Teaching ESL in Japan

Teaching ESL in Japan

Teaching English in Japan is not only 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 chance to earn money while gaining valuable teaching experience.

Individuals can work in Japan as an English teacher 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 North America's primary and secondary school system, while private language schools are centres for additional language tutoring. Higher qualifications are needed for teachers wanting to teach in universities or colleges.

Living and Teaching in Japan
Japan: At a Glance
Japan: Living in Japan
Japan: Teaching ESL in Japan
Japan: Financial Snapshot

Peak ESL Hiring Season in Japan
How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Japan
Largest Chain Schools in Japan
Tips for ESL Teachers in Japan
Teaching Requirements for ESL Teachers in Japan
Embassy and Consulate Information for Japan

 


Peak ESL Hiring Season in Japan

Public and Private School System

The public and private school year is divided into three semesters, with April to July being the first semester, followed by September to December, then January to March. Most of the hiring for the public and private schools is done for March/April; however, it is common for ESL teachers to find employment continually throughout the year. ESL teachers looking to work for public and private schools should apply three to six months before the start of the semester.

Private Language Schools

The private language schools such as AEON and ECC hire on a continual, as needed, basis. These language schools operate year round; therefore, employment is based on supply and demand. During recent years, most of the placements for private language schools occurred between August and September or April and May. However, peak seasons during one year may differ from the next year. For exact details regarding the hiring process, talk to our Graduate Placement Service. It should be noted that applicants are suggested to apply for positions three to six months prior to their desired departure date. For a list of the most common chain schools in Japan please see the Largest Chain Schools in Japan section.

Universities and Colleges

Japanese universities have two semesters, with the first semester starting in April and the second starting in October. Some universities offer new courses to parallel the western academic school year, which starts in September or October. ESL instructors interested in teaching at a university or college should have a minimum of a Master's Degree and/or years of university teaching experience. Some universities and colleges also require ESL teachers to have some basic fluency in Japanese.

The hiring season would be similar to public and private schools with peak hiring occurring four to six months before the beginning of the semester. It is common for university and college teachers to have gained experience teaching in the Japanese public and private school system before obtaining employment at a university or college. Doing this helps build contacts and relationships for creating job prospects. 

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Private Tutoring

ESL teachers can provide private tutoring for Japanese nationals, but most contracts prohibit teachers from doing so. The majority of job opportunities occur through word of mouth or advertising in the local newspapers; however, ESL teachers should be very discreet when obtaining tutoring jobs. ESL teachers should note that tutoring their own students will result in being fired, so it is highly recommended to tutor Japanese nationals who have no affiliation with their school.

Private English tutors can earn from ¥2,000/hour to ¥4,000/hour, depending on the student, the demand, and the location.

The JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program (Programme)

English teaching exchange programs are also a popular form of ESL employment. The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, also referred to as the JET Program, is the most common English teaching exchange program for individuals wanting to live and work in Japan. Please note that the JET Program application process typically takes 7-9 months, starting in late September. Applicants cannot apply outside of their native country, and the application process includes interviews and health-checks. Interviews are conducted between February and March, with notice to successful applicants occurring between April and May. Individuals interested in the program should know a contract with JET is a minimum of one year with a possible extension for five years. Applicants accepted into the JET Program depart in late July. For further details and exact dates, please visit http://www.jetprogramme.org/e/aspiring/howto.html.

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How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Japan

Graduates of Oxford Seminars receive our Graduate Placement Service with access to established schools and recruiters around the world. After completing your in-class component, you will have access to a team of Job Search Advisors who have first hand experience working internationally and are ready to help you find your dream job in the Land of the Rising Sun. Contact your Job Search Advisor for assistance and feedback to improve your chances of securing a position in this competitive ESL teaching market.

Other resources that may include ESL teaching jobs are:

These resources are available in English and can be used to supplement your job search.

Another useful resource for ESL teachers that is available online is Metropolis. The news source contains a vast amount of information about Japan including job advertisements, apartment listings, popular restaurants, upcoming concert dates, and more. The editions are published daily and are entirely in English. Be sure to visit their website at http://www.metropolis.co.jp/.

