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“Nothing but Everything”Veranda house on the hill where people cross paths at the “kamado”.

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“Nothing but everything.” Soba noodle shop, cartoonist, woodworker, potter, dyer, beer brewer, tea farmer, photographer, etc. Higashiyoshino Village is home to many people who practice a “way of life that is their own. Higashiyoshino Village in Yoshino-gun, Nara Prefecture, has a population of approximately 1,600 and an aging population rate of 57%, making it an area on the leading edge of super-aging. 97% of the village area is surrounded by mountains and forests. People are attracted to Higashiyoshino Village because of its pleasant people and nature.

We spent a year and a half to DIY an old private house that had been vacant for 10 years in my grandmother’s family home.In one and a half years, about 1,000 people have visited the house on the trolley hill through hands-on events such as harvesting vegetables in the vegetable garden, making xylophones using Yoshino cedar, and holding tea-picking workshops. We try to create a place where people in Higashi-Yoshino Village and those outside the village can interact with each other.                       We are looking for people who have a desire to work together to deal with all kinds of issues in the community, using this place ”kamado” as a center for interaction.

3 Key Points

1Host’s introduction 
I would like to use my work experience as a physiotherapist to address the aging problem in the village of Higashi-Yoshino by holding health classes and providing shopping support services. With the mission of "creating a society where everyone can be who they are," we are working to create a place where people in and outside of the village can connect.
2You can interact with people like this! 
“What is Higashiyoshino Village like?” Every month, we hold a Higashi-Yoshino Village Attraction Discovery Event "where you can learn about the real life and work in the village with Higashi-Yoshino” villagers as guests.
3You can experience like this!
we welcome people who are interested in event planning and management, as well as creative activities such as design, illustration, DIY, and creative people, and people with entrepreneurial spirit who want to create their livelihood! We could use your help with cleaning, maintaining the crops in the fields, guiding overnight guests, and cleaning the guest rooms. There is also a very popular soba noodle restaurant with a cafe in Higashi-Yoshino Village within a 1-minute walk, so you can socialize while also spending some time on your own.

Annual Schedule

Spring

April: Tea picking & Bancha making experience Cherry blossom viewing of 2000 weeping cherry trees / May: Making Kakinoha Sushi Making Dengara(traditional mochi) / June: Potato harvest festival, sweetfish fishing

Summer

July: Summer vegetable harvest event & BBQ, playing in the river / August: Nagashi Somen (fine white noodles served flowing down a bamboo) / September: Tea picking & tea making experience

Fall

October: Woodworking with Yoshino cedar / November: Children's market & making bamboo lanterns / December: Mochitsuki (rice cake pounding) with local residents

Winter

January: DIY workshop at an inn for spring break / February: Miso making experience / March: Tent sauna experience, potato planting experience

Annual Schedule

Spring:

April: Tea picking & Bancha making experience Cherry blossom viewing of 2000 weeping cherry trees / May: Making Kakinoha Sushi Making Dengara(traditional mochi) / June: Potato harvest festival, sweetfish fishing

Summer:

July: Summer vegetable harvest event & BBQ, playing in the river / August: Nagashi Somen (fine white noodles served flowing down a bamboo) / September: Tea picking & tea making experience

Fall:

October: Woodworking with Yoshino cedar / November: Children's market & making bamboo lanterns / December: Mochitsuki (rice cake pounding) with local residents

Winter:

January: DIY workshop at an inn for spring break / February: Miso making experience / March: Tent sauna experience, potato planting experience

House Rule

Allowed
Having friends over, Stay out and come home late, Outdoor dxmokingx
Forbidden
No smoking allowed on the premises.

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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.