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2025 Applications open this fall

Our applications for 2025 departures to Japan will open mid-September, 2024. Want to be a 2025 JET participant? Check out our Positions, Eligibility Criteria, and How to Apply pages for the details!

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Meet and Talk with JET Office

Our offices across the US will be holding information sessions for 2025 JET applications starting spring of 2024. Join for a chance to talk to our Program Coordinators and JET Alumni!

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If you have questions our our Program and our application process, look no further! Answers can be found here. Before submitting your application, please check our FAQ!

Welcome to the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Founded in 1987, JET has sent more than 77,000 participants from around the globe (including more than 35,800 Americans) to work in schools, boards of education, and government offices throughout Japan. What makes JET unique is that it is the only teaching exchange program managed by the government of Japan. With more than 75 countries around the world currently participating in JET, this program offers a unique cultural exchange opportunity to meet people from all around the world, living and working in Japan. Before departing for Japan and upon return, there are a number of JET alumni organizations that host social, volunteer and professional development activities to help individuals through the transition process. Becoming a JET puts you in an elite network of incredible individuals. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

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Japan is a cultural powerhouse. From the dynasties of the 3rd century CE to modern life resembling a sci-fi movie – this is an island of the unexpected. 

To experience the whole of Japan – one needs a lifetime. Or , you can get your TESOL certification in Japan and become an English teacher in the Land Of The Rising Sun – and explore your new home to your heart’s content. 

When you book with Global, you get: 

  • Guaranteed Job Match. Once you’ve passed your TESOL course, our team will arrange interviews to help you land your dream job. 95% of Global Travellers are placed in teaching positions within a fortnight of passing their TESOL. 
  • TESOL Course. Your online, 120-hour (4 weeks), internationally recognised TESOL course is included in this trip. Learn from our experienced TESOL trainers including 1 on 1 feedback sessions.  
  • Local Activities & Experiences. Once you arrive in Japan, get the lay of the land and experience the highlights of your new home with a range of cultural activities and experiences. These may include a Japanese cooking class, a walking tour of Nagoya, and a visit to an ancient Japanese Castle and temple. 
  • Cultural Foundations Course. Know before you go with our cultural foundations course. Learn the language basics, cultural norms, and fascinating history of Japan.

Can you imagine your life in Japan? You’re surrounded by the eclectic mix of old and new that’s so prevalent in Japan.

The ancient shrines and temples tell the tantalising tale of Japan’s history – with the oldest ruins being 12,000 – 15,000 years old.

In the modern world – Japan birthed manga/anime, high-speed bullet trains, and a fashion scene found nowhere else on Earth.

Let’s not forget the interesting culture, delicious cuisine, incredible natural landscapes (with ski slopes galore), friendly and polite people….

But this isn’t just a trip to Japan. It’s an opportunity for you to get a professional certification that gives you a meaningful occupation. With a local income that will help you fund your travels and live comfortably. 

When you book with Global, you book with the best. You get the full experience for a fraction of the hassle

Our team will help you with the essentials you need to start your new journey with a bang! Including helping you find accommodation, visa assistance, a range of exciting cultural activities, and so much more.

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Certified TESOL course

On completion of your TESOL course, our team will arrange interviews with institutions across the country for you to secure a paid teaching placement. There’s a huge demand for English teachers in Japan and you could earn between $1575-$2000 USD per month, so you can fund your travels further. Or, take your new certification to a new country instead.

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Pre-departure guide, trip visa guidance, personal travel concierge, arrival guidance.

Your Trip Coordinator will pinpoint the perfect airport for you to arrive in to start your adventure. Depending on where you're going, once you’ve landed you'll either get picked up by a representative from the school, instructions for taking the train easily, or an airport transfer, all subject to the school's location.

Cultural foundation course

Local cultural experiences, interview preparation, permanent accommodation support, certificate of completion, ongoing local team support, global emergency line.

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday. 

gWorld access

Travel alone but never lonely with Social! An exclusive social network inside our gWorld app to talk, share & meet-up with other Global Travellers in your region, with a dedicated Community Manager.

Global Academy

Gain access to an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn before & whilst you travel.

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$250 off your next trip.

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Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 21 - 40 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Our Teach English trips are designed to get you set up in your new life overseas as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re on your side from the moment you get started. 

You’ll be assigned a Dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with pesky visas. No guesswork – only the right paperwork in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

Japan has a unique culture that’s different from what most foreigners are used to. We want this transition to be as smooth as possible for you. 

Which is why you’re required to take a 40-hour, online Japanese culture course before you arrive in Japan. This course is designed to help you adapt to Japanese life easily. There are a number of modules to make sure you know everything you need to know before you arrive. There are lectures, quizzes, and interactions with other travellers planning to teach English in Japan.

Next, you’ll do your 120-hour TESOL certification online. While you’re at it, our in-country partners will start preparing you for your job search and start getting all your documents sorted out. 

Our goal is to get you a job offer before you finish your course or shortly thereafter. So you know which school you’re going to, where in Japan it is, and exactly what to expect once you’re there. 

You’ll fly into the nearest airport to your placement. Your school will tell you the best way to get to your accommodation using public transport. 

If your teaching position doesn’t provide accommodation, our local team will work with you until you have a comfortable home you’re happy with – complete with the modern technology that’s standard with Japanese living. 

Rent is around 350 - 650 USD a month, excluding water and electricity. Accommodation is often single occupancy in a studio apartment. You might find a private room in a larger shared house with shared utilities. You’ll be asked to pay a 1 – 2 month deposit at the time of moving in. 

To help you get a feel for your new home, this trip includes the following activities (weather dependent): a Japanese cooking class to impress your friends back home, walking tour of Nagoya, a visit to an ancient Japanese castle, or a trip to Tokugawa Art Museum. 

These activities happen over weekends in Nagoya. So you can join in on the weekend closest to your arrival. 

Our support doesn’t end there. We’ll be in touch during your trip to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns we’re one quick message, DM, email, or carrier pigeon away. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience.

We’re with you every step of the way.


To qualify for this trip you must have a Bachelor’s Degree in any field. You also must be a native English speaker and have a valid passport from a native-English speaking country. You must bring a laptop to help with your classroom duties.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, criminal background check, souvenirs, and spending money.

If accommodation isn’t included in your teaching placement, our team will help you find a comfortable home you’re happy with close to your teaching placement.

The beauty of this trip is that you have the freedom to create your own adventure. But, for a rough idea, this is what most travellers journey looks like:

Before departure

Complete your 120-hour online TESOL certification from anywhere with an internet connection. 

You’ll also need to complete the 40-hour online cultural foundations course before you leave. 

Our in-country partners will then start sending out your resume and getting you ready for job interviews. Once you’ve secured a job, it’s all-systems-go getting your visa and other documentation sorted.

We’re with you from the moment you get started. You’ll be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with the pesky visa. No guesswork – only the right paperwork, approved the first time, in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, visas, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

Before you land in Japan you’ll be given detailed instructions on how to get to your accommodation using public transport. 

Nagoya is where you’ll enjoy a wide range of local activities and excursions included in your trip along with your new teacher friends. 

More often than not, people are offered a paid teaching position before they even finish their course. In the rare cases this doesn’t happen – as long as you graduated from your TESOL –  our local partners won’t stop until you have a paid teaching position confirmed. 

But our support doesn’t end there. We’ll be in touch during your trip to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns we’re one quick message, DM, email, or carrier pigeon away. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Join 80,000+ travellers – giving us 10,000+ 4 & 5 star reviews – by choosing Global to make your travel dreams come true. 

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited. So if you’re serious about teaching in Japan, don’t delay. 

With our Book Now, Decide Later feature, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and setting you up with our partner in Japan. 

This is the trip for you if you’re after the ultimate teaching experience in Japan, complete with everything you need and 24/7 support.

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The main purpose of this trip is to get your TESOL qualification so you can teach English as a foreign language anywhere in the world . 

You’ll do your 4-week TESOL course online before you even set foot in Japan. 

As tourism grows and globalisation makes the world smaller, English continues to be the ‘global language’ for mutual communication. 

Which means that people who live in non-English speaking countries could open up a world of opportunities for themselves and their communities by learning to speak English – even in modern and advanced countries like Japan. 

Japan takes education seriously. The strive for excellence is part of the culture in Japan, and this translates into their education system as well. 

Which means this is the perfect trip for someone who wants to follow a career in education, but wants to travel the world while they’re doing it. A stint as an English teacher in Japan will look great on your resume and set you up for success for a future in education.

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While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

No experience? No problem! Most Teach trips include a comprehensive in-country TESOL/TEFL course and certification. Led by experienced instructors, these courses equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in the field. All in-country courses include in-person teaching practice with real students so you can gain practical experience as well as cultural immersion, to ensure success when you're out in the field.

One of the huge advantages of choosing Global Work & Travel for your Teach adventure is our commitment to helping you secure your first paid teaching placement. Our in-country partners have a stellar reputation for training highly competent and confident English Teachers. With their extensive network of schools and language institutes, they work diligently to set you up with a paid placement. Once you complete your TESOL/TEFL course, or sometimes even before finishing it, our in-country team will set up interviews, prepare you for success, and guide you towards securing your desired teaching position. Then it's off to enrich the lives of students with your English wisdom!

Most Teach trips include initial accommodation, and our in-country partner will provide resources to help you find a clean, comfortable, and affordable place to stay during your teaching placement. It's common for our teachers to develop great friendships and opt to live and work together. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the modern, nice, and affordable accommodation options available to you. Rest assured, we'll ensure you have a comfortable home away from home during your Teach trip!

Absolutely! While the earning potential may vary depending on the teaching destination, all our teachers on the field earn more than enough to cover their living expenses and save some funds for exciting side trips or future travels. Many teachers even take advantage of additional tutoring opportunities to further boost their income. You can rest assured that your teaching placement will provide you with sufficient financial resources to support yourself and enjoy the incredible experiences that await during your time abroad.

Absolutely! Once you've successfully completed your TESOL/TEFL course and initial placement in the country you booked, you'll have developed the skills and experience necessary to excel in English teaching. Many of our teachers take advantage of this and choose to explore other fascinating destinations while leveraging their English teaching skills as a means to work and travel the world. It's an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons, immerse yourself in different cultures, and continue making a positive impact through teaching. The possibilities are endless when it comes to teaching in multiple destinations - the world is literally your oyster!

While we acknowledge your existing TESOL/TEFL, we require all our teachers to complete our comprehensive TESOL/TEFL Course & Certification included in the trip package. This ensures that you are equipped with the necessary skillset, practical experience, and premium accreditation for success in the field. Even teachers with prior TESOL/TEFL certifications, including those with extensive professional teaching experience, have found immense value in our course. Our courses provide local language and cultural training, lesson planning, in-class observation and evaluation, and more. It serves as a refresher, helps you acclimatise to the local environment, make lifelong friends, and ensures you are fully confident when applying your teaching skills.

After the last unexpected disruption to travel caused by the..c word..people are now more eager than ever to venture out and explore the world, determined not to miss out on any experiences. Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12+ months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

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At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

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The 8 Best Programs To Teach English In Japan (Not just the JET program!)

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Discover the 8 best programs to teach English in Japan in order to broaden your options when teaching English abroad.

Japan is of the most popular destinations for teach abroad programs and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.

The West has been obsessing over Japanese culture since time immemorial.

From robots to anime to pokémon to geishas to Shinto shrines to Final Fantasy to Studio freakin’ Ghibli to…okay, you get the idea.

Ever heard of a weeaboo ? Well, it means someone who has taken their love of Japanese culture a little too far (it’s intended to be derogatory, but it sounds too cute to feel that way).

Anyway, the fact is we love Japan!

And as a result, lots of English speakers flock there to teach conversational and business English.

Despite the prevalence of weeaboos among us, few teachers seem to know that much about what program options exist for teaching English in Japan.

Have you ever done a Google search for “teach English in Japan programs?” or “how to teach English in Japan?”

Google is filled with page after page of the JET program!

You’d even be forgiven for assuming it’s one of the only ways to land a job as an English teacher in Japan.

This is simply not the case, there are plenty of different programs bringing fluent English speakers to the most sought after places in Japan, including Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Nagoya.

We’re going to talk about the best programs out there so that you can broaden your options and finally embrace Japanese culture up close and personal.

Here are the best programs to teach English in Japan :

  • The JET program
  • JIEC Program
  • Benesse BE studio

1. The JET program

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Perfect for: Graduates across all majors and new teaching graduates.

Okay, so this couldn’t be a blog about teaching abroad programs in Japan without including JET.

Thing is, it’s not your only option, so remember that and don’t despair if you don’t get in.

There are other programs (which we’ve taken the liberty of listing our faves below) and this is not the only way to kickstart your English teaching adventure in Japan.

The JET program (also known as the JET Programme) stands for the Japan Exchange and Teaching program. It’s a Japanese government run program and one of the most reputable.

They hire English-speaking graduates from all over the world to live and teach in Japan.

It’s a mix of private and public schools and as far as salary goes, it’s one of your better options .

Positions include competitive salaries, benefits, housing allocations, and the magical flight reimbursement.

If you work with ALT, you are an Assistant Language Teacher, which means you have help in the classroom (a benefit for first year teachers who might be nervous to face a class for the first time).

Positions are available across Japan and the finer details of your contract will depend on what school you end up in.

How do I know if I qualify for the JET program?

Here are the requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • TEFL certification considered a strong asset
  • Interest in Japanese culture (you will be considered a cultural ambassador)
  • Be both mentally and physically healthy

Interested? Check out this first-hand account from a recent JET program participant !

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Perfect for: Graduates across all majors and new teaching graduates who want to teach in rural Japan.

Interac is one of the biggest programs recruiting ESL teachers for Japan.

They hire all year round but tend to place teachers in the spring and fall.

Spring is their biggest season, so that might be the best time to send over your resume.

This is also an ALT (Assistant Language Program) position, so there’s a safety net in the classroom for the nervous amongst you.

One thing to note is that a lot of the positions are in rural areas and they do recommend that candidates are able to drive.

They tend to prefer applicants open to a quieter existence and willing to drive.

The positions offered in cities are crazy competitive and tend to be easier to transfer into once you’ve already taught in Japan for a year or two.