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Largest Chain Schools in Japan

  • AEON - The AEON corporation has been providing English education since 1973. The company currently has over 300 branch schools and employs over 800 teachers. AEON teachers can expect to earn approximately ¥270,000 per month. Salaries may vary depending on the performance and bonus structure established by AEON. http://www.aeonet.com/.
  • ECC - ECC (Education through Communication for the Community) has been specializing in English instruction since 1962. Throughout Japan, ECC has over 150 schools and employs more than 650 teachers. ECC teachers earn a base salary of approximately ¥252,000 per month. Salaries may vary depending on the performance and bonus structure established by ECC. http://recruiting.ecc.co.jp/.

Jobs Teaching English in the Summer in Japan

The Japanese school year is split into three semesters with the first semester occurring from April to July. Therefore, the summer English positions are short, not making it worthwhile for ESL teachers to travel abroad. In addition, the ESL summer positions usually do not pay for accommodations and often require the teacher to have them arranged before the position is awarded. Most teachers granted summer teaching positions are already living or travelling in Japan.

Additional ESL Resources to Help Teach English in Japan

There is an abundance of ESL resources for teachers to help teach English as a second language; however, finding resources that meet specific teaching needs may be difficult. Some examples of the available teaching resources are listed below.

These are just some examples of the resources available to ESL teachers. As mentioned above there is a large number of teaching aids available, but teachers will have to devote time to finding the resources that meet their individual teaching needs.

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Tips for ESL Teachers in Japan

  • Foreigners should always carry their resident card
  • Always carry handkerchiefs and tissues because public washrooms may not provide toilet paper or paper towel
  • Take money out before any national holiday, as most banks and ATMs are closed (ATM machines are not accessible 24-hours a day)
  • 'Gaikokujin' is the term for foreigners, although this is commonly abbreviated to "Gaijin"
  • Foreigners Buyer's Club (FBC) is one way to obtain 'gaikokujin food' in Japan
  • Be early; the Japanese are very punctual
  • Bring an extra pair of shoes if you have large feet, because the average shoe size for men is 27.5cm (US size 9) and 23.5cm (US size 7) for women
  • Japanese nationals do not pour soy sauce on their rice
  • Golden Week (April 29 - May 5) is the longest holiday in Japan and Japanese workers are given the time off with pay; be prepared for most stores to be closed or to have smaller staffs during this time
  • New Year's is the most important national holiday so most things will stay closed until January 3rd
  • Tipping is an insult: if foreigners want to show their gratitude, give a gift

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Teaching Requirements for ESL Teachers in Japan

The Certificate of EligibilityA Certificate of Eligibility is issued before a visa application by a regional immigration authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice as evidence that the applicant fulfills various conditions of the Immigration Control Act, including those certifying that the activity in which the foreigner wishes to engage in Japan is valid and comes under a status of residence (excluding Temporary Visitor Status). The Certificate of Eligibility has the advantage of reducing the time required to obtain a visa and complete immigration procedures, since a foreigner in possession of such a certificate can probably acquire a visa at an embassy or consulate without any inquiries being made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, by showing the certificate to the immigration officer, obtain landing permission more easily. This document is required of individuals wanting to work, study, or live in Japan. A sponsor such as a spouse, employer, or academic institute must submit the certificate before individuals can apply for a visa.

Resident Card - This card is issued to foreign nationals looking to stay in Japan for 3 months or longer by immigration authorities at the main international airports within Japan. This will serve as an important piece of identification that will likely be needed when purchasing a phone plan, opening a back account or renting an apartment. Please note that you are required by law to notify municipal offices of any changes in address after receiving this card. 

Canadian Citizens

Canadian citizens wanting to teach English in Japan can qualify for four types of visas.

