[Nothing artificial] Enjoy living in absolute nature with rice fields and goats!

Akasakahigashino Samegawa-mura,Higashishirakawa-gun, Fukushima-ken
2-3 days

Local Characteristics

Located at the southern end of Fukushima Prefecture, in the northeastern part of Higashishirakawa District. As it is situated on the highlands of the southern Abukuma Plateau, most of the village lies at an altitude between 400m and 650m, with approximately 58% of the area covered by forests.


There are no artificial sounds. You can feel the sounds of the four seasons of nature. There are no convenience stores in the village; it’s very rural, a true hidden gem! Nearby, there are vast grasslands reminiscent of Hokkaido. The stars are also beautiful, and there is an observatory in that location. Additionally, there are many unique and charming locals. I’ll introduce you to them, and we can go out and have fun together! The surroundings of the house include mountains, rice fields, and farms – it’s very rural! In winter, you can warm up with a wood stove.

3 Key Points

1Host’s introduction

My parents are from Tokyo and moved to Samegawa Village 30 years ago. I was born in 1995 and raised in Samegawa Village. My hobbies are mountain stream fishing, farming vegetables, drones, watching movies, traveling abroad, BBQ, camping, sports, snowboarding, and baseball.

2You can interact with people like this!

We have many unique community members. I will introduce you to them and we can hang out together! The kids will be here for long vacations and it would be nice to meet and have fun with them!

3You can experience like this!

We have many animals, 3 goats, 2 dogs (Labradors), and about 30 chickens. We also have rice paddies and fields and are very into growing vegetables and rice, so we can teach organic farming methods using fermented compost. There are many things you can do such as working in the rice paddies, planting seeds in the fields, harvesting, mowing, and shipping to the direct farmer's market!

Typical One-Week Stay

Days 1-2: Farming (planting seedlings, harvesting, weeding, etc.)
Day 3: Visit livestock farms
Day 4: Village tour, introduction to local people
Days 5-6: Farming

Typical Daily Schedule of a Host

7:30~: Breakfast
8:15~: Animal care
9:00~: Farming and other tasks
12:00~: Lunch
12:30~: Break
13:30~: Farming and other tasks
17:00~: Animal care
17:30~: Free time
19:00~: Dinner
20:00~: Free time

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


Person who is energetic and cheerful. Interested in nature, children lover and want to work in agriculture. Animal lover. We highly recommend it! Experience rural life in a village where there are no convenience stores, but surrounded by nature. We will support you as much as we can with what you want to do and learn!

Annual Schedule


Farm work, preparation of rice paddies


Rice planting June: Wheat cutting, weeding rice paddies, planting soybeans


Wheat harvesting, rice paddy weeding, soybean planting


Mowing, weeding, harvesting vegetables


Mowing, weeding, harvesting vegetables


Mowing rice, harvesting vegetables, planting wheat seeds


Carrying rice husks, making charcoal


Transporting rice husks, making charcoal


Nature experience school


Chopping wood, tending mountains


Chopping wood, tending mountains


Nature experience school (March 25 - April 2)

Detailed Information


Akasakahigashino Samegawa-mura,Higashishirakawa-gun, Fukushima-ken

Features of the Area

Remote area, in the mountains, village, farming village, Tohoku region, young people present, near mountains


By car:
Via Joban Expressway Nakoso IC (about 40 minutes)
National Highway 289 ~ National Highway 349 ~ Abukuma NS Net
Via Joban Expressway Yumoto IC (about 1 hour and 50 minutes)
Prefectural Road ~ Furudono Town ~ National Road 349 ~ Abukuma NS-Net
Via Shirakawa IC of Tohoku Expressway (about 1 hour)
National Road 289 ~ Tanagura Town ~ Prefectural Road ~ Abukuma NS-Net
Via Joban Expressway Naka IC (about 1 hour and 50 minutes)
National Road 118 - Hanawa Town - Prefectural Road - National Road 289 - Prefectural Road - Abukuma NS-Net

By bus or train:
Highway bus (Tokyo Station - Iwaki Station: Iwaki-go): Get off at Nakoso IC, Pick-up and drop-off service will be provided.
JR Shirakawa Station, Tohoku Shinkansen Line: JR Bus Shiratana Line - Tanagura Station - Pick-up and drop-off service will be provided.
JR Suigun Line: Iwaki Asakawa Station - Pick-up and drop-off service will be provided.
JR Joban Line - Iwaki Nakoso Station - Pick-up and drop-off service will be provided.
※Please consult with us if you are coming by other ways besides the above.
※There is no convenience store in the village.
※Please go to the next town for shopping, etc.
※If you do not have a car and would like to go shopping, etc., please let us know and we will provide a car.

Shuttle Service


Languages and Proficiency

English: Native. Italian: Native

Fee (per person)
※One month is 30 days

〜2 weeks 5,940 yen/day
〜3 weeks 5,680 yen/day
〜4 weeks 5,420 yen/day
1 month: 145,200 yen

Extra Charge

0–3 years old: 7,400 yen/night. For children up to junior high school: 9,640 yen/day. ※This is a daily rate, not per night. Heating fee (270 yen/day) is required from November to March.

Possible Admission Time

Anytime.University students and above are always available. High school students and younger are only accepted during the Nature School program. Program dates are during Golden Week: April 27th to April 29th, Summer Vacation: July 27th to August 6th, and Winter Vacation: December 25th to December 29th.


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


Food Arrangements

Morning provided by the host
Lunch provided by the host
Dinner provided by the host

Available Facilities


kitchen (together)


kitchen (seperated)








washing machine




bicycle parking



Other Facilities

Wood stove, farm

Suitable Guests

average male

average famale

male student

female student

male highschooler

female highschooler


single mother

singler father


Rentable Transportations



Recommended Transportations

There is no convenience store in the village. Shopping, etc., is in the next town. If you do not have a car and want to go shopping, please let us know and we will take you by car.

House Rules


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


Accepting Pets, Indoor Smoking


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q

    Please tell me about the content of the nature experience program. Also, how do parents spend their time during this period?


    The children will be the main participants and decide on the games and activities. Additionally, there are specific tasks in the morning and evening, including animal care, heating the drum can bath, and cooking.
    We pay great attention to food, and the meals made with organically grown rice and vegetables are very popular among the children. Every morning, there is a forestry and agriculture experience for about an hour.
    Some parents participate in activities with the children, some help with cooking, and others may work during their free time.

  • Q

    What are the check-in and check-out times?


    Check-in: If you come by car, you can arrive at any time. If you come by train, you will arrive at Nako Station at around 10 AM.
    Check-out: After having lunch, at around 1 PM.


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