Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in the Land of the Rising Sun learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Come sink your teeth into one of the world’s coolest capitals with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, a team of city-slicking hobos will be living and breathing all of Tokyo’s quirks, attending daily writing workshops taught by passionate young people from the media industry and studying Japanese with a top language school. In their spare time, hobos will be writing their butts off, preparing two pieces to be pitched and published online and putting together a comprehensive city guidebook in teams.

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between studying and entering the workforce as a freelance writer, starting a publication or transforming your own blog into a workable commodity. If you’re a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If you’re already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subject’s credit. And if you’re not studying and you’re just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, well really, it would be rude not to, right?

Unlike our Bali program, where hobos live all together and zip around on scooters, Tokyo requires its inhabitants to be a bit more street smart and independent. Accommodation will be in self-contained two and three-bedroom apartments scattered across the city, and you can expect to be sharing your flat with at least one other hobo and maybe even a cool foreign housemate or two.

Your writing and language classes will be held between colourful Shinjuku and the polished business district of Ginza, a hop away from Tokyo’s famous fish markets (hellooOoo fresh sushi). All apartments will be within a half-hour’s train ride from central Tokyo in safe, nice neighbourhoods with easy access to Tokyo’s phenomenal public transport system.

Space in Japan’s capital is a limited and expensive commodity (which maybe explains dog cafes), so we’ve prepared a choice between two living options depending on your stinginess. You can either bunk with a fellow hobo in a twin room, saving $200 a month, or you can splash out and treat yourself to a private room. Don’t stress if you don’t know anyone else coming along – meeting new people is the point, and we’ll match you up with a sick roomie.

What you get:

  • Daily travel-writing and blogging workshops with a range of passionate young people who work in the media industry (writers and editors from publications like Global Hobo, Your Friends House, VICE, Tone Deaf and more). Think travel-narrative writing, pitching to editors, building a brand and working as a freelancer on the road in exchange for sweet, sweet cash.
  • 30 hours of small-group Japanese language classes with a fun, reputable Tokyo school
  • One month’s accommodation in self-contained apartments, complete with WiFi and easy access to public transport.
  • Membership at coworking spaces Ginza Hub and Hapon Shinjuku
  • A cultural workshop
  • Potential university credit
  • Note that flights are not included! Sorry, but we couldn’t possibly tee up sweet deals with every airline and from every city in the world.


  • $2799 per person to cover twin-share accommodation, language classes, cooking school, writing workshops, and co-working space membership. If you want to upgrade and have your own room for the month in a shared apartment, the cost is $2999 per person.
  • Note that these prices are in Australian dollars.

Upcoming Program Dates:

  • June 26 – July 232017

Successful applicants will be intelligent, open-minded creatives looking for some real-world journalism experience and to get a taste of Tokyo’s weirdness and wonder. The ability to work well in a group is essential, and if you’re good enough at it, once the program is over, we may even invite you to join our incredible team of writers.

What’s more, if you’re a journalism, media or communications student, enrollment in the program gives you the potential to receive a full subject’s worth of university credit as part of your institution’s Work Integrated Learning Program; however, this will be need to be determined on a case-by-case basis upon discussion with your head of department.

If you’d like to read some reviews of our programs from previous hobos, suss our testimonials page. For all terms and conditions associated with our Japan workshops, click here.

To Apply:

Is a month in Bali scooting around rice paddies, exploring lush beaches and hiking volcanoes at dawn more up your alley? Come do our writing workshops in Canggu instead.

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