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Working Holiday in Tokyo

Work and Travel Tokyo
NEWS: Working Holiday Visas are being issued again since October 21, 2020 to all nationalities that can get the Working Holiday Visa and you can now travel to Japan! For our program participants, we can issue the required residence track (written pledge) for corona safety. Read more...
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.

Watch our brief introduction to a Working Holiday in Japan:


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, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Slowakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Estonia, Argentina, Chile, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Germany or Austria (please see options for other nationalities below)
  • You are 18-30 years old
  • You have evidence of funds (bank statement) of around 200,000 yen (about 1800 USD; differs slightly depending on nationality)
  • You possess proof of booked flight ticket (if you book a round trip ticket you need to prove above cited funds. A one-way ticket to Japan is also possible, but in this case you need to prove higher funds on your account, depending on nationality)
  • 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.

Which Working Holiday jobs can I do?

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 are serious about it and have at least very basic knowledge of the Japanese language and/or are proficient in English.
All jobs in Japan are legally possible, except for jobs at certain 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
  • 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
  • Work at hotels, ryokans, ski resorts
  • 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 an intensive Japanese language course 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. Later, you might consider continuing with less intensity and relatively inexpensively at a community centre that we can show you. 
  • The hourly wages for such jobs are about 890 to 1500 Yen/Hour (about 7.40 to 12.40 €). 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 Holidays 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
  • We are your contact persons during your whole year in Japan!
  • For the CO2 compensation of your long distance flights, we plant 10 indigenous trees per participant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania


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.


Pictures of our office and our services in Tokyo

Our office is located on the 2nd floor of our Share House near Kiba Station (the rooms are on the 3rd and 4th floor). At the office we provide parts of the orientation service and the job counselling. Our team is there during the daily office hours to assist you. There is also a corner with a PC and printer for you to research jobs and print your resumes.

Details about our Services

1. Formalities and orientation in Tokyo
  • 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 huge city
2. Finding a job
  • We help you create a CV/resume and application documents in Japanese
  • We give you tips/preparation for the job interview
  • We make an appointment with an adviser at the Labour Office and join you there. You register and see job offers. The consultants assist in the translation of available positions (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.
3. Language Courses
If you do have no or only little knowledge of Japanese before you arrive, it is recommended to acquire some knowledge through attending language lessons. The following options exist:
  • A private language school offering intensive language courses of all levels (beginner to upper intermediate) in groups. 20 hours per week are 14,500 Yen (plus one-time 20,000 Yen inscription fee + 10,000 Yen teaching materials).
  • 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 700-750 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. We will show you the nearest community centres.
  • 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.
4. 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,in which also our support office is located, has 13 rooms: 6 for double occupancy and 7 Dorm Rooms for 4-8 persons each, depending on the room size. There are two communal lounges with kitchens, 2 bathrooms (separate for men and women), 5 showers and 4 toilets, and a large rooftop terrace. There is also WiFi internet. All rooms are fully furnitured and have ACs (for cooling and heating).
More beds are available at 4-share dorm rooms and twin rooms at our partner sharehouse in Kita Toda.
Rates: A twin room bed is 47,000 yen/month (about 390 EUR/340 GBP/2900 DKK/620 AUD) per person, dorm beds (4-8 beds in the room) are 35,000 yen/month (about 290 EUR/255 GBP/2200 DKK/465 AUD).
We can also arrange single rooms at other sharehouses. The rates depend on the room size and location. We can send you details of available rooms.
Furthermore, 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.
5. Continuous assistance
Our office in central Tokyo is open every day (except for Sunday and public holidays). During your whole year in Japan we are your multilingual contact partner who is well-experienced about Japan, helping you whenever you need it, even if you are at other locations in Japan (then via phone/Whatsapp/Line/Email).
Work and Travel Tokyo PackageWorking Holiday Package TOKYO:
1 participant 800 EUR, 2 participants 700 EUR per person

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Note: Start of our Working Holiday program is always on Thursdays. You should arrive on a Thursday between 8am and 9pm at Haneda or Narita Airport from where we will pick you up. You can arrive on other days, but in this case we would charge an extra fo 80 EUR for the airport pickup.

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.
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!

Aren't there any jobs that can be pre-arranged prior to my arrival?

We can arrange Working Holiday jobs at farms, Working Holiday jobs at ryokans, the traditional Japanese hotels at several cities and regions of Japan, and ski resort jobs prior to your arrival to Japan, if you already have Japanese language skills at conversational level. Then you have a fully remunerated job right from the moment when you arrive. Our farm work and ryokan job packages include all support services in Tokyo, making it possible for you to experience all aspects of Japan!

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