Our hostel opened on September 1, 2016 and is Odawara's first hostel! Since then, we welcome guests from all over the world! It's located 5 minutes on foot from Odawara station.
Odawara city is 30 min away from central Tokyo by Shinkansen and 15 minutes to Hakone (which is one of the famous spot for enjoying onsen and hiking).
Help in the house
Odawara is a good base to go to Hakone, Mount Fuji, Kamakura, Enoshima. You can make many day trips from here.
You can go sightseeing on your day off, before/ after your shift :).
You are more than welcome to take part in some events we organize (sushi party, "GoOut party" where you can meet foreigners and japanese people living in Odawara!). We welcome guests from all over the world with different languages, backgrounds and experiences so you can meet and share with one another. Moreover, our staff is mainly fluent in japanese and english so you can learn/exercise japanese if you feel so :). (But don't worry if you don't speak japanese ;)!)
This host offers accommodation and payment.
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We mainly need someone to help with maintenance and housekeeping at the moment. However, if you can speak a bit of Japanese and english, we are also looking for someone to help us at the reception to do the check in!
The hostel has 2 dormitories: one female dormitory with 5 beds and one mixed dormitory with 10 beds, 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, a small kitchen area and a social space where guests can meet/eat/speak :).
Available Period: all year around
Duration: at least 1 month. Helping 3 or 4 days a week (so you will have 3 or 4 days off! ;))
Accommodation: 2 rooms in a house located 2min away from the hostel. The house is Japanese style and you will possibly be with another helper.
We also have another small room available in the hostel where you would be alone.
We offers a wage in line with the minimum wage (¥983). We offer a wage and free accommodation.
We do not provide food but there is a kitchen and cheap supermarkets close by.
Type of volunteering: Housekeeping, hostel maintenance, check out, help with events (we sometimes organize sushi party-> free for you :))
Requirement: Any nationality welcome! :) You just need a valid Working Holiday Visa and motivation :).
If you are interested by helping to us, please provide us the following information so we can understand you better.
Please copy and paste the below questions and answer them.
- When would you like to come and help us (which date to which date)?
- Which language do you speak?
- What's your plan in Japan?
- What made you want to apply to help us?
- A short introduction about yourself
- Do you like cleaning and meeting new people?
- Do you have special skills that may help us? (DIY skills, art, designing, painting, cooking, drawing, marketing, advertising, social media, etc) If you can help us, please let us know if how you can help us.
English French and japanese
You will stay in a private house located just the next door from the hostel and 5 min away from Odawara station. You will possibly be with another helper but both of you will have your own private room. The room is japanese style with traditional futon on tatami.
The room has an air conditioner and heaters.
There is a kitchen area with all of the kitchen tools and a shower room (w/shampoo, conditioner and body soap) with a bath.
A variety of restaurants and supermarkets can be found within 5 minute walk from the house.
Odawara is famous for its castle, its beach and its fishing port where you can enjoy daily fresh fish (think about Tsukiji market but more local :)).
Odawara is within the borders of the volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, centered on Lake Ashi (from where you can have and amazing view on Mount Fuji). You can enjoy nature and hiking here. The area is also loaded with hot springs (traditional japanese onsen), museums, beaches and good food! We have the chance to have a variety of great local restaurants and we will be very happy to make you discover them.
Odawara station is really convenient as it has Shinkansen, JR Tokaido line, Shinkansen and Odakyu/Hakone Tozan Railway. You can go easily to Tokyo, Kyoto or closer cities like Hakone, Gora, Kamakura, Enoshima and Gotemba (near Mount Fuji)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 3 or 4days a week