Rural x Bilingual x International Homestay

Oyamashin, Sasayama-shi, Hyogo-ken
2-3 days



Local Characteristics

Tamba Sasayama City is famous for delicious vegetables such as the famous black soybeans and Tamba chestnuts, as well as the beautiful countryside that the city lies in. The city has many faces: as a castle town, as a village of Tamba pottery which is one of the 6 ancient pottery kiln areas in Japan, and as a farming village. In recent years, more and more people from bigger cities have moved here. Many stylish cafes and restaurants that are located in renovated old private houses have opened. Osaka and Kobe are an hour and a half away by train, and Kyoto is about an hour away by car.


Since my husband is British, we actively engage in international exchange, in addition to interacting with the local community. We make miso, participate in local events, grow vegetables in our home garden, and leisurely enjoy country life.

3 Key Points

1Host’s introduction

We are an international couple from England and Japan. We have five grown up children, who are all independent, so now only the two of us live here. Barry visited/lived in many countries in his younger years before coming to Japan and Yoko works as a local guide in Tamba Sasayama City and also as a freelance translator. We love international cultural exchange, helping to organize events and disseminate information about Tamba Sasayama to the community of foreigners living in Japan. So, if you would like to know about this city, this would be the perfect place!
The history and culture of this city is so deep and interesting, that we decided to move here in 2011! We fell in love with Tamba Sasayama!

2You can interact with people like this!

When events are held, English-speaking foreigners gather to visit Sasayama's tourist attractions and events together. Our own direct neighbors are a family who are working hard on permaculture and land improvement. Of course, you can interact with other locals in the area too.

3You can experience like this!

Barry usually works hard on growing vegetables in our vegetable garden and maintaining our house which has been fully renovated by ourselves. He’s always happy for a helping hand if you want to try it yourself! Yoko can show you around the tourist spots. You can also participate in events if the schedule matches.

Typical One-Week Stay

Day 1: Arrival, house tour, etc.
Days 2-6:
Vegetable harvesting (summer, autumn)
Black soybean harvesting (October)
River play (summer)
Chicken care (year-round)
City sightseeing (year-round, including castle town, pottery making experience, children's parks, Tanba cotton weaving experience, etc.)
DIY (year-round, woodworking)
English experience (year-round)
Fishing (seasonal), etc. Of course, there will also be time to relax at home or take walks in the rural scenery!
Day 7: Departure preparation, departure
*Various arrangements can be made according to your preferences.

Time Spent with the Host

Morning Breakfast Late Morning Lunch Afternoon Evening Dinner Free Time

Morning: 6:00-8:00 Late Morning: 10:00-12:00 Afternoon: 13:00-17:00 Evening: 17:00-19:00


We do not treat you as customers but receive you as a part of our family. So, we are looking for people who are willing to jump in to help out, people who are interested in and enjoy cross-cultural exchange. There may be many things that are different from where you come from, which you might not necessarily agree with, but there is reasoning for everything we do, so please simply come and ask us if you have any questions or problems. We are looking forward to having you and spend time together in this beautiful peaceful countryside!

Detailed Information


Oyamashin, Sasayama-shi, Hyogo-ken

Features of the Area

Village, rural area, Kinki region, male and female owners (couple, etc.), suitable for men, suitable for women, suitable for students, festivals/events, near mountains, quiet


Nearest airport:Kansai International Airport
The nearest station is Tamba Oyama Station, but due to low train frequency, we usually use JR Sasayamaguchi Station. Pick-up and drop-off service is available from the station. There are several sightseeing spots within a few minutes’ drive from the house. The house is located in a quiet rural setting, 1 km from National Route 176. You can enjoy nature in all seasons.
It takes about 20 minutes by car to the supermarket for shopping, so we buy in bulk several times a week.It takes about 20 minutes by car to the supermarket for shopping, so we buy in bulk several times a week.


A 10-minute walk (850 meters) from the house brings you to Takazoji Temple, a famous spot for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. There are also several tourist attractions within a few minutes' drive. Located 1 kilometer off National Route 176, it offers a quiet rural landscape. It’s a place where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the changing seasons.

Shuttle Service


Languages and Proficiency

English: Native and Advanced. Spanish: Advanced and Beginner

Fee (per person)
※One month is 30 days

8,850 yen/day

Extra Charge

Half Price for Elementary School Students and Younger

Possible Admission Time



We are generally available.
*However, the host may have urgent matters, so please feel free to request and confirm the dates.

Possible Admission Period

2-3 days

Food Expenses

Not included
*Let's have a potluck meal together.

Food Arrangements

Morning each person
Lunch each person
Dinner each person

Available Facilities


kitchen (together)








washing machine






air conditioning in the room




environment for remote work

Suitable Guests

average male

average famale

male student

female student

single mother

singler father


Rentable Transportations



Recommended Transportations

It’s hard to go around without a car, so I recommend you to rent a car or go out together with us. There is a big parking space, so no problem for us if you come by car. Of course, we can go pick-up and drop-off if you don’t have a car or driver’s license.

House Rules


Having friends over, Staying out or coming home late at night


Hosting Friends, Accepting Pets, Indoor Smoking


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q

    Are there times when there are more children of the same age, or are there preschools nearby?


    In this village, there is only one 3-year-old child, and no other children. It literally embodies the trend of a declining birthrate and an aging population.
    Since there are few small children in the area, there aren't preschools like in the city, but there are several large parks for children where you might find children of the same age visiting for sightseeing or returning to their hometown.
    Also, families with children tend to visit during the summer vacation or Golden Week, so it's possible to interact with other guests!

  • Q

    Are there cool places to escape the summer heat?


    I'm not sure if it can be called a cool retreat, but compared to Osaka or Kobe, the perceived temperature is about 5°C cooler.
    Additionally, because the house is surrounded by rice fields and farmland, it is well-ventilated, and even in the middle of summer, you might need a light long-sleeve at night.
    Last summer, a guest from Nagoya got out of the car and immediately said, "It's cool!”


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Lee family
Amazingly refreshing retreat with John and Yoko

Our family ( two adults, one 8 year old ) recently enjoyed a delightful two-night, three-day home stay at Tamba Sasayama with our gracious hosts, John and Yoko. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed and immersed in the local culture of country side.

Our stay was filled with a variety of engaging activities. We started with a scenic hike through the picturesque hills, visited local temples, biking in the mountains, immersing in the famous Tamba pottery museum, followed by a relaxing fishing session in the nearby dam. The serene environment and fresh air were refreshing, providing a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

One of the highlights was our pottery class. The museum staffs guided us through the process of creating our own ceramic pieces, which was both fun and rewarding. It was fascinating to learn about this traditional craft and to have the opportunity to make something with our hands.

John and Yoko's hospitality extended beyond just activities. They, along with their lovely family, took the time to show us around the area, sharing stories and insights about the local history and culture. We enjoyed the Okonomiyaki together and learned the authentic way to eat this famous Japanese dish. A particularly memorable experience was the visit to a local school. It was incredible to see the day-to-day life of the students and to interact with them. This rare opportunity added a unique and personal touch to our stay.

The countryside of Tampa Sasayama is truly breathtaking, and John and Yoko made sure we experienced it to the fullest. Their warm and genuine hospitality made us feel like part of their family. It was an incredible experience that we will cherish for a long time.

If you're looking for an authentic and enriching countryside retreat, I highly recommend staying with John and Yoko at Tamba Sasayama. You won't be disappointed!