Ashibetsu city full of nature in the center of Hokkaido (The town next to Furano city famous for sightseeing of lavender). Please help me in cherry farm in Japan

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  • Description

    Description

    First of all thank you very much for having come across our profile, clicked on it and please take your time to read into what our values, family and the farm are all about.

    We are a sightseeing farm that mainly picking cherries.
    Our farm has been raising cherries carefully and supplying various processed products for more than 50 years. Under the spirit as craftsmanship we work a lot: making the soil fertile, cutting grass, conditioning of trees, organic fertilizing, waterproofing with sheets―all for extra-fine cherries, which thankfully won awards.

    To our absolute pleasure, the number of visitors from home and abroad has been on the rise, we think which is due principally to their understanding for our work and spirit. At picking and tasting our cherries they have shown their satisfied smiles with all their hearts; we are proud of the visitors’ satisfaction.

    On the contrary, we also have been suffering from a lack of hands, which now makes things difficult to maintain the quality of our work and products.

    We expect learning everything of anyone who works in our farm.
    A lot of things to farm cherries are necessary, and the farming requires its progress in technology and information aspects; thus our farm has become a member of Japan Organic Agriculture Association (JOAA). The treasured land turned over to us has to be kept fertile and be the most precious field, which is our duty. Hence we employ anything seemingly effective such as microbial substances, organic fertilizer, wood vinegar, deep ocean water, and even classical music―agricultural chemicals are strictly minimized.

    Our mottos are as follows:
    ”Raise Smiles” ”Good times” ”Delights” and ”Workers”

    Those are accomplished when customers and we collaborate with each other; thus we put our energy into especially raising ourselves for the collaborating. It is obviously a very good opportunity for you to know the culture of us through working together, and vice versa.

    Although I am busy as the president, you will be welcomed with our best hospitality. We are longing very much for your work with us and hoping that your time in Ashibetsu will be invaluable and pleasant to look back on. So please join us!

    ●No previous experience needed and you do not need to be able to good at speaking Japanese. We want people who like cleanliness, have a good sense of responsibility and work hard.
    ●We prefer people those who are good at cooking.
    ●We are waiting for a wonderful person with a smile.

    We expect you to help 5-6 hours a day and about 5 days a week. We need a long stay workawayer (minimum of 3 weeks).

    We want you to stay longer than a month if possible!

    But,there are possibilities that "time" and "number of days off" may change due to various conditions such as weather, the number of customers who can come to cherries harvest, the number of workers and the actual amount of cherries please note that

    About a wage:
    We offer a wage. This wage is offset by part of the cost of the accommodation and the food offered depending on local labour laws. However we need minimum of 3 weeks stay.

    PLEASE BE AWARE:
    If you are not a Japanese citizen and if you want to work for a fee, in Japan you need "working holiday visa" or student visa, spouse visa . Tourist visa is unfortunately not accepted for workers to get paid, due to legal issues. (We will write the conditions for those who work for free on a tourist visa later.)
    Also, in Japan, you can not work agriculture with a working visa. Even if you get a working visa, you are not permitted to work in agriculture. Therefore we can not invite our overseas workers to work with working visas.

    Working holiday target countries are as follows:
    Australia, Argentina, Austria , Denmark, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, Norway,Taiwan, Hong Kong (SAR), Ireland, Slovakia, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom who are between the ages of 18 and 30 can apply for a working holiday visa in the Japan 🇯🇵 embassy or consulate unusually located in the country of your passport .

    Working hours and the number of days worked per week can be changed. Especially if you have a working holiday visa please tell us your desired time. If you have a working holiday visa, you can work for more than 8 hours, and you can have a day off in a week. (In that case, you must join Japanese social insurance)
    Let us know the number of working days and hours you want.

    But, there are possibilities that "time" and "number of days off" may change due to various conditions such as weather, the number of customers who come to cherries harvest, the number of workers and the actual amount of cherries please note that.

    Feel free toessage us for more detail anytime.

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    About tourist visa
    Unfortunately, but according to current Japanese law it is prohibited for those who came by sightseeing visa to work and get wage.
    But We are extremely grateful to those who came to Japan for sightseeing purposes "to workaway for free." However, instead we will slightly change "the day's work hours and number of days arrangements" written above.
    It is the following points.

