to the regular kindergarten curriculum, children learn basic elements of Buddhism and nature.

– Appreciation Through the traditional events of Japan and Buddhism, children nurture curiosity and naturally come to appreciate life.
– Peace and Social Development By observing and caring for other forms of life in the kindergarten, children learn to coexist peacefully with those around them.
– Art and Development Experiencing various types of music, drawing, crafts, and other forms of fine art stimulates learning in all areas. The arts build self esteem, imagination, and help emotional development.
– Individuality and Positive Self Concept Interacting and cooperating with their friends, children learn to understand themselves and how they might differ from others. Encouragement in a supportive environment develops positive self image, helping them to become more successful learners later in life.

Awashima kindergarten is in Shinganji, a temple of Jodoshu, which was established in 1608. The kindergarten is named Awashima, after a god worshipped in the temple. The temple is famous for moxa cautery, a famous healing technique. Many people used to visit the temple to get “Awashima no Kyu(Moxa Cautery)”. This kindergarten was, at first, started as a Sunday school by a priest in 1926. Awashima has more than 4,500 graduates.
Awashima has a native English teacher, and children have communication with the teacher everyday. 3-4 year old class: Children learn greetings and the names of objects around them through songs and dances. 4-5 year old class: Children learn useful expressions through songs, dances, and theme based activities in English class 5 -6 year old class: Children learn to express themselves through communication in the theme based activities. After School Program: Awashima has a program for primary school children.

<Programs for Regular Age Group (3 year old-6 year old)>

School Hours

Monday ~ Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m

Extended Child Care Service is available.

2 year old class

Children naturally learn basic life style with their friends in a safe environment before they start pre-school education.

School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

After School Program
To expand on children’s natural desire to learn, Awashima has various after school programs.

For pre-school children: Art, Physical Coordination, Ballet, Soccer, Tennis and English
For school children: Art, Ballet, Soccer, Tennis, English, and Violin