Help gardening etc. at arts & crafts workshops in rural Japan.



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  • Description


    Our business is cabinet making and weaving in the rural mountains of Western Japan.
    We renovated an old primary school into workshops and residential space.
    During April - November we often run one day crafts workshops and offer residential courses too.

    We have a small natural farm which we use permaculture and natural farming methods for.

    The village we live in is in a very rural quiet area with lots of beautiful surrounding nature.
    We are about 3 hours from Osaka and 1.5 hours from Okayama or Kurashiki city.

    We like to accept volunteers from a minimum of one month stay and prefer those who have a keen interest in Japanese culture, working outside and have creative interests.

    We have also have cats and chickens.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    Volunteer work includes gardening, farming, maintenance, animal care and cleaning.
    If you enjoy cooking you can also help with meals.
    If you have a special skill, please let us know.

    We have a large garden and plot of farm land which needs much attention.

    We therefore want people who enjoy doing this type of outdoor work and have an appreciation for nature.
    If you have good experience with gardening we'd love to ask you to stay!

    There is no Workaway work required for woodwork or weaving but you may be asked to do some small jobs to help with preparation.

    You can participate if we have workshops running whilst you are here for a small cost.

    We have Yoga space.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Japanese, English

  • Accommodation


    Private or shared room at an renovated nursery building next to the main building.
    Washing and kitchen facilities available.

    There is free wifi in both buildings.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are very rural with no public transport or shops around here.
    The nearest JR station is 10 minutes by car, where we can pick you up and drop you off.

    Okayama airport is 50 min by car.

    Kamenoko station is 30 min by car.
    Mimasaka-Oiwake rail station is 10 min by car.

    +Access to us
    Our closest highway bus terminal is Tsuyama if you are coming from Kyoto or Osaka (~3 hour trip, ¥3,090- ¥2,750)

    If coming by highway bus you can catch a connecting train from Tsuyama to Mimasaka-Oiwake where we can pick you up.

    If you come by JR Shinkansen to Okayama station. You can take tsuyama line to Kamenoko station where we can pick you up. It takes 30 min by car.

    On volunteers' days off they like to visit Okayama City, Kurashiki , Katsusyama or Tsuyama city. There are also lots of beautiful places to walk to and see around here.
    We can drop you to nearest JR station.

    It is very cold here during the autumn and winter.
    We can provide you with boots and gloves for outside work. There is a free box for the working wears for you to borrow.

    There is a big second hand cloth shop near here where you can get very cheap and nice clothes.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Salad growing at our small veggie plot
Workawayer proudly showing off her finished project
Workawayers experiencing summer festival life
Basket making workshop
Our small village
Main dining room with rocket stove heat bench
River near the house
Workshop guest learning to weave
The main building

Host ref number: 857594542578