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Travel Writers Wanted!

Join our team of freelance writers located all across Japan!

Write for GaijinPot Travel

We would like to hear from freelance writers/photographers who have experience traveling in and now currently reside in Japan.

We are looking for short destination reports on locales around Japan as well as straightforward listicles (i.e., top 10s). We do not publish first-person stories on GaijinPot Travel. Articles are written strictly in the second or third person and AP Style. Articles and high-quality photos are paid upon publication.

Writers are not required to submit a certain amount of articles per month but will be added to our list of freelance writers and will be given opportunities to pitch ideas and dibs for assignments in their region. There are great opportunities to do FAM and press trips for trusted writers.

Gaijinpot pays ¥4,000 for 400-word travel cards. There are also opportunities to write for GaijinPot Blog (which pays more).


  • Lived in Japan for over a year
  • Has published writing samples that relate to travel and/or culture in Japan – online, print, etc
    • Note: Personal blogs are not accepted.
  • Can offer a demonstrable knowledge of travel in the prefecture you live and/or surrounding areas
  • The candidate understands how to write to the GaijinPot audience – including a range of travelers from those who don’t know the first thing about Japan to local experts who want to find new spots.

Ideal candidates

  • Photography skills are a plus.
  • Japanese language skills are also a plus.

To apply

Note: If you do not have published samples, read below.

Send along your resume and two writing samples to the editor at editorial@gaijinpot.com with the subject line “Application for GaijinPot Travel.” Serious candidates will be contacted to take a writing test as the next step in your application.


Don’t have writing experience yet?

If you do not have published samples online, we accept articles on spec, i.e., an article draft on a subject of around 400 words. While there is no guarantee we will publish your work, if we think it is a good fit for the site, we will take a look and go from there.

You can start sending us pitches once we know you have a knack for this. This is the ideal side work for assistant language teachers in the countryside to build up experience in another field. If interested, please send an email with the subject “GaijinPot Travel Local Guide Application” to editorial@gaijinpot.com with this info:

  • Your profile: Name, email, location in Japan, how long you have lived there and social media (Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and/or LinkedIn)
  • A list of the topics you want to cover
  • A pitch: What do you think GaijinPot readers need to know or see that’s related to your area? Be specific.

GaijinPot Travel is an award-winning travel website from GPlusMedia, based in Tokyo, Japan.