Work Visa:

A Certificate of Eligibility is required. There are two ways to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility, which are:

    • Apply as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) through a private company for the public system such as the JET Program
      • Applicants require a degree
      • Applicants do not need to be Canadian or US citizens as long as they have at least 12 years of education in an English speaking country
    • Apply as an English instructor
      • Applicants must apply through a private language school (juku and eikaiwa) such as Berlitz
      • Applicants require a valid Canadian passport
      • Applicants need to have a criminal record check
      • Applicants require a degree

Working Holiday Visa:

Applicants must be/have:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • Intending mainly to holiday in Japan for a specific period of time
  • Between 18 - 30 years of age at the time of application
  • Proof (e.g. bank statement) of a specific amount of money for the holiday in Japan - the minimum amount is $2,000 CDN
  • A return travel ticket
  • A valid Canadian passport

Applicants applying for a working holiday visa in Japan can only acquire one during the course of their lives. Once the initial working holiday visa has been issued, applicants must enter Japan within three months. The initial stay is six months but applicants can apply for an extended stay of six months, which has to be approved by Japanese immigration authorities. Holiday visa holders who intend on leaving Japan during their stay must present their resident card to immigration authorities upon departing with the appropriate box ticked in order to qualify for re-entry.

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Spousal Visa:

Spouse of a Japanese national must provide:

  • Documentation proving the applicant is married to a Japanese national
  • The resident card of a Japanese national
  • Documentation certifying the profession and income of the applicant or his or her spouse
  • A letter of guarantee by a person living in Japan
  • A permanent resident is someone who has lived in Japan for at least five consecutive years and who has applied and been accepted as a permanent resident.
  • Documentation (e.g. marriage certificate, statement of joint bank accounts, etc.) proving the relationship between the applicant and the permanent resident
  • A copy of the permanent resident's passport
  • Documentation certifying the profession and income of the applicant or his or her spouse
  • A letter of guarantee by the permanent resident

The applicant can apply for the visa outside of Japan; however, the application process is usually done within Japan. The visa is valid for one year or three years and applicants must extend the visa before expiry.

Student Visa:

Individuals wanting to study in Japan must apply for a student visa. In order for applicants to qualify for a student visa, they must:

  • Obtain sponsorship from an educational institution
  • Provide proof (e.g. bank statement) of a specific amount of money to pay for tuition, textbooks, and accommodation expenses.

Student visa holders are prohibited from engaging in paid employment without obtaining permission from Japanese immigration and the school. If the request to obtain paid employment is approved, students are limited to a maximum number of working hours per week.

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American Citizens

US citizens wanting to teach English in Japan can qualify for three types of visas.

Work Visa:

A Certificate of Eligibility is required. There are two ways to obtain the Certificate of Eligibility, which are:

  • Apply as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) through a private company for the public system such as the JET Program
    • Applicants require a degree
    • Applicants do not need to be US citizens as long as they have at least 12 years of education in an English speaking country
  • Apply as an English instructor.

    • Applicants must apply through a private language school (juku and eikaiwa) such as Berlitz
    • Applicants require a valid US passport
    • Applicants need to have a criminal record check
    • Applicants require a degree

Spousal Visa:

Spouses can apply for visas in one of two ways:

Spouse of a Japanese national must provide:

  • Documentation (original marriage certificate) proving the applicant is married to a Japanese national
  • The resident card of Japanese national
  • A letter of guarantee by a person living in Japan
  • The Japanese spouses employment certificate and certificate of tax payment
  • If the Japanese spouse is not employed or is currently not living in Japan a letter of guarantee from a Japanese guarantor residing in Japan and the guarantor's employment and tax payment certificate is required
  • The applicant can apply for the visa outside of Japan; however, the application process is usually done within Japan. The visa is valid for 90 days to three years and applicants must extend the visa before expiry.

Spouse of Permanent Resident must provide:

  • A permanent resident is someone who has lived in Japan for at least five consecutive years and who has applied and been accepted as a permanent resident
  • Documentation (e.g. marriage certificate, statement of joint bank accounts, birth certificate, etc.) proving the relationship between the applicant and the permanent resident
  • A copy of the permanent resident's passport
  • Documentation certifying the applicant or his or her sponsor's financial stability (e.g. bank statement, employment and tax payment certificate, etc.)

The applicant can apply for the visa outside of Japan; however, the permanent resident should be in Japan. The visa is valid for a maximum of three years.

