Cookie Consent by TermsFeed

Travel to Japan on a Budget

World Explorers is the the ideal program for adventure travelers, a gap year or traveling on a budget. You receive a private room and three daily meals in exchange of teaching English for 15 hours weekly to your host family.

The rest of the time is yours to explore as you wish!

Neither degree nor experience is required. You also don’t need to speak the local language. 
Your Destination


Japan 1
Famous City
Japan 2
Popular Dish
Japan 3
Main Tourist Attraction
Cherry Blossom Festival
Japan 4
$1 buys $136.20 Japanese Yen

There’s something intriguing about Japan – images of dragons, cherry blossoms and samurais come to mind. From the peacefulness found in the rural villages to the bright lights flickering in Tokyo, Japan is a country where ancient traditions collide with the 21st century. Sign up to be a World Explorer in Japan and get to know the country and its people by living with a local host family during a short-term cultural immersion program.

CHI works with trusted partner agencies who screen and interview potential host families. Remember that our host families in Japan are volunteering to open up their homes to you, so it’s always nice to offer a helping hand around the house. The preferred stay in Japan is one to two months. You may be placed with two families if you want to stay longer than one month. We offer a limited number of placements year-round in the Osaka/Kyoto area of Japan. Here you can visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Past participants have studied samurai sword fighting, sang karaoke and visited local elementary schools.

The cultural differences between Japan and America are vast. It is crucial that our World Explorers understand the way of life in Japan before starting their programs. A Skype orientation is given before every departure to make sure the Japanese values and way of life are understood. For example, being too direct in Japan, even just through body language, can be considered rude. People in the U.S. are taught to look directly in someone’s eyes when speaking or listening to show they are actively participating in the conversation. In Japan, extended eye contact can be uncomfortable between people who aren’t close, and eyes are often adverted. Japanese people also tend to be more reserved than Americans, and share less personal or sensitive information, even with close friends.

Please note that Japan is a very popular destination, and placements are extremely limited. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate every applicant interested in Japan. Also, the minimum age requirement for Japan is higher than in other countries. You must be at least 20-years-old to apply to be a World Explorer in Japan.

CHI also offers an exciting volunteer and work opportunity in addition to our home tutor option in Japan: Teach English at a School in Tokyo.

Contact a WE customer care specialist for more information

Some of the overseas partner agencies we work with place restrictions on age. We recommend this destination for travelers ages 20-30 . Some older candidates may be considered, but we cannot guarantee it.


In order to teach English in Japan you must:

Be at least 18 years old

Be a high school graduate

Be flexible and adaptable to a different culture

Be respectful of your host family’s rules

Be a fluent English speaker *

* from the United States, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand. Residents from other countries may only be considered if they are completely fluent in English
Travel options from 30 to 90 days

Program Costs

CHI is a non-profit organization, but we still have fixed costs that are necessary for running the program. Our overseas partners are actually for-profit, and we must take that into consideration as well. Our partners do the work to find and screen excellent host families that match your interests and needs!

30 days



per day



60 days



per day



90 days



per day



Compare World Explorers with hostels and budget hotels

A great way to travel on a budget

Live as a local, being hosted by locals. It is cheaper and you learn valuable insights about their culture and way of life.



Budget Hotel

Best Choice

World Explorers


Do you have questions about
World Explorers in Japan?

We are here
to assist you!

World Explorers Worldwide

Similar Destinations

Are you looking for a different way to travel the world?

We have the perfect
program for you

CHI has many travel abroad programs. Discover some of our other opportunities below.

contact us

How can we help you?