If you’re simply looking for a referral code to start delivering in Tokyo and get ¥10,000 after 30 rides – jackw18134ue
If you need more information on how to get started or want some tips to get started keep reading…
Do you want to earn some extra money whilst studying in Japan? Are you on a Working Holiday Visa and want to earn whilst you travel? Are you looking for a part-time job in Japan? Then why not deliver with UberEats?
You don’t even need to own your own bike nor do you need to speak fluent Japanese!
It’s a great way to supplement your income whilst in Japan and completely flexible to your own schedule – you can work as much or as little as you like. And after 30 deliveries you’ll get ¥10,000 bonus on top of your ride earnings if you use my invite code!
Want to get started? Simply follow the guide below.
- Get a Mobile Phone Number
- Get a Bank Account
- Sign up online using the referral code
- Go to UberEats HQ in Ebisu
- Get a bike
- Launch app, sign in and swipe to go online
1 Mobile phone number
If you already have a mobile phone number in Japan – skip to step 2.
It’s pretty crucial to life in Japan to have a mobile phone number on which you’re contactable.
If you already have an unlocked phone you’ll need to pick up a sim card. I’d recommend either Rakuten or bicSIM (sim card from bic camera) as they’re good value and provide a good service also. You’ll need to choose a plan that suits your needs.
2 Bank Account
If you already have a bank account in Japan – skip to Step 3.
For a bank account in Japan, the number one choice for speed and ease of setup is Shinsei Bank. In fact, you can set up your account and receive your cash card on the same day!
They have a number of branches across Tokyo, most of which have English-speaking staff. I used the Tokyo station branch to set up my account and would highly recommend it.
IMPORTANT: You’ll need to take your passport, phone number, your name in Katakana with your residence card (with your current address registered on the back). If you’ve not yet registered your address you’ll need to go to your local city hall to do this before going to Shinsei.
Once you arrive at the bank go and check in at reception. Tell the staff member you’d like to open an account. He/She will check you have your passport, residence card and phone number before you begin.
Next you’ll be given an iPad and you simply complete the information on the form (including the colour of your cash card!).
Lastly, you’ll wait to see a cashier who will verify your details before asking you to set your PIN and finally present you with your new card. You can deposit and withdraw cash at any 7-Eleven ATM at any time for free.
Enter your details and don’t forget to use my invite code – jackw18134ue – here!
4 Head to Ebisu to complete your registration
You will need
- Residence Card
- Mobile Phone Number
- Bank Account Information (Bank Card is fine)
Once you’ve filled in the online form, you’ll need to head over to UberHQ in Ebisu to finish your registration.
Take the elevator to the 3rd Floor and check-in at reception. Explain you’re here to complete your UberEats Partner Registration. There are plenty of English speaking staff on hand to help!
Once you’re fully registered they’ll show you how to use Uber Driver app and present you with your Uber Delivery bag!
5 Register for NTT Docomo bike rental scheme
If you already own a bike – Skip to step 6
If you don’t have a bike in Tokyo to do your deliveries on then don’t worry! You can sign up for the NTT Docomo bike rental scheme. If you’ve ever used a similar scheme in London (Santander Cycles), Paris (Velib) or New York City (Citi Bike) then this will be familiar.
I’d recommend signing up for a monthly membership for ¥2000 per month. For this you’ll get unlimited rides of 30mins and ¥100 for additional 30 mins. You’ll need a credit or debit card – unfortunately your Shinsei Bank card won’t work here – so either use a foreign card that you’ve still got from back home OR ask a good friend with a credit card to sign up for you and pay them in cash.
Once you’re signed up, you can link your PASMO or SUICA card to your account so unlocking a bike is as simple as touching your card to the reader.