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Working Holiday in Tokyo

Work and Travel Tokyo
 
Tokyo is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating and most fashionable cities, and has so many fans around the world, that we will spare you an introductory text at this point.
 
Here is an offer you cannot resist: You can now stay in Tokyo for a year and through our Working Holiday option, even earn money, so that you can fund your complete stay yourself! World Unite! makes this possible and shows you how to live relatively comfortably in an expensive city like Tokyo and still experience a lot.
 

Who can participate in Working Holiday in Japan?

 
For this, you need a working holiday visa. This is obtained through the Japanese Embassy in your home country, if you meet the following conditions:
 
  • You are a citizen of UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Germany or Austria (please see options for other nationalities below)
  • You are 18-30 years old
  • You possess proof of booked return tickets
  • You have evidence of funds (bank statement) of 200,000 yen (about 2000 USD)
  • You are in good health and have no criminal record
 
Participants of other nationalities or age can be in Japan on a STUDENT VISA, but to get the visa they need to enroll in full-time language lessons and are then allowed to do fully remunerated work in Japan for 28 hours per week. They can also book our Working Holiday Package. Please find details about this option here.
 

What is the Working Holiday job I can apply for?

 
You can typically only secure a job while in Japan, because you have to attend a job interview on the spot, and you need to have a Japanese tax number and bank account first (that you only get while being in Japan with the Working Holiday Visa). Therefore we can typically not give you details about a particular job during the completion of your booking and before your arrival to Japan. Usually all participants can find a job within a month, IF they have at least basic knowledge of the Japanese language.
 
All professional jobs in Japan are legally possible, except jobs in bars, night clubs and the gambling sector.
 
Typical jobs for the holder of a working holiday visa are:
 
  • Work in restaurants, cafes and fast food chains
  • Service in Hotels
  • Working in (english-language) kindergartens and day care centers
  • Nanny & Au Pair
  • Sports Instructor (with relevant skills)
  • Sale in shops (if language skills are sufficient)
  • Language Teacher or providing English language conversation at language cafés to Japanese who want to learn English (also possible for French, Spanish, German, Chinese...)
  • Photo model for advertising and Performer for television
  • Farm work
  • Factory work, e.g. at bread factories
  • Moving companies

Important Information:
 
  • Even though it is generally also possible to find a job if you don't have any Japanese language skills (e.g. providing English language conversation at a language café), it is considerable easier to find a job if you have at least basic Japanese language skills. You can learn some Japanese prior to your trip to Japan and/or you can attend language lessons in Tokyo during your first month (or longer), while at the same time already looking for a job. We can arrange language lessons for you at a language school or (cheaper) at a community centre. Participants who have at least basic Japanese language skills (able to do basic conversation), with our help can usually find a job within one month.
  • The hourly wages for such jobs are about 890 to 1200 Yen/Hour (about 6.50 to 8.80 €). There are full-time and part-time jobs.
  • If you have a higher level of Japanese and/or you have professional qualification, you can find jobs with a higher salary per hour

 

What do we offer you as a participant of Working Holiday in Tokyo?

 
Work and Travel Tokyo PackageWorking Holiday Package TOKYO:
1 participant 800 EUR, 2 participants 700 EUR per person

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Part of the Working Holiday Package in Tokyo are:
 
  • 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 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 person 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

 

Watch our Video about Working Holidays in Japan!

 
In our video, participant Judith is answering some FAQs about Working Holidays in Japan. She is also telling about her experiences and the experiences of other participants about jobs in Tokyo, and she is showing us around our accommodation in central Tokyo. The video has English subtitles.
 
 

 

Details about our Services

 
1. Finding Jobs
 
At the beginning we help with all the formalities:
 
  • We go with you to the immigration office, where you get a so-called Residence Card. This you must always carry with you as a foreigner.
  • You then sign up at the resident registration office. Even there, we accompany you.
  • You are required to get a tax number from the tax office, which we help you with.
  • We also accompany you to a bank where you open a bank account and also help you complete a mobile phone contract.
  • We show you around the local area, get you a subway card etc., to help you during your first days in this amazing big cities
Then it comes to actually finding a job:
 
  • We help you create a CV/resume and application documents in Japanese
  • We give you tips/preparation for the interview
  • We make an appointment with an English speaking adviser at the Labour Office and take you there. You register there and then see job offers. The consultants assist in the translation of tenders (which almost always are in Japanese) and then contact the company offering jobs to request an appointment for an interview.
  • Alternatively, we provide you with job offers from our own sources (direct contacts with companies and various job databases). If we find something that matches your profile, we share this with you immediately.
 
