Help to transform our old farmhouse to be part of permaculture-based community in Chiba, Japan



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    We were given use of an 100 year old Japanese farmhouse and the several acres of land around it early February 20121. The house itself is in urgent need of repair, and a new roof. For the time being we are living in the next door barn which as bedrooms and a basic kitchen, dining area, showers and composting toilets.

    The farm consists of 3 pieces of terraced land near the top of the hill surrounded by forest near the top of the hill and is beautiful and as peaceful as you can wish for. The land has not been used for many many years and is overrun and needs work and care to bring it into sustainable use.

    Our plans are to turn the land into as much of a permaculture based community of like minded people. To learn and preserve old Japanese methods of farming so that these can be shared with guests coming to the farm.

    We also will add glamping tents to the site to increase the accommodation and to run yoga/meditation and other healing retreats.

    The project has been started by Tim a long time resident of Japan. He has been searching for land to turn into a retreat for some years. After failed attempts in Australia and Nepal the land became available and we now have permission to use the area.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer some interaction with local Japanese people. Chance to visit the very beautiful Kamogawa area the birthplace of Nichiren Buddhism.

  • Help


    We are looking for people to help with clearing and maintaining the land, gardening and planting of veg, general management of the site, diy and building projects and cooking for those at the farm.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have 2 shared rooms in our converted barn and large glamping tents. Personal tents are also welcome. The farm is only a few months old. While the sleeping and living area of the Barn is comfortable the kitchen and dining area are basic, as are the showers, we do have plenty of hot water tho. All toilets are composting system toilets.
    Food is cooked both individually and communially and we need workawayers to help with cooking, be it their own food or in preparation of communal food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Any time off can be spent exploring the area, there are temples, beautiful countryside, beaches and the whole Boso peninsula. Transport is by bus from Kamogawa town. The farm is 3 km from the bus.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 337536391163