You might find it interesting to work in Japan while on vacation or on a holiday. Is this even possible? The short and simple answer is, yes, it is. This is one of the best situations you will ever find yourself in because you get to both earn and have fun. Here are some of the basic facts you might want to know about this program.
Holiday Employment Visa
Not many people know that there are actually special visas that some foreigners can take advantage of. These permit them to find employment as tourists in the country. Those specifically eligible to apply for it are 18-30 year old citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, U.K., Denmark, Hong Kong and Taiwan. For applicants to get approved, they are required to specify vacation plans. Finding employment should only be a secondary concern.
Salary and Duty Hours
What is attractive about working in Japan during the holidays is that you get paid enough cash to supplement your vacation fund. Depending on your location, employer and holiday season, you may be able to earn anywhere between 110,000 and 125,000 yen. Positions in Hokkaido winter resorts are among the highest paying, with hourly wages ranging from 1000 to 1500 yen.
A typical shift is eight hours and you will be expected to report for five to six days a week. During very busy days, you may have to work extra hours and even report for duty for seven days a week.
Summer and Winter Resorts
Holiday employment covered by the special visa arrangement is usually set on summer or winter. Your choice would naturally depend on whether you enjoy the beach or the slopes more. It’s important that you determine what you like to do as a tourist. This is because even as you work in Japan, you will be given opportunities by your employer to enjoy the resort during your free time. You can hit the snow or the beach when you’re off the clock.
Accommodation and Meals
In most parts of the country, accommodations can be quite expensive. You’d have to pay as much as 100,000 yen for a roof over your head. You can however, reduce this cost considerably if you choose to live within the facilities owned by your employer. Winter resorts in Nagano, Niigata and Gunma provide free accommodations and meals. Summer resorts in Okinawa, Kyushu and Honshu provide subsidized rates for board and lodging.
In the past, applicants were required to have one year study experience and basic conversational ability. There are now resorts that accept foreign applicants that do not have any experience. Naturally though, those that do have language experience have better chances of getting higher paying posts. It usually is a very good idea to brush up your Japanese.
Why choose to just go on vacation when you can also work in Japan? Even if you don’t need the extra cash for exploring the country, getting a holiday job there is still a good idea. If anything else, it is an excellent way to get to know a completely different culture that is entirely inspiring.