The town’s area is the second largest in Yamagata! Located between the Iide and Asahi mountain ranges, 95% of the town area is rich in nature with beech and oak trees. It is called “White Forest” because of the deep snow and white beech trees. It is a region of heavy snowfall, and the snow that falls on the land creates a variety of life in nature. Rice, wild vegetables, mushrooms, char, nuts, and many more can be harvested. Oguni Town is also famous as the “village of matagi,” a term used to describe the town where the “matagi culture” is still passed down from generation to generation. Oguni Town is a town rich in nature and full of charm, where people have the wisdom to create what they don’t have because of its inconvenient location and heavy snowfall.
I love this town so much that I purposely chose to move deep into the mountains. We want people to experience its charm through our lives. And both husband and wife want to “learn the power of life! and both adults and children play, learn, and live together in a place rich in nature. We would like to cherish the relationships that we have found in our petit immigration, and to live comfortably with each other.
This time, for the first time, we used Familyinn and spent 5 days from December 31 to January 4. My wife, two daughters (aged 6 and 2), and I stayed with a host family. For us living in Kansai, experiencing the New Year's celebration in Yamagata's countryside felt very different and was a wonderful experience. We were able to appreciate different values and cultures within Japan itself. The hostess was very attentive and knowledgeable, being a former nursery school teacher, and she was very helpful despite being pregnant. She was so kind, and the children loved her. The food was truly delicious. She cooked a lot for us (^^) The husband had various experiences and jobs unique to snowy regions, from using a wood stove to matagi (traditional hunter) work, allowing us to gain new insights. Their preparation and assistance were very helpful. Drinking together was also fun. Their children were energetic and adorable troublemakers, making it feel like our family had grown. Despite coming from different living environments, they got along well with our children, creating a sense of longing to meet and visit this countryside again. We went on a first visit of the year to a shrine, to hot springs, played in the snow, cooked, and played games together. For us, accustomed to urban life, it was a very good experience and a time of valuable interaction. Thank you very much!
We basically accept credit card payment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.