We are a Japanese / 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 workawayers like you! Due to issues related to COVID we have closed our guesthouses and now only running private self-contained cottages and the cafe is only with limited service and hours.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
There is plenty of time to explore and experience the area. We live near the sea! Enjoy fishing, surfing, body-boarding, hiking along the rugged coast line or spend your days chilling on the beach. Although we live in a beach town and get plenty of tourists, the town, especially our neighborhood 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".
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, borders are closed. If you are not in the country already you will not be able to work or travel in Japan. Please contact the Japanese embassy in your part of the world for more information.
Workawayers tasks and hours depend on the time you would be joining us, and skills you have to share. We will need some help with housekeeping, room-making, gardening, and general maintenance. Anyone good at bicycle maintenance could help us keep our bikes rolling. Web and graphic designers, writers, photographers, chefs, painters, carpenters, also needed.
Hourly rate is ¥900. We also can provide project based pay if preferred.
Experienced gardeners always welcome.
A MESSAGE REGARDING CORONA:
-While borders remain closed we expect fewer (and at times no) guests so we hope to find people with creative skills, all kinds! If you have skills to share, tell us about it and send us pics or links to photos! We'd love to see your work. If you would like to use our space to run independent projects, tell us about it! Last season one of our helpers was able to offer very successful aerial yoga classes for the guests and the local community. We have also had jewelry-making workshops, yoga retreats, live music, and dinner shows.
-We are taking extra precautions, not only for our safety but also to protect our community. We expect everyone to wear a mask outside the house, wash hands upon return, we use alcohol for hands and throughout buildings.
We prefer to have people who can commit to 4 weeks or more, but shorter stays may be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: We are CLOSED from October until March. We DON'T need helpers at that time. Check our calendar first!
PLEASE NOTE: Borders are closed, if you are not in the country now you will not be able to join us in 2021.
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1) The type, length, and expiration of the VISA you will have. Working holiday or other work visa is required. *️️
2) Your age
3) Your related skills, abilities, and interests
4) previous work and/or volunteer experiences
5) The date you are able to start
6) The length of time you are able to commit
7) Do / Will you have travel / basic medical insurance (required)
8) Do you require accommodation?
9) Will you have other commitments during your stay? Online work, classes, outside work?
10) Are you generally positive person (happy, grateful, considerate, active, pro-active)?
11) Do you have good communication skills? Ask questions when you aren't sure? Do you consider yourself approachable?
12) Do you have professional skills? Do you wish to collaborate with independent projects? During the slower times of the season we may have the time/space to hold events, provide workshops, sell hand-made goods etc. If you have ideas we'd love to hear!
You will NEED sandals & comfortable clothes. No need to dress up here. Summers are hot so bring loose-fitting clothes , beach sandals (easy on/off) that can get wet are best! Bring your bathing suit. We are walking distance to the beach!
Looking for HaPpY positive active people who work hard and play hard. People will make the most out of their stay by enjoying the sea, ride bikes, hikes, and explore the area.
*️️You MUST have a working holiday visa, other work visa, a student visa, spousal visa, be a permanent resident, or be Japanese citizen to do any kind of work-exchange in Japan. Japanese people are also very welcome!
Private or shared Japanese style room with tatami floors and futons in a small house we rent within walking distance of our retreat and the ocean.
We are tucked into a green valley surrounded by mountains and trees. The Izu Peninsula is hilly and rugged, and UNESCO geo-park. We live on the side of a valley, the road to the driveway is not paved. Nature abounds! We see wild boar almost daily. If you are afraid of insects or other creatures this is not the best place for you. If you have trouble walking/cycling uphill this is not the place for you. Summers are HOT and HUMID.
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Walk or ride a bike to the beach, go swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, skim-boarding, snorkeling, hike beautiful hiking trails along the coast, enjoy hotsprings, go to local festivals and other events...etc. Convenience stores, restaurants, cafes, are all within walking distance. UPDATE: local festivals were call cancelled in 2020 and more have been cancelled in 2021.
Foreign passport holders (tourists AND working visa holders) can purchase Izu rail one day pass for only ¥1200 / or ¥2000 for 2 day pass and ¥3000 for a 3 day pass, to explore the Izu peninsula. There is lots to see and experience on the peninsula that recently became an official UNESCO geo-park.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Please let us know if you have independent projects you will be working on and the amount of time you expect to work on such projects.
More than two
2-8 hours a day
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