Student Visa:

Individuals wanting to study in Japan must apply for a student visa. In order for applicants to qualify for a student visa they must:

  • Obtain sponsorship from an educational institution
  • Provide proof (e.g. bank statement) of money to pay for tuition, textbooks, and accommodation expenses

Student visa holders are prohibited from engaging in paid employment without obtaining permission from Japanese immigration and the school. If the request to obtain paid employment is approved, students are limited to a maximum number of working hours per week.

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Australian Citizens

Australian citizens wanting to teach English in Japan can qualify for four types of visas:

Work Visa:

A Certificate of Eligibility is required. Australian citizens require sponsorship from an employer to apply for the Certificate of Eligibility. Other prerequisites applicants require are:

  • A university degree
  • A valid Australian passport
  • A health and a criminal record check

Employment visas are valid for a period of three years.

Working Holiday Visa:

Applicants must be/have:

  • An Australian citizen
  • Intending mainly to holiday in Japan for a specific period of time
  • Between 18 - 30 years of age at the time of application
  • Proof (e.g. bank statement) of a specific amount of money for the holiday in Japan - the minimum amount is $2,500 AUD
  • A return travel ticket
  • A valid Australian passport

Applicants applying for a working holiday visa in Japan can only acquire one during the course of their lives. Once the initial working holiday visa has been issued, applicants must enter Japan within three months. The initial stay is six months but applicants can apply for an extended stay of six months, which has to be approved by Japanese immigration authorities. Holiday visa holders who intend on leaving Japan during their stay must present their resident card to immigration authorities upon departing with the appropriate box ticked in order to qualify for re-entry.

Spousal Visa:

Spouses can apply for a visa by obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility or by providing:

  • Documentation proving the applicant is married to a Japanese national
  • The resident card of Japanese national
  • Documentation certifying the profession and income of the applicant or his or her spouse
  • A letter of guarantee by the Japanese spouse

The applicant can apply for the visa outside of Japan; however, the application process is usually done within Japan. The visa is valid for one year, three years, or six months and applicants must extend the visa before expiry.

Student Visa:

Individuals wanting to study in Japan must apply for a student visa. In order for applicants to qualify for a student visa they must:

  • Obtain sponsorship from an educational institute
  • Provide proof (e.g. bank statement) of a specific amount of money to pay for tuition, textbooks, and accommodation expenses

Student visa holders are prohibited from engaging in paid employment without obtaining permission from Japanese immigration and the school. If the request to obtain paid employment is approved, students are limited to a maximum number of working hours per week. The visa is valid for one year, three years, or six months and applicants must extend the visa before expiry.

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British Citizens

British and Irish passport holders do not require a visa if they intend on staying in Japan for six or less months and are entering for the following purposes: holiday, visiting relatives, conferences, study, and business.

Work Visa:

A Certificate of Eligibility is required. UK citizens require sponsorship from an employer to apply for the Certificate of Eligibility. Other prerequisites applicants require are:

  • A university degree
  • A valid UK passport
  • A health and a criminal record check

Employment visas are valid for one or three years.

Working Holiday Visa:

Applicants must be/have:

  • A British citizen
  • Intending mainly to holiday in Japan for a year or less
  • Between 18 - 25 years of age at the time of application
  • Travelling without children
  • Travelling without spouses unless the spouse has a valid visa
  • A minimum of £2,500 in the applicant's bank account (last 3 months bank statement must be shown)
  • Receipt of return travel ticket
  • A valid UK passport

Applicants applying for a working holiday visa in Japan can only acquire one during the course of their lives. Once the initial working holiday visa has been issued, applicants must enter Japan within three months. The initial stay is six months but applicants can apply for an extended stay of six months, which has to be approved by Japanese immigration authorities. Holiday visa holders who intend on leaving Japan during their stay must present their resident card to immigration authorities upon departing with the appropriate box ticked in order to qualify for re-entry.

