I’m a working parent who has met with a lot of frustration in trying to understand the day care system in Tokyo and get my child a spot at a ninka public day care. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot and thought what I now know might help some others in a similar situation to me.  I hope the information in this website helps shed some light on the very confusing public application process, as well as help you understand some options and strategies.

Please remember to always check with your ward office to verify and confirm information. The application process varies slightly per ward, and they make changes to it all the time. The current information on this site has been gathered from Shinjuku’s ward office between 2012 and  2013.  Now get applying and good luck! Thanks for stopping by.


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