Teaching English in Japan: At a Glance


Graduates of TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification can work in Japan as English teachers through the public and private school systems, private language schools, universities and colleges, and English teaching exchange programs. Public and private schools are comparable to America's primary and secondary school system. Private language schools are centers for additional language tutoring. Higher qualifications are needed for teachers wanting to teach in universities or colleges.


Teaching English in Japan is an excellent way to learn about the culture, cuisine, and history of one of the world's most interesting nations. It is also a great opportunity to earn money while gaining valuable teaching experience.


Japan’s mix of ancient temples and futuristic cities, mist-shrouded mountains and flashy skyscrapers combines with a vigorous English as a second language (ESL) market to make this country one of the most popular destinations for teaching English.

The strong yen makes traveling outside of Japan very inexpensive. Consider trips to Bali, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, and other exotic locations during your stay in Japan.

Places to see in Japan

  • Mount Fuji
  • Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
  • Ginza District, Tokyo
  • The Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima
  • Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines

Things to do in Japan

  • Sumo Wrestling
  • Kabuki Theater
  • Tokyo Nightlife
  • Shinkansen (Bullet Train)

History, Art, & Culture

  • Samurai
  • Geisha
  • Sushi
  • Tea Ceremonies
  • Calligraphy and Origami


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Oxford Seminars makes every effort to keep our information as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, individual teaching positions and experiences may vary with job market conditions. Specific information listed cannot be guaranteed to be applicable when you are seeking employment teaching ESL in a specific country.


Note that certain positions require additional qualifications and credentials that are not negotiable due to specific country legislation.

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