Program & Schedule
Hard work has never tasted this good! Get your hands dirty right alongside local farmers who are raising vegetables and rice in a quaint mountain town known for its extremely high quality green tea. Here you will have an up-close and personal experience with the local farming community lifestyle and the boon of agriculture. Farming has always been important to the life, culture and economy of Japan, with the skills and knowledge being passed down from one generation to the next. But with the move toward the technology sector and younger people being drawn away from the rural areas to the urban centers, concerted efforts have become necessary to increase engagement of persons from non-traditional groups. As a result, there are opportunities from the governmental and private sector popping up throughout the country, which give city-dwellers and interested women a chance to try their hand at full fledge farming.
During your homestay, you will have a chance to see the daily functioning of a small family farm and all the efforts that go into keeping the farm alive and thriving. Depending on when you are there, you might be involved in tending the rice paddies or vegetable fields, picking the crops, tilling the soil or learning about fertilization and other processes, which keep the soil viable for growing. Since tea is such an important staple in the country and in this region as well, there will likely be visits to local tea plantations, which could boost your knowledge of this prized crop exponentially.
What you will get from this program is actual experiential learning. You will get to see where food comes from and it may even help you decide whether this farming thing is right for you! It may not be easy or glamorous, but the results sure are delicious!
Aims & Objectives
- Assist the local farmers by providing an extra hand
- Develop your teamwork and skills through hands on activity
- Create cultural exchange opportunities through your efforts with locals
- Develop a greater knowledge and appreciation for agriculture and farming
Monday to Friday
- Expect your day to start early, in order to make the most of the daylight hours and more temperate times for working. Spend the morning completing any number of farm related tasks, depending on need and season
- Spend afternoon engaged in a variety of farming activities which may include, planting, weeding, tending fields or harvesting crops. Efforts may also include preparing the harvest for sale at local markets
- Evaluations for the week are completed on Friday evening
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no further requirements for this program.
Living & Location
Welcome to an amazingly lush and green region of Japan that is best known for its farming. The landscape and the weather conditions make is perfect for agricultural pursuits and in particular for growing the most outstanding green tea. During your stay in this town within the Kyoto Prefecture, you will enjoy the immense and picturesque tea plantations, rice paddies and vegetable fields. With a population of less than 5000, the town of Wazuka is small enough to be charming, yet big enough to give you plenty to explore during nature treks around the area.
During your stay in the Kyoto Prefecture you will enjoy a Homestay in a rural area and have the opportunity to be fully immersed in the culture of the community. You will have your meals with the family and have the opportunity to learn more about their culture, traditions, food and lifestyle.You will have access to wifi in common areas and may share your room with other participants.
Weekdays you will enjoy three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two on weekends, during your homestay. Meals will be local cuisine and you can expect that they will include rice and vegetables.
Our homestay is located in a rural area which will require a 30 minute walk to the nearest mini-mart, supermarket and local restaurants. A bus may be available during certain times of day.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
Since this is a rural area there aren’t too many major points of interest in close proximity, but the area is very scenic and an awesome place to enjoy the natural surroundings, take pictures and explore local temples and shrines.. With tea as the area’s main attraction, it may also be possible to take a tour of a local plantation, learn about the tea varieties and even enjoy a tea ceremony.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Population: 127 mil
Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
Time zone: JST (UTC +9)
Japan is an East Asian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of 6852 islands, but the vast majority of its size and population are made up of only 4. Neighboring countries include the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, North and South Korea, the Philippines, Russia and the Northern Mariana Islands. Japan is an extremely homogenous nation with 98.5% of its 127 million person population being of Japanese descent. That being the case, Japan is a country steeped in tradition and cultural heritage. They have great respect for the past, and honor their elders. At the same time, modern Japan is a powerhouse in the region and the world. They have one of the highest levels of education in the world and many of their companies are leaders in technology. Japan’s economy is strong and they import and export goods globally, which makes them a great presence around the world.
When visiting Japan pay attention to the time of the year, because it has all four seasons. You can expect the winter to be cold, but not frigid and the summer to be really hot. Temperatures average between 5 degrees celsius in winter and 25 degrees celsius in the summer, but there can be some days that expand beyond that scope greatly. Spring and autumn are fairly mild and bring gifts of cherry blossoms and gentle breezes.
Embracing the old and the new, Japan culture is as much Geisha and it is Anime. As much Samurai and Kabuki and it is Nintendo and Karaoke. There seems to be a continued reverence for the traditions of the past and an eager expectation for things of the future. Technology is in the forefront and guiding the throngs of residents in this country, as they embrace things they appreciate about U.S. and European culture and expand it to fit their own Asian culture and lifestyles.
The tastes of Japan never cease to amaze and delight. Here you can find whatever you like, as international cuisine is everywhere. But if your goal is to sample what’s cooking in the Japanese kitchen then get your palate and your chopsticks ready. What you eat may vary by region or season, but expect everything to be fresh and delicious. Street foods like the charcoal grilled chicken skewers called Yakitori, or Okonomiyaki which are thin pancakes which come with savory fillings, can satisfy a craving or two. You also might want to check out some of the best noodles around, Soba are hearty buckwheat noodles and of course the world famous Ramen are egg noodles on a whole other level. With both, the real game changer is the broth ,which take these dishes to a whole other level. Who can visit Japan and not try Sushi? It may be rice and raw fish, but it sure is delish! If you are more of a carnivore then maybe a bit of the decadent Shabu-Shabu (meat cooked in boiling liquid) or Tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlets) will tickle your fancy! Whatever your tastes, there is something for you here!