Mar 1, 2018

Are you a Canadian planning to travel and work in Japan? Then the Japan Working Holiday Visa for Canadians is what you need! The Working Holiday Visa gives you the chance to learn about Japanese culture and get off the beaten tourist path to experience life as a local while making some extra cash to help cover your travel expenses.

It can be tricky to navigate the process of obtaining a work permit and getting a job in a foreign country. Lucky for you, Stepabroad offers Canadians assistance every step of the way in our Japan Working Holiday Program, including obtaining your visa, getting a job and finding long-term accommodation. We take the stress out of planning so you can focus on your upcoming adventures! This program guarantees part-time positions in the south of Japan and provides you with all the support you need to kick-start your adventure in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Stepabroad has put together this step-by-step guide for Canadians applying for a Japan Working Holiday Visa, including where to submit your application and the documents to prepare beforehand.


Embark on an unforgettable experience wit the Japan Working Holiday Visa for Canadians


Applying for a Japan Working Holiday Visa


Process Time: At least one week. You must apply at least 3 weeks before your departure date. 
Cost of Application: Free!
Application Process: In-person at your nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate. There are 5 locations across Canada (see end of article for details)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application
  • Hold a valid Canadian Passport, expiring a minimum of 3 months after your return to Canada
  • Prove reasonable funds to support your stay in Japan ($2,500 USD)
  • Return flight information
  • Photo of yourself
  • Note from a physician
  • Detailed itinerary of stay in Japan
  • Letter of motivation


Experience life in Japan while working with a working holiday visa for Canadians
Japan is known for sushi, karaoke, sake and anime. However, this country has a lot more to offer and will keep you constantly entertained!


Scroll down to read the step-by-step process, or click on the following links to skip through the steps!

Step 1: Gather Information

Step 2: Fill Out The Application

Step 3: Submit Your Application

Step 4: Pick Up Passport & Visa

Step 5: Arrive in Japan

Additional Links: Embassy & Consulates Contact Information


Step 1: Gather Information

The first step is to prepare all the information you need to submit the visa application. This includes the following:

Passport Photo

Get a passport photo taken to attach to your application.

Doctor’s Note

Book an appointment with your local doctor, i.e family doctor, or walk-in-clinic doctor to get a doctors note

Letter of Motivation

Your letter of motivation should explain why you want to apply for the Working Holiday Visa. This is similar to a cover letter, so take it seriously! Yes, they will read it, and yes this is important.

If you are using our program, make sure to send your motivational letter to your designated trip coordinator so that they can review and edit it for you to ensure it meets all of the requirements. We have never had a participant’s visa application get rejected!

Bank Statement

Application for Working Holiday Visa required you to have proof of sufficient funds equivalent to $2,500 USD (or approx. $3300 CAD). You can show this with a personal bank account statement in Canadian dollars.


Step 2: Fill Out The Application

You will need your passport for this part! 

Once you have the collected the above information, you can simply fill out the personal information on the following forms. To access the forms, click the linked headers.


1. Application Form

“Name and Address of hotels or persons with whom applicant intends to stay” Section: try your best to fill this section out with an address of where you will be staying, even if it is only where you will be staying in the initial period of your time in Japan.


Fill in this form with your employment history and if you have pre-arranged work in Japan.

Once again, if you are using our program to help you apply for a Japan Working Holiday visa, make sure to have our team review this for you before submitting it. Our team knows how to properly complete the application to ensure you are granted a visa.

3. Itinerary Form

Do some research on Japan so you have an idea of the areas/cities you would like to visit and the activities you want to do.

It is understandable that you may not know what your job will be until you arrive, or that you may be traveling and working various jobs, instead define what youintend to do for work.

If  using our Japan Working Holiday program, don’t stress! Our team will help you fill out this form in the correct way that officials require.


Step 3: Submit Your Application

After you have completed the application and gathered all of your supportive documents, you will make an appointment to go in person to your nearest consulate or embassy to submit your application. Bring your passport and another piece of government-issued personal identification when you submit your application.

Staff at the embassy/consulate you will give you a receipt and collection date. Do not lose this receipt, you will need this to pick up your passport. 


Step 4: Pick Up Your Passport & Visa

Usually, the agent at the consulate will ask you to come back in a week to pick up your passport. During that week, the consulate will contact you if there are delays or problems with your application. When you return to pick up your passport bring a piece of identification and a return ticket from Japan. 


Step 5: Arrive in Japan

You made it to Japan!

When you enter Japan, you will be issued a resident card at the port of entry. Within the first 2 weeks, you must find the nearest local municipal office and register your resident card with the place you are residing in. We have staff located in Japan to help you with this too!


Explore Japan on a working holiday program for Canadians
Visting Fushimi Inari Shrine


Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find a job in Japan?

As part of our Japan Working Holiday Program, Stepabroad offers professional and customized job placement services. Whether it’s working at a coffee shop, a casual restaurant, or tutoring, we work to find you a guaranteed paid position. We also find you accommodation, set up your Japanese bank account, provide an orientation upon arrival, a city walking tour and in-country support throughout your trip.

What are the work regulations as a Canadian in Japan?

With the Working Holiday Visa, there are no restrictions on how many hours are worked per week or how long you can work. As long as it is a temporary position, you are allowed to work for anyone. The only restriction you should be aware of is that you are not allowed to work at bars, cabarets, nightclubs, gambling establishments or other premises affecting public morals in Japan.

How long can I stay in Japan?

Working Holiday Visa holders will be granted an initial 6 month period of stay. It can be extended additional 6 months by the Immigration Authorities in Japan. Contact the nearest Immigration office to ask about what you need for the extension. Otherwise, if you are a Stepabroad participant, contact your personal trip coordinator


Japan Working Holiday Visa
Downtown Osaka comes to life at night


Japanese Embassy & Consulates in Canada


Ottawa (Embassy)

Jurisdiction: Ottawa residents


Jurisdiction: British Columbia and Yukon residents


Jurisdiction: Ontario residents


Jurisdiction: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut residents


Jurisdiction: Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Labrador & Newfoundland residents

Do you still have questions about the process of moving to Japan and getting a working holiday job? Contact our team to learn how we can help you on step abroad our Working Holiday in Japan Program.

Japan Working Holiday Visa
You too could look out on Mount Fuji from your hotel balcony.


Not interested in going to Japan? Check out our other working holiday programs in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Chile!

Disclaimer: No Legal Advice Provided.

The material on our website and on this webpage is intended to provide only general information and comment to our clients and the public. Although we make our best efforts to ensure that the information found on our website is accurate and timely, do not, under any circumstances, rely on information found on our website as legal or immigration advice. Nor do we guarantee the accuracy of any information contained on websites to which our website provide links. For assistance with your specific inquiry or problem, please contact an immigration consultant or call the nearest Japanese consulate.

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