Help out around our two small guesthouses walking distance from the beach in Shimoda, Japan

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  • Description


    We are a Japanese / Dutch-Canadian couple. We love to travel, explore and stay active (we surf, snowboard, hike, cycle...). We spend winters in the mountains and summers by the sea. We are able to live our dream by sharing our life-style and space with like-minded budget travelers, and volunteers like you! In summers we run 2 small guest-houses , a rental cottage, and a reception area / cafe / outdoor chill space walking distance from the beach.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    We prefer long-term help, people who can commit to 1 month or more during July, August. Volunteer duties and working hours depend on the time you would be joining us.

    We do not provide meals instead volunteers receive a 500 yen a day food budget so volunteers can choose their own food and use their own kitchen for cooking. The food budget is not provided on a daily basis instead it is refunded at the end of every month, or the end of your stay.

    During the low season (APRIL, MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER):

    We will need some help with housekeeping and room-making but we will also had extra time and space available for people with special skills and can commit to more specialized project (gardening, landscaping, renovation, painting, plastering, building, web design, photos for website, photo-shop for editing, etc.), we are able to provide accommodation for volunteers wishing to stay 1 week or more.

    Looking for people to help out with painting, gardening, general maintenance, silk-screening (bags & shirts), blogging, photography, social networking, cafe work, menu development, website updates and maintenance (CSS & wordpress site).

    During the high season (JULY, AUGUST) :
    We hope to have people who can commit to at least 1 month and help out with all kinds of work at the guesthouses, rental cottage and reception area. Our main focus will be on taking care of guests and keeping everything clean and organized. Although we are a casual accommodation we aim to maintain a high standard of cleanliness so we will need people who can work independently and pay attention to small details. We are also looking for people with cooking and kitchen experience.

    . Please keep in mind Japan gets very hot in summer making the work more challenging.

    *️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️If you are interested in either or both of the positions above please send us a message and let us know:

    -Your age (must be at least 20 years old)
    -Your related skills, abilities, and interests
    -The date you are able to start
    -The length of time you are able to commit
    -Do you have travel / health insurance*️️️️️️️
    -The type, length, and expiration of the VISA you will have

    We will not accept volunteers who do not have or intend to purchase basic travel insurance. Workaway has provided more information about insurance and has some recommendations for insurance companies on the top menu bar under "information". Please have a look!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Japanese, English,

  • Accommodation


    For long-stay volunteers: Private or shared Japanese style room with tatami and futons. Use of a staff kitchen, shower with shampoo,conditioner and body soap, washing machine with detergent, bicycles, books, wifi, surfboards and other beach toys.

    *️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️We are looking for people who are mature and responsible. PLEASE DO NOT BOTHER TO CONTACT US IF YOU WILL NOT RESPOND TO OUR REPLIES. *️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Walk or ride a bike to the beach, go swimming, surfing, snorkeling, hike beautiful hiking trails along the coast. Go to festivals and other events... Convenience stores, restaurants, cafes, are all within walking distance. We have rental gear the staff/volunteers are welcome to use for free: bicycles, body boards, snorkels..... and more!

    We are looking for people who are mature and independent. We are busy and don't have a lot of time to spend with volunteers but volunteers will have a lot of time to spend with each other and exploring the area (we promise not to make anyone work for more than an average of 25 hours a week). We try to go out once a week, and take our volunteers for meals out, excursions, or our favorite sightseeing spots. We always have a more then a few fun and adventurous people around to share your time with.

    Foreign passport holders can purchase Izu rail one day pass for only ¥1200 to explore the peninsula for a day.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live near the sea! Enjoy fishing, surfing, hiking along the rugged coast line or spend your days chilling on the beach. Although Shimoda is a beach town and we get plenty of tourists, the town, especially the Kisami area has a real local vibe. Everyone here grows their own veggies and has their own rice paddy. Small unattended veggie stands along the road lets you have your share for cheap and sometimes free! I've seen ¥0 leeks for "sale"! Locals are friendly and are likely to greet everyone with a "konichiwa".

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours a week

My Photo Album

Smallest bedroom at staff house
A smaller bedroom at the staff house.
Another view of the large staff room. There are 3 bed rooms on the 2nd floor of the staff house. The first floor has a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and a deck.
Room for staff and volunteers
That's us in Thailand!
Rugged coast line
Boat cruises
One of our guestrooms at the Guesthouse
We have surf boards to lend!
Cave is a 10 minute bike ride from the guesthouse and staff accommodation
Local beach is only 4 minutes walk from the guesthouse and staff accommodation. There are many more beaches to visit on foot or by bicycle.

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