Sherpa International Snow school is looking for both ski and snowboard instructors to join our team for the 2024/2025 season in Japan.

We are aiming to provide the best snow sporting experience to all of our guests, mainly from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and other Asian countries; as well as a few from Australia and New Zealand.

Sherpa is a small snow school located in Naeba, Niigata Prefecture known as 雪国. Which stands for Snow Country in Japanese. Naeba is one of the most popular ski resorts for Japanese locals; it gets more than 10 meters of snowfall every winter. We are a small Japanese town with a local atmosphere; unlike what you will find in other well-known ski areas in Japan with more of a Western feel. If you would like to have a real Japanese experience with some of the best snow and less crowd, we are the next destination for you.

  • Passion for skiing/snowboarding
  • Be able to communicate in English or Chinese
  • Ski/Snowboard instructor certification
  • Be able to work as a team member and also indivisually
  • Great customer service skills
  • Be able to cope with the different work environment
  • Eligible to apply for Japanese working visas
  • Valid Japanese working visas are required
  • Japanese Working Holiday Visa : for more information about eligibilty please visit
  • Designated Activity Visa : Must have a ski instructor certification from one of the following associations, NZSIA, CSIA, ADIDES, APSI, BASI, DSLV and other certification with SIA stamp
  • Skilled Labor Visa: Must have 36 months of snow sports instructor experience. You will require letters from previous employers as a proof
  • Permanent Resident Visa or Spouse Visa
Why choose us?
  • Japow with one of the best terrain in the country, even still undiscovered
  • Japanese small town atmosphere (Most of the residents are Japanese)
  • Great location (70-90 minutes ride from Tokyo to Yuzawa by Shinkansen bullet train)
  • A different experience than other popular ski resorts

¥4,000/hour - ¥6,000+/hour

  • Mt. Naeba staff pass including 4 ski resorts (Naeba, Tashiro, Kagura and Hakkaisan)
  • Staff accomodation (Single room with private bathroom and public areas like kitchen, living room, etc)
  • Staff vehicles to use for shopping and sightseeing
  • Visa appliation assistance
  • Ski and snowboard trainings

We are located Naeba, Japan.

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Interested candidates will need to be available to work from 1st December 2024 to 31st March 2025 (Please ask us for your start and finish dates)


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