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[sea/mountain/river] Why don’t you become part of our family in Yokooka village?

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[Location] Yokooka Village is located in Kisakatamachi, Nikaho City, Akita Prefecture. Facing the Sea of Japan, Nikaho City has the only natural environment in Japan with Mt. Chokai, an independent mountain of 2,236 meters, and a straight line distance of about 16 km from the sea to the mountain.

[Locality]Local events remain the best in the city, and include traditional events such as “Chokaiyama Hitachi Dance” and “Sae no Kami Event,” “Yokooka Shinmyosha Festival,” a portable shrine event, “Yokooka Community Sports Day,” a community event, and other smaller events such as a grand golf tournament and community BBQ. Main agricultural products are rice and buckwheat noodles.

We are building a base where people will want to come back to Yokooka village. To this end, we are conscious of the fact that guests staying at our guesthouse can experience the lifestyle of the Yokooka community. We hope that our guests will experience the charm of Yokooka and experience the richness of life in Yokooka through the interaction within and outside the community that is created when local residents visit the guesthouse, help the producers with their work, enjoy the food produced in the community, and participate in local events and activities.

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3 Key Points

1Host’s introduction 
[Koudai Nakayama] born in 1996. Born and raised in Tokyo, majored in business administration at university. In April 2021, he moved to Akita Prefecture. He went on a working holiday and studied abroad for 1 and a half years, he managed the guesthouse "Rokumasu". Hobbies: Playing soccer, listening to music, sauna, watching movies.
[Ren Kasama] was born in 1996. Born and raised in Tokyo, fell in love with travel after hitchhiking while in college. In April 2021, he moved to Akita Prefecture as a member of the Regional Development Cooperation Team of the city of Nakaho with Nakayama, where he currently manages the guesthouse "Rokumasu". Hobbies: Soccer, snowboarding, nature activities
2You can interact with people like this! 
Since it is a guesthouse, it is possible to interact not only with guests, but also with local elementary school students (who often come after school), farmers in the community (rice, buckwheat, and vegetable gardens), and a wide range of people from residents of Yokooka to citizens of Nikaho. You can also have very congenial interactions with local residents who come to have drinks with you at dinner. Local residents sometimes give tours of the area by car, making this guesthouse a place where you can experience the good nature of the local people.
3You can experience like this!
You can experience a wide range of activities from community exchange to nature experiences, such as helping farmers, fishing, nature activities (mountain climbing, surfing, SUP, snowboarding, swimming, etc.), gathering wild vegetables, visiting pastureland, star gazing, tent saunas, and participating in community events and activities. We have connections with various people in Nikaho and can introduce you to them, so please feel free to contact us for more information.

Annual Schedule

January

"Saenokami event" (local event)

February

"Ishimochi fortune-telling" (local event)

March

Rice farmers start growing rice seedlings around the end of the month

April

Seedling planting → laying out rice seedlings in plastic greenhouses

May

Rice planting around the beginning of the GW season Mid-May Cattle move from barn to pasture Last Sunday "Yokooka Sports Day" (local event)

June

"Yokooka Shinmyosha festival" (local event)

July

1st Sunday Shrine picnic "Mowing event" (local event) mid-July Firefly viewing

August

Aug. 13th & 15th Chokaizan Hitachi Dance (local event)

September

Sept. 1 Chokaizan Hitachi Dance (local event)

October, November

Shinmeisha Omamesai Festival (local event)

December

Year-end period Yokooka New Year's Eve soba noodle making experience (local event)

Annual Schedule

January:

"Saenokami event" (local event)

February:

"Ishimochi fortune-telling" (local event)

March:

Rice farmers start growing rice seedlings around the end of the month

April:

Seedling planting → laying out rice seedlings in plastic greenhouses

May:

Rice planting around the beginning of the GW season Mid-May Cattle move from barn to pasture Last Sunday "Yokooka Sports Day" (local event)

June:

"Yokooka Shinmyosha festival" (local event)

July:

1st Sunday Shrine picnic "Mowing event" (local event) mid-July Firefly viewing

August:

Aug. 13th & 15th Chokaizan Hitachi Dance (local event)

September:

Sept. 1 Chokaizan Hitachi Dance (local event)

October, November:

Shinmeisha Omamesai Festival (local event)

December:

Year-end period Yokooka New Year's Eve soba noodle making experience (local event)

House Rule

Allowed
Stay outside come home late at night, Having friends over, Outside smoking
Forbidden
Accept pets, Inside smoking

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FAQ

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What payment methods are available?

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We basically accept credit card payment.

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What is included in the homestay fee?

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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When can I send a reservation request to the Homestay?

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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.

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How much will cost for the kids?

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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.

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

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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.