Studied Japanese classics under Mayori Kurokawa.
Suzuki Hirotaka wanted to popularize Kokugaku or study of Japanese classics and organized Kembunkai (Society for Study of Texts ) (1877). Organized Shigaku Kyokai (Society for Historical Studies) (1883). Appointed assistant professor at Peers' School (1884).
Annotated classics including Taketori Monogatari (Tale of Kaguyahime - a girl born out of a bomboo), Tom Nikki (Diary of Voyage From Tosa) and Izayoi Nikki (The Diary of a 16-DayOld Moon).
Interested in women's education, he participated in the organization of the Japan Women' s Education Association and the publication of magazines Jogaku Zasshi (Girl Students' Magazine) and Shin Fujin (New Woman). Taught at several private women's school.