Japan Working Holiday

Historically rich, and culturally vibrant, there is nowhere quite like Japan. Stepabroad’s Japan Working Holiday Programs help Canadians get on the adventure of a lifetime in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Why do a Working Holiday in Japan

Japan offers a mesmerizing blend of ancient tradition and modern technology, awe-inspiring landscapes, delicious food, and friendly people. Whether you’ve already had a small taste on a holiday, or dreamed of living here, doing a working holiday in Japan gives you more time to soak it all in.

Witness the magic of the sakura (cherry blossom) season in the spring. Revel in the lively summer matsuri (festivals). Enjoy the tranquillity at popular destinations when crowds thin out in the fall. Soar down powdery slopes of Hokkaido’s ski resorts in the winter. A working holiday in Japan allows you to experience life like a local, make lifelong friendships, and improve your Japanese language skills. Stepabroad will guide you through the process of making your dream to live in Japan a reality on a working holiday!


The Japanese government has a number of requirements that must be met in order to apply for a Japan Working Holiday Visa. Your personal Stepabroad travel advisor will walk you through the application steps in more detail and ensure you provide the correct documentation. The requirements are as follows:

  • A Canadian citizen currently residing in Canada
  • Hold a valid Canadian passport
  • Between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application
  • Can prove the Canadian equivalent of $3,500 CAD or more to support your trip
  • Provide round trip flight information or sufficient funds to purchase one
  • You are in good health
  • A clean criminal record
  • Planning a trip of up to 12 months
  • Have never previously held a Japan Working Holiday Visa

Japan Working Holiday Programs


1 - 12 months


Japan Send-Off Package

Our Send-Off Package provides Canadians with step-by-step working holiday visa application support and a one-on-one pre-departure orientation (via video call) with all the information you need to know for living, working, and travelling in Japan.


1 - 12 months


Japan City Experience

Start your Japan adventure experiencing living in Tokyo, Kyoto, or Fukuoka for two weeks! Take Japanese language and cultural courses to gain a deeper understanding of Japan and participate in fun organized social events to get into the swing of Japan-life.

mid-November - April

6 months


Japan Ski Resort

Imagine spending your days off work gliding through Japan’s legendary powder at the country’s top ski destination. On our Japan Ski Resort Program, land a guaranteed ski resort job in Japan and enjoy the famous Japow every day!


What are the most popular cities to live in in Japan?

Japan has something for everyone! Tokyo is one of the most popular cities as it is the center of activity and also has a huge variety of employment opportunities. Kyoto is a quieter, more cultural hub. Near Kyoto, Osaka has become very popular recently as well due to its friendly residents and vibrant food scene with the cost of living about 30% less than in Tokyo. Other popular options are affordable seaside Fukuoka or the northern island of Hokkaido’s ski resorts- both for incredible powder and great jobs!

Do I need to live in Canada to apply for this visa?

Yes, Japan requires that you are a current resident of Canada at the time of application, and you are only able to apply through the consulates here in Canada.

How can Stepabroad help me with my move to Japan?

We can help with plenty! Your personal travel coordinator will walk you through the visa application process step by step and review all of your documents to ensure they meet standards. Then, we provide a complete one-on-one pre-departure orientation reviewing everything from how to set up a bank account, transport, travel, and more. What’s more, we can connect you with reliable accommodations, and arrange language classes – just ask!