Part-time Jobs in Tokyo
Updated for 2021
You’ve come to the right place to find out more about part-time jobs in Tokyo. We’ve collected the information from our teachers who often work other part time jobs while working with us!
Some teachers look for other part-time jobs while working in Tokyo to increase their Japanese language ability. Others simply want to keep themselves busy and some even want to do something creative in their time! Whatever your reason is for finding a part time job in Tokyo, this guide should be of some assistance.
Are you already in Tokyo?
Be aware that most of this article is mainly intended for those already in Tokyo but it is definitely still helpful for those who haven’t yet bought their flight ticket.
Be sure to give it a thorough read and look through the links to find out what kind of Tokyo job would appeal to you the most. We’ll go over all kinds of part time jobs, all the way from cooking, babysitting to the most common one, teaching.
Even if you haven’t yet got your flight ticket or have yet to get settled into your apartment, our definitive guide to part-time jobs in Tokyo will help you increase your options for part-time jobs. Hopefully it will also help prevent you from jumping at the first opportunity that arises.
Despite what many people think, many part-time jobs in Tokyo are actually aimed at foreigners and we have included a good amount of jobs that do not require Japanese language skills and some surprising ones as well! So check out the list below and see if anything catches your eyes and share this article with your friends if you find it of benefit.
If you're not in Japan or need some tips, be sure to check out our working holiday guide.
Let's have a quick look at visas before we start
Dependent visas - 28 hours a week maximum legal limit of work
Student visas - 28 hours a week maximum legal limit of work (exception for semester breaks)
For those two visas you will need to get a stamp on your card to work. This can be obtained when you first land into Japan / Tokyo or at the Immigration office.
Working Holiday visas - 40 hours a week maximum legal work limit (Although it is not the intention for this this)
You will generally have to apply for this back in your home country. There are some requirements for this - mainly to be between 18-32 years old.
Work Visa (Humanities) - 40 hours a week.
Driver - A job that requires N3 or higher Japanese
Needless to say, this particular job requires you to have a driving license. If you're from the UK you'd be glad to know, your license is interchangeable in Japan.
Tokyo is a place, even in the current climate, for partying. Taxi's run all night long, convenience stores that are open 24/7 and Donkihote's that sell you ridiculously cheap drinks all night long.
Two types of people
After a long night in Tokyo, there are two types of people. Those who seek a comfortable bed be it in a love hotel or at home and those who pass out on the street.
Those who pass out on the street:
Those who jump in a taxi to seek a more comfortable place to rest their head
One of our teachers who went partying stumbled across Alexander. A Norwegian driving a taxi!
Those of you outside of Japan might not understand the significance of this. 99.9% of the time you enter a Taxi, even if it's a place like Tokyo, you'll be greeted with a Japanese or an asian face.
It goes to show that with some Japanese knowledge, you can enter jobs that you might not even imagine doing. After a brief chat, Alexander provided the teacher with some advice.
"Try, try and try again. I quit my part time job in Osaka, moved to Tokyo and was rejected from a few jobs but I studied Japanese job hunting etiquette and here I am!"
Typical Monthly Salary: ¥300,000 ( Guaranteed after 6 months)
Restaurant - Part-Time Jobs that require N5 or higher (Sometimes No Japanese required!)
If you're looking for a part time job in Tokyo, you have probably already considered this option. Needless to say it isn't for everyone.
If you apply for a job in this sector, it can be hit and miss but one thing you can be sure of is that your Japanese will improve immensely! Some of our teachers with the highest Japanese ability have worked at restaurants or cafe's. Learning Japanese especially is a perk of the job.
Quick paced job
One thing that was consistently mentioned from our teachers was that depending on the work place it can be very stressful. Long hours standing on your feet and running around, as well as dealing with different type of keigo.
Thousands of restaurants
There are so many restaurants in Tokyo, even in the current climate. Many restaurants have closed unfortunately, however there are still many popping up and taking their places. The food options are limitless. Want to work in a Thai restaurant? Try! Want to work in a Sushi restaurant? Try!
We've actually had 3 teachers that worked in Sushi restaurants. Sushiro, a small family restaurant and even a pretty expensive one in Ginza!
Be aware that many restaurants might require you to work into the night! Especially if it's an establishment like Torikizoku. Others may ask you to come in at sunrise to help open up and serve early risers!
Part time jobs near Universities
Finding a part time job in Tokyo is generally easier near a Universities. With most students allowed to work 28 hours, companies will try to take the opportunity to fill positions. Often the positions near Universities are more flexible too!
Make sure you don't invalidate your visa!
Depending on what visa you have, some places that have a nightlife aspect might be out of your scope. We've also had some students that have taught of us that accidentally invalidated their visa by neglecting their studies.
