Click here if you would like to read an overview of my 3 months wwoofing experience in Japan.
This is truly the warmest family i've seen and the most comfortable wwoofing place i've stayed. Wwoofer has their own mini apartment with a bedroom, kitchen, and living room, and it's super clean! They usually take in only 1 wwoofer each time though, but you won't feel bored at all with their 2 adorable kids around.
The family owns a couple of Mikan (orange) and momo (peach) farms. So my main duties was farming related stuff like harvesting mikans, adding fertilizer to momo tree.. I also helped out with some craft work mainly lackering and painting wood. Work starts at 9am and ends at 5pm everyday, with 1 hour lunchbreak at 12pm. Sunday is off day for all of us.
What i looked forward most to everday was dinner with their family. The host's wife is such a great cook! i probably did gained some weight when i was there. Sometimes after dinner, i will play board-games with their daughters or watch movies with them.
Their house is located just beside the sea and the host love surfing, so you might get a chance to surf with him or even get him to teach you! The weather wasn't that good at the time i was there, it rains a lot and there was even typhoon. During raining days, we usually stay in the house to do some admin work (cutting and folding flyers etc).
Their place is also not too far away from a famous beach in Shizuoka called Miho no Matsubara, which is known for it's magnificant view of Mount Fuji. I took the challenge to cycle there during one of my off day. It took me 3 whole hours to get there! But i didn't get to see mount fuji because it was too cloudy, such a pity. I did had a very good workout though. It has a pretty nice view at the top.
After Miho no Matsubara, i continued cycling for another 1 hour to get to Kunōzan Tōshō-gū Shrine, one of the well-known shrine in that area. What i didn't expect was that i have to climb 1159 steps to get there. Hiking was the last thing i wanted do after 4hrs of cycling. But i did it anyway.
For my other rest day, i joined the family to attend a once in a year town sport day event. It's so nice to witness the town member's effort in organising regular activities to encourage people to exercise and eat healthy. I really love such community involvement thing. I even join in to play some of the games, it was hilarious.
Everyone in this family treated me like one of them. Even though the grandpa and grandma can't speak English, they still try their best to communicate with me through body language. The host used to be a wwoofer in New Zealand so he clearly understands the kind of experience wwoofers hope to get. He never once stop putting himself in my shoes, asking if i needed rest, or if i am bored doing the same task etc. He also helped me planned an superb transportation route to my next wwoofing place which enables me to visit Fujinomia on the way without costing me a bomb. This family inspired me so much on how i would like my future family to be like. I highly recommend anyone to wwoof at this place.