Live on Ojika island and help at a guesthouse in Nagasaki, Japan



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    My name is Taiyo and I am happily married with two boys and two daughters. I love meeting new people, going travelling and singing at Karaoke. I live on a beautiful island called Ojika, in Nagasaki Prefecture, located 1 hour 45 minutes by ferry from Sasebo or 5 hours by ferry from Fukuoka. The island is bursting with beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and a rich history. Also, in just 25 minutes by ferry you can reach Nozaki Island, a world heritage site since 2018. Uninhabited except for hundreds of deer, the island is reminiscent of its Christian past and is a must-see for anyone interested in the deep and complicated history of Christians in Japan. This Workaway offers a true taste of life in the Japanese countryside with the opportunity to become involved with a local community, currently a tiny and close-knit population of around 2,300 people.

    I run a traditional Japanese ryokan (like a bed and breakfast) which opened in June 2015. Then, in October 2016, we expanded the business to include a guesthouse with a capsule room and larger family room. This year (2019) we have begun another expansion of the dining hall and kitchen area- as you can see, we are always working on improving the business and that's why we need your help!

    However, we are not only looking for help with housekeeping and general maintenance, but we also want to give you the opportunity to utilize your creativity- if you are an artist, chef, video-maker, or have any kind of talent you want to explore, we would love to collaborate with you and create something special. The main purpose of this Workaway is to invite interesting and creative people to come and share their talents with us, and in return be able to showcase the beauty of Ojika to people far across the world!

    What kind of help we might need:

    - Cleaning the rooms and common areas in the inn and guesthouse.
    - Taking pictures and writing for our blog and social media.
    - Helping to cook meals.
    - Helping in the garden, farm work, weeding, digging etc.
    - Creating videos, artwork or any kind of PR material for the business.
    - Helping with odd jobs, fixing bikes, running errands etc.
    - Serving dinner to the guests, laying tables and washing dishes.
    - Helping to renovate old, traditional Japanese houses.
    - Teaching English my kids.
    - Housekeeping our traditional our house and Japanese rock garden.

    That we offer in exchange for your help:

    - You will have your own bed/futon in a share house just for workawayers, meaning you have share room or private room and a place to relax during the evenings and your time off. The house has free Wi-Fi, a laundry machine and all the necessities you will need whilst staying in Ojika. 
Food is also included in your stay and you won’t be disappointed: 3 big and delicious meals a day- including fresh sashimi- you really won’t need to spend any money during your time here!

    - During your stay, as well as being provided with all meals free of charge and bicycle, we often rent out a private karaoke room for you, take you to any special events happening on the island and even sometimes offer the opportunity to go on private boat cruises with my parents! We want you to have the best experience you can while staying with us!

    Requirements to help:

    - No previous experience needed, but we do expect you to have a good sense of responsibility, work hard and to value cleanliness!
    - Be willing to help clean our inn to the standard expected in Japan- we don't want people with a half-hearted attitude!
    - You don't need to speak Japanese! We speak fluent English and a little bit of Spanish.
    - You should take many pictures of Ojika island to share with us and for our Instagram and Facebook page!
    - Unfortunately we cannot accept couples and friends.
    - NO smoking.
    - A Big Smile!!!!!!!

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Please note that we can only accept helpers with valid visa that allow them to work with us (i.e., Working holiday visa, student visa, spouse visa) Tourist visa is unfortunately not accepted, due to legal issues. *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    *Host offers payment
    This it is at least minimum wage that is offered for all hours worked and that this is in addition to accommodation

    We recommend this exchange to people who want to:

    - Experience living as part of a countryside community - experience real authentic Japan!!!
    - Meet people from across Japan and all over the world.
    - Practice their Japanese.
    - Share their talent and showcase their creativity.
    - Enjoy a break from the crazy city life and relax in beautiful surroundings.
    - Make lifelong friends and memories!

    What else ...

    - Access: You can reach Ojika island by ferry from Fukuoka (night ferry) or Sasebo in Nagasaki (2-3 ferries per day). Whenever you arrive we will pick you up at the boat terminal!

    - We can only accept people who will stay for two or more weeks- but extending your stay is almost always ok!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    You can learn or develop your Japanese language skills by talking with locals or with our Japanese staff. You have the opportunity to meet the local Ojika residents and feel part of a small community in this unique countryside environment. You can learn about the running of the inn and guesthouse and get tips on starting and running your own business. Benefit from a happy and healthy lifestyle- biking, exploring, swimming, hiking, eating great food, meeting wonderful people and making lifelong memories.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    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.

  • Help


    We need you to help in the smooth running of our business, including:
    -cleaning the rooms
    -talking to the guests
    -creating PR materials like videos and artwork
    -helping with gardening and renovation

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

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    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have a large Workaway-only share house located just a two minute walk from the Inn. It has free WiFi, free use of the washing machine and has recently been refurbished. You will also be provided with three big meals a day! No need to spend any money during your stay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Whatever you want to do, gardening, fishing, cycling, swimming, take care of our cats and more things to do.

  • A little more information

    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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Minimum 25 / Maximum 40 hours per week

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