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Part-time Jobs in Tokyo for Foreign Nationals


Rather than doze, take a part-time job like a workout habit. Exploring to jobs that require fewer hours can be a good option for those who have a valid visa to perform certain activities. It can definitely help in sustaining the living expenses while abroad. You can earn money to pay bills and even fund some extra activities. 

Furthermore, you will be able to integrate yourself into a foreign society. By then, you will understand the culture and even improve the skill of speaking a foreign language. Aside to these, the working experiences you will gain will enhance your skills and abilities, which could be a gateway to better opportunities in the future. 

In Tokyo, locals, as well as foreign nationals, would usually tend to find part-time jobs or arubaito (アルバイト) as there are a lot of job openings. Several industries, such as the hotel industry, restaurant, construction, security, etc., each demands a large number of workers. But how can you find available jobs in Tokyo that will perfectly match your skills and experience?

Fair Work Japan has job listings for various types of part-time jobs in Tokyo and other cities of Japan, both part-time and full-time. We will carefully assess your skills, experience, and language skills to match the position. Don’t waste this opportunity. Register online with ease now!

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Part-Time Jobs in Tokyo


Taking care of elderly

In dealing with a super-aged society, no wonder Japan demands more foreign caregivers to shoulder the responsibilities of supporting elderly care that includes bathing, grooming, and dressing up, and other elderly duties. This employment opportunity has been open to part-time job seekers, so international students can, therefore, work as caregivers.

Average hourly rate: 1,000 JPY



Babysitting job does not require any educational background or special skills. To provide care for children who left alone at home requires you to be reliable and flexible. If you consider taking care of a child is very rewarding, then this job might be the one for you. However, if you feel unsure whether to get this job or not because of lacking in Japanese skills, don’t be worried. Some Japanese parents preferred English-speaking Babysitters or Nannies to be with their children.

Average hourly rate: 1,000 JPY

Cafe and Restaurant

serving food

Are you looking for a job with flexible work schedules? Why not try one of the positions being offered at a cafe or in a restaurant in Tokyo? Kitchen staff, floor staff, dishwashing staff, and cooking assistant staff are some of the part-time positions. If you speak well in Japanese, you can be a floor staff who mostly dealt with customers. However, if you have no Japanese skills, then a position as kitchen staff or dishwashers will fit for you.

Many foreign nationals are working part-time at cafes and restaurants in Tokyo, particularly those who have student visas and working holiday visas.

Average hourly rate: 1,000 JPY  

Check for part-time cafe and restaurant positions here!


bed making

Tokyo will be the venue of the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the 2020 Olympics. For sure, hotel accommodations will be more crowded with tourist visitors before and during the event. The ongoing demand for workers in this industry indicates that more part-time jobs will be offered to perform housekeeping tasks, such as bed-making, room and bathroom cleaning, and more. Those who have basic level of Japanese are welcome to apply.

Average hourly rate: 1,000 JPY

Apply for part-time hotel jobs now! 

Convenience Store

Thinking of extra pay of working night shifts, then try to work in a convenience store. However, positions at “combini” or convenience stores require you to have good command in Japanese. Considering, most of the time, you will be dealing with customers such as handling payments of utility bills, purchased tickets, and reservations. You will also have to sort and restock products based on Japanese labels.

Average hourly rate: 900 JPY(morning shift)/ 1,100JPY(night shift)



Buildings are scattered all over Tokyo, both commercial and residential this means cleaners are in demand too. Why? Japanese are very particular when it comes to cleanliness and sanitation. 

The position as cleaners could be most suitable for those newcomers in Tokyo who want to engage in part-time jobs. No need for related working experience nor Japanese skills. You must only be in good physical condition and stamina to perform the job well.

Average hourly rate: 1,000 JPY

Check the available part-time cleaning jobs here!

English Teacher

English teaching

Teaching English is one of the most popular jobs for foreigners in Tokyo, particularly those who have student visas and working holiday visas. Of course, you must possess English language skills, teaching abilities to be able to do so. It can be tutoring to one student or in a group. Private lessons with the student usually take place in a cafe. But you can also apply as a part-time teacher in a school provided that you meet the qualifications such as BA or BS degree holder, fluent in English, and more.
Average hourly rate: 2,000 JPY


clothing store

These retail businesses such as Clothing store, furniture, home appliances, supermarkets, drugstores, and more are seriously in need of part-time workers. Foreign nationals are welcome to apply to fill in the need. However, it requires a good command in Japanese.

Average hourly rate: 1,000 JPY

Find retail jobs here!

Factory Worker

factory workers

Part-time jobs offered by manufacturing or production companies could also be a good option. You will be able to learn new things and enhance your capabilities. Students can also work part-time in a factory as it offers shifting schedules. Duties may include checking, assembling, sorting, and packaging of products. However, some tasks may involve in machine operation and others. If you have no experience working in a factory, no worries, you are welcome to apply for the job. 

