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Farm work in Japan

 
Farmarbeit in Japan
 
Now you have the chance to work and live on a Japanese farm, doing fully-remunerated farm work as part of your Working Holiday in Japan! Riding stables are also a popular option!
 
For many Japanese, the quality and origin of their food is of high importance. At the same time, Japanese farmers are striving to produce agricultural produce of highest quality. So during your farm job in Japan you can learn a lot, have fun and at the same time enjoy a healthy nutrition! No previous knowledge about farming is needed.
 
The farms include small family-run farms where you would stay with the farmer's family, and also larger farms. You can choose which size you prefer (please see below the possible options).
 
We will pre-arrange your farm job in Japan prior to your trip to Japan, which means you can start it right after your arrival to Japan (or if you prefer, you can also start your farm work at a later moment and be with us in Tokyo first).

Which will be my tasks at the farm?

 
Your tasks may include:
 
  • Working with horses, cows, chicken: Feeding, clearing the dung out, cleaning machinery, milking, cleaning the animals, selling produce such as eggs, milk, icecream etc.
  • Planting fruits and vegetables (e.g. pumpkins, potatoes, lettuces, leeks, tomatoes, strawberries, peaches, melons), caring, harvesting, processing and possibly selling produce locally
  • Growing cut flowers and ornamental plants
  • Seeding, growing and harvesting crops such as rice, millet, corn, wheat

 

What about the remuneration?

 
Farm jobs are remunerated at a range of 690-1500 Yen per hour.
 
 

How is my accommodation?

 
The farms offer accommodation and meals. The costs for accommodation and meals are deducted from your salary, but to a far smaller amount than what you make through your work. You will still be able to keep some part of it! The exact kinds of accommodation and meal plans differ from farm to farm:
 
  • Directly with the farmer's family or at a separate farm staff accommodation
  • Single room or dorm room (typically tatami rooms where you would use a futon)
  • Either cooked meals are provided to you, or you would get raw ingredients such as vegetables and meat that you can prepare on your own
 
We will suggest farms to you according to your preferences.

 

On which farms can I work?

 
We cooperate with farms all over Japan. You can let us know your preferences and we will search for a suitable farm for you. Please let us know:
 
  1. When and for how long you would like to do the farmwork (1 week to 1 year)
  2. Where in Japan: e.g. Hokkaidō (known for volcanoes and hot springs) and Tōhoku (known for mountains and skiing regions) in the North, Kantō incl. the urban fringe of Tokyo, Hokuriku, Tōkai and Shikoku in central Japans, as well as Kyūshū and the tropical Okinawa in Japan's south.
  3. Type of farm: With animal keeping or only cultivation of plants; organic farming or conventional farming
  4. Size of farm: small family-run farms, mid-sized farms, large industrial farm
  5. If you want to be the only short-time farm helper at the farm or whether there will be others during your time of stay
  6. Type of accommodation: Farmer's family or staff house | single or dorm room | If cooked meals are provided or food ingredience for self-catering
 
Smaller farms are often family-run where you would be living with the farmer's family and where it is common that meals are provided to you. Some of these smaller farms are also visited by tourists ("Farmstay" - "Petting zoo").
 
The larger farms often have employees living at a staff house where you would also be accommmodated and where it is common that you cook on your own or with the fellow staff. Some larger farms also have a staff canteen. At larger farms there are also often japanese (or sometimes foreign) students of agriculture doing an internship or writing their dissertation papers. 
 

Who can join the program "Farm work in Japan"?

 
The requirements are:
 
  • You need to be able to get a Working Holiday visa. This is only possible for citizens of the UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, France, Portugal, Slovakia, Poland, Taiwan and Hong Kong aged 18-30 years (at the time of applying for the visa).
  • You need you have Japanese language skills at conversational level to be able to understand job instructions. If your level of Japanese is insuffient, you can first spend one month in Tokyo and attend intensive Japanese language lessons. After one month, your level should be good enough for the farm work.
  • It is expected that you are seriously interested in and motivated to do the farm work. After a farm has confirmed a job to you and you have accepted it, you should not cancel the assignment for minor reasons, as the farmer is counting on you. It is furthermore expected that you can get up early, as the farm work, particularly when animals are involved, often has to start early in the morning.

 

Can I do farm work in Japan as part of my longer Working Holiday stay in Japan?

 
Of course! You will only get the Working Holiday visa once in a lifetime, so you should make use of it to the fullest! With the Working Holiday Visa you can stay for up to one year in Japan (Australians for 18 months) and accept fully remunerated jobs. If you book our Working Holiday package "Farm work in Japan", it includes all the support services of the Working Holiday Package Tokyo. Prior to or after your farm work you can come to us in Tokyo and make use of our support services at no further cost.
 

What do we offer you as a participant of our program "Farm work in Japan"?

 
FarmarbeitWorking Holiday Package FARM WORK in JAPAN:
1 Participant 900 EUR, 2 Participants 800 EUR p.p.

Inquire/Book now!
 
The Working Holiday Package "Farm work in Japan" includes:
 
  • Upon booking Translation of your CV/resume to Japanese
  • Presentation of a selection of farms that are interested in hiring you and making Arrangements for a job interview via phone or Skype
  • Personal Preparation/Consultation for the job interviews
  • Assistance with travel arrangement to reach the farm
  • All services which are part of our Working Holiday Service Package Tokyo:
    • Preparation documents (PDF) – including all kinds of practical information for your life in Tokyo
    • Intercultural Training via Skype with an intercultural trainer
    • Arrangement of accommodation (See Below)
    • On arrival, pick up from Haneda or Narita Airport or Tokyo Station by public transport and drop to accommodation
    • On-site assistance including:
      • Immigration Department (Residence Card)
      • Residents’ Registration Office
      • Tax number
      • Opening a bank account and mobile phone contract
      • Japanese Language Course (Details Below)
      • Local orientation
    • Assistance with finding a job (Details Below)
      • Help with job application in Japanese (preparing your CV/resume in Japanese)
      • Tips and Preparation for job interview
      • Registration at the employment office
      • Providing job offers from other sources
    • Bilingual Contact persons on site (English and Japanese) for any assistance
    • Use of PC and printer for researching job offers and creating application documents
    • Membership Terms for cheap foods on wholesale
    • We are your contact partners throughout your year in Japan!

 

What is the process now?

 
The necessary steps are:
 
  1. Upon booking and payment of a first instalment of 200 EUR we translate your CV/resume to Japanese and bring it to the right format.
  2. After around 3 days we present options of farms to you that are willing to hire you. You let us know your preferred option.
  3. We will then let you know the date for a job interview with your farm of first choice.
  4. Prior to the job interview we will give you some advice about and prepare you for it. The employer will at the end of the interview confirm to you whether you are hired or not.
  5. In case you are not hired, we will arrange job interviews with your 2nd, 3rd choice etc. until you will have been accepted
  6. The remaining instalment for the Working Holiday package "Farm work in Japan" is only due one month prior to your arrival.
 

Can I combine farm work with the ryokan jobs World Unite! is arranging?

 
This is also possible and we can make both arrangements prior to your arrival. In this case we will suggest to you options for farms AND ryokans around 3 days after you submit your CV/resume and we will arrange job interviews for you. An extra of 50 EUR will apply.
 
 

What happens if no farm accepts me?

 
In this unlikely event, we will refund your payments.
 
 
Farmarbeit in JapanWorking Holiday Package FARM WORK IN JAPAN:
1 participant 900 EUR, 2 participants 800 EUR p.p.

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