A teacher set on working in a Japanese city might do a year working with Interac Japan in the countryside to pave the way for their metropolitan dream!

Interac Japan requirements:

  • Fluent speaker of English
  • Educated through English for at least 12 years

3. Westgate

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Perfect for: Experienced ESL teachers with a bachelor’s degree.

If you’re interested in teaching English at the university level in Japan, then the Westgate program is for you.

Universities come out on top in terms of benefits and salary so you can expect an impressive salary if you land one of these coveted positions.

On top of that, teachers can expect to receive a fully-developed curriculum.

This is in stark comparison to some university programs in other countries where you might get thrown in at the deep end with little or (*shudder*) no guidance.

Westgate offers 3–5 month contracts to prospective teachers so you can get a taster before committing to Japan for the long-haul.

In addition to all this, you don’t even need a master’s degree to apply.

Usually, all they’re looking for is an undergrad with an ESL certification and some solid teaching experience (1,000 hours of ESL classroom teaching).

Westgate also hires full-time elementary school English teachers with contracts for this program lasting 4–7 months.

They require a university degree, ESL certificate and at least 1,000 hours of teaching experience with young learners.

Westgate requirements:

  • ESL certificate
  • 1,000 hours ESL teaching experience (for elementary positions, experience must be with young learners)

4. JIEC Program

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Perfect for: ESL teachers with a degree and 2 years of experience.

JIEC Japan generally hires ESL teachers for Japanese kindergartens, but teaching positions do exist at other levels.

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on job postings on their site as they hire all year round.

They look for ESL teachers with a Bachelor’s degree (minimum) and two years’ experience (specifically teaching ESL).

In terms of JIEC benefits, accommodation is covered and a settlement bonus is usually included, as well as a competitive salary.

Their kindergartens are usually private and so hours can vary including both weekends and weekday evenings.

JIEC Japan requirements:

  • 2 years of ESL teaching experience

5. NOVA Japan

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Perfect for: Fluent English speakers with no experience.

NOVA Japan is a private English school that offers all sorts of opportunities for ESL teachers in Japan because they are considered a one-stop shop for learning English as a second language.

From one-to-one conversation classes with business professionals to more traditional classroom-based learning.

There are over 250 branches so you could end up teaching anywhere!

One of the advantages of this program is that all the teachers in the school are fluent English speakers so you will have a ready-made expat community in place.

The benefits are awesome with teachers having their accommodation sorted, flights reimbursed and a guaranteed number of lessons in their contract.

Other perks of the job include Japanese lessons with a fluent Japanese speaker (at a discounted rate) so those of you hoping to speak the local lingo will be taken care of!

Nova Japan requirements:

  • No teaching experience required
  • Fluent English speaker

working for gaba japan

Perfect for: TEFL certified graduates across all majors.

If you’re an English teacher who wants to focus on 1-to-1 language lessons, Gaba (an eikaiwa , or English conversation, chain of schools) is your best bet.

Specializing in adult learners, Gaba gives you the chance to be really creative.

No two lessons will be the same as the focus is on a custom learning experience for all students.

Gaba has their own methodology and training is provided.

The best part is that this program is incredibly flexible, allowing teachers to choose their own schedules and control their income.

Monthly earnings will vary, but the going rate is 1500 yen per 40-minute lesson with bonuses in place for high-performing teachers.

The one thing to note is that teachers are treated as independent contractors so they will be responsible for their own flights/accommodation, etc.

This is definitely a great opportunity for those teachers that enjoy their freedom and aren’t fazed by the idea of setting themselves up in Japan.

Gaba requirements:

  • Fluent English
  • ESL qualification (TEFL certified)
  • Experience in a corporate environment

7. Benesse BE Studio

Benesse BE studio

Perfect for: Graduates across all majors.

Benesse BE studio provides exciting English learning programs for children in over 1,700 schools across Japan. The youngest student is 9 months old. The majority of students are Japanese students under the age of 7.

Teachers will enjoy the fun and interactive activity-based lessons just as much as the students.

Class sizes are kept small (up to 8 students) to allow for a highly engaging communicative environment for young learners to be exposed to and exercise authentic English communication skills.

Teachers are supported with a comprehensive training program and relocation/work visa assistance.

Benesse BE studio requirements:

ecc teach in japan

Perfect for: Experienced ESL instructors and licensed educators.

With 188 schools across Japan, the ECC Japan currently employs over 400 overseas teachers and they’re on the lookout for a whole lot more.

ECC schools in Japan are immersive English environments where students are encouraged to speak English as much as possible.

From children to adults, they offer a wide range of classes, so teachers tend to get a choice of who they want to teach.

It’s worth noting that this is a private language school and teaching hours will usually be evenings and weekends.

This program recruits globally, so you have the chance to speak to someone in person before flying across the world.

Check out the ECC jobs page for more details on working for ECC Japan, including ECC requirements, the application process, teaching locations, salaries and more.

ECC Japan requirements:

  • Able to attend a 1-day recruiting session

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Amity Corporation

If you’re interested in teaching conversational English to children as young as 6 months old and up to 18 years old, then the Amity Corporation may be for you.

Since 1994, Amity has provided teaching opportunities for experienced, motivated professionals from around the world.

Amity has over 96 schools throughout Japan in cities, suburbs and rural areas. Imagine living in Japan, exploring the countryside on the weekends, taking the bullet train, staying up late in Tokyo, and tasting all the delicious street food you walk past.

Not to mention the incredible perks that come with being employed by Amity.

Amity offers a generous 1-year contract with a competitive salary, fully furnished subsidized apartment, transportation stipend, work visa sponsorship, paid training, holidays and vacation periods, subsidized corporate health insurance, and a contract completion bonus.

Amity requirements:

  • Fluent English language speaker

Choosing the best program for you

If you are passionate about teaching abroad and have always dreamed of living in Japan, why not marry these two dreams together? If you’re not sure it’s the right move for you yet, try testing things out by going to Japan for a short stay and teaching English online. (This might even open the doors to re-deciding your home country altogther!)

To recap, our 8 favorite programs for teaching English in Japan are:

  • Bonus: Amity Corporation

Each program offers something a little different, but there are tons of options to ensure you find the best possible fit for you.

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Teaching in Japan is a chance of a lifetime to explore one of the richest cultures and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the world. Japan has an ancient culture full of beautiful traditions and art, amazing food, and advanced technologies, offering teachers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind country.

Greenheart Travel’s program is ideal if you:

  • Love the idea of making an impact in a local community
  • Want to experience a culture completely different than what you are used to
  • Love trying different and new foods
  • Can’t wait to embrace Japanese culture. Bring it on!

Program at a Glance:

  • 12-month contracts
  • Guaranteed paid English teaching positions in 6 different areas of Japan
  • Average salary of $1650-$2300 USD/month
  • Weekend orientation in Nagoya
  • Placements in elementary, middle, & high schools.
  • 2 times/year start dates for public schools, year-round for private language centers

Teaching Placement Only: $2,020 USD Ideal if you’re already TESOL certified or have teaching credentials

Teaching Placement +  Online TESOL certification course: $2,270 USD Ideal if you don’t have a TESOL yet, or don’t have classroom experience

Teaching Placement +  TESOL certification course: $3,420 USD (Offering a $100 discount on this option for all 2024 start dates) Ideal if you don’t have a TESOL yet, or don’t have classroom experience

Teaching Placement +  Online TESOL certification course: $2,580 Ideal if you don’t have a TESOL yet and don’t have a BA

Packaged into the Price:

  • 3 weeks  of intensive TESOL/TEFL training in Nagoya(if chosen)
  • 1-week cultural orientation upon arrival
  • 1 months accommodation  during the course (shared housing)
  • Guaranteed job placement
  • 6 months international medical  and accident insurance
  • Japanese language classes (more info in tab to the left)
  • Visa and work permit support
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Full background check on school/agent
  • Job application documentation assistance
  • Ongoing post-placement support
  • Accommodation assistance in Japan during the school orientation. Some schools will pay for the orientation accommodation, others do not.

Our Support and Services: 

  • Visa Assistance  in applying for the visa ahead of arrival, including visa paperwork and extensive directions and support.
  • Extensive pre-departure advice and support from Ana your program managers! They will be able to answer all your questions and will be with you from your first inquiry, all the way through preparing to leave and your arrival in Japan.
  • Highly experienced team of  in-country support staff members
  • 24 hour in-country and emergency support  for duration of the program, including 24 hour emergency phone numbers to reach a program manager at any time.
  • Free Program Extension – You never have to pay a program fee again if you extend your contract past your first semester – it’s a one-time fee!
  • Lifetime job placement assistance  in Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Costa Rica, or Myanmar upon successful completion of first contract.
  • Opportunity to apply for a Greenheart Grant to give back to your community at home or abroad

Additional Expenses You’ll Need to Cover (Estimates):

  • Airfare to Japan ($800)
  • Visa fee or any costs associated with obtaining documents required for the visa ($100)
  • Background check ($30-$50)
  • Meals ($20/day)
  • Daily transport (this is sometimes reimbursed by the school)
  • Rent during your teaching contract (~$800/month)
  • A laptop:  Teachers are responsible for bringing a laptop computer to Japan with them for lesson planning
  • Startup cash to hold you over until your first paycheck ($2000-$2500)

Payment Details:

  • R efunded if you are not accepted  
  • Confirms your spot on a start date 
  • Remaining Balance Due 60 Days Prior to Start Date

Wondering where exactly your program fee goes? Here’s a breakdown:

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Basic Eligibility:

  • Fluent English Speaker
  • *older applicants taken on a case-by-case basis
  • We can accept a variety of citizenships, but this can depend on whether you are interested in a public school or a private school.
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 120-hour TESOL/TEFL (either as a part of this program or preemptively acquired)
  • 12 years+ schooling in English
  • Be in great mental and physical health
  • Clean criminal record
  • A passport with at least six months of validity AFTER you plan to leave Japan
  • An adventurous attitude and strong flexibility are a must
  • No visible tattoos; facial piercings must be removed
  • Driver’s license (required for public schools, not required for private language centers)

Still need your TEFL/TESOL certificate?

Add on a 4-week 120 hour online TESOL certification course, which you will complete before coming to Japan.

Why should you take the our TESOL course?

While we are happy to accept individuals who already have a TESOL/TEFL certification, if you do not yet have one, we highly recommend taking ours as this course is specially designed to prepare you to teach English in Japan and is customized for Japan’s unique education system.

Accreditation Information

This TESOL course is internationally accredited by the Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Agency (OTTSA). The course is audited quarterly by OTTSA staff, and will qualify you to teach anywhere in the world that requires or prefers a TEFL or TESOL certification. The certification lasts for the rest of your life!

In -person TEFL Course + Placement Program Start Dates:

Our online TESOL starts on the first Monday of each month, so you will have plenty of chances to get your certification before coming to Japan.

Public vs Private School Hiring Dates

Private language centers in Japan (Eikaiwas) hire throughout the year. December and January tend to be quieter hiring times but otherwise eikaiwas hire year around. Hiring for eikaiwas happens around four months in advance of the start date. 

Public schools have two main hiring times: March and September . Hiring for public schools happens around seven months in advance. This is a good opportunity for teachers that sign up and want to have a placement confirmed far ahead of time.

Public School Start Dates

Applications are taken until the program is full for that date, but contact us if you are interested in applying for a start date that is not listed above. Sometimes we are able to take very last minute applicants.

During your school orientation

Accommodation during your school orientation will be arranged, but you may be required to pay depending on the school. The cost is anywhere from 25 – 40 USD per day for shared accommodation for the orientation. Some schools will pay for the orientation accommodation, others do not. There is also the possibility that you would be immediately put in your permanent accommodation during this time as well.

In Your Placement City

Accommodation will be set up for the teacher, but teachers pay their own rent. Rent is generally between USD 500 and 800 per month, exclusive of electricity and water. Accommodation is either single occupancy, fairly basic, and typically efficiency/studio apartments or a private room in a larger shared house with shared facilities. In some instances, Internet is often provided in accommodation costs, however in some instances it must be purchased separately. Teachers are typically asked to pay 1-2 months deposit at the time of moving in to the apartment.

Placements are throughout the country in both urban and suburban areas however the majority of positions are in the suburban areas. 

There are a wide range of teaching environments, from more advanced, modern classrooms with small class sizes and extensive technology in the classroom, to classrooms that are standard, and lacking in technology. Some placements will have assistant teachers in the classroom but many will not.

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Am I guaranteed a job placement?

Yes, acceptance onto the program means placement is guaranteed. Placements for Japan are secured before entering the country.

Will I be the only foreign teacher?

In most schools you will most likely be the only teacher. However, it is very likely to have other teachers in your immediate area at other schools as well as plenty of others in the same region.

Is Japan safe?

Japan is among the safest countries in the world with crime rates lower than any other industrialized countries.

Do I need to know Japanese?

While it is not required to speak any Japanese for this program, some schools will be more excited about an applicant with even the basics down.

Besides that, learning even just some Japanese will immensely improve your daily life, so best to start ASAP!

Can I apply with my friend/spouse/significant other?

We cannot place couples or friends in the same location together. They must be open to teaching in different areas in Japan. The likelihood of being placed close to each other is as follows:

Same region: We will try our best, and the candidates would know at the same time that they are accepted on whether or not they will be in the same region

Same prefecture: Possible, but can’t be guaranteed and wouldn’t be known until much closer to arrival

Same area (city, etc. within the prefecture): Very unlikely and wouldn’t be known until much closer to arrival

Able to live together: Not possible

Will I have insurance in Japan?

You will be covered by comprehensive international medical and accident insurance through Greenheart Travel for  1 YEAR  as part of your program fee. This will cover you for most medical expenses you could incur, like prescriptions, ER visits, doctor visits, dental accidents, and hospitalizations. If you want to extend your coverage, we’ll provide the link to purchase additional coverage.

I identify as LGBTQ+. How will I be supported?

Our staff and in-country partners are also very welcoming and accepting of all gender identities. We can provide extra support if needed. 

During the application process we are happy to provide information on the cultural norms of our destination countries and are prepared to advise you on the best programs based on your needs and interests.  

Please read more here.

I am a certified teacher/majored in Education, should I still take the TESOL Course?

