Housing and transportation options are limited within the Moriyama-ku area that surrounds the school. Thus, many of the NIS families drive their children to school. As another option, NIS students can use one of eight bus routes provided by the Nagoya International School Bus Association, depending on seat availability. First priority is given to students who sign up for full service (morning and afternoon seats).
The “Kozoji shuttle bus” (Bus #1) runs between NIS and the nearest station (Kozoji station, JR Chuo Line). This bus leaves the station once in the morning and returns three times in the afternoon. This bus service is highly recommended for those parents who will allow their older children to commute to and from Kozoji using the train system. This makes it easier for students to participate in after-school sports activities and get home via the JR trains. NOTE: There is an extra afternoon shuttle option that leaves NIS at 4:40 pm to Issha station in the afternoon for Elementary students who stay after school for "After School Activities" (requires registration), and another 5:15 pm bus to Issha for Secondary students. The Issha shuttle run operates in the afternoon only.
The other nine buses (Buses #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 and #10) start from the middle or southern part of the city, traveling from through major neighborhoods in the Showa-ku, Chikusa-ku and Meito-ku “wards”. These buses have one pick-up time in the morning at certain points along the route, and leaves NIS at 3:40 after school finishes. Bus stops do not change according to where students live; rather, students must get to one of the bus stops.
NIS does not publicize the bus stops or bus times online in an open webpage. Please inquire about the bus service as part of the admissions process if you are interested in learning more about the NIS bus service.
NOTE: As of January 2020, bus #4, bus #5, and bus #9 are nearing capacity. When a bus reaches capacity, wait-lists will be created and students will be able to register for and use the bus once a seat becomes available. Students on wait-lists will have priority for seat registration if seats become available mid-year.
Note on Kozoji Station:
It takes roughly 25-30 minutes from Nagoya station to Kozoji (catch the Chuo line on either track #7 or #8, heading for “Nakatsugawa”, “Mizunami” or “Kozoji”). All trains heading out from Nagoya station on the JR Chuo line stop at Kozoji, and the cost from Nagoya is 420 yen.