International School of Asia: Karuizawa, Japan

Karuizawa, Japan

International School of Asia: Karuizawa, Japan

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


ISAK is Japan's only fully-residential, international, co-educational boarding high school (grades 10-12). Our rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme combined with our emphasis on leadership, mindfulness, self-discipline, and design-innovation create an exceptional environment for motivated high school students who wish to realize their full potential and become catalysts for positive change. At ISAK, we seek true cultural and socio-economic diversity. Our students travel from all parts of the world to join our vibrant community. 

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 75 75 150
Year of foundation: 2014
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Accreditations: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme; Article One Authorized High School by Japan’s Ministry of Education

Name of Director: Elizabeth Oswald

Tel: +81 (0) 26746 8623

Contact school: contact-us


Application deadline: 10/01/2016

Rolling or fixed admission date? Fixed

Application fee: 20,000 JPY

International application fee: 20,000 JPY

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 3,925,000 JPY

Needs based aid: Offered

Percentage of students receiving some aid: 70%

Merit scholarschips:Offered

About the school

Long description: ISAK is a fully-residential, 3 year boarding school located in beautiful Karuizawa, Japan. As an official International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, ISAK offers a curriculum in line with the IB philosophy of critical thinking that encompasses a broad range of fields, helping students learn how to connect academic knowledge in real world situations. We are proud to have a team of experienced educators from around the world who not only possess a high level of expertise in their respective fields, but are also inspiring guides in the classroom and thrive on day-to-day interaction with curious, energetic students.

Dorm Facilities:
 Since ISAK is a fully residential school, living in a dormitory or “Residence” is an important and enriching part of the ISAK experience. Each Residence is a row of connected townhouses that form a community. Each townhouse unit is home to 12 students from around the world. Residences are single sex, with male and female students living separately. Faculty members and their families also live in the Residences. Students share 2 or 4 person bedrooms inside their House. All of the student units a communal living room to enjoy relaxation and free time. The communal areas are also used for small classes, club meetings and seminars. Sun-filled lofts in each residence provide an additional study area for students.

Dress code: Casual

Social life & attractions

Description: The ISAK campus is located in a beautiful mountain resort area just outside of Karuizawa, Japan – a one hour train ride from Tokyo station. Completed in 2013, the ISAK campus combines the historical elements of traditional Japanese design with modern, environmentally friendly construction. The buildings are nestled into the wooded landscape, creating a harmonious environment for both living and learning.

Sport and culture

Sport Facilities: The ISAK campus includes an outdoor sports field and a gym with full sized basketball court and volleyball courts. Students can participate in several intramural sports clubs including basketball, volleyball, soccer, running, and dance. ISAK is located in Karuizawa, a popular 4-season recreational destination in Japan. Karuizawa is the only town in the world that has hosted events for both the summer and winter Olympic games. In addition to campus sports clubs, students have access to many public recreation facilities in Karuizawa including swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, a down hill ski area and an ice rink built for the 1998 Nagano Olympic games

Summer Programs

Summer School:  ISAK offers a 2-week summer school for middle school students (7th – 8th grade). The Summer School allows participants to experience the academic environment and culture of ISAK High School. Attending summer school is not a prerequisite to enrolling in high school, but many summer school participants do apply for the high school program. Students represent a diverse range of countries, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds Through our leadership program, design-innovation course, and various classes and outdoor activities, the Summer School is designed to help middle school students realize their potential by providing an environment in which they can truly appreciate and understand global perspectives, while practicing how to identify and solve problems on their own, and developing the strength to overcome challenges.

Why Should You Choose this School?

ISAK offers what is best in a global education. We are committed to developing a diverse environment that recognizes that encountering different perspectives and ideas makes us stronger and better equipped to change the world. At ISAK, you will live and learn alongside other motivated students with different backgrounds from all parts of the globe. Our IB Diploma Programme, leadership, and design-thinking courses will prepare you for post-secondary success and give you the tools necessary to become a catalyst for positive change in your home country or beyond.


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