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History of Japan Women's College of Physical Education

"Women's sports should be elegant and feminine, producing healthy mothers," said Tokuyo Nikaido, the founder of the Nikaido Taisojuku (Nikaido Gymnastic Private School), which was the forerunner of the Japan Women's College of Physical Education. In 1913, Nikaido went to the UK, a country of advanced sports at that time, and studied for 2 years at King's Field College. During her stay in the UK, she found her mission in life to be a sports educator. After returning to Japan, Nikaido founded Nikaido Taisojuku believing in, "Women's sports by women". Adopting the philosophies of the schools at which she had studied in the UK, she formed her own educational philosophy: "To achieve the ideal of women's sports which combine both strength and elegance, the school needs to take an holistic approach to education and a broad perspective of people's lives, including food, clothing and shelter, to raise an elite". Nikaido's philosophy was for producing outstanding teachers of physical education, and the philosophy has been passed on to today's students. Nikaido Taisojuku produced 500 up-and-coming teachers of physical education within 4 years of its foundation, and the superb sprinter Kinue Hitomi, Japan's first female Olympic medalist in the Taisho Era, was one of the graduates. Japan Women's College of Physical Education has been nurtured by these proud traditions.


1922 Nikaido Taisojuku (Nikaido Gymnastic Private School) is founded.
1926 Nikaido Taisojuku is approved by the Ministry of Education as the first women's college of physical education in Japan.
1950 The Educational Foundation Nikaido Gakuen is established. The Japan Women's Junior College of Physical Education is opened with two courses: Physical Education, and Kindergarten, Day Nursery-Care and Education.
1965 The Japan Women's College of Physical Education establishes the Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences.
1967 Physical Education Major and Dance Major are established at the Physical Education Course of Japan Women's Junior College of Physical Education.
1992 The 70th anniversary
1993 The Graduate School is opened.
1999 Two departments, Movement Sciences and Sports Wellness Sciences are established as a result of the reorganization of the college.
2003 The 80th anniversary

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Program Organization Chart

The program of Japan Women's College of Physical Education consists of 1 faculty, 2 departments, 4 majors, and a graduate school.

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Undergraduate Programs

Department of Movement Sciences

The Department of Movement Sciences provides specialized courses for students to learn structure, mechanism, and teaching methods of sporting skills. The Department aims to produce aspiring athletes and leaders of the next generation.

Sports Sciences Major

The Sports Sciences Major focuses on sport methods, sport coaching, and sport conditioning. Students learn both theory and practice in teaching sports, physical training, sports technique, and sports tactics. The major provides courses designed to improve students' sporting skills in the field of competitive sports.

Dance Studies Major

The Dance Studies Major centers on dance art and dance teaching methods. Students learn various dances including Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance, Tap Dance, Spanish Dance, Japanese Classical Dance, and others. The major also provides students with experience of creation, directing, stage performance, producing, and management of dance, in addition to acquiring substantial theories for dance teaching methods, dance aesthetics, history of dance, dance kinetics, and others.

Department of Sports Wellness Sciences

To achieve people's wellness and happiness through sports, the Department of Sports Wellness Sciences seeks to improve practical theories and methods of sports wellness for people of all ages.

Sports Health Studies Major

The Sports Health Studies Major focuses on sports education, the coaching of health exercises, and sports management. The major nurtures human resources to contribute to modern society, which is aging rapidly and which has increasing leisure time. The Sports Health Studies offers many courses linked to the relationship between sports and health, and lifelong sports.

Child Development Studies Major

The Child Development Studies Major centers on the health and development of children, and their mental health care. The course features a wide range of curriculum subjects on play and games, songs, playing piano, and teaching practice. Students can gain hands-on experience by teaching at the college-affiliated kindergarten.

Certificates Attainable

Sports Sciences, Dance Studies, Sports Health Studies
Child Development Studies

Available Scholarships and Financial Aid

Job Placement

The Career Center of the college provides unique, effective career and job support programs.
The graduates are active in a wide range of industries. Around half of them find positions in the private sector, many take up professions, becoming teachers or instructors of lifelong sports, while others pursue careers in various fields, such as public services, medical services, welfare services, and show business.

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Graduate Programs

Master's Course in Sports Science (2-years course)

Sports Science Major
Objectives of the Graduate School

The objectives of the Graduate School are to research and teach scientific theories and their applications to sports and sports-related fields, develop leaders and researchers with a high degree of professionalism, and contribute to the improvement and advancement in sports science.

Students at the graduate school acquire advanced expertise as follows:
  1. 1.Sports and dance teaching expertise for school education from kindergarten to high school.
  2. 2.Lifelong sports teaching expertise.
  3. 3.Management expertise in the sports industry.
  4. 4.Expertise in teaching and assisting the sports elite.
  5. 5.Professional skills for dancers
  6. 6.Research and assistance expertise in the sports science field.

Certificates Attainable

Available Scholarships and Financial Aid

Entrance Examination Schedule

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Academic Calendar

April Enrollment Ceremony
Foundation Day (April 15th)
July First Semester Examination Period
August Summer Vacation
Dance Work Seminar
Admissions Office Examination (First screening)
September Beginning of the Second Term
Admissions Office Examination (Second screening)
October College Festival "Kembisai"
November Entrance Examination for Recommended Applicants
December Winter Vacation
January Second Semester Examination Period
Graduation Performance of Dance Studies
February Entrance Examination
March Graduation Ceremony/Completion Ceremony
Spring Vacation

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Sports Clubs

Track and Field, Swimming, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Tennis, Soft Tennis, Badminton, Softball, Football, Lacrosse, Table Tennis, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Modern Dance, Competitive Dance, Dance, Fencing, Japanese Art of Archery, Naginata, Kendo, Shorinjikempo, Ski, Cheerleading, Lifesaving, Rubber Baseball, Song Leading, Golf Circle, Rowing Circle

Culture Clubs

Flower Arrangement, Chorus, Sign Language, Child Culture, Dance-Producing Society, Karadatukuri Society

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Campus Facilities

Campus Facilities
1Main Building
2East Building
4North Building
5Track & field
6Students' Hall (Cafeteria)
7Gymnasium 2,Gymnasium 3
8Multipurpose Gymnasium
10Tokuyo Memorial Gymnasium
11Gymnasium 4
12Alumni Association Hall
13South Building 2
14Gymnasium 6
15Club Activity Building
16South Building
17Research Institute of Physical Fitness
18Dormitory "Shion-ryo"
19Japanese Art of Archery training Hall
20Tennis courts, Softball field, Handball court, Golf range

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Access to JWCPE

Route Map


Access to the Campus from the nearest stations

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For Inquiries

Public Relations Office

Japan Women's College of Physical Education
Tokyo 157-8565, JAPAN
E-mail nyushi@jwcpe.ac.jp