[Near the port] Let’s “Learcation” on a world natural heritage island, Yakushima!

Miyanora Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima-ken
1 week〜

Local Characteristics

Yakushima Island, a World Natural Heritage site, is an island of rich nature floating in the ocean in Kagoshima Prefecture. Daily life takes place in rich and delicious water, clean air, and star-filled skies. In recent years, tourism, especially eco-tourism, has developed on the island, attracting travelers from all over the world. The village culture still remains strong, with many events held by each island community and dialects still being spoken. On the other hand, one of the characteristics of this island is that many people have immigrated to the area over decades, so still fostering diverse values and cultures.

Concept

This is the learcation that solves each community’s assignments and student’s assignments. It is obvious through staying in Yakushima gives a lot of means to your work, study, or life of itself. And we consider that directly connecting to the contribution to the community at the same time.

3 Key Points

1Host’s introduction

○Owner Mickey moved to Yakushima about 20 years ago and has been involved in the tourism industry ever since. Currently, he operates a guesthouse, a shared house, and a coworking space with the business mission of "increasing the related population of Yakushima”. He is also actively involved in community revitalization by accepting volunteer farmers and organizing café tours.
○Seri, a community manager, was born in Chiba Prefecture. She moved to Yakushima in 2020 after being attracted to the Ogasawara Islands when she was a university student. While living here, she works at a local nursery school and a restaurant and also works remotely online. She welcomes you to Yakushima, valuing "connections" between residents and the local community.

2You can interact with people like this!

・The hostel is part of an international network that brings together a diverse range of people and promotes cross-cultural exchange.
・We will connect you with suitable people for fieldwork, etc. by utilizing our network of city planning.
・We will introduce you to volunteer work such as farming.

3You can experience like this!

・We will also hold events such as sharing of activities and learning together.
・Depending on the timing, you can work (part-time or volunteer) at a local farmhouse.
・We can design the guesthouse together, such as painting. (Ideas such as painting a mural are also welcome)

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 interested in regional development and country life because it is a isolated island! People who are concerned about environmental issues because the island is CO2-free!
・For those who want to live close to nature, as the island is rich in nature and has been selected as a World Heritage site!
・For those who want to be involved in tourism and eco-tourism, as the guesthouse is user-participating!
・This is an international network hostel, so it is for those who want to meet diverse people!
・For those who want to step out of your “now” and challenge another new world, because here so many various people are gethered.

Annual Schedule

April:

Cherry blossom viewing

May:

Sea turtle spawning landing

June:

Experiencing the rainy island

July:

Sea opening

August:

Played at the river

September:

Typhoon experience

October:

Walking in the forest

November:

Fishing

December:

Harvesting Ponkan(kinds of Mandarin Orange)

January:

New Year's events such as Hatsumode (New Year's visit to the shrine), Oni-no-himai (burning of the devil's fire), and mairi at the gate

February:

Harvesting Tankan orange

March:

Cafe tours

Detailed Information

Location

Miyanora Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima-ken

Features of the Area

Residential area, shopping street, near the port, Kyushu region, male and female owners (couple, etc.), young people present, suitable for men, suitable for women, suitable for students, near mountains, near the sea, near rivers

Accessibility

Nearest airport:Kagoshima Airport

Location

10 minutes to Miyanoura port on foot, 5 minute to Miyanoura port bus stop on foot, 10 minute to the supermarket on foot, many restaurants within walking distance, 10 minute to the bank and post office in foot. The building is right in front of the harbor and you can watch the ships coming in and out. Free WiFi and other equipment are available in the building.

Languages and Proficiency

English: Intermediate

Fee (per person)
※One month is 30 days

Separate male and female shared rooms (bunk bed)
~2 weeks: 3,630 yen/night
~3 weeks: 3,030 yen/night
~4 weeks: 2,430 yen/night
1 month: 54,450 yen

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 week〜

Food Expenses

Not included

Food Arrangements

Morning create together
Lunch create together
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

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

自転車のアイコン

bicycle

Recommended Transportations

It is usually within walking distance. If you need to travel further, there is a local bus service.

House Rules

Allowed

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

Forbidden

Hosting Friends, Accepting Pets, Indoor Smoking

Map

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q

    Are there any part-time jobs you can introduce?

    A

    February to March: Tankan (a type of citrus) harvesting

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