2nd Round Applications now open for NBS Kids Club Pod Instructors for the 2015/16 Winter Season - Short Term Contracts ONLY.

We are also still taking applications for Bilingual Japanese/English staff for both Year Round and Seasonal Positions, please click on the link below to check out the Jobs available.

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Unfortunately, any resumes sent to SkiJapan.com or NBS directly will not be considered until received through the online application system.

Until then please read through our FAQs.

Good Luck and we hope to be working and living the dream with you in Japan!




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Want to ride fresh powder everyday in one of the snowiest resorts on earth?

Want to experience a unique culture, eat delicious food and basically have the experience of a lifetime, whilst getting paid!?

If this sounds good, then a job with SkiJapan/NBS is what you want! 

SkiJapan.com is the largest and longest serving inbound tour operator in Hokkaido, bringing in over 10,000 guests to Japanese ski resorts each season. We have offices in Japan, Australia and Hong Kong with our main operations and HQ located in the heart of Niseko.

To provide our guests with the most memorable and enjoyable holiday experience time and time again, we require a large team of talented, diverse and people orientated staff to be our front line representatives.



Employment - SkiersNBS/Ski Japan is expanding and looking for talented individuals with a passion for Japan to further their career in this exciting leisure based industry.

  • Ski Instructors (NBS)
  • Rental/Retail Technicians (NBS)
  • Ski School Front Desk/ Reservations (NBS)
  • Kids Club Assistant (NBS)
  • Resort Representatives / Drivers
  • Front Desk / Guest Services/Airport Staff
  • Baristas (Fresh Café)
  • Cook/Chef (Fresh Café)
  • Bus Drivers (Ski Japan)


SkiJapan.com actively promote a "Can Do Culture" within our team and it is this positive attitude that allows us to continually offer the most memorable and enjoyable holiday experience to our guests. To join our "Dream Team" of staff that deliver above expectation every time, you must be a motivated, fun loving and "genki" individual with a "can-do" attitude!

The following skills and experience will give you a distinct edge when applying for a position with SkiJapan.com or NBS:Employment - Skiers

  • Energetic, confident, can-do attitude
  • Exceptional guest experience skills
  • Genuine passion for assisting people
  • Mature, flexible approach with the ability to adapt to any situation
  • Reliable, organised and well presented
  • Previous experience in snow or tourism industry
  • Previous experience in outdoor education, tour guiding, reservations
  • Living in or having previously visited Japan
  • Japanese/English/Chinese language skills and advantage



All winter seasonal positions are based in NISEKO, HIRAFU (Hokkaido, Japan).

Depending on position, staff are required to be in Niseko around the end of November / Early December for induction and training, with most positions finishing or winding down by mid/end of March. There a limited number of “Short Term” contracts available from early December to mid-February - perfectly suited for the university student on extended break.

Most staff are required to work a 5 day week, with some days requiring extended hours and balanced by quieter days.

Full training and uniform is provided. Staff Accommodation can be arranged for most positions.

We do expect our staff to work hard, but we also like you to play hard too! The lifts are open from 8:30am-9pm every day, which gives you loads of time to ride no matter what job you do! We also encourage staff to immerse themselves in Japanese culture and joining the many tours, activities and attending local events throughout the season.

Please read our FAQs to find out more!



Employment - Skiers

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Staff rewards and incentives
  • Staff accommodation can be arranged
  • Access to a free Niseko, Hirafu Lift Pass
  • Excellent induction and training program
  • Assistance with Residents cards & Government paperwork
  • Regular staff events/ parties
  • Vibrant, fun, forward thinking team of staff and management
  • FREE Rental & Ski/ Snowboard lessons with NBS
  • FREE & discount tours and cultural activities
  • Discounts and deals available in Hirafu Village
  • Visa Sponsorship for highly qualified/ experienced staff
  • The opportunity and experience of a lifetime
  • Working with a team of like minded people from all over the world


Employment - Skiers

  • Review the Positions Vacant page on our website
  • Complete an online application form
  • Attach a cover letter & resume
  • Attach a colour photo of yourself
  • Resumes will be then be shortlisted late June/ Early July
  • If you are successful for an interview you will be contacted by end of July / early August
  • Interviews will be held during August
  • Positions to start end of November/ Early December




Interviews will be held in person or by Skype video only. Please ensure that you set up a Skype account and have access to a PC with working webcam prior to your interview date.

More information regarding the interview will be given to shortlisted candidates upon confirmation of interview.


We wish you the best of luck and look forward to working together in Niseko!


Q: Are there any year round positions available?

A: Please see Positions Vacant for availability. We will only accept online applications for jobs via the Positions Vacant page. Direct applications or resumes sent to any email address will be ignored.

Q: When do employment applications for 2015/2016 winter opens?

A: Applications will open in May 19th 2015. All positions will be posted on the Positions Vacant page.

Q: When do applications close?

A: Applications close on the 10th of July 2015

Q: I am a native English speaker. Is it a problem if I don't speak Japanese?

A: All staff need to have the ability to communicate in written and spoken English as our guests are mostly from English speaking countries. Japanese language skills are a must for some positions. Cantonese/ Mandarin skills are also highly regarded.

Q: What type of staff accommodations are available?

A: We aim to provide twin, triple, quad and 5-6 share rooms at subsidised rents to all staff employed on for seasonal work. While we do take preferences for specific room types into account when assigning we are unable to make guarantees as accommodation is limited.

Q: What type of visa do I need to arrange?

A: Working Holiday Visa is all that is required for most positions. It is up to you to arrange it before employment application or arrange it later. Sponsored Visas may be arranged for highly skilled positions depending on experience. If you are a Japanese passport holder, possess a Japanese spouse visa or Japanese permanent residency then you do not require any additional visas.

Q: When do I know if I get position?

A: First interview will be around Mid July to Mid August, and offers likely be sent to you on September.

Q: Do I get notice if I did not make it to interview?

A: Unfortunately, we cannot contact all of you. If you did not get contact from us by end of August, please proceed to alternative plan you have.

Q: Can I get seasonal lift pass?

A: Most positions come with a personal NISEKO GRAND HIRAFU lift pass, whilst some other employees will have access to a share pass.

Q: When do seasonal positions usually start and finish?

A: Generally winter employment dates start late November and finish mid/end of March.

Q: What do seasonal positions usually pay?

A: Salary and pay depend on position. Generally you can expect a monthly wage of approximately 160,000-300,000 JPY.


All successful candidates must meet the legal requirements which entitle them to work in Japan, for more details please visit the Japanese Consulate’s website in your country. If you require a working holiday visa, please visit  http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html#section3

SkiJapan.com prides itself on our ability to deliver over and above expectation every time. Being snow lovers and travelers ourselves, we know what it takes to deliver the ultimate holiday experience and we want you to share in our passion for life, snow, travel and Japan!

About Us

SkiJapan.com has specialised in Hokkaido's best ski resorts for the past 16 years and continues to be Hokkaido's longest serving and largest inbound ski and snowboard tour operator. We can customise a package to suit all your holiday needs when travelling to Niseko, Rusutsu or Furano with packages including accommodation, transfers, rental and lessons.

SkiJapan.com | 170-304 Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081 Japan
Ph: (+81) 136 22 4611 | Fax: (+81) 136 22 4613
Enquiries: Holidays@SkiJapan.com

Ski Japan Travel Co Ltd is a Licensed Japanese Travel Agent & member of the All Nippon Travel Agents Association (ANTA).

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