Working Holiday Visas!

Updated: Sep 18, 2019


Have you ever been interested in working or studying in Tokyo? In the last decade, the pressure of Japan’s shrinking population, has lead to a lacking of restrictions on immigration. And although Japan’s overall population has been stagnant, Tokyo is constantly booming.

Although there are numerous ways to work and study in Tokyo. One of the easiest ways to get started is with work holiday visas. work-holiday programs allow you to try out Tokyo for up to a year to decide if it is right for you. Here at Tokyo Works we would be happy to help you get started too!

Countries that currently have work-holiday programs with Japan include: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, The Republic of Korea, France, Germany, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Argentina, and Chile.

There are some official restrictions on work holiday visas:

  • For a national of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, Argentina or Chile, an applicant must be currently residing in his or her country of nationality; for a resident in Hong Kong, an applicant must possess a valid HKSAR or British National Overseas passport; for a resident in Taiwan, an applicant must possess a valid passport of Taiwan.

  • Intending primarily to spend holiday in Japan for a specific length of time.

  • Being between 18 and 30 years of age both inclusive at the time of application for the visa; As for Australia, Canada and Republic of Korea, an applicant should be between 18 and 25 years of age except in those cases where the competent authorities of Japan agree to extend the limitation of age to 30 years.

  • Not being accompanied by dependents or children.

  • Possessing a valid passport of his or her country/region and a return travel ticket or sufficient funds with which to purchase such a ticket.

  • Possessing reasonable funds for the maintenance of his/her stay during the initial period of stay in Japan.

  • Being in good health.

  • Never having been issued a Japanese working holiday visa in the past.

To look at the applications for a work holiday visa please check here: