“Nothing but Everything”Veranda house on the hill where people cross paths at the “kamado”

Kotsugawa Higashiyoshino-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara-ken
2-3days

Local Characteristics

“Nothing but everything.” Soba noodle shop, cartoonist, woodworker, potter, dyer, beer brewer, tea farmer, photographer, etc. Higashiyoshino Village is home to many people who practice a “way of life that is their own. Higashiyoshino Village in Yoshino-gun, Nara Prefecture, has a population of approximately 1,600 and an aging population rate of 57%, making it an area on the leading edge of super-aging. 97% of the village area is surrounded by mountains and forests. People are attracted to Higashiyoshino Village because of its pleasant people and nature.

Concept

We spent a year and a half to DIY an old private house that had been vacant for 10 years in my grandmother’s family home.In one and a half years, about 1,000 people have visited the house on the trolley hill through hands-on events such as harvesting vegetables in the vegetable garden, making xylophones using Yoshino cedar, and holding tea-picking workshops. We try to create a place where people in Higashi-Yoshino Village and those outside the village can interact with each other. We are looking for people who have a desire to work together to deal with all kinds of issues in the community, using this place ”kamado” as a center for interaction.

3 Key Points

1Host’s introduction

I would like to use my work experience as a physiotherapist to address the aging problem in the village of Higashi-Yoshino by holding health classes and providing shopping support services. With the mission of "creating a society where everyone can be who they are," we are working to create a place where people in and outside of the village can connect.

2You can interact with people like this!

“What is Higashiyoshino Village like?” Every month, we hold a Higashi-Yoshino Village Attraction Discovery Event "where you can learn about the real life and work in the village with Higashi-Yoshino” villagers as guests.

3You can experience like this!

we welcome people who are interested in event planning and management, as well as creative activities such as design, illustration, DIY, and creative people, and people with entrepreneurial spirit who want to create their livelihood! We could use your help with cleaning, maintaining the crops in the fields, guiding overnight guests, and cleaning the guest rooms. There is also a very popular soba noodle restaurant with a cafe in Higashi-Yoshino Village within a 1-minute walk, so you can socialize while also spending some time on your own.

Typical One-Week Stay

Day 1: Participate in a community event hosted by the owner
Day 2: Farming experience (vegetables, tea, yuzu, mugwort, etc.) and helping out (weeding and DIY at an old house)
Day 3: Leisurely stroll along the river or visit a shrine
Day 4: Experience cooking rice on a traditional stove
Day 5: Visit waterfalls
Day 6: Dinner with the local community

Time Spent with the Host

Morning Breakfast Late Morning Lunch Afternoon Evening Dinner Free Time
Weekdays × × × ×
Weekends × × × ×

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

Recommendations

People who enjoy meeting in a guesthouse and coworking space. People who can personally greet and interact with the elderly people of the village. We also welcome people who are interested in event planning, and creative activities and people with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to create their livelihood.

Annual Schedule

April:

Tea picking & Bancha making experience Cherry blossom viewing of 2000 weeping cherry trees

May:

Making Kakinoha Sushi Making Dengara(traditional mochi)

June:

Potato harvest festival, sweetfish fishing

July:

Summer vegetable harvest event & BBQ, playing in the river

August:

Nagashi Somen (fine white noodles served flowing down a bamboo)

September:

Tea picking & tea making experience

October:

Woodworking with Yoshino cedar

November:

Children's market & making bamboo lanterns

December:

Mochitsuki (rice cake pounding) with local residents

January:

DIY workshop at an inn for spring break

February:

Miso making experience

March:

Tent sauna experience, potato planting experience

Detailed Information

Location

Kotsugawa Higashiyoshino-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara-ken

Features of the Area

Remote area, mountainous area, settlement

Accessibility

Car is recommended. About 1.5 hours by car from Osaka city and about 2.5 hours by car from Nagoya city.

If you are coming by train, please take the Nara Kotsu Bus "Route 15" from the nearest Kintetsu Haibara Station. On weekdays, get off at "Higashi Yoshino Village Office" (on holidays, get off at "Utano"). From there, transfer to the Higashi Yoshino Village Community Bus and get off at "Kamidebashi". After getting off the bus, climb the slope for about 5 minutes to reach your destination!

Location

The location lets you hear the greenery of the mountains stretching out before you from the deck, the murmuring of the river, and the singing of birds!
5-minute walk from a cafe and soba restaurant open only on weekends!

Fee (per person)
※One month is 30 days

【4.5-tatami mat private room】For 1 person, for 2 people
〜2 weeks: 5,500 yen/night, 4,200 yen/night
〜3 weeks: 5,100 yen/night, 3,800 yen/night
〜4 weeks: 4,700 yen/night, 3,400 yen/night
1 month〜: 75,000 yen/month, 68,000 yen/month

Extra Charge

Free for pre-elementary schoolers, half price for elementary schoolers

Possible Admission Time

Anytime. However, studless tires are required for cars during winter (December-February).

Availability

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

Possible Admission Period

2-3days

Food Expenses

Not included
free for rice and vegetables harvested from the garden

Food Arrangements

Morning each person
Lunch each person
Dinner create together

Available Facilities

キッチン(一緒)のアイコン

kitchen (together)

キッチン(別々)のアイコン

kitchen (seperated)

冷蔵庫のアイコン

refrigerator

シャワーのアイコン

shower

洗濯機のアイコン

washing machine

駐車場のアイコン

parking

駐輪場のアイコン

bicycle parking

Wi-Fiのアイコン

Wi-Fi

アメニティのアイコン

amenities

リモートワークできる環境のアイコン

environment for remote work

Other Facilities

Camping chair, hammock, fire pit, BBQ grill

Suitable Guests

average male

average famale

male student

female student

male highschooler

female highschooler

couple

single mother

singler father

family

Recommended Transportations

It is difficult to get around your living area without a car, so drive out together to buy groceries.

House Rules

Allowed

Having friends over, Staying out or coming home late at night, Accepting Pets, Outdoor Smoking

Forbidden

Indoor Smoking

Map

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q

    Can I work part-time?

    A

    Part-time work such as guesthouse cleaning and laundry (contract work) is available! Prior consultation required!

  • Q

    I would like to stay in August. What kind of experiences can I have nearby?

    A

    You can enjoy activities such as river play, shrine and waterfall walks, bug catching, stargazing, ayu (sweetfish) catching (for a fee), nagashi-somen (flowing noodles), and vegetable harvesting.

  • Q

    Will there be any expenses to pay on-site?

    A

    There shouldn't be any special expenses, but for BBQs, there will be a shared cost for ingredients (up to about 2,000 yen), dining out expenses, the onsen (hot spring) entrance fee (500 yen for adults, 200 yen for children), and ayu (sweetfish) catching (750 yen if you want it grilled on the spot).

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