It is required to have a TESOL/TEFL regardless of prior qualifications. You are allowed to obtain your TESOL/TEFL certificate elsewhere, but it is highly recommended to obtain yours through our program as our TESOL course is specially designed for teaching English in Japan.

When should I apply?

For private schools, hiring takes place around 4 months prior to your start date, but even sooner is better.

For public schools, the process takes about 7 months. If you are interested in starting in March, individuals need to be signed up before the end of August. For individuals interested in starting in September, individuals need to be signed up before the end of February.

Do we have to find our own accommodation?

Your school will have your accommodation ready for you. Depending on the area, there may be 1-3 options available.

How do I get a visa?

Our team in Japan does it all for you! After your initial documents are sent through, they immediately begin working on your visa and will guide you through the entire process.

What if I want to stay longer than one year? How do I extend?

Most schools will be glad to have you extend your contract as long as you do a good job! If you are interested in switching to a different location or a different country, please contact us and we can begin the process with you.

What vaccines do I need?

Greenheart Travel strongly recommends that travelers be vaccinated against COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccine is no longer mandatory for placement. However, some schools still request it, so the teachers just need to be flexible in terms of placement location .

We recommend visiting your doctor or a local travel clinic for updated advice on recommended immunizations. You should visit a doctor a couple of months before your program.

Here is some health information for Japan:

What are my start-up costs?

These are the typical startup costs for our participants. This is on average for the first 1-1.5 months before they receive their first paycheck and after they arrive in Japan:

  • Travel to placement: $100
  • Food and drink: $900 ($20 per day)
  • Accommodation 2.5 months (one month deposit included here but not always necessary): $1,500
  • Transport Incidentals: $400
  • Total: $2,900

Will someone pick me up at the airport?

Yes! You will have a school representative pick you up at the airport. The exact details of this will be made known to you before you leave.

Are flights included?

No, flights are the responsibility of participants.

Will there be a book or curriculum to follow?

Typically there will be a curriculum for you to follow, but the exact nature of this depends on the exact school. Required books are usually used, but this also depends on the school.

What is the most common level of English ability for the students?

This is somewhat dependent on the age of the students. It’s best to assume it to be a bit lower than your initial expectations, as these schools are not normally in city centers.

Will teachers be teaching alone or will there be assistant teachers?

In public schools you will be an assistant language teacher (ALT) in which you will be teaching alongside a Japanese teacher.

In private schools you will most likely be teaching alone (unless specified otherwise).

What is the dress code for teaching?

The dress code for Japanese schools is typically on the formal side (no sneakers, jeans, t-shirts, etc.). Every school varies depending on how much this is enforced, so it is best to show up dressed more formal and see what other teachers are dressing like once you get there.

What meals are provided?

Meals are not provided in this program.

Can I bring my children and/or pets?

Children and pets are not allowed on this program.

Will I have access to internet?

Japan has fantastic internet. In your apartment this will be either setup prior to your arrival or you will get assistance in setting it up after you arrive.

What holidays will I have off?

Public school teachers get approximately 1 month off of unpaid leave and all public holidays as paid leave.

Private school teachers do not get long-term paid or unpaid leave, but do get all public holidays off.

How am I paid? Can I save money?

You will be paid in Japanese Yen. Salaries range from about $1,600-$1,900 USD per month. Because of the living cost in Japan, saving potential may not be as high as some other countries. The average savings per month is around $150-$400, but this will vary based on one’s personal spending habits.

Our optional orientation weekends happen in Nagoya and are designed to help participants to meet other teachers who are new to Japan. They will also help orientate participants to their new surroundings. In conjunction with classroom learning, participants will also take part in excursions to significant sites around Nagoya. These cultural orientation weekends happen twice per year.  The excursions will be selected from the following, typically 2 excursions will be included in the weekends. Activities may include:

Nagoya Castle. Center of Nagoya. Famous ancient castle and home of one of the largest in Japan from the ancient period and at the time was one of the most important castles in Japan. Participants will go on guided tour of the castle and town.

Japanese Cooking Class. Learn how to make traditional skewered Yakitori Chicken and/or sushi. Participants will partake in amazing Japanese fare with our unique cooking class.

Walking Tour of Nagoya. We take participants on a guided tour of downtown Nagoya, including parks, viewpoints and even an anime shopping center!

The Tokugawa Art Museum. Learn about the ancient Samurai history and also the art of tea consumption during the empires of yesteryear on our trip to the Tokugawa Art Museum, which is also is based around a beautiful park that participants can explore. 

The weekend will be provided from Nagoya and several times per year, not when participants initially arrive. One night hostel style accommodation and 1-2 days of activities will be provided, however transportation will not be provided to the site of the orientation  Activities may include cooking class, Japanese language, meet-up party, karaoke evening, and trips to Nagoya historical and cultural sites. The specific dates and itinerary will be finalized at a later date.

Greenheart Travel has been helping travel-hungry adventurers for many years, and there are advantages of applying for this program through us:

  • 33 years of experience with cultural exchange programs
  • Friendly, responsive, and professional support from your program manager, Ana.
  • Connect with alumni and others on the program via our Greenheart Travel only Facebook forums , before you even leave!
  • We try and make our program fees as inclusive as we can. We include things like extensive medical insurance for 12 months (medical maximum of $150,000 and prescription coverage with $0 copay).
  • Greenheart Atlas Program . The Greenheart Travel Atlas is a cultural training interactive guidebook alongside five videos where you will find three main topics covered: Personal/Professional Development, Cultural Understanding, & Environmental Awareness.
  • Guaranteed job placement. Take the stress out of finding a job, we 100% guarantee we’ll find one for you!
  • Our alumni recommend us! Reviews // Reviews
  • Hands on support and personal attention every step of the way
  • 24/7 emergency phone number to reach a staff member at any time
  • Pre-departure “Culture Shock and Adjustment” Webinar before you leave
  • Discounts for future Greenheart Travel programs
  • We are a non-profit, mission based organization
  • Continued support throughout your contract

We also have some unique offerings to our Greenheart Travel teachers and alumni!

Greenheart Grants

Greenheart Grants are funds awarded to Greenheart Travel participants to use for community development projects in their host or home country. A Greenheart Grant is the opportunity to create, improve, or maintain an impactful, community-focused project abroad or at home. Grant funds could be applied to supporting women’s cooperatives, schools, community centers, or health clinics, for example. Grant winners will be featured on our website, social media, and blog. You can see our past winners on our blog here.

Greenheart Alumni Program

We created the Greenheart Travel Alumni Program to provide resources and a community to support alumni in their advancement as global leaders, and a way to celebrate and reward our participants for being ambitious, inspiring catalysts of cultural exchange!

Greenheart Global Leaders Conference

Each August Greenheart offers full ride scholarships to over 40 alumni to attend our annual conference in Washington, DC. Participants even get a chance to advocate for cultural exchange in a presentation to the US Department of State. You can see more about what GGLC is and what you could do at the conference here.

1. Start Your Application Here . You will be sent more information as well as the link to our application portal to begin your formal application.

2. Submit Basic Program Information: The first step in our application portal will be basic things like your chosen start date, etc.

3. Submit your Application Fee : A $300 fee is required in order to apply for the program. This is subtracted from your total program fee. If we are unable to accept you following your interview (very unlikely!) we will refund your Application Fee in full.

4. Complete Application & Documents : Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts. You will also submit your documents (below) within your portal account.

5.   Zoom Interview: Once you have submitted your online application and paid your application fee, you will be asked to schedule a video interview with a Greenheart Travel representative.

6. You’re Accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within 1-2 weeks of their interviews.

7. Commitment Payment: Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $300 commitment payment within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program. Once you submit your commitment payment you will unlock the acceptance portion of your portal, which includes things like pre-departure videos, travel and arrival information, the Greenheart Travel Atlas, and more.

After submitting your commitment payment you will move onto the document, visa, and job interview portion of the process:

Step 1: Once are approved,  a member of our team in Japan will reach out to you to complete your profile to make the following:

  • Introduction video – the requirements for this are different depending on whether you are applying to public schools or private language centers. 
  • Professional resume – the requirements for this are different depending on whether you are applying to public schools or private language centers.
  • Cover letter expressing your interest in a teaching position in Japan

Once this is complete, we begin marketing you to our school network in Japan.

Note: With some schools, there may be an additional requirement to provide two professional references.

Step 3: Our team will coordinate interviews with school partners. The interview process is generally anywhere from 1-3 calls with the school for placement. Most commonly, the interview comprises of a 1 to 1.5 hour formal interview. A teaching demonstration may be required (depending on the school) and if so, information will be provided in advance to help you prepare. No TESOL/TEFL is needed at the time of the demo. The schools just want to get an idea of your commitment to preparation and your tone and manner. We have instructors on hand to guide you in preparing for the demo lesson. Note that not all schools will require a teaching demo. 

Step 4: Placement is offered by the school partner. We will send a letter to you confirming the placement offer and basic information. Typically placement location is not known at that time so it is not provided in the initial offer letter.

Step 5: A full teaching contract and visa application documents and guidelines to apply are sent you. Note that the contract does not typically include the actual location of the placement. In many cases this is only finalized near the time of arrival or once you arrive in country. You will then send the signed contract, Certificate of Eligibility application form and supporting documents to the school. 

Step 6: Once the school receives your documents, you will apply for the visa paperwork from the Japan immigration department. This process typically takes 1-2 months to arrange. However in rare circumstances it can take up to three months for the COE to be issued. When the documents have been processed by immigration a Certificate of Eligibility will be issued and sent to you via post.

Step 7: Once the visa paperwork is sent to you, you then apply for your visa from your local Japanese embassy.

Step 8: Once the visa is granted and received from the Japanese Embassy, you are then free to buy your flight and travel to Japan.

Note that in some circumstances you must provide before arriving in Japan a doctor’s note stating that you are in good health. You may also be required to take a Tuberculosis test prior to arrival or during in-country orientation. This is only the case with some schools. These items are the only medical related items required for your application to teach through our school network in Japan.

Total timeline for placement only from signup until arrival in country is outlined in the table below. Please note that this an approximate time and conservative estimate. It could go over or be a bit less time. We estimate anywhere from 3 to 6 months from initial program signup until visa is in hand and you are ready to travel to Japan.

Have questions or want to talk to program manager? Set up a time to have a phone call below.

Take a glimpse into life in Japan through some teacher’s photos. Make sure to also check out #greenhearttravel on Instagram for more!

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We have partnered with a reputable Japanese language school to offer all teachers signed up for our program  4 free Japanese classes!

These include one live 80-minute class per week, plus weekly materials to be completed before the class.

These classes are designed for those who prefer to have weekly set classes to prepare for in order to stay on task and keep motivation high. This program consists of live language practice sessions which can be set 100% around your schedule. Below is a brief breakdown of the course components:

  • Course Materials:  These materials are provided free of charge and will be sent out at the beginning of the month in order to prepare for your language classes
  • The Live Practice Sessions:  At the same time each week (you can choose a timeslot that best suits your schedule), you meet with your teacher and a small group of other students of a similar level to practice what you have learned in the week’s materials. Classes are available both online or in-person (based in Nagoya), depending on your availability and schedule
  • Continuing your learning: After the first 4 weeks, you are free to then continue with the school and pursue getting your Japanese ability up to the next level.

This is a great and engaging way to learn the language, taught by experienced and qualified Japanese language teachers in small groups with others who are looking to learn the language too.

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If you’re looking for a challenge like no other, consider teaching English in Japan. 

Japan is a popular TEFL destination for many reasons. Living and teaching in Japan is certainly like nowhere else. You’re probably familiar with anime and sushi, but there is so much more to this interesting country. 

Let’s look at why you should teach English in Japan, where you should teach in Japan, who you can teach in Japan, how much you can earn in Japan and everything else you need to know about teaching English in Japan.

Why teach English in Japan?

A country of natural beauty, fascinating culture and an interesting mix of the past, present and future, teaching English in Japan is one of the most popular TEFL destinations in the world. Here are three reasons you should consider teaching English in Japan:

Teaching jobs in Japan are plentiful. Whether you prefer to stay in the bright lights of Tokyo or head for the more tranquil countryside, there are plenty of job opportunities to suit a range of preferences and skill sets.

The salaries are generous. The cost of living in and around Tokyo may be high, but the salaries match that. In smaller towns and cities, life is much more affordable – and just as interesting.

The lifestyle is fascinating. Living and teaching in Japan is likely to be very different from what you are used to. Teaching English in Japan will give you a glimpse into one of the most unique locations on the planet.

Teaching in Japan is certainly one of the biggest adventures a nomad can embark on. It requires a lot of adaptability , resilience , and an open mind . You’ll be living in a new environment, surrounded by unfamiliar customs and language, and you’ll need to learn how to navigate your way around. 

Of course, in our humble opinion, the memories and experiences you’ll make along the way will make all of these more than worthwhile! 

Read more: Interesting Facts about Japan

Where to teach English in Japan

There are quite a few cities where you can teach English in Japan. Tokyo , Osaka and Kyoto are the hotspots for teaching English in Japan, but there are many smaller towns and villages where Japanese students need English teachers. Teaching in Japan can mean teaching in a public school, private language school or international school.

Best for city-slicker teachers

Tokyo is a behemoth of a city, the largest city in Japan . Rich in history, it seamlessly blends the ultramodern with the traditional. Because of its sheer size, teachers in Tokyo may find themselves with a commute of 60 to 90 minutes from their accommodation to school. 

Teaching in Tokyo would suit TEFL teachers who are not shy of long hours and enjoy living in a modern , urban environment .

Nice mix of culture, nightlife, and great food

Osaka is a cultural and gastronomic hub of Japan while also being home to some of the biggest technology brands – and the original Japanese Buddhist temple, Shitteno-ji Tempe. It is the third-largest city in Japan.

Teaching English in Osaka is popular with English teachers who want to save a bit more money than they could in Tokyo.

Best for culturally immersive experiences

Kyoto is one of the most popular Japanese cities to visit and teach in. A small city, Kyoto is where you are sure to encounter traditional Japanese culture on an everyday basis. 

Home to literally thousands of Buddhist temples and hundreds of Shinto shrines, Kyoto is the perfect teaching experience for those who want to explore traditional Japanese culture . 

