Part-time Jobs in Tokyo
Updated for 2022
2022 is coming around and as many places have become more accustomed to living with the big "you know what - cough cough", the job market has changed considerably. With vaccinations becoming more available globally a lot more opportunities have become available, especially part-time jobs in Tokyo in 2021 when compared to 2020.
A lot of the places that offered students and working holidayers positions have had to change their business operations. Some stopped hiring and some places closed permanently. This means while the demand is high for labour, not many places might be what you're looking for in a part-time job in Tokyo.
This guide has collected some up-to-date information about part-time jobs in Tokyo, what to expect and where to search in the current climate.
Whether you're a student, landed here with your spouse, or just here for fun and are having a browse. You will be able to find something that can get you that boost in income OR be able to pass on some valuable information to a friend or two who might be searching.
How do we know what's still available? Simple. Many of the teachers working with us have worked or still work at various part-time jobs all around Tokyo. Some do it for more exposure to Japanese, some do it to pick up a skill and some, well, because they like the extra money to spend on their hobbies and sports!
Whatever your reason is for finding a part-time job in Tokyo, this guide should be of some assistance.
First check: Are you already in Tokyo?
Finding a job in Tokyo might be very difficult especially if you aren't in Japan yourself. So, to make the process easier, make sure you are in Japan. Ideally, in Tokyo. The main reason for this is that a lot of the places, even during emergency lockdowns and states of emergencies will still ask you to come in person to their office for an interview.
Up until now, everyone who lands in Japan needs to quarantine for two weeks. If you hope to get a job interview, try to plan accordingly.
Note: This guide would be just a reference but not much use to those of you reading this without a flight ticket BUT it will help you know what to expect.
Many of the jobs will also depend on the state of Tokyo. Some of these jobs will be unavailable during times when a State of Emergency is declared. So be sure to stay aware of what’s going on around Tokyo. One source that might help you stay updated and in the know is Mainichi.
Now that that’s out of the way we will be going through some of the easily accessible or easy-to-apply jobs. Cooking, babysitting, and even the most popular one, teaching.
Even if you haven’t yet bought 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.
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
Taxi's are common place in Tokyo. Most salarymen might jump in and out of Taxi's to cut some walking time in between meetings. It's a job that will help you learn the Japanese language but also the Japanese streets themselves. Though, from my experience, it is also a job that might not be so fun at night when the salarymen want to return home after 10 highballs from their izakaya.
Needless to say, this particular job requires you to have a driving license, ideally a Japanese one. Most people who already have a license from their home country can translate it and make it valid for a small fee. If you're from the UK you'd be glad to know, your license is interchangeable in Japan without many hiccups.
Taxis in Tokyo still run all night long, hoping to pick up anyone who misses their last train. Any central hub or train stations will have a taxi stand to pick up a taxi. Recently apps like DiDi and JapanTaxi have been offering the chance to schedule a pick-up which has been increasingly popular.
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 one of the many random hotels 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:
With the demand decreasing in every sector, the options for part-time jobs have been sizzled out for the security and salary of a full-time job. Unfortunately this no longer offers part-time job positions but we'll leave it here just incase any readers are open to the possibility!
Those of you who have visited Tokyo or Japan may have never seen a non-asian face in the drivers seat. One job posting with Hinomaru, a very reputable taxi company, are hiring all nationalities.
It goes to show that with some Japanese knowledge, you can enter jobs that you might not even imagine doing.
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. Tokyo is full of these funky and weird restaurants that attract all kinds of crowds. The staff working these part-time jobs are usually very outgoing. 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 from the 2020 Olympics was strong but now the push is to make their children into stronger candidates for job 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 have already heard through the grapevine. One thing I could say about this though is that these types of parents are a minority and not many of them are like this in Japan.
Since English is in such high demand in Japan especially with globalization moving fast as ever, 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 is 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 the night shift will also net you a couple of 100 more 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
Unfortunately, with the current COVID situation this is a job position that has definitely become few and far between. That being said, once travel opens up internationally to Japan you can almost definitely expect another boom to happen in this industry.
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 for some fresh air as opposed to being stuck inside your entire work shift.
Typical Salary: Varies a lot
Now time to find a part-time job in Tokyo!
That about covers most of the part-time jobs in Tokyo available to foreigners! The opportunities are definitely all around us in this city full of life, you just need to know where to look. We know that a lot was covered throughout this article so don't hesitate to come back and check whenever you are in the market for a job! We are constantly updating the article with new companies and positions that could be your future workplace.
We also have an article specifically about finding teaching jobs. If you want more insight into this then check out our Ultimate guide for teaching jobs as a foreigner. This article goes much deeper into the topic and is definitely worth a check.
For those getting set up in Japan, there are definitely a lot of other aspects besides just getting a job in Tokyo. If you are still working on finding accommodations, check our Sharehouse in Tokyo article. It is full of discounts and deals on Sharehouses and apartments for you to take advantage of.
Thanks for reading and we hope to catch your attention again!