Part-time Jobs in Tokyo

So you’ve just arrived in Japan, got settled into your apartment , and now after a gruelling wait at the city ward it is time to dip your toes into finding a part time job in Japan. For those who are new to Japan and Tokyo, finding a job can seem daunting and nerve wracking and rightfully so. In reality, it is actually quite simple to find a job if you know where to look for what is available. Luckily for you, you’ve stumbled onto a part-time job goldmine.

Our definitive guide to part-time jobs in Tokyo will help you increase your options for part-time jobs and potentially 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

Restaurant

There are thousands of restaurants littered around Tokyo with an endless amount of food options. Some restaurants are open late into the night and some places open at dawn for early risers. Certainly, this offers you the ability to have a part-time job with a flexible schedule which makes it a good job for a student.

Typical Salary: ¥900 - ¥1100

Part-Time Jobs at Shake shack

Umami Burger - Tokyo

Tysons - Tokyo

Food Job Japan - General Job Search Site

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Themed Restaurants

If you are looking for part-time jobs In Tokyo, working at themed restaurants might not come to mind. 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

Butlers Cafe

Sugoi kawaii maid cafe in Tokyo

Bar

Foreigners are always welcome to work at bars in Tokyo. Especially in Roppongi, which is the night life capital for foreigners in Japan. Likewise as with any service industry job, this position allows you to interact with customers and would provide you with many opportunities to practice your Japanese. However, be careful if you are a student or hold a working-holiday visa, as any sort of night life or club related job is illegal.

Typical Salary: ¥900 - ¥1100
(Ginza and Roppongi Areas offer up to 2000, especially if you're female)

Dickens Part-Time Jobs in Tokyo

R2 Supper Club - Part time jobs in tokyo

Food Job Japan - General Job Search Site

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Cook

Although becoming a fugu or sushi chef is out of the picture for a part-time job, there are a decent number of cooking positions available for people who have experience cooking. Japanese language is not a requirement depending on the restaurant you are interested in working for, but one to two years of experience is a requirement for paid cooking jobs.

Typical Salary: ¥1100 - ¥1500

Craigslist's Part Time Cooking Jobs

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. 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.  Teaching kids can be tiring but the demand for children teachers are much higher than for adults for part-time jobs in Tokyo.

Typical Salary: ¥2000- ¥2500
Typical Requirements: Native English Speaker, Bachelors Degree and experience as a teacher.

Jobs in Japan

Ohayo Sensei

Prefer teaching adults?

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Yokohama Teachers

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We have 7 schools in Yokohama and Tokyo and have teachers from more than 25 countries. Hire teachers without University degrees and you don’t have to wear a suit. We are adding a new school every 4 months, so we are definitely hiring and looking for teachers who have a friendly attitude and want to help Japanese people to primarily build confidence and secondarily teach English.

Typical Salary: ¥1200 - ¥1550

Fast Food Delivery

If you are in the city, it’s likely you have seen a person buzzing by on a motorcycle with a pizza or other food to be delivered.  As mobile ordering becomes more popular, fast food companies employ people to deliver their food. Take note that this job would require a driver's license. 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

Japan Work

Uber

McDonalds Kitchen Staff and Counter Staff in Tokyo

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Convenience Store

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

Japan Job Seekers in Kanto

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Modelling

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)

Avocado Modelling Agency in Tokyo

Free Wave

D'Xim

Alpha Modelling in Tokyo

Echoes Modelling in Tokyo

Remix model

Acqua Tokyo

Lazaris Tokyo

CDU Modelling

Exile Hype

aWake Modelling

Hotel Industry

Tokyo attracts millions of tourists, and with the addition of the 2020 Olympics coming up it is going to get even crazier. Which means a boom for the hotel industry, and also many openings that come with it. In order to accommodate foreigners, hotels like to hire multilingual staff for the reception desks. Some of the most sought out languages include Chinese, Korean, and English.

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 is perferrable for someone with a lot of stamina as it involves as a lot of physical movement.

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

Hilton Hotel Part Time Openings in Tokyo

Palace Hotel Part Time Tokyo employment

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Retail

Electronic, clothes, drug stores, all of these kinds of retail stores employ foreigners to attract foreigners. 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

Uniqlo Retail Part Time Position Jobs In Tokyo

H&M Retail Part Time Position Jobs in Tokyo

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Travel Guide

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.

Typical Salary: Varies a lot

The Backstreet Guides Part-Time Positions in Tokyo

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Author

Natasha Henriksson

Natasha is pursuing a bachelors towards Japanese Language and Culture. She enjoys travelling, visiting temples, and eating elaborate snacks she finds at conbinis. So far her favourite snack has been a mini chocolate bar called “Black Thunder.” Without sounding like an advertisement, she guarantees you will like it.

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