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Why Teach in Japan?

All of your weirdest dreams come true in Japan. Cuddle cafes where people  pay to cuddle by the hour, vending machines for beer, sushi restaurants with a capacity of 4 customers at a time, cute everything… prepare to be obsessed.


Teaching in Japan offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in this culture and make a pretty decent living at the same time. The cost of living may be high, but so is the pay. You can save a nice chunk of change, collect medical insurance, enjoy paid vacation, and depending on your school, get bonuses and free housing.


When you’re not teaching, explore the country with snowboarding in the summer, seaside holidays in the winter, and cherry blossoms in the spring. Japanese people are extremely kind and are always willing to help you out even if their English isn’t the best.


Oh, and sushi. Did we mention sushi?

Qualifications to Teach in Japan


Qualifications Required for Private School Jobs


Native Speaker: Required

Bachelor’s Degree: Required

TEFL/TESOL/CELTA Certificate: Highly Recommended

Have Formal/Informal Teaching Experience: Flexible, but highly Recommended

Criminal Background Check: Required

Health Check: Required


Qualifications Required for Public School Jobs (JET)


Native Speaker: Not Required, but must be Fluent in English

Bachelor’s Degree: 4 Year Degree or 3-year Teacher’s License

TEFL/TESOL/CELTA Certificate: Highly Recommended

Have Formal/Informal Teaching Experience: Flexible, but Highly Recommended

Criminal Background Check: Required

Health Check: Required



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This 120-hour TEFL Certificate can be finished as quickly as 4 weeks online. 


  • Become a highly competitive candidate with a TEFL degree under your belt

  • Increase your value as a teacher and thus increase your salary

  • Open the doors to landing a teaching job in practically any country in Asia

A TEFL degree is your golden ticket to getting hired in Japan.

Use our link and automatically get a 5% discount off your online course or a 5% discount off a 4-week TEFL course in Asia- applied at checkout!

How to Find a Job in Japan

You've got four promising options on how to find a teaching job in Japan. 

Option 1: Apply to Private Schools (Eikaiwas) Online


English kindergartens and after school English programs are in high demand in Japan! You can search for jobs on Japan job forums or apply directly to the big chain schools before you move to Japan.

Our favorite forum is Japan English Teacher.


Or visit big school websites in Japan like Coco or ECC Japan.

Option 2: Apply to the Japanese Government Teaching Program (JET) Online

Apply directly to the JET Program online but be prepared for a 4-5 month application process! According to JET’s website, the application process looks like this…



"Step 1: October to Late November/Early December

Paper applications accepted (deadline varies by country)


Step 2: January

First notice sent to applicants


Step 3: February

Interviews held at Japanese embassies and consulates


Step 4: Late March to April

Second notice sent to applicants

Applicants selected for April departure depart for Japan and participate in Post-Arrival Orientation in Tokyo


Step 5: May-July

Submit Health Check and Reply Forms

Successful Applicants Receive Placement Information


Step 6: June/July

Pre-Departure Orientation


Step 7: July/August

Departure on Designated Day

Post-Arrival Orientation in Tokyo"


With such a long application process, this is a great teaching opportunity for university students to aim for! You can apply while you’re still in school and have a job (and adventure) lined up for when you graduate.

Option 3: Go to Japan and Search!

Most passport holders can enter Japan on a 90-day tourist visa. Use that time to scope out and introduce yourself to private schools in your desired neighborhood. You are likely to be hired quicker by schools that can meet you in-person, fall in love with your charming ways, and want to lock you down. The school will commence the paperwork for your CEO and Work Permit (see next section).

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Option 3: Take the TEFL Course in Japan and Land a Job

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture while you earn your TEFL degree in Tokyo!


The on-site TEFL Course in Japan offers you a once-in-a-lifetime experience to ease you into Japanese culture, language, and customs. You'll study in a classroom with other aspiring TEFL teachers from around the world and by the end... you'll come out TEFL certified and connected to a teaching job in Japan. 

Sign up, and you can be in Japan as quickly as next month or schedule your course 6-months down the line. 


The TEFL course includes:






Luckily, the best TEFL course in Japan also happens to be the cheapest. Yes, please.

Use our link below and automatically get a 5% discount on your TEFL course at check-out.

