Part-time Jobs in Tokyo
Updated for 2020
So you’ve just arrived in Japan, got settled into your apartment, and now after a grueling 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. If you're not in Japan or need some tips, be sure to check out our working holiday guide.
Driver - A job that requires N3 or higher Japanese
After a long night with one too many, I decided to take a Taxi. To my surprise, I met a Norwegian named Alexander behind the wheel of the Taxi. This was the first time I had met anyone that wasn't asian driving. At that moment, I really believed Tokyo was welcoming more foreigners and one of the biggest obstacle of being a foreigner was being taken down.
He told me he happened to stumble across a job ad, applied by chance and got the job. Mind you, he has been studying Japanese for a while! This is what he recommended!
Typical Monthly Salary: ¥300,000 ( Guaranteed after 6 months)
Restaurant - Part-Time Jobs that require N5 or higher (Sometimes No Japanese required!)
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.
From our experience, as a student you'll find many restaurants around you offering a part time job. Again, usually near you. This is perfect for students looking for a job, with the flexible shift, it allows some time for studying, socialising and (we know all about the student life) drinking.
Typical Salary: ¥900 - ¥1200
Special highlight: Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Tokyo 2020 Olympics! Everyone's excited for this event. Needless to say, so are the residents and travellers who have chosen to settle down in Japan. With an influx of tourists coming to the country, the olympics committee as well as the Metropolitan government are looking for volunteers.
There are two types of volunteers:
Games Volunteers - Work specifically with the games as well as the facilities associated with the games.
City Volunteers - Work in the city. Help out at the major train stations and busy tourists spots.
Daily Salary : Unknown
- Fluent French, English, Spanish, or Mandarin skills.
- Japanese skills would be handy
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
Foreigners are always welcome to work at bars in Tokyo. Especially in Roppongi, which is the night life capital for foreigners in Japan. It's not just Roppongi that has a reputation for foreigners - Shibuya, Shinjuku and Shin-Okubo will definitely be looking for people who can speak English!
The great thing about jobs like this, you can make many connections through the interactions you have! You'll learn some Japanese, different accents and heck, maybe even some French.
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. Many people have lost their visa due to not taking this seriously or not completely understanding what it meant.
Typical Salary: ¥900 - ¥1100
(Ginza and Roppongi Areas offer up to 2000, especially if you're female)
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
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. 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.
This article was created by One Coin English
We have 9 schools in Yokohama and Tokyo and have teachers from more than 35 countries. We hire teachers without University degrees so you don't have to sweat over that degree! That's not all, you don’t have to wear a suffocating suit either! We try to expand when we can, 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 to also teach them useful English.
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 work here.
Typical Salary: ¥1200 - ¥1550
If this isn't for you - please visit Gaba, ECC, Aeon or Interac!
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
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, 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
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
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