Volunteer in Japan

4 experience & volunteering Projects in Japan

Volunteer in Japan with GapXperience! We have 4 experience & volunteer projects available. 

We have different volunteering & internship programs in Japan in Okinawa, Nagano and Kyoto. In the beautiful island of Okinawa you can join the Culture Week and the Community Experience. There is the Agricultural Experience in Kyoto. And the Otaki Internship Experience in Nagano.

4 Volunteer Projects in Japan

Volunteer in Japan with GapXperience! We have 4 experience & volunteer projects available. 

We have different volunteering & internship programs in Japan in Okinawa, Nagano and Kyoto. In the beautiful island of Okinawa you can join the Culture Week and the Community Experience. There is the Agricultural Experience in Kyoto. And the Otaki Internship Experience in Nagano.

Fast Facts

Location: Okinawa, Nagano and Kyoto
Start Dates: Start every Monday throughout the year
Duration: 1-4 weeks
Age: From 18 years old

about the program in Japan

Joining our program in Japan provides a unique & worthwhile experience and is a great way to gain new experiences and skill sets while learning about the local culture and people in Japan.

GapXperience is a gap year & volunteer company with 14 years of experience and over 200 programs in over 30 countries worldwide. We see volunteering and meaningful travel as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in life and work related skills. We believe that by volunteering, experiencing, living & working side-by-side with local communities, participants can come away with a greater understanding of the global community and the cultural diversity.

For our programs in Japan you need to arrive on the Sunday before the start date of the program. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation. You can join the program from 1 to 4 weeks. Departure day is Saturday of your last week. You can start the programs every Monday!

Here are the airports that you need to arrive at in the different locations in Japan :

KIX (Kansai International Airport)
Airport pickup on Sunday at 11:00 or at 16:00

OKA (Naha International Airport)
Airport pickup on Sunday at 10:00 or at 14:00

HND (Tokyo Haneda Airport)
Airport pickup on Sunday at 15:00

You will stay in a single gender shared room together with other participants in a volunteer accommodation or homestay. There are 3 meals included from Monday to Friday and 2 meals per day on weekends. See program pages below for more info.

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of the local coordinators of our partner who will provide you with assistance and help you with any thing that you may need. The coordinators will provide support in all aspects of your projects starting from arrival to departure.

You can combine the different programs in the different locations in Japan (transport between the locations is not included).

Read on for more details of the wonderful programs in Japan!

Program Requirements

Participants need to be 18 years or over to join
You need to have your own travel insurance
Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details


Holidays in Japan

Okinawa Japan

Nagano Japan

Kyoto Japan


Years Experience




Approval Rate

the projects in japan

There are different projects available in Japan. You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project you want to join and you can also combine different projects and create your own volunteer program!

Culture Week in Okinawa
You can start your program in Japan with the Culture Week but this is not compulsary. The Culture Week is an introduction to the Japanese culture, its history and traditions. As you learn more about this amazing place and the people who live in this region, it will further enhance your understanding and appreciation for this unique and vibrant culture. During your time in Okinawa you will have the chance to spend time in the capital city, visit one of the world’s largest aquariums, explore a local museum, participate in a traditional cooking class, learn some basic Japanese phrases, sightsee around a local village, try your hand at origami and even spend some time relaxing on a local beach. There is a enough of everything you’d want to learn about, participate in, or become acquainted with, jam packed into this Culture Week experience, to keep your interest piqued throughout.
Click here for full details

Community Experience in Okinawa
The Community Experience will allow you to learn as you share your knowledge of English and passion for helping others in the community. Your day will be filled with a variety of tasks that will provide ample opportunity for you to get to know the people and the culture of this charming village and to share your own experiences with them. This is a chance of a lifetime for you to do what you love and love what you do!
Click here for full details

Agricultural Experience in Kyoto
With all the craze over the food we eat being farm-to-table, here is your chance to learn more about the processes that make that choice a reality. Whether you have a naturally green thumb and can magically make things grow, love the feeling of soil under your fingernails, or just have an ardent interest in food sustainability/security/sovereignty, this program has your name on it. Learn as you grow, in this region that has many tea plantations, rice fields and vegetable farms to feed your healthy curiosity and nourish your body as well!
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Otaki Internship Experience in Nagano
Here is your chance to do something that you have never done before, in a place where you only dreamed you might visit. Japan’s natural beauty awaits you. Have you ever pictured yourself in an idyllic setting, enjoying nature’s gifts in abundance? Now, that imagining comes to life, as you embark upon this wondrous adventure in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture. Since you will spend the bulk of your days in the great outdoors, this is perfect for anyone who is a fan of camping, hiking, caring for horses or just exploring the wonders of nature.
Click here for full details

prices of the program in japan

Prices in Pounds

1 week : 620 Pounds
440 Pounds per extra week

Prices in US$

1 week : 855 US$
610 US$ per extra week

Prices in AU$

1 week : 1095 AU$
785 AU$ per extra week

Prices in Euro

1 week : 695 Euro
495 Euro per extra week

* For the culture week there is an extra charge of £180/US255/AU$315/€215 per week

What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information

Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses, a 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment.

Why book with GapXperience

Lowest Prices

Our prices are some of the lowest of similar programs without reducing the quality, support and services.

Fixed Price

With us there are no extra costs such as registration, application or admin costs, only one fixed price.

Combine Projects

With GapXperience you can combine different projects in one program location at no extra charge.

Book Together

Book together with one or more persons and you all get a discount of £30/US$40/AU$50/€35.

Combine Countries

Combine programs in different locations/countries and get 5% discount from the second program!

Returning Customers

Many of our customers join us again every year. Returning customers get a discount of £30/US$40/AU$50/€35.

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.

Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £95, US$135, AU$185 or €125.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.

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