Japanese for Travelers


Planning a trip to Japan? Optimize your experience by learning the basic language skills you need to navigate public transportation, shopping and dining, while focusing on the culture, etiquette and regions of Japan. Call 206.934.5339 to register two or more people each at the Friends Rate of $79.50 each.

Please contact the Continuing Education office as soon as possible. If you cancel within 2 business days before the first class meets, we will refund all but a $6.00 processing fee.* If you choose to transfer, the processing fee will be waived. Class and material fees can not be refunded after the first session of a course has started.
*(Exceptions: Electric Vehicles and CFP Live Review)

South Seattle College Continuing Education

South Seattle College Continuing Education offers over 150 lifelong learning classes each quarter for everything from Computer Skills to Cooking to Home Repair. Designed to fit into your busy schedule, these classes provide the learning opportunities you’re looking for, along with the flexibility you need. Continuing Education classes are primarily non-credit and non-graded.

Located on an 87-acre hilltop campus in West Seattle, South Seattle College offers panoramic views of the city skyline and surrounding mountains. This unique setting serves as a portal of opportunity for students with diverse needs to meet their educational and career goals. You can also train as an apprentice at our 13-acre Georgetown Campus.

We offer the right degrees and certificates to match your goals, whether you are just starting your higher education, looking to advance your career or try a new direction.

South provides opportunities to:

  • complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree program or get your bachelor's here on campus in our new BAS program or from one of our university partners.
  • to train for rewarding careers in an abundance of professional/technical programs
  • update job skills or change careers
  • complete high school
  • improve basic skills

A moderate teacher/student ratio at South translates into personal attention for each student. Faculty members are exceptionally well qualified in their subject areas and are truly interested in helping each student achieve success.

More classes from South Seattle College Continuing Education

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About the Instructor

Janelle Cook

Founder of a travel company, Janelle Cook has been 'on the road' since her teens, when she was an exchange student in Yokohama. After college, Janelle worked as a travel writer in Tokyo for 5 years, met her American husband and made Seattle home base. Janelle has traveled widely on all continents, and enjoyed experiences as random as volunteering on a kibbutz and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro on an all - women's team. Janelle has worked in the international travel industry for over 25 years, and firmly believes that travel is transformational, and that the right trip is the best possible gift. Especially if it’s a gift you give to yourself. Empowering women to travel solo is a particularly satisfying aspect of her job. Australian by birth and West Seattleite by choice, Janelle enjoys the independent spirit and open mindedness of her neighbors, a sentiment that is reinforced each time she teaches at South. Janelle believes that Continuing Education creates a community where people pool their knowledge and experience and share it to benefit each other. Nothing makes Janelle happier than the diversity of the student body at South! Janelle holds degrees in Japanese and Linguistics from the University of Canberra, particularly loves walking vacations, and hopes to eventually complete the entire 750 mile, 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage.