Before your Trip
Do I need to pay a processing fee to apply?
A Processing Fee of 50,000 yen is usually charged, but collected at the end of your contract to help minimize the financial burden on you. However, in appreciation for doing a good job, we completely waive the fee if you complete your contract.
In short, you don’t pay anything if you complete your contract.
How does boobooSKI get paid?
What questions will I be asked during the Telephone Interview?
Having a friendly nature and positive attitude is much more valuable for Resort jobs than your Japanese skill. If you’re enthusiastic and open-minded, we’re sure you’ll make a great impression in the interview.
Remember we’re seeking applicants with a genuine interest in Japan. You will need to respect Japanese culture, and make effort to abide by their rules and customs while you’re there. Resorts don’t want staff who are only interested in the powder snow.
What is the minimum Japanese level required?
Can I request a specific region or position?
Can I be placed with my friend?
Can couples stay in the same room?
In the past, most couples have just accepted they won’t be able to spend much private time together for the few months they are working at a resort. You’ll likely have different days-off, there won’t be any private area for you to hang out, so meeting each-other means going out and spending money…
It’s important you are prepared for this, and go with the right mindset: wanting an experience where you meet lots of new people, not one where you’re together 24/7.
Please think seriously about whether this will be a problem for you, before you apply. Thank you for your understanding.
What certification do I need to be a Ski Instructor?
When should I apply for my Working Holiday Visa?
How do I apply for my Working Holiday Visa?
Will I need USD4000 for the Visa application?
As many of you are students, we know this much money can be hard to raise. Before their Visa application, many applicants receive gifts from their parents, of a few thousand dollars. This is fine, as long as you show the Visa office an accompanying letter from your parents, explaining they have given you the money for your stay in Japan.
How long does it take to process a Working Holiday Visa?
When should I buy my flight?
However, some consulates require proof of flights when you apply for your Visa. One way to show proof of flights without actually paying for them, is to visit a travel agent and get flights held, along with a quote/itinerary. That will satisfy the consulate, and once you have the Visa you can either go ahead and pay for those flights, or cancel them and get other (cheaper) flights instead.
Can I travel around before or after my resort job?
Of course! As long as you can be at the designated meeting point when everyone else arrives, you’re welcome to travel wherever you like. After your contract, we recommend you travel on (with your new friends) too!
Will I need insurance?
In addition, due to a recent change in government policy, all foreigners are now also required to enter the Japanese National Healthcare System. Thankfully, this is only a minimal expense of approx. 2000yen (USD$20) per month.
Finally, a few select ski resorts require staff to enter their own additional Ski/Snowboard Insurance scheme aswell (approx. 3000yen per season).
What should I prepare for the trip?
If you really want to plan ahead, you can read our “Ultimate Working Holiday Guide“, and all the information on this FAQ page.
Should I buy or rent ski gear?
NOTE: Japan’s largest boot size is about 28cms, so if you have bigger feet than that, you should buy your own ski/snowboard boots, and bring them with you to Japan.
If you decide to buy gear in Japan, expect to pay (for average-quality new gear): Board/binding/boots or ski/boots/poles sets = 30~40,000yen. Jacket / Pants = 20,000yen for a set. Gloves / Goggles = up to 10,000yen each.
Is there any essential gear I will need?
During your Contract
How will I get to the Resort?
On the way, you’ll be given an Orientation about what to expect from the experience, receive your official job offer, sign your contract, and go through important points to remember about your stay. This is covered by a ¥10,000 (USD$100) transportation fee, which will be collected while you are on the bus.
After you arrive at your resort, your experience begins!
After your Contract, free bus transportation will also be provided back to the city you were picked up from. If you want to travel on to any other destination, you’ll have to cover the expense yourself.
How much will I earn after tax accommodation and meals have been deducted?
Ski jobs: Approx. 100,000yen after-tax take-home pay per month (including meals, accommodation, and ski pass).
See sample monthly cost breakdowns Here.
Beach jobs: Approx. 125,000yen, minus 20% tax (23,000yen), food (5,000yen), and dormitory (15,000yen)
= 82,000yen after-tax take-home pay per month.
How will I be paid?
Will I get an ATM card?
How much tax will I be paying?
You can only file a Japanese tax return (to try to get some of your tax back) if you stay in Japan for more than 12 months. Otherwise, you can’t. In addition, filing a tax return is a complicated process. Taxback offer a useful service if you need.
Will I need to wear a uniform?
Can I take trips on weekends?
Will I need to work overtime?
During these periods, please accept you may not have much free time (in some cases, staff have to work up to 50-60hrs a week!). After the busy periods though, things quiet down a lot, and you’ll have about 6-7 days-off a month, working a standard 40-48hr week.
NOTE: Work hours depend on snow conditions (eg. if there’s no snow, you’ll be working less because the resort won’t be as busy).
Try to look at the busy periods on the positive side. It’s a fantastic opportunity to: a) Learn Japanese, b) Make new friends at work, and c) After the busy periods end, you’ll have a sizeable paycheck to go out and live it up a little!
I am a vegetarian or diabetic or gluten or lactose intolerant?
PLEASE NOTE: Japanese food is high in fish and meat. In the past there have been vegetarian staff who could only eat the side salad (very small) which accompanies the regular menu, and as a result, they began to complain of lack of energy, and became sick etc. Please understand that kitchen staff prepare food in bulk, for hundreds of staff dishes every day, so you can’t expect them to go out of their way to prepare something especially for you.
If you have particular dietary needs, please think seriously about whether you’ll mind making a trip to the nearest supermarket / convenience store every day to purchase food (as there won’t be kitchen facilities for you to use). Thank you for your understanding.
Can I prepare my own meals?
What if I cannot complete my contract?
Any staff who break their contract with the resort must vacate the staff dormitory within two days of their final day of work.
Please be honest about your availability when applying online. Staff who leave early inconvenience the resort by leaving them short of staff, and may result in future foreign staff not being able to work there.
Furthermore, if you quit early, the 50,000yen Processing Fee will no longer be waived. You’ll also be responsible for getting back to the city yourself, at your own expense. Of course, we’ll assist you with directions / bus/train reservations etc. if you need.
What if I have an accident?
All resort staff must have valid travel insurance for the entire period of their contract, so in case of an accident, you’re completely covered by your insurance policy for the costs. You’ll also be covered by “rousai” Japanese Work Insurance while on the job.
In case of an accident, you’ll be taken to a local hospital for treatment. Rest assured; we have English-speaking staff contactable 24/7 to assist you anytime.
In the event of an accident which prevents you from performing your job, unfortunately your resort will be forced to dismiss you. For this reason, we can’t stress enough how careful you should be; please be responsible!
After Resort Work
What is the process to change my address while in Japan?
You will be asked to write the address that you intend to move to. If you don’t have a new address yet, you can just write the area you will be going to, eg. ‘Tokyo’.
If you are enrolled in the Japanese Health Insurance system, you need to tell the city office that too.
Failing to get a Moving Certificate will cause you extra paperwork and headaches later, so we recommend making the effort to do it before you leave.
Once you’ve settled in your new location, you need to register your new address at the city office in that area. Be sure to take the Moving Out certificate you received at your last city office with you.
How long is a Japanese Working Holiday Visa valid?
A Japanese Working Holiday Visa is valid for 12 months for all nationalities except Australians, who can extend their Visa for a further 6 months while they are in Japan (total 18 months).