Spousal Visa:

Spouses can apply for a visa by obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility or by providing:

  • Documentation proving the applicant is married to a Japanese national by providing the Japanese spouse's family register. The copy has to be issued within three months of visa application and show the registered marriage
  • The resident card of Japanese national
  • Proof (last three months of bank account) of sufficient funds to settle in Japan

The applicant can apply for the visa outside of Japan; however, the application process is usually done within Japan. The visa is valid for one year or three years and applicants must extend the visa before expiry.

Student Visa:

Individuals wanting to study in Japan must apply for a student visa. In order for applicants to qualify for a student visa they must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility by:

  • Obtaining sponsorship from an educational institute
  • Proof (e.g. bank statement) of a specific amount of money to pay for tuition, textbooks, and accommodation expenses
  • Student visa holders are prohibited from engaging in paid employment without obtaining permission from Japanese immigration and the school. If the request to obtain paid employment is approved, students are limited to a maximum number of working hours per week.

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Irish Citizens

Work Visa:

A Certificate of Eligibility is required. Irish citizens require sponsorship from an employer to apply for the Certificate of Eligibility and it expires three months after being issued. Once the Certificate of Eligibility has been issued the visa application process can begin. Other prerequisites applicants require are:

  • A university degree
  • A valid Irish passport
  • A health and a criminal record check

Employment visas are valid for one or three years.

Working Holiday Visa:

The Republic of Ireland and Japan have established a working holiday programme for young Irish citizens. The programme officially started in January 2007. Up to 400 Irish citizens will be granted holiday visas at which point the application period will be closed. The applicant prerequisites for a working holiday visa are listed below.

  • Applicants must be/have:
    • An Irish citizen
    • Intending mainly to holiday in Japan for a specific period of time
    • Between 18 - 25 years of age at the time of application; the Japanese government has agreed to extend the age limitation to 30 years of age
    • Travelling without a dependent unless the dependent has the proper visa to enter Japan
    • Proof of a return travel ticket and full intention to leave Japan when the visa expires
    • Proof (e.g. bank statement) of a specific amount of money for the holiday in Japan - minimum £1,600 including return travel ticket or £3,200 without return travel ticket
    • A copy of overseas travel insurance
    • A criminal record and health check
    • A valid Irish passport

Applicants applying for a working holiday visa in Japan can only acquire one during the course of their lives. Once the initial working holiday visa has been issued, applicants must enter Japan within three months. Holiday visa holders who intend on leaving Japan during their stay must present their resident card to immigration authorities upon departing with the appropriate box ticked in order to qualify for re-entry.

Spousal Visa:

Spouses can apply for a visa by obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility or by providing:

  • Documentation proving the applicant is married to a Japanese national by providing the Japanese spouse's family register. The copy has to be issued within three months of visa application and show the registered marriage
  • The resident card of Japanese national
  • Proof (last three months of bank account) of sufficient funds to settle in Japan
  • A letter of guarantee from the Japanese spouse
  • The applicant can apply for the visa outside of Japan; however, the application process is usually done within Japan. The visa is valid for one year or three years and applicants must extend the visa before expiry.

Student Visa:

Individuals wanting to study in Japan must apply for a student visa. In order for applicants to qualify for a student visa they must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility by:

  • Obtaining sponsorship from an educational institute
  • Providing proof (e.g. bank statement) of a specific amount of money to pay for tuition, textbooks, and accommodation expenses. Student visa holders are prohibited from engaging in paid employment without obtaining permission from Japanese immigration and the school. If the request to obtain paid employment is approved, students are limited to a maximum number of working hours per week.

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New Zealand Citizens

New  Zealand citizens wanting to teach English in Japan can qualify for four types of visas:

Work Visa:

A Certificate of Eligibility is required. New Zealand citizens require sponsorship from an employer to apply for the Certificate of Eligibility and it expires three months after being issued. Once the Certificate of Eligibility has been issued the visa application process can begin. Other prerequisites applicants require are:

  • A university degree
  • A valid New Zealand passport
  • A health and a criminal record check

Employment visas are valid for one or three years.

