Get creative in an ancient castle town in the cool and stunning Japanese Alps, Hida, Gifu, Japan

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  • Bisher 442 mal gespeichert
  • Letzte Aktivität: 18 Sept. 2023



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  • Beschreibung


    *its cool here in the alps compared to the lowlands and less humid, but it can still be hot some days (over 30 degrees)

    We are an Australian family of 4 who have just moved to beautiful Hida Furukawa to set up an artist=run project space in an old machiya and build caravans

    My parents are renovating the house and setting up an artist program

    I'm a full time student studying German & Japanese. My brother is 14, learning Karate and wants to learn violin

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    English language
    Renovation of Akiya and machiya houses
    Art curation
    International aid programs
    Skiing, hiking, hot springs

  • Arbeit


    We are really flexible :)

    We mainly just want to meet nice people and enjoy some good company - it can be lonely being new migrants while you’re still learning the language

    We are particularly interested in Workawayers who speak 日本語 and/or are interested in the arts and carpentry. But we are open to any combination of skills really

    Tasks we need help with might include some combination of:
    - Helping with homework (14 years old)
    - Share normal household chores
    - Language exchange support for Deutsche Sprache and 日本語
    - Tending our tiny veggie patch
    - Carpentry and renovation work
    - Translation (English to Japanese)
    - Help with a project to help teens forced into child marriage, conversion schools and FGM
    - Arts project

    Also any jobs or projects you notice or think would be useful to do

  • Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen
    Englisch: Fließend
    Deutsch: Gute Kenntnisse
    Japanisch: Grundkenntnisse

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Sprachaustausch an
    I speak German to an intermediate level (A2-B1) and the family is intensively learning Japanese. We would love to practice! We have lived in Thailand and Japan, so even though English is our first language we speak good "international" English. We always try to communicate clearly with people who speak English as an additional language

  • Unterkunft


    Our house is a machiya build in the 1960s in the centre of Hida Furukawa township.

    Hida Furukawa is an old castle town near the bigger and much better known town of Takayama, both towns are known as Little Kyoto in the Mountains .

    Our place is a couple of minutes walk from the the famous White Walled Storehouse street aka Shirakabe Dozogai that runs alongside the Seto stream where you can feed the huge golden koi fish

    The old shop front, which used to be a hairdressing salon is now a working/studio space for our family, there is another shed out the back - and the rest is residential.

    We have 3 bicycles to share, and no car at the moment.

    The house is comfortable but in the process of being renovated, so you will need to be ok with some level of chaos depending on works that might be underway at the time.

    Send me an email in advance and I can let you know what is going on with the renovation before you arrive.

    Sleeping areas:

    The house has 6 bedrooms, with 3 bedrooms available to guests. The main guest area is 2 connected traditional Japanese tatami rooms

    The rooms are separated by opaque screens rather than walls, as is typical in a Japanese house.

    Generally you'll have a room to yourself, but depending on how many guests we have and their preference these may be shared. The exact combination and level of privacy will be discussed and confirmed before each guests's arrival. We seek to provide as much comfort, privacy and predictability as possible in a family home setting.

    The rooms have futon beds, fans and insect screens.


    Breakfast: we provide a range of groceries items for breakfast such as yogurt, cereal, porridge, toast, coffee and fruit and everyone makes their own breakfast

    Lunch: We share a meal and sit down to eat lunch together, usually we take turns cooking for the household (we provide the groceries)

    Dinner: Same as lunch

    Snacks: We provide basic snacks such as fruit, 2 minute noodles, toast etc

    Cravings and special diets: Volunteers are most welcome to prepare their own meals and snacks with the groceries provided. They are also welcome to eat separately or take a packed lunch as suits their own schedule. However, if the family grocery provision doesn't suite them, guests may need to buy specific snacks or ingredients themselves from their own money

    Note, we do regularly prepare gluten, meat, pork, shellfish and dairy in our kitchen. But we are considerate, and willing to make accomodations where possible, and of course we do not expect guests to handle foods that aren't part of their own diet.

    We know what a hassle it can be to travel on a restricted diet and have a lot of sympathy, so if you have a difficult diet e.g no gluten anywhere in the house at all, please do feel free to talk to us and we will try to work something out

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Hida Furukawa is in the middle of one of the most beautiful areas of Japan surrounded by mountains and crystal clear rivers. It's 25 minutes to the bigger and more touristy castle town of Takayama and close enough for overnight trips to Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka and for weekends in Tokyo. Ski fields, wild onsens and rotenburo and stunning hiking trails are within cycling distance.

    Public transport is excellent with buses and JR trains. Our place is a short walk to the station and the cafes, bars, izekayas and shops in town.

    Hida is famous for carpentry and crafts and for the abundant nature and snow.

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    We are very flexible about the timing and amount of Workaway work that people do and are very happy to host students, artists or digital nomads If you don't have much time we can sometimes work out an accomodation only arrangement We have fast wifi and have turned the old shopfront into a shared work/ studio space, we also have a shed suitable for work-working or messy art projects too

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    We have an off-street parking space but it is sometimes occupied, its possible to park nearby though and we know a bunch of good spots nearby

  • Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    Potentially. It depends on the pet

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

  • ...


    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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