    ...Conditions for those traveling with "tourist visa" ...
    .About wages: None
    . About work hours and period of the day:I'm happy if you can work over 3 hours a day, 4 days a week, Work at least 10 days or more.
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    If you are interested by working with us, please provide us with the following information so we can understand you better. Please copy and paste the below questions and answer them.

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    1)Your related skills, abilities, and interests.

    2)Previous work and/or workawayer experiences.

    3)The "period" and "work content" of the volunteers we need are written below(As of January 11、2019)


    April: Disbudding, Disposing of sprays.
    May:Repair of vinyl house (men only)
    June: Setting sheets over trees(men only)
    July-Aug.: Harvesting, Sorting, Cleaning the toilet, cleaning the field, picking up garbage, mowing, flower care,Serving customers (subject to language skills)

    Your dates available to volunteer and intended length of stay?

    4)The length of time you are able to commit.

    5) Please tell me about the type, length and expiration date of VISA you have?

    (Working holiday , student visa, spouse visa . required.Tourist visa is unfortunately not accepted for paid workers,Also, in Japan, you can not work agriculture with a working visa. Even if you get a working visa, you are not permitted to work in agriculture. Therefore we can not invite our overseas workers to work with working visas.)

    6) Working hours and the number of days worked per week can be changed. Especially if you have a working holiday visa please tell us your desired time.If you hav a working holiday visa can work for more than 8 hours, and you can have a rest for just a day in a week. (In that case, You must join Japanese social insurance)
    We hope tell us the number of working days and hours you wish.
    (But,there are possibilities that "time" and "number of days off" may change due to various conditions such as weather, the number of customers who can come to cherries harvest, the number of workers and the actual amount of cherries please note that)

    7)Do you have travel / health insurance?

    8)How much do you speak Japanese?

    9) Basically we are planning to prepare meals, but if we can not make it because of lack of personnel etc, can you make meals by yourself?

    10) Can you make meals for other people too?

    11)There is a possibility of becoming a shared room, is it OK?

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    If you come to Japan with a sightseeing visa please answer the following information.
    12) There is no wage for work, is it OK?
    13) Can you work over 3 hours a day, 4 days a week, Work at least 10 days or more?
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    PLEASE BE AWARE:
    Unfortunately, in Japan, you can not run agriculture with a work visa. Even if you get a work visa, you are not allowed to work in agriculture. Therefore, we are sorry but we can not invite overseas workers to work on working visas.
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    Helpers who can speak both Japanese and English will be especially welcomed.
    Looking forward to meet you!!

    As your irreplaceable journey in Japan, We hope that you "work"and "play" and "enjoyable travel"

    We just started hosting workaway. We could or might miss your notice and emails. However we will continue to improve so that we can welcome the people who could help us. We want you to tell us without refraining what you noticed.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are busy and don't have a lot of time to spend with workawayers but workawayers will have a lot of time to spend with each other and explore the area (We think that you work 4 to 5 hours a day, about 5 days a week.).
    We try to go out together once a week, and take our workawayers for meals out, excursions, or our favorite sightseeing spots.
    We always have a more than a few fun and adventurous people around to share your time with. During breaks and lunch, you are with the farm staff so you can study Japanese and learn Japanese culture.

    Also, if you can speak Japanese to some extent you may be appointed to a customer service. You can communicate with Japanese and foreigners who come to sightseeing in the service of customer service.

    Ashibetsu city is located in the middle of Hokkaido so please enjoy sightseeing in Hokkaido on holiday.

    Ashibetsu City hot spring (Starlight Hotel) It is a very good hotspring quality. Also, there are many hot spring facilities in other neighboring towns. Also, there are many tourist attractions in neighboring town.

    The location of Ashibetsu city is 30 minutes by car to Furano where its famous for lavender. It is an hour to the famous Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa. It is two hours to Sapporo.

    You can freely use any of our bicycles to explore the area and do errands. Small running tracks may also be available (you may need to discuss it as you work) but please make sure you have a valid domestic driver's license or international driver's license. International driver's license is highly preferred!

