The French do not need a visa to go to Japan for stays of less than 3 months, the passport is enough. On the other hand, a business visa or a working holiday visa are essential to stay more than 3 months in Japan, to do an internship or to work there. It is then necessary to make the approach to the consular section of the Embassy.
Traditionally, the Japanese dress code is formal: dark suit, white shirt, dark tie. Nevertheless, foreign businessmen can dress as they usually do in their home country. It is often customary to remove shoes (at home, in restaurants, etc.).
Our local partners in Tokyo organize the reception at the international airport every Friday. For students registered on internships outside the city, instructions for reaching the final destinations will be given beforehand or upon their arrival on site.
Either in the main residence in Tokyo, or on the internship sites when they are isolated (natural reserves for example), or in a host family. The housing shortage in Japan has triggered an unprecedented price spike, so it is highly advisable to have accommodation organized for at least the first month of your stay upstream.
The working holiday and internship programs provide free time every weekend so that participants can visit the surroundings. Project coordinators and local organizations are always on hand to give advice on places to visit and excursions available on weekends.
It depends on the chosen program. For those who wish to stay for 1 year on a working holiday visa, it is strongly recommended to take Japanese lessons on arrival (4 intensive weeks) in order to broaden the spectrum of job search. Indeed, all jobs in trade, services or the hotel and catering industry require an intermediate level of Japanese. For 3-month internships, they can be done in tourist organizations that only require English. Working on the farm does not require a high level of Japanese either.
To travel to Japan, spring with in particular the months of April / May is the recommended period. Summer in Japan is the rainy season. The months of June and July are particularly wet and the heat begins to be felt. Temperatures vary between 25°C and 30°C.
Currently, people authorized to travel to Japan are not required to be vaccinated. For real-time updates, we invite you to consult the Institut Pasteur website.
The local partner provides round-the-clock support. Participants receive the contact details of the upstream coordinators and a number to contact in case of emergency. Coordinators are available at all times, weekdays and weekends.