Culinary Internships in Japan

This program has been specifically designed for US and Canadian Culinary students and recent graduates interested in gaining work experience in Japan for 12 weeks.

Program Details:

Duration: 12 weeks

Program Fee: From $4,950.00 (round trip to Japan not included)

Program Start Dates:

April and July 2023


Tokyo and Sado island



Program Details

The program begins with a 4-week Intensive language course in Tokyo with 2 cooking lessons per week. Accommodations will be with a host family or at a shared house. After this introduction to Japanese language, culture, and cuisine, program participants will intern for 8 weeks at a restaurant located on Sado Island. The island is well known for its unique cuisine and heritage. Internships are unpaid and take place 4 days a week, 4-8 hours a day. Accommodations on Sado Island will be at a rental apartment or at Koninji Temple. Possibility to participate in the first part of the program only for a total cost of US$2,150.

Program Eligibility

Must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, culinary student or recent graduate, aged 18 to 35, with a minimum of 12 months of education in the field. Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Other nationalities may apply.

Selection Process

Please complete AIW’s inquiry form. A pre-screening will be organized by our Japanese partner. Once you are selected, a portfolio or videos of your culinary skills will be requested to show potential host companies in Japan.

Included in Program Fee

Arrival pickup, 4-week Japanese course and housing, cooking workshops, 8-week unpaid internship, and cultural activities.