Live, Work & Ski during winter season in the Hakuba Valley, Japan




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  • Description


    Hi, we are Emily & Mike, and we run a ski lodge.

    We are situated within walking distance of 2 Resorts in the Hakuba Valley (Nagano Prefecture, Japan), and are surrounded by the woods & mountains.
    Our lodge consists of 7 Rooms (sleeping up to 30 people), Bar & Restaurant, Movie Room, Dry Room and Spa.

    The place attracts couples, families and large groups. It's a very cosy, friendly place to stay during the winter offering a relaxing social space with great food & wine. Having a wine or beer by the fireplace after a day out on the slopes really captures that winter lodge feel! 

    A simple cooked breakfast is provided to guests, dinner is also available for them each night. At times we also have outside guests book in for dinner.  
    Mike is the chef, and also a sourdough baker. He provides bread to cafes in the Hakuba Valley throughout the year.

    We will open the lodge for the winter season from 24th December 2021, through end of March 2022.


    We would like you to stay from early to mid December.

    We're looking for someone to join our kitchen team, and cook breakfast for our guests over the winter season.
    Any kitchen experience is fine! We will train you and get you ready.
    You'll be preparing mostly bacon & eggs, cooked greens, fruit & toast.

    Due to COVID & current international travel restrictions, we welcome applicants that:
    - Reside in Japan;
    - Available to work with us for 3 months.

    You must be comfortable working & living in the same place,
    be bubbly and confident around our lodge guests,
    be independent & comfortable managing your own free time,
    and have a great sense of adventure!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As well as working in a humble boutique ski lodge, and providing guests with an unforgettable holiday experience, you'll get to ski/snowboard most days of the week. You'll immerse yourself in some of Japan's best powder snow. Cortina Ski Resort, one of the nine resorts in the Hakuba Valley receives the best snow and has some of the best terrain.

    You'll also receive:
    - Hourly pay
    - Accommodation on-site

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We are looking for a breakfast cook.
    Breakfast shifts will run from 6:00am ~ 11:00am (6 days per week).
    Hourly rate of ¥1,100

    Any kitchen experience is fine! We will train you and get you ready.
    You'll be preparing mostly bacon & eggs, cooked greens, fruit & toast.

    There may be other opportunities to work with the evening kitchen team as well.

    A valid drivers license is also valued.
    As part of kitchen team you may need to drive into town to collect ingredients.

    Due to COVID we're unsure on the hours involved and how many guests will be staying. As Japan is currently encouraging domestic travel, we expect to be busy most weekends, and quite possibly be quiet during the week.

    We will aim to provide at least 25 hours of paid work per week.
    The first 8 hours of work will go towards rent, then you'll be paid hourly after that.

    You will be part of a relaxed team with a strong work ethic.
    We're looking for someone with a good sense of humor, can manage their own time and confident with people.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Private staff room. Using a shared toilet & shared shower.
    Food can be purchased on site or you can store & cook your own food in the kitchen area. This will need to work around restaurant times.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our lodge is located amongst lots of nature, and within walking distance to Cortina & Norikura Ski Resorts. There are another 7 Ski Resorts in the Hakuba Valley which can be accessed by bus (5 minute walk to the stop), or by car.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    20-40 hours per week

Host ref number: 899565825426