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Working Holiday – Ryokan Hotel Jobs in Japan

Working Holiday – Ryokan Hotel Jobs in Japan

Have you ever heard of a ryokan?

A ryokan is a traditional Japanese hotel, and by doing a working holiday in Japan, you can get the opportunity to work in a ryokan where you will learn about traditional Japanese culture, culinary arts, service of the highest level, and much more.

Ryokans are very high standard hotels, and they are visited by Japanese as well as foreign tourists.

There are usually around 14 rooms in a ryokan, and the rooms are traditionally designed, with no furniture apart from a low table which is used to serve breakfast on. For sleeping, the guests get tatami mats, and the bathing facilities are often large shared bathing areas, fed by hot volcanic springs called onsen.

A job at a ryokan can be pre-arranged by World Unite!, but in order to get a job, you need to have a conversational level of the Japanese language. If you do not know Japanese, you are much welcome to join a language course, where you can expect to gain the necessary language skills after attending classes for 1 month.  


So, what kind of work will you be doing?

There are different work tasks, which will include:

  • Housekeeping
  • Preparation of futons
  • Dishwashing and kitchen assistance
  • Preparation of tables and serving food
  • Cleaning the onsen area

For this work, the average salary ranges between 690-1500 Yen per hour.

The Ryokan jobs are full-time jobs, where you can expect to work 5-6 days per week, with an average of 7- 9 hours of work per day.

How, and where will you live?

Most often, the ryokans arrange your accommodation, and this can be different according to the ryokan you will work at.

Your costs for accommodation and meals will be deducted from your salary, but since these costs are low you will still have enough salary left to save some money every month.

Different accommodation options include:

  • Single or dorm room in a staff housing facility near the ryokan
  • Accommodation further away from the ryokan, transportation will be arranged
  • Meals provided at the ryokan

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