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9 world-class resorts

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

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Enriching and rewarding cultural differences

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! 

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Japan is known for it's powder

Boasting an average of 16 metres every winter, Japan is an undeniable heavyweight in the ski industry.

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We partner with English speaking ski schools

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! 

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Resort heavyweights like Niseko and Hakuba available

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

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Niseko Village
Niseko ISS
Niseko Go Snow
Canyons Nozawa/Yuzawa
Club Med Hokkaido
Nozawa Onsen
Hakuba Snow Sports
Evergreen Hakuba
Mt Naeba
Rusutsu
Shiga Kogen

Niseko Village

Niseko Village Ski Resort, famous in Japan and around the world as Japan's #1 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.

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Niseko ISS

Experience the authentic culture of Japan at this epic Japanese resort! Get ready to explore the local onsens, big powder skiing, sushi and ramen and fun nightlife in the centre of Hokkaido!

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Niseko Go Snow

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.

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Canyons Nozawa/Yuzawa

Culture, fun and an immeasurable amount of yearly snowfall! If you are up for a steamy combination of authentic Japanese culture, deep fluffy powder, great people and a chance to teach skiing in an English speaking ski school then this is for you.

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Club Med Hokkaido

Club Med can be simply summed up by saying, great powder and luxury accommodation in an English speaking environment.

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Nozawa Onsen

A dream resort with expansive ski areas and long seasons. EA is proud to offer Ski and Snowboard instructor training at Nozawa Onsen ski resort. Nozawa is a true snow paradise and is renowned as one of Japan’s most superb and expansive winter sports areas.

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Hakuba Snow Sports

Hakuba Snow Sports School is a privately owned business catering to holiday-makers skiing and snowboarding in Hakuba Japan. Based at the Iimori snow resort (part of Goryu & Hakuba 47), it has the best teaching terrain in Hakuba as well as steeps, powder, trees & the biggest terrain park in the valley.

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Evergreen Hakuba

Hakuba is famous in Japan and the world for great skiing and boasts some of the best resorts and snowfall in the country. For more than 70 years Hakuba has been providing skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts the ideal conditions for enjoying an epic winter experience.

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Mt Naeba

Naeba is one of Japan’s most visited resorts since it is the closest big mountain to Tokyo. It gets around 10m of snowfall per year putting it on the top ten list for big mountain snowfall in Japan.

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Rusutsu

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 is blanketed in snow that transforms into a world class ski resort with the largest skiable area of any single resort in Hokkaido.

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Shiga Kogen

Welcome to Japan's largest interconnected resort area. EA Ski & Snowboard partner with Shiga International Ski School, in Shiga Kogan where there are 19 ski resorts, all interconnected on one ski pass, Shiga Kogan is no laughing matter! Yet, go here and you'll find yourself grin & hollering from top to bottom!

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