Working Holiday Programmes


Working Holiday Programmes are designed to foster young people with global perspective and enhance friendly relationship between Japan and partner countries/regions by providing opportunities for the young people to deepen their understanding about partner countries/regions.

Countries have Working Holiday Agreements with Japan

Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Republic of Korea, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark, and for residents of Taiwan and Hong Kong

Working Holiday Visa

The Working Holiday visa is a special visa for young people that have the following features.

Validity of Visa

The Working Holiday visa is a single-entry visa. Visa recipients must enter Japan within one year (three months for Hong Kong and Norway) after the date of issue.

Period of Stay

(1)An initial stay of up to six months is granted for Australia and Canada .This may be extended up to another six months by the immigration authorities. Details are available from the Immigration Bureau.
(2)A stay of up to one year is granted for New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, France, Germany, U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Norway. This cannot be extended.

Limits on Issue

Working Holiday visas will be issued only to persons who have never obtained one before.

Special re-entry permit system

Details are available from the Immigration Bureau.

Remunerative Activities:

The Working Holiday participants can engage in any kind of job as long as their stay is deemed to be primarily a holiday in Japan. They may not, however, work in places where business is being regulated by the Law on Control and Improvement of Amusement and Entertainment Business, such as nightclubs and dance halls and etc.

Visa Fees:

There is no charge for a Working Holiday visa. (except for U.K. ,Taiwan and Norway)

The Working Holiday Programmes in Japan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)