Remuneration for Summer Jobs in Japan

Hourly wage: All our summer jobs in Japan resorts pay at least 737yen (minimum wage in Okinawa) before tax (Currency Convertor).

Tax: 20% for foreigners on Working Holiday Visas.

Hours: approx. 44hours 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).

**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 a typhoon, 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 for Summer Jobs in Japan

Flight & Travel Insurance: You have to pay for your own flight to Japan, and Travel Insurance. Expect to pay approx. USD$1,500 for both.

Meals: Approx. 5,000yen per month. Breakfast is not provided (staff prepare their own breakfast in their dorm room).

Accommodation: Approx. 15,000yen per month.

Meals and Accommodation are deducted from your paycheck each month. The exact amounts deducted will be outlined when you receive a tentative job offer.

Transport Fee: We only charge you a 10,000yen (USD$100) Transport Fee when you arrive in Japan, which includes delivery to your Resort, an Orientation to prepare you, and delivery back to the city after your contract.

Leisure: eg. scuba diving, eating out etc.
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Job Descriptions for Summer 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):


  • Working Hours: A typical day starts anywhere between 6:00am and finishes at 10:00pm. You won’t start at 6am and finish at 10pm, rather you’ll have, on average, a 9 hour shift (with a 1 hour unpaid lunch break) that covers one or two out of three meals services (breakfast and lunch or 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, clearing them away after customers have finished, and wiping down tables in preparation for the next customers. Some restaurants 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.

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


  • 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 used 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’.


  • 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 Beach Equipment (eg. kayaks, jet-skis 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.). 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 8:30am and finishes at 5:30pm (1 hour unpaid lunch break).

    Morning Preparation: Primary duties include setting up beach chairs and umbrellas.

    Regular Duties: Monitoring beach and pool areas for customer safety (assisting customers who are in trouble or injured). Keeping a look out for unattended or lost children. Warning any customers who break resort rules or jeopardize others through dangerous actions. Attending to injured customers until medical services arrive (Cuts, Grazes, Stings etc.) First Aid qualification not required. Policing the no-swim zones. Helping customers with any queries.

    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 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: 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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