Authentic Japanese Experience - help in the countryside of Kochi, on the beautiful island of Shikoku, Japan




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    Hello, everyone!
    My name is Naoko, I am a professional chef.

    We live in Kochi / Shikoku Island, Japan. we are approximately 5-6 hours from Osaka by train or bus, or 3 hours from Okayama.

    We are currently living in a 90 years old traditional Japanese style house, which had been renovated very well.
    The house is surrounded by mountains, full of stars in the night, rice field and full size of the Japanese garden.

    I love traveling all over the world. also, I love cooking and meeting new people.
    We have four chickens as our pet, they are free to roam around, so if you do not like chickens, sorry but this is not the place for you.

    We will be grateful for any help if you are skilled and experienced in DIY/building, plumbing, painting or gardening.

    A car is not necessary but would be helpful. A bus stop is just a front of the house, however, the bus comes only several times a day.
    Although we have two bicycles that you can use to roam around the village.

    You will have your own Tatami Japanese style room (no room key) and use a shared bathroom. I am very happy to cook your dinner and breakfast when you do work for us, but you will have to provide your own lunch.

    We have no TV in the house, but there is free unlimited WIFI in the house.
    We speak Japanese and English.

    Kochi city "capital of Kochi prefecture" only 40mints by car.

    We are starting a holiday accommodation business in the same house. So at this stage, we would like to accept a volunteer between the end of the month for one or two weeks only. My plan is to be open for 2 or 3 weeks to holiday guests, and the following 1 or 2 weeks to Workaway volunteers.
    The room that is used by guests during the guest weeks, is then used by volunteers during the Workaway weeks.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Have an experience of Japanese local culture, such as Japanese cooking or baking if you want to.
    I graduated from the Tokyo Sushi Academy 2 years ago, so I can teach you how to make Sushi.
    (I am sorry but I am not a professional Sushi chef, I just know how to make sushi )

    We do not have many tourist activities spots, but you can enjoy real Japanese life and culture and meet locals.
    We have a few nice cafe or onsen, a hiking trail, a few waterfalls in this area.

    My next door is Karaoke-shop. which is open for the local farmer who is living in this area. they loves to sing a song! You can go to sing an English song, and enjoy your time with locals.

    Cycling along the Monobe river as the gentle blow of wind can make feel relaxed and optimistic all day long.

    Please enjoy Kochi/ Shikoku island with friendly people, good and fresh foods and lots of nature.

  • Help


    We will be grateful for any help if you are skilled and experienced in DIY/building, plumbing, painting or gardening.


    Gardening - We need help setting up the vegetable garden. weeding, and other parts of the garden.

    Painting - house interior and exterior

    Clearing- tidy up the storage or shed, inside and outside the house, commercial kitchen as well

    Building- outdoor table, fix the shed floor, etc we are waiting for your suggestion.

    Website - to make English site.

    photography - our house, foods or customers, etc

    Could you please mention your skills in your message.


    It would be appreciated if we could hear from you on how we can improve our house as accommodation.

    We have so many things to do, please come and join us, Let's have fun and share our precious time together.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Japanese and English

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own Tatami room/Japanese style with Futon mattress.
    no room key, no drapes in the windows, between room to room is Fusuma paper doors.
    Used shared a bathroom.

    I will cook your Dinner and Breakfast for your workday. I am happy to cook vegetarian foods as well. Gluten/dairy free meals are available too.

    Drinks especially alcohol is not included. we do not drink alcohol or any soft drinks include coca-cola, etc, and we do not smoke at all.

    We would like to ask you to give a hand to tidy up after meals.

    We have no TV in the house, sorry.
    There is free unlimited WIFI but it is a bit slow because of ADSL.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The closest train station is Tosayamada.

    I possibly could pick you up at the Tosayamada station. or you can catch the bus bound to our place.

    Access to the city center takes about 40mints by car. small store about 3mints by car.
    big supermarket about 20mints by car, river 10mints on foot.

    We have four hot springs ( onsen) around my house.

    To a famous hiking trail (Mt Sanrei or Mt Miune ) is about an hour drive to the starting point of a trail. In the mountain, there is a mountain hut which is free to stay overnight for a hiker.

    Our area call Kahoku, has a beautiful nature and we still have Japanese old lifestyle and culture here. so you can feel the life of the locals.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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