Choose from one of our resort partners in Japan from Niseko resort in Hokkaido to Hakuba Ski School in the heart of the Japanese Alps
A ski season in Japan can seem a bit daunting at first; the cultural differences, the food, the language... but these things are also what makes Japan exciting!
Boasting an average of 16 metres every winter, Japan is an undeniable heavyweight in the ski industry.
Having held recent Winter Olympics and recorded increasing winter tourism from Australia and New Zealand, there is huge demand for English speaking ski instructors. So don't worry, you won't be expected to know sign language, Japanese or any other language on this course or working!
Niseko, for example, is the well-known hub for skiing & snowboarding in Japan, and rightly so. It is famous for it's dry, light powder, consistent snowfall and a great variety of terrain including glades, off-piste, bowls and even a bit of gated snowboarding for those experienced in backcountry and avalanche safety.
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!
WHERE CAN YOU GO IN JAPAN
Learn more about our 9 Japanese ski resorts by clicking the dots on the map
Niseko Village Ski Resort, famous in Japan and around the world as Japan's premium snow resort. Located in Hokkaido and towered over by the giant Mt. Yotei, this ski resort is renowned for its consistent snowfall and dry, light powder.
At Niseko ISS, you'll enjoy visiting local onsens, big powder skiing, delicious ramen, and a fun nightlife scene.
Niseko is well known as the hub of Japanese skiing, the mix of culture, incredible skiing, and amazing people make the resort town a must-see destination for skiers from across the globe.
Culture, fun and an immeasurable amount of yearly snowfall. If you are up for a steamy combination of authentic Japanese culture, deep fluffy powder and great people then this is for you.
Club Med is an exclusive ski resort offering world-class powder and top facilities in an English speaking environment.
Hakuba Snow Sports School is a privately owned business catering to holiday-makers skiing and snowboarding in Hakuba Japan. Based at the Iimori Ski Resort, it has the best teaching terrain in Hakuba as well as steeps, powder, trees and the biggest terrain park in the valley.
Hakuba is famous in Japan and across the world for great skiing and boasts some of the best ski resorts and snowfall in the country. For more than 70 years, Hakuba has been providing skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts the ideal conditions for an epic winter experience.
Rusutsu Resort is located in the village of Rusutsu, Hokkaido. Famous for consistent annual snowfall and some of the deepest and lightest powder snow in the world. The winter resort has the largest skiable area of any single resort in Hokkaido.
Reviews from EA Alumni
Japan's the one place I've always wanted to go to anyway. Being out here, I came with very few expectations knowing that it was going to be completely different. ...see more
We stayed in a town called Minakami for about three weeks and that basically consisted of three weeks of full-on ski training. ...see more
I want to talk to you about the VISA. Before you go to the embassy in London, here are the things you will need... ...see more
It's a great town to live in, it's very Japanese, very, very Japanese which is really fun actually! ...see more
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