Contract Period:

1 Dec 2022 – 31 Mar 2023 *


Winter Seasonal Position

Work Hours:
Average 10-15 + hrs a week*

*Dependent on snow. Work within the bar part time also an option for some candidates.


Negotiable depending on accommodation requirements.


Private Bar Gyu+ staff house in the Hirafu (main ski area), Kabayama Home is a new house with 9 private rooms, two bathrooms, two shower units, two kitchens, laundry, parking with road heating, dry room for gear and wear, wifi, fully furnished kitchen/living & bedrooms.

The house is serviced with a cleaner twice a month, sheets provided and laundered every two weeks.

Rent is all inclusive ¥30,000/month (private room)


Clearing the snow from both Bar Gyu location in Hirafu before 15:00 most days, including roof.
Keeping the entrance at Kabayama Home clear, the staff house close-by, and occasionally the Little Door Office.
Clearing the roof regularly at the staff house throughout the season.
Use of shovels, large shovels and a large snow blower.

Hours determined by amount of snow daily and can be self managed.


You do not need to have prior experience but are:
1. Physically fit
2. Able to use machinery safely
3. Drive legally in Japan (with an international license)

4. Positive and willing to learn

5. Friendly and energetic

6. Responsible and trustworthy
7. Attention to cleanliness and safety

Basic English and Japanese language skill (Or the willingness to learn fast! )


Bar Gyu+ is a small select team of amazing people. In addition to competitive pay you will also get:

  • Subsidized clean & private staff accommodation within walking distance from work and ski fields
  • Shared car for use to buy groceries and take small trips to other resorts
  • A big home cooked meal made by our Japanese mother, Keiko every working day.
  • Discounted drinks
  • Friends and family discount
  • End of season staff trip!

Bar Gyu+ is a small team environment and we chose candidates that will thrive in our challenging

and fun environment. Our alumni staff are from all over the world and regularly come back ‘home’ to

visit us throughout the winter, working for Bar Gyu+ you will join our family across the globe.

Qualification requirements

  • Must be over 20 years old.
  • Must have a valid visa (working holiday visa / Japanese nationality)

About us

Bar Gyu+ was founded in 1999 and is now one of the oldest establishments in Niseko. In its 23rd year the bar has become an institution in the local community playing a central role in the promotion of the area as a food and drink destination. The bar is well known for its tiny vintage Coke-a-Cola vending machine door, but is also known for one of Japan’s largest collections of rare Japanese whiskies. We serves classically inspired cocktails, a large selection of sake, wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks.

Our team is an international group of people and throughout the winter we host many guest chefs, bartenders and artists from all over the world.

We have been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic online, BBC, Vogue and a number of other international and domestic publications, ski and snowboard films most notably The Warmth of Winter (DPS) and Saturation.

Little Door Inc., is our parent company.

The next step

We are accepting applications from Aug 2022 – Nov 15 2022.

If you are interested in joining our team,

1. Send your CV and a small letter about why you would like to work with us!

2. After sending your CV, successful candidates will receive an email and a scheduled time

for an interview with the Bar Manager.

3. If you are selected, you will be sent a job offer and contract to sign electronically.

4. The last step is to send documentation regarding visa status & flight arrival/departure. Our

administration staff will contact you about airport transfer details.

CV’s should be set to [email protected]

Ioanna Morelli

Co-owner, Bar Manager