The working holiday system is an agreement between countries that issues visas to young people to facilitate travel and work.
In most cases, the visa provides for a stay of 1 year, and visa holders are allowed to go sightseeing, work, and study.
There are many different ways to use the visa. Some spend their time traveling throughout Japan. Some study Japanese for half a year and then either work full-time or have a part-time job while studying. There's actually quite a bit of freedom on the working holiday visa.
How is it different from other visas?
While a regular student visa places limits on the amount of time you are allowed to work, or a working visa may have a high barrier to entry, the working holiday visa has no such limits.
While the working holiday visa can enable you to have a wide variety of experiences, you may only obtain one working holiday visa per country. Also, in most cases you must be between 18 to 30 years old, and you can only have one year.
Though the working holiday visa has these sorts of limits, it is a very important visa for young people full of ambition. That's why it's recommended to know exactly when and where you will go, and what you plan to do.
What other countries do people come to Japan from?
Starting in 1980 with Australia and continuing to 2019 when Lithuania was added, Japan has a working holiday agreement with 23 countries. The number of visas issued is increasing every year, with 13,958 working holiday visas issued in 2016, 15,521 issued in 2017, and 17,730 issued in 2018.
Once you've secured the privilege to travel to another country, the hardest part is finding a place to stay! You might run into all sorts of snags:
Initial payments are confusing and expensive
Real estate agents may not speak your language
Agencies may be hesitant to rent to foreigners
Agencies are not willing to rent short-term
You want to be able to move in as soon as you arrive, so you won't have time to see the place in advance
It might be hard to meet people
That's why we recommend a share house!
Oakhouse offers from 6,600 rooms, the most in Japan
Assistance in 5 languages: English, Korean, Chinese, French, Japanese
No limits on gender, nationality, age, occupation, or income
Contracts from as short as 1 month, and no renewal fees
See demographic data for each house (gender, age, nationality)
See the house online with our 3D view
Take part in house events where you can get to know people as well as Japanese culture
These are the kinds of people living in Oakhouse
We interviewed Oakhouse residents who came to Japan on working holiday
At Oakhouse there are several residents who came to Japan on a working holiday visa. We asked them about their life in Japan, in a share house, and their work and studies.