According to the World Population Review, Japan is the 9th safest country in the world for the year 2022 and has been in the top 10 in the Global Peace Index for 13 consecutive years. While the 2 cities that are popular for internships are Tokyo and Kyoto.

Tokyo - one of the most advanced metropolitan cities in the world and the heart of Japan’s blooming financial activities. It houses multinational corporations, major media establishment, some of the best universities in the world, and globally known tourist attractions. The city itself reflects the Japanese society as a whole, a wonderful combination of tradition and progress with ancient shrines surrounded by skyscrapers, and extraordinary museums of both science and history. 

Kyoto - famous for its thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, traditional wooden houses, geishas and tempting cuisine, but it is also an important hub for Japan’s leading hi-tech companies. The former Imperial capital is one of the country’s main academic centers and has long established business ties with the rest of the world making it an excellent city to intern abroad in – particularly for business, IT, marketing, logistics and hospitality. Kyoto beautifully balances the preservation of its past with modern conveniences and access to the surrounding countryside. With our Kyoto internship program, you can strengthen your work experience with an internship while exploring the historic region. Similar with Tokyo, English is not widely used, so you will have the chance to learn new language, especially Kyoto-ben. If you are interested in any aspect of Japan’s traditional arts and culture, Kyoto is the place to be.

Moreover, Japanese people are famous for their upstanding business ethics and hard-working characteristics. With our Japan Internship Program, you will get the chance to learn these qualities and acquire an outstanding credibility in the field of your choosing. Language barrier can be a challenge, since English is not widely used, but learning a new language and gaining mastery over it in the course of your internship will definitely prove useful for your future endeavor.

We also have special hospitality programs in Hokkaido, Okinawa, and Nagasaki with positions offered are culinary arts and front office

Japan Internship Program Start Dates and Duration

Our Japan Internship Program is available anytime along the year for minimum 3 weeks to maximum 24 weeks. Check our package and pricing!

We would suggest that you to arrive on a Thursday and start the program briefing on Friday. Then you can rest on the weekend and start the internship bright and early on Monday

Suggested Activities in Japan

  • Go shopping – As the bustling center of Japan, it comes to no surprise that Tokyo is also a heaven for shopaholics. From the high classed fashion style in Ginza to the distinctive, colorful streetwear of Harajuku. The electronics district of Akibahara for all the ‘techies’ out there. Unique Japanese items at low prices at Don Quijote or 100-yen shops. Tokyo has everything for everyone!
  • Dinner at an izakaya – Izakaya is a Japanese bar or pub that will allow you to get a taste of various delicious Japanese dishes. Some of the must tries are yakitori, grilled squid, gyoza, and also many others. Relax after a busy day with lovely food and a pint of beer – or a bottle of sake!
  • Participate in a tea ceremony – Experiencing tea ceremonies, known as chado  or sado, in Kyoto can be different from any places Japan. The ceremony is sacred due to its strong Zen Buddhist roots. You will not only practice how to prepare tea artfully before serving it but will also practice mindfulness.
  • Relax in the onsen – About 20 kilometers from the center of Kyoto is Kurama, a quaint town known for its traditional hotels and baths. Kurama onsen is the best onsen in Kyoto area which has both indoor and outdoor baths. Spending your time to experience onsen bliss while surrounded by forested is a great way to relax tired muscles.

Eligibility Requirement

• Local Japanese people, all nationalities eligible for Temporary Visit Visa or Special Visa(*), foreign talent in Japan (with valid visa)
• Above 18 years old
• Fluent in English
• Fluency in basic Japanese preferred.
• The Program is endorsed by your University/Education Institutions

(*)Temporary Visit Visa is valid for the internship program less than 90 days and no salary given during the internship. While Special Visa is valid for the internship program longer than 90 days. 

Application Deadline

4 months prior to the intended start date (the latest). More info: contact@brightinternships.com

Advice for Someone Considering Doing Internship in Tokyo

  1. Be punctual –Punctuality is especially important in Japanese society. The prime example of this is their public transportation where a minute late from the schedule is already considered an abnormal occurrence.
  2. Prepare business cards – Bringing your business card written in Japanese (and preferably with the English translation on the other side) is a must in every business affairs. Do not forget to also learn the proper Japanese etiquette in exchanging cards.
  3. Staying late – Although it has been a point of contention in recent times, staying late for work is still widely considered to be the evidence of working hard in Japan. Unless told otherwise beforehand, pay attention to when your coworker, especially your seniors, leave the office and adjust accordingly.
  4. Learn Japanese – Aside for its obvious usefulness, showing effort in learning the language will certainly net you the appreciation from your Japanese coworker and friends!


What's next?

Start your Japan internship journey with a simple application process.

Please contact our Bright Internships team to help you plan your program. Bright Internships will guide you to set up your dream internship, assist in the visa and pre-departure process, and provide local support in Japan.

Register yourself now with the Application Form.

See you soon in Japan!