Welcome to Your Child’s First Classroom!

We provide your child with an excellent developmentally appropriate play-based education. Our preschool is open from September to June. Our popular Summer Program is available during the summer for children from 18mths to 12 years of age.

About the School


The Employees’ Welfare Association is affiliated with the American Embassy in Tokyo. The Mitsui Gardens International Preschool was established in the 1970’s and is located in the eleven-acre park-like grounds of the  American Embassy Housing Compound, in Minato-ku, Tokyo. Within the compound there is a large grassy field, which affords our children generous outdoor playspace, a playground, wading pool and a gym. The school is housed in four spacious classrooms on the ground level, facing a beautiful Japanese garden with ponds, waterfalls and small bridges and islands where one can observe birds and fish. The classrooms are air-conditioned and have private toileting facilities.

The Preschool exists for the benefit of American Embassy employees who are given priority on spaces available. Remaining openings are made available.

Mission Statement


We strive to meet the needs of our children:

  • physically
  • socially
  • morally
  • emotionally
  • intellectually

To provide a creative and developmentally appropriate education that inspires a love of learning and encourages students to become independent, critical thinkers who reach their fullest potential.  We strive to create a caring and cooperative atmosphere where mutual respect is modeled and encouraged.