A place to experience regenerative agriculture in Japan and find fellow travellers in Shikoku, Japan

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  • Last activity: 07/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Hello my name is Shiba,

    Do you know Masanobu Fukuoka?
    He is a Japanese farmer and philosopher known for his natural farming methods.
    He was active about 50 years ago and has influenced current no-till and regenerative agriculture such as Gabe Brown.

    I live in Awa City, Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan.
    In Japan, it is relatively warm, rich in nature, and agriculture is flourishing.
    It is also where the country of Japan began.
    I run a small organic farm with my family and have been farming for over 20 years through trial and error.
    We do not use tractors or large machinery (as they consume petroleum), and we do not use chemical fertilizers, but make use of compost and other natural fertilizers.
    We cover the soil with plants and use a complex combination of various plants based on traditional Japanese soil improvement methods from over 100 years ago and the ideas of Masanobu Fukuoka.

    The experience here will be especially useful for those interested in agriculture.
    For those who don't, also, you might just find a lifelong friend here.

    Although agriculture is often thought of as large-scale, 80% of the world's farmland is occupied by family farmers. Family farmers account for half of the world's working population and produce 70% of the world's food.
    However, family farmers are now suffering.
    Many people are now living in urban areas, and agriculture has become a different world.
    It stirs up the urban and rural areas.
    I believe that we can change the world by making it easier for everyone to get involved in agriculture.


    The following is the purpose of using Workaway.

    After I started farming,
    I had the opportunity to look at IMF statistical data.
    Commodity prices fell by 1% each year.
    If it continues to drop, it will one day reach zero.
    I thought.
    Free is the future.

    So I aim to make the price of agricultural products free.
    And I improved Mr. Fukuoka's farming.
    I think the world will change if everyone has the sense of Mr. Fukuoka.

    For that, I want to create a foreigners village in this area.
    My area will be full of empty houses in the near future.
    In the village, foreigners can visit at any time and do not have to worry about money or food.
    And we produce ourselves what we need.

    In Next April, we will prepare a field for people staying at Farm.
    Harvest begins in June.
    I will sell the vegetables harvested in the field for the staying person to my customers on behalf of the staying person.
    Staying people can buy what they need with the benefits of vegetables.
    There is no need to pay rent, electricity, gas, water, or food.
    I would like to work with you to make your stay an interesting and fulfilling experience of what I want to explain.

    There is no such place in Japan,
    so many Japanese come together.
    When a lot of people gather,
    farming time is one hour a day.
    The rest of the time everyone does whatever they want.

    We will convert part of the farm into a campground so that more Japanese will come to this location.
    We encourage people who can do carpentry work and artists to visit.
    Hopefully one day it will be the first stop for foreigners visiting Japan.

    As a premise I am not anti-capitalist,
    Create independence from capitalism and true freedom.
    What do you really want to do?
    It's not a village now, but let us know your ideas and opinions.
    I'm not good at speaking English, so I use DeepL Translator.
    I'm motivated to learn English, but it seems I need time to improve.
    Speaking slowly, I can understand a little English. However, if there is a word that I do not know, I use translation.
    Of course, there are Japanese who speak English, so communication will not be a major obstacle.


    Well, here are some pointers for you to read before deciding that you would like to come.
    Please check it.

    I will get a message from you and send you a URL to share your current lodging reservations.
    Up to 12 people can stay.
    (Those with tents may stay even if the number of people has reached the limit.)
    When I receive a message from you, I will send you a URL where you can share your current lodging reservations and a URL where you can communicate with me and the current guests.
    Once your schedule is decided,
    Look at the calendar and let me know when you come to the Farm and when you leave.
    However, it is a first-come, first-served basis and I want to know it as soon as possible.
    I'm sorry if the reservation is full.

    I can teach you agriculture that mixes traditional Japanese soil improvement and Masanobu Fukuoka's farming method.
    However, I do not use seed balls, one of the features of Masanobu Fukuoka's farming method.
    If you are not used to farm work, it may be hard on your back.
    but, we work together while helping each other, and there are various tasks, so we will try to reduce your burden.
    Monday through Friday, 5 hours a day, you will be required to help out on the farm and at the campsite.
    This is a total of 5 hours with a 15-30 minute tea break.
    Depending on the number of people staying, one or two people will prepare lunch in advance during the course of the work.
    After lunch we all clean the house for 15-30 minutes.
    Since we use the house daily and want everyone’s living condition good and clean, cleaning is not included in volunteering time.
    Please cooperate.
    The start time for work is usually from 8:00am.
    June starts at 6:00am or 7:00am.
    July, August and September start at 5:00am or 6:00am.
    This is to reduce your burden during the hot season, so please cooperate.
    Sometimes you will need a raincoat when it rains.
    The rainy season in Japan is usually in June and July.
    Although not as severe as in June and July, September and October are also likely to be rainy.
    While you're at work, you can have a good time talking with the people you work with, but some people get slower or stop working.
    If I determine that you are incompatible with the person you are working with, I will change your working position or ask for a different task.
    If you encounter a problem that we can't handle, we may ask you to leave.
    We appreciate your understanding and cooperation so that everyone can work comfortably.

