YOU HAVE QUESTIONS & WE HAVE ANSWERS!
Planning a working holiday to Japan can be stressful and confusing – especially if you’ve never lived overseas. That’s where we come in! We’ve been sending Aussies on working holidays for over 20 years! We are the experts and are happy to answer any of your questions!
On our Work Japan Winter Jobs program there are so many things to consider; can I travel with a friend? (Yes you can!) Am I eligible for the visa? Will I get staff accommodation? What winter resorts are available? When should I apply? What is included in the package? And so on… We recommend reviewing our Work Japan Winter Jobs FAQ below to learn more about the nitty gritty details of the program.
If we don’t answer your questions here just give us a call on 1300 797 702 or contact us here.
WORK & ACCOMMODATION IN JAPAN
What happens when I first get to Japan?
If I go on the program, what do I get?
The Work Japan Winter Jobs program is full support. This means that before you even leave the country you will have assistance in obtaining the working holiday visa, access to our expert travel materials to prepare you for your trip and have the assistance from our staff to answer any questions you may have. You will also be given access to our closed Facebook group where you can meet other travellers on the program! This is a great place to meet future mates, ask questions and see where others are working and travelling!
Upon arrival to Japan you will have your initial accommodation booked at a hostel in Tokyo – please ask us if you want to extend this. IEP has an inbound centre where you will attend an orientation in which our staff will assist you in obtaining your residence card, tax number, opening a bank account and mobile phone contract. They can also help with travel and transportation, language courses, Japanese culture, tax and employment laws and much more!
When do I have to leave?
Jobs are for the Japanese winter ski season, which start in late November through early December and last for around 4-5 months.
To be eligible you need to be able to leave Australia in November or early December and employers usually only hire applicants who can commit to 4 months.
When should I apply?
What sort of jobs can I do?
- Front of House Staff
- Housekeeping Management
- Restaurant and Bar Waiters
- Ski lift operators
- Lodge Assistants and Managers
- Ski and Snowboard Instructors
- Café Staff with Barista Skills
- Ski Rental Technicians
There are a few restrictions where you’re not authorised to work in nightclubs, bars and cabarets, dance halls, Pachinko bars etc.
Do I need work experience to get a job?
You should have a CV that demonstrates that you have transferable skills from past employment that will help at the resort. There is no need to have actually worked at a ski resort before.
If you have not had any jobs before then you will probably find it difficult to be placed in a job. We recommend that you find employment in AU (part-time if studying is fine) to improve your skill set and help show off your employability!
Where will I live?
How will I get to work?
What happens after the winter season ends?
There is no reason to finish your working holiday just yet – ask us how to upgrade your in-country support for the full 12 months! Our Japan partner organisation has an office in Tokyo. If you are thinking of heading to a different part of Japan to work out the summer then consider hitting the office on your way. They have job resources and listings that will help you to find work. They are only a phone call or email away if you can’t make it to an office.
There may also be opportunities for summer work at your resort if you prove yourself to be a fantastic worker and express your interest in staying on.
Will I get any benefits around the resort?
Who is eligible for the Work Japan Winter Jobs program?
Anyone aged 20 years or above that is happy, organized and enjoys taking care of people. Basic Japanese understanding is preferred however not an essential requirement for all of our employers. Previous hospitality experience is also preferred.
You also need to be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa for Japan. To be eligible you must satisfy in full the criteria listed below:
Working Holiday Visa for Japan
- Be a Australian citizen with a valid Australia passport residing in Australia and be able to apply in person
- Be aged between 18 to 30 years (inclusive) at time of application
- Have no dependent children
- Be in good health and have no criminal record
- Have not previously obtained a Work Holiday Visa for Japan (on a passport of any country)
- Provide proof of sufficient funds to support initial stay in Japan – at least AU$2,500
- Have an insurance policy for the duration of your visa
- Be travelling on a return/onward passage ticket, or have additional proof of funds to show you can purchase such a ticket (AU$1,000)
Do I need to be able to ski or snowboard to go on Work Japan Winter Jobs?
Can I apply if I am at university?
Yes you can apply for the Work Japan Winter Jobs program if you are at University. For the Japan Working Holiday Visa you do not need to have student status to be eligible.
We do not recommend that you use your working holiday visa for Japan over your summer holidays. The Japan working holiday visa is only issued once in a lifetime, so we encourage you to make the most of the visa.
Do I need a good level of Japanese to get a job?
Do I need work experience to get a job?
Attitude is everything and personality is worth just as much as direct experience in these roles. In saying that, it is valuable to have a CV that demonstrates that you have transferable skills from past employment that will help at the resort. There is no need to have actually worked at a ski resort before.
If you have not had any jobs before then you will probably find it difficult to be placed in a job. We recommend that you find employment in AU (part-time if studying is fine) to improve your skill set and help show off your employ-ability!
Are there any special uniform/grooming requirements on the job?
Once you accept your job you’ll be informed of any special uniform requirements by your employer. In general it is a good idea to make sure you can bring black shoes, pants and a white shirt for indoor positions as a base for the uniform. For outdoor positions you will usually be provided with the outer layers you need to survive in the snow, but it is a very good idea to bring plenty of warm layers to wear underneath.
Each resort is a little bit different but they all expect tidy grooming. You may need to cut off dreads or dye your hair a natural colour if you have a more alternative style. Piercings may or may not be suitable for their policies depending on how visible they are. At the interview they will let you know if there are any special requirements that you need to know about.
When should I apply for the visa?
Can I still travel to Japan if I have a criminal conviction?
Can I repeat the working holiday visa for Japan?
TRAVELLING IN JAPAN
Can I travel anywhere in Japan?
Will I get any benefits around the resort?
Can I visit other countries while in Japan?
Can I travel with my friend/partner?
Yes you can travel with a friend or partner. When you apply for the program, just let us know your travel plans and we will make it happen.
For married couples, applications are only accepted provided that they both meet the eligibility requirements and have no dependents.
What is the legal drinking age?
Will I have the opportunity to meet other people on the program before I leave?
Can I drive in Japan on my licence?
What resorts are interviewing for this year?
Our employers for this year are:
- NISEKO CENTRAL
- KI NISEKO
- SHIGA INTERNATIONAL SKI SCHOOL
- BASE HAKUBA
- OKUSHIGA KOGEN HOTEL
- NOZAWA HOLIDAYS
Can I interview with my friend/partner?
What happens if I'm not offered a job?
Are a CV and references required?
What should I expect from the interview?
How long will I be working at my resort and how many hours will I work?
This is negotiated between you and the employer, however the usual minimum term is 4 months, or the duration of the ski season. These positions are seasonal so, to some degree, your hours depend on the snow. The majority of our positions are full time seasonal roles, working 40 hours per week.
Your hours will be made clear to you when you are offered a job so it won’t be a surprise. You will probably find that if the snow isn’t falling then work will be slow and you can expect to work fewer hours. On the flipside, during busy times and on holidays there may be the opportunity for overtime! We recommend having some back up savings for emergencies and to put aside some wages from the super busy weeks to tide you over if you have some slow weeks.