Make sure to keep up with your attendance and grades in school if you are a student applying for a part time job!
Typical Salary: ¥900 - ¥1300
I think the pure funkiness and weirdness of these part time jobs deserved their own section. These are very similar to the restaurant jobs mentioned above with one key difference.
These jobs involve some cosplay. You'll often be given a character description that you have to act like, this could be anywhere between being a cat humanoid maid or just a kawaii girl. These are very popular as it takes you out of the seriousness of the outside world and allows you to immerse yourself in something crazier than usual.
Ever been to Akihabara and seen the maid on the streets with signs? That's also a part of the job description. If you are looking for part-time jobs In Tokyo, working at themed restaurants might not immediately come to mind but they do hire foreigners! Whether it's the ninja restaurant or Butler cafes, they make for very unique dining experiences. A part-time job at one of these restaurants would definitely be memorable, and if nothing else at least you could say you worked at one. Why not add another memory to your stay in Japan
Typical Salary: ¥1100 - ¥1300
Before we get into this section I want to make sure you understand. If you're a student or on a working holiday visa you will invalidate your visa by working in these establishments!
If you've ever been to the capital of Tokyo and gone down to places like Shibuya, Sangenjaya, Shinjuku, Shin-Okubo or Roppongi you may have seen that there are foreigners working! If you have the right type of visa for the job, foreigners are definitely welcome to work in Bars. With the amount of tourism that Tokyo had before 2020 and that is expected to pick up in 2021 and 2022, you can see why it's a popular avenue for foreigners.
One of the things said time and time again, these jobs are great for socialising with many people. Teacher who moonlights as a photographer and works at a bar 2 times a week said he had many photoshoots from working at a bar!
Not enough to convince you?
You'll also learn lots of slang in a job like this, maybe ones you probably shouldn't be using. Emphasis on shouldn't be.
Typical Salary: ¥900 - ¥1100
(Ginza and Roppongi Areas offer up to 2000, especially if you're female)
English Teacher for Children
The cliche of coming to teach English in Japan is very real, but there is a reason it is so popular. Even with the recent events and restrictions on borders, the demand is still high.
The push because of 2020 olympics was strong but now the push is to make their children a stronger candidate for positions especially those on a global scale! So if you want to find a job that is high paying, we definitely recommend investing some time in a part time job in this sector.
Most of the teachers that work with us that also work with children have often said that it is fun but tiring. They find that they can't have meaningful conversations but more than that, the energy required is often way more than they expect. Sometimes, part of this stress is also caused by overbearing parents which you might already heard through the grapevine. One thing I could say about this though, is that not many parents are like this in Japan.
Since English is in such high demand in Japan especially with 2020 around the corner, there are a plethora of English teaching jobs available for English speakers like you. Most English teaching jobs in Tokyo for English speakers can be classified into teaching children or adults. Teaching kids can be tiring but the demand for children teachers are much higher than for adults for part-time jobs in Tokyo. That also means there is more money to be earned!
Typical Salary: ¥2000- ¥2500
Typical Requirements: Native English Speaker, Bachelors Degree and experience as a teacher.
Eikaiwa (Language schools)
There are many type of Eikaiwa language schools in Tokyo. Many people who arrive here and stay a short time (considered anything that's under a year) consider this an option for a part-time job in Tokyo.
So, this is a perfect chance to tell you about us. We are One Coin English. We have multiple schools all around Tokyo & Yokohama. We also have an Online school that you could work from if you live in Kanto but not exactly in Tokyo.
Across the school we have teachers from over 35 countries. These countries include those in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia! Most of the teachers who have joined us were looking for new opportunities and for a relaxed, interesting atmosphere. Among those who have worked for us so far, 96% would recommend us to a friend.
No Degree? Don't worry!
We hire teachers with and without University degrees so you don't have to worry. We believe a degree shouldn't be a barrier. In fact over 14 of the teachers who have worked with us have gone on to attain a degree so that they could obtain a work visa!
Don't sweat the suit
Tokyo has a very big image culture. What this means is that, sometimes all you need to do is look the part - rather than actually do the part. We don't care about the suits, blazers and slacks.
Green hair don't care
We also don't mind what your hair colour is, what piercings you have and the tattoos you have. Many of our teachers have tattoos and can openly show these around the work place. So, if you have a tattoo and are worried, don't be. It's a part time job in Tokyo that you can relax and actually be yourself.
Along with teaching ability, we actively look for friendly teachers. Teachers who will help bring out their students motivation and confidence in the lessons! Often this leads to long term connections between students and the teachers. Some who have returned to their home country still keep in contact with One Coin English as well as with the students!
