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Resort Jobs in Japan: Top 4 Perks

Updated on July 18, 2013

If you’re looking to work while having fun in Japan, then a resort job might just be for you. While it isn’t exactly a shortcut to earning loads of money, most of its perks are in having brand new experiences with newfound Japanese and other foreign friends. Land that fun job, and you will walk away with benefits you will probably never get anywhere else.

What exactly is a resort job?

Japan is brimming with ski and beach resorts, and so it doesn’t come as a surprise to know that a lot of foreign tourists perpetually flock the country. Hakuba alone is home to 9 major ski resorts, while Okinawa delights in its moniker, “Little Hawaii,” for being Japan’s most popular beach destination. Depending on your Japanese language skills, you can work as a ski instructor, ski patrol, or pool attendant, or serve at the restaurant, the gift shop, or the hotel front desk. Both ski and beach resorts usually provide programs for applicants, so choosing what to apply for shouldn't be much of a problem.

Apart from getting to experience fine powder snow, energy-restoring cuisine, and just an entirely new culture, working resort jobs definitely comes with other perks, the enjoyment of which will make the whole experience actually not feel like work at all.

Why should you consider it?

Free Stuff & Cheap Dorm Rates

Often determined by the resort area you will be assigned to, season ski-passes, dorm-style accommodations, and hearty meals are either offered for free or provided at huge discounted rates. If the latter’s what applies, only the meal costs are usually deducted from your salary.

Impressive Japanese Language Skills

What better way to learn more about the language than to surround yourself with people who actually talk in Japanese? Working in a ski or beach resort in Japan will definitely make learning so much easier, especially when you’ll be hearing and, eventually, absorbing Japanese conversations 24 hours and 7 days a week.

Lifelong Foreign Friends

Meeting new people is a no brainer, but developing lifelong friendships with strangers who come from different stretches of the world is definitely one of the major perks of working a resort job. The bond usually starts with chatting and chilling with co-workers in your dorm, and progresses with making best use of the free ski passes on your days-off! If this isn’t fun, then I don’t know what is.

Massive Take-Home Pay

If you’re lucky enough to score a gig during the busiest time of the year at these resorts, chances are you will go home with a healthy pocket. And as long as you’re willing to work hard, you will be able to save up just enough for your next best trip!

If you're up for a change of pace and scenery, send in your resume and get that resort job! Once you're there, you'll be pleased to know that the perks that come with it incredibly outweigh everything else. From getting free stuff and improving Japanese language skills, all the way down to developing lasting friendships and saving up for your next adventure, working resort jobs almost always guarantees great experiences, and you, in turn, might just have the best time of your life.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sounds like a fantastic idea to me!

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      Rae Saylor 4 years ago from Australia

      @tobusiness -- it's never too late to try!

      @Suzanne -- no worries!

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      Suzanne Day 4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Never heard of resort jobs in Japan before, but thank you for bringing it to my attention! Good hub, voted.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This look like something I would have loved to do about twenty years ago. Useful and very informative hub. Voting up and more.