Average hourly rate: 1,000 JPY


security guards

Different types of jobs for foreigners are overflowing in Tokyo, and no wonder the security guard job is also in demand. There are private security companies experiencing staff shortages, and they need to fill the positions as 2020 summer Olympic is just around the corner. You can work full-time or part-time, which offers a high hourly rate. Japanese level requirements will depend on the scope of your duty and the type of business you will be serving. Some may require fluent in Japanese, but for some position, it’s not necessary. 

Average hourly rate: 1,250 JPY

Apply now!


moving furniture

You may not come to think of this, but yes working as a mover is also another option for foreigners who have legal status in Japan. There are plenty of moving service companies that offers part-time employment. Although you only understand some basic Japanese, you are still welcome to apply for the job. As a mover, you will transport the household goods or office equipment from one location to another.

Average hourly rate: 1,000 JPY

Find available jobs here!

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Obtain the necessary requirements

1. Language skills 

  • N5- Basic or Beginner Level The ability to understand some basic Japanese.
  • N4- Elementary Level. The ability to understand basic Japanese.
  • N3- Intermediate level. The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree.
  • N2- Pre-advanced Level. The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree.
  • N1- Advanced Level. The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances.

2. Residence card with eligibility to work

*Student- “shikakugai katsudo kyoka” (Permit to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted)

Consider some important details

When finding a job, weighing important aspects are very important. You might think about how much is the rate per hour? Are there any perks or benefits? Will it suffice my financial needs or not? If you prefer to earn more, maybe working on night shifts than the usual morning shifts can be the best alternative.

Job location is another thing you should consider when looking for a part-time job. There’s a big difference when getting jobs near your accommodation than working remotely. Remember, a distant workplace will consume more of your time and money on transportation. Analyzing how much you will gain and will be lost is very important before getting the job. Otherwise, you will end up in disappointment.

Checking the flexibility of working schedules beforehand is also necessary, particularly to those students who plan to get part-time jobs. It is also wise to arrange your availability with your employer ahead of time to avoid conflicts with the schedules at school. And be cautious not to exceed the permitted hours for the international student to work part-time, which is 28 hours. 

For further details about how international students get part-time jobs, read the article here.

Moreover, don’t be afraid to try new things. Why not consider taking jobs without having relevant work experience. Doing such may benefit you like you will gain knowledge, develop new skills, and be able to explore different career options.  

You can check for more list of in-demand part-time jobs in Tokyo for foreigners below.

Food and Beverage Industry

Restaurant Hall Jobs
Kitchen Jobs (family restaurant)
Kitchen Staff (Other Restaurants)
Fast food Jobs
Cafe Positions
Delivery Food Jobs
Food manufacturing and sales
Bakery Position
Cakeshop or sweets shops Jobs
Yakiniku Restaurant Jobs
Udon noodles shop Staff
Sushi Restaurant Positions
Ramen Restaurant staffs
Pizza Restaurant Staff
Food court Jobs
Bar / Bartender Jobs
Dishwashing/washing Jobs
Serving Staff

Sales Industry

Convenience store Positions
Cash register jobs
Home appliance retailers staff
mobile shops positions
Interior and miscellaneous goods sales jobs
Drugstore, pharmacy, cosmetic sales jobs
Camera Store Staff
Apparel Staffs
Fashion Designer Jobs
Stylist job
Bookstore Staff
Petshop Staff
Jobs in Supermarket
Flower Shop jobs
100 yen shop jobs
Home Center jobs
Goods sales positions

Customer service/service sector

Security Guard Jobs
Cleaning Jobs
Washing jobs
Building maintenance/facility management positions
Jobs in Gas station
Parking staff
Posting and flyer distribution Job
Sampling tissue distribution job
Ceremony related positions
Babysitter jobs
Housekeeping staff
Car wash jobs
Service-related temporary staff

Entertainment Industry

Event Staff/Concert Staff
Karaoke Jobs
Amusement Staff
Reception/Reception staff
Hotel staff (front desk, etc.)
Bed making
Manga cafe/net cafe Jobs
Jobs in Movie Theater
Ski area Jobs
Rent-a-car staff
Jobs in Hot spring, public bath
Watcher Job


School lecturer
Private Tutor
Human Resources staff

Logistic/ Delivery

Driver assistant
Sales Driver
newspaper delivery
Large vehicle driver
Delivery Jobs
Moving Jobs
Forklift position

Light Work

Warehouse / Inspection Job
Sorting Job
Stock picking job

FAIR Work in Japan would be happy to help you land on one of the part-time jobs in Tokyo, Japan. You can search for job openings here.

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