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working holidays in JapanTraveling to a different country is a very exciting experience. Many people have enjoyed the beauty of Japan without breaking their pocket book. The best way to get around Japan while visiting during the summer is to get a working holiday visa and work there. Working abroad for the summer can help you to earn some money and give you a chance to see Japan from a completely different perspective. Going to Japan on a working holiday visa will help you to gain unique experience that’s relevant to your career.

There are programs available to help you find work in Japan. These programs charge a fee for their assistance and normally offer a variety of different services to help you make the most out of your time there. Airfare, travel and health insurance, daily meals, local transportation, social and entertainment, visa and processing fees are normally not included in the packages. An example of a company like that is Japanese Internships. This company has a variety of different packages to choose from which feature group trips, two meals (one at arrival and one at departure), and many other bonus perks. Their packages do not include airfare, travel & health insurance, daily meals, local transportation, social & entertainment, visa or visa processing fees.

Securing Employment Before You Go

There are many different websites that allow you to find a job before you go to Japan. Websites like will help you to find, apply, and even secure a position before you even leave your computer screen. This is helpful as you can rest easier knowing you won’t have to scrounge for a job once you get there.

If you are interested in getting experience in a specific field of interest, look no further. Traveling to Tokyo can give you the chance to show off your mad skills and earn some professional experience that will be recognized by employers when you return home.


Unfortunately, transportation is probably the biggest expense you’ll have while you’re in Japan. A Japan rail pass will help to save you lots of money while traveling around and sightseeing. The bullet train is pretty cool and extremely fast, but you should be prepared to pay accordingly. A pass for the bullet train costs 28,300 yen and lasts seven days. A seven day pass surprisingly costs the same price as a round trip train ticket from Osaka to Tokyo which is approximately 14,250 yen each way. Tickets cost between one hundred to two hundred yen for a single ride, depending on the length of the ride.

A bus ride costs the least amount of money. However, it takes quite a bit longer. A two hour bullet train ride would actually take approximately ten hours on the bus. A bus ticket costs 4,500 yen and a three day pass costs 10,000 yen. So as you can see, a bus ticket is quite a bit cheaper; but it will take a lot more of your time to get from point “a” to point “b.”

The Smart Way To Eat

Japan has a well known reputation for being one of the most expensive countries in the world. This can be true if you spend all your time eating at the finest restaurants and sleeping in the best hotels. Working holidays in Japan could mean the difference from having the time of your life in a unique and diverse place, or skipping the trip in fear that it won’t go as you had hoped.

The food in Japan is surprisingly affordable (considering the food is imported) as long as you know where to go. There are many different places to get food from. Just like anywhere in the world, if you have take-out food every day, you will be turning your pockets inside out in no time.

100 yen shops are similar to the modern dollar store. They carry toiletries, groceries, water, household items and much more for 100 yen each. The name of this store may vary from region to region, but you’re hostel/hotel reception will be able to point you to a 100 yen shop. Sushi trains are the most affordable way to enjoy Japan’s finest sushi. Sushi trains cost between a hundred to a hundred and seventy yen per plate.

Fruit and vegetables are very expensive in Japan, so you might want to avoid them at all costs. When you can, cook your meals for yourself as it turns out to be a lot cheaper in the long run.

Finding A Place To Stay

The price of accommodations vary from place to place. Generally, the nicer the place, the more you will end up paying to stay there. A hostel, for example, would typically charge between 1,500 yen to 2,700 yen per night in Tokyo, Japan. As a comparison, hotel rooms start at 5,000 yen per night or more. These hotels aren't like your hotels in Edmonton where the rates are fairly cheap.

On the bright side to this, hostels in Japan allow guests to stay for free if they are willing to put a little hard work into things and clean up for a few hours every day. This is probably one of the best ideas if you're trying to see Japan on a budget.

Additionally, there are capsule hotels available. Capsule hotels are small capsules that you sleep in with shared bathrooms and common areas. Each capsule has a light, outlet, and sometimes a small television.

What To Expect

Working holidays in Japan is sure to excite your senses. Make friends, travel, and gain valuable career and life experience while doing something that you truly enjoy. Japan offers a variety of different options to cater to even the pickiest of people. Plan your trip ahead of time, enjoy yourself and all the new experiences you will be about to embark on once you get there.

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