About this visa

7 Things to Note When Applying for a Working Holiday Visa in Japan

Young travelers from the participating countries have the unique opportunity to work and travel in Japan for up to one year with this working holiday visa. 

Below you will find out how to apply for this working holiday visa.

Participating countries

Japan has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 26 participating countries:

If you are a Citizen of Japan and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above, contact the Embassy of the country in question for more information.

With this visa you can

This visa allows you to:

  • Live in Japan for up to one year
  • Work while traveling
  • Study
  • Re-enter Japan during the visa period

Things to note

  • The working holiday participants are strictly prohibited from working at bars, cabarets, nightclubs, gambling establishments and other premises affecting public morals in Japan.
  • Working Holiday Makers will receive a Residence Card from the Government of Japan and must carry it at all times. If you arrive at Narita, Haneda, Chubu (Nagoya) or Kansai Airport you can receive your Residence Card upon arrival and there are special lanes at these airports dedicated to those waiting for their Residence Card to be issued. If you plan to arrive at another airport you can apply for and receive your Residence Card at an Immigration Office in Japan. Your Residence Card, in principle, allows you to leave Japan and return without first acquiring a Re-entry Permit.


  1. Hold a valid passport for one of the participating countries
  2. Being between 18 and 30 years of age both inclusive at the time of application for the visa (18 – 35 years old for Australians, Canadians and South Koreans. 18 and 26 years of age for Icelandic people).
  3. Not being accompanied by dependents or children.
  4. Have a return travel ticket or sufficient funds with which to purchase such a ticket
  5. Possessing reasonable funds for the maintenance of his/her stay during the initial period of stay in Japan.
  6. Being in good health.
  7. Never having been issued a Japanese working holiday visa in the past.

Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.

How to apply

  • Normal processing time: 1-2 weeks
  • Visa fee: Free of charge
  1. Collect the required visa documents (Find the required document list here)
  2. Fill out the visa application form
  3. Apply in person at the Japanese Consulate or Embassy closest to you

The immigration authority in Japan for processing Working Holiday visa's is Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan.

Go to: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan

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