Smaller towns and cities

Best for a laid-back lifestyle

If you prefer a more laid-back lifestyle , Japan has plenty of smaller towns that are also buzzing with job opportunities. 

For instance, there’s Chiba , a small town next to Tokyo that is more affordable and relaxed. Sendai , a rural town, is also an up-and-coming area for teaching English. And if you’re looking for something close to Osaka, Kobe is a great option – just a 15-minute drive away and filled with energy and activity.

Whether you prefer the bustling metropolises of big cities or the traditional charm of smaller towns, Japan has something for everyone.

Do you need a visa to teach English in Japan?

To teach in Japan you need an Instructor visa or Humanities Specialist/ International Services visa . The visa issue in Japan is quite complex and the process is rigorous. Your employer should provide you with assistance in the visa process, as it is in their best interest that you have the correct visa.

To obtain a work visa, your employer will send you a Certificate of Eligibility. This is issued by the Ministry of Justice in Japan. The application for the Certificate of Eligibility must be made by a sponsor in Japan – in other words, your employer. The employer needs to send it to you for you to take it to your local Japanese embassy to apply for a visa.  

Though not strictly for visa purposes, you may need to undergo a health check, sometimes a drug test, and a criminal background check to apply for a teaching position. Any drug or violent criminal offences will likely dissuade a school from hiring you. 

Besides a work visa, citizens from certain countries are able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa . This allows you to live and work part-time in Japan for a year.

The retirement age in Japan is 60 so finding teaching positions for those over the age of 60 can be tricky, though not impossible.

Do I need teaching experience to teach in Japan?

You don’t need to have prior teaching experience to teach in Japan but you do need a Bachelor’s degree in any field at a minimum. Some jobs may offer a higher salary or a better package for more experienced and qualified English teachers, but teaching experience is not a deal-breaker. 

Many new TEFL teachers start out in programmes like the JET programme and Interac because they provide good support systems for a first-timer abroad.

If you want something a little different, you might also try private language schools ( or eikaiwas ). Nova Japan is a good option for new teaching graduates with no experience.

Do I need TEFL certification to teach in Japan?

Yes. A TEFL qualification is required by the Japanese government for a work visa. In Japan, visa sponsorship for prospective teachers is done through employers; they will help you navigate the red tape. 

The TEFL Academy’s Level 5 TEFL certification is exactly what you need to teach English in Japan.

When you sign up for a Level 5 TEFL course with The TEFL Academy you are given free access to three Top-Up courses to help you take your CV to the next level. You can choose from Teaching Business English, Teaching Young Learners, and Teaching Online and 1:1. Or you can do all three!

Can I teach English in Japan with no degree?

You cannot teach in a school in Japan without a degree. Your degree can be in any field – Psychology or Business or Anthropology, but it needs to be a four-year college degree or the equivalent. 

However, you can teach Japanese students online without a degree. There are a growing number of companies which offer online lessons to Japanese students. As an independent online English teacher , you don’t need any specific qualifications to find students. If you work for an online teaching company , there may be a few requirements, but a degree is not necessarily required for online teaching.

Alternatively, countries such as Spain, Argentina, Mexico and Costa Rica allow individuals without degrees to secure teaching positions. 

Read More: 11 Best Places To Teach English With No Degree [2024]

Can non-native speakers teach English in Japan?

Generally speaking, Japanese employers prefer native speakers, specifically,  native English speakers from the UK, USA, South Africa, Canada and Australia. But, if you are a non-native speaker who speaks English at a native level you are still eligible for teaching jobs in Japan . 

You can prove your native level of English with a score of C1 or higher on an English test such as IELTS or by showing you have had twelve years of schooling in an English-medium school, or by submitting a degree from an English-medium university.

But, just because you are not from the countries mentioned above does not necessarily mean that you cannot pursue your dreams of teaching abroad. Some countries like China , Turkey , Cambodia , and many others do not impose any requirements of being a native speaker.

Can I teach English in Japan without speaking Japanese?

Absolutely . You don’t need any knowledge of Japanese to teach English in Japan. TEFL teachers use immersion education to teach English as a foreign language , so for the most part no foreign languages are used in the classroom.

As with any foreign country, you will need an open mind and adaptable character to feel comfortable in a country where you cannot speak the language – or even read street signs! 

It’s a good idea to take Japanese lessons before you arrive in Japan. You can find a Japanese teacher in your local community or online, or you can use an app like Duolingo. Some Japanese employers offer Japanese lessons to their foreign teachers.

How much start-up capital do I need to teach in Japan?

There are a few costs to consider when you are starting out in Japan. Besides your TEFL qualification, flights and visa costs, you need to be able to cover your living expenses for the first month. It’s likely that you will only be paid at the end of your first month.

TEFL certification: A TEFL course can cost between $100 and $500, depending on the length and level of the course and the course provider. 

Document fees: Any costs related to certifying and notarising your degree and TEFL certificate

Flight ticket: Variable. Your flight may be reimbursed by your employer.

Visa application: The cost of getting a work visa is subject to your home country. You can expect to pay between $25 and $50.

Living expenses: If accommodation is not provided by your employer or included in your salary, you will need capital to cover a deposit and the first month’s rent. You may be expected to give your landlord key money as a gift – think of it as a non-refundable deposit.

Generally speaking, without including any expenses related to accommodation, it’s recommended that you have approximately ¥ 70,000 – ¥ 80,000 ($500 – $600) at your disposal until your first paycheque.

Types of teaching jobs in Japan

Education is regarded very highly in Japan. Japanese students start school at the age of six and complete their school education at the age of 18. After school, many Japanese students go on to study at a university, college or vocational school. TEFL teachers can also work in eikaiwas , or English conversation schools.

Teaching jobs in Japan range from kindergarten to public Japanese schools – elementary schools and high schools – to universities to conversation or language schools. TEFL teachers focus on conversation skills , exam skills or Business English .

Teaching positions in international schools are available but are few and far between. Qualified teachers with a teaching degree or license and five years of experience are preferred for these roles.

The JET programme

The Japan Exchange and Teaching programme (or JET programme) is a popular option to get an English teaching job in a Japanese public school. Graduates from over 40 different countries can apply to be placed as an Assistant Language Teacher , or ALT. 

As an ALT you work alongside a Japanese teacher in a primary or junior high school. Class sizes are generally around 40 students and you teach four lessons a day and are at work 35 hours a week.  

The application process is lengthy so be sure to apply well before the August start date. To be eligible for the JET programme you need to have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Interac is another program which places teachers as ALTs. To apply with Interac you need to have a Bachelor’s degree and be a native speaker of English. You can apply throughout the year.

Westgate places teachers in universities across the Kanto and Aichi prefectures. Teaching positions with Westgate focus on cross-cultural awareness as well as English skills. To apply for a Westgate teaching job you need at least 1,000 hours of classroom experience.

Other popular teaching programs in Japan include ECC, which employs over 400 foreign teachers across Japan, and JIEC which hires TEFL teachers for Japanese kindergartens.

If you’re not keen on JET or Interac, there are plenty of jobs in private language schools or English conversation schools , also known as eikaiwas , around Japan. Students are from kindergarten to adult. 

Your working hours may be sporadic as you teach students after school, after work and on weekends. The number of English classes you teach and working hours will vary from school to school.

Popular eikaiwas include:

Ideal for TEFL-certified graduates. Gaba specializes in adult learners. 

Students are taught on a 1:1 basis. Teachers can set their own schedules and work as little or as much as they would like. Starting rates are about ¥1,300 ( $10) an hour .

NOVA Japan 

Good for native and fluent speakers with no teaching experience. 

NOVA offers both 1:1 and small group lessons online and face-to-face. 

Private lessons

It’s possible to find private students either online or in your local community. Some TEFL teachers teach private students in the evenings or at weekends. However, working hours in Japan may be long so private lessons are only recommended if you are working part-time.

How to get a job teaching English in Japan

For new and inexperienced teachers, you might prefer to apply to one of the teaching programmes in Japan. These programmes are well-established and reputable. Plus, they are organised and efficient – so you don’t have to worry about a thing. 

It is possible to find jobs online by yourself but this has the slight complication of sorting out a Japanese visa. Not impossible by any means, this option might suit more experienced and worldly teachers.

Here are the hoops you’ll need to jump through to secure a job teaching English in Japan:

  • Meeting the minimum requirements: This is the first step towards securing a job teaching English in Japan. Be a native speaker, hold a Bachelor’s degree, have a clean health exam, pass a drug test, have no criminal history and be younger than 60 years old. 
  • TEFL certification: Acquiring a Level 5 168-hour TEFL certificate (for those who haven’t taught in an EFL classroom) is first on the list. This will help you acquire valuable teaching skills in a classroom setting.
  • Prepare your documents: To gather all documents (passports, apostilled copies of your degree , reference letters, etc.) might take a bit of time but that’s OK. The trick here is to get started early. 
  • Prepare your CV: Even little tweaks and tricks can make a big difference when it comes to getting some eyeballs on your application.
  • Start your job search: You can also scour our jobs board for teaching positions.
  • Consider using recruitment companies: Find a recruiter and start your application process with them. They will guide you through what documents are needed for the school you are applying for. 

Visa application: Once you get to interviews and get offered a job, the job of applying for a visa begins. This can take another few additional weeks, so be patient.

What is the average salary for teaching English in Japan?

Teaching in Japan you can expect to earn from Y250,000 – Y300,000 ($1,800 – $2,200) as an average monthly salary. This is a competitive salary, and many packages include benefits such as flights, accommodation and transport. For teachers with further qualifications, it’s possible to snag a position in an international school or university where you could earn up to Y600,000 ($4,500).

There can be a big difference between the costs of living in bigger cities like Tokyo and more rural areas, and salaries will vary accordingly. 

Most long-term jobs reimburse teachers for their flights to and from Japan. 

Some contracts may include housing and food at the school. Transportation passes to cover commuting costs could be included if your commute is substantial. A phone is often provided for work purposes. Contract completion bonuses are also common.

What about healthcare and travel insurance?

In Japan, if you are a full-time employee, 5% of your salary will be deducted for social health insurance, which is then matched by your employer. While medical care is not cheap, 70% is covered by social health insurance, requiring you to only pay 30% . 

Deductions may also be made for a pension scheme . 

Travel insurance is not usually provided by employers, but it is recommended that you organise coverage before you leave.

Is it possible to save as a TEFL teacher in Japan?

Teaching jobs in Japan offer generous salaries but living in Japan can be costly. As with other countries, how much you save is entirely dependent on the lifestyle and standard of living you choose . If you choose to live it up in Tokyo (which is not hard to do), you can expect to spend ¥ 300,000 ($2,200) a month, but in a smaller town or rural area this can drop to as low as ¥ 150,000 ($1,100).

Bear in mind that if your package includes accommodation this will be a huge saver. 

Top tip : Confirm your salary amount before and after deductions as amounts may be taken off for accommodation, tax and insurance.

What is the cost of living in Japan?

The cost of living in Japan can be high, but it depends on where and how you live. Bigger cities mean bigger paycheques but higher living costs. In Japan, it’s possible to live like a king (or should we say emperor?) but you can also be frugal and pinch pennies.


  • One-bedroom apartment in city centre: ¥100,000 ($750)
  • One-bedroom apartment outside city centre: ¥75,000 ($550)
  • water, electricity, heating, garbage: ¥ 15,000 – ¥ 20,000 ($100 – $150 USD) a month

Food and groceries

  • Monthly shop:  ¥ 20,000 to ¥ 40,000 ($180 – $370) a month
  •  A meal at an inexpensive restaurant:  between ¥ 750 and ¥ 1,500 ($5 – $10)

Public transport

  • Monthly pass: ¥ 8,000 ($60)

Internet and phone

  • Internet: ¥ 5,000 ($35)
  • Phone, per minute: ¥3 5 ($0.2)


  • Cinema, gym, going out etc: ¥6,700 ($50)

What's it like to live and work in Japan?

The cultural experience in Japan is fascinating. Ancient traditions blend effortlessly with popular culture. Customs, traditions and etiquette are important in Japan and familiarising yourself with local customs will go a long way. Bowing when greeting someone and taking off your shoes when you enter a house are just two examples.

In Japan, teachers are very well respected . Society as a whole is very polite and as a foreigner, you need to be aware of any social customs which might affect you. If you are from a Western country – or even some other Asian countries – you will find the Japanese work ethic very different to what you are used to.

Dress codes are business smart . Business skirts or trousers and blazers for women, and business suits and ties for men. Appearance is very important in Japan so it is better to err on the side of caution. Tattoos will need to be covered, and hair and make-up should be natural-looking.

Wherever you work in Japan you will be given an orientation session where you are trained in the teaching methods of the school. This will include etiquette, assessments, and expectations. Classroom culture in Japan is very different from English schools in other countries. 

Japanese students may be shyer than other students you have taught. They are motivated and enthusiastic and engage fully with their lessons once they feel comfortable. Don’t confuse shyness with a lack of ability!

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Teaching in Japan is a chance of a lifetime to explore one of the richest cultures and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the world. Japan has an ancient culture full of beautiful traditions and art, amazing food, and advanced technologies, offering teachers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind country. Participants are placed throughout Japan and work either at private language centers (eikaiwas) or public schools. Teachers are paid between United States Dollar (US$) 1,600 to 2,100 per month on approximately one-year contracts. They will be able to take advantage of many public holidays and some vacation leave to travel the country and region, using every free moment at their disposal to have innumerable adventures.

  • $2,399 for 6 months to one year.
  • This fee is paid by paying a $350 deposit to make your formal application. Then a $500 placement fee is due when you're accepted, and then a final amount of $1,549, 60-days before departure.
  • There will be an online 40-hour cultural orientation. We will also host in-country cultural weekends but these may not happen at the time that a participant arrives and may require the participant to travel a significant distance.
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  • Accommodation assistance in Japan during the school orientation (accommodation will be arranged, but the client may be required to pay depending on the school). The cost is anywhere from 25 – 40 US$ per day for shared accommodation for the orientation.
  • Some schools will pay for the orientation accommodation, while others do not.
  • Assistance with setting up accommodation, however, candidates must pay the rent themselves.

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  • Equivalent of US$ 1,600 to 2,100 per month. Please note that all teachers are paid in Japanese yen and there is some fluctuation between the US$ and the Yen.
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Japan is one of the best places in the world to teach English. It’s home to incredible food, a rich culural history, high quality of living, and world-class cities like historic Kyoto and eclectic Tokyo .

