Hotel Jobs in Japan

A number of international Hotels and Resorts chain have opened up in Japan including Sheraton, Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Forte Meridian, Holiday Inn, Renaissance, and Pan-Pacific Hotels and Resorts. Hotel Jobs in Japan, because of these international chains, have increased and also diversified to a large extent. Also, being an expensive destination, hotel jobs in Japan have some of the highest pay scales in Asia.

Given the unique nature, culture and hospitality traditions in Japan, working in this sector is also challenging, as standards are very high. However, there are a number of areas like interior designs, marketing, reservation techniques which can be improved further. There is a lot of scope for innovation and development. To know more about how you can utilize your skills in the hotel jobs in Japan, take a look at the following segments:

Posts Offered:
Director of Sales and Marketing
Assistant Director, Food and Beverage
Director of Human Resources
Front Desk Manager
Sales Manager
Sushi Chefs
Kitchen Chefs
Waiters/ Waitresses
Bartenders
Room service


Qualifications: For managerial positions a minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management/Human Resources/Business Management is required. For front desk and other related posts, a graduate degree is required. For other entry level jobs no specific qualifications are mentioned.


Required Skills: For each post, proficiency in both English and Japanese (spoken & written) is compulsory. For specialized or skilled jobs like chefs, excellent skills in both Japanese and international cuisine is sought. Usually the practice is to hire and appoint Japanese nationals or legal residents. For foreign nationals legal work permit is a must have. One should also possess the Japanese traits of hospitality.

Work Experience: For high ranked posts, work experience in the same or related field of around 5 years is required. Also, work experience in a 5 star luxury hotel is valued more. For entry level jobs no experience is required.

Working Hours: Working Hours is usually not specified. However, working hours depend on the type of job, in-house work requirements etc.

Pay Scale: For executive posts the salary range around JNY 650,000-750,000/month (approx.). For other jobs and entry level jobs salary is not specified.

The hospitality industry is one of the most competitive industries of Japan. International hotel chains have been opening in Japan and recruitments are also on the rise. Moreover, Japan is an expensive country, so the pay scale here is also high. Generally all hotels include living allowance as part of the compensation package. Proficiency in the Japanese language is a must if you have to secure a job at a good hotel chain in Japan. Graduation is preferred for posts other than bartenders and waiters, for which academic qualifications are not stringent. Listed below are the top hotels to work for in Japan.

The Peninsula Tokyo – Located in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, this hotel is known for its opulence and great taste. Especially well known are its structure, view offered and the rooftop restaurant Peter.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto – A boutique hotel of Japan, the Hyatt outlet in Kyoto is known for the traditional Japanese décor using shoji screens, bamboo and tatami floors. There are total 189 rooms in the hotel, so the number of staff required is also high.

Park Hotel Tokyo – The location of this hotel at the heart of downtown Tokyo is what attracts tourists. However the hotel houses only 274 rooms, so staff is not required throughout the year. Recruitment increases in the holiday season.

Sankara Hotel & Spa – Located in the outskirts of the Yakushima city, the natural surroundings of this hotel is its USP. Hospitality staff is required not only for the maintenance of the hotel but also for the spa, so the number of employees appointed is high.

Other popular hotel chains to work for in Japan are Sheraton, Forte Meridian, Ritz Carlton, Pan-Pacific Hotels and Renaissance.

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