Teach English in Japan (Tokyo)
Half the students are children and half are adults (of which many at the pre-intermediate level), although this can vary considerably from school to school and from day to day.
- Workdays are roughly 12-9 pm with max 6.5 teaching hours.
- 29 teaching hours per week.
- Any time outside of teaching and preparation is break time.
- 5 days a week with two consecutive weekdays off.
In Japan, the majority of the schools are located in the Kanto region, which is essentially the Greater Tokyo/Yokohama metropolitan area. This job requires teaching at a few different locations in a week, which adds some variety, and travel costs will be paid by the school.
Schools are typically small, with two, three or four classrooms. Few schools have more than five classrooms, while some even have just one.
Teach English in Japan and you will discover a truly exotic culture!
Salary and Benefits
- At least 245,000 yen ($2,350) per month depending on experience and qualifications.
- Sponsored visa for full-time teachers.
- 20 days holiday.
- Schools provide around 6 weeks of annual leave to full-time teachers, including national holidays. This will normally include non-working periods of at least 6 days in spring, 8 days in summer and 10 days during Christmas and New Year.
- Comprehensive training is provided by the school, which is ideal if this is your first English teaching job.
- All teaching materials and the curriculum are provided by the school.
- New teachers get support and guidance from the Director of Studies, who is a native English speaker.
- 12-month contract.
Job Requirements to Teach English in Japan
- A passport from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa.
- A bachelor degree.
- CELTA | DELTA | Trinity certTESOL | a 120-hour TEFL certificate with at least 6 hours practicum | a TEFL under 120 hours with 3 months experience. No TEFL yet? Get discount on a course.
- You are open-minded, enthusiastic and positive.
Some Reasons to Teach English in Japan
- Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. In 2019, Japan was listed as the 9th most peaceful country in the world by the Global Peace Index Rankings.
- Time to explore. Teaching in Japan gives you loads of time off to explore the country. You’ll get plenty of days off and even entire weeks off during the year. So get out and find something new!
- Sushi, sake, ramen, manga, anime and Japanese punk. Alright, that was 6 things for the price of one, but we can’t get too crazy with this list.
- The subcultures of Tokyo. If you’re not sure what Rockabilly, Dekora, Fairy Kai, or Gyaru are all about, there’s only one way to truly find out.
- It’s unbelievably refreshing how polite the Japanese are.
- And the students are no different. Polite, hard-working, disciplined and well-behaved. Pretty much any teacher’s dream.
- Japan has an abundance of natural wonders. Every bit of modern tech that can be found in Tokyo city is equaled by a piece of Japanese wilderness that can only be truly appreciated by being there in person. Ancient temples in misty mountains. Roaring waterfalls into crystal blue rivers. Turquoise blue oceans and white sand beaches. There is no shortage of fresh air to be found.
- You can hit the slopes, too. Grab your skis and head to the Japanese Alps. After a year of teaching, you might have a new favorite sport.
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How far will your salary go?
According to www.expatistan.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Tokyo and the surrounding area:
- Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district – 1,132 ¥
- Combo meal in a fast food restaurant – 651 ¥
- 0.5L domestic beer in the local supermarket – 280 ¥
- 1 bottle of good quality red wine – 1,762 ¥
- A monthly ticket for public transport – 11,652 ¥
- Basic dinner for 2 in the neighbourhood pub – 5,438 ¥
- 2 tickets to the movies – 3,443 ¥
- Cappuccino in the expat area of the city – 465 ¥
- 1 pint of beer in the neighbourhood pub – 515 ¥
- 1-month gym membership – 12,597 ¥