150 years old!? Old House still developing between the ocean and the mountain.

Mio Mihama-cho,Hidaka-gun, Wakayama-ken
3-4 days

Local Characteristics

Mio, Mihama-cho, Wakayama Prefecture, a small fishing village surrounded by mountains on three sides, used to be home to over 1,000 people. Now more than half of the houses are vacant and the population has dropped below 500 this spring. Visitors can fish and SUP in the ocean in front, pick wild vegetables in the mountains behind, and enjoy nature while looking out at the ocean. 4 km of pine forests and the vast “Enjugahama Beach” allow visitors to feel the Pacific Ocean as they splash in the waves. The Mio area was once a village that produced immigrants to Canada and is called “America Village.” Even today, one can still feel traces of exchange with Canada. Recently, guesthouses, restaurants, and frappuccino shops have begun to open, and the area is attracting attention as a place to settle.

Concept

It is a “developing” base that has just moved to the area and will be renovated and the fields cultivated with the help of the local people.Our motto is little by little but let’s do everything that we can do. And here is the place to get into this rural area so members of this community often come in a day and chat together. Our place seems to change a lot depends who you are.

3 Key Points

1Host’s introduction

Second year graduate student at the University of Tokyo, bought a 150 year old, huge old private house with three large buildings in momentum, and since then I’m living here. Living close to the community while teaching classes online + working part-time, currently working hard to renovate the old house with DIY and create a community space. One day a week I’m creating an inquiry-based learning space for local high school students. I'm enjoying the hustle-bustle slow-life, which is a combination of my master's thesis + part-time job + contributing to the community + wandering around in various ways, and relaxing with a beer while watching the sunset.

2You can interact with people like this!

Interaction with hosts, cultivation and care of fields (from planting seeds to harvesting), interaction with local aunts and uncles, interaction with local high school students, SUP/fishing, mountain climbing, coaching soccer lessons, visiting coffee shops and chai shops. Anyway, you can meet people of all ages, men and women, and of all origins (Bolivians, people who used to run an inn in Mexico, etc.).

3You can experience like this!

The host is a carpenter in training, so you can do DIY as well. Since the area has attracted academic attention, we have researchers visiting, we can guide people from Canada in English who have come to look for their roots, have alcohol at a nearby guesthouse, drink beer while watching the sunset and the ocean on the bank, swim in the ocean, and experience marine sports.

Typical One-Week Stay

Days 1-2: Participate in community activities
*Example of help: interacting with high school students
Days 3-4: Relax, practice Zazen (seated meditation)
Day 5: Farming experience
Days 5-7: Tour the major tourist attractions within the prefecture

Typical Daily Schedule of a Host

【Weekdays】
Working during the day
【Holidays】
Fixing the house or meeting people
※Irregular

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 are ok to live with Host over the one partial wall. People who understand DIY, and helping renovate the old house with the host. I can not give all the attention because I’m a little busy during the day.

Annual Schedule

April:

DIY April: flower viewing, planting summer vegetable seedlings

May:

rice planting

June:

SUP ban lifted; DIY

July:

swimming SUP, summer vegetable harvest

August:

swimming SUP, summer vegetable harvest, rice harvest; DIY

September:

DIY

October:

many Japanese Americans from Canada come; DIY November: mandarin orange picking; DIY

November:

Orange picking and DIY

December:

Orange picking and DIY

January:

DIY

February:

DIY

March:

DIY

Detailed Information

Location

Mio Mihama-cho,Hidaka-gun, Wakayama-ken

Features of the Area

Village, fishing village, Kinki region, male owner, young people present, suitable for men, suitable for students, suitable for professionals, near the sea, near hot springs, quiet, DIY, rice fields, satoyama (village forest), international exchange, town development

Accessibility

Nearest airport:Kansai International Airport
The convenience store is about a 10-minute drive. The supermarket is about a 30-minute drive. It’s better if you have your own car or a rental car.

Location

It is a 15-minute drive from Gobo Station and there is a bus that departs once an hour (to Kainekojima)!
The sea where you can swim is within a 5-minute drive.
Fishing is available in the sea in front of the house. The sea in front of the house is 5 minutes away by car, where you can swim and fish.

Shuttle Service

Available

Languages and Proficiency

English:Intermediate. Chinese : Beginner. Thai : Beginner.

Fee (per person)
※One month is 30 days

~2 weeks: 5,940 yen/night
~3 weeks: 5,280 yen/night
~4 weeks: 3,960 yen/night
1 month: 66,000 yen

Extra Charge

July to September ; Additional fee for the air conditioning fee (140 yen/night).

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

3-4 days

Food Expenses

Not included
Rice, shared by neighbors, free of charge

Food Arrangements

Morning create together
Lunch each person
Dinner create together

Available Facilities

キッチン(一緒)のアイコン

kitchen (together)

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

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

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

Rentable Transportations

車のアイコン

car

自転車のアイコン

bicycle

Recommended Transportations

It is difficult to get around your living area without a car, so drive out with us to buy groceries. You can also take other residents with you!

House Rules

Allowed

Having friends over, Staying out or coming home late at night, Hosting Friends, Accepting Pets

Forbidden

Indoor Smoking

Map

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q

    Are there any part-time jobs you can introduce?

    A

    November to February: Mandarin oranges (difficult for short-term stays)
    June to July: Farm jobs such as plum harvesting are available. Besides these, I might be able to introduce part-time jobs in food and beverage, short-term farm assistance, and carpentry.

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