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Boutique ski lodge in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano

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  • Last activity: 21 Apr 2024



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    Our charming cedar wood ski chalet and restaurant are nestled in the heart of Madarao village in the Japanese Alps of Nagano. The Chalet has 7 beautifully appointed rooms, we're just 100 meters away from the ski slopes, making it an ideal location for snow lovers. The restuarant is in the heart of the village and serves delicious Japanese style meals. On the bullet train, we're an easy 2 hours from Tokyo and less than 15 minutes from Nagano city - the home of the 1998 Olympics and the centre of a region rich in activities, culture, nature, temples and wonderful cuisine.

    Our cosy chalet has been lovingly restored over recent years with a new dining room, designer fireplace, Japanese ofuro bathtubs, comfy lounges, plush carpet, new bathrooms, drying room for ski gear, quality furnishings and lovely Japanese art, crafts & photography - adding a cultural richness to the overall ambiance.

    We value dedicated and caring staff who are committed to providing exceptional service to our guests. We strive for perfection in everything we do, and are seeking individuals who share this passion and genuine care for visitors. As you'll be part of a close-knit team in a relatively small mountain village, we welcome people with a collaborative, kind, adventurous spirit. We value and celebrate diversity and have zero tolerance for any form of discrimination or harm.

    We take great care of our staff, offering full training and orientation, excellent accommodation, a season lift pass for full time staff who stay for the entire ski season, and numerous other benefits. Our permanent bilingual Japanese staff members contribute significantly to your cultural immersion and learning experience during your time in Japan.

    Join us and become part of something truly special amidst the breathtaking mountains of Japan.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    With permanent bilingual Japanese staff of various ages, you will have an opportunity to learn about the culture and language of Japan. Our staff are wonderful, and love the opportunity to share their culture, language and home country. You will also share a staff lodge with approximately 20 people from around the world! This is a unique opportunity for a truly enjoyable, adventurous, rich, multi-cultural working holiday experience where lifelong friends will be made.

  • 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 a small busy business with a number of roles...

    WINTER SKI SEASON: mid-December to early-March
    Chef: 1-2 kitchen staff with prepping and/or cooking experience for busy dinner service

    The rate is ¥1000 per/hour and you will be paid for every hour you work.
    A free lift pass (with photo ID) is provided for staff who stay for the full winter season.
    Work in the "green season" may also be available (2023: Sept/Oct/Nov and 2024: April to Nov).
    We can assist with contact details for your Working Holiday Visas (essential for Japan). Please check the visa requirements one the embassy website relevant to your home country. A list of the 29 countries eligible for working in Japan can be found here: mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/w_holiday/index.html

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    A big part of learning culture is learning language. With bilingual Japanese English speakers it is a great place to learn and improve on language skills

  • Accommodation


    You will enjoy lovely, clean, communal staff living spaces with either a private or twin share room. We have a couple of double rooms so please get in touch if you are a couple or happy to share a double bed with your friend. A triple room may be available on request or if required. Some rooms have an ensuite but most are shared bathrooms. A commercial kitchen, lounge area, WiFi, laundry, heating/cooling, linen, towels, utilities and consumables such as shampoo, toilet paper are all provided. Some food/staples are provided but mostly you will be responsible for shopping and cooking.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off you will be able to ski, snowboard, eat incredible food, see the famous snow monkeys, enjoy the warm local onsens, explore the region and so much more. You should have enough time to visit cities like Tokyo, Kanazawa, Nagano, Matsumoto or even Osaka and Kyoto. Some of the smaller towns in the region are the real drawcard though! Nozawa Onsen, Obuse, Yudanaka Onsen, Myoko, Shiga Kogen, Suzaka and many others.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Our dining room is our office in the summer and many of our guests are digital nomads. We have fast internet and even have a fax machine if you need it :)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25-30 hours per week

Host ref number: 985832617461

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