15 Best Free and Paid Online Japanese Courses

Looking for a list of the best online Japanese courses on the internet? Today we are going to see a complete list of free and paid nihongo courses, a full description of the teachers and some opinions about these courses.

Remembering that I already wrote an article talking about 30 sites that help you study Japanese, but now I would like to mention sites that definitely have a basic Japanese course to offer for free, and a full Paid course.

Remember to give priority to our website (lol)… Below is a summary to facilitate your navigation. After the list of courses we have a FAQ section and we will also cover the differences between online and face-to-face and free and paid courses.

The difficulty of learning Japanese!

The Japanese language is a very popular language, mainly because of anime and culture. Even though it is spoken by only one country, the Japanese language is among the 8 most spoken languages in the world.

In Brazil we do not have good experience with language learning. We are in the country with the largest number of English schools and courses, but Brazilians are among the countries that least speak English, so we have a problem with the traditional teaching method.

Fortunately on the internet we have competent teachers who take the time to teach those interested in learning Japanese free of charge. Most of these sensei also offer a paid course at a much more affordable price than traditional and face-to-face courses.

Learning Japanese online has many advantages. Firstly, you have the convenience of studying right from your home. You will also not be exploited for tuition fees that causes teachers to curl up when teaching you to keep you in school.

An online teacher has the ability to teach and create much more content than a face-to-face teacher who needs to spend his whole day giving the same class to different students. Online teaching is really the best way to study, learn and save.

With each subtitle of this article we will briefly talk about an online Japanese course. We will talk a little about the teacher (sensei) and his free course and the paid course he offers.

15 best free and paid online Japanese courses
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Members Area – Japanese Club – By Suki Desu

Suki Desu also has its own full Japanese course for those interested in learning the language. We promise the largest members area with full Japanese language content and video lessons.

I, author of this article Kevin Henrique with my team, are daily developing new content for the platform, from traditional classes to different classes.

Our focus is to provide different methods and study plans, with diversified, dynamic classes that also use elements of Japanese culture such as Animes, Mangas and many others.

The members area also has a gamification system, games and interactive activities, forum and community. We are committed to making the Japonês Club the best place to learn Japanese.

The site also makes some free articles available to visitors. Our Youtube Channel also posts free videos and texts of the classes. The main advantage of the Japonês Club is that with a single payment you have eternal access to the teaching platform.

Kyoto Institute Complete Japanese Course

This is another highlight course in our article, a complete course for a super affordable price, I believe it's the cheapest and most complete course on this list (I'm not sure).

The Kyoto Institute's Complete Japanese Course has over 200 video lessons and over 60 hours of content with updates. The course has original handouts and a unique method that uses mnemonics.

The platform has a gamification system and great support as it is an Institution. All this for a value less than 600 reais a year (currently 497). Even Suki Desu offers a discount, just use the coupon SKDESU20 at checkout to get 20% discount.

Another thing I liked about the course is the transparency, they literally show all taught content and modules on the enrollment page. Access the page on the button below to find out all the details.

Read too: Complete Review of the Kyoto Institute Course 

Unraveling the Japanese Language

Unraveling the Japanese Language is a Free Digital Book and Guide that teaches you all the basics and all the main points of the Japanese language in a complete and optimized way.

The book is one of the greatest successes of the language in Brazil and thousands of times its author is called Luiz Rafael, creator of the PJO. Unraveling the Japanese Language also has a complete video-based course that teaches you the basics of N5/N4 Japanese for a very affordable price.

Despite being a basic course, it promises to teach the equivalent of two years of classroom course in a demystified way and with explanations in the smallest details.

Read too: Complete Analysis on Unraveling the Japanese Language
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Ricardo Cruz - Nihongo Premium

Ricardo Cruz is a Brazilian who ended up becoming the vocalist of a famous Japanese band called JAM Project and had the opportunity to live in Japan and works for over 20 years using the Japanese language.

Ricardo Cruz has also worked on translating famous manga like Bleach, Full Metal Panic, Naruto and Vampire Kinight into English. It teaches Japanese for free to students who register on its official website.

In addition to the free classes also available on YouTube and social networks, Ricardo Cruz has a complete and paid course called Nihongo Premium. Ricardo cruz also does free events a week before you open your enrollment called Nihongo Golden Week, to sign up just click here.