You can make some side cash while you job hunt by teaching English private lessons in Japan. Check out these sites to find some private students:

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  • 120 hour TEFL qualification

  • 1 month full-immersion in Tokyo

  • Housing nearby 

  • Orientation and 24/7 in-country support

  • 4 weeks’ practical classroom teaching experience with local Japanese students

  • Airport pick-up and in-country transfers

Visas for Teachers in Japan

Once a school decides to hire and sponsor you, they will help you apply for your Certificate Of Eligibility (CEO). This certificate, which takes about 8 weeks to process, basically gives you the green light to teach in Japan. After you've got your CEO, your school can apply for your work permit. The work permit only takes about 1 week to process. Now, you can (with the guidance of your school) apply for your visa.

Contrary to popular belief you don't have to leave the country to convert your tourist visa to your teaching visa! 

Something unique about teaching visas in Japan is that once you've been granted the CEO and work permit, you can move about the country, teaching in different areas, whereas almost every other country in Asia grants you one visa per school. You can keep renewing your visa as long as you have proof of employment!

If you want to go to Japan to look for jobs on your own, you can get a 90-day visa on arrival! That means all you have to do is show up! Check out Japan's Official Tourism Site to double check that your passport qualifies. 

What's Included in the Job?

Private English Academies

​There is no consistent standard of teaching benefits in Japan. We’ll give you an average, but to compare the big chains, go here.


Average Monthly Income: $2,100-$3,300 per month

Housing: Depends on the School

Flights:  Not Provided

Medical Insurance: Depends on the School

End of the Year Pension:  Depends on the School

End of the Year Bonus:  Depends on the School

Vacation Time: 2-6 weeks, paid vs. unpaid depends on the school

Contract Commitment: Yearly


Public Schools

Government JET Program (Japan Exchange & Teaching) offers an exchange program between US citizens and Japan. The official position is as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) who works in a Kindergarten-High School setting and teaches alongside a Japanese homeroom teacher in rural areas of Japan.


Average Monthly Income: $2,700 per month (increases every year for 5 years)

Housing: Provided

Flights:  Provided

Medical Insurance: Provided

End of the Year Pension or Bonus: Salary Raise Provided

Vacation Time: 10-20 days Paid Vacation Days

Contract Commitment: Yearly

Cost of Living in Japan

Cost of living is relative to your lifestyle. Where you live, what amenities you require, and the big one- how much you drink- all determine your overall cost of living. But for measurement's sake, here are the basics…(Prices are in USD roughly according to numbeo.com and individual research– Updated August 2017)


​Overall Cost of Living Range by City















Compare your current cost of living to Japanese cities here.


$1,307 per month total


Utilities: $177.78

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: $1,104

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: $609.28


Draft Beer (pint): $4.03

Restaurant Meal (average restaurant): $9.15

1 Dozen Eggs: $2.16


 $834 per month total


Utilities: $177.78

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: $564.22

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: $335.48


Draft Beer (pint): $4.57

Restaurant Meal (average restaurant): $5.27

1 Dozen Eggs: $1.83


$873 per month total


Utilities: $159.20

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: $685

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: $477


Draft Beer (pint): $3.66

Restaurant Meal (average restaurant): $7.33

1 Dozen Eggs: $1.83


$850 per month total


Utilities: $147

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: $698

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: $415


Draft Beer (pint): $4.58

Restaurant Meal (average restaurant): $5.72

1 Dozen Eggs: $1.88

The Low Down on Japan

Language: Japanese

Currency: Japanese Yen; (KRW rate here)

Type of Government: parliamentary government and constitutional monarchy

Crime:  Extremely low crime rate! Check out the data here.

Safety Concerns: Upskirt photos…it’s a thing.

Public Transportation: Most cities have a subway system or a high speed bullet train. Taxis are available, albiet expensive.

What's it like Living in...




Oh what a city Tokyo is! For starters, let's just say that IF you were to look for some of the things that Tokyo couldn't offer you, believe us when we say that the list would be rather short. Whatever it is that floats your boat, chances are, this city has got it going on. Liveliness? Check mark. Diversity? Check mark. Awesome shopping? You got it. Entertainment? Heck yes! Well, you get the idea. The list could literally go on for days. So obviously, as far as stuff to do is concerned, there's no shortage of it. That being said, one of the top activities to do while living there is, hands down, people-watching. You can witness it all on a single street corner and on any given day of the week. Watch passerby women looking very fashionable in doll outfits arm-in-arm with men rocking their stylish long-on-one-side and buzzed-on-the-other haircuts, musicians pouring their hearts into their instruments to entertain the masses, magicians doing what they do best in the blink of an eye, and of course, suited-up business folk busily walking about. It's such a pleasure to witness it all. And as far as grub goes, you can find some of the best food in the country in this city. No matter your preferences, there's a culinary experience waiting for you around every block. Don't forget to check out the busy digital hubs in the main centres and, to get away, visit the countless shrines and Zen gardens located within the city walls or take a short train ride to Fuji Mountain for an epic hike. 



