Come help, learn how to grow on an organic farm and Japanese way of life in Tokushima, Japan




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  • Description


    Hello my name is Shiba, I live with my wife and my 4 years old daughter.

    The place where I live is Awa city in the prefecture of Tokushima where I own a small organic farm and have been farming for over 18 years now.

    Do you know about Fukuoka Masanobu? He is a Japanese farmer known for his natural farming and a celebrated philosopher. I am trying to follow his path of organic growing and creating a sustainable environment.

    We do not use tractors or big machines (as it consumes oil) and we do not use chemical fertilizers, only natural fertilizers such as compost.

    If you look at agriculture today, agriculture is a vast image of large-scale agriculture, but 80% of the world's farmland is small-scale farms of 2ha or less, and small-scale farmers account for half of the world's population, and it accounts for 70% of world food production.

    But small farmers are suffering now and I would like to change that by teaching and learning about a sustainable environment for everyone, building a community together where everyone helps each other and the environment.

    Unfortunately, in a capitalist society, we need to make profits right now to live. But hopefully with open minded people who are interested in changing society and the world around them for the better for everyone we can do this.

    Please lend me your power!

    Important Notes:

    1, Please refrain from abrupt visits.
    If there is no final contact one week before arrival, we will judge it as a cancellation.

    2, We do not have other contact apps. So please use the Work away message.

    3, Sometimes, we can give advice on transportation for guests. However, the accuracy of the information and the official support as a company are not provided. The final decision is left to the guests.

    4, We can't be held responsible for air tickets etc, purchased by yourself.

    5, If you encounter a problem that we can't handle, we may ask you to leave.

    We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    During your stay on the farm you will work and live with me and have the opportunity to increase your skills in farming and your Japanese language.
    Also you will be staying in a traditional Japanese house, that can host several people at once, therefore you will have the chance to meet different kinds of people from all over the world.

  • Help


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

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Japanese, a little English

  • Accommodation


    You will stay with your fellow volunteers in a big traditional Japanese house, full of sliding screen doors, Japanese art, a kotatsu dining table and other treasures. You will sleep in a shared room. We have a large hot shower provided.

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

    English is generally spoken among volunteers. However, because other Japanese staff cannot speak much English, it is preferable for those who can speak a little Japanese, or those who are interested in studying the language.

    Groceries are provided.
    You have to make your own breakfast.
    Lunch and Dinner will be prepared by work away staff together, so we will eat together, and we will clean up our dishes and a dining table together, like a family.
    We also cooperate with each other to do the house duties that are not included on the 5 hours such as cleaning, washing dishes and etc.

    If you want to stay for 2 weeks or less, please participate in daily cleaning, dishwashing, and garbage disposal. (Each work is shared in principle. KonMari method.)

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

    ※We are looking for people who can do carpentery for tree house. (only one person.) If you can do it, please let me know!!


    1,Q: How many people can stay in a shared house?
    A: The maximum is 9-11 people.
    However, We usually live in around 5-7 people.

    2,Q: Is there couple room?
    A: There is couple room. It is on a first-come-first-served basis. So, you may need to sharing room with each other couples.

    3,Q: Please tell me about the foods of the shared house.
    A: Every Saturday, Shiba does shopping.
    And, There is a shopping list. You can write your order, if you want something. He will buy your order as much as possible.

    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. And there are currently 14 boots available for rent on the farm. Lending is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please refer to the following for the size. 21.5, 22.5x2, 23.5, 24.0x3, 25.0x3, 26.0, 27.5, 28.0, 30.5. Unit: Centimeter (As of December 11, 2019)

    5,Q: Do we have any events in our spare time?
    A: There are no events because I usually work all day. Work away staff basically creates their own schedule around their spare time. hiking, cooking, traveling...etc.


    To Get Here:
    The simplest way is to use the bus stop.

    ● There are trains from Tokushima(徳島) station 18:57, 19:27, 19:58, and arrive at Gaku(学) station at 19:47, 20:12 and 20:51, respectively.
    One way is 560 yen.

    ● The Shikoku Koutsuu express bus leaves Osaka at 17:30 and arrives at the Donari(土成) bus stop at 20:39.
    One way 3900 yen, round trip 7000 yen.

    ● The Matsuyama Express departs from USJ 15:40, Osaka Station 16:25, Namba OCAT16: 40, Kobe Sannomiya 17:29, and arrives at the Donari(土成) bus stop at 19:29.
    From Kobe Sannomiya, it costs 3500 yen for one way and 6300 yen for round trip. Other departure locations are the same price as above.

    ● The Kouchi Express departure from Kyoto 18:10 will arrive at the Donari(土成) bus stop at 20:58.
    One way 4200 yen, round trip 7600 yen.
    (As of December 11, 2019)

    It will take about 1 hour on foot from the Gaku Station to the house, and 2 hours from the Donari bus stop.

    If you need a ride we can pick you up from the Gaku station or the Donari bus stop (Only after 7 p.m.) but please inform us atleast 24 hours in advance. Unfortunately, due to our busy schedule we can only provide this service to workawayers staying a minimum of 2 weeks.

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

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you like spending lots of time in nature, our place is for you! We are surrounded by lots of nature, so on your time off, you can go explore nature!!!

  • 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

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum

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