Japan Send-Off Package

Arrive in Japan stress-free with one-on-one support on your Japan Working Holiday Visa application and everything you need to live, work and travel in Japan. All you need to do is focus on planning the fun stuff!

Start Dates



1 - 12 months



Program Overview

Dreaming of traveling to Japan but feel overwhelmed by the Working Holiday Visa process? Let our team of experts help you! Your personal visa advisor will walk you through each step of the application and ensure your documentation is completed correctly. If you are a resident in British Columbia or the Yukon we can submit your visa application on your behalf (for an additional $150 fee).

Prior to your departure, receive a one-on-one video call orientation where you will be equipped with lots of information needed to begin living, working, and traveling in Japan. Start your Japan Working Holiday off right and let our travel experts share their wealth of knowledge to prepare you for a seamless and stress-free transition to the Land of the Rising Sun.

What’s Included


  • Step-by-step Japan Working Holiday Visa application consultation
  • Review of your visa application documents to ensure they are completed correctly
  • Japanese resume templates and job resources
  • Info package with everything you need to know about living in Japan
  • One-on-one video call orientation before your departure explaining health insurance, setting up a bank account, phone plans, finding a job, and much more!
  • Find the perfect place to live with our trusted accommodation providers

In Country

  • Legal right to live and work throughout Japan
  • Assistance with foreign registration documents
  • Support with health insurance registration
  • Support with visa extension
  • Information guide and resources to help you find a job in Japan
  • Support from our team leading up to your trip and throughout
  • Tax return assistance
  • We submit your visa application to the Japanese consulate on your behalf – for residents of remote BC & the Yukon only

The Fun Stuff!

  • Invitation to connect with other Stepabroad Japan participants and alumni!
  • Option to upgrade to our Kickstart Experience for additional in country support and language & cultural lessons (we can find you accommodation for duration of lesson)

What’s Not Included:

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

What Will I Do?

With the Japan Working Holiday Visa, you will be able to find work across Japan – the type of job you find and where in Japan you work is up to you! Our team will explain your work permit regulations and provide you with helpful resources to point your job search in the right direction. From there, it’s up to you to find your own job. If you would like more job and accommodation support, take a look at our Kickstart Japan and Japan Ski Resort Programs.

Possible Working Holiday Jobs

  • Tutoring or teaching English
  • Restaurant and Kitchen Staff
  • Customer Service
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Software
  • …And tons more!

Want to Learn More?

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

Let’s Get Started!

This package is available year-round so you can contact us at any time of the year. We typically ask for three month’s notice before you plan to leave Canada so you can make the most of our support preparing you for your adventure abroad. Want to leave sooner? No problem, we’ll put your services on high-priority!

Please note: Japan Working Holiday Visa applications made with less than five weeks before your departure may not be approved in time.

Want More?

Japan Kickstart Experience

Start your Japan adventure living in Tokyo, Kyoto, or Fukuoka for two weeks! Take Japanese language and cultural courses, and make new friends with a slew of fun social events.

Japan Ski Resort Program

Imagine spending your days off work gliding through Japan’s legendary powder at the country’s top ski destination. For Canadians, the dream is closer than you think with our Japan Ski Resort Program.

Travel Insurance

We know that travelling with a peace of mind is important to you. That’s why it’s a good idea to have travel insurance in case something unexpectedly goes wrong while you’re abroad.


How much do you recommend I have saved before I depart?

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!

Is the Japan Working Holiday Visa valid for six months or one year?

You may stay in Japan for up to one full year. You will be given a six-month residence permit upon arrival to Japan, and then will need to apply for an extension to be granted the additional six months.

Where do I have to submit my Japan Working Holiday Visa application?

You will need to submit your application in person at the Japanese consulate covering your jurisdiction. Japanese consulates are located in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. The Japanese embassy is located in Ottawa.