When you decide to move to Japan using working holiday, you will come up with this one thing… “but where in Japan?” As you can imagine Japan looks small, but it’s bigger than you think. The Japanese land area is about 377,923 square kilometres, and it is almost the same as the German one. In this big land, we have 47 prefectures as the largest administrative divisions of Japan. And, each prefecture has each unique feature. So it is not easy to make a decision which city would be your first destination. Here are some tips to choose the places for working holiday in Japan from a job point of view. Find your favourite city and enjoy your working and traveling in Japan!
The huge international city, Tokyo, must be your first choice. It is undoubted that there are a lot of opportunities to work in Tokyo. And it can be the best place to know how Japanese society works, and how Japanese people spend their lives in the urban area. You can try to find a job in several kinds of industry. If you are an English native speaker, you might be able to become an English teacher. If you are familiar with Japanese food, you might be able to work as a waiter or a waitress at some cafes or restaurants. And you will notice so many Chinese tourists come to Tokyo for shopping if you stay there. If you are a native Chinese speaker, you might get a job at a department store or electronics retail store to help those Chinese customers. There must be a lot of opportunities in Tokyo.
2. Niseko in Hokkaido
Niseko is located in Hokkaido, which is the Northern part of Japan. In this city, you can see the wide sky, many kinds of flowers, and a beautiful mountain called Youteizan. However, this place is not only famous for spring and summer because of those beautiful flowers. Niseko is one of the best ski resorts in Japan and there are a lot of foreigners coming here to work in winter while they are on a working holiday. There are only a few websites to search for a job at Niseko since there are some types of works even at one ski resort. You might be required to work as a receptionist at a lodge, a driver to send guests to a train station, or a server at a restaurant, etc. You will experience and learn Japanese hospitality. It might be interesting for people who have not seen any snow in their life to work in a cold snowing place of Japan. You might start your day with cleaning up snow piled up during the night. The most attractive thing is the stay you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of snowing.
3. Myoko in Niigata
If you want to stay in Honsyu, which is the main island of Japan, and still try to work at a ski resort, Myoko might be a great idea. The new Shinkansen line called Hokuriku Shinkansen was launched 2 years ago, so it makes easier to get to Niigata Prefecture from Tokyo. It is also possible to commute to school or university in Tokyo and moving to Niigata to work at a ski resort during the winter vacation. If you have an experience of teaching skiing or snowboarding, you might have an opportunity to work at a ski school. Myoko in Niigata is also famous for hot springs, so you might be able to go and look around and find your favourite hot spring when you have time!
If you missed this summer to come to Japan and think about the next summer already, Okinawa should be on your bucket list for working holiday in Japan. As many of you already know, Okinawa has become an international touristy place. More tourists are coming, more job opportunities there must be. Okinawa is the southern island in Japan. It has a different climate from Honsyu. Especially in summer time, you will enjoy a nice beach and marine sports in the crystal clear water thanks to the hot and nice weather. Okinawa is well known as one of the holiday destinations for Japanese. So, you will also have a possibility to meet many Japanese and you might be able to talk with people from the prefectures you have never been. It is a great opportunity to find the next place you want to visit after Okinawa. You will find any kind of hospitality jobs there. There are a lot of workers needed at hotels, stores or restaurants during summer. Plus, if you have a license for diving, you are able to try to work as an instructor. Diving in Okinawa will definitely mark your most memorable time in Japan!
As you can see in the list above, there are some different recommendations of work place depends on which job you want to take. You will find many opportunities in each season. Find what you are interested in, and get ready for work in Japan. In the end, you will be able to get a great experience in every city you go.
Nottie / JAPAN