The ryokans are typically of high standard and are targeting Japanese and foreign tourists. The rooms are designed in a traditional Japanese way with tatami floors, sliding doors and wall cabinets. One sleeps on tatami mats which are rolled out every night by hotel staff, and which are stored during the daytime. The room usually has no furniture other than a narrow table on which traditional Japanese breakfast and dinner are served. Some larger ryokans also have restaurant facilities. Ryokans have an average of 14 rooms. The rooms typically don't include en-suite bathrooms, but instead there is a large communal bathing area, which is often fed by hot volcanic springs (Onsen).
Which are my tasks at the ryokan?
- Preparing the futons for guests at night
- Dishwashing and kitchen assistant tasks
- Preparing tables and serving meals
- Welcoming and saying goodbye to guests
- Operations, cleaning and service at the onsen area
- At ski resorts you would do similar hotel jobs (no skiing instructor jobs)
What about the remuneration?
The ryokans are typically arranging accommodation for you at a single or dorm bed room at a staff housing near the hotel. Should the staff accommodation be further away, transport to your workplace is being arranged. You do not typically stay directly at the ryokan you work at. Meals are typically provided at the ryokan. If accommodation and/or meals are provided, a certain amount for it will be deducted from your salary, but to a much smaller amount than what you earn through your work. You will still be able to keep some part of it.