Help fixing up an old hot spring and with basic maintenance at a resort in Hokkaido, Japan




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  • Description


    We are looking for hard-working, outgoing, and competent individuals. If you have been traveling for a while and wish to sink your teeth into a project or just looking to get off the beaten trail, then maybe this is the place for you.

    Depending on the season, life on the mountain can get pretty tough. The accommodation is away from town, it gets pretty chilly in winter and it's not unusual to find bugs and other wildlife around the house. If you are interested in joining us, please write a message describing your skills, qualifications, and the desired arrival date. All applicants must hold a valid working visa to apply.

    We will offer work with minimum Hokkaido labor law wage or more, for all hours worked in all months of the year, according to the labor law of Japan. With no deductions for accommodation. Guests are expected to cover their own food and transportation costs.

    All guests must have a valid work permit before arrival.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Not only will you be able to interact with the locals, practice Japanese, and eat some of the best food in Japan, but guests are contributing to the development of a new destination. Being heavily involved in the community, our guests are often invited to participate in local festivals, BBQs, and other events. The locals here are excited to have you around, so don't be surprised if they buy you a drink and invite you into their homes.

    Iwanai hospitality in unscathed.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    All guests are required to pitch in with basic housework. apart from general working hours. We are looking for guests who have experience living in a share house and require minimal instruction on living with others.

    This summer we will need help renovating an old hot spring. We are currently cleaning out junk from the previous owner, digging irrigation ditches, preparing to paint, and cleaning. This fall, we will most likely be doing some exterior painting, sanding and staining window frames, and retiling a bathroom. Updates on winter positions to come!

    No special skills are required, but guests with plumbing, electrical, carpentry, or cooking skills are preferred.

    During your stay, please do not hesitate to tell us about your skills and how you'd like to contribute. We appreciate those who put in the time to do a good job and your effort, or lack thereof will not go unnoticed.

    If possible, please pick up an international driver's license before your visit.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    5 rooms in a shared home

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Iwanai has the most bars per capita in Hokkaido, let's go for a drink and Karaoke!

    4 hot springs within walking distance of the house.

    Some of the best sushi bars on the island

    A bus departs from Sapporo or Otaru station nearly every hour. I can pick you up from the Iwanai bus terminal if you provide me with an accurate arrival time.

    Wa (和) is a Japanese cultural concept usually translated into English as "harmony". It implies a peaceful unity and conformity within a social group in which members prefer the continuation of a harmonious community over their personal interests.

    Please be aware of your surroundings and put your housemates and the local people before yourself.

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    • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

Glamping in summer
Midwinters dream
some of the best dam sushi you will ever have
This is Iwanai, my home is at the bottom of the ski slopes
hidden beach and waterfalls just down the coast, awesome kayak zone
living room
1 of 4 bedrooms
another bedroom

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