School Guide

School Aims and Principles


Principal’s Welcome
At the centre of a leafy, tranquil courtyard within the school grounds stands a life-size bronze statue of Keijiro Yabuuchi, the revered founding father of our original institution. His inspirational legacy dates back to 1925, marking 90 years of esteemed education this year.
In this, the year of our 90th anniversary, we are proud to have had the baseball team represent the school in the national spring tournament; a prestigious honour. But our commitment to supporting extracurricular activities and the school’s successes do not end there, with the badminton and kendo clubs also participating in national level competitions. Our varied array of cultural clubs are also active in their pursuits and also play an important role in supporting student interests.
Students enrolled at Nara University High School are encouraged to set their tertiary education goals early in the piece, many of whom go on to study four-year undergraduate courses. The school is proud to offer three tailored courses, referred to as the hyojun, bunri and tokushin courses, each offering a unique curriculum and aimed at developing skill sets to best prepare students for their future ambitions. As an affiliate of Nara University, we offer the privileged opportunity to graduate directly into this esteemed institution, offering guidance along the way in preparation for these future studies.
At Nara University High School, it is our philosophy to educate for cognitive and physical competence and a strong sense of perseverance. We encourage our students not only to study diligently but also to participate in extracurricular activities with great enthusiasm. Students are given the opportunity to be involved in clubs, the student council and volunteering activities, allowing them to develop individual talents.
Our teaching staff is made up of responsible professionals with a immense variety of skills and strengths and are sincere in their quest to bring out the best in each and every student. They are supportive and careful to offer a balance between discipline and warmth. Great importance is placed on respecting the founding spirit and school philosophies.
For a school to be considered extraordinary, it needs to offer a conveniently located campus, boast a host of modern buildings and contemporary educational faculties which students can take advantage of to advance their academic studies and extracurricular endeavours. Nara University High school is proud to offer all of the above. Every effort has been made to develop an educational environment that is conducive to study and supportive of all student activities.
In addition, we place a great emphasis on fostering an international awareness among the student body. We strive to give our students every opportunity to communicate, exchanging ideas, with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds. Helping to facilitate our philosophy, each year, our second-year students visit Australia on a school study trip. We are extremely proud of maintaining active relations with our sister-schools in Canberra, a sister-city of Nara. Moreover, we welcome numerous visiting school groups from overseas throughout the year. We also offer a number of vibrant international student exchange programs. These factors allow our students to broaden their view of world affairs and we believe, foster better cultural understanding in general.
We pride ourselves on fostering the talents of each and every individual.
The points I have outlined make our school a very special place to pursue a secondary education.

Hiroshi Tsuji
Principal, Nara University High School

The Founding Spirit

School Guide

One may ask what inspired Keijiro Yabu-uchi to initially establish the academy. Though the answer may be considered simple, it was a selfless undertaking that should be steeped in admiration. Mr Yabu-uchi had aspirations of creating an opportunity for fiscally disadvantaged boys, eager to study, to participate in further education. With this vision in mind he established a night school for such young men. At the outset, students were not required to pay tuition fees and the teachers worked without pay.
Mr Yabu-uchi had expectations that each and every student would be a man with a sense of justice, possess great strength and make unwavering efforts, notably saying, “Do right, and you will be strong” and “Efforts make a genius.” These teachings form the fundamentals of the academy’s founding spirit.
School Aims and Principles
We vigilantly conduct our educational activities in accordance with the spirit of the Constitution of Japan, the spirit of the Fundamental Law of Education and the Founding Spirit of our school. We endeavour to fully develop individual personality and strive to rear pupils who:
• are conscious of building a truly democratic and peaceful society
• value truth and justice, freedom and peace
• respect human rights and believe in the worthiness of labour
• are intelligent, moral and sound both in mind and body
• are able to contribute to the peace of the world and welfare of humanity, improving international understanding and goodwill
In order to fulfil our aims, we strive to support our pupils in forming a balanced lifestyle while improving their scholastic ability. We place emphasis on information technology education and career guidance allowing students to make an informed decision when deciding on future courses by making best use of their individual attributes. We do our upmost to provide opportunities for and promote international relations as to encourage students to consider both domestic and global affairs.