The great differential of its course is in the study method that uses anime, mangas, dramas and tokusatsu to teach its students. A very interesting method that attracts all otaku audiences or that sympathizes with Japanese media and culture. Not to mention that Ricardo Cruz is a very good person.

Read too: Complete analysis of the Ricardo Cruz Course

It seems to be one of the most fun Japanese courses, using anime and manga that teaches from basic to advanced.

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Professor Ricardo Cruz!

Kenji Sensei Academy - Cheap and with Anime

In the midst of so many online Japanese courses, a cheap option appeared to introduce Suki Desu readers. O Kenji Sensei Academy is the new alternative for those looking for a basic Japanese course without paying exorbitant fees.

Best of all, the course is simple and straightforward, in addition to using anime to teach students. The course has a total of 14 modules and costs less than 150 reais, one-time payment. I have never seen a Japanese course as cheap as this.

In addition to the basic Japanese course, you will learn things related to Dragon Ball, Death Note, Naruto, Boruto, Hunter x Hunter, Shigenki no Kyojin, Boku no Hero, One Piece, Shaman King and Fullmetal Alchemist.

Read too: Kenji Sensei Academy Course Review

A basic and super cheap course for those who want to learn Japanese with anime and do not know where to start or are not sure if that is what they want.

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Professor Kenji Sensei!

Club Nihongo Kakumei

This course is taken by Monica Velozo from the Eufalojaponesa website, I had the opportunity to talk to her and she seems to be a very good person. Again I don’t know the course well beyond what is described on the website and in the videos of your YouTube channel.

Unlike other courses, the Nihongo Kakumei Club is a monthly course with classes launched weekly. In classes you learn various structures and phrases in Japanese in an uncomplicated way, comparing similar structures and with different materials and study methods. 

She graduated in Literature and has studied in Japan, worked in several jobs involving translation, an ideal teacher for you! Below we will leave a trailer for your YouTube channel. To see details about Nihongo Kakumei you can click here.

Read too: Complete Review of the Nihongo Kakumei Course

A complete Japanese course taught by a trained and competent teacher. One of the only courses with monthly payment, so you can invest without worries.

123 Japanese

An innovative Japanese course with a team of fully competent teachers. We have native Japanese who have more than 45 years of experience in the field of education, we have another sensei who completed the N1 at just 11 years of age.

This is a team totally dedicated and committed to teaching Japanese, I had a chance to talk to the team before adding it to this article and I guarantee that it is a great option that you should examine.

They offer a Free Book with useful phrases for travel, a book with precious vocabulary accompanied by complementary videos, strategies for studying Japanese alone and pronunciation tips.

You can also participate in the event that 123 Japanese holds periodically, the Japanese challenge, with many free classes, challenges for you to take, which also precedes the enrollment of your main course.


I talked to the team, it seems super competent! The company really cares about students ...

Japanese Online Program

This was one of the first online Japanese courses that I remember appearing on the internet. Luiz Rafael has two sites, one that teach japanese for free and your paid course closed. In addition, he teaches Japanese through social media and YouTube for free.

It has had a gigantic evolution in the last 7 years, currently its author Luiz Rafael hires even native teachers to make his video lessons, in addition to weekly lives and an increasingly growing content on his student platform.

Luiz Rafael was the first to use the enrollment scheme on specific dates, after an event with free videos called Japanese language week and the most recent Japanese Intensivion.

The Japanese Online Program is the main course published on our website, because it was the only course on the list that I had the opportunity to take and test.

We have already written other articles talking all about the Japanese Online Program. You can also download your free workbook and sign up for upcoming vacancies clicking here.

The full course promises to take you with your effort to the N2 at JLPT. In addition to its various modules, the course already has a collection of more than 300 live classes recorded and new being released weekly. I don’t know of any other course like this.

The Japanese Online Program already has a page, channel and website with a lot of free material that we strongly recommend using as a study source. (By entering the link to this course you will have access to a free digital book and a free video course).

Read too: Complete Japanese Online Program Review

In my opinion one of the best Japanese courses, with a unique method and material rich in content. A team dedicated to teaching and supporting students.

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Yamada Tarou - 2000

Yamada Tarou is an online Japanese course and a fictional character who launches free videos on YouTube in a spectacular way that departs from any other traditional or online Japanese course. His relaxed way of teaching draws everyone’s attention.

One of the examples can be seen in the video lesson below of HIragana and Katakana. In this 27 minute class he talks about the correct way to learn Hiragana and Katakana. Other videos of him can be found on this channel.


