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Teach English in Japan!

120 Hour Advanced Hour TEFL Course, Paid Placement, Teacher Training, Cultural Orientation & 24/7 Support! 

April 2024 Start Date
Applicants must be fully signed up no later than September  2023

- Programme Fee £900 -

This opportunity is for recent graduates and aspiring teachers looking for their first travel/teaching adventure! As a public school teacher in Japan your job title will be Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) meaning you will work alongside an experienced local teacher which is the perfect opportunity to really ease your self into life as a teacher and learn on the job.

You will get to fully immerse yourself in this extraordinary country with endless travel opportunities throughout your placement. 


What's Included?

  • Fully accredited 120 Hour Advanced TEFL course - online before arrival in Japan

  • Japanese language lessons

  • Guaranteed job teaching English in a Japanese Public School

  • 3-5 Summer break

  • 2 week winter break

  • Teacher training and induction in Tokyo

  • Monthly salary between £1200-1300 for first time teachers

  • Group chat with other applicants

  • Work permit/visa assistance 

  • Full pre & post departure support 

  • Arrival assistance 

TFT supports you throughout your entire journey, starting from the moment you sign up until your final day in Japan. Our experienced team will guide you through the entire process and provide unwavering support for all your needs. You'll embark on this adventure alongside a diverse group of graduates from around the world.

Immerse yourself in the exciting and engaging world of teaching that fully immerses you in Japanese culture. We'll place you in a well-established, modern-day school with an average class size of 30-40 students, where you'll assist with teaching for approximately 20 hours per week. We strive to tailor this experience to your specific needs, whether you're looking to enhance your teaching skills, enrich your CV, or simply check off items from your bucket list. All placements require a minimum commitment of one year.

Take a look below to explore the comprehensive package we offer and learn how to apply.

How It Works

If this sounds like something you're interested in, there's a few things we need to know before we can start the application process:

  • Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher (in any discipline)?

  • Are you a native English speaker? (see Apply page for requirements) 

  • Do you have drivers licence?

  • Are you in good health?

  • Are you enthusiastic, outgoing and ready to make a change? 

If the answer to all of the above is yes, then you can start your adventure in Japan with us! 

The application process starts after a short telephone interview with a member of The Fewer Things team. This is to get to know you and to find out why you want to teach in Japan! If you are successful in passing the interview we will start the process with our team in Japan and get you ready to start your new adventure.

From here on in you will be preparing for your move!

Japanese Culture

  • Prior to traveling you will get to complete online Japanese language classes as well as cultural orientation.

  • An insight to Japanese history to give a great insight into the country you will be living in! 

  • Learn about Japanese cultural nuances to help you settle in easier on arrival - this will allow you to make good first impressions and make stronger connections with local people 

  • Basic language skills and helping you get started with a study plan!

Enrolment & Course Fees

What's Included again?

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Please read the following information carefully.

The Fewer Things asks all successful applicants to pay an enrolment and course fee of  £900 which can be paid in instalments, first payment being £500 to secure your place on the programme and to start the placement process as well as unlocking all of the pre-departure information and guidance. The remaining amount can be paid overtime in your run up to moving to Japan. Please check the live conversion rate if this is different to your local currency here, which changes daily.

  • Fully accredited 120 Hour Advanced TEFL course - online before arrival in Japan

  • Japanese language lessons

  • Guaranteed job teaching English in a Japanese Public School

  • 3-5 Summer break

  • 2 week winter break

  • Teacher training and induction in Tokyo

  • Monthly salary between £1200-1300 for first time teachers

  • Group chat with other applicants

  • Work permit/visa assistance 

  • Full pre & post departure support 

  • Arrival assistance 


This programme has limited spaces and it is encouraged to plan as far ahead as possible.

Keep on reading below for Accommodation & Driving, Other Financials, Applying with Friends Info and Placement Locations.

Placement Location

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All applicants accepted onto the programme are guaranteed a teaching position in a public school in Japan - you need to be quite open minded about where in Japan you will be placed. We will of course take preferences into account but there is no guarantee we can get your location preference exactly. The vast majority of placements are in the Kanto region (Ibaraki, Chiba, Tokyo, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi) in both urban areas and regional ones.

Public school positions stretch the full length of Japan! You could be placed in a futuristic city or a traditional town fully immersed by Japanese culture. Wherever you go the local people are ultra friendly, the food will be amazing and you'll have a truly once in a lifetime experience.

Accommodation & Driving

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Accommodation will be organised for you in Japan and you will be responsible for your rent and utilities. Typical rent in Japan is between £400 to £600 per month plus some utilities (electricity/wifi) which you can expect to pay about £50 for. You will be asked to pay a deposit and 1 month rent upfront on arrival, so please take this into account when budgeting. 

If you are required to drive to your placement each day, your school will help you with getting set up with a rental car for your placement - often the school will pay a generous contribution to your rental per month and the car will be fully insured. You can use the car in your spare time too, which is perfect for getting out and about to see Japan! 

Other Financials

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The programme fee is £900 which includes all of the above listed. Other expenses also need to be taken into account when signing up. 

You will need in the region of £3500 for everything else; this includes background checks, document preparation, flight, travel insurance, initial rent and spending money before your first pay day. The process getting to Japan is quite long, so you will have time to save up for this adventure before departing! 

Savings potential in Japan is not the highest. Compared to somewhere like South Korea where you can save £700+ per month comfortably, you may only be able to save a couple of hundred pounds in Japan per month.

Applying with Friends

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Often applicants like to sign up with their partner or friend(s) and this is totally fine for Thailand, China and Vietnam. However, for this Japan programme it is not possible to do so and you must be open minded that you and a friend could be working and living in different cities. 

If you really want to be placed with your friend or partner, we'd suggest looking at a different programme. 


We pride our selves on our reviews here at The Fewer Things and are proud to show them off! Hit the link below to check out the reviews from some of our applicants over the years on Go Overseas!

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