Niseko/ Japan trip/ snowboarding
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jun 15, 2012 10:32 AM Last Post By: alei
May 22, 2012 2:27 AM
I am a 19 year old guy and i'm from Sydney Australia. i will be in Niseko, Japan for most of the 2012/2013 ski season. i snowboard and i have been there before with my family. I am going to be staying by myself and need to find some really cheap but still decent accommodation that will let me stay for 2 months. i also need to find a job but i haven't got my snowboard instructors license yet so i'm not qualified for an instructors job.
A quick reply would be much appreciated because i am booking really soon, thanks a lot
May 22, 2012 6:10 AM
1The only way you are going to get a (legal) job is to have a proper visa. Work visas require employers to sponsor you, and immigration has its requirements, too (usually a degree, so you probably don't qualify for that).
Your best option is to apply for a working holiday visa (if you haven't already used it in the past). The WHV lets you do practically any work, FT or PT, and you don't need an employer to sponsor you. The trick is to find someone willing to hire a 19-year-old with (presumably) weak Japanese skills. Bar work? Maybe, but drinking age here is older than you. Don't book until you know what sort of work you can get.
May 23, 2012 12:23 AM
2Yeah, I had a friend that worked in Niseko in the office of an accomodation booking company, but she was a 25 year old with real good Japanese. I'd worry about finding work. I think there are probably ski/boarding forums that are probably going to be more able to help with this question.
Sorry to be a downer too, but having lived in Sapporo and been into boarding, and friends with people who boarded, there were many conversations about quitting our English teaching jobs and doing something that would give us more time on the snow, and none of us came up with any great ideas. Hospitality would be the go I reckon.
Jun 15, 2012 10:32 AM
3Niseko hires a lot of people, especially Aussies with working holiday visas (if you're eligible).
Check out this site - they post up jobs and accommodation available, and you should email all the companies for vacancies. http://www.powderlife.com/
Not all jobs require Japanese, especially if you don't mind doing hospitality work and/or helping out at a lodging (doing cooking, cleaning, running a lodge etc). Most will offer board and lift pass.
I worked there for one winter season, loved it so much, I ended up staying a year and a half!
(0 star Hotel)
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(3 star Hotel)
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(5 star Hotel)
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