I absolutely loved all my time in Japan .

It’s just one of the best places in the world.

And there are plenty of teaching opportunities here too for anyone looking for a new career or an opportunity to live overseas. The bulk of the teaching opportunities in Japan are run by big companies that have positions open all the time, including large chains, smaller companies, and business English classes.

To teach English in Japan, you need to be a native English speaker from the US , Canada , Australia , New Zealand , South Africa , Ireland , or the UK and have a bachelor’s degree. You’ll also need to complete a 120-hour TEFL or CELTA certificate.

You don’t need to have any teaching experience, but the higher-paying jobs are competitive so any experience will be helpful when it comes to securing a good job.

Here are the main teaching opportunities you can expect to find in Japan:  

Public Schools

One of the easiest ways to get a job teaching at public schools is through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) or job placement companies like Interac . These programs employ you as an assistant language teacher (ALT) working alongside a Japanese teacher. (If you go through JET, you’re placed in communities for one year.)

If you find a job without going through JET, you’ll be in classes with up to 40 kids. You are provided textbooks to work from and are responsible for coming up with activities to accompany the teacher’s lesson plans. The workweek is 8am to either 4pm or 5pm, Monday through Friday. There are four classes per day.

Unlike private schools, you are responsible for paying your health premiums and contributing to your pension fund. Vacations are typically unpaid.

If you are employed through a job placement company, you can expect to earn around 230,000 JPY ($2,125 USD) per month. By comparison, the JET program pays closer to 300,000 JPY ($2,770 USD) per month. Benefits include your flights to and from Japan, paid national holidays, and 10 paid vacation days.

Keep in mind the JET Programme application process is long. There is a lot of paperwork and you must attend an in-person interview in your home country. However, it’s worth the effort since there are more perks, better pay, and you’re guaranteed a teaching position if accepted.  

Private Schools

Private schools in Japan are known as eikaiwa . Typically, these companies host job fairs in English-speaking countries, where most people apply.

Here, you’ll be teaching small classes and using a curriculum from textbooks designed for students to pass Japan’s ESL (English as a Second Language) exams. Your main work aside from following the curriculum is to create and grade tests. You’re also expected to meet with students after hours and tutor them as needed.

If you teach at a private school, be prepared for longer hours than in other teaching jobs: 5–7 days a week, including weekends, nights, and holidays.

Depending on the company you go through, you can make as much as 275,000 JPY ($2,538 USD) per month. Benefits can include annual leave (usually unpaid), health and pension insurance, the cost of flights, and your visa fees, as well as a small bonus when you complete your yearly contract.  

International Schools

As in other countries, teaching jobs at international schools are competitive because they offer the most in terms of salaries and benefits. You’ll need experience and to be a fully accredited teacher in your home country. Teaching at these schools is going to be like teaching at a school in your home country.

Benefits include your flight to Japan, a retirement plan, paid vacation, paid developmental courses, generous housing assistance, and more. Salaries range widely depending on the school — from 200,000 to 600,00 JPY ($1,846–5,538 USD) per month. But, generally, these are the best-paid teaching jobs in the country.  

Language Academies

If you want to work with people of varying ages, language academies are an option. Students in these academies are there because they want to learn English — not because it is required — so they are dedicated and work hard.

Hours at language academies vary. Expect to work nights and weekends, as during the usual work week, students are in school or at their jobs. You’ll also need to come up with fun activities to teach English. Pay is around 3,800 JPY ($35 USD) an hour and usually doesn’t include any benefits.


Teaching positions at Japanese universities require more qualifications than other such jobs teaching English. You must have a master’s degree, a higher-level certification, and some years of teaching experience.

The hours, however, are far less — you’ll only work between 10 and 15 hours a week, in addition to class preparation and grading.

Your salary will be commensurate with your experience, ranging between 300,000-600,000 JPY ($2,769–5,538 USD) per month. Benefits include up to three months of vacation,

Best Job Resources

There are numerous sites to find jobs teaching English in Japan:

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Teaching English in Japan is popular because of the ease of employment and higher standard of living. Thanks to dispatch companies and other programs, job placement is not difficult. Benefits can be fantastic, and you get to work with students who are typically well-behaved and want to learn.

And to top it all off, Japan is an amazing country! As a teacher here, you’ll get to experience the culture and explore everything this incredible island nation has to offer. There is a tight-knit expat community here as well that can help you adjust and make the most out of your time teaching English in Japan.

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Backpacking in Japan is a truly incredible experience, unfortunately, for many, it is simply a daydream as this is a country which is expensive to travel around. Luckily, there is a way to explore this amazing country on the cheap; teaching English in Japan…

This week, I’ve teamed up with Becky, an English teacher in Japan with five years experience, and Tyler, the operations manager for the world’s leading Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) accreditation company.

The aim of the game is to teach you guys everything you need to know to teach English abroad. From getting the necessary qualifications you need to teach English as a second language to what it is like bouncing from country to country teaching freshfaced kids. Stick with us and soon you will be living a life of wanderlust –  that’s the plan anyway…

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In the past, to teach English in Japan was a relatively simple affair – as long as you rocked up and you spoke English, you could often expect to get a job. These days, the Japanese education board are tightening things up and if you want to land a job you need to have the proper qualifications.

Teaching English in Japan offers a truly amazing experience to earn some cash and live in a country which is hard to explore on a budget but, unless you go armed with the right information , you can be in for a nasty surprise. Like anything, it’s important to do your research, to read up on accounts of others who have taught English abroad and lived to tell the tale…

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Firstly, let me introduce Becky; a globetrotting travel blogger with a love for teaching and over five years experience helping children in Japan. She also loves samurai swords…

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1) Becky, you lived in Japan and taught English, can you tell us a bit about your experience?

I taught English in Japan for a little over 5.5 years, so I had countless fabulous experiences teaching all ages and levels. I taught at private international preschools, a public middle school, and at a major eikaiwa – a conversation school where people take lessons when they can. I also taught privately, but be careful that it doesn’t conflict with your contract or students at your main workplace.

2) I found Japanese living costs to be high, is teaching English a good way around this?

If you land a full-time teaching job, then yes, you will be able to survive well enough with extra money to spare. However, you won’t get rich teaching English in Japan and the cost of living is high . If you are looking to make/save money in Japan, your best bet would be to stay for just a year because, after your first year, you have to pay the incredibly expensive residential tax that is based on your income.

3) How easy is it to find work as an English teacher in Japan?

If you have an undergraduate degree and TEFL certification, you should have no problem finding a teaching job somewhere in Japan.  If you are unhappy with your job and want a new one, you might have trouble finding a new one if you want to stay in the same area but of course, that depends on where you live and how open you are when it comes to what kind of job/students you want. Browsing the internet is a great way to get to grips with the kind of teaching jobs that are available in Japan.

4) What standard of living can an English teacher in Japan expect?

Japan’s standard of living is high , and I’ll have to go with two main things on this one.  The first thing is super-duper cleanliness. The apartment that you will get will be spotless, just like the streets and everywhere else. The second thing, which is difficult depending on where you’re originally from, is the lack of space.  Japan’s apartments, homes, hotel rooms, and any other living/dwelling spaces in general, are small.  The quality is always good and things are (usually) very well maintained, but you’ll find that Japan has a lot of savvy space-saving things/features.

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5) Did you mostly hang out with Japanese friends or other ex-pats?

I hung out with mostly Japanese people simply because there weren’t that many other ex-pats in my area.  I spent the most time with a woman who happened to be my assigned volunteer to help me with Japanese at the community center.  We got to be really close, and I eventually started calling her Mama-san.

6) What do you miss most about being in Japan and teaching English?

Without question, the little kids!  I adore children, but Japanese children are a different brand of sweet and adorable. In Japan, it’s perfectly acceptable/okay to show affection to students, so teaching young children, especially preschoolers, on a regular basis will eventually result in hugs, cuddles, and even kisses.

7) What is your number one tip for backpackers who want to teach English in Japan?

Great question!  I would definitely recommend trying to land a job in a city because Japan’s fantastic train system reaches nearly every corner of Japan, and living in a city makes access to wherever you want to go, whether it’s another city or in the countryside, much easier and more convenient. 😀  I lived in a medium-sized city called Kurashiki, which is a short train ride to Okayama, a major Shinkansen (bullet train) stop.  Having a TEFL course really does make a massive difference and you are much more likely to get a job if you have one under your belt.

A big thanks to Becky, who blogs over at Trekking with Becky , for helping me understand exactly how English teaching in Japan works… OK team, so now we have the info – we have established that to teach English in Japan is a kick ass job, all we need now is to get some qualifications…

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Next up, meet Tyler, head honcho over at MyTefl – one of the world’s leading TEFL organisations. Tyler is a bonafide adventurer and spends much of his time bouncing around the globe, luckily for me, he also knows a hell of a lot about the ins and outs of teaching english as a second language… Read on to find out all about online TEFL courses and to get a 50% discount on your own TEFL course!

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 1. So what exactly is a TEFL course and why is it a good investment for travellers?

Firstly, the TEFL course trains you to effectively teach English in various settings and to all types of students. Many people focus on the pot of gold at the end of the process (travel and employment) but in doing everything to get there, they completely forget about the first day on the job. It’s daunting! When you step into a classroom with 10 eager students excited to meet their new teacher and do some learning, you realise this has the potential to be a deep and fulfilling experience.

You also realise simply reading aloud from the book and having students repeat is terribly boring after 2 minutes, and the few other activities you thought were decent are not going to cut it! I have seen many new teachers sweating, and looking a bit wide eyed during their first few classes.

The TEFL minimizes that. You learn about all the little details that typically takes a couple years to pick up via experience alone. You learn about language development, managing classrooms, maximizing resources available, how to plan sequences of lesson, how to structure each individual class, how to present new concepts and vocabulary, how to design and implement effective testing systems….

Teaching English abroad remains the most reliable, and consistent way to earn money while traveling . Being TEFL certified puts you ahead of applicants without certification and lets employers know you are serious. On the practical side, it’s under $300. In Asia, hourly rates start at about $15 and go to over $40. You’d pay off the investment in under 20 hours. That’s an amazing return in my opinion.

2. Can you really SAVE money whilst working as an English teacher abroad?

100%, although the savings potential will depend on the destination and obviously lifestyle.

I love using Taiwan as an example because I know it quite well, and it is a country that has a lot to offer travellers. A new teacher earns about $2,000 USD per month teaching 26 hours per week. Rent for a modern furnished apartment in a high rise? $350 (Taipei being the exception) per month. A meal of lu rou fan (delicious braised pork on rice) with some stir-fried veggies on the side and tea? $2. Freshly squeezed fruit juice? $1 – $1.50. You can start to imagine the savings potential here.

Now, if you’re the type who needs some champagne, oysters and luxury shopping every week, then likely you won’t save a penny and will run up the old credit card. If you’re living a regular middle class lifestyle, you will save. If you’re frugal, then you will REALLY save.

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3. Why is MyTEFL superior to CELTA and other TEFL qualifications?

What a tough question! I have to state one thing before moving forward. It would be unethical of me to comment directly on other TEFL providers’ courses. So I’m going to focus on the positives and drawbacks of the CELTA compared to regular TEFLs, and then on what makes myTEFL an amazing choice over other providers in general.

So the CELTA is a great course. There is no denying that. It is intensive, it asks a lot from enrollees, and provides plenty of feedback. There is an online CELTA these days as well that somehow manages to combine 6 hours of observed teaching into the package. The CELTA has a strong branding and marketing effort behind it, which makes it recognizable and an often discussed qualification.

That being said the biggest drawbacks are the price and time commitment. It is bloody expensive ($1,600 when I last checked for the course alone), it will require you to commit full time if you want to finish it within a couple of months. This means no work, no other school which is a pretty big investment to add on top of the fees.

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Now the investment isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you know you are going to love teaching, and pursue it for many years to come. However many people choose to teach for only 1 to 3 years. Or, some people start to teach and quickly realise it isn’t for them, and walk away after 4 months. When you combine $1,600 along with the time that was lost on other activities, that is a huge investment to walk away from. A poor investment really. If you spent $300 on a “regular” TEFL and walked away, or taught for a year or two only, you made a financially sound decision.

The salary between a CELTA or TEFL holder is no different. They are usually classed the same. In Asia and Latin America very few schools even distinguish between a TEFL and a CELTA. Keep in mind experience tends to trump all in this industry.

So $300 to get the same salary, complete it at your own pace, and be able to plan it around your life rather than vice versa makes the TEFL the better choice for new teachers in my opinion.

4. What makes MyTEFL a smart choice?

With regards to the course itself I can say that is probably one of the most practical ones out there. It was originally developed in house to be used in training schools. It covers the basics that a teacher absolutely must know to get classes started on the right foot. Period.

Personally, I think our job placements are what truly make us stand head and shoulders above the crowd. For seasoned travelers this might not seem like an important feature, but for most people the idea of moving overseas to a new country that speaks a completely different language, signing a market value contract with a reputable employer, ensuring all the correct visas and paperwork is organized, finding an apartment, and having everything sorted out before ever leaving home is a godsend. We probably take away about 80% of the work so TEFLers can focus on completing their training, getting ready for their travels, and spending their last couple months with their friends and families before adventuring out. A guaranteed salary and job upon arrival are great things…

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hi i want to pursue teaching English in japan but i dont know what are the requirements like do you need to know japanese to teach english in japan or what degree in english do you need to teach in japan

Hi Rin, Every orginisation has its own requirements, so best to select a few that look good to you, to research and compare.

In my experience it doesn’t cost much to live in Japan. I got a cheap place for $300 a month plus utilities. It was fine too. I lived in Fukuoka. Spent less than a $1000 a month no problem. I rode a bike and yea no more expensive than Korea.

Though if you want to live in Tokyo and party then you’ll pay. Common sense and you can get by with less.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience. This is really helpful for someone like me who is planning to go overseas, specifically Japan to pursue my teaching profession.

Thanks for the article! The lowest TEFL tuition I am seeing is around $1300. Has the tuition increased that much from the $300 tag that is mentioned a couple times above?

