Let’s Play in Japanese!

Take advantage of our East Village location! Your children can play in a childsafe, group environment while being supervised by caring and well trained staff. All activities are held in Japanese by native speakers. This includes: singing and hand songs, storytime, snack, crafts, cultural games and open play. Children over 2 years old may be dropped off. Moms, Dads, grandparents and babysitters may take the time to enjoy the bustle of the East Village. We are steps away from fashion boutiques for children and adults, a variety of Japanese restaurants, Sunrise Japanese Supermarket and convenience store JAS Mart, as well as the Japanese cafes Zaiya and Panya.

About Us

NYCNDA (Nihongo de Asobou) means NYC Let’s Play in Japanese! Inspired by the Japanese hoikuen, this program was originally created to provide children of a Japanese background with a fun and casual environment to learn the language and culture.

NYCNDA’s purpose is to make this opportunity more accessible to all New Yorkers who have an interest in providing their young children with a bicultural experience. We invite you and your family to join us on this journey!


We are excited to announce Manhattan’s only Japanese daycare program!
This is the ultimate immersion into Japanese! Children will start each day with Japanese breakfast and enjoy activities such as: interactive storytelling, daily trips to the nearby playground, music, movement, singing, games, arts & crafts, hiragana lessons, yoga and traditional karate! We are offering full and part-time daycare as well as hourly drop off (hourly drop off is based on availability).


WHO: Our programs are designed for children ages 0-6 years. Please check each program for specific ages. No previous exposure to Japanese is required. Everyone is welcome!

WHAT: Our programs do not take place inside a classroom. NYCNDA’s Daycare, Playgroup* and Mommy & Me class provide an opportunity to learn the language and culture through everyday activities. Hiragana classes are taught by our resident hoikuen teacher.

WHEN: We meet weekly at various times depending on the program. We try to offer flexibility as often as possible, including ongoing registration and make-up classes or groups.

WHERE: We are located on E.5th St and 2nd Ave. in the East Village.

HOW MUCH: NYCNDA will keep the prices as low as possible. For more savings join our email list and/or check out our multi-day passes.

*Playgroup: A playgroup is a group of children and parents who meet at a designated location and time.
By law we are permitted to have up to 10 children in our care between Monday-Friday. All children attending any of our weekday groups MUST be registered in advanced. Registration does not guarantee a spot. NYCNDA, LLC is insured under the same policy that is required of commercial daycares.

*Prices and programs may change any time without notice.