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Top Paying Online Teaching to Japanese Students

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

If you're interested in teaching English online to Japanese students, there are many opportunities available. Whether you're a seasoned teacher or just starting out, there's an option that will work for you.

Before we look at the main companies that offer English teaching services to Japanese students. It is important to consider a number of factors. Your earning potential as an online English teacher will depend on the reputation and quality of the company you work for. Some companies with lower standards may offer rates ranging from ¥700 (US$5) to ¥1,400 (US$10) per hour. These opportunities may not guarantee a steady stream of work and require time to build a good reputation.


It's important to keep in mind that your pay rate may not necessarily match the cost of lessons. Some companies like Café Talk offer a minimum profit margin of 60% for each lesson, which can increase to 65% or 75% based on factors like reliability and sales performance.


On the other hand, companies that have a higher level of quality often provide higher rates and more secure work schedules with a guaranteed number of lessons per week.


Please do your own thorough research and check companies' reputations on sites like Glassdoor and get feedback from Facebook Groups like: Teaching English in Japan & English Teachers in Japan. If you have had any experience, positive or negative, please also leave a review to help others.


For attracting and signing up students, it can be advantageous to have some familiarity with the Japanese language. Even possessing a basic understanding of Japanese and some vocabulary can assist in establishing rapport and creating a comfortable learning environment for the student. Invest some time in learning Japanese so you can command the higher pay rates.


The following is a list of the current top 4 paying online English teaching companies for Japanese students, follow by others listed in alphabetical order, and some extra platforms not specifically for Japanese students:


Top Paying Online English Teaching Companies for Japanese Students.


  • One of the largest and longest running English conversation schools in Japan, with over 250 branches in every prefecture

  • Hires high-quality, native speaking teachers

  • Requires teachers to have a BA degree and previous teaching experience

  • Requires online teachers to work a minimum of three weekdays and Saturdays every week, with teaching shifts of 3 hours in the morning or evening

  • Offers an attractive salary of ¥3,000 to ¥6,750 per day

  • Also has other divisions such as dispatch.

  • Highly-reputable English conversation company for high-end English language learners, with many business-focused CEO's and professionals as students

  • Does not require previous teaching experience, but a high level of English and conversational level of Japanese is essential

  • Offers hourly rate over ¥3,000 for meeting language and teaching criteria

  • Hires native English speakers from the US with a bachelor's degree, certification, and 2 years of experience

  • Offers lessons via Skype with a short trial lesson for each student

  • Pays ¥3000 per hour

  • Class times are 9 am to 12 am Japan Time

  • Minimum of 20 hours per week

  • Offers full-time English teaching positions, with a flexible schedule and opportunities for a raise

  • Offers both physical teaching in the classroom and online teaching

  • Prefers native speakers and offers visa sponsorship.

  • Offers an attractive rate of ¥2,500

Online List of English Teaching Companies for Japanese Students.


  • Connects English teachers with students through Skype

  • Requires written work instead of speaking

  • Ideal for non-native English speakers or those who prefer not to speak

  • Requires TEFL certification

  • Pay rates ¥700-¥800 hourly

  • Classes offered 6 pm - 12 am Japan Time

  • No minimum hours per week required

  • Connects students and teachers worldwide through Skype

  • User-friendly platform with automatic time zone conversions

  • Earns ¥1000-¥2900 hourly for those who meet the requirements, including a bachelor's degree

  • Classes offered 9 am - 12 am Japan Time

  • Requires a minimum of 2 hours per week

  • Mainly teaches adult Japanese businesspeople

  • Offers flexible schedule with payments through bank transfer or Paypal

  • Requires 2 years of English teaching experience and a certificate is preferred

  • Pays ¥2200 to ¥2700 per hour, with a minimum of 20 hours per week

  • Hires native English speakers from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK with a TEFL certificate

  • Offers flexible classes taught with your own materials or student's materials

  • Pays ¥700 to ¥1500 per hour, with a potential increase based on reviews

  • Class times are 9 am to 3 am Japan Time, with a minimum of 10 hours per week

  • Hires teachers with a bachelor's degree, a TEFL certificate, and 2 years of experience

  • Offers lessons via Skype

  • Pays ¥1900 to ¥2200 per hour, with an increase after 10 successful classes

  • Class times are 6 am to 3 am Japan Time, with a minimum of 15 hours per week

  • Offers phone and video lessons

  • Requires no requirements for phone lessons, but a bachelor's degree and TEFL certificate for video lessons

  • Pays ¥1900 per hour

  • Class times are 4 am to 7 am Japan Time, with a minimum of 8 hours per week

  • Hires native English & Filipino teachers

  • Offers full-time/part-time options

  • For teachers 20-45 yrs. old

  • Established in 2009, students 3-80 yrs. old

  • 9,000 lessons conducted monthly

  • Requirements: TEFL certif., ¥700-¥1400/hr, 9 am - 9 am Japan Time, 5 hrs/week min.

  • Hires native English speakers for child classes

  • 25-minute lessons, flexible scheduling

  • Allows for lesson format variation

  • Conducted over Skype, use of free materials

  • Hires native English & Japanese speakers to teach language classes

  • Provides training, no prior teaching exp. needed

  • Payments via Paypal

  • Premade instruction materials provided

  • Demand highest on weekends, 8 pm - midnight Japan Time

  • Requirements: TEFL (preferred), ¥900-¥1500/hr, 9 AM - 12 PM, 6 hrs/week min.

  • Seeks teachers from US, Canada, Australia, S. Africa, UK

  • Requires headset & webcam for lessons

  • Preference for teachers with basic Japanese knowledge

  • Peak hours 6 PM - midnight Japanese time

  • Requirements: Bachelor's degree, certif., 6 mos. exp., ¥1400 - ¥2400/hr, 6 am - 3 am Japan Time, 15 hrs/week min.

  • One of largest & best online English schools in Japan

  • Teachers from all over the world

  • Unique language platform, flexible scheduling

  • No min. hours/week requirement

  • Needed: English proficiency, ¥400-¥2400/hr, 24/7 schedule.

  • Hires from the Philippines.


  • Connects English teachers with Korean and Japanese students looking to improve Business English

  • Platform similar to Skype and Google Hangouts

  • Pay rates vary based on experience and qualifications

  • No specific requirements, but must have a native English accent

  • Classes offered 9 am - 6 pm Japan Time

  • Requires a minimum of 10 hours per week

  • Offers 50-minute lessons on demand to Japanese students via Zoom

  • Payments made via direct deposit to a Japanese bank account, paid monthly

  • Provides all materials and lessons, teacher focuses on conversational English

  • Qualification: able to work in Japan and at least 20 years old

  • Pay: ¥1100 to ¥1500 per 50 minutes

  • Classes offered 1 pm - 10 pm Japan Time

  • Requires a minimum of 15 hours per week

  • Offers a regular course and a "leave it to the teacher" course

  • Allows setting your own lesson fee with a 30% commission for each lesson

  • Requires 1 year of past experience teaching English

  • Pays ¥700 to ¥1400 per hour, with a minimum of 10 hours per week and requires a student report after each lesson.


Other Online English Teaching Companies.

Other online platforms where you can teach other students in other countries such as China.


There are numerous online teaching platforms available that cater to the needs of different individuals. These platforms range from language schools to business-specific classes and cater to students of different ages and backgrounds. To find the right platform, it is important to consider factors such as your qualifications, teaching experience, scheduling availability, and preferred pay rates. It is also important to do proper research on these companies using sites like Glassdoor and ask for feedback from groups like: Teaching English in Japan and English Teachers in Japan



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