Due to the strict procedures of Japanese immigration, we are unable to assist students from countries not listed in the MOFA exemption list.
If you do have dual citizenship and hold another passport, please enter those details and try again.
The student life may be all about frugal living, but did you know you can actually work part-time while on a student visa in Japan? Read on to find out how you can get a part-time work permit in Japan and learn what benefits you’ll get if do arubaito (“part time job” in Japanese).
You can apply for a Japanese part-time work permit at any of the main airports of Japan if you have just arrived in the country with a student visa. For students who come through Go! Go! Nihon, we will send you a form which you can fill out and hand over to immigration when they check your passport upon arrival. You will receive your Zairyū Card and a stamp on your passport which will allow you to work part-time.
If you are a Japanese language school student with a part-time work permit, you are allowed to work up to 28 hours a week. During a longer school break (summer break, for example), you can work up to 8 hours a day.
As well as earning extra pocket money, working part-time in Japan as a student has the extra benefit of helping you practice your Japanese. You will also get work experience in Japan, which can help you in the future if you plan to get a full-time job in Japan once you have finished studying.
Additionally, you will get to know new people and make new friends!
The typical jobs you can do with a Japanese part-time work permit include wait staff in restaurants, shop assistants in shops or convenience stores, office jobs, teaching, translating, etc. Native English speakers can find jobs teaching or tutoring English and if you speak other languages, you can work in translation or industries connected with your home country.
Note that there are certain jobs you are not allowed to do while on a part-time work permit in Japan. This includes jobs in the adult entertainment industry such as working in night clubs, girls bars, pachinko parlors, etc. If you get caught working these types of jobs, you could be deported immediately back to your country or face an expensive fine.
It depends on the job, but the average hourly pay is 1000 yen. Teaching jobs can offer a higher rate.
Again, this depends on the job. If you have to deal with Japanese customers, then conversational Japanese skills, or around upper beginner or pre-intermediate level, will be required. If dealing with foreign customers, you may be able to get away with just speaking English or your native language.
There are jobs where Japanese is not required at all, including dishwashing and jobs at warehouses and factories.
You can try to work in the talent industry as a model or audience on TV shows. These jobs can pay well and you may be able to fit the production schedule around your school hours.
Take a look at our Jobs in Japan page where we regularly post job offers for our students!
Coming to Japan on a student visa doesn’t mean you need to worry about money. With a part-time work permit in Japan, you’ll be able to work while studying, make some extra money and practice your Japanese language skills all at the same time.
We’ve already helped more than 5000 students
from all around the world and we provide
support in 8 different languages.
WE OFFER FREE SUPPORT!