A lot of people aren’t aware that it’s possible to get winter resort work in Japan. This might be an excellent arrangement for you if you want to go on a holiday and earn at the same time. Here are some great facts that might be of interest to you if you’re considering this option.
Qualifications and Requirements
There is a special arrangement between the Japanese government and other countries for a special working holiday visa. If you are a citizen of Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, U.K., Korea, Ireland, Germany, Denmark and France between 18 to 30 years old, you will initially qualify for this opportunity.
Only those applying for ski patrol positions are required to have a first aid certificate. There are no other strict qualification requirements to get a resort job in Japan. Naturally though, if you do have special ski instructor certifications, you have a greater chance of getting accepted for a position with a higher rate.
Language requirements are set at a minimum. You should have completed a year of language study. This is understandable considering that you will be interacting with both local and foreign tourists. Learning should not be a problem though since there are several programs online that you can take to master the tongue. You can also supplement your conversational skills when you are already in the country. There is nothing more effective than learning by using the language.
Usually, winter resorts require employees to report for work 40 to 48 hours a week. On very busy seasons like December or February, staff and instructors may have to work 7 days a week. Overtime work however is compensated at 125% the hourly rate.
Hourly pay will differ per resort. Ski instructors in Hokkaido are often paid more than those in other locations. If you get a spot in Hokkaido you might land a generous rate of 1000 yen. Other resorts pay around 650 to 700 yen.
Applicants who get accepted for work in Japan are covered by work insurance so you don’t need to worry about this. This is not, however the same as travel insurance for which you need to pay for yourself.
Accommodations and Meals
One of the best reasons to get employment in winter locations is the availability of meal and accommodation benefits. These are usually not available to workers in summer resorts. Of course, the specific benefits will depend on the specific location.
The resorts in Nagano, Niigata, Gifu and Gunma often offer the best arrangements. You will be able to take advantage of free accommodations, meals and ski passes that you can enjoy during your free time. Hokkaido resorts, although they pay workers a little more, only provide free accommodations and ski passes. Meals are subsidized.
You will absolutely love having to work in Japan during the winter months. You don’t get the chance to have fun and earn all in one trip. Now that you know the facts about getting employed there during winter, you shouldn’t hesitate to file an application now.