How to become a Snowboard Instructor in Japan
Japan is known for things like sushi, ramen, geisha's, calligraphy, cultural experiences and beautiful art. However, it is also becoming increasingly well-known for its powder snow as well. The word is officially out and as it spreads, more and more people are adding snowboarding in Japan to their bucket lists and flocking there to experience it for themselves! EA Ski & Snowboard's instructor training in Japan began with a partnership with the Canyons Ski School. Since then, we have grown to include over 8 resorts including Club Med Sahoro, Club Med Tomamu, Nozawa Onsen ski resort, Canyons, Niseko, Rusutsu, Hakuba & Mt. Naeba.
The instructor internship program available in Japan is designed to suit those that want to start their career off as a snowboard instructor or who are out to have the best winter gap year of their lives. Our Japanese ski resorts offer deep, fluffy Yuki (a Japanese word, meaning "snow"), world-class training with SBINZ certified instructors and some of the best winter locations with nearby events such as the Sapporo Ice Festival and the Nozawa Fire Festival! As Japan is gaining popularity as a winter gap year destination, we are now are selling out positions earlier each season. If you are interested in travelling to Japan you should start planning a year in advance to ensure you secure your working holiday visa (visa support and assistance available) and your snowboard instructor course.
Why choose Japan?
SNOW, SNOW, SNOW of course! Previous interns have chosen Japan as their program location because it provides a great opportunity to be able to go and live in such a culturally enriching country and also experience powder like no other. If you find yourself with a passion for snowboarding, a thirst for travel, exploration, culture and an amazing experience, then Japan is for you! Before you head to Japan, it pays to know though that Japan is made up of a lot of many resorts. Some of these winter escapes came out of the bubble era when Japan was building purpose-built skiing facilities and now there are over 600 resorts in Japan to play on. This is mainly due to the fact that Japan is mountainous and blessed with a cold air travelling all the way from Siberia. Japan can and has placed ski resorts pretty much anywhere and everywhere. Aside from the snowboarding, Japanese people are known to be incredibly friendly, they have fantastic cuisine, and they are great at efficiently building things... why is that a plus, you ask? Well - incredible facilities of course!
Take a look through our Japanese ski resorts below to learn more about where you could be riding this winter!