    Some of you may not be good at English, but it is very important to get along with other workaway and Japanese staff members.
    (Some of the Japanese staff speak English, so communication between you and the Japanese will not be a problem.)
    You are expected to comply with rules and having common sense and respecting others is an absolutely must.
    We also cooperate with each other to do the house duties that are not included in the 5 hours such as cleaning, washing dishes and etc.
    We ask that you take the initiative to clean the common areas of the house, lounge, garage, kitchen, lobby, etc.
    If you smoke, please smoke outside the house. Throw the butts into the trash can.
    Please do not throw away in other places such as roads, fields, and grounds.
    Also, please make sure that the cigarette smoke is gone.
    I hope you are OK with that.

    If possible, bring working clothes (long trousers, long sleeve shirts, long boots, hat).
    Especially, boots and spray(mosquito) are important.
    If you want to avoid getting your shoes dirty, you'll need boots during the rainy season.
    Some Work clothes and boots can be rented, but I'm not sure if they will fit.
    The time of year when you need to spray (mosquitoes) is summer.
    The work is not necessarily dangerous, but there will be times when a sickle or saw will be used.
    Be very careful to avoid injury.

    If you are still interested,
    We look forward to hearing from you :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    During their stay on the farm, they have the opportunity to work and live with everyone and improve their farming and Japanese language skills.
    It does not cost money to stay longer.

    You will also stay in a traditional Japanese house that can host several people at once, so you will get to know a wide variety of people from all over the world.
    We hope you will make lifelong friends.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    •Harvest vegetables
    •Cut weeds/grass
    •Raise soil for new fields
    •Plant new crops
    •Vegetable cultivation
    •cooking lunch and dinner
    •cleaning share house

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Japanese: Fluent
    English: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You will stay with up to 12 other people in a large Japanese-style house with sliding doors and kotatsu.
    If there are more people, they sleep in shared rooms.
    There is a large shower.

    Blazing fast wi-fi is available throughout the house.
    There is also a large television.

    Groceries are provided.
    You have to make your own breakfast.
    Lunch is prepared by one or two people depending on the number of people staying.
    In the evening, everyone cooks Japanese food together, or goes out to eat somewhere else, and cleans up the table and dishes together, creating a family-like atmosphere.

    You are expected to comply with rules and having common sense and respecting others is an absolutely must.



    1,Q: Is there couple room?

    A: There is couple room. It is on a first-come-first-served basis. So, you may need to share a room with other staying people.

    2,Q: Please tell me about the foods of the shared house.

    A: We go food shopping every Saturday or Sunday.
    And, There is a shopping list. You can write your order, if you want something. We will buy your order as much as possible.
    Since fruits are expensive in Japan, other ingredients are given priority.
    If you need something personal, such as alcohol or confectionery, please purchase it yourself.

    4,Q: I don't have boots for farming. Sould i buy?

    A: It is easy to rain in June and July. When it rains, it becomes easy to get dirt on the shoes. If you don't like it, please bring boots or shoes that you are okay with getting dirty. You can buy it near the farm.
    Boots and work clothes are available for loan, but you have to try them on to see if they fit.

    5,Q: Do we have any events in our spare time?
    A: Japanese staff usually work into the evening, so there are no events.
    Work away staff basically creates their own schedule around their spare time. hiking, cooking, traveling...etc.
    I'll let you know if there are any recommended events i think you can enjoy.


    To come here:
    The easiest way is to use a bus stop.

    ● There are trains from Tokushima station to Gaku station.
    One way is 560 yen.
    The taxi fare from Gaku Station to the farm is 1620 yen.

    ● The Shikoku Kotsu Express Bus leaves Osaka at 17:30 and arrives at the Donari Bus Stop at 20:39.
    One way 3900 yen, round trip 7000 yen.

    ● Matsuyama Express departs from USJ 15:40, Osaka Station 16:25, Namba OCAT 16:40, Kobe Sannomiya 17:29, and arrives at the Donari Bus Stop at 19:29.
    From Kobe Sannomiya, it is 3500 yen one way, 6300 yen round trip. Other departures are at the same price as above.

    ● Departure of Kochi Express from Kyoto 18:10 arrives at Donari Bus Stop 20:58.
    4200 yen for one way, 7600 yen for round trip.
    (As of December 11, 2019)

    It takes about 1 hour on foot from the school station to the house and 2 hours from the Donari bus stop.

    If you need to board, we will pick you up from the Gaku station or bus stop at Donari (after 7pm), but let me know as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to busy schedules, this service can only be offered to those leaving for a minimum of two weeks.

    If you need more information about getting here, just let me know!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Work is from Monday to Friday.
    The workawy records your impressions of the places you visit and so on.
    For example, you can enjoy going to Kansai, Hiroshima or other parts of Shikoku on a Friday afternoon and returning on Sunday.
    Travelling by budget bus or hitchhiking.
    You will be surprised at how easy and safe hitchhiking is.

    There are bicycles you can rent out.
    If you get a puncture, please fix it.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum

Host ref number: 117443995696

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