Sado Island Jobs - Job Positions

For those who want to get to know rural and traditional Japan, Sado Island, which with its 855 km2 is Japan's sixth largest island after the main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa, is the perfect place.
 

About Sado Island

 
When gold was found on Sado Island in 1601, the island flourished economically and culturally, developing a unique and rich cultural heritage, including performing arts such as dance, chants and music, the world-famous Taiko drumming, puppet theater, folklore festivals, and traditional handcraft. Sado has hundreds of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and several historical villages from Edo Period (1603-1867), which have remained architecturally mostly intact.
 
The island is of extreme scenic natural beauty, with 288 km of rocky coastline, dense forests, terraced ricefields and a northern and southern mountain range reaching an altitude of 1172 meters. Sado is sparsely populated, with the vast majority of the population of around 55,000 living in Sado City in the flat middle part of the island.You can find all infrastructure there that you can expect from a Japanese city of that size. As opposed to large cities such as Tokyo, you will find it easy to get in contact with the population, as the people of Sado are very community-oriented and interested in their fellows.
 
The island has an oceanic climate with hot and humid summers and cool, humid winters.
  

Jobs on Sado Island

 
On Sado Island we can offer pre-arranged Working Holiday jobs in the following areas:
 
Gastronomy, Hotels, Tourism
 
Tourism in Sado is mainly about nature experiences and cultural experiences, as well as culinary offerings that appeal to both Japanese and foreign tourists. A limited number of typically smaller, owner-run ryokans, hotels, restaurants and tourism attractions are hiring participants on a Working Holiday visa, including kitchen assistants, waitresses, hotel receptionists, cleaners, and bed makers. The tourism high season is during the summer months.
 
Agriculture
 
Farms in Sado are usually small. The products include rice, vegetables such as radish, asparagus, potatoes, fruits such as kakis (persimons), apples, pears and kiwis, as well as cattle keeping and breeding.
 
Farm jobs are possible all year round, but most jobs are offered during the planting and harvesting seasons (spring and fall). Rice is planted in April, with rice nursery boxes prepared in advance and the placed in the fields. Rice is harvested and packed in September and October. In April and May, the persimon trees are pruned. The harvest takes place from the end of October to the middle of November when the fruits must be picked from the trees and sorted according to size and quality. Vegetables, fruits and grass are also harvested during the summer months. In winter there are tasks related to the further processing of food such as drying/conserving radish, as well as tasks related to cattle keeping.
 
Fishery Jobs
 
Much of the traditional Japanese food comes from the sea, including fish, seafood and seaweed. We can arrange Working Holiday jobs at small fishing businesses that can be categorised as follows:
 
Aquacultures for fish: Fish such as Red Snappers are bred in floating net enclosures in quite bays. The job is to go by boat early in the morning to the net enclosures and feed the fish, catch them by net and pack them for the fish market.
 
Aquacultures for oysters and mussels: Oysters and mussels are harvested at aquaculture farms of Lake Kamo from November to May. The job is to unload the oysters and mussels from the boat in the morning, to open the shells and remove the oyster/shellfish meat.
 
Aquacultures for seaweed and algae: Seaweed usually grows on ropes in shallow bays and is harvested several times a year.
 
Fishmonger at Ryotsu Port: The fishmonger buys fish and seafood from  fishermen in Sado for resale at the Toyosu fish market in Tokyo. Your job is to weigh fish, cut it by weight, pack it, label the iced boxes and load the truck. This job is available from May to August and November/December. The fishmonger also runs a sushi restaurant in Sado where you can work.
 
The remunersation of Jobs in Sado is generally within the statutory minimum wage of Niigata prefecture at 830 JPY/hour, with you typically working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. During the harvest season longer working hours might be required, which often depend on the weather.
 
 
Accommodation
 
We will arrange accommodation for you, whose standard and rental costs depend on local availability. In the case of rooms of simple standards, if available, the monthly rent is about 10,000-35,000 JPY; if only hostel/ryokan accommodation is available within a reasonable distance from your workplace, this will cost you 2000-2700 JPY per night.

 

Language requirements
 
Some jobs are possible without any knowledge of Japanese, others require basic Japanese or advanced Japanese.