This friend of mine is totally out of the loop when learning Japanese!

Japanese Gingotaku Course

Gengotaku is the name of the channel by Júlio César Pereira da Silva, a Brazilian polyglot who has lived in Japan for more than 20 years. He has an incredible legion of loyal followers who are very fond of his method. He teaches Japanese for free through his channel YouTube.

He is a simple and very intelligent man to learn more than 8 languages, to marry a Japanese woman and to have worked in the fields of tourism and even as a taxi driver in Japan. His methodology is unique and superior to the others.

Its course is quite cheap and simple. He won’t use any sales video full of mental triggers to hold his attention, just trust the Gengotaku and learn Japanese for good. Details in the video below:


Gengotaku is a polyglot with decades living in Japan and working among the Japanese. Your course is quite humble, without a sophisticated sales page, but its content is reliable!

Speaking Japanese from Scratch

Speaking Japanese from Zero is a course created by Naoki Amorim, born in Brazil and the son of a Japanese father, at the age of six, Naoki went to live in Japan. 

This course will provide you with a simple and practical didactic for you to leave each class with a very clear vision about each one, however based on 100% native Japanese.

In addition, this course also serves people who want to let go of the legend. The course has a module focused on classes with Anime scenes, helping you to learn conversational Japanese and understand personal communication.


A cheaper option for those looking for a complete Japanese course and training.

Japanese Kizuna Online

Are you looking for a quick Japanese course? A course where you will be prepared to make your trip to Japan or even help you in your daily life in Japan? If so, this course is for you!

Learn to speak Japanese at home, in a short period of time, for you who are going to Japan or for you who are already in Japan, do not experience any difficulties or shame and have the best experience possible while in Japan.

This is the description of the Japanese Kizuna Online Course. I don’t know much about the course to do a complete Review of it, but if you want more information, you know, just click on its title above.

NHK Japanese Course

This course was developed by the Japanese radio station NHK, the course consists of more than 40 lessons. Through lessons based on listening stories, you will learn the basic grammar and useful expressions of the Japanese language. The audio and texts for each lesson can be downloaded for free.

The course podcast tells the story of Anna, a student from Thailand who is passionate about manga. Anna came to Japan to study Japanese for a year at a Tokyo university. She will learn practical Japanese through various experiences, such as classes at her university, her dorm life, shopping and traveling.

In addition to the auditory stories, the lessons are composed of activities, explanations, tips, learning tools, reviews and the tables “Onomatopoeia of the Day” and “Teacher, can you explain?”.

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Challenge from Erin! I understand Japanese!

A complete and interactive course made up of 25 lessons made by the Japan Foundation. The website is complete, allows you to register and monitor the progress and ranking of students. One of the best and most complete website to learn Japanese, where the user follows videos, exercises, trains reading and vocabulary in an interactive and easy way.

The Course consists of video lessons entirely in Japanese showing the daily life of Erin a girl who studied Japanese in her native country and came to exchange in Japan. The course besides teaching Japanese in detail through phrases and vocabulary, it also teaches you teaches the traditional and popular culture of Japan.

15 best free and paid online Japanese courses


If you really want to delve into Japanese grammar, this site is perfect for you. The Author of the site goes into the smallest details of the Japanese language, teaches and explains in detail each part of the grammar through his long articles rich in content.

The website author gathered content from the websites Tae Kim, Imabi and the book Classical Japanese. So he created a better site in English to learn Japanese grammar.

The site took years to be created and is constantly updated, each time with more and more complete content. There are more than 50 complete and free articles explaining Japanese grammar in detail.

Learn Japanese Fast Course

Teaching method that reduces the time to study the Japanese language! With the study methods and techniques of the Learn Japanese Fast Course you can reduce the time it would take you to learn to speak Japanese by 3 to 5 years.

You will learn more than "just" a language. Our method is to develop far beyond learning Japanese characters. The method of Learning Japanese Fast is to develop your listening skills and give you great insight into the world of Japanese culture.

The Learn Japanese Fast Course has a logical and strategic methodology and in a very short time you will be able to express yourself, understand and be understood. For more information just access the button below:

Other Online Japanese Courses

There are many other paid and free online courses in Japanese and other languages that are increasingly emerging with the growth of digital marketing and online courses. It becomes more and more difficult to choose a reliable course, so I focus on those who share the maximum amount of free and additional content.