Working Holiday Visa:

The applicant prerequisites for a working holiday visa are listed below. Applicants must be/have:

  • A New Zealand citizen
  • Intending mainly to holiday in Japan for a specific period of time
  • Between 18 - 30 years of age at the time of application
  • No dependent children
  • Proof of a return travel ticket
  • Proof of a specific amount of money for the holiday in Japan - a minimum of $2,000 USD, or $3,000 for a married couple. Bank statements, ATM printouts or cash will not be accepted as proof
  • In Japan within six months of the date of issue of the visa
  • A criminal record and health check
  • A valid New Zealand passport

Applicants applying for a working holiday visa in Japan can only acquire one during the course of their lives. The initial stay is six months but applicants can apply for an extended stay of six months, which has to be approved by Japanese immigration authorities. Holiday visa holders who intend on leaving Japan during their stay must present their resident card to immigration authorities upon departing with the appropriate box ticked in order to qualify for re-entry.

Spousal Visa:

Spouses can apply for a visa by obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility or by providing:

  • Documentation proving the applicant is married to a Japanese national by providing the Japanese spouse's family register. The copy has to be issued within three months of visa application and show the registered marriage
  • The resident card of a Japanese national
  • Proof (last three months of bank account) of sufficient funds to settle in Japan
  • A letter of guarantee from the Japanese spouse

The applicant can apply for the visa outside of Japan; however, the application process is usually done within Japan. The visa is valid for one year or three years and applicants must extend the visa before expiry.

Student Visa:

Individuals wanting to study in Japan must apply for a student visa. In order for applicants to qualify for a student visa they must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility by:

  • Obtaining sponsorship from an educational institute
  • Providing proof (e.g. bank statement) of a specific amount of money to pay for tuition, text books, and accommodation expenses

Student visa holders are prohibited from engaging in paid employment without obtaining permission from Japanese immigration and the school. If the request to obtain paid employment is approved, students are limited to a maximum number of working hours per week.

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Embassy and Consulate Information for Japan

Canadian Embassy and Consulates in Japan

Embassy of Canada
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-8503, Japan
City: Tokyo
Phone: 81 03 5412 6200
Fax: 81 3 5412 6247
Website: http://www.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/

Canadian Honourary Consulate, Hiroshima
4-33 Komachi, Naka-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, 730-8701
City: Hiroshima
Phone: 81 82 246 0057
Fax: 81 82 246 0057

Canadian Honourary Consulate, Sapporo
Canada Place, 2F
Poseidon Maruyama
26–1–3 Odori Nishi, Chuo–ku,
Sapporo, Hokkaido 064–0820
City: Sapporo
Phone: +81 011–643–2520

Consulate of Canada in Nagoya
Nakato Marunouchi Bldg., 6F
3-17-6 Marunouchi, Naka-ku
Nagoya, Aichi 460-0002
City: Nagoya
Phone: +81 052 972 0450
Fax: 81 52 972 0453
Email: ngoya@international.gc.ca

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American Embassy and Consulates in Japan

Embassy of the United States in Japan
1-10-5 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
City: Tokyo
Phone: 81 03-3224-5000
Visa Phone Line: 81 03 5354 4033
Fax: 81 03-3505-1862
Website: http://japan.usembassy.gov/t-main.html

Consulate of the United States in Osaka
2-11-5, Nishitenma,
Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543
City: Osaka
Phone: 81 06 6315 5900
Website: http://osaka.usconsulate.gov

Consulate of the United States in Fukuoka
5-26 Ohori 2-chome
Chuo-ku
Fukuoka 810-0052
City: Fukuoka
Phone: 81 092 751 9331
Website: http://japan.usembassy.gov

Consulate of the United States in Sapporo
Kita 1-jo Nishi 28-chome,
Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821
City: Sapporo
Phone: 81 011 641 1115
Fax: 81 011 643 1283
Website: http://sapporo.usconsulate.gov

Consulate of the United States in Nagoya
Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor
1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001
City: Nagoya
Phone (Consulate): 052 581-4501
Phone (Consular Services):+81 06-6315-5912
Fax: (052) 581-3190
Website: http://nagoya.usconsulate.gov/
Email: AOK@state.gov

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Australian Embassy and Consulates in Japan

