About Our School

Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin is a private Christian co-educational boarding institution of secondary education, whose educational philosophy stresses the harmonious development of man's physical, mental, and spiritual powers.

The school is comprised of a Junior High school, a Senior High school, and an Elementary school. It is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and is part of a nation-wide system of Adventist schools. SDA schools in Japan include: 4 kindergartens, 10 elementary schools, 3 junior high schools, one senior high school, and one college. These schools are part of a world-wide system of schools operated by the church – the largest Protestant education system in the world.
Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin offers a unique style of student life, partly because it is a boarding institution with students coming from all over Japan – from Hokkaido to Okinawa, and partly because it remains small enough (approx. 236 students) to retain something of a family atmosphere. As well as promoting academic excellence, Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin encourages its students to participate in the physical, social and spiritual elements of life which combine to make up a balanced education.

Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin is also accredited by the Prefectural Board of Education as a school catering for Japanese returnees, providing them with a smooth transition back to a Japanese educational system.

About Our Philosophy

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The basic philosophy of Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin can perhaps be best described in these words:  

True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study.  It means more than a preparation for the life that now is.  It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers.  It prepares the student for the Joy of service in the world and for the higher joy of wider Service in the world to come. Education, p.13
One of the school's philosophical assumptions is that every human being is endowed with power to think and to do. The school's aim is therefore to emphasize learning and help its students reach the highest intellectual level, to enable them to think critically and serve the communities of which they will ultimately become a part.

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Because Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian school, spiritual education is part of the core curriculum and compulsory for all students.

To become part of the character, these spiritual values are combined with practical experience through worship, prayer meetings, Bible camps, involvement in community work, charity concerts and even voluntary service abroad in conjunction with ADRA, the Seventh-day Adventist Development and Relief Agency. Through these practical experiences students are thus encouraged to believe that all their powers belong to God, and that they are to live to bless others, and to give God and humanity their best service.

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At the senior high level, all students are required to do 5 hours a week of practical physical work at one of the school's campus services. This work program is an integral part of the school curriculum. Saniku strives to instill the value of work and develop strong work ethics in each of our students and believes that students need to be taught that life means earnest work and responsibility.

It has been demonstrated that this work experience not only invigorates the physical powers but also tends to help students to do better academically. It also creates mutual trust and understanding, and strengthens relationships between students and teachers, as the faculty work alongside the students.

Students also take an active part in sports club activities. Some of the clubs offered are the Basketball Club, Baseball Club, Volleyball Club, Soccer Club, Tennis Club, and the Badminton Club.

About Our Location

Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin is located in Hiroshima prefecture near the small town of Daiwa. The school is ideally located in an evergreen forest at an altitude of 455 meters and surrounded by the many mountains of the prefecture. The surrounding nature is breathtaking and a perfect location for the education of young people. The campus is located within a wildlife protected area and is richly blessed with pure air and water. The surrounding forests are inhabited by deer, raccoon dogs, foxes, wild boars, and even bears.

Although the school is situated away from the noise and pollution of big cities, it is nevertheless easily accessible. Students from far away places such as Hokkaido, Tokyo and


Okinawa can fly to Hiroshima's International airport which is a mere 20 minute drive from our campus. If traveling by Shinkansen bullet train, one can stop at Mihara station if coming from the east, or at Hiroshima station if coming from the west, and change to the local JR Sanyo line for Kochi station. From there it takes only 20 minutes to the school by car. 

Hiroshima city is the largest industrial and cultural center 72 kilometers to the west within easy reach by train or car. The other two cities with easy access are Mihara to the south and Fukuyama to the east.


School Address:

Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin
296-2 Shimotokura
Daiwa-cho, Mihara-shi
Hiroshima-ken 729-1493

Tel: 0847-33-0311
Fax: 0847-33-1451
Web: www.saniku.ac.jp/hsg_english

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