TESOL Jobs in Japan

Job Market

Apply for TESOL jobs in Japan all year round! Japan is one of the most popular destinations for entry-level ESL teachers. It is very attractive for those who want to experience both Japan’s technological edge and beautiful ancient traditions. This small yet populous nation offers one of the largest and most diverse ESL markets in the world.

How to Find TESOL Jobs in Japan:

Japan is very welcoming of new TESOL graduates, who are placed in Assistant Language teaching (ALT) programs at public schools and Conversational English programs at large chains of ESL schools. You can apply online or attend one of their recruitment events when they visit your city.

Most organizations offer in-house recruitment services, and representatives often travel to North America, the UK, and Australia to host recruitment events.

Japan also has a large number of small, family-owned language schools, which prefer to hire teachers who have already moved to Japan so they can assess them in person. They also prefer to hire experienced teachers with an advanced TESOL certificate or TESOL diploma.


Salary ranges from US$2,000 to $3,500 per month plus accommodation, travel expenses, bonuses, and other benefits.

Minimum requirements

  • Native-speaker preferred at private institutes (The JET Programme accepts teachers from over 40 nations!)
  • University degree
  • 120-hour TESOL certificate

Featured TESOL Jobs in Japan:

OnTESOL recommends Gaba Japan and MY English School. Get free job assistance!

TESOL Jobs and Traveling in Japan

Japan is one of the few countries where you can find hundreds of TESOL jobs in any region. Another great thing about Japan is that you can reach any part of the country via train or plane in just a few hours. If you are teaching English at a private conversational school, you can even choose your own schedule. These schools are open seven days a week, so you can choose to work around your activities and adventures! If you are teaching English in a public school program, your work day will end early in the afternoon and you will have your evenings and weekends all for you!

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