Pricing

Pricing

CareFinder aims to make high-quality babysitters available to families at all budget levels. Our freelance sitters set their own rates at or above our minimum based on the specifics of the job and their experience level, so finding the childcare you want at a price you can afford is just a click away.

Please see below for example sittings and their estimated costs.

Sitter rates start from ¥1,500 per hour plus premium membership fee

  • SITTER FEE
    Babysitter's rates start at 1,500 an hour. For special skills, job requests, or more experience, rates increase.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    It is customary in Japan for an employer to cover transportation fees (train, cab fare if necessary).
  • TRANSACTION FEE
    5.5%
    To ensure CareFinder is able to offer the best babysitters and easy-to-use service, we charge a nominal transaction fee. This includes tax.

    From March 1, 2024 transaction fee will become 11%.

Free Membership

Register for free
Search the CareFinder community for profiles of the sitters eager to work with your family. Post jobs to find which sitters suit your needs.

Premium Membership

Subscribe and save! This plan auto-renews. You can cancel premium membership at any time. This is great for families residing in Japan.
30 day full-access pass to the CareFinder community. This plan does not auto-renew. Great for families traveling to Japan.

Accepted credit cards

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • JCB
  • Diners
  • Discover
  • American Express

Example Sitting Costs

Basic babysitting

Basic babysitting

Basic babysitting for one child for three hours. No need for language lessons or homework help.
Job Details
Sitter hourly rate:
¥1,500
Time:
3 hours
Transportation Fee:
¥500
Child:
1
Calculation of Sitting Fee
Hourly rate:
¥1,500
Hours:
3 hours
Transporation Fee:
¥500
Transaction fee 5.5%:
¥275
Total Per Sitting:
¥5,275
Cost for Use 4x a Month
Cost 4x a month:
¥21,100
Monthly Membership Fee with Tax:
¥3,278
Total per month (4 x Sitting + Membership):
¥24,378
Babysitting in English

Babysitting in English

Babysitting in English for two children can be a bit more expensive than basic babysitting. Rates vary per sitter.
Job Details
Sitter hourly rate:
¥2,200
Time:
3 hours
Transportation Fee:
¥800
Child:
2
Calculation of Sitting Fee
Hourly rate:
¥2,200
Hours:
3 hours
Transporation Fee:
¥800
Transaction fee 5.5%:
¥407
Total Per Sitting:
¥7,807
Cost for Use 4x a Month
Cost 4x a month:
¥31,228
Monthly Membership Fee with Tax:
¥3,278
Total per month (4 x Sitting + Membership):
¥34,506
English lessons

English lessons

English lessons tend to be shorter than regular babysitting, however more expensive. Hourly rates vary.
Job Details
Sitter hourly rate:
¥2,500
Time:
1 hour
Transportation Fee:
¥300
Child:
1
Calculation of Sitting Fee
Hourly rate:
¥2,500
Hours:
1
Transporation Fee:
¥300
Transaction fee 5.5%:
¥154
Total Per Sitting:
¥2,954
Cost for Use 4x a Month
Cost 4x a month:
¥11,816
Monthly Membership Fee with Tax:
¥3,278
Total per month (4 x Sitting + Membership):
¥15,094
Online lessons

Online lessons

Online lessons are a convenient, cost effective, way to learn a subject. However, we recommend in-person lessons where possible.
Job Details
Sitter hourly rate:
¥2,000
Time:
1 hour
Transportation Fee:
¥0
Child:
1
Calculation of Sitting Fee
Hourly rate:
¥2,000
Hours:
1 hour
Transporation Fee:
¥0
Transaction fee 5.5%:
¥110
Total Per Sitting:
¥2,110
Cost for Use 4x a Month
Cost 4x a month:
¥8,440
Monthly Membership Fee with Tax:
¥3,278
Total per month (4 x Sitting + Membership):
¥11,718

Frequently asked questions

When you become a premium member, you can contact our community of pre-approved sitters, post jobs, message sitters directly and hire anyone you wish to work with. Additionally, any job you schedule through our platform as a premium member is 100% covered by insurance. You also get access to the CareFinder support team whenever you need assistance. For more information on premium membership, click here

When you log into your CareFinder account, it is as simple as clicking the pink "Upgrade Now" button at the top of your dashboard. If you have any questions on how to upgrade, you are also welcome to reach out directly to the CareFinder team at info@carefinder.jp.

Yes! We accept individual job payments through the CareFinder site. For more detail on how it works, please click here

We'd be sad to see you go!

Within your MyMembership section, there is a button titled "Downgrade Membership." As long as you do not have any live jobs posted on CareFinder, you are able to cancel your subscription with that button.

To make the process as seamless and simple as possible for both parent and babysitter, and in recognition of our increasingly digital society, CareFinder has moved individual job payments online. For each transaction we are charged a fee by our vendor. To ensure that CareFinder can continue to provide the best experience and service for everyone in our community, we therefore charge a nominal amount of margin on each sitting.

Because our sitters work as freelancers, it is up to each individual to determine specific rates. Please be sure to discuss with the sitter directly when determining price estimates. For a guideline on average prices and additional cost considerations, please click here
The sitter will send a digital payment request shortly after the scheduled sitting is complete. You can choose to accept the payment request or decline and propose a new amount. If the payment request isn't accepted or declined within 24 hours, the amount will be automatically charged to the card you have on file with CareFinder.
If you'd like to arrange for sitters for your business, please get in touch directly with the CareFinder team at info@carefinder.jp. We work with schools, salons, event planners, hotels and more and would be happy to help your company with its childcare needs!
 

 

With a premium membership, you can view all sitter's profiles, contact them directly and post jobs, which will be covered by CareFinder's insurance. Basic membership is free and allows you to view sitters' profiles and post jobs, but not to send messages or hire sitters. For more detail on membership benefits, please click here

Your monthly subscription payment will be charged on your registered card the same day you upgrade. Each subsequent payment will be processed on the same date of the following month. For example, if you upgrade on March 15, your first payment will be processed that day and your membership will automatically renew on April 15, May 15, etc.

Each sitter is responsible for determining their own cancellation policy. Please check their profile and/or speak with the babysitter directly to understand their policy.

No, you will not automatically be charged. Sitters need to manually send a request for payment, so if there is no sitting, there will be no request!

We do not provide refunds for the membership fee. Please remember to pause your subscription if you aren't using CareFinder.

Parent Testimonial About Costs of CareFInder
Because you can negotiate the hourly rate directly with the sitter the total costs of using CareFinder [including the membership fee] ends up being more reasonable than other sites.
Yukari
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