There are many types of English teaching here in Tokyo but we are proud of the environment we have created and so are many of the teachers who help contribute to the environment here.
Typical Salary: ¥1200 - ¥1550
If we aren't for you, that's fine!- please visit Gaba, ECC, Aeon or Interac for more options.
Fast Food Delivery
In a post-corona world, the delivery business has been booming. You should definitely consider this sector for part-time jobs in Tokyo if you haven't already.
You probably have already seen many people on bikes whizzing past you on a bicycle, delivering food.
Unlike abroad where Uber and delivery has been a massive industry in itself for a while. It is only recently that the popularity has gained new heights in Tokyo. Many people from being laid or maybe from reduced hours from their work places have taken up delivery.
Others have done it simply to get out of the house and ensure they're being active! Whatever the reason, we definitely recommend having a quick look at this part-time job in Tokyo
If you have a license, you could also find a job delivering in-house for companies as most places usually need drivers. Vehicles are typically provided by the company. We have seen foreigners deliver for McDonalds and other restaurants. Your best chance of finding these positions would be at Japan Work.
Typical Salary: ¥900- ¥1100
Iraaaashaaimase! You have definitely heard this phrase before and it means welcome. Out of every job, コンビニ (Lawson, 7/11, etc) offer the most flexibility in terms of schedule making due to 24/7 service. Working night shift will also net you a few extra 100 yen an hour. Usually, positions at konbinis require a good grasp of Japanese.
Typical Salary: ¥900 - ¥1300
So you might be thinking, I don’t turn heads on the street, how on earth am I supposed to get into part-time modelling especially in Tokyo?! You don’t need to worry about that. The Japanese entertainment industry is always looking for western faces for modelling and even appearances in movies, tv shows, or variety shows. If you become well known enough, you could even become a media personality ( or what's called a tarento). If you want to step your foot into the modelling industry, here are a couple agencies which cast foreign talent. However, be careful about the shady side of the entertainment industry. As there are companies who will scam you out of your money.
Typical Salary: Varies
( Magazine work can earn up to ¥10,000 - ¥20,000 per shoot)
Tokyo attracts millions of tourists.
Tourists need places to stay so putting two and two together, hotels as well as AirBnB will get a massive boost. With travel restrictions being placed and removed it is one of the more unstable work places on this list.
The Olympics promised a big boost to the economy but as you can tell, that didn't deliver. That being said, there are many places that are still booming and having many visitors per month. So they are still hiring.
If you are bilingual you are definitely employable in a hotel industry. With tourists speaking English and speaking other languages like French, Spanish, Korean or Chinese you will definitely be in the lead. Positions can vary from cleaning, receptionist or even marketing in some cases.
If you prefer less interaction with the guests, housekeeping is a good option. A typical work day will include cleaning rooms and restocking the guest's supplies. This job position requires a lot of energy and patience. The days are usually long and it involves a lot of physical movement and strict schedule to ensure the job gets done. Needless to say this part time job also requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time.
Certainly some hotels also offer other positions such as bellhops or working in the attached restaurants or spas. The hotel industry is a great place to start when looking for part-time jobs in Tokyo.
Typical Salary: ¥900 - ¥1100
Like many other sections of this article that tries to guide you to find the right job, this part time job in Tokyo will help with your Japanese. If you've been inside a retail store in Japan specifically Tokyo, you will know it is a very high energy and demanding job.
Lots of welcoming the customers and navigating through the masses to get through to your allocated position! Though the retail rush has slightly slowed down due to the big C word, there is still definitely a rush.
Whether your choice will be in Electronic, clothes or drug stores - many are making a switch to actively try to hire bilingual staff to deal in an attempt to globalise their service.
The bigger the name, the bigger the chance
Check out big name brand stores which manage to draw customers from around the world because the ability to speak another language is a big plus.
Typical Salary: ¥1000- ¥1200
The Most Affordable Japanese Lessons in Tokyo
In addition to providing great content and information for foreigners, we also run a Japanese language school that focuses on teaching you how to speak and other practical things and will not make you spend hours and hours learning how to write Japanese
- 1500 yen group lessons
- 3000 yen private lessons
- No enrollment or hidden fees
- Monthly contracts
- Located in Shinjuku, Tokyo
- Open Weekdays 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Please note that we do not sponsor student VISAS
A travel guide is a good position for those who are knowledgeable about the Tokyo area. Recently, tours centered around food and drinks have become popular. This would mean taking a small group around to many of the secret dining establishments off the beaten path. Did I mention that you get the enjoy to the food as well? Being a tour guide is a great way to get outside as opposed to being stuck inside your entire work shift.