It might be harder to get into Japan, but certainly not impossible! However, I still didn’t have a job or anything set up.
Just like all of you I had my own reasons why I wanted to see the country of the rising sun.
After my short, but awesome 3-weeks vacation in Japan back in 2007 when I just had graduated from university, I decided that it was not yet enough and that I needed to go back to explore the country some more.
That’s why I was looking for ways that would let me earn enough money. Luckily, there is something awesome called “working holiday visa“.
Depending on your nationality it lets you stay and work in Japan for a set time frame.
Please keep in mind that it all depends on your nationality, education, age and many other things, so there is no “How to get to Japan” recipe, unfortunately.
Ever since elementary school I’ve been interested in Japan.
Doing karate at that time surely was one of the triggers.
Later I got into anime and manga, studied some Japanese and finally decided to visit Japan for a few weeks.
My luck was that I had a MA degree in an education related field which outperformed all the English “native speakers” who “only” had a BA degree in whatever (science, economy etc.) However, one important thing is your English ability, of course. If you have a strong accent, then it might be really tough to get a job! Still freaking out because you have no degree at all? *g* Believe me, there are MANY options out there for you, too! And one thing is for sure, it’s NOT gonna be a piece of cake, you have to fight for it if you really want it!
Well, that’s how I got my first job despite of being a non-native speaker of English. Although it’s a really crappy forum most of the time, there are some really knowledgable people: Gaijinpot Forum Watch out for a user called “Glenski”.
For me, as a German national, I was allowed to work full-time for up to a whole year with it.