NOTE: We only accept applications from outside Japan.
Are you IN Japan? Apply on our partner website, SAN.
Resort staff must be positive, hard-working, open-minded people who enjoy challenges, and are prepared to step out of their comfort zone. They’re expected to work hard, but those who make effort have the time of their lives!
Please understand you’ll be spending a lot of time at work. Each year, a few staff quit on their 2nd day of work, claiming they “just want to ski”. Please accept that Resort work is not just a vacation, but a unique chance to learn Japanese, experience the culture and work-ethic first hand. With the right attitude, you’ll find your job can be just as interesting & fun as your time-off!
To be eligible for Resort Jobs in Japan, you must meet these 3 criteria:
You must be eligible for a Japanese Working Holiday Visa*. Citizens of Argentina / Australia / Austria / Canada / Chile / Czech Republic / Denmark / Estonia / France / Germany / Holland / Hungary / Hong Kong / Iceland / Ireland / Lithuania / New Zealand / Norway / Poland / Portugal / Slovakia / South Korea / Spain / Sweden / Taiwan / UK / Uruguay between 18-30 years of age, currently residing in their country of citizenship, are eligible. Unfortunately, Permanent Residents of these countries are not eligible.
*Japanese Citizens, and Japanese Permanent Residents, Spouse, or Child of Japanese National Visas are also accepted.
Are you from India, Nepal, China or Vietnam? Click here.
Unfortunately, due to Japanese law we’re unable to accept foreigners with a Japanese Working Visa (not Working Holiday), including Specialist in Humanities, Engineering, Student, Dependent, or any other Specialist Visa (Artist, Cultural Visa etc) …More info
The longer your availability, the higher your chance of getting a job.
SKI Jobs: usually commence mid-December, and finish March 31st. You may be able to stay longer (ie. if there’s a lot of snow, and the Resort stays open longer than usual). A few short-term jobs (finishing end-February) are also available.
BEACH Jobs: in Okinawa start all year-round, with most positions from April – October. July – September is the busiest period at the resorts, so we recommend you be available for at least this period. You must be available for at least 3 consecutive months.
There is no minimum requirement for jobs, but basically, the better your Japanese is, the higher your chance of getting a job.
We also have a number of positions which don’t require any Japanese.
Want to practice your Japanese? Join a local event near you!
All regions except Niseko: There is no cost to apply for our programs. We only charge a 10,000yen (USD$100) Transport Fee when we pick you up, which covers Delivery to, and Orientation at, your Resort.
Niseko Positions only: We charge a placement fee of USD$499, which guarantees you a job in one of Hokkaido’s best resorts (in Niseko).