If you’ve always wanted to come to Japan not as a tourist, but to actually live and work here, there may be an easy way to do that and you may not even be aware!
The Working Holiday Program is a set of agreements between Japan and 18 other countries (as of writing), which allows young people under 30 years old to travel to Japan and receive a 1-year work visa relatively easily, allowing them to live and work anywhere in Japan. I came here earlier this year on a Working Holiday Visa, and it’s an amazing opportunity.
Here is the current list of countries:
The best part about the Working Holiday Visa program is that, unlike a normal work visa, you do not need to have a University Degree, or even a job offer. You just need to have enough money to support yourself while you find a job, and that’s it. Also, unlike a Student Visa, there is no limit on how many hours you can work (students are limited to 28 hours per week while school is in session).
Even if you don’t speak Japanese, there are lots of jobs that you can get here in Japan, especially English teaching jobs. If you speak a language other than English (especially another European language like French, German, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese), you can get a job teaching that language, and probably get paid even more than English teachers, since there’s less teachers here with those skills.
If you’re interested, click on the link for your country above, or contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your country. And if you’re coming to Japan on a Working Holiday Visa, remember that we have monthly apartments and share houses located all over Tokyo, and we’ll be able to work with you to find the perfect accommodation.