All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 24462
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Last Updated: November 5, 2018
We are growing various kinds of fruits all year round and doing fruit picking as our business here in Yamanashi, Japan.
Mt. Fuji is located here in Yamanashi. We have a VERY nice accommodation for all volunteers, we created four bed rooms downstairs and two Japanese tatami rooms upstairs. In each room, we put a bunk bed that way eight people can stay downstairs and possibly 6 more people can stay upstairs. We created two shower rooms, a mini-kitchen, two toilets, a washroom and provided all necessary items such as fridge, microwave, bikes, TV, radio casette, washing machine and so on. It is a VERY clean and nice accommodation.
To tell you the truth, I bought this house for volunteers in 2011 and hired lots of professional craftsmen and let them remodel to make it as a mini-dorm for volunteers. The location is surrounded by rice fields and fruit farms and in front of the house there is a beautiful avenue along Japanese sakura trees(cherry blossoms) with historically well known canal called "Tokushima Canal" that was created in early 1600`s. You can see Mt. Fuji and Yatsugatake Range and other high mountains every day. Behind this "Volunteers House", a mountain is located within walking distance.
For your meals, basically you don`t have to cook and my sister in law, Yoko-san will cook VERY tasty Japanese for your dinner every day. For your lunch, we usually eat on the farm or at helpers` house.Or during off season, mostly I cook for all volunterrs. It depends on the season. For your breakfast, we provide foods and you can have them at the dorm.It takes only two hours to get here from Tokyo. If you want to know more about us, you can visit our volunteer page that I created in both English and Japanese. For your use of internet, at Obasan`s house where I stay, we installed wifi for our volunteers from overseas. Also, I installed wifi at the dorm for our volunteers in January in 2017. So, in whichever you like, you can use internet.
On your days off, you can visit
our local library where they have PCs that you can use for free.
This is an EXCHANGE PROGRAM and we ask you to help us, mostly on the farm but we provide you a VERY nice accommodation with lots of necessary facilities and VERY tasty meals and also you can learn a lot about Japanese farming as well as other part of Japanese cultures.
I`d like you to respond to my e-mail as quickly as possible. I usually send my reply on the day I receive e-mails from anyone. I`d like others to do the same and we can communicate smoothly.
I have one more thing to tell you. Please do NOT tell "wwoofing" or "working" on our farm at the immigration office at the airport when you enter
Japan. I`m afraid you might be refused to enter Japan, because the staffs of the office might misunderstand you. So, you just tell them that you are visiting your friend that is me. See? That is more secured for your entering Japan.
ABOUT HOW TO GET HERE FROM TOKYO AREA
The best way, and cheapest way to get here would be taking Chuo highway bus
that departs from Shinjuku, Tokyo.
At JR Shinjuku Station, you have to find WEST EXIT to walk out and after that, find NO.6 or 7 gate to go upstares and you will be outside the station building. Right there, you will
find the office of Chuo Highway bus terminal.
*VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE*
CHUO HIGHWAY BUS TERMINAL OFFICE will be moved on
April 4. On April 4, 2016, the Chuo Highway Bus terminal office will move to right outside the South Exit of JR Shinjuku Station. After you go out through the South EXit of JR Shinjuku Station, you will see the new building called "Buster Shinjuku". You cross the street and go inside the building and go to the fourth floor where you can buy tickets and you can get on the bus.
At the office, you can buy the round trip tickets for Shirane IC west bus stop. I suggest you to buy a coupon for round trip between Shinjuku and Shirane IC west bus stop. Because, that way you get a little discount for the fare. If you are two people, I suggest you to buy four tickets coupon and both of you can use for your round trip and that way the fare will be even more discounted.
The destination of this bus is Mt. Minobusan. Yet, you don’t need to buy the ticket
to there, you can buy the ticket to only Shirane IC west that is located on the way
to Mt. Minobusan.
You can buy one way ticket, if you like. Yet, if you buy a round trip ticket, that is
a little discounted.
One way ticket used to be 2,000 yen and a round trip ticket was 3,800 yen before.
Yet, unfortunately, from this April, I mean this month, our government raised
the tax rate for all items. The fare should be a little more even for the bus ticket but
as I have been repeatedly telling, the round trip one is a little discounted and
there is three months’ validity. So, you can use another half for your returning to
Shinjuku, Tokyo later. See?
From Shinjuku terminal office, the bus leaves at 7:40a.m. and usually it takes about two hours and twenty min. to get to Shirane IC west bus stop which means around
10:00a.m. this bus gonna arrive at Shirane IC west where I can come to pick you up.
See? In case you miss this one, next one will be 9:40a.m. and again it usually arrive
at 12:00 noon. I’d like you to take either of them. Since this is local area, they don’t have many bus schedules for this line. Before arriving at Shirane IC west,
there is a recorded announcement telling you “Next, Shirane IC West”, then, you are supposed to press the button that is right above your head to inform your bus driver of your getting off next. See? If possible, please give me your call to my mobile phone before you take a bus. My no. is 090-1664-2921.
After you get off the bus at Shirane IC west, right next to you, you will see VERY MODERN building with BLUE roof. That is an information center for tourists.
You can go in the office that has front door behind and ask a lady to give me a call for you. Then, they will help you and this will be free. There is a public toilet right next
and also wifi installed to this office and you can do internet while waiting for my arrival.
Till usually around 5:30 or 6:00p.m., the office
opens. Please try to arrive at our farm DURING DAYTIME!! We don`t want you to come here at night time. In case you arrive in Japan, I mean either Haneda or Narita Airport in the afternoon, please stay one night in Tokyo and take a Chuo Highway bus for here next day or in next two days.
ABOUT THE ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED TO BRING
If possible, please try to bring waterproof jacket and pants that you can wear
on the farm with rubber boots besides sneaker shoes. If not, we can let you use our
rubber boots. On sunny days, usual sneakers will be good but on rainy days,
you need rubber boots. Besides, please bring sandals that you can wear at our dorm. Also, please bring long towel and short towels.
I also urge you to bring waist porch in which you can keep your important items such as passport, airticket, cash, traveller`s check, mobile phone, and insurance card all the time with you.
*The following sites of how to learn Japanese manners will hopefully help you.
I suggest you to read all the sites before you
come over to Japan.
*In case you don`t receive my reply after two days, that means that I might NOT be able to send you my reply bcause of some troubles of internet.
I don`t know why, but for some people from overseas, I can`t send my reply for some reasons.
Anyway, if that kind happens, why don`t you give me your call to my mobile?
*Please remember the terminal office of Chuo Highway bus was moved to outside the South Exit of JR Shinjuku Station in 2016.