Kitchen hand

The Akakura Café is looking for experienced kitchen hands to support the chef with the operation of the café kitchen, food preparation, and cleaning. The café has a reputation for producing the best coffee in town and offers high quality breakfast, lunch, and healthy alternatives. We are looking for energetic, creative people with an interest in cooking and food, to work in a lively and interesting kitchen environment.

We are looking for people who: 

  • Have an interest in cooking and food preparation and are comfortable in the kitchen.

  • Are quick-thinking multitaskers able to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Are reliable, diligent and hardworking.

  • Are able to take the initiative.

  • Work well on their own and in a team environment.

Responsibilities include but not limited to: 

  • Maintaining the order and cleanliness of the kitchen’s facilities and equipment.

  • Ensure that all dishes are adequately cleaned and fit for use.

  • Assist chef by completing food preparation tasks and cooking of various meals.

  • Maintain all appliances and cooking equipment.

  • Take inventory of supplies and food, ensuring that the kitchen always has accurate stock.

  • Comply with nutrition and sanitation regulation and safety standards.

  • Ensure proper hygienic storage methods are utilised to prevent food loss.

  • Ensure wastage is minimized, recorded and controlled.

  • Manage correct garbage disposal to ensure compliance with Japanese waste disposal regulations and recycling requirements

  • Exhibit and encourage proper hygiene and sanitary habits within the kitchen.

  • Perform other duties or roles as assigned by management.

To be considered for this role you should: 

  • Have prior kitchen experience and be familiar with food and beverage service

  • Have food preparation experience and an interest in cooking

  • Be able to communicate well and perform a wide range of tasks

  • Be keen to learn and able to multitask

  • Show initiative and be highly self-motivated

  • Have impeccable personal hygiene


All applicants must 

  • Be eligible for a Working Visa in Japan (under 30 years old)

  • Have experience and qualifications in the role you are applying for

  • Have experience in the hospitality industry

  • Commit to the full season late December – mid-March

  • Have a great work ethic, be friendly and a team player

  • Be someone who takes the initiative, is creative and resourceful and takes pride in their work.

Would be an advantage if

  • You have Japanese language ability

  • Previous experience working a ski/winter season position

  • Hold or can obtain an International Drivers Licence


If you think you fit our profile and have something unique to offer please send your CV, passport copy and cover letter to