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Working holidays in Japan

There’s no business like snow business. Live and work in Japan for up to a year with a pre-arranged English-speaking ski season job, arrival set up and job support for your whole visa.

Can’t wait till winter? With year-round English-speaking jobs, Japan is always in season.

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Why do a working holiday visa Japan?

Home to ancient Shinto shrines, serene snow-covered peaks and off-the-wall cities – Japan is like nowhere else on Earth. With no language or downhill skills required, if you're looking to experience a culture completely different to your own – but with the security of an English-speaking job – Japan is the working holiday to do it. Home to ancient Shinto shrines, serene snow-covered peaks and off-the-wall cities – Japan is like nowhere else on Earth. With no language or downhill skills required, if you're looking to experience a culture completely different to your own – but with the security of an English-speaking job – Japan is the working holiday to do it. Ride the world's best powder with a pre-arranged ski season job in winter (Nov-Mar), with the option to stay and work in hospitality, retail and teaching jobs in Tokyo for the rest of your visa.

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Roadtested experiences 

Hear from travellers who’ve been there and worn the ‘Hello Kitty’ tee. Our roadtesters trial every JENZA experience to ensure it serves our travel community first. 

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Pre-arranged job

We include a 3-4 month English-speaking ski season job in either Niseko, Rusutsu or Furano – with subsidised staff accommodation and free or discounted lift passes.

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In-country support

From Japanese etiquette training to one-on-one support getting your residence permit, tax number and Japanese bank account – we help work out all the details.

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What our Japan roadtester had to say

Before you’re even let loose on one of our JENZA experiences, it’s trialled by either a JENZA roadtester or member of our Youth Advisory Panel. Because if it didn’t fly with them, it’s sure as heck not going to fly with you.

Meet Betsy. And her advice on moving to Japan without getting lost in translation.

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We provide the visa help, pre-arranged ski season job and arrival support to live and work in Japan for up to a year.

Japan can feel intimidatingly unfamiliar to travellers, especially when it comes to workplace etiquette. We help to both embrace the differences with online intercultural training and optional Japanese lessons; and navigate the hurdles with extensive support when you land.

Starting in Tokyo for the first six days, our in-country partners will personally meet you at the airport and accompany you to sort out all your work and tax formalities. After that, if you’re arriving in winter, you’re free to head straight out on the piste – flying to Hokkaido to start your ski season job. Or if you’re arriving at another time of year, the team will support you with finding a job in Tokyo until winter comes.

Japan's working holiday visa allows you to work for 12 months, doing most jobs other than working in nightclubs, dancehalls and gambling venues.

Every April, a new annual quota of visas is allocated to eligible countries. Since the pandemic, these quotas haven’t always been met, but we still advise applying as early as possible to secure your visa.

The application consists of an online visa application and in-person appointment at the Embassy of Japan in your home country. Applications can take 2-3 months, and once approved, you have 12 months to enter the country. You’re only allowed one working holiday visa per lifetime.

  • You must be 18-30 (inclusive)
  • Hold a UK passport and have lived continuously in the UK for at least one year prior to applying
  • Have support funds of £1,500 and proof of a return/onward flight, or £2,500 if entering Japan on a one-way ticket
  • Able to attend an in-country visa appointment at the Embassy of Japan in London. If you’re from Scotland or live north of Lancaster or Darlington, you’re able to go to the Japanese Consulate in Edinburgh

Confused? Our JENZA Support Squad are here to guide you through it.

Typical working holiday jobs in Japan include working as waiting staff, front of house, room attendants, housekeepers and instructors in Western hotels, restaurants and ski resorts. Or working as an English teacher or nanny.

Your visa doesn't require you to have a job before you go, but if you're arriving in winter (Nov/Dec) we can help you to secure a 3-4 month ski season job. You’ll typically earn between 1,000-1,400 Yen per hour, with discounted staff accommodation.

You don’t need to be able to speak Japanese to work for our ski season employers, but it will improve your experience and be met with beaming smiles if you learn the basics.

Some of our travellers opt to do online courses before they go, or arrive a few weeks early to do a classroom course. We’ve partnered with the Kudan Institute of Japanese Language and Culture in Tokyo to offer 4-12 week courses. Ask us about dates and pricing.

Our ski season partners own hotels and lodges across the world-renowned ski resorts of Niseko, Rusutsu and Furano, and look for seasonal staff each year to do a range of hospitality jobs.

Niseko

  • Japan’s most popular ski resort
  • 15+ metres of snow each season
  • Famous for off-country terrain and 100+ runs
  • Known for the world’s best champagne powder
  • Bouji resort life and backpacker nightlife

    Rusutsu

  • One of Japan’s largest ski resorts
  • 14+ metres of snow each season
  • 35+ runs and 21 lifts across three mountains
  • Family-friendly with fewer crowds
  • Nearby hot springs after a day on the run

    Furano

  • Awesome all-rounder for all levels
  • 9+ metres of snow each season
  • Less snow but the finest Hokkaido powder
  • More authentically Japanese resort
  • Nearby backcountry for powder pros

While numbers are not guaranteed (especially outside of the ski season), we suggest timing your flights with our group arrival dates for the best chance of meeting other working holidaymakers.

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  • 12 Apr 24
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  • 12 Jul 24
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  • 8 Nov 24
  • 13 Dec 24
  • Japan working holiday visa support + embassy documentation
  • Pre-departure online intercultural training + live group Q&A
  • Airport meet and greet + 5 nights' hostel accommodation in Tokyo
  • 90-120 minute job counselling session in your first week
  • 1-on-1 job support for the whole of your visa
  • Help sorting residence permit, tax registration and more
  • 3-4 month pre-arranged ski season job in Niseko, Rusutsu or Furano.
  • Subsidised or included accommodation depending on your employer
  • Setting up and prepping for video interviews (usually in Jul/Aug)

Support funds for Japan (£) You must have support funds of £1,500 and proof of a return/onward flight, or £2,500 if entering Japan on a one-way ticket.

Flights We don’t recommend booking flights until your visa is approved.

Japan visa fee (UK passport holders) This is paid in cash to the Embassy of Japan and currently costs £21.

Travel insurance To cover against cancellation, we recommend taking out comprehensive travel insurance as soon as you book.

Why do a ski season

Give your resume a lift

Ski seasons for non-skiers can feel like a scary place – full of ski run rules and confusing lingo that may as well be Japanese. But ski seasons aren’t just for seasonnaires.

They’re a great way to meet other travellers, add international work experience to your resume, and ease your way into Japanese life. All our ski season jobs are English-speaking, don’t require previous experience and you don’t need to be able to ski or board. Although with discounted lift passes included with your job, you may as well have a run down the bunny slopes.

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