Here is a job currently being advertised. I wish I were young enough to apply!
Togakushi Myoukou Rensan National Park
Located at 2000m elevation. Located on a map between Mt. Myoukou and Mt. Hiuchi. Located at the border of Niigata Pref. and Nagano Pref.
There is less snow there this year than in the last 20 years.
The place is not on the road system. The situation is you live at the hut.
The hut sleeps (can hold) 100 persons. Average is 20 persons per night.
Work is restaurant, cooking, cleaning, maintenance, more cooking, more cleaning, more maintenance. Work schedule is morning 3+ or so hours, afternoon 4 + hours. Primary function is cooking and serving food and doing dishes.
Pay rate is a day rate of 7000-9000 yen.
The right person can work from June 20th to October 15 non-stop. Your food and rent included. The right person can work 100 days in a row or more.
This job is not to be taken lightly. It is serious, endless hard work at the top of the mountain.
But at the end of the summer you will have had an excellent experience, learned a lot, seen a lot, practiced your Japanese on a lot of Japanese people, excercised a lot, and have a nice chunk of cash.
This job is what you make of it. Bring some books. Bring a camera. Bring some sketch paper if you draw. Bring some hiking boots. Bring an open mind. Be careful. Do not catch the hut on fire. Do not get eaten by a bear.