How to find a TESOL job in Japan

**Special note: The Covid pandemic has meant international travel has been halted. Countries are starting to open back up, but very slowly. We are unable to give an estimated time as to when certain countries open up.

Disclaimer: Our TESOL employment assistance is not associated with any TESOL Provider or course, this is simply a guide to assist ASQA accredited TESOL graduates find work in Japan.

Congratulations TESOL graduate! You are in hot demand in Japan! Check out the Austrade report on teacher training in Japan: People with TESOL qualifications are now preferred over people with no TESOL or teaching qualifications, so it is a good time to apply to come to Japan.

Recommendation from David: What ALT companies will not tell you is it will cost you around US$4000 minimum to move to Japan (most say 250,000 yen is about what you need to move to Japan, but it always ends up more). Read the recruitment information from ALT companies, they sometimes will tell you how much you need to move to Japan. Those with TESOL qualifications are better prepared to meet the performance criteria for working in Japan, and therefore hold on to their contracts over many years.

Assistance is given to those who have completed ASQA accredited TESOL qualifications, such as:








For more information on ASQA, please view:

What to do:

・Fill out this one page Japanese style resume: 


*Do not write your address in Katakana if you are not in Japan.

・Copy and paste your Cert.IV/ Diploma image onto the second page of the Japanese style resume.

・Add TESOL information in Japanese on the 3rd page:   

・Send us your 3 page Japanese style resume, we will send it directly to recruiters we cooperate with.

Apply using these links:

Gaijin Pot:


Here are individual ALT companies we cooperate with. You are not to email them directly, as we do this on your behalf. They will contact you in regards to your application when they are looking for applicants. You can though go through their websites to apply.

Heart Corporation: []
2-6-10 Chuo, Mito-shi, Ibaraki-ken, 310-0805, Japan (Heart MOA: 


〒541-0056 Osaka-fu, Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Kyutaromachi, 4 Chome 2-15 Seiwa CITY B.L.D Mido 8F

JALT Jobs:   


2371-12 Ujiie, Sakura, Tochigi 329-1311

KBS:  [
1 Chome-2-17 Sunatsu, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 802-0014

Interac: [

6 Chome-10-1 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061

Intergroup: [


2-16-1, Shimocho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama ACROSS Building 8F

ATLIA Central: []
9F Simon Bldg, 1-2-29 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, 460-0008 Japan

Outside Japan:   

ECC Recruitment:  []  

OWLS Recruitment: [

7F Ichinomiya Bldg. 1-3-10 Komemachi, Kokurakita, Kitakyushu 802-0003

GABA:  []  Shinjuku Front Tower 23rd Floor 2-21-1 Kita-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 169-0074

Outside of Japan:   

Shane Corporation:  

RCS Corporation: [

〒169-0072 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Okubo, 2 Chome−3−9 ヴァリエ戸山1001号室

You may also want to try: 




I hope this information has been helpful, have a nice day!

David Robertson

A quick note:

  1. We cannot help with any visa issues, please contact an immigration agent if your enquiry is about visas.
  2. It is illegal for anyone other than a job placement agency or a registered company to offer a guarantee of employment in Japan.