Resort Areas


  • Hakuba is made up of 9 major ski resorts and dozens of hotels. With over 200 runs and conveniently located only several hours from Tokyo, Hakuba is a great choice for tourists and locals alike. Unlike Hokkaido, which has become known to many as a ‘little Australia’, Hakuba maintains its unique character as a small Japanese village, while also providing an array of impressive facilities for the thousands of tourists that travel there each year.

  • Often overlooked by foreign tourists, Niigata has a couple of spectacular resorts which draw many Japanese tourists. Easily accessible from Tokyo by the bullet train or by bus, the region is very busy over the New Year and on weekends. During the week however, the slopes are quiet, meaning staff have the mountains almost to themselves.

  • Niseko is Hokkaido’s most well-known international ski area. However, compared with other areas such as Hakuba, Nozawa and Niigata, Niseko is very international. We rarely place staff in Niseko, however we do place staff in other areas of Hokkaido. Hokkaido boasts the finest and driest powder snow in Japan, due to its incredibly cold temperatures, being the northernmost island of Japan.

  • Nozawa is becoming one of the most popular resorts in Japan, thanks to it’s amazing snow and fascinating village. Most famous for the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival which is held in late January, Nozawa is also a traditional Onsen village, with dozens of free quaint, atmospheric natural hot springs dotted around the picturesque town.

Remuneration

Important: You may find other offers with salaries which seem higher, but be sure to check the cost of their deductions! After considering meals/accommodation/lift pass deductions, you may end up with much less in your pocket each month! (Learn why our positions are better than others.)

Hourly Wage: At least Minimum wage (Currently JPY¥770yen at most resorts), though some pay slightly higher (Currency Convertor).

Hours: Approx. 44 hours per week**, 6-8 days off per month.
An average day is 8am – 5pm (with 1-hour unpaid lunch break), however some positions start earlier or finish later. Overtime work (10pm – 5am) is paid at 125% of hourly wages (and is expected during busy periods).

Tax: 20% for foreigners on Working Holiday Visas.

Meals: Included!
Note: breakfast is not available at some Resorts.

Accommodation: Included!

Season Ski Pass for your Resort: Included!

**Weekly hour figures are only estimates, and can fluctuate greatly depending on how busy the Resort is. No Resort can guarantee minimum work hours, due to seasonal weather conditions etc. (eg. if there’s no snow, that probably means less customers, which means not as many work hours for everyone).

Work Insurance All staff are covered by Japanese “Rousai” Work Insurance while on the job.

Expenses

Airfare & Travel Insurance: You have to pay for your own Airfare to Japan, and Travel Insurance. Expect to pay approx. USD$1,500 for both.The Hakuba free night bus - a life saver after a big night out!

Transport Fee: We deliver you from the nearest major city to your resort. On the way, you receive an Orientation to fully prepare you for your experience. This is covered by a JPY¥10,000yen transportation fee, which we will collect when we meet you in Japan. After your contract, we also provide free transportation back to the city you were picked up from.

Leisure: eg. ski equipment (many resorts offer staff rental deals), eating out etc.

Ski Job Descriptions

No qualifications are required for Ski jobs in Japan.

The positions you’ll be eligible for depend on your Japanese speaking ability. After you apply online, we’ll call you to assess your Japanese. The positions listed below are in ascending order (easiest to hardest) of Japanese ability required (click for full details):


  • Visit our Ski Instructor page for details

  • Working Hours: A typical day starts at 7:30am and finishes at 4:30 or 5:00pm.

    ‘Overtime’ is any work in excess of 10 hours.

    Primary duties include….

    • Clearing away snow from around the boarding ramp onto the lift.
    • Wiping off snow that has settled on the lift seats as they come down the mountain.
    • Checking customer tickets and clipping if required.
    • Helping customers safely board the lifts; giving verbal instruction to customers who aren’t familiar with riding lifts.
    • Stopping lifts in case of emergency. On snowy days lift seats will need to be regularly cleaned (brushed) before customers sit down.
    • In the event of heavy snowfall, lift paths may need to be cleared. A physically demanding position.

    Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.

    At most resorts you will work on a 20-30 minute rotation system where you’ll rotate between the different duties.

    NOTE: In general, Japan is still a smoking society. Most lift offices (where you spend about half your working time) have at least a couple of staff who smoke inside. Therefore, if you are sensitive about smoking, it might be best not to apply for a lift job.


  • Working Hours: A typical day starts at 7:00am and finishes at 10:00pm. An average 9 hour shift (1 hour unpaid lunch break) covers either the earlier morning/afternoon or the afternoon/night.

    Regular Duties: Cleaning rooms after customers have checked out. One main duty is removing dirty linen, and resetting the room with clean bedroom and bathroom linen. Collection of rubbish and cleaning of bathroom is also a very important function of House Cleaning staff. Vacuuming and wiping of visible surfaces to make clean for new customers is an integral duty as well. Restocking of room fridge and other amenities is the final important task. This is not a glamorous job, but it is a very important job for the running of a hotel or resort.

    Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.

