Familyinn Japan

Area

Tag

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

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

Wakayama
Japanese Food
Japanese style house
Local traditional events
Mountain

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.

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.

Annual Schedule

Spring

March: DIY April: flower viewing, planting summer vegetable seedlings; May: rice planting;

Summer

June: SUP ban lifted; DIY July: swimming SUP, summer vegetable harvest; DIY August: swimming SUP, summer vegetable harvest, rice harvest; DIY

Autumn

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

Winter

December to February: DIY

Annual Schedule

Spring:

March: DIY April: flower viewing, planting summer vegetable seedlings; May: rice planting;

Summer:

June: SUP ban lifted; DIY July: swimming SUP, summer vegetable harvest; DIY August: swimming SUP, summer vegetable harvest, rice harvest; DIY

Autumn:

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

Winter:

December to February: DIY

House Rule

Allowed
Having friends over, staying out or coming home late at night, hosting friends over, smoking outdoors, Pets are accepted as long as keep cleaness, but must be fed at your own expense. We do not have pet-friendly facilities, but we do have a patio and play area.
Forbidden
No smoking allowed on the premises.

Host Area

 1 reviews
Tsune

It was fun being taken around by the owner. The board game cafe in Gobo we entered right after arriving was a amazing! Since the house was still under renovation, I'm looking forward to seeing how it has changed when I visit again!

FAQ

Q.

What payment methods are available?

A.

We basically accept credit card payment.

Q.

What is included in the homestay fee?

A.

It’s included a fee for staying, for the service of insulting the manager, interviewing when you match, and tax. Some of the Host is included in food costs.

Q.

How many days is the minimum stay? What is the minimum period of stay and how do the rates change depending on the stay?

A.

You can stay from minimum 4 nights and 5 days. Minimum stay differs from host to host, please check each host’s home page for details. Also it refers amount of per day per week. If you wish to stay in a homestay for more than one month, a daily fee will be added to the monthly amount.

Q.

Is there a pick-up and drop-off service from the nearest station?

A.

For homestay residences that require transportation, the host will pick you up and drop you off. Details on pick-up and drop-off are listed in the “Location” section of each host’s page.

Q.

When can I send a reservation request to the Homestay?

A.

Please send a request at least three months to three days before your desired stay dates. Highly recommend you send a request as early as possible, as reservations tend to increase before a month.

Q.

How much will cost for the kids?

A.

Prices for preschool and elementary school students differ depending on the homestay. Please check the “Additional Fees” on each host’s page. If there is no indication of preschool and elementary school student rates in the “Additional Fees” section, the rates are the same as the general rates.

Q.

Is it the same room if I’m staying with friends?

A.

It basically going to be the same room. Please check each host page for less expensive rates for two people. However, if two adults request separate rooms, the regular rate per person will be charged.