Help our non-profit Community restaurant and our friends' farm in our beautiful town Yufuin, Oita, Japan



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  • Description


    Our Cafe has been closed due to the New Coronavirus from April 23rd.
    It will last until the day the ‘emergency declaration’ will be over.
    At first, Japanese Goverment told us it's until May 9th, but now they are going to extend the date.
    Because the coronavirus cases in Japan are still increasing rapidly.
    And not only foreign tourrists, if we move across the border of prefectures, Japanese governent told us not move, stay the place where you are to prevent infection from spreading.

    Now our cafe is closed and we have no cooking work.
    So our main work here is renovation works and help our friends farmers all day.

    April 9th, 2020

    Please cooperate to help prevent CORONAVIRUS infection from spreading among us.

    1) If you feel sick or have fevers, please tell Ryuji that and have good rest until you feel better.

    2) If you talk, drink or play games with someone at night in our café, please always KEEP 1m AWAY from each other at the table and use your MASKS always.

    3) Be careful not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your fingers, which cause infection easily.

    4) Please wash your hands every time after you touch something.

    5) Ventilate the air in the café and your private room often.

    Japanese government recently announced ‘Emergency Declaration” of new COVID-19. And it also told us to stay at home, reduce 80% of social interactions. (We can’t live as usual for a while.)

    And unfortunately, we have no extra beds available left for more patients in this town and this country. So if we are infected with coronavirus, we would have to stay and cure ourselves in our share house here. It may spread all our members and we would have to close our café and stop all our activities for a few months. You know, this disease sometimes gives people very serious infection, in some cases,resulting death.

    I don’t want everyone to experience such a tragedy and I also don’t want every one to bring home such a sad memory. And I don’t want to regret that I didn’t warn about these enough.

    So please understand that I have to warn you about these things above.
    And again, please remember that all of us are under very serious conditions now.
    Thank you.

    Ryuji Urata



    Our cafe is run by our NPO-Non Profit Organization group in YUFUIN, OITA. We want to make a structure to support the community of the local residents and their health with the local food. And we also want to help local farmers, welfare fascilities, and residents who need to help.
    All the financial profits from our restaurant is used to support our NPO activities and to realize the purpose of our NPO group. So please help us our activities and join together in our project!

    Our Cafe is a community restaurant which support peoples' life and health and local community with the power and widsdom of global exchanges. Here, we serve the many kinds of dishes as a buffet style and the customers can decide the price and pay it by themselves on our donation system restaurant.
    And in the afternoon, we go to farm to help local farmers grow vegetables. And we oftten go to the challenged peoples workplace to help them growing mushrooms.

    *️We usually accept Workawayers who will stay for more than 10 days at least.
    Workawayer can have 2 off days a week usually.
    The off days are usually Wednesday and another day.
    But if your workaway period is shorter than 10 days,
    you have only 1 off day a week. It is usually Wednesday.

    Thank you.

    Ryuji Urata

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Elderly Companionship
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Charity Work
    Language practice

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can have a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in the nature. You can exchange with a lot of local residents and you can also learn Japanese. Our town YUFUIN is very famous as ONSEN and sight seeing. So you can enjoy a lot of beautiful natures and good ONSEN.
    We have a lot of musical instrumental, and we often play music together just for fun.
    And we often play a board game called ' Ware Wolves' and you can enjoy and learn Japanse or other languages.

  • Help


    We start our activities usually at 9 AM and usually finish at 3 or 4 PM, with 1 or 2 hours break time among that.
    Anyway usually 5 hours volunteering a day for workawayers.
    You can take 3 meals at our cafe while you are staying at our place.

    We want Workawayers to cook the meals. We serve many diishes, usually about 15 kinds of dishes for the lunch time buffet. Youcan cook anything you want or you can help other staff to cook. And after the 'lunch time', please help us wash dishes and clean our cafe.
    In the afternoon, we often go to farms or welfare fascilities to help them, that is usually for 1~2 hours.
    You have 2 days off a week, usually including Wednesday which is off day for our cafe .
    Here, you don't have to be good at cooking. Every activities here are easy for everyone.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Beside the Cafe, we have a guesthouse for Workawayers. There are 5 rooms and each room has 2 beds. So we can accept 10 guests at the same time. And we have big ONSEN hot spring places near it. You can go there in 5 minutes walk. You can use the laundry machine in the guest house. You can't smoke in the guest house and the Cafe.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a very buautiful mountains called YUFUDAKE, Mt YUFU, 1,583m high from the sea level. You can get to the top in 2 or 3 hours and you can enjoy it easily.
    Our town YUFUIN is also famous as a beautiful and mysterious fog in the morning. The fog is coming from the lake Kinrinko and you can enjoy walking in the fog in the morning.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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