The 2021-22 school year is a watershed year in the history of YIS as we bid farewell to the campus that has been the school’s home since its founding in 1924 and move to a larger, purpose-built new campus a few kilometers away in Honmoku. We are scheduled to officially take possession of the new campus on October 1st, after which installation of specialized systems and equipment, such as auditorium lighting and sound systems, science laboratories, and IT and AV for classrooms and other areas, will take place in October and November. Fittings and furnishing will then be completed in December in preparation for the move. Have a look at the 2021-2022 construction album and the 2020-2021 construction album in YIS Photos to see the progress of construction, and see our New Campus Update page for our monthly updates.
The Big Move - Celebrating Our Past and Future
The physical move to the new campus will take place over the winter break. Please note that we will be starting the winter break a few days earlier than usual in December and ending it a few days later than usual in January to allow staff time for organizing the move out and set up. Specifically, Wednesday, December 15th will be the last day of school on the Yamate-cho campus in December (the 16th and 17th are work days for staff), and Wednesday, January 12th will be the first day of classes at the new Honmoku campus (the 10th and 11th are work days for staff).
Apart from the physical move, a range of special activities and events are being planned over the course of the school year to commemorate our time on the Bluff and bid a proper farewell, as well as to celebrate the completion of our new campus.
Last day of classes on the Yamate-cho campus
First day of classes on the new campus
Days until classes start on the new campus
Location and Scale
The new YIS campus will be built on a 14,685m2 greenfield site in Kominatocho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, less than 2 kilometers from our present campus. The site is adjacent to the Honmoku Front (Konan/Sanwa) shopping complex and behind the Yamate Police Station. The new site is about 50% larger than our current campus and will accommodate a full-size athletic field in addition to the classroom buildings. The new campus is comprised of the 4-story North Building that houses the library, cafeteria, performing arts center and most of the classroom areas and administrative offices, and the 3-story South Building that houses the Early Learning Center and PE facilities, including a double gymnasium and indoor swimming pool. Total floor area for the two buildings will be about 50% larger than the nine buildings that comprise our current campus.
The new campus is located at 2-100-1 Kominato-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0802.
There are several Yokohama City Bus routes that connect the new campus with the nearest train stations (Motomachi-Chukagai, Ishikawacho, Negishi) and stations beyond, including Sakuragicho and Yokohama stations, as well as the neighborhoods along the way. For details on routes, schedules and fares, see the City’s bus route and fare search page.
The following bus routes can be used to access the school.
- From Motomachi-Chikagai Station: bus #58 or #8
- From Sakuragicho Station or Ishikawacho Station: bus # 101, #105 or #106
- From Negishi Station: bus #58, #99 or #101
Trial School Bus Service
Beginning in January 2022 we will be offering on a trial basis a morning and afternoon shuttle bus service between the new campus and nearby train stations, as well as between a few locations in central Tokyo and the new campus. An email with details about the service was sent to all parents in September. Thank you to all parents who submitted the registration surveys.
The new campus has over 150 bicycle parking racks for students. Nearby bicycle parking for parents or other visitors is also available. Details will be provided closer to the move.
Car Access and Parking
As is the case currently, we encourage families to take public transportation whenever possible, as there is no on-campus parking or street parking near the campus. That being said, there is ample parking available at the Honmoku Front shopping center right next to the new campus.
Drop-Off and Pick-up by Car
We are currently working out an arrangement with Honmoku Front and the Yamate police that will allow students to be dropped off and picked up by car at the shopping center. There will be a very strict protocol for this, and drop-off or pick-up along the road in front of the campus will be strictly prohibited. Again, we will provide further details closer to the move.
We are thrilled to be working with Kengo Kuma & Associates (KKAA) as lead architect for the project. Kuma-san, a Yokohama native widely recognized as one of the world’s leading architects, is particularly well known for his use of wood and other natural materials, which are incorporated into our new campus design. Among his notable projects is the new national stadium for the Tokyo Olympics. Our general contractor for the project is Taisei Corporation, one of Japan's largest and most respected contractors and a frequent collaborator with KKAA, including for the Olympic stadium project. We are also pleased to be partnering with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) as project managers. JLL have broad international experience in managing large-scale projects such as ours.
Architectural Direction and Key Features
In launching our new campus design, we articulated several key principles as part of an architectural brief (see excerpts here). Chief among these were the desire to make every space a learning space and to retain and enhance the warm sense of community that people have when walking into our school now. Following on from this direction will be the creation of multiple open hub spaces that allow learning to flow flexibly in and out of classrooms as well as larger common spaces - both inside and outside - for community interaction.
Other key features and improvements include the following:
Larger more flexible learning spaces that better reflect and align with our approach to teaching and learning.
Greatly enhanced athletic facilities, including a full-size soccer pitch, double gymnasium, and 25-meter indoor swimming pool.
Integrated performing arts center with 411-seat auditorium, fully-equipped soundproof black-box drama teaching and performance spaces, larger music rooms and practice rooms all in close proximity to each other.
studio-style Art & Design area with expanded workshop and space to accommodate a wider range of creative endeavors.
Kiln room with front-loading electric kiln for our ceramics program.
A Japanese-themed multipurpose space complemented by a Japanese ornamental garden to host our Japanese culture program.
A 360-panel solar energy system that will save 51 metric tons of CO2 per year.
Energy efficient low emissivity (low-E) glass and LED lighting.
Wood panelling and natural light feature strongly throughout the campus.
Entire campus designed for wheelchair accessibility.
A self-contained campus for greater convenience and security.