Australian Embassy
2-1-14 Mita
Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8361
City: Tokyo
Phone: 81 035 232 4111
Fax: 81 035 232 4057
Website: www.australia.or.jp/en/

Australian Consulate-General Osaka
16F Twin 21 MID Tower
2-1-61 Shiromi, Chuo-ku
Osaka 540-6116
City: Osaka
Phone: 81 066 941 9271
Fax: 81 066 920 4543
Website: www.australia.or.jp/en/consular/osaka/

Australian Consulate-General Fukuoka
7th Floor, Tenjin Twin Building
1-6-8 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Fukuoka 810-0001
City: Fukuoka
Phone: 81 092 734 5055
Fax: 81 092 734 5058
Website: http://www.australia.or.jp/en/consular/fukuoka/

Australian Consulate Sapporo
17th Floor - Sapporo Center Building
Kita 5 Nishi 6-2, Chuo-ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0005
City: Sapporo
Phone: +81 011 242 4381
Fax: 81 011 242 4383
Website: www.australia.or.jp/en/consular/sapporo/

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British Embassy and Consulates in Japan

British Embassy
No 1 Ichiban-cho
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-8381
City: Tokyo
Phone: 81 352 11-1100
Fax: 81 352 75 0346
Website: http://ukinjapan.fco.gov.uk/en/
Email: consular.tokyo@fco.gov.uk
Visa Email: visa.tokyo@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate-General, Osaka
Epson Osaka Building 19F
3-5-1 Bakuro-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 541-0059
City: Osaka
Phone: 81 066 120 5600
Fax: 81 066 281 1731
Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-tokyo/office/british-consulate-general-osaka.ja
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Irish Embassy and Consulate in Japan

Embassy of Ireland in Japan
Ireland House,
2-10-7, Kojimachi,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083
City: Tokyo
Phone: 81 033 263 0695
Fax: 81 033 265 2275
Website: www.irishembassy.jp/
Email: tokyoembassy@dfa.ie

Honourary Consulate of Ireland
1-1 Doshomachi
4-Chome
Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-8645
City:
Osaka
Phone:
81 066 204 2024
Fax: 81 062 04 2032

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New Zealand's Embassy and Consulates in Japan

Embassy of New Zealand in Japan
20-40 Kamiyama-cho
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0047
City: Tokyo
Phone:
81 033 467 2271
Fax: 81 033 467 2278
Email: nzemb.tky@mfat.govt.nz
Website:
http://www.nzembassy.com/japan/

New Zealand Consulate-General
Umeda Centre Building
2-4-12 Nakazaki-nishi
Kita-ku
OSAKA 530-8323
City: Osaka
Phone: 81 066 373 4583
Fax: 81 066 373 4394
Email: nzemb.tky@mail.com

New Zealand Consulate-General
c/o Kyushu Railway Company
6F, Hakata Eki Mae 3-25-21
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-8566
City: Fukuoka
Phone: 81 092 474 2279
Fax: 81 092 474 2737

New Zealand Consulate Sapporo
c/o Home Kikaku Centre Co Ltd
1-26, West 2-chome, North 38-jo,
Kita-ku
Sapporo 001-0038
City: Sapporo
Phone: 81 011 802 9272
Fax:
81 011 802 9275

New Zealand Consulate Nagoya
Rinnai Corporation
2-26 Fukuzumi-cho, Nakagawa-ku
Nagoya, Aichi 454-0802
City: Nagoya
Tel:
+052 361-8257
Fax: 052 361-8871

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Embassy and Consulate Information Outside Japan

Japanese Embassy and Consulates Offices in Canada

Embassy of Japan in Ottawa
255 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9E6
City: Ottawa
Phone: 1 613 241-8541
Fax: 1 613 241-4261
Website: http://www.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/
Email: infocul@embjapan.ca


Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honourary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services. A full list of Japanese consulates in Canada can be found at: http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

Japanese Embassy and Consulates Offices in the United States

Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20008
City: Washington, DC
Phone: 1 202-238-6700
Fax: 1 202-328-2187
Website: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honourary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services. A full list of Japanese consulates in the US can be found at: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/consulate-guide.html

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