Ski Instructor Courses in Japan

Japan most recently hosted the Winter Olympics back in 1998 at Nagano, so the country's commitment to skiing and the quality of Japanese resorts is not in doubt. The northern part of Honshu island is mountainous and feeds the passionate skiers of Tokyo and nearby cities, while perhaps the best place to ski in Japan is the northern island of Hokkaido where snow is more reliable and the season slightly longer. Japan boasts dozens of good quality ski resorts but you'll find the best places to head for to complete a ski instructor course by clicking into the detail of the courses listed below. The outstanding resort of Niseko is a popular choice and regarded as one of the best in Japan, with a couple of thousand acres and more than 60 runs.


Living and Training in Japan

Japanese resorts are growing fast, thanks to English speaking Australians and New Zealanders making Japan their northern hemisphere destination of choice. With courses lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months, there are plenty of great opportunities to spend a good chunk of a season in Japan, learning how to coach skiing and snowboarding, while soaking up plenty of the incredible local culture. Obviously there is less space than the European Alps, but the resorts are great quality and Japan is a unique and exciting place to learn the teaching ropes. You are likely to be taking the NZSIA qualification, or SBINZ if you are a snowboarder, though you may need to take the SAJ Japanese qualification if you want to stay over there and teach for a local ski school – have a chat with your chosen course provider for the best advice.

Do you need a visa: Assuming you are British, to work in Japan you will need to apply for a Japanese Working Holiday Visa. Other countries also require this visa, so for full details and eligibility, please speak to your course provider.

Do you have to learn another language: If you have the time and commitment, picking up a smattering of Japanese will be appreciated, and as with visiting any country, you will certainly get more from your experience. However, English is widely spoken in ski resorts as English speaking tourists from NZ and Aus visit in big numbers. Don't worry; your course will be taught in English!

So what are Japanese ski resorts like to live in? Expensive! Well, it can be. You'll soon get the hang of where to go to get the best deals on everything from equipment to food. At most resorts there is some separation between the town or village and the ski runs but the atmosphere is still very good, with busy nightlife and good transport links. Language will not be a problem as the main resorts are quite Westernised, as already mentioned. Be prepared for extreme weather and a tonne of powder and you'll enjoy the experience immensely!