I have no idea where you have seen a TEFL for $1300!! Are you maybe confusing TEFL and CELTA? Anyway, follow this link to find a 120 TEFL course for just $299!

I have been to japan twice…in the span of 4 months (loved it so much the first time, i rushed at the opportunity to go again thanks to still having plenty of vacation hours at my job). Just came back from a 2 week trip and somehow, i feel my “destiny” might be overseas. The only option i have to live in Japan would be to work there. What are some reputable companies that i can look into to start the process…i have never taught but i do run my team at work and do training which is the only applicable skill i have thats somewhat similar to teaching. I have heard of the JET program, etc…i want to do this, i have been thinking about it way before i went to japan; visiting there has only made me want to move there even more. So any tips on which companies are best to go with would be good, then i can start looking up requirements (bachelors i already have which i read is needed). Hope you see this! thanks

Aside from JET, Interac is the other stable company with good benefits. I got a job from them, but ended up going to Peru instead, partially because Japan would’ve had me cut my hair. 🙂

Hello. But do you need a degree to teach English in Japan? Or will a TESOL do? Thanks

Important question!! Do you need to speak the native language to work as an English teacher in Taiwan?? I have 12 years ce and taught Japanese kids online. I dont speak anything but English. ?

That won’t be a problem 🙂

Thank you for sharing your positive experiences teaching English in Japan. It sounds like you also picked up enough Japanese that you felt comfortable staying for several years and socialized with local people.

Did you find it easy finding materials and textbooks to teach conversation skills? What textbooks would you suggest for teaching conversation skills to adults? May I suggest another choice? Along with two friends who each taught English in Japan for a decade, I co-authored Compelling Conversations – Japan for high intermediate Japanese English language learners Clearly, I’m biased, but the sample chapters allow the curious to try it out. Perhaps your students will enjoy the questions and paraphrasing proverbs.

Finally, what good mistakes do you find that many Americans who have teaching experience make in Japan? What avoidable errors do we often make? Naturally, I’m curious.

Really enjoyed reading your interview! Thank you.

Such a great way to see the world. I have a few friends who have taught in Japan and they have come away with a lifelong passion and respect for the country and its people. Thanks for sharing some of the practicalities of teaching English abroad.

No problem Katy! Thanks for your support 🙂

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Want to make money while traveling in Japan? Of course, you do! Here’s everything you need to know about teaching English in Japan.

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You can rack up some decent cash—and fast—and experience a country from a local perspective while teaching English abroad . It’s one of the best travel jobs that will allow you to see the world.

Japan, particularly, is an ideal destination for those who want to teach abroad—it’s one of the most lucrative places to teach English on earth. Don’t believe me? Many of my friends have saved $10,000 USD or more per year by teaching English in Japan!

Some teaching programs offer flights, accommodation and a generous English teacher salary , while others will include at least two of those three elements. Either way, you’ll be well looked after.

But, teaching English in Japan offers a lot more than just a chance to rake in some serious cash.

Japan has a completely unique (and pretty crazy) culture. As a modern, developed country, Japan hits you with just the right amount of culture shock. You won’t be sleeping in a shack, but you’ll still have a lot of new customs you’ll need to get used to.

If you think you’re ready to try your hand at teaching English in Japan, let’s transform that plan into a reality. Boatloads of ramen (and your prospective students) awaits.

Teaching English in Japan opens many doors to seeing the country.

1. The First Step to Teaching English in Japan is Getting Qualified. Here’s How.

Before you head off to teach English in Japan you have to make sure you’re qualified.

Fortunately, teaching requirements in Japan are minimal. You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline and English as your native language (though that’s negotiable).

If you are a non-native speaker you can still teach English in Japan, but finding a job will be harder as you’ll need to prove that you have the skills (aka the language) for the job.

While you don’t technically need a TEFL certificate to teach English in much of Japan, I recommend getting one anyway—and preference tends to be given to those who have one.

The benefits of getting a TEFL:

  • The TEFL course gives you a good idea of what to expect as a teacher and prepares you very well.
  • You’ll be offered lesson plan ideas, develop behavior management skills and get cultural sensitivity training.

If you decide you want to teach English somewhere else after Japan, the TEFL certificate is likely going to be a non-negotiable requirement.

Obviously, the choice is yours, but if you decide you do want to get a TEFL certificate then check out the courses at i-to-i. They offer my favorite TEFL certification course , not only because it’s widely recognized, but because they help you find jobs around the world once you finish.

Finding new markets and where to grab a drink is part of the fun when moving abroad to teach English

2. Next Things Next: Decide Where and Who You Want to Teach in Japan

Before you start applying for jobs, it’s a good idea to figure out where and who you want to teach. This will help narrow down your search and make the application process a hell of a lot easier.

Where  Do You Want to Teach in Japan?

Location should be the first thing you decide. Japan has opportunities for English teachers all over the country but these are the hot spots:

  • Tokyo & Osaka  – These are big cities, perfect for people who want to be in the heart of all the action.
  • Kyoto & Nagoya  – Smaller cities with good buzz but less chaos than Tokyo and Osaka.
  • Hokkaido  – This one is great if you want to be near the ski slopes.
  • Tottori & Shimane Prefectures  – These make up the Japanese countryside, and they’re the ideal location for cultural immersion but they’re not suitable for people who don’t speak any Japanese.

Bear in mind that if you teach in a public school you might not get to choose where you go.

Who  Do You Want to Teach, Anyway?

Have you decided on a location? Now you need to pick a demographic of students. Do you want to teach children or teenagers? Perhaps you would rather teach business English to adults.

There are advantages and disadvantages to working with each age group, so do your research. Which age students do you think you’ll bond with on a deeper level? Would you rather spend time with 6-year-olds or 26-year-olds?

Working in Japan as an English teacher allows you to live like a local.

Public or Private: What Kind of Institution Do You Prefer?

Most people teaching English in Japan will either be working for a public or private school.

If you work for a public school you’ll be an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT). These positions are the easiest to obtain.

Bear in mind the following if you think you want to work in a public school:

  • It’s not a business, so you don’t need to meet targets or worry about customer service.
  • As an assistant, you have less responsibility than a full teacher.
  • You will have a regular schedule.
  • Class sizes are big.
  • If you apply with JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching—more on this later) you won’t get to choose where you live. This means you could be in the middle of nowhere.
  • You will probably be the only English speaker in the school.

If you don’t want to teach in a public school, then a private school is a viable (and probably your only) alternative. Private schools in Japan are known as Eikaiwas .

As an English teacher in in Japan, you'll get to experience all the cool cultural things!

The pros and cons of these private schools are:

  • Your materials are often all prepared for you so all you have to do is go and teach.
  • Class sizes are small—sometimes just a couple of people.
  • You get to choose where you live, but note that most positions are in the big cities.
  • Eikaiwasare businesses so they are driven by results and performance.
  • You are completely in charge of your lessons so you will have more responsibility than you would in a public school.
  • You won’t learn much Japanese working here as everyone has a high level of English.

In terms of salary, there isn’t much difference between the two types of schools. Generally, pay is around $2,000 USD per month for private schools and $1,600 to $2,000 USD for public schools. If you get a public school job through JET then you could be earning around $2,400 per month.

Teaching English in Japan doesn’t limit you to just public and private schools. If you have a few years of teaching experience, a Master’s Degree and a reasonable grasp of Japanese, you could also work in a university .

University English teachers can make up to $5,000 USD per month with great hours and loads of vacation time.

It’s the golden goose of English teaching jobs. But, these openings are incredibly competitive.

Whatever job you take, you can always supplement your income with private tutoring. This usually pays about $25 USD per hour. However, if you work with JET, tutoring is forbidden.

Seeing the beautiful sites on offer is just one perk for teaching in Japan

3. Where to Look for English Teaching Jobs in Japan

There are all kinds of resources online to help you find jobs teaching English in Japan.

Job boards like the following are great places to start:

  • Dave’s ESL Cafe
  • Overseas Jobs

You also have the option to go through the aforementioned JET program. JET is a government-sponsored organization that sends teachers from the United States out to work in Japan.

The benefits of getting a job through JET, instead of independently, include the potential for higher wages and the fact that your visa, housing, insurance, and flights are all arranged for you.

Competition is stiff for a place in the JET program but, if you get through, you will have a much easier time finding jobs teaching English in Japan.

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, send off an application and await a reply. It’s really that easy.

You'll have to be open to a new culture while teaching in Japan

Some Tips Before You Set off for Teaching in Japan

By this point, you should have a good idea of how to go about getting a job teaching English in Japan. So, before you go, let me give you some final pointers.

  • Have an open mind and prepare yourself for culture shock . Japan and the rest of Asia have completely different cultural customs from what we are used to in the western world. They’re neither better nor worse; they’re just different.
  • Japan operates on strict hierarchies. It’s considered incredibly disrespectful to call out a mistake someone superior to you makes. This is known as “saving face” and is an extremely important part of Japanese—and Asian—culture.
  • Try to pick up the language . Learning at least some Japanese will help you make friends and get by in daily life. Learning a language also gives you a deeper insight into the culture , because you understand why the speech patterns exist in the way they do.
  • Education systems in Asia tend to practice verbatim learning. This means that students might be passive and reluctant to interact in class. Don’t let this put you off; as they get comfortable with you and your teaching style, they will come around. Not only that, but your teaching style will evolve over time, and that evolution with your students, is incredibly, incredibly rewarding.

I’m not saying that this transition will be easy for you, but now that you know the steps and are prepared with these tips for teaching English in Japan, you can go ahead and start working on that qualification and scoping out your options.

Despite the hardships and culture shock you’ll inevitably face, this could be the best decision you ever make. It will change your life forever, turning you into a more cultured, open-minded and worldly person.

Isn’t that why we travel in the first place?

Are you thinking about teaching English in Japan? Let us know in the comments below!

Teaching English in Japan FAQs

Are english teachers in demand in japan.

There is high demand for English teachers in Japan.

What are the requirements to teach English in Japan?

To teach English in Japan, you need a 4-year college degree and a TEFL certification.

Can you teach English in Japan without knowing Japanese?

Yes, you can teach English classes in Japan without speaking a word of Japanese.

Can Americans teach English classes overseas?

Yes, many countries like China, South Korea, and Japan have a high demand for Americans or other native English speakers to teach English classes.

Is it hard to become an English teacher in Japan?

If you have a 4-year degree and are a native English speaker, it isn’t hard at all to become an English teacher in Japan.

Jeremy Scott Foster

Jeremy Scott Foster

Yikes! I totally disagree with your statement that “Fortunately, teaching requirements in Japan are minimal.” This might be fortunate for foreigners who want to travel to Japan, but it certainly isn’t beneficial for the students, who benefit from having knowledgeable, well-trained teachers who understand both the English language AND pedagogy!

Great post you shared to teach English in Japan. Great things You shared about that beautiful destination and collection of photos is so awesome.

It’s heartbreaking how much one could actually achieve in this country, being qualified and how nearly impossible it is, to get in, if you are not a “native speaker”..

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From the first steps you take in Japan, you’ll find yourself rooted in the country’s rich history, scenic landscapes and undeniably forward-thinking culture; but the demand for English teachers remains high.

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Think you have an idea of what it’s like to teach English in Japan? Think again! Japan is one of those TEFL destinations that can leave expats stumped. Many TEFL travellers head out to the land of the rising sun expecting gob-smacking technology, futuristic experiences, and robots on every corner. But, while the neon streets of Tokyo might deliver this stereotype to some extent, there’s so much more for teachers to discover in this country soaked in history, tradition, culture and natural beauty.   

In 2020, Japan ranked 53rd in the world for English proficiency, something the nation is keen to address. Therefore, there’s never been a better time to teach English in Japan. Whether you’re taking your first steps towards attaining a TEFL qualification or you’re already narrowing down your list of countries to teach in, you’ll find everything you need to know in our Teach English in Japan Ultimate Guide. 

Japan: An Overview 

Japan’s exquisite blend of old and new gives Japan an enduring appeal to both the newbie and seasoned TEFL teacher. Despite the bustling modern cities, Japan isn’t necessarily cosmopolitan as a whole, and while children now learn English in school, it’s not a place where proficiency is high. As such, there is a good demand for new faces to teach English in Japan and you can find work all over the country. Teaching English abroad is increasingly popular, but especially so in Japan.

Teaching jobs vary greatly, from assistant language teachers roles where you might feel a like little more than a human CD to accompany the textbook, to independent kindergartens and bilingual schools where you’ll have the freedom to strive for academic excellence.

There’s a strong market for teaching business English to adults , and children’s classes are booming, even lessons for babies – no, seriously. As such, there are teaching jobs available for everyone, and career prospects for any English teacher look good. So, wherever you’re at on your TEFL journey, if teaching abroad in Japan appeals, you’ll find it easy to take your next step.  

Let’s take a quick glance at the need-to-know information if you’re considering making the move to teach English in Japan: 

  • The most popular locations for TEFL jobs in Japan are Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Yokohama, Nagasaki, Sapporo, and Sendai.
  • Salaries for EFL teachers in Japan will vary depending on location and experience but on average, English teachers can expect schools to provide teachers a basic monthly salary for full-time positions in the region of 220,000 – 280,000 Yen (£1,600 – £2,000 / $2,100 – $2,675) per month, with 250,000 Yen (£1,820 / $2,390) being a common rate. However, international schools may pay as much as 600,000 Yen (£4,360 / $5,730) per month. Those looking to add some freelance classes or part-time work can expect to make between 2,000 Yen (£14 / $19) per hour, up to 6,000 Yen (£44 / $57) per hour.
  • Like other popular TEFL countries, many schools in Japan will also offer flight reimbursement, performance bonuses and accommodation as part of a salary package. 
  • To teach English in Japan, you must have a bachelor’s degree and TEFL certification with a minimum of 120 hours completed. These are required to obtain a work visa. However, if you don’t have a degree, it may be possible to teach on a working holiday visa, student visa, spouse visa or a Japanese visa. 
  • Previous teaching experience isn’t required to teach English in Japan. However, any prior experience can be useful when applying to higher-paying roles. 
  • The maximum age for a teaching position in Japan is 65
  • The academic year in Japan starts in April, with the first term running until July. After the summer holiday, the second term starts in September and runs until Christmas. The final term runs from January until late March.
  • Teaching opportunities in Japan range from language schools or eikaiwa to the government-backed JET Program, public schools to bilingual kindergartens, universities to freelance tutoring and business English classes for adults. 
  • In Japan, you’ll be paid in Yen (¥) 
  • Japanese is the most widely-spoken language of Japan, with the Toyko dialect considered standard Japanese. In a 2020 report, it was estimated that less than 30% of the population speak English, with just 2% having fluent English. Try to learn a few phrases before you go - a polite onegai shimasu (please) and arigato (thank you) are  good places to start!  

