Easy Guide to Get Part-time Jobs in Japan


There are many students who wish to be part of a world-class education. Some even went abroad to achieve this ambition. If you have the same desire but anxious about the living expenses and the tuition costs, I suggest you consider Japan.

Why should you consider Japan as your study abroad destination? Because of the high educational standards, advanced technology, and its rich cultural heritage. Furthermore, unlike in the US where a student may spend $10,000 or more each year on tuition plus the international fees being several times higher, in Japanese public universities, tuition fees are a mere 535,800 yen (approx $5,500) a year. Aside from that, the government in Japan allows international students to work part-time to cope with the financial burden.

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According to the survey conducted by JASSO or Japan Student Service Organization, about 74% of international students having the “College Students” status of residence are working part-time, a large portion works in the foodservice industry, followed by sales and marketing, teaching/research assistant, hotel receptionist, hall staff at a restaurant and others. However, you should obtain first official permission before getting a part-time job. 

Application for the Official Permission 

If a persons entering Japan for the first time who are granted “College Student” status with the permitted period of more than 3 months may apply for the official permission called shikakugai katsudo kyoka (Permit to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted) from the nearest regional immigration bureau. You can check the list of Regional Immigration Bureaus by clicking here.

The following are the necessary documents to apply to the Immigration Bureau.

  • Application form for Permission to Engage in Activity Other than that Permitted by the Status of
  • Residence Previously Granted (Available at the Immigration Bureau).
  • A document clarifying the contents of activities related to the application (e.g., the submission of an employment plan certificate prepared by the part-time job employer).
  • Presentation of the applicant’s residence card (or his/her alien registration certificate deemed to be equivalent to the residence card).
  • Presentation of the applicant’s passport or Certificate of Eligibility for Residence Status
  • Presentation of a document certifying the applicant’s identification (e.g., a student ID card is available at the time of the application).

Know the Work Restrictions

Upon granting permission to work part-time, you should consider the following conditions:

  • The schedule of your part-time job does not affect your studies.
  • The earned income is meant to cover your academic cost and necessary expenses and not for saving or for remittance overseas.
  • Foreign students strictly prohibited not to work in adult entertainment businesses, which includes bars and nightclubs, and gambling businesses such as pachinko parlors and mahjong.
  • You can work within 28 hours a week (up to 8 hours a day during long school holidays).
  • The part-time work is done while you retain student status in an educational institution.

How to Find a Part-time Job

Check the available jobs near you by using the resources below:

  1. Student affairs office at university and school
  2. Job advertising in the newspaper and public notice board
    TownWork magazine. It is a free magazine that is available anyplace in Japan, like in conbini (convenience store), at the station, etc. There are two types of TownWork magazine. Be sure you choose the one has a yellow cover, it is for those who are looking part-time.
    Metropolis (distributed in Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama), the number 1 English magazine in Japan
    Tokyo Notice Board (distributed in Tokyo and Kanagawa)
    Kansai Flea Market (distributed in Kansai area)
  3. Job information websites
    Town work: https://townwork.net/
    DOMO!: http://domonet.jp/?mode=general
    B-cause inc. http://www.b-cause.co.jp/english/
    Baitoru: http://www.baitoru.com/tokai/
    From A navi: https://www.froma.com/
    An: http://weban.jp/
    Job@Chikyujin: http://job.chikyujin.jp/en/ (Mobile Application)
    Tokyo Notice Board (Tokyo and Kanagawa): http://www.tokyonoticeboard.co.jp/
    Kansai Flea Market (Kansai area): http://www.kfm.to/
  4. Government agency (Hello work)
  5. Circle of friends, classmates, acquaintances, etc.

Check the distance from it to your accommodation.

You should be practical, don’t find a job that is too far it will just waste your time traveling which you should spend studying instead.

Check the qualifications.

Be sure to check the advertisement if they will accept foreign workers or not. Mostly part-time jobs don’t have specific qualifications so you can apply it.

Check the salary.

The expected salary ranges to ¥800-¥1100. The salary depends on the time and location but if you want to earn more, try to work during the night.


Check the type of job.

If you find a job that doesn’t require to speak in Japanese, you can work as a delivery man. But if you have a good command of Japanese then, you can work in fast-food restaurants.

Check the working schedule.

Choose the time to work that fits your schedule. You can inform the owner or the manager of your weekly schedule, but if they have a fixed timetable, then they will be the one to tell you when you can work.

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  1. August 12th, 2019