Mickey House Tokyo: Relaxed Language Learning for Both Newcomers & Locals

Mickey House Tokyo: Relaxed Language Learning for Both Newcomers & Locals

Fuad Olajuwon

One of the challenges newcomers face when living in Tokyo is making friends. With the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan area, it seems as if people are too busy trying to build a better future. With places like this, minutes count for everything and if you’re a day late and a dollar short, rest assured someone else will take your place. However, all is not lost, as those who work hard also know how to kick up their feet once in awhile. Mickey House is that place, where inhibitions of the outside world disappear within a few hours of merriment and fun.

Nestled in the thick, urban sprawl of Takadanobaba, Mickey House is an establishment that caters to Japanese and foreign patrons alike, creating a cozy venue to chat and mingle. Each day, they offer a series of languages to cater to your inner polyglot, as staff members come from each part of the globe. Whether you’re interested in practicing Russian or brushing up on some Japanese before a job interview, Mickey House is the place for you.

Comprised of two large rooms, the place offers a classroom atmosphere for those more comfortable in “traditional” learning settings, or a cozy coffee shop ambiance overlooking a lively Takadanobaba street. For starters, it's recommended to try out both sections to see which one best fits your charm and disposition. With a personable and diverse staff, you need not worry about any language barriers, as they can get you seated and situated with an excellent group of patrons looking to meet someone new. Meeting people at Mickey House is interesting, as some individuals have been coming for years. Don’t be surprised if you end up leaving with a couple of friends in tow! Such situations are quite reasonable at Mickey House.

When attending an event, the rules are simple: Either pay the ¥500 entrance fee or order one drink from the bar, and you can stay there until closing time. The place offers an array of different spirits. If you decide to pay the entrance fee instead, you have the option of imbibing on as much complimentary tea and coffee as you would like. The price list of such items varies depending on the drink, so make sure you bring an adequate amount of money on your first go-around.

Beer selection at Mickey House

If you’re looking for a little extra practice, feel free to participate at the “beginner’s table,” where the learning environment is more relaxed. While this is a good option for those seeking a slower approach to practicing their target language, the price is a little steeper than the standard fare (¥1,900 for adults and ¥1,500 for students). It is a great opportunity for those who only have an introductory level to the language being learned. Overall, you can find an assortment of different options to cater to your experience so worrying should be the least of your concerns.

Inside Mickey House

Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” With over 30 years of experience, Mickey House seeks to help those who look to improve themselves in the world of foreign languages. Giving people the opportunity to converse and share experiences goes a long way in making a better world for all of us. So feel free to stop by and revel in moments that will last you a lifetime. We look forward to seeing you!

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