Help gardening and other chores at arts & crafts workshops in rural North Okayama, Japan

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  • Description

    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.
    From Dec to early March we close for the visitor.

    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

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Please read the feed back what the previous volunteers say.

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    Volunteer help includes gardening, farming, maintenance, animal care and cleaning.
    If you enjoy cooking you can also help with meals.

    If you have a special skill as graphic design or carpenter, or Yoga teacher extra,,,
    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

    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, isolated with no public transport or shops around here.

    Please read carefully about the information about the access below ! Please don't ask these question by mail!

    The nearest JR station( Mimasaka-Oiwake) is 10 minutes by car, where we can pick you up and drop you off.

    JR
    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 , not Okayama. if you are coming from Kyoto or Osaka (~3 hour trip, ¥3,090- ¥2,750) * JR bus or Shinki Bus
    If you will come from Tokyo, there is a night bus to Tsuyama.

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

    There is another highway bus from Osaka ( Umeda) to Chugoku- Oiwake station which is the nearest bus stop to us.( 10 min by car)

    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.

    Okayama airport is 50 min by car.

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

    * Weather
    It is very cold here during the autumn and winter up to March.

    * Wear and Boots
    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?

    Two

  • ...

    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

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