Sophia University

Admissions Wakeijuku



Wakeijuku was founded in 1955 by Kisaku Mayekawa, a Japanese philanthropist. The aim of Wakeijuku goes beyond pure academic pursuit, with a view to develop character and international understanding, it serves as a place where scholars, regardless of university affiliation, can experience frequent and free interchange with their peers in a residential environment.
The resident body of some 300 students of approximately various universities in the metropolitan Tokyo area consists of both Japanese and international students. The Wakeijuku campus offers to international students the opportunity to study traditional Japanese culture, customs and philosophy. An annual program of special courses in Karate, Kendo, Zen, Tea Ceremony, etc. is offered under the direction of leading individuals in their respective fields, and a wide variety of other student-organized activities are held throughout the year.
The main benefit for international students residing in Wakeijuku is the ability to eat, breathe, and speak Japanese 24 hours a day. Living together with a large number of Japanese students presents international members with a unique learning experience, a way to make lasting friendship, and valuable insights into the workings of Japanese society.
International students wishing to become residents of Wakeijuku are welcome without prejudice on the understanding that they will receive no special treatment as non-Japanese and that they recognize and adhere to the principles and rules of the establishment.


Housing Type
Dormitory run by a private organization (off-campus)

Contact Information
Address: 1-21-2, Mejirodai, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8682 JAPAN
Phone: Tel:03-3941-7446 Fax:03-3941-7482

Room type and size: All western style single rooms 11.25㎡
Room furnishings : Air conditioner, Curtain, Bed frame, Desk, Chair, Bookshelf, Storage rack, TV jack, Internet connection
Common furnishings: Canteen, Kitchen, Lounge, Bath room, Toilet, Coin-operated laundry(washer & drier), Tennis court, Ground
Cultural activities
The following cultural activities are held throughout the year.
Kendo, Iaido, Judo, Karate-do, Jikishinkage-Ryu (Japanese martial art of Swordsmanship), Zen, Japanese Calligraphy, Association of Chinese Classic Texts, Sado (Japanese Tea Ceremony), Go, Painting, Great Books Seminar, Touch Football Club, Shooto Club (Mixed Martial Arts)

Commuting time to Sophia
Total:30 min.
10min walk from the dormitory to Gokokuji Station (subway)
10min. train ride on Yurakucho Line from Gokokuji to Kojimachi
10min. walk from Kojimachi to university campus

Transportation fee (Commuter pass):
¥3,700 / 1 month, ¥10,550 / 3 months, ¥19,980 / 6 months

2 Meals(breakfast and supper) provided for seven days a week

Methods of payment
The first month fee and the deposit must be paid cash in Japanese yen on your arrival day or the next working day of Wakeijuku head office. Please follow the instructions of Wakeijuku head office for the next payment and after.

Estimated Dorm fee
(East, West, South and North-dorm)
*Applicants have no chance to choose their dormitory


Bedding Rental

*Monthly dorm fee differs based on dorm facility. The fee includes tax, meals (breakfast & supper), utilities and internet charge. The fee is to be reviewed annually as a rule and is subject to change due to consumption tax rate change.

*Deposit will be returned to the student with no interest when leaving, provided there was no damage caused to the room or other Wakeijuku facilities.

*Pro rata monthly dorm fee would be applied to the first month and the last one.

*Students’ committee of each dorm might collect a bit of dues for their activities. It defers by dorms.

A male student
- Who has been accepted to attend a certain course of a university (/ college) or a graduate school in Tokyo metropolitan area.
- Who respect our creed & rules is willing to experience Wakeijuku community life.

Please submit your housing application form and essay for Wakeijuku to Sophia University.
* Wakeijuku will have an orientation on your arrival day or the next day.

Dormitory mate is requested to have a spirit of “help each other”. It is a basic manner of community life, and the rules and regulations mentioned below are to be respected. 
*Polite and vigorous greetings should be addressed each other among dormitory mates, to Wakeijuku staff, and also to visitors to Wakeijuku.
*Dormitory mate is expected to have a mind to participate into various events and seminars held by Wakeijuku, through which, we are sure, you will have some idea to reflect your own self, also have a good opportunity to promote friendship with other dormitory mates.

  • west dorm
    (Exterior of West dorm)

  • Canteen
  • activity
    (Cultural activities: Zen)
  • room
  • Tennis Court
    (Tennis court)
  • Iaido
    (Cultural activities: Iaido)