Experience Our Showa-Era Café in a Town Where the Setting Sun Comes to a Standstill, in Ehime.

Futamicho Takagishi,Iyo-shi, Ehime-ken
1-2days

Local Characteristics

Less than an hour away from Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, is a rural town with a special topography of mountains right on the sea. Famous for having the best sunset in Japan, “Shimonada Station,” an unmanned station floating on the sea, attracts many tourists. With a population of about 3,000, this peaceful, beautiful, and lovely town is home to many fishermen and citrus farmers, as well as many stores that are a fusion of immigrants and long-established businesses.

Concept

A shop in a good location in front of the station, started by my great-grandparents over 65 years ago. We operate a Showa-era retro coffee shop (coffee shop & guest house) where you can stay overnight, with the hope of making the shop, which my grandparents have protected ever since, a place where smiling faces can gather, even in these times when the population is disappearing. We hope that you can use one bed in the dormitory like a shared house and enjoy interacting with grandparents, local people, and guests who come to visit. The sunsets are very beautiful and you can enjoy the blue sea and bright red sunsets every day from the large windows of the cafe and the rooftop.

3 Key Points

1Host’s introduction

Although my parents are from Ehime, I grew up in Yokohama because my father was tend to do business trips a lot. I came to Futami-cho every year when I went back to my hometown, and the beautiful scenery and small-town community made me feel comfortable. I also have fond memories of helping my grandparents with their store and being praised for it. I revived a coffee shop that had been semi-closed, and while operating it only on Saturdays and Sundays, I also established a regional trading company business as a Regional Development Cooperation Volunteer, planning, manufacturing, and selling products utilizing the primary products of Futami. Based on my own experience of often using guesthouses when traveling alone, I also opened a guesthouse in the spring of 2022, hoping to create a place where people can enjoy the chance encounter between people. Hosts also live together on another floor.

2You can interact with people like this!

Since it is a guesthouse, we can not only interact with guests who visit daily from all over Japan, but also take you to various places in town if you wish, including the owner's grandparents, local grandparents who come to shop at the store run by the grandparents on the first floor, neighborhood elementary school students who come to play when in the mood, people running local businesses, farmers, fishermen, and other local residents!

3You can experience like this!

You can join me to go to work in and out of the community and try to build the village. You can do a part-time in the Popye where the coffee shop I’m running is only on Saturday and Sunday. You can also join the events if you like to cook. You can have a beer garden or BBQ on the rooftop overlooking the ocean or on the sandy beach in front of you! Futami also offers a variety of hands-on activities, so if you wish, you can do anything from paragliding and pottery making to enzyme baths and working as a part-time mandarin orange farmer! You might even get to process and eat fish given to you by a handsome fisherman!

Typical One-Week Stay

Days 1-2: Participate in helping or community activities
Examples of helping: Café, DIY for vacant houses
Examples of community activities: Bar hopping event organized by the owner, flower planting campaign at the station, accompanying the owner’s town development company activities, introducing active locals
Day 3: Relax
Examples: Walk by the seaside, read a book
Day 4: Farming experience
Days 5-7: Tour the major tourist attractions within the prefecture

Typical Daily Schedule of a Host

【Intern Staff on Café Operating Days】
9:00~: Preparing bento boxes, making beds
11:30~16:00: Café open
16:00~21:00: Guesthouse check-ins, preparing dinner, etc.
21:00~: Dinner, free time
※The owner is doing desk work, attending meetings, and coming and going.
※While doing manual tasks, we can chat while working together. There is always someone in the café, so feel free to talk to us anytime. If our schedules align, let's have a relaxed conversation during dinner!

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

I believe the days are exciting for students interested in town planning and young people with curiosity and enthusiasm. I also recommend a workcation with a view of the sea, as long as the work can be done with only PC, as it is refreshing. I have friends in their early 20s who are tired from work and come here to do nothing for a little healing time, and they have been here many times.

Annual Schedule

April:

Canola flowers and cherry blossoms are in full bloom!

July:

The ocean opens! SUP, swimming, beer gardens, etc! Summer is a busy season with more customers! Many events such as summer festivals!

October:

Cosmos at Shimonada Station in full bloom. Sunset platform concerts, etc.

January:

Many days when the sea is rough and windy! Daffodil fields are in full bloom. Various varieties of mandarin oranges are produced every month. The chabudai may be overflowing with mandarin oranges. (We can also introduce agricultural part-time jobs and harvesting experiences!)みかんでちゃぶ台溢れるかも。(農業バイトや収穫体験なども紹介できます!)

Detailed Information

Location

Futamicho Takagishi,Iyo-shi, Ehime-ken

Features of the Area

Fishing village, seaside, countryside station front

Accessibility

Nearest airport:Matsuyama Airport
Right in front of Iyo-Kaminada Station on the JR Yosan Line (Aiiru Iyonada Line).
2 minutes walk to Futami Seaside Park and Roadside Station Futami.
Local supermarket on the 1st floor.
A convenience store is a 5 minutes walk or 30 seconds by car.

Location

Other cafes, bakeries, set menus, and ramen noodle shops are available,
You can get anywhere in town in about 10 minutes by car. Bicycles, mopeds, and in some cases cars are available for rent. (You may be required to purchase insurance.)
There is only one train every hour, but you can get to Matsuyama in about 40 minutes.

Languages and Proficiency

English: Intermediate

Fee (per person)
※One month is 30 days

【Dormitory 】
~ 2 weeks: 4,620 yen/night
~ 3 weeks: 3,960 yen/night
~ 4 weeks: 3,300 yen/night
1 month ~: 59,400 yen/month

【Private Room】For 1 person. For 2 people (per person)
~ 2 weeks: 6,600 yen/night 4,620 yen/night
~ 3 weeks: 5,280 yen/night 3,300 yen/night
~ 4 weeks: 3,960 yen/night 2,640 yen/night
1 month ~: 125,400 yen/month 79,200 yen/month

Extra Charge

なし

Possible Admission Time

Anytime

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

1-2days

Food Expenses

Not included
fish, vegetables, etc. given to us are shared by all
In the evenings, you can dine together with the staff, and if the timing works, you can also go out to eat together!

Food Arrangements

Morning each person
Lunch each person
Dinner each person

Available Facilities

キッチン(一緒)のアイコン

kitchen (together)

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

Terrace, toothbrush 50 yen, bath towel rental 100 yen, washing machine 200 yen, dryer 300 yen

Suitable Guests

average male

average famale

male student

female student

male highschooler

female highschooler

couple

single mother

singler father

family

Rentable Transportations

車のアイコン

car

原付のアイコン

scooter

自転車のアイコン

bicycle

Recommended Transportations

It is nice if you have a car, but you don’t have to worry because there are some stores you can go to on foot, located in front of the station, we also do have a motorcycle and bicycle. We can lend you a car if it is a good time or drive you to the place.

House Rules

Allowed

Having friends over, Staying out or coming home late at night, Hosting Friends, Outdoor Smoking

Forbidden

Indoor Smoking

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