It won't take long for you to fall in love with this place. Some would say that Fukuoka is a big city but, with a population of about 1.5 million, it just so happens to be one of the smaller cities we've chosen to describe for you on this list. Note that it's size is precisely what allows it to have a lot of perks. Here's some of them... First off, it's cheaper living than what you'll get in the bigger cities, which is always a bonus. Also, when it comes to crime, foreigners seem to believe that there simply isn't any. That's right, zilch. Not bad for a city of over a million people hey! Also, and perhaps for that same reason, people there are renown for being kind-hearted and helpful. They will welcome you with open arms. So far, so good right? Another major advantage of living in Fukuoka is that Mother Nature has truly blessed this particular location. It's got a temperate climate, it's beautiful beaches are found all around the area, it's clean and pristine and it's surrounded by lush vegetation. Oh, and the food scene is what it's known for, so get ready to eat some good stuff. 




There's no doubt that Osaka has much to offer, but two of its biggest selling points are convenience and entertainment. Let's explore these in further detail. Osaka's transportation system is terrific. It that can get you to all corners of the city in a jiffy and, apparently, the public transports never run late. Bonus. Also, it's pretty much located right smack in the middle of Japan, so that makes it a great location to explore the rest of the country during holiday season. So basically, what it comes down to is that Osaka is well organized and conveniently mapped out so that it's easy to get around in the city as well as in the country. And as for the second perk, entertainment, this city seems to get most of the big shows and concerts that tour into Tokyo, so if you love the showbiz but don't want to live in the biggest city in the country, than Osaka is the place for you. Other highlights include good food, awesome underground shopping, and the fact that it's a hop and a skip away from the amazing and historical city of Kyoto is definitely a big plus. 




If you've ever seen the movie Kill Bill, then you already have some idea of what a restaurant vibe in Okinawa is like. Pretty cool huh? What you might not know is that this city is world famous for its flower festivals. Some of the vastest displays can be found across the city and are celebrated throughout the year. Check it out on Google Image and get ready to be amazed. Another major thing that Okinawa is renown for is its beaches. Simply put, they're out of this world. And what's better still is that they're dead quiet so, instead of being pestered by a sea of people when you visit them, you could really be at one with nature by the ocean side. The famous white sand and turquoise water is so impressive that the place has even been coined as being Japan's Hawaii. If you're a nature lover and enjoy living in smaller communities (population wise, Okinawa is comparable to Fukuoka), than you've found your spot.  




Sound familiar? Yep, you guessed it. Sapporo is a city AND a famous Japanese beer. We're off to a good start hey! Sapporo is a bit more populated than the previously mentioned cities of Okinawa and Fukuoka, so it's a nice “in-between” type of place. In other words, it's not super busy but it's also not too small. It's in-between. If you like your winter sports, than this place is the one to go to because of it's snow. Apparently, it's got the best powder in the country, so if you're heading there, be sure to take your snowboard or skies along with you or, at the very least, your winter gear so you can make snow angels on the neighbor's banks. But don't let this fool you into thinking that it's cold all year-round in Sapporo. Its summers are more than just nice with its 30+ degrees Celsius weather. Plus, it's a dry heat so you don't get the yucky sticky feel that you might otherwise get in other Japanese cities during the summer. Also, the city people are extremely friendly and accommodating in Sapporo, but keep in mind that knowing to speak some Japanese is, of course, always an asset when it comes to establishing great friendships. 

What's to Love about Japan?
  • So much culture in music, food, and alternative lifestyles

  • Extremely low crime rate makes this a great country for solo women

  • Japan is a great jumping off point for travel in Asia

  • Polite people and super clean streets!

What's to Dislike about Japan?
  • Relatively expensive cost of living requires some savings for the initial move

  • Japanese language can be challenging to master without serious effort

  • Some areas of the country have some seriously cold winters