Requirements for Teaching in Japan

Like anywhere, there are specific things ESL teachers will need before they make Japan their home country, whether it's teaching children, teaching adults , or both!

Whether it's working in a private school, partaking in a teaching program or working in one of Japan's high schools, there are things you need to know before you make the trip.

Let's break down what you'll need to know before venturing to the land of the rising sun.

It is illegal to work as an English teacher in Japan without the correct visa. Those who do decide to risk it face serious consequences, including deportation and barring. 

Find out more through our guide to becoming an English Teacher in Japan 

TEFL certification

No question, if you're looking to land teaching placements in Japan, the best way to go about it is with a TEFL certification. English teachers new and old will surely agree that wherever you go, teaching abroad is far easier having a TEFL certification to hand.

You don't need a master's degree to teach English in Japan, and most schools will accept teachers even without a great deal of experience. However, a TEFL certification is crucial, with at least 120 hours of study completed. Even if you do hold a degree, TEFL certification will give you an undoubted edge when it comes to job options, and landing a competitive salary.

There's high demand for ESL teachers in Japan, and plenty of students need teachers, but not at any cost. TEFL certification will, in Japan or anyone else, provide demonstrable proof to schools that you have the skills for a job teaching English.

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Teaching without a degree

Can you teach English in Japan without a degree? The short answer is yes, but your options will be limited and you’re unlikely to find yourself working full-time.

The most popular option for those without a degree is the Working Holiday Visa for Japan. The main reason for this type of visa is as the name suggests -  to allow people from specified partner countries to have a holiday in Japan, using part-time work in the country to fund their travels.

You’ll need to be aged between 18-30 to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, be able to prove to the Japanese government that you can support yourself financially when you initially arrive or show you have a return ticket out of the country. If this sounds interesting, we take a more detailed look at the requirements for Working Holiday Visas later on in this guide to teaching English in Japan.

If you don’t qualify for a Working Holiday Visa, there are three less common options that allow you to teach English in Japan without a degree. Firstly, it is possible to teach part-time if you are studying for your degree in Japan, with options to learn in either English or Japanese.

Secondly, if you are married to a Japanese citizen, you will have the right to work on a spousal visa. Finally, if you have a Japanese passport and Japanese citizenship, you will be able to work as an English teacher, even without a degree - although this is the least likely option as it requires at least five years of living in Japan to obtain naturalisation.

Find out more about teaching in Japan without a degree in our full guide here .

Teaching with no experience

Wondering if you can teach English in Japan with no experience? The good news is that (unlike those looking to teach without a degree) teaching without experience in Japan is actually relatively easy for ESL teachers.

With such a large population and high demand for English teachers, there’s always a wide range of job opportunities available for all levels of experience. Even a brand new TEFL teacher should be able to find a job teaching children or adult learners in Japan without too much difficulty. Of course, those just starting out might need to work a bit harder to land a well-paid position or get their CV to the top of the pile.

If you’re starting to apply for teaching jobs in Japan and don’t have any prior experience, you may want to look into positions at smaller, private language institutes and rural schools. These are likely to be less competitive than roles at popular international schools in large cities, where more people want to work. No question, though - there are plenty of students and the high demand means that a lack of experience won't bar you from ESL jobs.

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Visas for teaching jobs in Japan

The most common route to becoming an English teacher in Japan is to obtain a work visa. There are two types of work visas that TEFL teachers can receive, with each allowing you to work in a different educational setting. These are known as the Instructor Visa and the Specialist in Humanities Visa.

If you have received a job offer from a public education institution, like an elementary or high school, you’ll likely be granted an Instructor Visa. On the other hand, if you’re going to work for a company that teaches business English or teach at a private language school, you’ll most likely be given a Specialist in Humanities Visa. 

The requirements and process to get one of these two visas for teaching jobs in Japan are essentially the same.

To apply for a work visa you’ll need the following: 

When it comes to the actual application, you’ll need a valid passport, a completed visa application form from the Japanese Embassy website, a job offer and a Certificate of Eligibility from your school or employer, to be in physically good health, several passport photos and to show proof of some savings for starter costs in Japan. 

  • A bachelor’s degree (in any subject)
  • Maximum age of 65
  • A clean criminal background check
  • 120-hour TEFL course (preferred)
  • Passport from U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (preferred)
  • Prior teaching experience and/or a degree in English/education (preferred) 

If you’re applying for Japan’s Working Holiday Visa instead of a Working Visa, you’ll need the following: 

Unlike some other countries, it is possible to travel to Japan and find a job as an English teacher when you are already there, although many teachers prefer to have their work organised before they leave their home countries. 

If you do arrive to teach English in Japan on a tourist visa and are later offered a job, your employer will need to sponsor you and ask the government for an Application for Change of Status of Residence form. This isn’t too difficult but can sometimes be time-consuming, meaning you may need to leave and re-enter Japan if your 90-day tourist visa runs out before your new work visa arrives. 

  • Be between 18 and 30. 
  • Possess a passport from a partner country including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, France, Germany, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Iceland, Czech Republic and Lithuania.
  • Have not received a working holiday visa from Japan in the past.
  • Be able to show either £2,500 in cleared funds or £1,500 and a return ticket

Salary and Cost of Living

Wondering how much English teachers make in Japan or what the cost of living is like? We’ve got you covered!

Japan has a reputation for being an expensive place to live and, while it’s certainly true of Tokyo and other big cities - where even a working couple can struggle to afford more than a rented room with a shared kitchen - those willing to look outside of the capital will find Japan immensely affordable. Some of the large chain schools will pay the same salary whichever branch you work at, which means on ‘Tokyo wages’ in a small city or town, you can live like a king! 

Read on to find out more about what to expect from salaries and the cost of living in Japan:

Knowing where to go makes a big difference too – buy fruit, veg, meat, and fish from local markets and you’ll grab a great deal, and head to supermarkets after eight o’clock at night and you’ll grab some bargains. When eating out, look out for amazing lunch deals, which are often half the price of dinner menus, and choose budget ‘family restaurants’ to make your money go further. When you’re shopping savvy in Japan, you can save a large chunk of your wages each month.

If you commute every day transport prices can stack up, but many employers will pay for your travel card. If you live somewhere with a city tram these are often very cheap to take, as are local train lines – it’s just when you get the subway frequently or travel by bullet train that prices rocket. Renting is hugely expensive in Tokyo, but in smaller cities, it’s really quite affordable, with good deals to be found on the outskirts of busy areas. It’s worth noting that - especially in places like Tokyo with a population of 37 million - space is something of a commodity and you’re unlikely to find a roomy apartment!

How much can you make teaching English in Japan? 

If you're teaching English in Japan, you can expect a basic monthly salary for full-time positions to be in the region of 220,000 – 280,000 Yen (£1,600 – £2,000 / $2,100 – $2,675) per month, with 250,000 Yen (£1,820 / $2,390) being a common average salary for English teachers. 

However, the amount you can make as an ESL teacher in Japan will depend on where you live, what kind of institute you teach at and what previous experience you have to offer. For example, if you work at an international school, it’s possible to earn as much as 600,000 Yen (£4,360 / $5,730) per month.

In Japan, it’s also very common for English teachers to take on part-time or freelance work alongside their main job. Those looking to earn a little extra from tutoring can expect to charge between 2,000 Yen (£14 / $19) per hour, up to 6,000 Yen (£44 / $57) per hour.

Don’t forget, a salary isn’t the only perk of teaching abroad in a Japanese school. Many schools or employers will add other incentives to a salary package, including things like flight reimbursement, bonuses, and housing stipend, and can even cover commuting costs to and from work.

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English teaching jobs in Japan

Wondering what it’s really like teaching English in Japan? For starters, the stereotypes about the students in Japanese culture are generally true. Your typical Japanese student will be shy, quiet, modest about their ability, good at reading and writing but reluctant to speak, and reserved when it comes to voicing their opinions.

Teaching kids can be a lot of fun, but adult classes can be a struggle if the students aren’t willing to talk! However, you always get students who buck the trend, and a lot can depend on class dynamics. Japanese students expect their teachers to be formal, respectful, professional, and to support their learning without pushing them too hard. English teachers teaching abroad will have respectful students willing to listen, in response.

Japan is full of unusual teaching gigs that probably seem a bit odd compared to your prior teaching experience. You might get offered work teaching English to employees in a bar so that they can attract foreign clients. You may be offered a short gig teaching Christmas carols to kids in a non-bilingual kindergarten, just so they can perform them at the Christmas talent show. Your private language school might run ‘parent and baby classes’ where you’re teaching someone who can’t even speak Japanese yet.

The best thing to do when faced with this sort of lesson is to laugh it off and go with the flow – it’s just part of the job. Either way, you're teaching English in Japan.

Let’s look at a few of the most common types of teaching jobs in Japan below: 

If you want to see the latest English teaching jobs in Japan, don’t forget to visit The TEFL Org Jobs Centre . You can also see the highest-rated bilingual or international schools in Tokyo by visiting the Good School Guide .

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Private language schools

Working at a private language school in Japan is where most new TEFL teachers in the country will start. You might be teaching full-time at one of the big international schools or part-time during evenings and weekends at an ekaiwa. 

Teachers at private language schools in Japan can expect to work around between 12-30 hours per week, depending on whether they are full-time or part-time. Classes will usually start between 10am to 1pm and last until 6pm or 10pm, five days per week, typically including the weekends. 

There are numerous chain companies that hire across the country, and with all materials provided, it’s a great choice for new teachers. A job at one of these schools will most likely include flight reimbursement, health insurance, pension, social insurance, and local travel reimbursement. Some also provide accommodation (at a cost) or can assist in finding somewhere to rent. At an international school, it’s possible to earn as much as 600,000 Yen (£4,360 / $5,730) per month. 

Public schools

The government-run Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) teaching programme is another option for working as an ALT in Japan. The JET Programme has long been a popular choice with recent university graduates, offering great support for those with little teaching experience or experience of living abroad. You can find out more about the JET teaching programme later in this article. 

While not as lucrative as a top-paying job at an international school, most ALT teachers can expect to make in the region of 220,000 – 280,000 Yen (£1,600 – £2,000 / $2,100 – $2,675) per month, with 250,000 Yen (£1,820 / $2,390) being a common average salary. 

Excited to find a job teaching English in Japan but not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best recruitment companies, hiring organisations and job boards in the country to help narrow down your search: 

  • AEON has hundreds of school branches across Japan. Work 40-hours a week (25 teaching hours), teaching adults, kids, and even ‘parent and baby’ classes. You need a degree, and it’s beneficial to have a TEFL and teaching experience. 275,000 Yen per month, housing provided at a cost of 55,000 Yen per month.
  • Amity has over 80 branches in Japan, teaching kids aged 6 months to 15 years. 
  • ECC provides lessons for kids (and babies, from 18 months plus) and adults. You’ll work 35-hour weeks, pay is 270,000 Yen per month, and contracts are for one year.
  • Gaijin Pot is a great place to find current listings for jobs in Japan. Note that many positions require you to already live in Japan to apply.
  • At Interac you’ll be an Assistant Language Teacher working in elementary, junior high, and high schools. You’ll teach around 20-25 classes of about 45 minutes per week. You need a degree. Salary starts at 2.4 million yen per year.
  • The JET Programme is popular with new teachers – you need a degree and they prefer candidates who have never lived/worked in Japan but have a keen interest in the country. Work 35-hours per week (plus some weekend events) for a 1-year contract, earn 3.36 million yen in your first year (around 280,000 yen per month)
  • Westgate offers 3 to 7-month contracts teaching in universities and elementary schools. Starting salaries range from 260,000 – 280,000 Yen per month, depending on experience. Accommodation can be provided at a monthly cost of ¥81,000. 
  • Part of the Yaruki Switch Group, Winbe English is a large chain with branches across Japan. You’ll be teaching kids and so prior experience is beneficial. Comprehensive initial training program provided. Salary starts at 250,000 Yen per month, working 8-hours a day, usually Tuesday – Saturday.

Teaching programmes in Japan

Nervous about teaching English in Japan for the first time? The JET programme might be the perfect place to start. JET allows participants to live and work in Japan as a teaching assistant at a public school but with extra support and training throughout the contract. 

Established in 1987 with the aim of improving language learning and promoting cultural exchange in Japanese schools, the programme has seen more than 4000 graduates take part. The government-run Japan Exchange and Teaching programme is aimed at recent university graduates with a keen interest in Japan. 

There are three main roles that potential teachers can apply for within the JET programme: 

  • ALT (Assistant Language Teacher)
  • CIR (Coordinator for International Relations)
  • SEA (Sports Exchange Advisors)

You’ll usually be involved in preparing teaching materials and may be expected to work between a few different schools in the same area (which is why a drivers license is sometimes required for these roles)

To be accepted into the JET programme, applicants must be able to show that they have: 

  • A bachelor’s degree (in any subject) 
  • Be a passport holder from a participating country
  • Have a genuine interest in learning about Japan 
  • Have lived in Japan for no more than 6 years in the past decade

If you’re interested in finding out more about teaching English in Japan through JET , read our full post on the programme here.  

Teaching English in Tokyo

Thinking about teaching English in Tokyo? Good choice! If you can cope with the hustle and bustle (Tokyo is, after all, the world’s largest city and home to an incredible 37.2 million people) you’ll discover an addictive mix of a futuristic metropolis and traditional old town.

Backstreets hide incense-swirled temples and beautiful gardens while the neon centre delivers a non-stop dose of future-focused fashion, technology and food. Nightlife dazzles in a range of after-dark adventures, from hidden whisky bars to late-night galleries. Meanwhile, those wanting to escape the city’s endless beat for a day or two will find the nearby tranquil countryside within easy reach. Japanese culture is the envy of the wider world, and it's little surprise as to why.