  • Restaurant (Cafeteria / Subway / KFC / Häagen Dazs / Cafe / Restaurant)

    Working Hours: A typical day starts at 6:00am and finishes at 10:00pm. An average 9 hour shift (1 hour unpaid lunch break) covers two out of three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

    Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly sweeping/vacuuming your work area each morning. Most restaurants operate on a ‘cashless’ ticketing system, negating the need to fill cash registers with the days ‘float’.

    Regular Duties: Serving drinks and dishes to customers at their tables or at shop counters, clearing them away after customers have finished, and wiping down tables in preparation for the next customers. Some of the ski resorts have self-serve facilities, whereby customers serve themselves (leaving only the clearing of tables for restaurant staff). Showing customers to tables and taking orders. Restaurant work may sometimes includes the serving of food onto dishes for customers, and even simple food preparation duties, such as making hotdogs, sandwiches or pizzas; hygiene is of utmost importance.

    Fast food / ice cream restaurant staff: In addition to the above duties, handling cash is also a primary duty for all staff, so care must be taken to give correct change.

    Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.


  • Working Hours: A typical day starts at 8:30am and finishes at 5:30pm (1 hour unpaid lunch break). Overtime work is called ‘Nighter’; hours are 5:30pm – 9:00pm.

    Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly sweeping your work area each morning, and filling cash registers with the days ‘float’.

    Regular Duties: Helping customers with any queries and offering recommendations about Ski Equipment (eg. Skis, Snowboards etc). Briefing customers on the safety and handling of equipment. Taking customer details (name, address, contact numbers) when organizing rental equipment. Ringing up customer rental charges on the cash register and controlling cash inflows-outflows (great care needs to be taken in giving the correct change to customers). Helping customers choose appropriate sized equipment (according to body weight and height, etc.). Adjusting stances on skis/boards to suit boot sizes. Waxing of skis/boards and general maintenance of equipment. Collecting rental gear from customers at the end of each work day and checking stock levels to make sure all rental equipment has been returned. Closing and balancing cash registers at the end of the work day.

    Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.


  • Working Hours: A typical day starts at 6:30am and finishes at 10:00pm. Your shift (which may be split) will usually be about 9 hours (1 hour unpaid lunch break) during this period.

    Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly sweeping your Patrol centre each morning. Checking Ski-run conditions to make sure slopes are safe – includes erecting safety fences and warning signs around dangerous zones. Checking avalanche-prone areas.

    Regular Duties: Dealing with injured customers by attending to injuries with basic First Aid, and delivering customers to Ski Patrol centre for ambulance pick-up. Cautioning customers who may be breaking resort rules.

    Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’. Helping customers with queries on the slopes.


  • Working Hours: A typical day starts at 8:30am and finishes at 5:30pm (1 hour unpaid lunch break). Overtime work is sometimes available between the hours of 5:30pm – 10:00pm.

    Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly sweeping your work area each morning, and filling cash registers with the days ‘float’.

    Regular Duties: Helping customers with any queries, and offering recommendations about gifts and cakes. Ringing up customer purchases on the cash register and controlling cash inflows-outflows (great care needs to be taken in giving the correct change to customers). In limited cases, gift-wrapping may be required. Closing and balancing cash registers at the end of the work day.

    Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.


  • Working Hours: An average shift is 9 hours (1 hour unpaid lunch break). Shift times may vary greatly throughout the month. A typical day starts anywhere between 7:00am and 12:00pm and finishes 8 or 9 hours later. Overtime work is applicable to shifts exceeding 9 hours.

    Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly sweeping your work area each morning.

    Regular Duties: Taking care of customers’ baggage and delivering baggage to rooms (no tipping in Japan). Guiding customers to the front desk for check-in and helping with any other queries.

    Additional Duties: As the initial contact point with customers entering the hotel, greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’ is crucial.


  • Working Hours: A typical day starts at 8:30am and finishes at 5:30pm (1 hour unpaid lunch break). Overtime work is sometimes available between the hours of 5:30pm – 9:00pm.

    Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly sweeping your work area each morning, and filling cash registers with the days ‘float’.

    Regular Duties: Selling customers tickets and helping with any queries. Ringing up customer purchases on the cash register and controlling cash inflows-outflows (great care needs to be taken in giving the correct change to customers). Closing and balancing cash registers at the end of the work day.

    Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.


  • Working Hours: Shift start times may vary throughout the month. A typical day consists of a 9-hour shift (1 hour unpaid lunch break) anywhere between 7:00am and 9:00pm. Overtime work is available.

    Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly organizing your work station each morning.

    Regular Duties: Taking care of customers’ enquiries and offering recommendations about events / restaurants / sights / facilities etc.

    Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’ is crucial.


  • Working Hours: An average shift is 9 hours (1 hour unpaid lunch break) . Shift times may vary greatly throughout the month. Reception is open 24hrs and shift times can fall anytime during the day. Shifts are rarely split; you will be working a 9 hour block. Overtime work is applicable to shifts exceeding 9 hours.

    Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly sweeping your work area each morning.

    Regular Duties: Helping customers check-in and check-out. Taking the occasional reservation and answering the telephone (putting telephone calls through to other departments). Helping customers with any queries about hotel facilities etc. and offering recommendations about services. Ringing up customer bills on the cash register and controlling cash inflows-outflows (great care needs to be taken in giving the correct change to customers).

    Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.


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