Unlike classroom courses, the teacher does not need to give the same class thousands of times to students, so he has total time to create more content for his course and to give full support and answer questions. Even Suki Desu is setting up the course, but we are going to delay because we want to deliver something of quality!

What do you think of online Japanese courses on the internet? Have you invested in any of them? What is your experience? We appreciate comments and shares. Finally, let’s leave some books from Amazon Brazil about learning Japanese:

Free x Paid Online Japanese Course

Free online Japanese courses exist in droves on the internet, but do not teach anything beyond the basics, like Katakana and Hiragana and some vocabulary equivalent to JLPT N5-N4. What about paid online Japanese courses?

With the advancement of technology and people increasingly immersed in the internet, online courses at fixed prices without monthly fees have become popular on the network. Most of these courses offer a free option to add value to your final product.

Unfortunately, most online courses, as they have a unique value, have a price that is not so affordable for most, but which is usually divided on the card or in other ways.

You need to keep in mind that online courses are not miraculous either, it depends on the student's effort, which can sometimes be more difficult if the person tends to procrastinate in studies.

Learning a new language involves immersion, which online courses mention and encourage all the time. It doesn't matter if you are studying the basics with a free course or bought a complete Japanese course, it all depends on your dedication!

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Online Course x Classroom Course

Online paid courses are better than face-to-face courses, because they use unconventional methods to study, because unlike classes with monthly payments, the teacher's goal is not to get the student involved to pay more tuition.

In the case of a single payment, the teacher has no reason to involve the student. Not to mention that in online courses the teacher has access to all students, everything he records is available for all classes.

With more time available to teach, a teacher is able to generate much more valuable content than any classroom course. Other advantages are the diversified payment methods, the option to take the course without leaving home, the community and much more.

Some think that 2,000 reais in an online Japanese course is salty, but in fact it is super cheap. I have already done calculations with a face-to-face English course, in total I would study for 5 years, and would spend 7,000 reais. If a face-to-face English course was already costing you, imagine a face-to-face Japanese course?

Those who do not want to commit themselves, in this article we also have options for monthly paid courses or a basic Japanese course for a very low price, in addition to the free ones! We want this guide to be accessible to all readers.

There are face-to-face courses that are good like the Kumon Method, but they are basically courses that work in the same way as Online, providing material with a unique method.

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FAQ - Japanese Course Questions

Below we will answer several questions about online Japanese courses:

What is the best online Japanese course?

This question is very difficult to answer. All courses in this article are great for your proposal, but the best course of all is relative, it will depend on the level of content you want to learn, the method and your sympathy with the teacher.

How much does a complete online Japanese course cost?

Generally a full online Japanese course costs around 2000 reais, it seems expensive but it is much cheaper than face-to-face tuition courses. Online courses can generally be divided up to 12x on the card. There are inexpensive online courses that teach the basics and others that are monthly.

How much does a face-to-face and private Japanese course cost?

A face-to-face Japanese course usually costs around R $ 350 a month, a private class usually costs over R $ 50 an hour. If we convert the duration of an online course to its full value, we believe that a monthly fee for an online course costs only 100 reais.

How to learn Japanese fast and easy for free?

Generally, paid course teachers share a lot of content for free in order to serve as marketing for their courses. You are able to learn all the basics by following the free methods and materials shared by Sensei and reading our website.

How to learn the basics of Japanese?

You can learn the basics of Japanese through our website skdesu.com and all the articles we usually write almost daily.

How long is an online Japanese course?

Japanese online courses usually offer materials for about 1 or 2 years of study. They also offer bonus materials and self-study methods for you to continue your studies yourself after attending all classes and consuming all course materials. We recommend reading our article about u003ca href=u0022https://skdesu.com/time-takes-learn-Japanese/u0022 class=u0022rank-math-linku0022u003andhow long it takes to learn Japaneseu003c/au003e.

What to learn first in Japanese?

First you must learn the Hiragana and Katakana alphabets, then you can increase your vocabulary, learn phrases and grammars to naturally learn Japanese (kanji) ideograms.

How much does an exchange to Japan cost?

A short-term exchange usually costs more than 10,000 reais without including all expenses. If you want to spend 6 months studying in Japan you will pay at least 30,000 reais. If you're talking about colleges, there are scholarships and other proposals, but you can also work to support yourself.

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