History Outline


It was in 1925 that Keijiro Yabu-uchi established *Nanto Seikyo Middle School in Nishinokyo, Nara. The school building itself was located within the Yakushiji Temple compound. It began life as a night school for young men who worked during the day.
*Nanto , the southern capital, was the term used to refer to Nara once Kyoto became the nation’s capital city. The word seikyo can be broken down into its constituents, sei meaning justice and kyo, strength.
In 1927 the school relocated to Saidaiji.
In 1933 the institution was recognised an educational foundation and its name changed to Nara Seikyo Educational Foundation Middle School.
In a nearby part of the world, war broke out in the Pacific in 1941. 1945 saw the addition of a day classes at the school. It was in August of that year that the war drew to a close. The school miraculously survived though the Pacific War (1941-1945) and the tough post-war days.
The Japanese education system was radically reformed in 1948 and the school followed suit. It was at this point that the name was amended to Seikyo Senior High School.
In 1957 the coeducation was introduced for the first time in the school’s history.
The Seikyo Educational Foundation established Nara University in 1969.
Due to the economic development within the country, a reduction in demand for night schools was observed and the school decided to cease these operations in 1980.
1996 saw a monumental step taken by the school. It was once again relocated but this time to a purpose built modern campus facility at its present location in the historical area of Akishino, Nara. To coincide with the rebirth of the institution and help convey a new public image, the school was inaugurated as Nara University High School, its present namesake.
In 2003 the foundation was renamed as the Educational Foundation of Nara University.
The foundation proudly celebrated the 80th anniversary of the academy’s establishment in 2005. In commemoration, a modern, multi-functional dormitory facility and fitness training room was built.



Nara University offers three tailored courses with a view to realizing students’ future ambitions:
Progress Course
The Progress Course is a focused course with the specific aim of preparing students for the rigors of gaining entry to and successfully furthering their learning at highly regarded tertiary educational institutions. In their first year of study, students’ academic ability is developed and fostered. Second year students are then steered into two streams: National & Public University Course or the Prestigious Private University Course. Through these courses we endeavour to develop student’s academic ability to such a degree that they each have the opportunity to follow their chosen field of study and in turn, future career path.
Academic Course
Students enrolled in the Academic Course have aspirations to further their studies at Nara University or one of the private universities in the area. In students’ first year of study, great importance in placed on developing a high level of proficiency in five main subject areas. From that point, students are streamed into either the Nara University or Private University preparatory courses where they can focus on their studies.
Standard Course
The key objective of the Standard Course is to develop students’ character and individual talents through balanced education in a diverse range of areas. Students endeavour to aim for acceptance to junior colleges and vocational schools including general universities upon graduation. They are highly encouraged to broaden their education and skill set by participating in extracurricular activities including a wide variety of sports clubs and areas of literature, music, arts and science.

School Clubs and Extrcurricular Activites

The school takes great pride in providing a large range of extracurricular activities in its endeavour to develop pupils’ social and sporting skills and cultural awareness in addition to those acquired in the classroom. Club activities are carried out most afternoons once classes have finished for the day and of course on weekends too. Students can be seen diligently practicing their chosen discipline in the wee hours before classes and often late into the evening in pursuit of sporting excellence. School clubs include:


Sports Clubs

・Japanese Archery
・Snow Skiing
・Table Tennis

Cultural Clubs

・Brass Band
・Radio Broadcasting
・Youth Hostel
・Fine Art
・Tea Ceremony/ Flower Arrangement
・Human Rights
・Self Learning Group



The First Campus(1925-1926)

The school had humble beginnings. Our founding father, Keijiro Yabu-uchi, made use of a vacant building consisting of just two classrooms and contained within the Yakushiji Temple compound as the first school. The building, located close to Nishinikyo Station, amazingly still stands today. The area is referred to as Nishinokyo, or Western Capital, because it lies to the west of Heijokyo or Heijo Palace. Yakushiji and Toshodaiji temples are both located in the area and belong to Nanto Shichi Daiji, the seven most significant temples in Nara. They are world heritage listed sites.

The Second Campus(1927-1995)

New buildings were constructed in Saidaiji, about three kilometres north of Nishinokyo, as the next school campus. The area is named Saidaji after the large government temple of the same name. Though not as grand as it once was, Saidaiji Temple is still one of the most important in Nara’s long history. The campus was located close to Saidaiji Station, a major transit hub for commuters going to and from Osaka and Kyoto. The historical Heijo Palace site is situated only one and a half kilometres east of the station.

The Third(Current) Campus(1996-)

The current campus is ideally positioned in Akishino, just a stone’s throw north of Saidaiji Station, though Heijo is in fact the nearest station. A good proportion of the student body take advantage of the reliable local public transportation and make their way to school on foot from the station, strolling between the lush rice fields along the way. The immediate surrounding area has a relatively low residential density though development continues. Akishino is historically valued, renown for Akishino Temple; a quiet, humble structure well known for a figure of Buddha called Gigeiten.
The school’s three separate campuses have all been in places of historical importance and rightly continue to attract tourists as a result. This is also true for a group of ancient royal tombs north of the Heijo Palace site.



Nara University High School
50Akishino Cho, Nara City, Japan 631-8555
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