Jobs & Working Holiday Visa to Japan

Resort Jobs in JapanEvery year many foreigners move to Japan, some permanently, others not, to live, work or study there. To live, work or study in Japan you need a visa. The most common are…

Working Visa.

Working Holiday Visa.

Student Visa.

For both a Working Visa and a Student visa, you must be sponsored by either a willing employer or an educational institution. By contrast, a Working Holiday Visa requires no sponsorship and so is far easier to get. There are some restrictions though. Working Holiday Visas are only available to those aged between 18-30 years of age from countries which have a Working Holiday agreement with Japan.

Because a Working Visa requires sponsorship by an employer who must present you with a full-time contract of 12-months or more, such a visa is not suitable for part-time, seasonal, or short-term jobs. For them, a Working Holiday Visa is perfect.

Working at a Japanese hotel or resort is a great way for Working Holiday makers to work part-time for several months, while gaining an experience impossible on almost every other type of visa.

While Japan’s economy has been in gradual decline for two decades, Japan still boasts a large tourism industry and there are many opportunities for those interested in working in such a field. Ski Resorts in areas such as Hokkaido, Nagano and Niigata attract thousands of tourists from all over the world each year. As a result, there is a large demand for bi-lingual foreign staff. Some of the common positions foreign staff can work in are Information Desk, Ski Lift, Equipment Rental and Waitering in one of the many on-mountain restaurants.

Further south, the tropical beaches of Okinawa boast hotels and beach resorts which are filled by a mixture of foreign and domestic tourists. Common positions for foreigners working at Okinawa hotels and beach resorts are Information Desk, Bellhop, Beach Equipment Rental, Life Guard, and Waitering.

Unlike teaching English and other jobs where one would have to find their own accommodation, dormitory accommodation and meals are provided by the resorts – free at some, highly subsidized at others. Living with Japanese co-workers is a great way for the foreign staff to improve their Japanese language skills, and offers a great social life too!

Unlike full-time positions, or English teaching, resort work does not pay very well. However, contracts are only a few months long so nor is it a career. It’s a great way to get a unique work experience in Japan, learn new skills, and have lots of fun while doing so.

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