Information About Working in Resorts in Japan

If you plan to work in resorts in Japan, you should definitely consider some jobs before applying. This article describes all you need to know about vacancies:

Getting a job is beneficial, not only because you deserve to support your potentially expensive stay. It will work just as well for you as it is a good way to legitimize your stay in the country. With a company that you sponsor, it is quite easy to get a work visa.

1. Hours / Salary

Most of the resort staff in Japan have a schedule of 44 to 48 hours per week (approximately 190 hours per month). Basic working hours are 8 hours a day between 8 am and 5 pm, but it can also take one hour on both sides. Since Japanese companies pay monthly, you will receive about ¥ 90,000 after-tax per month (before meals – about 300 yen per meal per day). Overtime (from 10 am to 5 pm) is paid at 125% of the hourly wage (and is expected during peak periods). All employees of the station are covered by Japanese work insurance “Rousai” during the work.
NOTE: Monthly income depends on your hours of work.

2. Benefits

Housing is offered totally FREE by the resorts. Ski resort employees also receive a FREE seasonal pass so you can play freely on the slopes! In addition, resort work in Japan is an ideal opportunity to learn Japanese. No matter what position you hold, you are surrounded by Japanese friends/colleagues every day, so you have LOTS of time to improve. If you make a little effort, you can easily reach a conversation level while you are there.

3. Busy Periods

During the busiest times of the year in resorts (Christmas and New Year holidays in ski resorts, July-August university vacations in summer resorts), you must work overtime. During this period, accept not to have a lot of free time (in some cases, the staff must work about 10 consecutive days!). After the peak period, however, it becomes much quieter and you have 6 to 7 days off a month. Rest assured, at the end of your stay in Japan, you have enough good memories to last a lifetime.

Try to look at the busy period on the positive side – it’s a fantastic opportunity to: a) learn Japanese, talk to your colleagues all day at work, b) make new friends at work, and then relax and chat in your dormitory, and c) After the end of the peak period, you have a substantial salary, so you can go live a little.

4. Uniforms

Uniforms will be organised by Resorts for all staff. You may be required to bring your own shoes, stockings, skirt/pants or a white shirt.

5. Qualifications

In addition to a first-aid certificate for the ski patrol, no qualification is required for station work in Japan. Ski instructors without experience may be limited to giving lessons for beginners and intermediate students. Of course, all the qualifications you have when applying for a position are advantageous.

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