TESOL Jobs in Japan

Job Market

TESOL jobs JapanApply 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.

Where to Find TESOL Jobs in Japan:

1- 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.

Read: Teaching English in Japan with the JET Programme

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

Read: Teaching English with Gaba Japan

3- Japan also has a large number of small, family-owned language schools, which prefer to hire experienced teachers with an advanced TESOL certificate or TESOL diploma.

Read: Teach English with My English School


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
TESOL / TEFL certificate

TESOL Jobs and Travelling in Japan

TESOL jobs and travel in JapanJapan 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!

Go to the Teach English in Japan Guide to find free advice on job hunting and certification!