SAN programs are the perfect way to improve your Japanese, make Japanese friends, and learn about Japanese culture.

SAN Staff must be positive, hard-working, open-minded people who enjoy challenges, are prepared to step out of their comfort zone, and want to experience the Real Japan. They are expected to work hard, but those who make effort have the time of their lives!

To be eligible for Hotel/Resort Jobs in Japan, you must meet the following criteria:


You must be currently in Japan, holding either a Working Holiday Visa, Spouse Visa, Permanent Residency, Child of Japanese National Visa, or Japanese Citizenship, valid for the entire time you wish to work in a Hotel/Resort.

NOTE: Unfortunately, due to Japanese law we’re unable to accept foreigners with a Working Visa (including Specialist in Humanities), Engineering Visa, Student Visa, Dependent Visa, or any other Specialist Visa (Artist / Cultural Visa etc.).


It’s very important to be honest about your availability, and be willing to commit to the full term of your contract. It will be extremely difficult for the hotel/resort to fill your position, if you retire before the completion of your contract.

SKI Resort Jobs: Jobs usually commence every Saturday in December, and finish March 31st. You may be able to stay and work longer (ie. if there’s a lot of snow, and the Resort stays open longer than usual). There are also a limited number of short-term jobs in Nagano which finish up by Late February. However, the longer your availability, the higher your chance of getting a job.  NOTE: All beginner-level speakers of Japanese applying for Ski Jobs must be available from at least Dec 20th – Mar 31st.

BEACH Resort Jobs: Jobs in Okinawa start on the 1st of each month, all year-round, with the majority of positions running from April – October (July – Aug is the busiest period at the resorts, so we recommend you be available for at least this period). You must be available to work for at least 3 consecutive months. Applicants with longer availability will have a better chance of getting a job.


Beginner Japanese speaking ability (at least 1 year of study, self study ok) is required for resort jobs.

The higher your Japanese ability, the better your chance of receiving a job offer.


Applications open all year-round – first in, first served!

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