Live, Work & Travel in Japan

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O-Hayo Sensei – Free electronic newsletter that typically lists 100+ teaching (and other English language related) positions at dozens of different schools and companies all across Japan.  – The latest job info for foreigners in Japan.

Employment in Japan

Employers, Agencies & Placement Services

AEON – Specializes in teaching English to Japanese high school, university, and adult students who have a genuine desire to increase their English abilities.

Gaba Corporation – One-to-one teaching to adults in the major cities of Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka).

Heart English School – Heart School needs assistant English teachers for public schools in Tokyo city and the surronding prefectures – Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa (basically the areas in a circle around Tokyo city), and also Sapporo city, in Hokkaido.

InsideJapan Tours – Japanese speaking tour leaders required to lead small groups from March to November.

Interac – Nine domestic and three overseas offices that serve a client base of more than 4,000 organizations. There is a staff of 100 Japanese and over 300 native speaking Language Consultants. Only individuals who are professional and seriously interested in teaching, and who possess at least a Bachelor’s degree and two years of post-graduate business, teaching or other professional experience should apply. Applicants must be enthusiastic about pursuing the challenges and rewards of living and working in Japan. North American or British accents are preferred.

Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs JET Programme – The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme places assistant language teachers in Japanese schools.

Ota English School – Full and part time teaching jobs in Japan.

San Consulting – Ski, beach and golf resort jobs in Japan. Enthusiastic bilingual staff recruited. Visa sponsorship included. Applicants must be in Japan.

Employment Resources for Finding Work in Japan

Advice & Useful Sites for Finding Work

BoobooSki – Arranges ski and beach resort jobs around Japan for foreigners eligible for a Japanese Working Holiday Visa. The positions you’ll be eligible for depend on your Japanese speaking ability. – Japanese job search.

Embassy of Japan in the UK – Various cultural and government information including studying and the JET teaching programme.  – The latest job info for foreigners in Japan.

Hello Sensei – A teacher student matching service. Part time teaching jobs all across Japan.

JALT – The Japan Association for Language Teaching, a not-for-profit professional organization of people interested in promoting excellence in language learning and teaching. JALT publishes a monthly magazine and a biannual journal. JALT chapters hold regular meetings featuring workshops or lectures related to teaching.

Japan Today – Used to be Tokyo Classified, a weekly freepaper and web site made for Tokyo’s international community. Includes a Jobfinder section.

Japan Jobs – Japan’s jobs, career and employment site for foreigners and Japanese bilinguals.

Jobs in Japan – Info for living and working in Japan. The site covers  English conversation schools, teaching EFL, recruiting and placement companies, executive search, head hunting, foreign firms, writing, rewriting, proof reading, modelling, acting and entertainment positions, accommodation, parties, socializing, clubs, Japanese international organizations and more in Tokyo, Osaka and all over Nippon.

O-Hayo Sensei – Free electronic newsletter that typically lists 100+ teaching (and other English language related) positions at dozens of different schools and companies all across Japan.A browser edition is also available to view.

121 – Caters to Japan based language teachers and and is useful to anyone teaching in Japan that would like to teach private lessons in English or any other languages.

Gap Year & Voluntary Work in Japan

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

CRASH Disaster Relief – Love on Japan was the response to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster of this Christian disaster relief organisation based in Tokyo. Volunteers were placed in response to the requests and needs of partner organisations and local churches in the disaster area.

Hana Hostel – Hana Hostel allows guests to stay for free by volunteering for a few hours a day. Hana Hostels can be found in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kukuoka and Osaka.

J-Hoppers Guesthouse – A helper for cleaning and party organising is occasionally required in this backpacker hostel group related to the above Hana Hostels. Language, DIY and cooking skills, plus a working holiday visa, are all beneficial to any application.  A dorm bed, bicycle and laundry, but not food, are given in return. Branches of J-Hoppers can be found in Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Takayama.

Khaosan Tokyo – Work exchanges are offered in this Tokyo guesthouse, and also in their Kyoto, Beppu City and Fukuoka hostels.

K’s House – A backpacker hostel chain with work exchange possibilities in its eight branches.

WWOOF Japan – A rare opportunity to find non teaching work in Japan.

Living in Japan

Real Estate and Resources for Staying Long Term

The Japan Blog List – A list of Japan related blogs that are written in English. Hasn’t been updated in a while.

Life of an American Mommy Living in Japan – A Denver girl meets an Osaka boy at university, has kids and eventually moves to Japan.

Surviving in Japan – A how to guide for living in Japan.

Travelling in Japan

Accommodation & Getting Around

Cafe and Petit Hostel Route – We had their, now closed, sister hostel down as taking on staff in Nagasaki who can help with cleaning and do some maintenance work. This hostel takes over the closed down one’s spirit so perhaps they do the same? If not, it’s somewhere to sleep.

Japan National Tourist Organisation – Official site.

Other Useful Japanese Websites

Culture, News…

The Asahi Shimbun – Newspaper. – Humourous English mistakes that appear in Japanese advertising and product design.

Japanese Culture – A Primer for Newcomers – A guide to possible culture problems one may encounter out East including a comparison between the Japanese and the Borg from Star Trek. Heritage web design. This is how the internet used to look, kids.

The Japan News – English language news from The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

Japanese-Online – Japanese lessons.

The Japan Times – English language newspaper.

Step Up Nihongo – Online Japanese language courses for studying Japanese quickly, but steadily.

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