Live and work at our ski lodge or slope-side cafes! Hakuba, Japan -

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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    Hi, Emily & Mike here, and we run a ski lodge in Japan.

    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.

    Our lodge 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!

    The lodge will be operating from 20 December 2024 - 30 March 2025.

    We also run ski-through / slope side cafés at Hakuba Cortina & Hakuba Norikura Resort.
    Serving specialty espresso coffee and homemade artisan style baked goods.

    We have opportunities available at the lodge, and the slope-side cafes.

    We're looking for FUN, ENERGETIC, GO-GETTER personalities that have a SENSE OF ADVENTURE, are OPEN MINDED, and LOVE PEOPLE.

    The winters are fast paced, and can be an extraordinary experience for those that are willing to immerse themselves to its full potential.


    Please read below, and apply only if you meet these requirements:

    + Available to stay & work from December 1st 2024 to March 31st 2025

    + Valid drivers license.

    + Japanese Working Holiday Visa.
    Check here:

    + Motivated in winter climates (if you're the type that hates the cold, this job isn't for you!)

    + Energetic and confident interacting with lodge guests, customers and your team.

    + Comfortable living in a shared space.

    + Have natural care for others & understand people's needs.

    + Be independent & comfortable managing your own free time.

    + Love skiing or snowboarding - or willing to learn!


    Hours: 20 - 40+ hours per week, depending on the position.

    Cooking experience, morning person, bright, energetic, organized, accommodating.

    Any hospitality experience, morning person, bright, energetic, organized, accommodating to guests, confident to lead and handle in-house guest questions.

    Experienced & confident in driving in difficult conditions and driving 8-10 seater vehicles. Morning person, fit, happy to get uncomfortable jobs done (snow clearing, fixing, odd jobs at the lodge, dealing with issues in the snow if they arise),
    a leader, organise guests where they need to go, friendly, talkative, welcoming person.

    Fast motivated worker with attention to detail, prefers to handle tasks alone within a team, friendly, assertive.

    + BAR
    Experience working in a bar/ restaurant, night-person, confident, people lover, a host - you like bringing people together, social. An interest in food and knowing how to describe dishes to your guests.

    + HEAD CHEF (Head Chef, working alongside Mike)
    Experienced chef that will cook Mike’s menu.
    Each night we serve a set-menu, rotating daily over 6 days.
    Our restaurant caters up to 30 people.
    Restaurant concept...

    ''Our next chapter – Fire & Ferment – is a culmination of experiences and experiments gathered over the past 5 years.
    The use of fire, cooking over coals and smoking has become an undeniable favourite in our cooking. Meanwhile the magic of fermentation is our backbone for enhancing the flavour profiles of our dishes. This year we’ll be upscaling the use of both of these cooking techniques and paying homage to their deliciousness and nourishment.
    You’ll find plants & vegetables we’ve gathered and preserved from around Hakuba, as well as local meats and fish which we aim to present in a totally new way.
    Each night enjoy a tasty story from the warmth of the restaurant.''

    +++ Please note that we all work together, and your position at the lodge can change at anytime.



    All will acquire 20-30 hours per week.
    Hourly pay rate.
    Rostered on 4-5 days per week, 8:30 - 16:00
    2-3 days off per week.

    Apply only if you meet the requirements below:

    True barista experience, morning person, leader, thrives in a team environment, attention to detail,
    works well under pressure.

    Café, barista or kitchen experience, morning person, leader, thrives in a team environment, leader, fun, bubbly, motivated.


    Accommodation + hourly wage will be provided for any position.

  • 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

    You'll be providing customers with magnificent ski holidays, and have the opportunity to experience skiing & snowboarding.

    You'll immerse yourself in some of Japan's best powder snow, and live with a tight team in a remote location.

  • 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


    Accommodation and an hourly wage will be provided for any position.
    The accommodation is shared & is located close-by.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    During the winter: December - March
    Singles: Shared room with 1-3 others.
    Couples: Private room
    Shared toilet & shared shower.

    Before the winter: October - 30 November
    Live at the lodge in private room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    20+ hours per week

Host ref number: 899565825426

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