Inside Waseda

As one of Japan’s top-ranked private universities, Waseda is known for its high academic standards and a liberal climate that produces well-known politicians and leaders in major Japanese corporations. Waseda University’s main campus is located in the Nishi-Waseda district of Shinjuku, and it is the house of over 50,000 students and about 5,450 teaching and admirative staff. The nearest station to get to the main campus is Waseda. (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)

Aside from the main campus, there are seven other campuses around the country:

  • Toyama Campus: Shinjuku, Tokyo
  • Nishi-Waseda Campus: Shinjuku, Tokyo
  • Nihonbashi Campus: Chuo-ku, Tokyo
  • Higashifushimi Campus: Nishitokyo, Tokyo
  • Tokorozawa Campus: Tokorozawa, Saitama
  • Honjo Campus: Honjo, Saitama
  • Kitakyushu Campus: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka

Currently, other than the main campus, the two other most popular campuses are Toyama campus and Nishi-Waseda campus.

The campus is very big compared to other campuses around the Tokyo area. The buildings are a mixture of new and old which creates unique scenery around campus. There are many breathtaking places to visit within Waseda’s campus. The newest building to be built is the Faculty of Political Science and Economics (Building 3). Its beautiful interior and relaxing atmosphere makes this building one of the most popular go-to places for students after class or in their free time. 

Waseda's Faculty of Political Science and Economics

There are other popular places on Waseda’s campus where both the students and tourists visit, but the most well-known are:

  • Building 8 (Law Department)
  • Building 11 (Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of International Liberal Studies)
  • Building 14 (Department of Social Science)
  • Okuma Garden
  • Central Library

A Walk in the  Past in Okuma Garden

Okuma Garden is indeed a walk in the past because the garden holds many historical moments that are related to Waseda’s founder – Shigenobu Okuma. Can you believe that this picture-perfect scenery used to be Shigenobu Okuma’s backyard?  The painting-like landscape of Okuma Garden is located just past Waseda’s iconic Okuma auditorium.  The garden is open not only for students, but also for visitors and tourists to come and see for themselves if this place is as beautiful as they say.

Okuma Garden in autumn

Free Campus Tour

In order to get to know more about Waseda campus, the university is offering 2 kinds of campus tours:

  • (Regular Tours) Tours by yourself
  • (Guided Tours) Tours with a group

The tours are conducted and led by student guides in order to describe Waseda’s history, student life, and landmarks while integrating the experiences and personal knowledge from the student guide.  Waseda campus tours are not limited to prospective students and current students, alumni and parents are also welcome. There are benefits of going on a group with a guide than to go explore by yourself. Going with a guide gives you access to go to places like Okuma Auditorium clock tower and other places that are usually not open to the public.

If you are interested in the tours and want to know more information on how to apply, please click the link below.