Tokyo | Content Team – Part-time Freelance Writer

Greg Lane

Fast Train Limited has a job opening for a part-time freelance writer. Join our crew of riff-raffs, nomads and cheapos running the world’s favorite site about Tokyo.

We currently have close to a 1 million readers every month and we’re growing like a noxious weed! While this position is part-time, there are prospects for the position to expand as we progress through 2019. If this piques your cheapo editorial interest, then read on.

Job overview

Type: Part-time, freelance
Location: Tokyo
Hours: Flexible – You decide when you work, due dates must be met though
Remuneration: 90,000 Japanese yen/month, plus up to 10,000 yen for restaurant reviews and transportation costs


    • Research and write 3-4 posts per week on a range of topics (entertainment, food & drink, shopping, area guides, etc.).
      • As part of this task: Attend min. 2 restaurants per month for review
    • Research and input 6-8 events per month
      • As part of this task: Attend min. 2 major events per month for on-the-ground research and photos


    • Exceptional English writing, editing and communication skills
    • Previous English writing experience (preferably in the realm of travel content)
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Basic photography skills – You don’t need a flash camera, but an understanding of lighting and composition would be good
    • Japanese reading and speaking ability – You don’t need to be bilingual, but ability to research and chat in Japanese is a definite plus
    • Knowledge of WordPress is a plus, but not a requirement


There are opportunities throughout the year for sponsored trips and activities around Tokyo and Japan. In the past year, our writers were sent on tourism trips—where travel, accommodation and food costs were all covered—to places like Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima. On these trips, writers have enjoyed activities like local food and culture tours, hiking, brewery tours, cave explorations, kayaking and more!

Apply now

Hiring process

Once we’ve shortlisted candidates, we’ll give you two tasks—one writing task and one research task. If we like your work, we’ll invite you for an interview by Skype or in person at our office in Akasaka. We know that applying is a lot of work, so if you want it, we’re happy to give you detailed feedback.

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