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What You Need to Know About Working and Travelling in Japan

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What You Need to Know About Working and Travelling in Japan

Working and travelling abroad is a great way for young people to gain new skills, discover who they are, and grow as an individual. Working abroad will test you in ways like no other experience can. However, with the right preparation and planning with the team at SWAP, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Working and travelling in Japan is a common bucket list item for many young people. The island country is home to a variety of natural wonders, delicious cuisine and affordable living costs. It’s also a very safe place to travel as an independent traveller.

Can You Travel and Work in Japan?

Yes, you can travel and work in Japan. However, you’ll need to be careful, as there are certain requirements but SWAP will be sure to make sure that you get all necessary paperwork done correctly. You will need to obtain a visa, and you can work for a company who is registered with the Japanese government to hire foreigners. Alternatively, you might decide to create your own job such as freelancing or blogging. If you decide to go the route of creating your own job, you’ll need to check with our team in Tokyo to make sure you have the correct documentation, such as a tax ID (or a Japanese social security number if you’re freelancing). You’ll also need to be careful not to overstay your visa, as this could lead to problems in the future.

How to Find a Job in Japan

There are various ways to go about finding a job in Japan. The most obvious way is to check with our team in Tokyo to ask about how to find in Japan. You can look for jobs through sites like Indeed or Gumtree, or through more specific job boards such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Staff Plaza. Another option is to sign up with an employer who recruits international workers. Many of these employers offer full-time and/or part-time employment, as well as a variety of contract types. These companies are often more flexible about your working hours and are more open to hiring you on a short-term basis, which is often preferable for travellers. If you’re going this route, make sure to do your research and choose a reputable company. Always check with our team in Tokyo to make sure that you’re doing all the right research.

Working Conditions in Japan

Working conditions in Japan are generally very good. There are a variety of industries in which you can find work, many of which offer competitive salaries and full-time work. Those who work in an office setting typically work eight hours a day and five days a week. This can vary depending on the company and industry, but it’s not uncommon to work much longer hours, especially in Tokyo. The work culture in Japan is very different from what you will find in North America or Europe. You will have a much more formal relationship with your boss, co-workers, and clients. You will also have a much more strict hierarchy in Japanese companies. This can be a good thing for those who crave structure and career advancement, but it’s not for everyone.

Pros and Cons of Working and Travelling in Japan

Working and travelling in Japan has a number of benefits. For one, it’s an excellent way to build your resume and add valuable experience to it. It’s also a great way to earn money while travelling. Japan is an extremely safe country to live in. It’s also very easy to navigate and understand the culture. Working and travelling in Japan also has a few downsides. The first is that it’s extremely competitive to find work in Japan. This is especially true if you want to find a job in Tokyo. The second is that it’s a very different work culture than what you may be used to. And lastly, it’s important to keep in mind that the visa we help you to get will not allow you to work for more than a year so if you love your new life in Japan, you need to remember that this visa is only valid for a year.


If you want to work and travel in Japan, it’s important to start your research early. Speak to our team and we’ll make sure you know the timelines to get you to Japan at the time you’d like to. You will need to be in Japan in order to apply at the Foreign Labour Administration Office. Working and travelling in Japan is a great way to see a new country and gain new skills. It’s important to do your research ahead of time in order to find a job, create a resume, and build a great application. SWAP will be there to help put you in a better position to land a job and make the most of your experience.