Kick-Start Japan

Our Kick-Start Japan Program gives Canadians the chance to experience living in Tokyo, Kyoto, or Fukuoka. Take Japanese lessons, cultural courses and fun social events to get into the swing of Japan-life!

Start Dates



2 weeks



Program Overview

In addition to all the pre-departure support provided in our Japan Send Off package, we arrange your adventure in Japan to begin with two weeks of Japanese language lessons in Tokyo, Kyoto or Fukuoka.

On the weekends, you can add fun courses to learn about Japan’s traditional and pop culture – tea ceremonies, calligraphy, cosplay, manga, and more! After class, join movie and game nights, field trips, festival outings, karaoke and international parties to make the most of your time in Japan. Once you are finished with your language lessons, our team can assist you in your job search, help you find long-term accommodation, open a bank account, and more.

What’s Included


  • One-on-one working holiday visa consultation and support
  • Complete review of visa application documents to ensure they are completed correctly
  • Japanese resume templates and job listings
  • Arranged accommodation during your first month in Japan *accommodation fees are additional
  • Info pack on everything you need to know about living in Japan
  • One-on-one video call orientation before your departure: health insurance, bank account, phone plan, Inkan, public transit, finding long-term accommodation & much more!

In Country

  • Welcome orientation on your first day
  • Two weeks of Japanese language lessons
  • Course books and materials
  • Unlimited use of wifi and school computers with printers
  • Language exchange program: get paired up with a Japanese native speaker to make friends & practice your language skills outside of class
  • Assistance with foreigner registration documents & Japanese paperwork
  • Support arranging accommodation after your language course
    English speaking team in Tokyo, Kyoto & Fukuoka
  • Help translating your resume to Japanese
  • On-going support for the duration of your time in Japan from our team

The Fun Stuff!

  • Meet other students from around the world!
  • Weekly Japanese movie screenings with popcorn
  • Friday student parties
  • Monthly Japanese game nights
  • Public holiday fields trips
  • Attend Japanese festivals
  • Invitations to fun group outings: karaoke, bowling, concerts & sporting events
  • Add traditional culture and pop-culture modules to your course (optional)
  • Weekly language exchange events with Japanese locals (Fukuoka only)

What’s Not Included:

Flights, medical insurance, visa and/or work permit application fees, local transportation, food & rent.

What Will I Do?

A working holiday visa allows you to stay in Japan for up to one year to work, travel and experience living in Japan like a local. Working holiday visa holders are able to obtain temporary or part-time positions to help fund their travels around the country.

Most jobs for foreigners require beginner to intermediate levels of Japanese so after your language lessons you will be better equipped to find a job in Japan. Once you have completed your course, our team will assist you with revising your resume and provide recommendations and resources to help you begin your job search in Japan.

Possible Working Holiday Jobs

  • Tutoring English
  • Restaurant and kitchen staff
  • Customer service
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Cleaning and factory jobs
  • And more!

Want to Learn More?

Interested to chat with us to learn which program is right for you?

Let’s Get Started!

Year-round! Japanese language courses begin every Monday. If you have not taken Japanese lessons previously in a classroom setting, the complete beginner Japanese language courses begin on the first Monday of each month.

Please note: We typically ask for three months’ notice before you plan to leave Canada so we can get your documents in order and so that you can make the most of our support preparing you for your adventure abroad.

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Do I need to speak Japanese to do this program?

Not at all! During your Japanese language lessons, our professors will give you a solid introduction to the Japanese language. If you are a complete beginner, start dates are generally available on the first Monday of each month. If you do have previous Japanese studies, we will have you take a placement exam to ensure you study with a group at your level.

What city should I choose?

Our language classes are available in Tokyo, Kyoto or Fukuoka. Tokyo needs no introduction as one of the world’s most famous metropolises and is definitely where the action is. The former capital of Japan for over 1000 years, Kyoto is known for its culture, with geishas, shrines and temples abounding. Fukuoka is a more laid-back coastal city with amazing seafood, as well as being more budget-friendly.

How much should I have saved?

You will need to show a bank statement with a minimum balance of $3,500 CAD as part of your visa application, and round trip tickets to Tokyo generally range between $800-1,500 CAD as a rough estimate. The rest depends a lot on your lifestyle! A sharehouse in Tokyo will run you $500-900 CAD in monthly rent, with private apartments running higher. Cities outside of Tokyo are more budget-friendly!

How many hours of instruction will I get at the Japanese language school?

40 hours! You will study 20 hours per week for two weeks with the included package. If you would like to extend your study, no problem!