Japan Wants You to Come Teach Skiing

Government officials are easing up on visa requirements for foreign ski instructors.

With snow shortages in the states last season, pow hunters flocked to Japan in search of the good stuff and the country is taking notice. According to an article in The Japan Times, the government may ease up visa requirements for foreign ski instructors to cope with a recent surge in foreign tourists—and it could happen as early as March 2016.

An unnamed official from the Japan Tourism Agency said some of the nation’s prominent ski resorts are asking for more non-Japanese instructors who can better communicate with the tourists. Say “konnichiwa” to your new gig.

Eric Dyer does the twilight dance at Kiroro Resort. PHOTO: Kade Krichko
Eric Dyer does the twilight dance at Kiroro Resort. PHOTO: Kade Krichko

Current visa requirements state prospective ski instructors from abroad are required to have at least three years of relevant experience in country to qualify as candidates, but Japanese officials are considering giving would-be instructors other ways to prove they can hack it—including international certifications.

The Japan National Tourism Organization reported a record 13.41 million foreign visitors traveled to Japan last year and if you were one of them, good on ya. If you weren’t, be sure to read this short guide of the resorts around Niseko on the island of Hokkaido before you go.
—Sierra Davis