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Experience living in a friendly, rural community and help at my guesthouse in Tottori Prefecture, Japan

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  • Last activity: 30/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    My name is Richard, originally from the UK but have been living in Japan for 12 or so years. I run a guesthouse (group bookings only for now) and also organise a number of events. I also now have a small organic farm and woodland and run a non-profit Environmental non-profit organisation. I need some help running these projects, the guesthouse and farm. The guesthouse isn’t so busy these days so most work is on the farm. I try to mix it up, though.

    Anyone with organic farming skills and bee keeping experience would be a perfect fit. Other than that a good working attitude, love of the countryside and ability to be on their own sometimes are most welcome to apply.

    I’m a professional guide so I’m happy to take you on great hikes and cycling rides!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can experience living in a friendly, rural community in Japan. A great way to learn and practice Japanese. The area is perfect for those that enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, surfing and so on.
    The guesthouse was set up as part of a community regeneration project. The community are keen for guests to come and to share their culture.

  • 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


    I run a guesthouse in the most rural prefecture of Japan. I also recently bought some land and am at the very beginning of an organic farm creation. I would like help on the farm and in running the guesthouse including cleaning, check-in and general guesthouse duties. We don't have guests everyday so most work will be on the farm. I’m a beginner so let’s learn together!

    Having a car and/or driving license would be a big plus but not a deal breaker.


  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Private room at the back of the guesthouse with aircon and insulation. Very quiet and peaceful.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    A local train station is just 700 metres from the house. The main guesthouse is situated in a historic fishing village at the base of the beautiful and sacred Mt. Daisen. The other one is at the foot of another sacred mountain, Mount Mitoku! I hadn't made that connection before writing this! I guess I like living at the bottom of sacred mountains!! Delicious and healthy food (you can grow your own), clean air, fresh fish, amazing hiking and ok surfing. You'll love Tottori!

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Large and free parking very close.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    20hrs a week or 15hrs each if a couple.

Host ref number: 595344983941

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