Terms & Conditions for
Work Japan

Your Work Japan Program Conditions

Your Work Japan program conditions are supplementary to the BUNAC general terms and conditions listed here. The BUNAC General Terms & Conditions are not limited or restricted by any points mentioned in the Work Japan program specific conditions which are set out below.



Work Japan Essentials: 5 week shared dorm accommodation, pre-departure support, visa assistance and 12 months in-country support. Full program inclusions are listed here.

Work Japan Ski: 3n Hostel accommodation, pre-arranged winter ski job, pre-departure support, visa assistance and 12 months in-country support. Full program inclusions are listed here.



The £100 program deposit is non-refundable, except in the case of your application being rejected by BUNAC when you will be subject to a £25 refund administration cost. Your deposit is transferable to any other BUNAC program up until you have paid your program fees and your application is progressed, at which stage your deposit will be deemed used and therefore non-transferable.



Payment Schedule

  • GBP Non-refundable deposit: Due when booking (see point 2 above) £100/€120
  • Remaining Program fees: due before your booking is confirmed with our in-country partners
  • World Unite Essentials (5 week accommodation): £895/€1030 (total cost £995/€1150)
  • Ski: £750/€929 (total cost £850/€1049)

    Please note: Due to enhanced COVID-19 Embassy protocols, a visa pledge letter is now required as part of your visa application and will be issued to you from our in-country supplier, World Unite. There is an additional fee of £180 whilst the pledge letter requirement is in place. We cannot move forward with your program booking and pledge letter until your full program balance has been received.

Product Extras Optional program extras can be purchased any time before departure. Add-on product information and pricing can be found on our website and cancellation fees are listed below. These additional add-ons will be booked to coincide with your arrival. Bookings are subject to availability.

Japanese Language Course Cancellation fees calculated as % of product price when written cancellation is received

  • Cancellation received 40 days or less before departure : 100%
  • Cancellation received 41-54 before departure : 75%
  • Cancellation received 55-69 before departure : 50%
  • Cancellation received 70 days+ before departure : £100
  • Accommodation Extensions BUNAC can extend the length of your arrival accommodation subject to availability. The additional costs will vary based on room type. Once booked, accommodation upgrades are non-refundable.



  • Date changes for bookings more than 60 days prior to departure incur no cost
  • Date changes for bookings less than 60 days will incur a change fee of £45 /€50
  • Any changes to product extras will incur the above changes fees, as well as any passed on by the supplier
  • All date changes are subject to availability
  • You can upgrade from the Essentials to Ski program up to 60 days before departure, subject to availability of job placements
  • You Work Japan booking is not transferable to another person



  • Cancellations will not be acted on until confirmation by email has been received by BUNAC.
  • Before a visa pledge letter is issued to you - 50%
  • After a visa pledge letter is issued to you - 100% (No refund)
  • BUNAC are not liable for and cannot refund third party costs including police checks, travel costs, flights, medical costs, visa costs under any circumstances.



VISA TYPE: 12-month Working Holiday Visa VISA ELIGIBLITY:

  • 18-30 years old
  • Holder of an eligible passport VISA SUPPORT FUNDS: UK Applicants £2500 at the time of visa application (3 months of bank statements) Or £1500 at the time of visa application (and proof of onward journey ticket) Irish Applicants €3200 at the time of visa application (3 months of bank statements) Or €1600 at the time of visa application (and proof of onward journey tickets)


  • Maximum work duration is 12 months /12 months to enter Japan once visa is issued 
  • Visas are issued at the discretion of the Japanese Embassy 
  • BUNAC do not accept responsibility for any costs incurred through a delay in visa processing or where a visa is refused. If your visa is refused the above program and product extra cancellations conditions apply 
  • The visa cost is set by the Japanese Embassy and is subject to change without notice. BUNAC will notify participants of any change to the advertised cost listed here.
  • Where there is an increase in the visa cost, the participant will be responsible for meeting such costs. Working Holiday Visa information, estimated processing times and FAQ’s are listed by the Japanese Embassy here.



To apply for your Japanese Working Holiday Visa you may be required to submit a police criminal background check or medical examinations. This could lead to additional third-party fees and delays to your application. You are required to disclose information relating to existing medical conditions, criminal history, nationality and occupation during the initial application stage so BUNAC can determine if you will be required to submit extra documents and how it will affect your application processing time.



You are required to communicate your travel date to Japan to BUNAC at least 4 weeks before your arrival date so the necessary arrangements can be made for your arrival accommodation. BUNAC are not responsible for any flight changes, delays or cancellations.



Travel insurance is mandatory for all BUNAC participants. Please refer to our [General Terms and Conditions]

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