What your kids need for preschool in Japan

The list of items we were given contained the following items...
I have given the Japanese words too, which might help you with online searches/shopping.

Please note that EVERY preschool has a different list which will contain more/less and possibly different items. Some schools also require bags of certain dimensions/materials, so please be sure to check the list very carefully.

2-3 sets of extra clothing, socks (including a jacket for winter)
1 pair of new shoes to be worn inside : 上履き (うわばき)
1 school hat - to be purchased from the school

1 fork : フォーク
1 spoon : スプーン
1 pair of chopsticks (if child can use them) : はし
2 aprons (bibs) : エプロン
1 tea/water bottle : 水筒 
* 1 lunch box (if child is eating lunch from home) : 弁当箱

1 set of crayons : クレヨン
1 pair of kids scissors : 子供ハサミ
1 craft smock/apron with long sleeves : スモック
1 textbook - to be purchased from the school
1 communication book - to be purchased from the school : れんらくちょう
1 book bag (standard Japanese lesson bag size) : レッスンバッグ

Diapers/training pants (4-5 per day) : オムツ / トレーニング パンツ
1 cup for gargling : コップ
1 toothbrush : 歯ブラシ
1 bag to hold cup and toothbrush : 巾着(小サイズ コップ袋)
2 towels with hanging loops : ループタオル

1 futon set (if the child is staying for long course) : ふとん

Aiden will go to an international preschool so the rules on colors and materials are not as strict as other schools.

Here are some pictures and links to shops where I bought the items for Aiden...

I got these items from Colorful Candy Style. They sell some items on Amazon Japan, but also have a full store on Rakuten (here).

Lesson bag (30cm x 40cm) 

Cutlery case : カトラリーケース

Cutlery case with fork and spoon inside 
(there is also a pocket for chopsticks in the centre) 

Cup bag (12cm x 7cm) 

Cup bag with cup inside

Some things I got from Amazon Japan, check them out here...

* kids scissors

- these ones have metal blades (here)

- these ones have plastic blades (here)

* art smock 

- this one has a cute cars print on it (here)

- and a cute pink anpanman one (here)

* the cutest training chopsticks - Disney Cars version (here)

* inside shoes (called Uwabaki) can be plain (here), or with characters (here).

Of course there is a huge range of drink bottles online, and some which are really cheap, but because of Osaka`s crazy hot summers, and cold winters, I thought an insulated one would be best.

I really like the Thermos brand, and found some on Amazon Japan (here). In the end though, I decided on a personalised one from Cafe Press, for not too much more. It is so cute, and the one I ordered has Aiden`s full name printed on it too!

And for the other items that I haven`t posted links for, you can find them at local baby/kids shops like Nishimatsuya, Akachan Honpo or one of many online stores too. Let me know if you need help finding anything!!

... now after getting all the stuff you need, you have to write / stamp / stick your child`s name on everything, down to each individual chopstick and diaper!

I will write about that in a future post, along with the option of hand-making school supplies in Japan!!

Happy shopping everyone!!!


  1. Thanks for this info! I'm sure I'll be needing this in the future~~congrats on your new job adventures, and good luck to Aiden at his new school :)

  2. Excellent article! thank you!! I am still debating if the girls will attend with me also.

    I totally want the personalised thermoses! Did you already order yours? We could save on shipping ;)


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