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COVID-19 travel update

COVID-19 travel update

Japan is currently closed for working holidaymakers. We’re praying daily to the travel gods and as soon as visa applications open, we’ll be in touch. Find out how to get ahead of the game on our visa page.

Why do a working holiday in Japan?

Why do a working holiday in Japan?

Why do a working holiday in Japan?

Why follow crowds, when you can follow snow-capped peaks, conveyor belts of sushi and one of the most awe-inspiring cultures in the world.

When you think of traditional working holiday destinations, you normally think of the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. But where’s the fun in ‘normal’? Home to avenues of cherry blossom, trains as quick as bullets, and rent-a-cuddle cafés – Japan is where ancient meets futuristic, strange meets beautiful, and no one bothers to bat an eyelid.

While Japan can be an assault on the senses, it’s also one of the friendliest and safest countries to live and travel – making a Japanese working holiday a one-time opportunity to earn money and get job experience while immersing yourself in a culture that’s completely different to your own. Oh, and spend a ski season working amongst the freshest and lightest powder in the world. Pow!

A working holiday in Japan is always in season

A working holiday in Japan is always in season

A working holiday in Japan is always in season

Our Work Japan program supports you with finding work in Tokyo for the whole year, with the option for a pre-arranged ski season job in Niseko over the winter. We’ll train you on Japanese etiquette, help you out with accommodation, and sort all your working holiday essentials such as a tax file number and Japanese bank account.

The need to know before you go

The need to know before you go

Who can apply

If you’re aged 18-30 and have an Austrian, Australian, German, Irish, New Zealand or UK passport, then you can apply for a working holiday visa that allows you to work in Japan for up to 12 months. Other nationalities may also be eligible for a work visa and our Work Japan program. For the full list, please visit our visa page.

How to go

How to go

Japan can seem intimidatingly unfamiliar to travellers, especially when it comes to cultural and business etiquette. From intercultural training to translating your CV into Japanese, our Work Japan program helps to embrace the differences and navigate the hurdles. 

Why BUNAC

Why BUNAC

More zen than a Japanese rock garden, our BUNAC team and trusted in-country partners take the stress out of applying for your visa, finding a job and sorting out all the legal formalities of working in Japan.

The language barrier – let's talk

While you don’t need to speak Japanese to get a job with the employers on our program, it can improve your experience of living in Japan immeasurably. The Japanese are big on manners, so even learning the basics will raise big smiles in return. We work with a language school in Tokyo who offer 4-12 week courses. Not only will it boost your confidence, but it will also give you the chance to meet other travellers.

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