25 Opportunities For Volunteering and Social Good in Japan

A guide to volunteering, philanthropy and social impact opportunities in Japan.

Robin Lewis
Jun 9 · 7 min read

Volunteer Opportunities

From animal welfare to organic farming, here’s a list of volunteer opportunities for non-Japanese speakers in Japan.

1. Second Harvest Japan

2. HandsOn Tokyo

3. Mirai No Mori

4. Tokyo English Lifeline (TELL)

5. Place To Grow

6. Run For The Cure

7. Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC)

8. Ashinaga

9. Peace Boat

10. Refugees International Japan (RIJ)

11. WWOOF Japan

12. Beach & City Clean-ups

13. Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK)

14. NICE

15. Chokkura Home Stay


Fundraising Challenges

From running 42 kilometres to racing around Tokyo’s iconic Yamanote Line, here are 6 opportunities where you can challenge yourself for a worthy cause.

1. Tokyo Yamathon

2. Run For The Cure — Tokyo Run

3. Executive Fight Night

4. Knights In White Lycra (KIWL)

5. TELL Tower Climb

6. Tokyo Marathon


Social and Environmental Events

Here’s a sample list (there are a lot more!) of events and gatherings for those interested in social and environmental action in Japan.

1. Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade

2. Earth Day

3. Women’s March Tokyo

4. Fridays for Future

5. Social Innovation Japan


Social Innovation Japan

Social Innovation Japan is a platform for social action. We organise events, workshops, and programs for people to learn, connect and take action on today’s most pressing challenges. Together, we are building a movement for social good from Japan, with the rest of the world.

Robin Lewis

Written by

Consultant, World Bank | Co-Founder, Social Innovation Japan | Social Impact, Disasters, Climate, Humanitarian Aid, Storytelling Japan | Travel 70+ Countries

Social Innovation Japan

Social Innovation Japan is a platform for social action. We organise events, workshops, and programs for people to learn, connect and take action on today’s most pressing challenges. Together, we are building a movement for social good from Japan, with the rest of the world.