Intern in Japan

Photojournalist Program 2017

Why intern with us?

Broaden your horizons by applying for the Photojournalist Program.

Each year we take over 30 promising, talented photojournalists and videographers on a 4 week journey in Japan.

We'll support your accommodation and travel expenses on a trip that will combine the places you want to visit alongside the opportunity to join in exciting cultural projects.

Read on to discover more about the program and good luck with your application!

Gain experience

  • Produce articles, photos or video whilst travelling around Japan.

  • Interact with local people and gain a unique view of Japan.

  • Opportunities to be published in print media.

  • Share your discoveries with thousands of readers.

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture

  • Experience the Japanese way of life.

  • Witness Kyoto's famous temples and Tokyo's neon lights.

  • Visit a sake brewery in a rural village, or join agricultural or traditional experiences.

Accommodation and travel support

  • Accommodation support provided – mixture of reimbursement, exclusive rates and occasional hotel coverage.

  • Reimbursement for your in-city travel expenses.

  • Internships generally last 4 weeks.

Promote Japan worldwide

  • Help others around the world discover how amazing Japan is.

Frequently asked questions

Please take care to read our FAQ alongside this documentation PDF before contacting us.

Since this internship is not compensated work and lasts less than 90 days, a basic tourist visa is fine. A tourist visa does not require any administrative procedures and is automatically granted when entering Japan. However some countries (Philippines, China, Russia among others) might require specific documentation and procedures. For more information, please refer to the guide to Japanese visas from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
You can proceed to purchase your plane ticket as soon as the start and end dates of your internship have been confirmed and agreed.
We’ll meet you in person at the beginning (orientation) and end (feedback) of your internship. We’ll schedule meetings in our Roppongi office, where you'll also have a chance to meet the team. For those based in Tokyo, our office is always open and you may even find yourself involved with fun content projects with our team.
We'll talk to you in advance about which dates work for both parties, although we can be fairly flexible in most cases.
You will need a decent camera, your own laptop and mobile phone. Equipment-wise, we can loan some equipment (e.g. Sony ActionCam, digital Polaroid) and Pocket Wi-Fi (subject to availability).
An internship is usually 4 weeks long, but exact timings will be discussed at interview and thereafter.
If a place or region interests you, it should be possible. Our priority is new and unique content, although there is scope to improve on what we already have.
We'll talk to you in advance about which areas of Japan interest you, and what kind of content ideas you have in mind – of course, we'll assist with this planning
Yes, you will be responsible for booking your own accommodation – of course we can offer suggestions.
For the guidelines on how to write articles, please refer to our content guide.
You have the freedom to choose which locations to cover. However, we have also built up a list of places for which we don’t have any associated content on JapanTravel. This list is not exhaustive so we encourage you to find the “hidden gems” of Japan.
Most places are fine, but we prefer not to have content for articles we already have. Of course, you can visit the famous sites during the course of your day. If you see an article with poor quality writing/photos, we would welcome a new version though. Restaurants are usually fine too.
Currently is available in English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Korean. You can write in any of these languages if you are a native speaker of that language. We'd love to see some translations on the site as part of your application.
We ask our interns to write one article per day. Although there are no strict deadlines, we expect to see 7 articles per week on average and will check to see you are keeping up. 1-2 of these can be photo stories. Our travel reimbursement is subject to meeting an article quota, so we can't reimburse travel where there is nothing to show for it.
Each contributor is assigned to one of our Regional Partners. They can help you and advise you regarding all matters concerning the content of your articles (style, pictures etc.) as well as our Intern Manager and Content Manager.
JapanTravel can cover your transportation cost up to ¥1000 per day (subject to articles being written). If your transportation expenses exceed this amount, you would have to cover for it.

We also reimburse your accommodation fees up to ¥1000 per day. You’ll get reimbursed at the end of your internship.
There is no secret formula but do your best to highlight your experience and photography and written skills:
  • A concise, one page CV is best.
  • Clearly link to your portfolios and make sure the we can easily find your best work.
  • Be active on the site! We are prioritising slots for active users, who can get involved or help promote the site.

Apply now!

We'll evaluate applicants on how well they get involved with the site: if you can contribute, why not submit an article, photo story, translation or video to JapanTravel? You'll even earn rewards points in the process!

It seems that you already have a JapanTravel account! Just send us an email with your CV, portfolio examples, preferred dates and why you want to join the program – just send it to and we'll be in touch as soon as possible.

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