Teaching English in Tokyo can be a life-changing experience. Many new teachers arrive with a job teaching English already in place, although it is possible to find teaching work once you get to Tokyo. Most TEFL teachers will find themselves at a private language school or eikaiwa, but with such a huge population, it goes without saying that job opportunities are as vast and varied as you might imagine! Whether you want to teach business English, young learners or teens, or tutor privately, Tokyo is an ideal place to find a job as a TEFL teacher, and muster some priceless teaching experience along the way. 

Salaries in the city are obviously higher than in other parts of the country, but it’s worth weighing up the fact that Tokyo was ranked as the 4th most expensive city in the world for expats in 2021. If you’re hoping to live cheap and save money, Tokyo is likely to disappoint. However, if you’re looking for a good enough salary to live and enjoy life on, the magic of chaotic Tokyo might just be for you! 

For more information, check out our guide to Teach English in Tokyo

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TEFL Org Teacher Story

Want to know what it’s really like living and working in Japan? The best way to find out is to hear directly from those who’ve experienced it for themselves. Here’s what Ursula - one of our TEFL Org graduate teachers - had to say about her experience of teaching in Japan. 

Find out what our other TEFL graduates have to say about teaching in Japan by reading more of our student stories . 

“When I arrived at my apartment, I found I was staying next to two teachers who worked at the same company as me. Often teachers that are hired from overseas get accommodation organised for them to lessen the stress of finding a place. Teachers got the choice of either a small single apartment or a share house. A sharehouse is a kind of dormitory for adults. All sorts of people live there, from foreigners to students, to office workers.

"The guy in the room next door knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to go to dinner. I was so tired from the flight that I nearly walked into the glass screen in front of the restaurant. But we talked and laughed, and I realised I was in my new home.

"Still, that first night I lay in bed and honestly thought: what have I done? I was out of my comfort zone and far away from everything I’d ever known. It felt like I’d been dropped on an alien planet. The first few months were incredible and incredibly confusing. It took quite a while to get used to even basic things: the supermarket, the train and the teaching itself.

"The train stations in central Tokyo are notorious for being confusing. I barely travelled through them alone in the first few months. But after some years whizzed through them with ease: proof that you can pick up anything with time. The first few months can be tough for many teachers. As we all arrived not knowing what to expect, people reacted in their own way. Most of us had our first experience living abroad in such a different place. Some people felt homesick or it wasn’t right for them. But often negative feelings lessened, when, after a few months, we were all more adjusted.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Naturally, there are plenty of questions that prospective ESL teachers have about teaching in Japan. While Japanese culture is well-understood, it's less well-known that the country is desperate for those ready to start teaching English abroad.

We've scoured the internet for the most searched questions on what it's like to teach English in the jewel of Asia's Far East.

Q. Why should I teach English in Japan?

Though the Japanese government is quite strict on entry requirements, the demand for ESL teachers in Japan is immense.

Despite its outward focus, and the popularity of Japanese culture worldwide, Japan ranked 53rd in the world for English proficiency in 2020, and upping the nation's language skills is a focus.

Foremost, you should teach English in Japan because if you're qualified, the job opportunities are plentiful, from high schools to kindergartens, via adult learning classes. Japan is looking for both native English speakers and those who aren't, but are qualified to teach English. The students are most definitely there, whether English is your first or second language.

What's more, Japan is a fascinating country, full of respectful students in both public schools and private schools, with competitive salaries for ESL teachers.

Q. Can I teach English in Japan without a degree?

As covered in this article, gaining a Working Visa without a bachelor's degree is very hard indeed.

However, the doors aren't closed. One of the best options is a Working Holiday Visa, if you're aged 18-30 and can prove you have the financial means to support yourself. Alternatively, you. can complete a degree while working in Japan as an English teacher, or, if you're particularly lucky, you can gain a spousal visa, provided your partner is a Japanese native.

Q. Can I teach English in Japan without experience?

Yes, you can certainly teach English in Japan without prior teaching experience.

Japan, though, has high demand for English teachers, so while experience might help you get into more salaried jobs, it's certainly not a huge problem to Japanese schools if you've not got an extensive CV. 

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There are several ways to go to Japan to teach. I originally went to Japan on the JET Program, then got a job as a private ALT, and finally worked for a private junior and high school . I had great experiences in each job.

Other possibilities include private schools that teach every age from elementary to adult, and are called English conversation schools, or eikaiwa . These schools are different in every way including contracts, pay, work hours, accommodation, and curriculum.

Teaching post ions also exist in tertiary education for lecturers at universities, two year colleges and specialist schools ( senmon gaku ) throughout the country either as full-time tenured faculty or part-time lecturers.

In addition there are many agencies that place teachers in company classes or outsource teachers to teach supplementary classes at universities and colleges.

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The JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme

The JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme is widely known all over the world as a great opportunity, and it is competitive to enter. It takes an impressive application, essay, interview, and physical exam. To be considered you need a Bachelor's Degree in any subject, although an education degree and/or certificate will get you to the top of the candidate list. If you manage to get on the JET Program, you are one of the luckiest. Contracts are one-year, and you can sign a new contract yearly for up to five years.

Not only will you get good pay, round-trip airfare, and benefits (national insurance and pension), there is a fantastic support system. There are help lines manned 24-7, booklets of doctors, and personal advisors.

The JET Program also has its own language course, and it's free. Depending on where you work, there are additional study meetings and appointed "sempai." These are people who have the same position as you, but have been there for at least a year and know the ropes. They will take you around town, help with apartment issues, and plan get-togethers and nights out on the town.

The JET Programme is a government-sponsored program between the Japanese government and the governments of other countries. This year (2006-2007) people will travel from 44 countries to Japan.

Most are ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers), others are CIRs (Coordinators for International Relations) and SEAs (Sports Exchange Advisors). There are over 5500 participants in the JET program of which 90% are ALTs.

There are preparation and information meetings before leaving home countries, which provide a great opportunity to meet others from your country who will be in the same situation. JET alumni tell you everything you need to know about what to take with you and how to meet and greet your teachers and/or co-workers.

Once in Japan, there are three days full of orientation and advice meetings that cover everything from how to introduce yourself to how to hang your laundry out to dry, how to make English classes fun, to disciplining your students, getting a cell phone to paying your bills. The friends you make here will last throughout your time in Japan and provide a great support group.

The next stop is your contracting organization. This could be a prefecture , city, or local government or a private school. From the Tokyo orientation, everyone boards a bus destined for their prefecture, or an airport . Every contracting organization treats new JET arrivals in their own special way. There are orientations, tips, and resources.

One thing that is said over and over again is "Every situation is different." A lot depends on where you go to teach. ALTs can be placed at a school, or at a board of education. They teach at elementary and/or junior high schools or high school. Some teach adults at community centers occasionally as an additional responsibility. Many ALTs join after-school clubs including sports, arts, academics, or music.

The mission of the JET Programme is to promote "internationalization." Foreign language teaching is secondary, and if you are able to incorporate your culture and your interests, or international topics, as content in your English lessons, you are the ideal ALT (although not necessarily the best language teacher).

Applications become available every year in late September and the deadline is in November. It is best to call the Japanese embassy or consulate near you to get accurate information, as the dates change yearly. They will send the application to you, or you'll need to pick it up.

Two government organs are involved in the JET Programme: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).

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Private ALT jobs are available at boards of education, private elementary, junior high, and high schools.

If you want to get a job as a private ALT, look into boards of education that also hire JET ALTs. If an organization hires JETs and private ALTs, you will get a contract that is similar to the ALT contract including pay and benefits. The JET salary is about 1/3 higher than most advertised salaries for foreign teachers. The difference between the jobs is basically who funds the salaries and benefits. The jobs are the same.

As an ALT you assist Japanese teachers in the English classroom. It is team-teaching, and you create activities together to go into a joint lesson plan. You do not teach alone. Schools and boards of education encourage you to get involved in lunch-time and after-school activities.

Getting a teaching position at a private school is usually a good job, too, but you do need to look at the contract and make sure you understand your responsibilities and benefits. The contract may only be in Japanese. If you are hired by a school directly, there is a good chance you will be expected to take part in all of the responsibilities of a Japanese teacher. Those include teaching, running an after-school club, and being a member of at least one committee. Japanese teachers spend a long part of their day at the school, and classroom teaching seems to be a rather small part of their work.

My position at a private school had me teaching 18 classes a week, had me on the basketball coaching staff, and placed me on the religious committee. (This was a Christian school.) Unlike the JET or private ALT job, I was a full-time teacher responsible for creating curriculum, lesson plans, activities, making and scheduling exams, figuring grades, and writing evaluation comments. With these responsibilities came more benefits, too, and I felt the job was more rewarding than the ALT job. These are things to consider, though, before signing a contract with a school.

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Conversation Schools - eikaiwa

The eikaiwa or English conversation schools such as Geos, ECC and Aeon/Amity are everywhere in Japan, usually located near busy railway stations. Some of these schools pay for flights to Japan , and some do not. These jobs usually pay less and have fewer benefits. Most of the hours are at night and on weekends.

One man who worked for one of these schools had challenges because, as he put it, the school was more about making money than about educating people. His major complaint was that students did not have to test into classes. They could choose their class by looking at the textbooks.

So, his classes would have a variety of English abilities, and that made teaching difficult. His impression was the school wanted people to sign up for the classes and pay the fees (expensive), so let the students into any class they wanted. This held the other students back. He ended-up breaking his contract and going home early.

Osaka -based Nova, previously the largest of the "Big Four" Eikaiwa schools, had a mixed reputation in Japan and its teaching operations were partially suspended in 2007 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for illegal business practices in regard to students' long-term contracts. In 2004 Nova attempted to prohibit its teachers from "dating" their students, which lead to challenges in the courts. Nova, founded by Nozomu Saruhashi, was the largest employer of foreign workers in the country with over 7,000 employees working in around 600 schools across Japan. Around 2,500 new teachers took up work with the company each year before the company went bust and Saruhashi faced prosecution.

When signing up for any job in any country, make sure you understand your contract. Remember, every country has their own laws, and you may not have all of the rights that you enjoy in your home country. Don't expect the same treatment around the world. Also keep in mind, that experiencing other cultures is a great way to find a new appreciation of your own culture, and discovering things you wish you could take home to your own culture, as well.

Brian McVeigh in his book Japanese Higher Education As Myth points out that the JET Programme "has been criticized for being merely window dressing, intended to project an image of an 'internationalizing' Japan," few of the participants have formal teaching training and: "Not a few ALTs have complained that they are given little direction, not utilized effectively in the classroom, used as 'living tape recorders' or simply ignored by Japanese teachers."

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The Land of the Rising Sun has fascinated travelers for centuries, and this summer is no exception. 

Tokyo is among the top five international cities Americans are visiting this summer, according to Expedia and Google Flights. And with the exchange rate currently so strongly in Americans’ favor, it’s an especially good time to visit if you can take the hot and humid weather .

Before you book your flight though, there are some things you should know. From cultural customs to customs and immigration, here are 10 things to do when visiting Japan.

1. Learn basic Japanese

Some people, particularly in Tokyo, may speak English, but it’s best to learn a few basic phrases in Japanese like “hello,” “excuse me,” “where is the restroom?” and “thank you.” There are free tutorials available across social media and language apps like Duolingo or Babbel. 

You’ll also want to download a free translation app like Google Translate that can handle both verbal and written translation.

2. Fill out the Visit Japan Web form 

U.S. citizens don’t need a visa to visit Japan for stays under 90 days, but you will need to fill out a Visit Japan Web immigration and customs form . Save time by doing this in advance online instead of at the airport when you arrive.

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3. Get a transit card 

A prepaid Suica or PASMO transit card isn’t just for public transportation. It can also be used to pay for things at vending machines, convenience stores and some shops. 

You can download a digital version through Apple Wallet or get a physical card once you arrive in Japan. Just keep it loaded with as much money as you want to spend.

4. Keep cash on hand

Cash is still king in some places, including food stalls and small shops that may not accept credit cards or digital payments. 

You can withdraw cash for low fees and fair exchange rates from ATMs at Japanese convenience stores like 7-Eleven. A Suica or PASMO card can tide you over until you can get to an ATM.

5. Skip the tip

There’s no tipping culture in Japan. In fact, some servers have been known to follow customers out and return tips like they were accidentally left behind. Instead of tipping at restaurants, offer thanks. 

Before eating, it’s customary to say “ itadakimasu ” like a quick prayer to show appreciation for the food and those who grew it. When you leave, you can say “ gochisousama deshita ” to staff to show gratitude for the meal.

6. Stand aside on escalators

In Tokyo, people stand to the left of escalators and keep the right side open for others walking up or down the moving steps. In Kyoto, like in most U.S. cities, people stand on the right. Don’t worry about trying to remember which side to stand on. It will be immediately clear once you’re there. Just do what everyone else is doing and don’t block foot traffic.

7. Keep the noise down on trains

It’s considered rude to talk on your cell phone or play music or videos out loud on subways and trains. You may hear some small groups of friends chatting, but many commuters keep quietly to themselves.

8. Wear or carry socks

Some places, like temples or restaurants with tatami mats, may require you to remove your shoes. If you’re not wearing socks, you may want to carry a clean pair with you, just in case.

9. Prepare to bare all at onsens

If you’re not comfortable sporting your birthday suit around others, you may want to skip public hot springs. Swimsuits and other garments aren’t allowed in the communal water. Some onsens may also bar tattoos or ask guests to cover them up with a patch. However, there are some tattoo-friendly onsens as well as private onsens available.

Additionally, it’s customary to shower before entering the springs to keep the water clean.

10. You’ll have to wait to open some souvenirs

If you plan to load up on Japanese beauty products, snacks and other consumables to take home, you can buy them tax-free at stores like Don Quixote, but they’ll seal them in a bag indicating they were purchased without paying tax. You can’t open the bag until you leave Japan. 

Bonus: Eat all the things, including at convenience stores or vending machines

From egg salad sandwiches to fresh onigiri rice balls, there’s so much good, affordable food in Japan. Don’t miss the delicious and cheap treats at Japanese convenience stores like 7-Eleven, Lawson and Family Mart. The same goes for the wide variety of readily available vending machines selling cold and hot drinks, depending on the season. 

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