    Ashibetsu City where we live and other municipalities in the suburbs are also doing many events. You surely will be able to join and enjoy it. For reference, we will list the previous events for each municipality

    An event in the past (event in 2018)

    [Ashibetsu-shi]
    ★ May
    ◇ The event by which a flower of a cherry tree lights up a cherry tree tree by light in the evening at Asahigaoka park in Ashibetsu at the time to bloom (5 th)
    ◇ Fine forest festival*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ (the 19th and the 20th)
    ★ July
    ◇Ashibetsu 健夏(ken ka) festival (the 21st and the 22nd)
    ★ August
    ◇A star is observed by "Taki Sato” (the 3rd and the 10th).
    ◇ It shines,☆ festival A SHIBETSU (4 th)
    ◇ Stellar Sato which falls and Ashibetsu agricultural festival (18 th)

    [Furano-shi]
    ★ July
    ◇ YAMABE cherry tree festival (the 28th-the 29th)
    ★September
    ◇ 北海(hokkai) navel festival(2 th)
    ◇ Furano-shi wine grape festival (the 29th-the 30th)
    ◇ Tokachidake festival of Autumn leaves

    [Takikawa-shi]
    ★ May
    ◇Festival of a rape blossom (the 26th-the 27th)
    ★ June
    ◇Takikawa shrine spring splendid festival (the 9th-the 11th) (every year, the same day)
    ★ July
    ◇Electric model airplane world championship in Takigawa (the 19th-the 27th)
    ★ August
    ◇"Takikawa enjoying the evening cool" the Bon dance fireworks event (11 Th)
    ◇ Takikawa shrine autumn splendid festival (the 22nd-the 24th) (every year, the same day)

    [Sunagawa-shi]
    ★ May
    ◇ Child's national festival (the 3rd-the 6th)
    ◇ Make, the side green and a floral festival (20 th)
    ◇ JAF all-Japan dart trial championship (the 26th-the 27th)
    ★ June
    ◇ JAF all-Japan gymkhana championship Oar Japan gymkhana (the 16th-the 17th)
    ◇ The meet which walks 100km (the 16th-the 17th)
    ◇ Amenity and marathon meeting of Sunagawa of a town (24 th)
    ★ July
    ◇ THE festival Oasis park IZANAI Hokkaido (the 7th-the 8th)
    ◇ Make, the side snake livery (14 th)
    ◇ Hokkaido miniature dollhouse exhibition evening in overflow by which a
    ◇ Suna-gawa SA summer festival (22 th)
    ◇ Suna-gawa shitarankainatsu (on the 21st-on the 22nd) place (21 th)
    ★ August
    ◇ Love River Sunagawa summer festival (3 th)
    ◇ Suna-gawa enjoying the evening cool fireworks display (3 th)
    ◇ The national summer festival by which a firefly enjoyment meeting (5 th)
    ◇ country load festival (5 th)
    ◇ Morning sun summer festival (16 th).
    ◇ The central shopping area Bon dance (mutual prosperity store meeting other ones) (the 18th-the 19th)
    ◇ Suna-gawa hand-made near festival (19 th)
    ◇ JR healthy walking (19 th)
    ◇ Festival of Sunagawa-shi people The pub crawl by which
    ◇ green smart portable shrine (26 th)
    ◇ Suna-gawa boy sumo wrestling meeting (27 th)
    ◇ Sunagawa night (on the 25th-on the 27th) (31 days)
    ★ September
    ◇ The Kuniaki festival by which Yuu Rakuichi market (2 th)
    ◇ A KASORACHI large harvest home company (the 16th-the 17th)
    ◇ The Hokkaido Suites Hotel ride in north and medium SORACHI (30 th)

  • Help

    Help

    The "period" and "work content" of the workawayers we need arewritten below ; and it would be greatly appreciated if you would cooperatively work together.


    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️April: Disbudding, Disposing of sprays.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️May:Repair of vinyl house (men only)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️June: Setting sheets over trees(men only)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️July-Aug.: Harvesting, Sorting, Cleaning the toilet, cleaning the field, picking up garbage, mowing, flower care,Serving customers (subject to language skills)


    I will explain about the cultivation of cherries.

    During the winter (from January to March), the size of the cherry blossoms is as small as the size of rice grains.
    During winter, they absorb enough moisture from the rain and snow and start swelling to be three times bigger size by the middle of April as it gets warmer.

