Help us renovate our home and grow vegetables at the base of a volcano in Hokkaido, Japan



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    We are a Japanese family living in the rural village of Makkari in Hokkaido, Japan. Our home is at the foot of Mt. Yotei, a spectacular stratovolcano. We are in the process of renovating our old farmhouse. We need help with construction, farming, playing with and educating our kids, cooking meals at home for our family and other workawayers, cleaning our house, etc. The mountains of Hokkaido are breathtaking in all seasons. In addition to Mt Yotei, Makkari village is famous for its spring water and local tofu. There is an outdoor onsen (hot spring) 5 minutes from our home with rejuvenating water and great views of Mt. Yotei. We are very excited to exchange cultures! We would love to try your favorite foods and learn about your home. Please come help us with these fulfilling projects, we look forward to meeting you !

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Life on Hokkaido is very special. From the ancient island culture of the Ainu, to the modern mountain culture of Niseko, there are always new things to learn and experience. We are happy to share our life experiences with our new workaway friends, and look forward to learning about their cultures. The staples of Hokkaido cuisine are the fresh vegetables farmed on the island (yurine, potatoes, squash, leeks, etc). Makkari tofu is also very famous, with one local shop at the base of Mt. Yotei offering free samples of their 30 different tofus. The geography of Hokkaido is very unique, offering inspiration for both winter and summer adventures.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    This summer we are looking for help renovating our home and building a tiny house. We are also looking for Workawayers to help watch our kids and teach them English and other skills. Please tell us if you have experience with kids. We also need help cooking and cleaning in our home.

    We are in the process of building a large natural farm and rice paddies. We will need help harvesting yurine (lily bulbs) in October and early November We are always interested in hosting workaways with permaculture / biodynamic farming experience.

    An ongoing project is chopping wood for the winter. We are also interested in learning yoga!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We offer Workaways a private room in our home. We provide lunch and dinner on work days, but ask that Workawayers buy and cook their own breakfasts and own food on days off.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Makkari is a great little town of about 2000 people. In the summer there are countless festivals and in the winter you can ski almost everywhere! There is an outdoor onsen (hotspring) in town, many mountains to climb (my favorites are Mt. Yotei and Shiribetsudake), diverse restaurants to explore, and people to meet! This is also a great place to practice your Japanese. Please come stay with us!

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    • 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

    ~ 5 hours a day, for 5 days, then 2 days off

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