Work in Japan

Interested in working in Japan? Expect a facsinating cultural experience, friendly people, tasty food and incredible locations. Search summer, winter and year round for foreigners and English speakers in this Japan. On our guide you can get application advice and search top rated recruiters for international staff. 


Jobs & Internships in Japan

A Guide to Working in Japan

Work Abroad Japan

This country might not strike you as a destination to find seasonal work but hundreds of people apply every year to teach or work a winter ski season. You might be surprised to hear there is a working holiday visa in operation which is available to people aged 18-30, visas are issued in April and around 1,000 people can gain one on a first come served basis. View more information on our guide to working in Japan and apply for an amazing experience today.

Jobs can be found throughout the country especially in large cities like Tokyo and Osaka. The experience of working in Japan will appeal to anyone seeking a challenge in a culture which is unlike most countries in the world. This is a unique country which is one of the most advanced in the world, you will find friendly locals, high tech gadgets, lots of places to explore and also the chance to make new friends from all over the world - this country attracts international staff from all around the world. Wages are very competative. 

An alternative option you might want to consider is to volunteer in Japan which although is unpaid is a great way to experience the culture and help local people.


Popular Industries to Work

There are foreign staff from all around the world

  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Education
  • Hotels, Hospitality
  • HR/Recruitment
  • IT
  • Language/Multilingual
  • Management
  • Marketing/PR
  • Sales
  • Software Development
  • Teaching
  • Translation


Jobs for Students & Graduates in Japan

If you are looking for a cultural adventure then Japan could be your destination. Hundreds of students and graduates from all around the world apply every year and this country is becoming more and more popular. Types of jobs popular with internationals include working at a ski resort or teaching English in Japan. If you are a bit worried about entering the Japanese workforce with little knowledge of the language or you think you could improve your skills you might want to intern in Japan. 


Winter Ski Jobs in Japan

Winter Ski Jobs in Japan

Ski resort jobs are open to international staff in places like Niseko, Hirafu (Hokkaido). Positions available include working in hospitality, as a holiday/resort rep, general assistant / driver / maintenance, guest services e.g. working on the reception of a hotel or ski resort or working with children. If you would like to be on the slopes there are positions for ski instructors and people to work in rental shops.

With winter ski jobs you will be required to work from around November to April, full training and orientation will be provided. Some companies even sponsor your visa, help with visa and government papers, offer competative wage packages, provide free lift pases, discounts and also help you experience the best time possible.


Application Advice

When applying for jobs in Japan you will need to put together a stong application to support your hiring qualities. Like with most worldwide destinations, you will need a CV/resume which in Japan is called a rirekisho. You might need to get some help with a native speaker to get this produced.

You will need to include the usual CV aspects like name, contact information, age, sex, nationality, qualifications, academic background, work history, references and a also some recruiters like to see a passport picture. You will also need to write a cover letter to show why you are interested and right for the advertised position. Both the rirekisho and cover letter should be translated into Japanese.


Language Requirements

You will not need to know any of the Japanese language to apply but it is recommended to learn some basis phrases to make the experience easier. Having some knowledge of the local language will be a bonus but not a nesessity - you could buy a phrase book or learn online.

Please note most international recruiters in Japan speak English and you will be interviewed in English but when in country you might need to be able to understand the basics especially when working with people. If you have your dream set on working in Japan and would like to boost your chances of getting work view more information about studying Japanese.


Working Conditions

Japanese people are well known to work long hours, sometimes around 60 hours per week. This is despite there being a labor law and also a history of workers falling ill or dying from exhaustion/stress. As a foreign worker in Japan usually the work hours are a lot less than 60 hours and also the workload is also usually less especially if you are on a working holiday. How many hours you work and what the environment is like can differ from company to company.


Salary for Working in Japan

You can expect some of the highest wages in Asia by gaining employment in Japan although sometimes working hours can be long but this does depend on the position. The minimum wage is around 620 Japanese yen to 750 yen per hour which is around £5. 


Internships in Japan

Internships in Japan

Japan is one of the most popular countries to intern in Asia and we highly recommend you consider this destination. You will learn to many new skills and you will need to research Japanese business manners before starting. You will probably find not many people will be able to speak fluent English so it is recommended you try to pick up the basics of the Japanese language or even trying to speak a little every day. Interning here will be a great challenge and rewarding experience. 

Japan internship programs are popular with students, graduates and people seeking hands on work experience in a fast paced and unique working environment. There are internships for foreigners and internationals available to join all year round, some positions are paid whilst some will require you to pay an application fee to join. 


Popular Places to Apply

Internships in Tokyo

Here are some of the places you should consider:

  • Tokyo
  • Osaka
  • Kobe
  • Yokahama
  • Meguro



  • Banking & Finance
  • Business
  • Healthcare
  • IT & Software
  • Music
  • Engineering internships japan
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Politics


Cost of Living

Japan has a high cost of living but a lot of internships will provide accommodation and sometimes a stipend salary. You will need to haev savings to cover the duration of your stay.


How to Apply

If you would like to apply for an internship in Japan then view our featured placements and companies.


Feedback & Testimonials

If you have ever been to work in Japan and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us.

"I have always had a facsination with Japan ever since I was little which led me to studying Japanese at university in the UK. This really helped when it came to living in Japan. I worked in Osaka for 3 years which was incredible." - Laura, England


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