Learning Environment

The buildings and grounds of Keio Yokohama Elementary School are located in quiet neighborhood of Aoba Ward, where they provide an ideal learning environment. We undertake exploratory learning in bright, spacious classrooms, as well as the library. Here, the pupils develop the spirit of independence and self-respect while engaging freely in physical activity on the natural turf of the school grounds.

The school buildings boast separate multipurpose classrooms for each school grade and fully-equipped special subject classrooms, as well as music practice rooms and Japanese style tatami rooms.

The schoolyard consists of two sports grounds, a swimming pool (with a depth adjustment function), and a biotope. Another site lies within a 5-minute walk from the main buildings. This is mainly used as a sports facility for baseball, tennis and other club activities.


We make positive use of the Auditorium as a venue for performing and appreciating theatrical productions, concerts, choral works, recitals, and speeches. The seating consists of rollback chairs that can be electrically retracted and stored in the walls. When the chairs are not in use, the whole floor is available for various creative expression activities as an addition to the stage. As well as entrance and graduation ceremonies, concerts, plays, lectures and other events, this facility can be used to expand the space for activities in ordinary lessons.


The library is of central importance to school life. The main facilities are an open access room and a group learning room. This is a place that supports subject learning as a center for investigative study, and is run by a team consisting of teachers and the school librarians. Here, pupils can further intensify their learning and pursue their curiosity by accessing not only books on themes that interest them but also specimens and actual objects. Arranged around the open access room are a computer classroom, an English for Global Communication classroom, a closed-shelves room and the school archives. Another feature is the Yukichi Fukuzawa Museum, where pupils can delve into Fukuzawa's life and the history of Keio.

Multipurpose Classrooms

Multipurpose classrooms are arranged next to the classrooms for each grade, and are about the same size as the classrooms. Rooms in the 1st and 2nd grade have carpeted floors, and are used as places for relaxation and interaction between all the pupils in each grade, through various forms of play. From the 3rd grade onwards, the rooms have wooden flooring. In the 3rd and 4th grades, they are used for group learning, and in the 5th and 6th grades their layout is suited to split lessons into smaller groups. The rooms can conceivably be used in a variety of other ways, including drama rehearsals, exhibitions or notices of artworks and the results of research in science or social studies, preparatory briefings for grade pupils before setting out for off-campus activities, and one-to-one conferences with pupils. The different layout of the classrooms makes them suitable for diverse uses depending on the purpose.

Dining Hall

The Dining Hall is on the 2nd floor, with a sunny south-facing aspect looking out over the main ground. It has enough chairs and tables for pupils in two grades to dine at the same time. School lunches are eaten in the classrooms on some days and in the Dining Hall on others. When held in the Dining Hall, lunchtimes present an opportunity to learn good table manners and interact with pupils in different classes and grades. Lunches eaten in classrooms are served by the lunch monitors for that day, and the pupils eat together with their classmates and homeroom teacher. The Dining Hall is also used for parents' gatherings and cooking practice.

Tateshina Lodge

This facility for off-campus activity was opened in the Tateshina Highlands, Nagano Prefecture in 1973. It has a full-on view of the majestic 2,530-meter Mount Tateshina, with Lake Shirakaba, Mount Kirigamine and Lake Megami nearby, and the whole of the highland area cloaked in woodland of silver birch and Japanese larch. In early summer, the area is awash with flowering Japanese azalea, lily of the valley, iris and day lily, while in autumn the flowers of bush clover and gentian take over. With new greenery in spring, red leaves in autumn and snow in winter, the refreshing summer in particular creates a wonderful environment that makes us forget the heat. The lodge is actively used for lessons and extracurricular activities by Keio's various primary and secondary schools and university alike. Keio Yokohama Elementary School also makes considerable use of it for long-term off-campus learning.

Safety and Disaster Prevention

The area around the school, and particularly the route to school from Eda Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi Line, is monitored by multiple safety patrol staff.

The school buildings have been designed to ensure that pupils of different ages can mix together safely but with separation to an appropriate degree. The teaching staff room is in a central position for the whole facility, and the pupils can play with confidence and reassurance under the caring eye of the teachers.

To ensure readiness for major earthquake disasters, the school buildings have been designed and constructed with ample consideration for earthquake resistance, and we also take great care over safety from falling bookshelves and furniture inside the school buildings. As the pupils could have to stay inside the school in the event of a disaster, we keep reserves of emergency food supplies, blankets, water and other requisites. Meanwhile, we use our simultaneous messaging system to contact parents instantly whenever the school is closed or the pupils are sent home early owing to typhoons or heavy snow.