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Teaching Positions available in Japan

Proudly retaining its deep traditional roots, Japan leads Asia and most of the world when it comes to technology and developed standards of living. It has something for everyone and while it is probably poles apart from your home country, leaving always seems to be much harder than arriving. Remaining one of the most sought after destinations for both new or experienced teachers, any visitor will tell you that it is impossible to experience Japan without wanting to come back for more. Welcome to the Land of the Rising Sun.

When it comes to things to do or experience you will be seriously spoilt for choice. Whether you already know Japan for its traditional customs, vibrant cities, world famous cuisine, hot summers and snowy winters, spectacular scenery, friendly people, safe and clean living environment or famed nightlife, you will certainly get to know and love Japan for much more.

“In my opinion the Japanese people are the kindest and most thoughtful people in the world, which just makes my life here more fulfilling!”Derek Herbert, TEFL teacher in Japan

The opportunities for teaching in Japan are similarly varied and exciting. Teachers are rightly considered professionals and as such students expect them to be diligent, hard working and skilled. A teacher that meets or exceeds these expectations will certainly enjoy a healthy salary.

Positions/Start Dates

  • Limited positions available every month in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures.


“Despite being here for more than a month, I still find Japanese culture both exciting and bemusing. Old traditions and modern practices are found side-by-side daily. What better way to explore this country's way of life than to establish yourself in its center on a decent wage?”Jocelyn Clifford-Frith, TEFL teacher in Japan

  • 252,800 Yen monthly starting salary 
  • Quarterly bonuses 
  • Voluntary cover teaching at 15,000 Yen per day 
  • 6 weeks paid holiday 
  • Paid travel to and from school 
  • Regular 5 day working week 
  • One year renewable contracts 
  • Welfare Support 
  • Airport pick up
  • Full work permit application 
  • Help finding Japanese classes

Academic Support

  • One week young learners training upon arrival 
  • All teachers are assigned a western academic manager 
  • Ongoing teacher support through regular observations and appraisals
  • Opportunity for experienced teachers to complete Trinity Diploma in TESOL (LTC Dip TESOL)

Students and Classes

  • 50%+ children’s classes 
  • Both group and one on one classes 
  • Students usually study 1 hour per week 
  • All ages and levels of class from two year olds to senior business executives! 
  • Maximum class size 8. Average class size 4 to 5
  • British English curriculum


  • Basically furnished rental accommodation provided if required 
  • Self contained, single apartments 
  • Maximum monthly rents about 78,000 Yen 
  • School loans the teachers the initial deposit

Visa Process

  • Teachers obtain a work permit before going to Japan 
  • All necessary documents must be sent to Japan at least 10 weeks prior to arrival 
  • Teacher is sent the documents necessary to obtain a work permit from the Japanese embassy in their home country

Suitable Applicants

  • Native English speaker
  • Have a recognized degree 
  • Have a CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL or equivalent EFL teaching certificate or Post Graduate Certificate in Education (or equivalent). See 'What is TEFL?'

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