FAQS about doing a Hotel Internship in Japan

Hotel/Resort Internship FAQs
(for our cultural Program FAQs, please click here)

How much will a Hotel Internship program cost me?

How much will Accommodation and Meals cost me at my Hotel?

Can I choose which Hotel / Resort I’ll be working at?

Can I get a placement together with my friend?

I want to go but I don’t have any friends in Japan. Wont I be lonely?

What if I get sick while I’m there?

Is Japan a safe country?

How will I be paid?

Will I be paying tax?

I want to do an Internship in Japan but I can’t speak much Japanese.

What happens after I complete the program?

Will my supervisors at the hotel/resort be able to speak English?

What’s the best way to improve my Japanese while doing an Internship in Japan?

What exactly is an internship? Is it like a hospitality course?

I want to get full-time work in the Japanese hospitality industry in future. Is it possible to create a career through this Internship in Japan?

Winter Resort Hotel Intern FAQS:

Will I need to buy my own ski gear, or can I just rent when I get there?


We do not charge any placement fees for our Paid Hotel/Resort Internships.

1. You have to pay for:
a) your own Airfare (approx. $1000-$1500),
b) Travel Insurance (approx. $300), and
c) Transportation fee to your Hotel (covered by a 10,000yen fee, which includes Orientation on the way to your hotel).

2. The cost of meals and accommodation will be deducted from your paycheck each month during your Internship (see next FAQ below for details).

Beginner-level Japanese speakers may also be required to participate in our Japanese Language Course, which they will have to pay for too (8 Online Group Lessons, USD$79)

Resort Hotels in Japan provide Dormitory-style Accommodation and Meals to staff at reduced rates. The cost of meals and accommodation are deducted from interns’ paychecks each month.

ACCOMMODATION: The cost of dormitory style accommodation varies between hotels, from 500-1000yen per day, total 15-30,000yen per month.

MEALS: The cost of meals throughout the industry is quite standard at: 300yen for breakfast, 300yen for lunch and 400yen for dinner. An average outlay of 1000yen per day will come to about 30,000yen per month. (Note: breakfast is not available at select hotels)

Total = 45-60,000 yen per month.

Note : Meals are simple, Japanese-style dishes – nothing fancy, but generally nutritious and satisfying. There may be quite a few deep-fried dishes, and not many fresh fruits and vegetables. From time to time, you may grow tired of dormitory food every day, and decide to eat out with your friends, or buy some food from the supermarket / convenience store instead. Please keep this in mind when saving money to come.


You can select your preference to work in a particular region, though we can’t guarantee that you will be accepted by those Hotels. You need to be flexible in regards to location.


Yes. You can mention the name of any friends who will also be applying, when you fill out our Online Application Form. While we can’t guarantee anything, we always do our best to place friends together at the same Hotel.

You will make plenty of friends in Japan, starting with your co-workers. Japanese people are very interested in foreigners, so they should be keen to get to know you. Still, feelings of isolation have been a problem for some participants in the past. We have found that people who are pro-active in making friends settle in much better, and enjoy their experience much more.

All participants are required to be covered by travel health and accident insurance for the entire period of their Internship in Japan. All Interns are also covered by Japanese “Rousai” Work Insurance while on the job. So if you have an accident while on the job, it will be covered by your “Rousai” work insurance. Any incidents which occur outside of the job will be covered by your Travel Insurance.

Depending on the severity of your illness, you will have to pay the initial bill at the doctor’s surgery (usually around AUD$80-100 per visit), and then make a claim to the insurance company to refund your money. In the event of costly major surgery, the insurance company will pay the hospital directly.

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. The streets are safe at night and there is practically no crime whatsoever.

Once you arrive, you’ll be shown how to open a Japanese Bank Account, into which your salary will be paid monthly. Banks (or ATMs) are located near the resorts, so withdrawing money won’t be a problem.

According to Japanese law, all foreigners on Working Holiday Visas must pay 20% income tax. All figures quoted on this site are before income tax.

You can only file a Japanese tax return, to try to get some of your tax back, if you stay in Japan for more than 12 months. Otherwise, you can’t. In addition, filing a tax return is a complicated process – for help/information, you can contact the Japan Association of Working Holiday Makers.

The most important thing is a desire to learn. For beginner-level Japanese speakers, our Japanese Language Course will prepare you before you go, to ensure you have the minimum level necessary to function in Japan. Once you are there you will find that you will make great strides in your Japanese ability, even surprising yourself.

Upon successful completion of your Internship in Japan, you’ll receive a Certificate to acknowledge your participation. Possession of this certificate will open doors for you in Hotels all over the world.

It ‘s possible that some of your bosses may speak basic English, but don’t count on it. In the beginning, nobody is going to expect Japanese fluency from you, but after a few months they will expect some big improvements. English-speaking staff will be contactable 24/7 if you need anything at all, and will regularly contact/visit you to ensure you are benefiting from the experience.

It is quite easy to study Japanese while you’re there because you are constantly exposed to the language. The quickest way to fluency is to make friends with the locals (who will be very keen to make friends with you too, as foreigners are still quite rare in Japan).

It’s also important to have a few good books. We recommend “A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar” and “A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar”. These are the best reference books out there, and are essential for serious students. You should also bring an Electronic Dictionary, and carry it with you all the time. A few hours of Japanese study 4 or 5 times a week will lead to practical fluency in a few months time.

Note: Another common misconception is that you’ll do ALL of your language learning at work – that solely your job will be responsible for your improvement in Japanese. While you’ll be using and learning many new phrases and vocabulary at work, it’s outside of work with your co-workers when you can really put your Japanese to the test! After all, you can’t talk about the daily gossip in front of hotel/resort guests!

An internship is practical work experience in your field of study or in the industry that you want to make a career in. It doesn’t mean that someone will always be beside you instructing you in what to do. When there is something you are unsure of you will have to ask your Japanese co-workers. Also, remember that English-speaking staff will be contactable 24/7 if you need anything at all, and will regularly contact/visit you to ensure you are benefiting from the experience.

Yes it is. The skills you will learn will give you a definite edge in the Hotel industry in Japan. A prerequisite of just about every hotel in Japan for foreigners to work there is previous experience working in a hotel in Japan. It’s kind of a catch 22, but you won’t get the chance to work in a hotel in Japan unless you have had previous experience in a Japanese hotel – so you can’t get experience unless you have experience! This is where our Internships in Japan come in. You have a chance to work in the Japanese Hotel industry and that gives you the chance to pursue a career in Japan.

We recommend you rent ski gear, as it’s convenient, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a good staff discount from your resort. Buying and bringing your own board/skis over on the plane can be expensive if you exceed baggage allowances, and can be troublesome to carry around. In addition, there’s no way to send objects larger than 150cms from Japan back home, so if you do decide to bring your own gear, make sure you don’t go over the airline baggage allowance limit, as you’ll have to bring them back with you on the plane.

NOTE: Japan’s largest boot size is about 28cms – so if you have bigger feet than that, you should buy your own ski/snowboard boots, and bring them with you to Japan.

We recommend you first check out the Rental deals at your Resort after you arrive. Then, if you’re not satisfied, you can make a trip to the nearest city and pick up some good deals on gear. Here are some rough prices you can expect to pay for average-quality gear in Japan:

Board/binding/boots or ski/boots/poles sets = 30~40,000yen.
Jacket / Pants = 20,000yen for a set.
Gloves / Goggles = up to 10,000yen each.