Jobs for Experienced Instructors in Japan

Shred your Next Season in JaPOW!

The Dream in Japan


There is simply no better place to put your instructor training and experience to good use than in Japan. Through a close collaboration with several Japanese ski and snowboard schools, Snowminds offers you the opportunity to work as an instructor with a job guarantee and shred all season-long.


The Mountains


Immerse yourself in an ancient culture while waking up each morning to the world’s freshest powder, with an average of 16 meters of snow per season. Across the Hokkaido landscape lie several active volcanoes, which stand tall and silently beg you to shred them. The endless number of forest trees are covered in powder, and picturesque lakes are everywhere. The place is made for touring.


However, a season with Snowminds is not only about snow. It’s also about diving deep into a new environment. On that front, Japan delivers. The country’s rich history and culture offers you a world within a world. The equation is simple: Live in a cultural epicenter + Eat world-class cuisine + Shred the finest powder = JaPOW. Are you in?! 






As an instructor, you will get the chance to visit the mainland and explore Tokyo, one of the world’s most modern cities. Get a taste of a culture, where sushi or kobe steak is always an option, and then top-off the meal with a trip to the hot springs, called Onsen. Finish your night in a karaoke bar and sing Barbie Girl at the top of your lungs. It’s hard to go wrong. If this adventure interests you, then get in line now. Trust us, it’s worth it.






When you travel with Snowminds we take care of all the practicalities. That way you can pack your bags and good vibes and focus on preparing for your next adventure.

With this course package, you can look forward to the following benefits:


  • Job Guarantee as an instructor in Japan
  • 4-month ski season in Japan’s powder mecca from early December to April
  • Arranged accommodation with your Japanese ski school
  • Round trip flights to Japan***
  • Local transport in Japan from the airport to your ski school
  • Employment at a Japanese ski school, with lift pass and uniform
  • Salary of approximately €13+ per hour, with various bonus opportunities, workplace insurance and a minimum of one off-day per week.*
  • Possibility of good tips (gratuity) due to wealthy Asian clientele
  • Kick-off event before departure
  • Help with the visa application and all other practicalities
  • Opportunity to see Tokyo and explore Japan after your season
  • Confidence in Danish travel company that is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund
  • A strong community


What is not included?


  • Extra luggage beyond the two (2) bags included with your flights
  • Any visa application costs
  • Travel activity after the season ends (including, transport from your destination to the airport)
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Possible expenses for accommodation, lift pass and uniform during the season (this varies across ski schools)
  • Pocket money and anything else not mentioned above


***Please Note: The price includes roundtrip flights to Japan from your major home destination airport. The price of flights may vary depending on your price origin and destination. Of course, we will let you know of any price variations BEFORE final payment is required.


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At Snowminds, we take pride in offering everyone with the right passion the opportunity to become part of our community of ski and snowboard instructors.  


Basically, we expect you to:


  • Have instructor certification (ex. CSIA, Anwärter or similar) and teaching experience
  • Outgoing, positive, motivated, and responsible
  • Feel good working with children, young people and adults alike
  • Enjoy teaching and being challenged
  • Speak English at a conversational level
  • At least 18 years old


After submitting your application, we will give you a call and review your candidacy. During this conversation you will also have the opportunity to hear more about what it’s really like to be an instructor in Japan. We’ll then get back to you soon with more information on whether we can offer you a place on our team.

There is great interest in this course and therefore available positions fill-up quickly. Generally, we operate on a “first come – first served” principle. That means the earlier you apply, the greater your chances are to join the team. You can apply here.






Training Course Housing

During the course you’ll have arranged housing with all the other Snowminds Instructors. You’ll have a fantastic community like feel together with all your future colleagues.

Ski Season Housing

Wherever you go, Snowminds guarantees you arranged housing. The ski schools in Japan are usually just for the instructors and don’t expect 5 star luxury. The living situation differs from resort to resort. Typically you share the accommodation with a handfull of instructors. Regardless of the solution, we’re absolutely certain that this will quickly become your new home and colleagues your new family. We’re sure that you’ll have a little tear in your eye when the season is at its last chapter and you’re about to move out of your home.



An average salary for a starting instructor in Japan is around 1700-2000 JPY per hour. In addition to this there are often opportunities for bonuses, for example a guest may wish to extend their lesson with you as an instructor. The job as an instructor won’t get you rich money wise, but definitely rich with experiences. We recommend bringing pocket money which will allow you to have the freedom to fully enjoy your season. The pay also depends on your own motivation, your working ethics and your previous working experience.


Transport To/From Japan

Your tickets to and from Japan are included in the price. As we want you to have as much flexibility as possible the transport to the airport after your season isn’t included. This gives you the opportunity to travel around after your season. Many of our former instructors went to discover Japan’s nature, Tokyo, or went for a longer trip in Asia after their season was done. We have loads of experience when it comes to after season travels, so if that is something you are interested in, you can always bring it up during your interview. If you wish to travel home from a different country, we will be happy to help you with that.

Course Price

Course Icon Job as a Paid Ski Instructor in Japan (Experienced Instructors Only) + Full Season

Course Icon €2950

Course Icon Deadline for next application round - 17th of June!

Course Icon November - April