Best universities in Tokyo

Explore the best universities in Tokyo based on data from the Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 

December 5 2019
Best universities in Tokyo

Tokyo is a place of contrasts, where tradition meets modernity, the ancient mixes with the contemporary and the past meets the present. 

It has developed from a cultural centre steeped in tradition to a skyscraper city at the forefront of technological innovation. This rapid innovation extends to the higher education sector too, with the country investing heavily in bringing its universities in line with those around the world. 

From building on-campus dormitories, providing courses in English and offering more support for international students, universities are taking concrete steps to become more attractive to international students. 

If you are considering heading to Tokyo, then check out some of the best universities below based on data collected for the Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2019

The University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo became the first national university in Japan when it was established in 1877. 

The institution boasts many notable alumni including 17 prime ministers, 16 Nobel laureates, three Pritzker Prize laureates, three astronauts and one Fields Medalist. 

Since 2012, the university has provided some programmes that are taught entirely in English and geared towards international students. 

The university has five campuses in the districts of Hongō, Komaba, Kashiwa, Shirokane and Nakano. At the main Hongō campus, you can see excellent examples of traditional Japanese architecture including the Akamon (Red Gate) and the Yasuda Auditorium. 

Tokyo Institute of Technology

The Tokyo Institute of Technology is the largest institution of higher education in Japan dedicated to science and technology. 

It has three campuses: Ōokayama Station campus, Tamachi campus and Suzukakedai campus. The main campus at Ōokayama houses the main library, which is Japan’s largest science and technology library. Some 1,200 students and staff visit the library each day. 

Tokyo Tech provides full degree programmes at all levels. The global scientists and engineers programme is a transdisciplinary bachelor of engineering programme, while the international graduate programmes cater to those hoping to pursue more advanced science or engineering degrees in Japan.


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International Christian University

The International Christian University is a non-denominational private university located in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1949.

It is a liberal arts college and has several partner institutions worldwide including the University of California system, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Yonsei University, UCL and many others.

Classes are taught in both English or Japanese and the faculty must have a strong grasp of both languages. Approximately 30 per cent of the courses are offered in English. There are 31 undergraduate majors including anthropology, computer science, economics, international relations, linguistics, music, psychology and public policy among others

Waseda University

The Waseda University library is one of the largest libraries in Japan and currently holds some 4.5 million volumes.

Waseda is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Japan and is one of the most academically selective. 

Many notable alumni are associated with the institution, including seven prime ministers of Japan, author Haruki Murakami, and senior business figures at Uniqlo, Sony, Honda, Toshiba, Samsung, Mitsubishi and Nintendo. 

And the rest...

Many other high-ranking universities can be found in Tokyo, including Hitotsubashi University, Sophia University and the Tokyo University of Science

Explore our World University Rankings table to find out more about the best universities in Tokyo. 


The best universities in Tokyo 2020

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2020 results 

Tokyo Rank 2019 Japan University Rank 2019 University 
1 2 The University of Tokyo
2 7 Tokyo Institute of Technology
3 11 International Christian University
4 13 Waseda University
5 14 Keio University
6 15 Hitotsubashi University
7 17 Sophia University
8 20 Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
9 22 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
10 23 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)
11 25 Ochanomizu University
12 32 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
13 36 Tokyo University of Science
14 39 Tokyo Metropolitan University
15 =41 Rikkyo University
16 43 The University of Electro-Communications
17 44 Shibaura Institute of Technology Tokyo
18 =48 Gakushuin University
19 53 Chuo University
20 54 Meiji University
21 56 Hosei University
22 =57 Tsuda University
23 73 Toyo University
24 =75 Meiji Gakuin University
25 78 Aoyama Gakuin University
26 =79 Soka University
27 87 Juntendo University
28 =92 Musashi University
29 =92 St Luke’s International University
30 95 Showa Women’s University
31 98 Tokyo University of Agriculture
=32 101-110 Kitasato University
=32 101-110 Seikei University
=32 101-110 Showa University
=32 101-110 Tokyo Woman’s Christian University
=36 111-120 J. F. Oberlin University
=36 111-120 The Jikei University School of Medicine
=36 111-120 Kogakuin University
=36 111-120 Nihon University
=36 111-120 Toho University
=41 121-130 Japan Women’s University
=41 121-130 Tamagawa University
=41 121-130 Tokyo City University
=41 131-140 Nippon Medical School
=41 131-140 Teikyo University
=41 131-140 Tokyo Denki University

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