2. Language Courses
 
If you do have no or only little knowledge of Japanese before you arrive, you should, at the very beginning (continuing through your stay), acquire some knowledge through attending language lessons. If you learn intensively, you (as a beginner) should be at the conversational level after 2-3 months, which is usually sufficient to find a job.
 
  • If you prefer, we take you to a private language school offering intensive language instruction in small groups. 20 hours per week are 14,500 Yen (plus one-time 20,000 Yen inscription fee + 10,000 Yen teaching materials).
  • A cheaper alternative is the community centers that exist in all districts. Volunteers like pensioners and housewives teach Japanese there, once or twice a week for 90-120 minutes each. You are grouped with students of comparable knowledge levels; if there is no other student with a comparable level of knowledge, you have individual lessons until you can join a group. July and August are usually summer vacation. One lesson costs around 500-750 yen. In order to maximize the learning, you can combine two such centers in different parts of the city and then do 3-4 days/week of lessons; the cost per month in such case is just 4000 to 6000 Yen (30-45 EUR). We can arrange the sessions at the community Centers for you.
  • In addition, we can also find you a tandem partner - a Japanese native speaker who wants to learn English or other languages from you and in return, teaches you Japanese, or a one-to-one tutor.
 
3. Accommodation
 
The rents in Tokyo are among the most expensive worldwide. We are running our own house at a central location, where we offer affordable accommodation for our Working Holiday participants.
 
The house in the district of Koto-ku, the location of our office, currently has 8 rooms on two floors: 5 for single or double occupancy and 4 Dorm Rooms for 6 persons each. There is a common lounge with kitchen, 2 bathrooms (separate for men and women), 5 showers and 4 toilets, and a large rooftop terrace. There is WiFi internet and a cleaner twice per week. All rooms are fully furnitured and have ACs (for cooling and heating).
 
Prices: Single room costs 80,000 yen/month (about 600 EUR) and a double room, 48,000 yen/month (about 360 EUR) per person. There are also dorm beds (6 beds in the room) for 35,000 yen/month (about 260 EUR).
 
 
If the job is at the other end of Tokyo and claims too much time for daily commute, we help with organizing a room around there. The rent for other accommodation in central Tokyo is usually around 30% higher than staying at our house. Likewise, we can arrange host family accommodation.
 
If you want to travel to other cities in Japan after some initial time in Tokyo, we can assist you with finding accommodation there.


Can I organize Working Holiday in Japan myself?

 
Theoretically, you can do this, BUT it is much more difficult than for instance in case of doing Working Holidays in Australia, New Zealand or Canada.
 
Reasons:
 
It is uncommon: Working Holiday in Japan is not a mass phenomenon as in Australia, New Zealand or Canada. There are few job offers that are specifically for Working Holiday participants. For the same jobs, Japanese and foreigners who are on other visa categories in the country also apply. Many employers do not know the type of Working Holiday Visa and first have to be convinced that it is legally fine to employ you - we will assist you with this.
 
Language barriers: English knowledge is limited in Japan. Even at government agencies, banks or larger stores, there are few staff who speak English well. The communication is difficult and sometimes impossible, especially if you have no knowledge of Japanese at all. We help you with the various legal formalities that are required at the beginning of your stay and also afterwards, when you need it.
 
Cultural differences: At first glance, Japan may appear relatively western, but the cultural differences are huge. This can lead to difficulties, particularly in a job, when you're unaware of these differences. We provide a basic training in cultural differences using the Hofstede model before you begin your stay in Japan. You can also take the "Culture Compass” analysis which helps compare you with an "average Japanese”, the possible problems that you might face and the advantages that you have. Our intercultural trainer will be able to address these differences specifically with a one-hour Skype consultation and give you advice.
 
Huge, different and expensive city: With 35 million people, Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world. It is difficult to "quickly explore" the city, as it takes a lot of time to understand it. Through our preparation, this is much faster and saves you money, too: You can spend an incredible amount of money in Tokyo for everyday things such as food. For instance, in normal supermarkets, prices for the same products often change several times within one day. You have to know the supermarkets and the time at which you get things for cheapest. There are also large wholesale markets for which one needs a yearly membership. We buy food in bulk for our Working Holiday participants there, which you can take advantage of. Hence, you save significantly on the cost of living.
 
The proportion of western foreigners is low - you will not so easily connect to a Western "community" as in other countries. We give you tips on how you can meet people, if you require it.
 
 
So go ahead and book your Working Holiday year in Tokyo and see how we make it easy for you!
 
Work and Travel Tokyo PackageWorking Holiday Package TOKYO:
1 participant 800 EUR, 2 participants 700 EUR per person

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