    In early April, we manually thinner 20 to 40% of flower buds from each branch. All work is done manually and it is completely impossible to use machines that do this kind of work.
    By blooming only the remaining buds, you can grow good flowers and big fruits. When doing this work you need to be careful to leave a leaf sprout that can be seen immediately next to flower buds.

    From the end of May to the beginning of June, we will clearly understand the amount of cherry fruit. And we have to change the proportions for each varieties and thin out the fruits once again. Actually it is big and the sugar content also becomes high by culling.

    We will harvest from July to August. We do not harvest all the fruits at once, only the fruits that are red and ripened are taken. So we harvest the same trees many times every few days.

    However, the harvest actually harvested is high in sugar content, it is big, the taste is the best delicious.

    By all means,Please join us! And, We would like you to eat cherries that have become verydelicious by the hard work!!

    Looking forward to meet you!!

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Japanese and A little English. English is generally spoken among workawayers. However, because other Japanese staffs cannot speak much English, it is preferable for those who can speak a little Japanese, or those who are interested in studying the languag

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There are dorms in our farm, so we will prepare accommodation there. If the room is vacant, we can prepare a private room for you. Shared bathroom, washing machine and fridge are also in the dormitory.

    There are two houses and one large room is in one building. There is 3 large rooms in the other building. Because it depends on the number of people, I can not say exactly, but in the case of my family I will live in a house with three rooms. Even women alone will live in a three-room house. In the case of only men, they will live in a big house of one room. In the case of a couple, they will live in a house of three rooms. Each building has a kitchen, a bath, and a toilet.

    Depending on the number of people, I think that a house with a large room where men live will become a shared room.

    Also, there are possibilities that a house with 3 rooms will become a shared room if there are many people. I will make efforts so that my family and couples will not become rooms with other people as much as possible. Contact us for more details.

    The room that you will stay is simple and we sleep in futons, when you depart, please vacuum the floor, put the used sheets, futon cover and pillow case into the linen room and place with a new one to the next workawayers, if you are leaving earlier in the morning please wake up earlier. No trash inside the room, if you will leave any clothes or any other item please place in to the garbage bin, Do not leave it inside the room.

    We look forward to meeting MOTIVATED, RESPECTFUL, CREATIVE & HELPFUL work-away travelers !

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The city of Ashibetsu is blessed with nature. And your place of residence is also full of nature. I think you can see deers and foxes. Deers are very friendly and cute. Ashibetsu city can make delicious fruit because the difference between cold and warm in the daytime and night is very severe. The cherries that we carefully raised are very tasty.

    Cherries are all you can eat during the cherry!!!

    If you decide to work at the Cherry Fram, I think you will come by bus or JR (train).

    Buses and JRs are convenient when coming from Sapporo or Furano. When coming from Sapporo area bus 『高速富良野号』"kousoku huranogou" is convenient. From Furano there are bus 『高速富良野号』"kousoku huranogou" or JR 根室本線 (Nemuro honsen).

    If you can come by bus 『上芦別小学校前』"kamiashibetetsu syouggakoumae" or JR 『上芦別駅』"Kamishibetsu station".Please call me when you receive it. When will you arrive in advance.
    Please e - mail.

    Whenever you arrive we will pick you up to your arrival place!

    Wi-Fi is available at places to work and where to work (free)

    We provide bikes for staff. It's the best way to get around, go shopping, and explore. If you can't ride a bike it's still possible to take buses around but bikes are best so if you don't know .The Supermarkets and Convenience stores are about a 10 min by bicycle.

    If you have an International Drivers License (IDP) valid in Japan, you could move more independently, using our small truck when you are free and if the truck is not needed (please ask).

    We have a limited amount of additional work tools. Items that will be necessary for the farm comfortably in the summer are boots, shoes, rain gear, towels (to sweat), hats, gloves.

    The weather may be very extreme, as it is hot or cold. Please prepare to work under these conditions.

    We are longing very much for your work with us and hoping that your time in Ashibetsu will be invaluable and pleasant to look back on. Please join us!

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    I expect you to help 5-6 hours a day and about 5 days a week.

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