Native beans, free-range farming, and a 300-year-old house in the deep mountain.

Kosugecho, Hitachiota-shi, Ibaraki-ken
2-3 days〜

Local Characteristics

It is located in the northeastern part of Ibaraki Prefecture, 20 kilometers from prefectural capital Mito City and 120 kilometers from Tokyo. It seems to have prospered as the center of the region since ancient times, as can be seen from the many ruins and burial mounds. The town is full of history and culture, with various shrine festivals held every 72 years since the Heian period (794-1185).

Concept

Nearby is Fukuroda Falls, one of the three most famous waterfalls in Japan, surrounded by majestic wilderness, but where people live is a gentle satoyama where nature and people coexist. about 10 years ago, the area attracted people to start organic farming. There are more and more young business owners who have started their businesses in the last few years.

3 Key Points

1Host’s introduction

The two of us live here. My husband likes to collect old tools that move by human power and he has a large collection of them. We are good at fixing and building old machines, houses, sheds, etc. We both love the local people. The place for guests to stay is a separate house from the main house.

2You can interact with people like this!

Organic farmers (vegetables = accepting trainees, grapes, poultry farming), woodworkers, people who have recently started their own business (bakery, employment of physically challenged people, promotion of immigration, small forestry business, creating a system to utilize forests, processors to eliminate food loss, general stores, etc.) Visits to historic sake breweries (depending on the season), local grandfathers (maybe they can teach you how to make soba (buckwheat noodles), straw crafts, or seasonal processed goods? There is a pay for some of these activities. Even if you only want to have tea with them.)

3You can experience like this!

You might can also earn income by organizing events in your fields of expertise: Plus you can experience poultry farming, rice paddies, and fields (mainly bean cultivation).
●If you are interested in DIY, building chicken coops, fencing for goats, building shed walls with bamboo, pruning garden trees, merchandising wild vegetables, tending the garden, making firewood and firewood stoves, etc.
●For those who like to learn, ecological research in the back hills and rice paddies.  
●If you like to cook, cook with organic and naturally grown seasonal ingredients (yuzu, plums, persimmons, chestnuts) and preserved wild vegetables.
●If you are thinking seriously about moving to the countryside and getting a job, you can learn how to grow native species and make tofu with native soybeans.We can provide an example of natural poultry farming, and training for organic farming. We can introduce you to unused tea fields and their owners (with tools). We can introduce you to vacant rice fields as well.

Typical One-Week Stay

Day 1: Afternoon check-in; explore the surroundings
Days 2-3: Farm work and interactions with neighbors
Wednesday and Sunday: No farm work. Sightseeing and non-agricultural experiences
Last day morning: Check-out, room cleaning, airing out futons, and washing sheets

Typical Daily Schedule of a Host

【Weekdays & Weekends】
6:00–8:30: Shipping
8:30–9:00: Break
9:00–11:00: Making chicken feed, feeding chickens, collecting eggs, taking care of goats, etc.
11:00: Lunch preparation or egg shipping
12:00: Lunch
14:00: Farm work
17:00: Collecting eggs, taking care of goats, preparing firewood, office work
19:00: Dinner
20:00: Office work/break/bath
22:00: Lights out

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

Those who intend to seriously live with the land in the future! We believe that you will be able to experience and learn some of the finer points of satoyama living. Satoyama is full of blessings! We can be healed in nature! But to live with nature, we have to work with it. We welcome those who not only receive blessings but also participate in creation, maintenance, etc. together with us! Of course, it is okay if there is something you can't handle!
We would be happy if you could be a part of creating a new era together with us!

Detailed Information

Location

Kosugecho, Hitachiota-shi, Ibaraki-ken

Features of the Area

In the mountains, village, rural area, satoyama, Kanto region, male and female owners (couple, etc.), near mountains, near the sea, near a river, quiet, guest house on the same property as the main house.

Accessibility

【Nearest airport】
 Ibaraki airport (IBR)

The nearest station is Hitachi Ohta Station on the Suigun Line/ Hitachi Station on the JR Joban Line, 40 minutes by car. 30 minutes on foot to the nearest convenience store. 20 minute on foot to the roadside station with the restaurant. 15 minutes on foot to the naional highway, but you will not hear much noise. Here is a lot of hills so It may be tough to ride a bicycle, but it is ideal for walking and other activities.

Location

It is said that people have lived here since the Jomon period, and the settlement has a solid foundation, seemingly protected by nature. The rural landscape is beautiful, and beyond the settlement, it turns into a forest, with only authorized vehicles passing through, making it ideal for walking and other activities. The area has many slopes, so cycling might be challenging, but for those with good stamina, it could be a perfect course. In the past, it was a pilgrimage path to a shrine located beyond the mountain, and even now, you can walk to the shrine by spending an hour walking through the forest. Nearby, there are small hills and several waterfalls suitable for day trips, making it perfect for hiking.

Shuttle Service

Transportation to Hitachiota Station or Hitachi Station is available (additional fee required).

Languages and Proficiency

English: Intermediate

Fee (per person)
※One month is 30 days

~3 nights: 7,920 yen/night
~4 weeks: 5,940 yen/night
1 month: 132,000 yen

Extra Charge

For children in elementary school and younger: 4,620 yen/night. For students: 5,940 yen/night. From November to March, a heating fee of 450 yen/night will be charged.

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

2-3 days〜

Food Expenses

Not included. Each guest will cook for themselves, but if the timing works out, let's bring and share food together for lunch.
*Please note that there may be days when we cannot accommodate your request.
Rice, beans, eggs, etc., from the village can be sold if available.
You can also purchase vegetables from nearby organic farms if you apply in advance.
Let's share any gifts we receive from neighbors!

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)

キッチン(別々)のアイコン

kitchen (seperated)

冷蔵庫のアイコン

refrigerator

お風呂のアイコン

bath

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

リモートワークできる環境のアイコン

environment for remote work

作業着のアイコン

work clothes

Suitable Guests

average male

average famale

male student

female student

male highschooler

female highschooler

couple

single mother

singler father

family

Rentable Transportations

自転車のアイコン

bicycle

Recommended Transportations

You can go to the convenience store by bicycle, but since there are many hills and it can be difficult, let's go out together by car when you need to do shopping.

House Rules

Allowed

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

Forbidden

Accepting Pets, Indoor Smoking

Map

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q

    Is it hot in the summer?

    A

    Basically, enduring the heat in August is challenging.
    At our stay in Ibaraki, we have fans but no air conditioning. We also have fans with ice compartments. You can cool down by taking a shower or going to the river.
    As hosts, we start working around 5 AM and rest inside the house from 10 AM to 3 PM. When the heat is intense, we cool off in the air-conditioned room at the neighbor grandmother's house.

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